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Printing and Book Arts Workshops at Casti!

Printing and Book Arts Workshops at Casti!

The love of books meets hands-on making in this new series of workshops. Everyone’s invited – students, siblings, parents and grandparents – come one, come all! But space will be limited, so sign up promptly. First workshop: 11/22/19 at 3:15 – Making Matchbox Books with Casti Alumna Kit Day! Questions? Email a librarian.

Matchbox Books
Instructor Kit Davey
Book artist and Casti Alumna Kit Davey offers a hands-on workshop for young and old! Integrating paper collage and three dimensional components, matchbox books allow for originality and creativity to shine through. Check out some of Kit’s work on Instagram @daveykit and at
Location: Casti Library
Friday 11/22/19 3:15 – 5:30 pm  – no need to stay the whole time. The goal is to start and finish your own project!
Limited to 25 participants RSVP here

Tinkering with Type 
Instructor Patrick Fenton
Instructor Patrick Fenton Brooklyn’s Swayspace Studio introduces traditional typesetting techniques. Participants will set type for a collaborative project and create finished pieces to take home.
Location: Lockey House Printing Studio
Saturday 4/25/19 10:30 am – 2 pm with a break for lunch
RSVP will be available in April.

Text and Image in Letterpress 
Instructor Lara Durback
This class will incorporate multiple printing techniques. We will experiment with layering graphic imagery, using polymer plate printing, and text, using classic wooden type. Leave with some creative prints!
Friday 1/10/19 (a non-school day) 10:30 am – 2 pm with a break for lunch
RSVP will be available in January.


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Edible Book Festival Winners!

Edible Book Festival Winners!

Between the games, trivia, and abundance of cakes and tasty treats, yesterday’s Edible Book Festival was a great event! Thanks to everyone who helped out, attended, or participated, and a big congratulations to this year’s winners!

For those who couldn’t make it for the awards presentation, here are the results of the vote:

Best Simple Idea “A Snicker” Nina F. ’22

Healthiest “Two Healthy Sisters” Ademi R. ’26

Punniest/Funniest “Lord of the Funyun Rings” Alida C. ’26 and Clara K. ’26

Best Food Eaten in a Book “Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes” Finn L. ’23

Most Original “The Pied Piper” Hannah R. ’23

Most Shakespeare-licious “The Horrible Hand of Murder” Claire C. ’22

Technical Merit “Tea Time in Wonderland” Zara M. ’25

People’s Choice “Between Shades of Oreos” Ella D. ’24, Julie S. ’24, Sam S. ’24


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November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Shannon Messenger with Lisa McMann discuss Legacy, the newest installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Thursday November 7, 6:00-9:00
Smithwick Theater, Foothill College presented by Kepler’s Books
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
More information here

Marissa Meyer in celebration of Supernova, the final book in the Renegades trilogy.
Friday November 8, 7:00-9:00
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

Sally Rooney, author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends, in conversation with Heidi Julavits and benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program.
Friday November 8, 7:30
Sydney Goldstein Theater
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
More information here

Local writer Shannon Price talks to Randy Ribay about her debut novel, A Thousand Fires.
Saturday November 9, 4:00
Books Inc.
1875 S. Bascom Avenue Suite #600, Campbell
More information here

Laura Taylor Namey in celebration of her debut novel, The Library of Lost Things.
Thursday November 14, 7:00
1875 S. Bascom Avenue Suite #600, Campbell
More information here

Eoin Colfer introduces his new book, The Fowl Twins, part of the expanded Artemis Fowl universe.
Friday November 15, 7:00-9:o0
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here



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New Audiobooks!

New Audiobooks!

Castilleja’s e- and audiobook collection continues to grow! We’ve recently added dozens of new audiobooks that you can borrow anytime, from anywhere. Click here to access our collection through the Sora app.

Questions? Just ask a librarian!

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New From Favorite Authors

New From Favorite Authors

Covers of new books: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, Becoming by Michele Obama, and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

We’ve got loads of new books in the library, and a bunch are sequels or new books by authors you love! Come check them out!

New from Favorite Authors

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. A continuation of her Grishaverse books, picking up after Crooked Kingdom

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Becoming by Michelle Obama

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers, a new book in the His Fair Assassin universe

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson


The Wicked King by Holly Black, sequel to The Cruel Prince

The Copper Kingdom by S.A. Chakraborty, sequel to The City of Brass

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson, sequel to Truly Devious

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School by Brandon Montclare

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, conclusion to The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy

Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2 by Sayantani DasGupta.

Giant Days Vol. 9 by John Allison

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis


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Recaptains: A New Reading Resource

Are you excited for Leigh Bardugo’s next Grishaverse book? Counting the days for the sequel to Children of Blood and BoneMaybe you just learned there’s a third book in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. But if you’re anything like us, there is just one problem: you cannot quite remember where the last book left off. What had the main character just discovered about her magic? Who was left dead; who had just arisen from the dead? Who was dating whom?

the logo for the Recaptains websiteFortunately, we have discovered Recaptains, if you need “a refresher before the sequel is released, this is where you need to be.” Beyond a short synopsis and a longer, bullet-pointed step-by-step review of the plot, the “How did it end” section of each entry reviews the major plot details of the last few chapters–leaving you ready to pick the story up once more.

A lot the entries are user submitted, so beyond finding the information you need without rereading the whole series, you can also submit summaries of books that you love and hope to share with other readers. Check out their website or follow them on twitter!


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