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Ebooks for Thanksgiving Break!

Ebooks for Thanksgiving Break!

Thanksgiving break is next week! Obviously you should come to the library and stock up on books this week, but we also have a huge selection of ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive. So if you

  • need some entertainment for a roadtrip
  • want a distraction for the hours while the turkey cooks
  • want something to do while you’re staying up ’til 1 am just because you can
  • are trying to avoid your siblings and/or elderly relatives

Casti library’s got you covered. Click here to see what’s new on our Overdrive!

 

 

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November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

NYMBC presents E. Lockhart and Julie Buxbaum in conversation Jandy Nelson, author of I’ll Give You the Sun, about their new books
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco 

 

NYMBC presents MT Anderson at the SF Public Library to discuss his new book Landscape with Invisible Hand
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 6:30pm
SF Public Library – The Mix Teen Center
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco

 

Traci Chee in conversation about the sequel to her book The Reader, with Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park

 

Social Media Wellness — Angie Coiro with Ana Homayoun and Nicky Jackson Colaco
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park

 

Shannon Messenger with her new book Nightfall (The Keeper of the Lost Cities, Volume 6)
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park

 

Santa Clara Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 3:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120
Santa Clara

 

Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles, presents her new book Renegades
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

 

Teen Trivia Night: Rick Riordan Books Theme
Friday, November 17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Linden Tree Books
265 State Street
Los Altos

 

Author Matt Harry and illustrator Juliane Crump present their book Sorcery for Beginners: A Simple Help Guide to a Challenging & Arcane Art.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 2:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

 

Bernd Brunner at Books Inc. Opera Plaza with his book Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

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Magazine Review: Riposte

Magazine Review: Riposte

Library TA Emmeline S. ’19 tells you all about one of the new magazines we picked up:

Self-described as the “smart magazine for women” and a decided (and welcome) respite from mainstream media coverage of rumored Kardashian pregnancies and other mundane celebrity “news,” London-based Riposte magazine offers short stories, articles and interviews on topics aimed at educated women.  

Issue 8 of Riposte

Started in 2013 by London-based art gallery curator Danielle Pender, Riposte is a bit of a publishing anomaly.  While many other magazines and media houses are increasingly moving more content online, Riposte’s website features single topic photos and brief teasers for in-depth articles that can be accessed only via the printed bi-annual magazine (Issue 8 is currently available in the Castilleja Espinosa Library).

Riposte is not light reading, nor is it appropriate for the modest reader.  Issue 8 contributors address heavy topics including racism, failures of science education on gender, motherhood, fashion and innovation. This particular issue also features semi-nude and powerfully untouched photos of breast cancer survivor Erika Hart, accompanying a candid article on real-life information gaps she encountered while being treated by her team of medical professionals.  The discussion of sexuality and sexual matters are more European in their openness; however, there are no advertisements or photos of young, photoshopped models in provocative poses.

The visual aesthetic of the magazine is somewhat chaotic with varying typefaces, full page borderless photos immediately followed by distinctly bordered images, and jarring discontinuities of layout. Surprisingly, the former art-gallery curator has not stamped the magazine with a readily identifiable look-and-feel nor has she established a consistent tone or language usage embodied by some of the most prominent magazines in circulation in North America (e.g. The New Yorker).  There are some well-written creative pieces–Adventure (essays) on pages 15-19–a few beautiful photos such as pages 50, 94, and 120-121, and some interesting articles–a the feature on architect/designer Farshid Moussavi on page 20 for example. However, there is a lack of flow across the issue, and the quality of the written and photographic content is inconsistent.  

Lastly, while many of the women covered in the magazine are role models, many of the topics–e.g., motherhood, balancing work/life–are aimed at women at different stages of life than the average Castilleja student.  

While Riposte has yet to fully mature into a consistent, high-quality publication, it is well worth scanning twice a year for insights as well as an introduction to interesting topics and women role models.  

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An Update to Our Collection on Overdrive

An Update to Our Collection on Overdrive

We have exciting news about our ebook collection! We joined a shared collection with a bunch of other libraries. This means we have even more books for you all to read. Hooray!

It also means the link to the our Overdrive collection is different, so you probably need to update it in your app. Here’s how to do that:

illustrations of how to update your libraries in overdrive

 

Step 1: Click the left hand menu and then click “Add a library” under My Libraries.

Step 2: Search for Castilleja in the search bar.

Step 3: Click on Castilleja School in the search results.

Step 4: Click on BAISL Shared Digital Collection on the menu that expands down from Castilleja School.

 

 

 

 

illustration of how to update your libraries in Overdrive  Step 5: Click on Castilleja School from the dropdown menu to sign in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overdrive sign in image

 

 

Step 6: Sign in as usual with your Overdrive sign in.

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