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December Bay Area Literary and Author Events

December Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Congresswoman Jackie Speier: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Sunday, December 2, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tickets and more information here

 

Books Inc’s First Looks Book Club at the Burlingame Library
Tuesday, December 4, 6:00pm
Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame
More information here

 

Youth Poetry Slam @ Milpitas Library
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
160 North Main Street, Milpitas
More information here

 

Michelle Obama at the SAP Center
Friday, December 14, 8:00pm
SAP Center, 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose
Tickets and more information here

 

The JCCSF Presents Ta-Nehisi Coates
Monday, December 17, 7:00pm
JCCSF
3200 California Street, San Francisco
Tickets and more information here

 

Header picture: “Raindrops” by Benjamin Watson, under CC BY 2.0

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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.

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

Middle Schoolers RSVP here.
Upper Schoolers RSVP here.

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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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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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