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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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Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

“…in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors […] If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

-Abigail Adams, March 31, 1776 in a letter to John Adams, her husband


In 1987, Congress passed a resolution to declare March as National Women’s History Month. Since we’re the library at a girl’s school, it seems best to celebrate with books! Here’s a few of our favorite new things about women.

Rejected Princesses cover

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath

Based on the viral tumblr sensation Rejected Princesses, these are the princesses you won’t find in a Disney movie.

Headstrong cover

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby

How many female scientists can you name off the top of your head? Read this and you’ll know at least 52!

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? cover

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A Story of Women and Economics by Katrine Marçal

A book looking at the ignored labor women do, and how much it actually contributes to making society function.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World cover

Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw and Speak About Feminism for the Real World, edited by Kelly Jensen

Want to know what top minds have to say about the state of feminism today? Read this!


Learn more about Women’s History Month 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
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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
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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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