Castro Valley Library


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



ARE YOU READY FOR AN EARTHQUAKE? by librarianmama
Thursday, March 24, 2011, 2:27 pm
Filed under: News, Programs | Tags: , , , , , ,

Association of Bay Area Governments

EARTHQUAKE RETROFIT WORKSHOP FOR HOMEOWNERS

Saturday, APRIL 9th

10am-12pm

The Castro Valley Library

The devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan is a reminder to all of us in the Bay Area that we must be prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis.  Residents should evaluate whether their home needs to be retrofitted, secure their home’s contents and keep an emergency kit. 

The Hayward Fault

  Join Danielle Hutchings, ABAG Earthquake and Hazards Program Coordinator for a workshop on retrofitting your home and preparing for the next big one.  The Castro Valley Library will host this two hour workshop.  No registration is necessary. 

Visit ABAG’s Earthquake and Hazards Program page @ http://quake.abag.ca.gov/

Take the Quiz on ABAG’s site and find out if your home and emergency plan are ready for the next big one @ http://quake.abag.ca.gov/residents/

about the seismogram at the top

This seismogram from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, recorded ground motion near ABAG’s office in downtown Oakland. The station is located 57 miles from the epicenter and measured peak ground acceleration (PGA) of 0.2g (percent gravity). The Loma Prieta earthquake was centered near Santa Cruz California in 1989 and measured magnitude 6.9. Find out how this earthquake compared to the 1906 earthquake. 

Retrieved 3/24/11 from:  http://quake.abag.ca.gov/



Martin Yan really cooks! by deniseqbaker
Monday, March 21, 2011, 10:31 am
Filed under: Books, News, Programs, Uncategorized

 

Slicing technique demo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly three hundred people enjoyed watching Martin Yan wok his magic at two shows here at the library on Saturday. Among the things the TV chef and cookbook author discussed with the audience were the proper type of knife to use, how to chop artistically, how to get children to eat their vegetables, and how to bone a chicken in 18 seconds. He made two stir fry dishes to share.

Yan and fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

He also donated some of his cookbooks to add to the library’s collection. The Daily Review had an article today that tells more about his appearance. Here is the link: http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_17659901

Check these out!

 



Celebrate Corita by library1.5
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 10:28 am
Filed under: Displays, Libraries, News, Programs, Public Art

The Castro Valley was one of the venues for the Corita Celebration, February and March of this year. In partnership with Hayward Arts Council and Art Inc, we showed the award winning documentary film, Primary Colors: the Story of Corita, hosted a gallery show and lobby case display of her works.
Corita Kent, also known as Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs (silk screens) during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968. Corita’s art reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, her hope for peace, and her delight in the world around us.
She was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941 and then taught grade school to Native North American children in British Columbia where she was inspired by their vivid art and imagery. In 1946 she returned to teach art at Immaculate Heart College . In 1951, she received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California; it is also the year she exhibited her first silkscreen print.
Corita’s earliest works borrowed phrases and depicted images from the Bible, but the early 1960’s, she was using popular culture (such as song lyrics and advertising slogans) as raw material for her meaning-filled bursts of text and color. One story told is that she took early inspiration from a bold billboard advertising a Los Angeles car wash. Corita’s cries for peace in the era of Vietnam were not always welcome. In 1965 her “Peace on Earth” Christmas exhibit in IBM’s New York show room was seen as too subversive and Corita had to amend it.
She left the order in 1968 for personal reasons during a time of change in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. She continued to create bold serigraphs, helping to establish it as a fine art process. Her work is in private collections and museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her “Love” stamp issued in 1985 sold 700,000,000. It remains one of the top selling stamps of all time. The Rainbow Swash, a painted water tower just outside Boston is the largest piece of copyrighted art in the world. She lived and worked in Boston the rest of her life. She died of cancer in 1986. The Castro Valley Library exhibit has closed but her work may still be seen at Galleria at the Hayward City Hall.



Mesmerizing Magic Alex by deniseqbaker
Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:29 am
Filed under: Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

          

Magic Alex thanked the Friends of the Library too!

 

Magic Alex came back to the Castro Valley Library on Saturday after his two-year stint as the “Magical Zingmaster” for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He told the audience about how books helped him learn his first magic. Some of his first shows were in libraries, and that is why he loves coming back home to do library shows between his other commitments.

Alex will be appearing in his own show at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Saturday April 16. He is also working on a new library show especially for grownups who want to learn more about the mysteries of magic! This 25-year-old master magician will demonstrate his best magic and then audience members will have an opportunity to participate in the show, and to ask questions like “What was it like living on the circus train?” or  “How did you learn your lines in Japanese and other languages when you were traveling all over the world with Disney Live! “Mickey’s Magic Show?” So if you want to really know how he does it, check with the library to find out when he will be visiting us again!



Castro Valley Families Celebrate National Gaming Day by deniseqbaker
Monday, November 15, 2010, 10:02 am
Filed under: Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Teen, Uncategorized

Saturday was National Gaming Day. Libraries in every state in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan and Puerto Rico partipated–and the Castro Valley Library was one of them. All the statistics aren’t in yet, but the American Library Association reported that last year’s record of more than 31,000 people playing games on the same day would easily be broken.

Click on the link below to take a look at our Photoshow featuring some of the families who played board games here at the library.  Most of our games and puzzles were generous donations from our library members and Friends of the Library. Don’t Spill the Beans, Battleship, Cootie, Checkers and Sorry! were just some of the classic favorites.

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/DZ8DB6wg



Solar Panel Installation to begin this week! by library1.5
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:19 pm
Filed under: Building site, Libraries, News, Technology

The newest of Alameda County’s onsite solar power systems is being installed on the roof of the Castro Valley Library. This ambitious solar deployment, performed in conjunction with the many energy efficiency features at the Library is expected to provide nearly 100% of the energy used by the Library and will virtually eliminate Library’s cost of electricity from PG&E.
Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors awarded this project’s $1.7 million dollar contract to Sun Light and Power Corporation of Berkeley earlier this year. The project is being funded by a 1% loan from the California Energy Commission. These loan funds were made available under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition, over the next five years, the County will receive $500,000 from PG&E under their California Solar Initiative Incentive Program. The loan will be paid back over the next 15 years with savings from the solar generated electricity.
The 270 watt system will consist of 880 modules manufactured by SunPower Corporation. The modules maximize the solar generation capacity of the library’s south-facing sloped roof. In fact, during most days, the system will produce more power than needed and will export excess renewable electricity to the surrounding neighborhoods. This electricity will credited back to the County by spinning its electric meter backwards.

A monitoring system that will display the solar array’s performance on a flat screened monitor will be installed in the Library lobby.




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