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Black History, Black Words, Black Lives

Black History, Black Words, Black Lives

February is Black History Month, which seems like a good time to highlight some of the new materials we have by and about African-Americans and their lived experiences. Eva S. ’18 writes about some of the stuff we’ve gotten recently. Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, edited by Philip Cushway and […]

African American Cinema in the Early 20th Century

African American Cinema in the Early 20th Century

In the period after World War I, up till the 1940s, the genre of “race films” emerged. These were films that starred African American actors, and were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and watched by African Americans. This separate industry provided positive, complex roles for black actors instead of the heavily stereotyped roles provided by […]

Book Trends: Reality TV

Book Trends: Reality TV

Whether or you love it or love to hate it, reality television has become a huge part of our culture. So much so it’s seeped into the publishing world. Here’s four books that take involve reality shows, but take the idea in very different directions. Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos When Jackie’s dad […]

Got paperbacks? Donate them to a good cause!

Got paperbacks? Donate them to a good cause!

Your library is collecting books to donate to prisoners! Please bring paperback books to the library from now until February 17th, and the library will donate them to people in prisons. Both fiction and nonfiction books of all reading levels are accepted, but no technical manuals or law books please. We can only accept paperbacks. According […]

February Literary and Author Events

February Literary and Author Events

31 January 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer and his new short story collection, The Refugees Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 7:30pm Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA Tickets here.   Three new voices in YA literature–Simon Curtis, SJ Kincaid, and Erin Summerill–in conversation with Evelyn Skye. Friday, February 3, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. Kepler’s […]

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Attention Middle Schoolers: Inklings Book Contest

Attention Middle Schoolers: Inklings Book Contest

16 January 2017

Do you love to write? Submit your story or poem to the Society of Young Inklings Book Contest! This contest is only open to students in 8th grade or below, and it closes on March 15th. Contest winners will receive two sessions with a professional writer and a copy of the Inklings Book 2017 with their […]

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Readers Without Borders: International Literature Reading Challenge

Readers Without Borders: International Literature Reading Challenge

10 January 2017

Introducing the 2017 Castilleja Library reading challenge! This year, we’re broadening our collection and your reading experience even more by challenging you to read books published outside the United States. Read a book from each continent! If you read three books from three different continents, you get a prize! If you read books from six […]

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January Author and Literary Events

January Author and Literary Events

06 January 2017

Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken Come see the authors of Truthwitch and Passenger at the release of their sequels! Windwitch is the sequel to the exciting high fantasy Truthwitch, and Wayfarer is the sequel to the time travel adventure Passenger. Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. Kepler’s Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, […]

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Got Audiobooks? (Your Library Does!)

Got Audiobooks? (Your Library Does!)

09 December 2016

The library is delighted to announce that we now have audiobooks that you can check out! Our collection, offering a range of choices for listeners age 11-18 and beyond, is with the ebooks in Overdrive. If you want to see which of our audiobooks are recommended for someone your age, check out our Pinterest board. […]

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Dress Like A Time Traveler Day!

Dress Like A Time Traveler Day!

30 November 2016

Did you know that there is a day devoted to dressing and acting like a time traveler? On Thursday, December 8th, dress like your favorite kind of time traveler, whether it’s literary, or from movies or TV. Sign up here, and then follow these three easy steps to join the chrononauts of the library! Pick […]

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