Castro Valley Library


Still a few more weeks of fun, fun, fun! by deniseqbaker

You still have a few more weeks to read, read, read and win prizes in the Summer Reading Game. This Monday, we will have Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat, and our final performers for the summer will be the Fratello Marionettes with their “Carnival of the Animals” puppet show on Monday August 8th. Both programs start at 2pm.

We have had some fun performers in the past week or so, including Gary Lapow, Daffy Dave, and a special storytime visit from Theresa from Music Together. Watch this four minute highlight of their shows!

http://youtu.be/inFTXTVLknY



Events for Kids Every Week Day! by deniseqbaker
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 4:58 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, News, Programs, Teen, Uncategorized

We have something going on for kids every week day this summer. Performers on Mondays, movies on Tuesdays, storytimes on Wednesdays and game days and Reading Buddies on Thursdays. Plus we had a LEGO club play day today!

Kids can sign up and play the summer reading game any time that we are open. We have a couple of special prizes just for Castro Valley library participants that include a free kids’ meal from Togo’s at the first prize level, and a free pass for kids to LEGOland! Click on this link to watch a youtube video of some of the activities from this week ! http://youtu.be/yxov9k-i0w8



Summer at the Library! by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, Displays, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized

Summer activities have started at the Castro Valley Library. We have had classes here for library tours.  Kid Power kids are ready to sign you up for the Summer Reading Game. They will help you spin and win prizes from our many wonderful sponsors including The Charles M. Schulz Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, MOCHA, The Lawrence Hall of Science, LEGOland, Oracle/San Francisco Giants, the Alameda Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Castro Valley Library.

Check our Eventkeeper listing. We will have performers and movies, storytimes and Reading Buddies, game days and nature programs–too much to list here!

Click here to see our video http://youtu.be/Ilj9euqEC7I.



Book Sale Bargains! by deniseqbaker
Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 1:10 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized

The Friends of the Castro Valley Library had a roaring success with their book sale over the weekend. The Friday evening preview sale, the Saturday sale, and the Sunday Three Bucks a Bag super deal were all well attended by bargain shoppers and library supporters.

Money raised from the sale of books provides the library with wonderful “extras”–special programs, new Early Literacy touch screen computers, items for our preschool storytimes and much else. The Friends volunteers work hard to turn donations into added benefits for our members.

And in response to our most frequently asked question about the Friends, “When is the next book sale?”, the answer is August 19th (member preview), 20th and 21st. Mark your calendar now. Exact times and other sale information will be announced later. Until then, enjoy this short highlight from last Saturday.



Amphitheater Programs by deniseqbaker
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 8:33 am
Filed under: Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized

Naturalists and docents from Sulphur Creek Nature Center have begun presenting a series of programs at the amphitheater at the Castro Valley Library. Saturday’s theme was Wonderous Watersheds. Participants got to scout our beautiful creek for wildlife and test the waters.

Sign up now for upcoming programs about our Urban Wilderness and Animal Warnings. Check our Eventkeeper for details.



Music Together! by deniseqbaker
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Books, Children, News, Programs, Uncategorized

Theresa leads the groupTheresa Jones of Music Together got the place jumping with a preview of the classes she offers through the Hayward Area Recreation Department for preschoolers and those who love them.

She always says that “reading and music are friends” and explains to parents how music can improve their child’s reading readiness. She even sang us a lullaby based on a Jim Gill book, “May there always be sunshine”. We hope she will come back to visit us in the fall for more dancing and singing fun!

Visit the library on Saturday, April 16th at 1:00pm for DRUMMM!–a musical event for all ages.

Circle left, circle right



Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement by library1.5
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 2:00 pm
Filed under: News, Public Art

Miriam Klein Stahl, in collaboration with Pippa Murray Mosaics, has been chosen to create the artwork for Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project. The Alameda County Arts Commission has voted approval for the proposal, and the artist’s contract will go before the Board of Supervisors in late March.

The project will consist of 35 seat blocks and two gateway markers on the Boulevard. The long awaited enhancement should be completed by early next year, finishing a five-year project funded by the County Redevelopment Agency.

Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist and educator. She teaches drawing, printmaking and photography at Berkeley High School and is currently co-director of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High. Pippa Murray, whose studio is located in Sausalito, is a mosaic artist who specializes in large scale installations.

Images in the proposal include Castro Valley native plants, silhouettes of the surrounding hills and canyons, local landmarks, and community activities. Images will be transformed into marble mosaics within granite slabs.

Artist selection was a long and careful process that started last fall. After narrowing the artist pool, the selection panel met in early January to interview the six finalists. The selection committee included seven Castro Valley residents, County staff and arts professionals. The artists presented samples of their proposals and described their plans for the benches and gateway markers.

Samples of the proposals were displayed on view at the Bank of the West and the Castro Valley Library where they were seem by more than a thousand community members who had an opportunity to give feedback to the Arts Commission.
Learn more about the winning proposal




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