Castro Valley Library


by librarianmama
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Children, Technology | Tags: , , , ,

Chabot Space and Science Center Wants to Hear What You Think ~ About a Fantastic Upcoming Exhibition

SPACETIME will be a 25,000 sq foot, multi-level playground located in the outdoor courtyard at Chabot Space & Science Center. The space will be a one-of-a-kind experience, appearing in multiple iterations, accompanied by a narrative that unfolds over time via various local and international media. It will engage kids age 6-12 in active, imaginative play; spark excitement and interest in space exploration; and evoke the spirit of wonder at discovering worlds unknown.

Chabot is seeking families to volunteer an hour of their time to help us determine what you, our communities, would like to see in this new exhibition. We invite you to join us for an hour-long session on Saturday June 1, 2013, at either 2pm or 4pm. There will be an engaging conversation for adults, while our experienced educators entertain the kids with fun, related activities (plus, there will be thank you gifts!). We will be video-taping the sessions.

To sign up (registration ends May 29), contact Camie Bontaites, Creative Content Producer,

Chabot Space & Science Center: 510-336-7312 or cbontaites@chabotspace.org. ChabotST image barnacles (2)



Castro Valley Library e-best seller Book Club off to a great start! by library1.5
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Libraries, News, Programs, Technology, Uncategorized

The Castro Valley Library e-bestseller book club is up and running! Sponsored entirely by the Friends of the Castro Valley Library, we bought Nook Tablets from Barnes & Noble and loaded them with a variety of recent and current New York Times bestsellers. The e-book club program, which is among the first of its kind in public libraries, is made up of 15 members who join for a 4 month session.  The first session ran September 2012-December 2012. The current book club runs through April 2013, when we will collect the Nook Tablets and start again with a spring/ summer group.

 

At the first meeting members are issued the Nook and receive training on its use, followed by 3 monthly book club meeting discussions of selected titles.  Besides the discussion titles, everyone is free to read as many of the other books as they can manage in the 3 months. Without exception readers have enjoyed the e-book experience. Association of American Publishers just released figures showing a 35% increase in e-book sales last year and that amounted to a billion dollars in sales! Looks like electronic format is here for good. If you are interested in taking part of the next session (April-July, 2013), or for more information or to sign up go to the Library Information Desk.



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.



In AWE of a Bilingual Early Literacy Station! by deniseqbaker
Thursday, January 8, 2009, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Children, Technology, Uncategorized
AWEsome!

AWEsome!

The library has received another AWE Early Literacy Station, thanks to the generosity of our Friends of the Library! The two stand-alone computers are pre-loaded with dozens of fun games and learning programs, such as Just Grandma and Me, Green Eggs & Ham, Peep Floats, and Stellaluna. They also have a Krazy Art Room, Millie’s Math House, Reader Rabbit, SpongeBob Typing plus many more. And now all the computer programs have their Spanish equivalents available too! Come on in and try out your favorites!




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