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Edible Book Festival Winners!

Edible Book Festival Winners!

The library celebrated the fourth annual Edible Book Festival on Monday, Mach 27th. A great time was had by all. Check out the slideshow below!

 

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Join Us For the Fourth Annual Edible Book Festival!

Join Us For the Fourth Annual Edible Book Festival!

Entries from the 2016 Edible Book Festival

On Monday March 27th, the library will celebrate its 4th annual Edible Book Festival! Everyone in the Casti community is welcome to join us from 3:30-6:00 for games and food. Everyone who comes can vote in our Edible Book competition. Please RSVP here!

Community members are invited to create entries for the competition.

Scones playing baseball, a pun on Game of ThronesThe rules:

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

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.

All attendees will get to vote to award prizes to their favoritea cake with a book shaped piece missing, a pun on The Book Thief entries…and then eat the creations!

Prize categories are:

  • Most Shakespeare-licous
  • Healthiest
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Food Eaten in a Book
  • Technical Mastery
  • Best Simple Idea
  • People’s Choice

Whether you create an edible book, want to play games, do word-inspired art, or admire the creative work of our community (and groan over bad puns), we look forward to seeing you there! RSVP here!

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Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest!

Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest!

Palo Alto Weekly is holding their annual short story contest!

The contest is professionally judged and stories can be up to 2,500 words. There are two youth categories, one for ages 15-17 and another for ages 12-14. You can submit your story from now until April 13th. For more information, visit the Palo Alto Weekly’s website here.

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March Bay Area Literary and Author Events

March Bay Area Literary and Author Events

cover of Enter Title Here Rahul Kanakia discussing his debut novel, Enter Title Here.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 2:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara, CA
More information here.

 

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting it Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, creators of the viral game Tampon Run.
Monday, March 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
cover of Girl Code
cover of The Mother of All Questions
Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me, talks about her new book The Mother of All Questions with Angie Coiro.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 7:30pm – Seating opens at 6:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Katherine Webber shares her debut book for young adults, The Heartbeats of Wing Jones.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
cover of The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
Kamau Right Now! promotional picture
W. Kamau Bell: Live show of Kamau Right Now! featuring political comedy, cultural conversation and special guests.

Nourse Theater
 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Notorious RBG Day at Books Inc!
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 3:00pm
Books Inc.
301 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
cover of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg
cover of Strange the Dreaer
Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, talks about her new book, Strange the Dreamer, with Jandy Nelson.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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February Literary and Author Events

February Literary and Author Events

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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 Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here.
Boy Robot by Simon CurtisThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

 

The Meaning of Michelle, edited by Veronica Chambers Reporter Julie Makinen and Senior Director of Content Partnerships at Getty Images Elodie Mailliet join Veronica Chambers to discuss her book The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
More information here.

 

The Nature of Reality: B. Alan Wallace, a world-renowned author and Buddhist scholar, and Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, discuss the nature of reality from both spiritual and scientific viewpoints. Mediated by theoretical physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser, director of Dartmouth’s Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA
Tickets and more information.
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 The Burning World by Isaac Marion Isaac Marion, author of Warm Bodies celebrates the release of the new sequel The Burning World with S.G. Browne, author of BreathersLess Than Hero, and more.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 –  RSVP here.

 

Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Tim Floreen, MG Hennessey, and Brie Spangler talk LGBTQ Titles
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.
LGBTQIA Pride flag

 

 The Playbook by Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.

 

Roxanne Gay, author of Difficult Women, in conversation with Anna Sale
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 7:30pm
Nourse Theatre
275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA
Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

 

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab V.E. Schwab in conversation with Tara Sim about the final Shades of Magic book, A Conjuring of Light.
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 7:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.

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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 to the Prison Literature Project, books in high demand are:

  • dictionaries of all kinds (including ASL sign language); thesauruses, almanacs, GED test prep materials, and other paperback reference books
  • how-to books: drawing, origami, chess, construction, gardening, etc.
  • books on African-American, Latino, and Native American history and culture
  • books on politics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, science, mathematics
  • fiction by or about people of color
  • classic literature (in English or Spanish)
  • books on meditation, yoga, and bodyweight exercises

 

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