Castro Valley Library

Become a Booklegger! by crselig2014
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:47 am
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Please consider joining the inaugural class of the Castro Valley Bookleggers! The Booklegger program is a wonderful and flexible volunteer opportunity for people who love kids and books.

Bookleggers make magic! They are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting     independent reading by children. They do this by introducing books that kids simply can’t resist. Bookleggers visit K to 5 classrooms in the Castro Valley Unified School District to share great books, including exciting adventures, suspenseful mysteries,  hilarious comedies and eye-popping nonfiction.

Librarians will teach you booktalking and storytelling skills.  You’ll use your talents and passion to connect kids and books. Are you ready to get started?

To kick off the program we are holding an orientation meeting on Tuesday, April 11 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Please RSVP to Dawn ( or Chris (

At the orientation you will meet Library staff, get a demonstration of Booklegging, learn about the training program, and understand the commitment necessary to be an outstanding Booklegger.

A bit more about the program can be found here:

The Castro Valley Booklegger program is a partnership of the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Alameda County Library.



Resources for Immigration Concerns by crselig2014
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:12 pm
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The Alameda County Library prides itself on being able to offer resources for our patrons’ needs. After the presidential election, many people had questions about what the change in the White House will mean for our immigrant communities. To that end we have updated our Immigration Resources on our web site. In addition we are referring patrons to community organizations that offer legal information, referral, and/or direct legal services related to immigration issues at low or no cost.

Spotting Fake News by crselig2014
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 2:42 pm
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Made-up stories and false information that come from fake-news web sites can spread rapidly on the Internet, usually through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Recent media coverage has illuminated the way these fake stories have influenced people’s views. The San Francisco Chronicle published an informative article on the topic in December.

In addition, reporter Marissa Lang put together a guide to spotting fake news. Highlights from the guide are below. Your Castro Valley librarians hope this will help you be an informed and active consumer of news.

Tip #1 Read the URL

All web sites have an address also called the URL. Many fake-news stories are easy to spot just by looking at the URL. According to Lang, “Bogus-news web sites that appear to belong to a legitimate news source tend to have an extra suffix at the end of the address that isn’t .com. For instance the web site is a fake-news site. The actual web site for ABC News is

Tip #2 Go Beyond the Headline

Some people read only the headline of a fake news article and then share it online without reading the whole story. Going deeper into the story can help you determine if it is fake. Look at the author’s name. Is he or she a real person? Does the story actually back up what the headline is proclaiming?

Tip #3 Check the Sources

Who or what is quoted in the story? If an article is reporting on a study or report, you can do a quick web search to determine if that study or report actually was completed by an organization. If “experts” are quoted, it’s often easy to determine if those people actually exist.

Tip #4 Check the Date

If a story is several months or years old, conduct your own search to see if there have been any updates.

Tip #5 Call in the Experts

If the story seems sensational and really makes you upset, that’s a sign you should do a little more digging. There are independent organizations that specialize in fact checking. Lang recommends Snopes, Politifact and FactCheck.

So much music at your Library! by crselig2014
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 12:31 pm
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musical-notesThe Castro Valley Library will feature some great musical events over the next month. Please join us!

The Fall Concert features the Silvertone Brass Quartet and the Chabot College Flute Choir and will take place on Sunday, November 27 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Then on Sunday, December 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm you can enjoy A Swingin’ Holiday with the In Full Swing Big Band directed by Milt Bowerman.

Next up is a Winter Concert featuring The Hillside Woodwind Quintet and the Montecito Brass Ensemble who will perform light classics and holiday favorites. They’ll be here on Saturday, December 17 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

And we’ll end the holiday season with a Hanukkah Sing-Along on Tuesday, December 27 at 5:30 pm. The whole family is welcome to sing with Mikel Estrin on mandolin and clarinet, Josh Cohen on violin and vocals, Martin Gross on guitar and vocals, Jawxillion Loeb on guitar, Cary Nasatir on percussion, and Ralph Sklar on vocals and guitar.

Staff Favorites III by crselig2014
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2:33 pm
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ironlakecoverPeriodically we publish reading recommendations from our staff members, and this month we feature some favorites from our circulation supervisor Patty Mangel. Enjoy!

  1. Cork O’ Connor series by William Kent Krueger. These take place in Minnesota and should be read in order so you get to know the family. Start with Iron Lake.
  2. Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I love these mysteries.  The main detective is a man you’d love to call friend.  Start with Still Life.
  3. For a Swedish mystery that isn’t quite as dark as some of the others, try the Fjällbacka series by Camilla Läckberg. Start with The Ice Princess.
  4. Try an Appalachian Mountains noir! One Foot in Eden or The World Made Straight by Ron Rash.
  5. Or, switch mountains and try a noir from the Ozarks by Daniel Woodrell.
  6. For a mystery that tells you who done it in the first paragraph, read A Secret History, the first novel by Donna Tartt.
  7. Want a heartwarming story that will make you laugh? Read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman or Eat, Drink, and Be from Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid.
  8. For something a little fun and a little disturbing, read The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier.

Local Candidate Forum at the Library by crselig2014
Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:30 pm
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Please join your friends and neighbors at the Library to learn about the candidates in our Castro Valley races on Tuesday, October 18.

5:30 pm to 7:15 pm

Castro Valley Unified School District Governing Board

Five candidates invited: Suresh C. Gupta, Monica Lee, Jo A.S. Loss, Tojo Thomas, and Lavender Whitaker.

7:30 pm to 8:45 pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District Directors

Four candidates invited: Daniel M. Akagi, John Maher, Timothy R. McGowan, and Dave Sadoff.

This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Eden Area.


Do-It-Yourself Classes @ the Library by crselig2014
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 4:47 pm
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The Castro Valley Library presents Castro Valley Creates, a weekend of Do-It-Yourself programming at the Library. Castro Valley Creates brings together a series of workshops over the course of one weekend for people who want to boost their creativity with hands-on projects.

Four classes will be featured on Saturday, September 17, 2016:

Two classes will be featured on Sunday, September 18, 2016:

To get more information about each class click on the name of the class.

These free classes are for adults only. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Each registrant may choose up to two classes.

To register, please stop by the Information Desk at the Library or call us at 510-667-7900.

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