Castro Valley Library

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.

Learning about the Olympic Games by crselig2014
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 10:53 am
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The Summer Olympic Games are coming up! They begin on August 5 and will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whether you’re an Olympics junkie or interested in the games for the first time, the Alameda County Library has some reading for you. Clicking on the titles will lead you to our catalog.

Books for Kids

G is for Gold Medal: an Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog

A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times by Benson Bobrick

What are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman

Olympics Record Breakers by Jo-Ann Barnas

Gymnastics by Allan Morey

Great Moments in Olympic Swimming & Diving by Karen Rosen

Books for Adults

The Olympics’ Strangest Moments: Extraordinary But True Tales from the History of the Olympic Games by Geoff Tibballs

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway

Igniting the Flame: America’s First Olympic Team by Jim Reisler

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap

The 2016 Summer Reading Game Begins! by crselig2014
Monday, June 13, 2016, 11:14 am
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ReadFortheWinBannerAlameda County Library’s annual Summer Reading Game, READ FOR THE WIN, begins June 13. There will be separate games for Pre-readers, Kids, Teens and Adults. And this year patrons can play online by registering at

Library patrons can sign up at any of the Alameda County Library’s branches, including Castro Valley, to play the traditional paper-based Summer Reading Game. Online players can simply visit to register. All players will keep track of time spent reading and completing fun activities.

And of course there will be prizes and free books for finishers, in addition to exciting raffle prizes for Teens and Adults at each branch! Adults who finish the game are automatically entered into a drawing for a FitBit health and fitness tracker and teen finishers will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro camera.

Summer reading programs are an important part of library programming because evidence shows that children typically regress academically over the long summer holiday.  And, youth who practice their reading skills over the summer break return to school better equipped to continue their studies.  Adult participation is critical because research shows the best way to get your children to read is to let them see you reading.

This program is presented by the Alameda County Library, with support from the Alameda County Library Foundation.  Other sponsors include the Chabot Space and Science Center, The Lawrence Hall of Science, LEGOLAND, Oakland Athletics, and GoPro.

Commemorating Shakespeare by crselig2014
Monday, May 23, 2016, 1:02 pm
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William Shakespeare, a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely thought to be the greatest writer in the English language, died 400 years ago April 23, 1616 at the age of 52. ShakespearePicHis vast collection of works include 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and a few longer poems. Performed more than those of any other playwright, his plays have been translated into every major language.

Theater companies and other organizations from all over the world have planned special commemorations during 2016.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon is commissioning 36 playwrights to translate his plays into contemporary modern English between now and December 31, 2018.

If you’re up for a trip to Great Britain, Shakespeare’s England will play host to a range of new openings and exhibitions to celebrate the Bard’s lasting legacy. These include a new immersive theatrical exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Company and a reimagining of Shakespeare’s final home at New Place.

And Castro Valley Library is getting in on the action.

We’ve invited the Livermore Shakespeare Festival to preview their 2016 season here at the Library. Join us Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm when actors from Livermore Shakes will give you an inside look at the preparations for the outdoor production of The Tempest. The preview will also include their production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion adapted by Jennifer Le Blanc.

Scenes, insights, and a Q&A will prepare you for the shows at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room in Livermore running July 7 to August 7.

Please join us!

Meet 30 Authors at Our Book Fair by crselig2014
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:50 am
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Thirty writers will showcase their books at the Castro Valley Library’s Book Fair on Saturday, May 21 from 1 pm to 4 pm. This event will feature writers of fiction and nonfiction books in a wide variety of genres and topics. Patrons can chat with authors, buy signed books, enter a prize drawing, and enjoy light refreshments. No tickets are required for this free library event.

In addition to CVBookFair2015-1shopping for books, you’ll have a chance to learn about writing and publishing. Some of the authors also will be forming panels to discuss their experiences:

1 pm to 1:45 pm: “A Many-Splendored Thing: Romance Writing in All Its Variety”

2 pm to 2:45 pm: “The Independent Path: Lessons in Self-Publishing from Local Authors”

3 pm to 3:45 pm: “Creating Your Self-Help Book with Passion and Purpose”

Both professionally and independently published authors will be on hand. You could meet Camille Minichino, author of a series of mysteries based on the periodic table of elements. Felicia Quijano-Beck, a local high school student, will be offering her young adult fiction book. Jessica Okui will be selling her books about origami and crafting with Washi tape. Mark Vaz is the author of books on film history and popular culture. And C’Anna Bergman-Hill will be here with a memoir about her time as a special education teacher. Chris Guillory will offer a sci-fi thriller. And that’s just a sample!

The ever-expanding variety of ways for writers to get their work published in print and online means more people can put their stories out into the world. With this event the Castro Valley Library has become part of the pipeline from local authors to their readers. Please plan on stopping by to learn about the writers in our midst and be inspired by our vibrant literary community.

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