Castro Valley Library

Fall Book Sale this Weekend, November 30-December 2 by library1.5
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Children, Libraries, News, Programs, Senior, Teen

The Friends of the Castro Valley Library will be holding their book sale in the Library’s meeting room this weekend, November 30-December 2.
Friday is the Members Only preview sale from 6-8pm.  Did your membership lapse?  Do you want to join?  Memberships are sold at the door!

The book sale is open to everyone on Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm.  On Sunday you can buy books for $3 per bag (bags will be provided).

With all of the donations they’ve been receiving, you’re sure to find some great gifts and things for yourself as well!

All proceeds support the Castro Valley Library.  For more information call the Friends at 510-733-3285

Friends of the Castro Valley Library Spring Book Sale, April 20-22, 2012. by library1.5
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Book Sale, Books, Libraries, News, Programs, Senior, Teen

Find bargains galore this weekend, hardbacks, paperbacks, music and books on CD, DVD’s and select VHS. In the Library Chabot Room.


Friday, April 20,  6-8 pmImage
Members Preview Sale (join or renew at the door)

Saturday, April 21, 10 am-4 pm Open to all

Sunday, April 22, 1-4 pm
Bag Sale $3.00 per bag (provided)

All proceeds directly benefit the 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

Beads, Beads, and more Beads by nsilva1
Monday, August 15, 2011, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Programs, Teen

Saturday marked the last day of our system wide jewelry making program, and all the positive buzz I had been hearing about it from the other libraries, proved to be true. As the doors opened at 1:00 our Learning Center filled up quickly as the teens huddled around the U-shaped table. Before them, a bevy of beads awaited, all waiting to be transformed into beautiful jewelry…and transformed they were. The teens spent the next hour and a half crafting their own earrings, bracelets, little charms, or whatever ever else they could think up. Thanks to the help of our great instructor, Chelsee Robinson, and the teens own amazing creativity, it was a fantastic program that was enjoyed by instructor and participants alike

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 !

Spring Break Bonanza! by librarianmama

We had a great Spring Break at the Castro Valley Library!  We started off the week with a visit from Sulphur Creeek, and a hands on Drummm program.  Monday we offered a Baby Sitting Workshop, had two movies later in the week, a Berkeley Rep Theatre Workshop for aspiring actors, a Preschool Storytime, Lego Club Play Day, and finished the week off with a Teen+Senior Video Gaming program.  We hope you had a great Spring Break, and were able to participate in some of the programs we offered.  Back to school next week, but summer is right around the corner and so is our Summer Reading Game.  The Summer Reading Game begins June 13th and the theme is One World, Many Stories.  Check out our Event Keeper for more information on the Summer Reading Game and other upcoming events.  You can also subscribe to our Event Keeper by using the RSS feed button in the middle of the Event Keeper page.

Duct Tape Spectacular by nsilva1
Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 11:28 am
Filed under: Programs, Teen

On an overcast afternoon, teens descended to the library in droves in anticipation for our Duct Tape Wallet program. Funneling into the Learning Center they were met with a cornucopia of color of the tactile tape, all ready to use for their own creation. We had anywhere from 30-35 people during the entire 1 1/2 hours program.

The host of the program, Annie, was running around like crazy for the entire the duration of the program helping teens out. To say she was busy is a huge understatement, but she persevered and was fantastic with the teens

There were a lot of really cool designs and some really creative color combinations that the teens came up with. Some even put little pockets and containers inside their wallet for extra storage

If you missed out on the fun, no need to worry, you’ll be able to make a duct tape wallet at the following libraries:

Albany Library
1247 Marin Ave.
Saturday, 2/5, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

San Lorenzo Library
395 Paseo Grande
Saturday, 2/19, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave.
Saturday, 2/26, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
Saturday, 3/12, 11 – 12:30 p.m.

Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
Saturday, 3/12, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Centerville Library
3801 Nicolet Ave.
Tuesday, 3/15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dublin Library
200 Civic Plaza
Saturday, 3/26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Last Lego Club of 2010 by librarianmama
Thursday, December 23, 2010, 4:31 pm
Filed under: Children, Programs, Teen | Tags: , , , , ,

We enjoyed our last Lego Club for 2010 today at the Castro Valley Library.  Our theme was winter and we built some sleighs, Christmas themes and lots of spaceships (as usual).  More than 200 builders and their parents turned out to burn off some holiday energy and build lots of unique creations.  The TRO (Teens Reaching Out) Volunteers were incredibly helpful as usual (some even built their own creations), and the library is very thankful for their help.

Happy New Year and see you next year on Saturday, February 12th for our next Lego Club! 

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.

Henna at the Library by nsilva1
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 10:26 am
Filed under: Programs, Teen

This past Saturday our systemwide Henna program kicked off at our branch and judging by the turn out, it looks like we have a winner on our hands. Over 20 people braved a wintery, wet day, and enjoyed 2 hours of henna fun.

We had a fantastic teacher, Rachel, who did a great job of balancing the educational aspects of the program (explaining the cultural importance of henna, how henna is made, etc.) and the really fun, hands on part. The participants got to practice their own henna design skills on themselves or a piece of paper before Rachel went around and put her skillful hands to work…you can see the fruits of their labor.

Click on the link to see when the next henna program by you will be

Click to access henna_2010.pdf

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