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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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October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

The First Looks Book Club presents author Caitlin Seal in celebration of her novel, Twice Dead: Necromancer’s Song #1.
Tuesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Books Inc.
1375 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame
More information here

 

Laini Taylor in conversation with Sabaa Tahir about Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to Strange the Dreamer
  Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

David Levithan with Someday, the sequel to Everyday
Wednesday, October 3,  7:00pm
Books Inc.
1344 Park St, Alameda
More information here

 

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera in celebration of their new book, What If It’s Us
Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Buy tickets here

 

Tahereh Mafi in celebration of her new novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and Ransom Riggs with the latest Peculiar Children book, A Map of Days
Friday, October 19, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Buy tickets here

 

City Arts & Lectures presents Roxane Gay, Michelle Goldberg, and others
Friday, October 19, 7:30pm
Nourse Theater, San Franciso
Buy tickets here

 

Castilleja Library’s Edible Book Festival
Monday, October 22nd, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Espinosa Library, Castilleja School
More information here

Header picture adapted from “Squashes” by duncan under CC BY-NC 2.0

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Author Visit: Nina LaCour

Author Visit: Nina LaCour

Picture of author Nina LaCour: a brunette white woman wearing a yellow velvet shirt, looking at the camera.

Coming to the Castilleja Library in late September is Nina LaCour, author of five young adult novels! LaCour seems to charm every reader with her stories of love, grief, and friendship. Her novels are a true and candid study of her characters’ identities and emotional journey to find themselves in the world around them. Her novel We Are Okay received the Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Novel of 2017, and all of her novels have been recognized by Publishers Weekly.

 

What is most striking about LaCour’s novels to young adult readers is her beautiful writing and narrative that truly allows readers to connect with her characters. She tells stories about all forms of love, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, LaCour’s novels are a testament to all young adults and their experiences with love and friendship by centralizing their character development and emotions rather than their queer identities. LaCour’s literature stands out for this as well as her outstanding quality of writing, earning LaCour her critically-acclaimed status.

a collage of Nina LaCour's books

Nina LaCour will visit our library and campus from September 24th-26th. She will speak at an Upper School assembly on the 24th, and will visit all the tenth grade English classes. She will also have lunch with student writers, hold office hours in the library, and host a writer’s workshop in the Ace Center during late start on Wednesday.

–Meher S., ’20

 

Ms. LaCour’s Schedule:

Monday, September 24th:
Assembly for grades 8 – 12, Chapel Theater: 2:35pm – 3:15pm
Book signing and informal Q & A, Library: 3:20pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 25th:
Lunch with upper school student writers, ACE Project Room: 12:10pm – 12:55pm

Wednesday, September 26th:
Writing workshop during late start, Library: 8:00am – 9:00am
Office hours, Library: 9:00am – 11:00am
Lunch with middle school student writers, Room 9: 11:15am – 11:50am

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Introducing Sora, a new ebook app

Introducing Sora, a new ebook app

the logo of the ebook app SoraExciting news! Overdrive has a new app just for schools called Sora. Sora makes it easier than ever to browse, download, and read books from our digital library. The best thing about Sora is that your librarians can create collections of books with you in mind! We have collections of everything from books your librarians especially loved to retold fairy tales to John Green read-a-likes.

Click here to see a page on how to get started with Sora. You can also click here to visit Overdrive’s Help Center, where you can watch device-specific videos that will help you check out books for the first time. If you have more questions, see our ebook FAQ page or come in to talk to your librarians!

 

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