Castro Valley Library

ART IS EDUCATION MONTH! by librarianmama

It’s March and that means it’s officially Art is Education Month presented by the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership.  The goal of this year’s theme, “Creating a Better Future Together,” is to inspire and share student visions of how we can make positive change for ourselves, our communities and our world through the arts.  You can find out more about Art is Education at their website:

The Castro Valley Library is offering several programs in celebration of Art is Education.  A pre-school quilt, Bollywood Music Concert, Duct Tape wallet program and more!  See all event on our calendar below. Valley Branch&setRef=new

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

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.

Libraries are for Art Day March 20 by library1.5
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Libraries, Programs, Public Art

Marion Coleman

Saturday, March 20, 2010
10:30am – 3:00pm

Join us for a fun community arts day at Castro Valley Library! As part of the countywide celebration of Art IS Education during National Arts Education Month, Castro Valley Library and the Alameda County Arts Commission present a special event that explores the power of youth and community-based art as well as the heroes in our lives and literature.

Free and open to the public.

10:30 am Children’s Textile Postcards Workshop with Marion Coleman. Register at the library or by phone at (510) 667-7900. (Learning Center)

10:30 am Art Activity creating storybook heroes for children of all ages. Drop-In. No registration necessary. (Chabot and Canyon Rooms)

11:30 am Pastel Art Demonstration by artist Mark Mertens. (Chabot and Canyon Rooms)

12:00 pm Tours of the library public artwork collection and
Castro Valley High School and Marshall
Elementary art exhibits. (Meet in Lobby)

1:00 pm Special Guest Speaker: Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, District 4. (Chabot and Canyon Rooms)

1:15 pm Performance by Cinderella and Prince Charming from the upcoming Castro Valley High School musical. (Chabot and Canyon Rooms)

1:30 pm Metal Art Demonstration by Scott Miner. (Outdoor patio outside Chabot and Canyon Rooms)

2:00 pm Powerpoint presentation about the process of creating the public artwork in the library. (Chabot and Canyon Rooms)

All Day Visual art exhibits by Castro Valley High School students in the Community Gallery and Marshall Elementary artwork in the Children

For information on how you can support the arts in public education visit

GEARING UP by library1.5
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Building site, Children, Libraries, News, Public Art, Teen, Uncategorized

Preparations are underway for the The Great Book Pass & Grand Opening of the new Castro Valley Library on Saturday, October 31, 2009. We have more than 1,100 participants registered for The Great Book Pass. Come out and take part in this historic Castro Valley event!


There will be NO PARKING available at the new library for either the Grand Opening or The Great Book Pass.


For more information about The Great Book Pass visit:
Please remember to bring the waiver if you are participating in The Great Book Pass.

Below is a sneak peak of the interior space of the new library. See you at The Great Book Pass and Grand Opening of the fabulous new Castro Valley Library!

by library1.5
Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 11:39 am
Filed under: Building site, Libraries, Public Art

public-art.jpgRecommended artists’ proposals for the New Castro Valley Library are on display here at the Redwood Road location through November 24. Recommendations for commissions will be made to the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting December 4. Art Panels, made up of community members and Library staff, under the direction of the Alameda County Art Commission,  first reviewed artists’ applications  based on their body of work and portfolio submissions. Four finalists in each category (except small scale work) were invited to submit proposals. Proposals were subject to public review at a variety of venues with opportunity for feedback. Art Panels reconvened for a second all day session to review the public comments and listen to presentations by the artist themselves. Art installations will be commissioned for the Library entry exterior wall, creek side fence, new book area, children’s area and teen area. Three small scale works will be commissioned for various locations throughout the new building.

Art Recommendations Announced by Susan
Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Public Art

View winners hereThe Alameda County Arts Commission has announced the 12 local artists recommended to receive County contracts for the public artwork projects at the future Castro Valley Library.  You can view the winners of the 5 large art projects here:

 Press Release

Public Art Photos by Susan
Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 12:55 am
Filed under: Public Art

Click here to view CSV Public Art ProposalsProposals for public artwork at the future library are now on display.

We are working in collaboration with the Alameda County Arts Commission (ACAC) on the new library’s  Library Public Art Program. Stop by the library to talk a look at the 26 semi-finalists’ proposals. After you’ve had a chance to see them you are welcome to submit comments at the Reference desk in person or through our blog. Click here to preview the proposals. The photos are arranged in five collections. Each collection has one set for each artist.

It would be most helpful to us is you focused your comments around the following:

Describe why this artist may or may not be a good match for the project.

Consider the theme, the artistic style, and materials, the larger community, and the specific location of the artwork in or around the library.

Your comments will be considered by the Art Selection Panel when they reconvene this summer. The collection of comments is not a vote, but will be taken into consideration by the panels.

As with all comments on our blog, we expect comments about the artwork to be given with courtesy and respect of others. The last day to submit comments through the blog is July 4.

Public Art Program for Future Castro Valley Library by Susan
Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Public Art


There will be a community roundtable on March 29, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., where semi-finalists can meet community members.

Join the Arts Commission and semi-finalists! Your participation is needed. This meeting will be held at the Castro Valley Adult School, Multipurpose Room, 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley.

 For more information about this event call the Alameda County Arts Commission at 510-208-9646.

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