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Speakeasy Murder Mystery Party in the Library!

Speakeasy Murder Mystery Party in the Library!

Our first murder mystery party was such a success we’re doing it again! Step back in time with us to investigate the death of a flapper…

The Roaring 20’s are in full swing, and The Half Moon Club is one of just two speakeasies in town. Business is booming until a flapper is found dead outside the club. Management and loyal patrons of The Half Moon Club scramble to identify the killer before the police catch wind of the crime and shut down the club for good!

Join us on November 30th from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the library to solve this crime! Costumes are encouraged, and refreshments will be provided. RSVP here!

Please be aware that this event runs until 5:30. We request that all participants commit to staying for the whole time.

gold text on a black background. Text reads The Death of a Flapper: A Speakeasy Murder Mystery. Friday November 30th, 3:30 to 5:30pm, The library, RSVP at bit.ly/SpeakeasyMurder.

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Books on Break!

Books on Break!

Thanksgiving break is fast approaching! Don’t forget to stop by the library this week to load up on fun reading for your vacation!

Here’s a few sequels and new books from favorite authors that you may be interested in:

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, the seventh Throne of Glass book.
  • Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi, volume 8 in the Amulet series
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green of Vlog Brothers fame
  • Crush by Svetlana Chmakova, the latest in the Berrybrook Middle School graphic novel series
  • The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag, the sequel to The Witch Boy

  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, the sequel to the hilarious The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • The Map of Days by Ransom Riggs, the fourth Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children book
  • The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall, the final Penderwicks book
  • Swing by Kwame Alexander, author of Booked and The Crossover, and Mary Rand Hess
  • The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm, sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu, the sequel to Warcross
  • Imposters by Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series.

If none of these appeal, stop by for personalized reading recommendations from your librarians. Also, don’t forget that we have ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive!

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November Bay Area Author and Literary Events

November Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Jennifer L. Armentrout and Evelyn Skye in conversation about Armentrout’s new book, The Darkest Star
Thursday, November 1, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Rd. Redwood City
RSVP here

 

The first annual #DemigodGoals event: celebrate Rick Riordan’s mythology and demigods books!
Saturday, November 3, 2:00pm
Books Inc.
1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600 Campbell
More information here

 

Science journalist Dr. Michael Wall discusses his book Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (for the Cosmically Curious) with Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
317 Castro Street, Mountain View
More information here

 

Shannon Messenger is back with Flashback, the seventh book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Tickets and more information here

 

Traci Chee and Erin Summerill discuss the conclusion to Chee’s Reader trilogy, The Storyteller
Friday, November 16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Celebrate the launch of Gordon Jack’s new novel Your Own Worst Enemy
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
More information here

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Edible Book Festival Winners!

Edible Book Festival Winners!

With fifty entries, trivia, games, and lots and lots of cake, we had a great Edible Book Festival on Monday!

Here are the winners in our eight prize categories:

Winner of Most Original category, Limu the Blue Sea Turtle by Arya N. Two cakes in the shape of turtles, one blue and a smaller green one. Winner for Healthiest category, Winnie the Pooh by Mallika P. '25. Winnie the Pooh made of cheese, holding balloons made of tomatoes. Winner of Best Food Eaten in a Book Category, cupcakes from The Land of Stories by Anaika W. and Raeva P. Cupcakes with small books made of fondant placed atop them. Winner of the People's Choice category was a tie between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Zara M. and The School for Good and Evil by Naomi R. and Samantha K. Pictures of two cakes. Cake 1 is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed, with rainbow icing and a small chocolate bar with a golden ticket. Cake 2 is in the shape of two castles, one black and one white. Winner of the Technical Merit category is The Life Of Pie by Hannah R. Picture is of a pumpkin pie with an intricate tiger face on it made of chocolate. Best Simple Idea category winner is A Mango Shaped Space by Jillian A. Picture shows a mango fruit in a bowl. The bowl is decorated to look like outer space. Winner for Best Moral category is The Rose from Beauty and the Beast. Picture shows a rose made out of pink candy glass and green frosting. Winner for Funniest category is Harry Potter and the Deathly Mallows by Maya Del B. Picture shows a red tray of marshmallows decorated with Harry's lightning shaped scar.

Scroll through the slideshow to see all the entries!

The Sixth Annual Edible Book Festival

 

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The 6th Annual Edible Book Festival!

The 6th Annual Edible Book Festival!

This year’s Edible Book Festival will be on Monday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 6pm in the library! That’s a week and a half away, so start your planning now!

Smiling girl holding a stuffed cupcake.

All Casti community members are welcome to attend, submit an entry, and vote. This year we’ll also have a scavenger hunt, a food trivia contest, puzzles, boardgames, and a raffle with an AMAZING prize, modeled by Elizabeth L. on the right.

The rules:

  • Must be made out of edible components
  • Must either illustrate a concept from a book or be food that appears in a book.

As always, we will vote on entries for our prizes.

Prize categories are:

  • Best Moral
  • Healthiest
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Food Eaten in a Book
  • Technical Mastery
  • Best Simple Idea
  • People’s Choice

Families or groups of students are welcome to collaborate on entries. They may be dropped off in the morning or just before school ends for the day. Please label all entries with creators’ first and last names, and bring in the book that inspired your creation, or a printout of the cover.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Edible Book Festival Frequently Asked Questions:

When does the Edible Book Festival start?

The Edible Book Festival goes from 3:30pm to 6pm. However, many items will be on display starting Monday morning.

What if I cannot come in the afternoon? Can I still make an entry?

Yes. You do not have to be present at the after-school Festival to make an entry, you just have to be able to bring your entry into the library on Monday. We open a bit early to make it easier to drop entries off before school, and accept entries until 3:30.

Can I make something with my friend?

Yes, you can make an entry by yourself, with family, or with friends.

Can my family participate?

Yes. All family members are welcome to make entries together and all family members are welcome to join us at the Festival, from 3:30-6:00pm Monday afternoon.

Can I bring people from outside the school?

Family member are most welcome to join you!

When do I bring in the stuff?

The library will be open to accept entries beginning at 7:30am on Monday. Please come a bit early so that you have time to check in properly with us and still not be late to class. You are welcome to submit entries all day until 3:30.

Does everything in it have to be edible?

Yes, the whole entry should be edible. (Except the plate 😉 .)

Do I have to have a book to make an entry about it?

No. We would prefer that you bring the book, if you are able. However, we can use the library’s edition or print out the cover, if need be.

What if I have a sport?

You are still welcome to enter the competition, come in at break or lunch to view entries, and visit the library during Little C. If you get out of your sports before 6pm, please feel free to return to the library.

Can I win if I am not there?

Competition: If you enter the Edible Book Festival competition and your entry gets the most votes, you can win a coveted spatula.

Stuffy: For the raffle drawing to win the soft serve stuffy, you must be present to win.

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What is a zine, anyway?

Zines (rhymes with “beans”) are small circulation, self-published works created by a person (or small group) with a passion for a particular subject.  Zines can be educational, creative, wry, beautiful, political, whimsical, silly, sarcastic, dark, and even disturbing depending on the aim of the author.  APUSH fans may be interested to know that Thomas Paine’s self-published 1775 pamphlet, Common Sense, is considered by some to have been an early zine.  In the 20th century, the popular comic book hero, Superman, was based on a short story from the 1933 zine, Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization.

a photograph of several zines on a dark brown table

There are no limits on the variety and breadth of topics addressed in zines.  Are you aware of the characteristics of face blindness and its causes?  Did you ever wonder how morphine and heroin are chemically related?  Are you fascinated by the experience of young, second-generation Asian immigrants living in the Bay Area?  Are you just curious about many different things? The Castilleja Library has a large selection of zines – there is something for everyone. Please come ask your library team about what is available now!

-Emi S. ’19

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