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Need A Book Recommendation? Try Pinterest!

Need A Book Recommendation? Try Pinterest!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We librarians have already begun working hard getting the library ready for you. We have piles of new books, many of which are already on display on racks and shelves around the library. We’re excited to recommend some excellent reads for you.

Take a look to your right – see where it says “New Books?” That’s the feed from the Casti Library Pinterest account, and it will always show you four book covers that we’ve recently added to the library collection. Clicking on a book cover will lead you to the pin for that particular title. You can also look underneath the book covers and click on the little P. That will take you to our main page, where you can find boards dedicated to various genres and themes, like scary stories, books about to become movies or TV shows, mysteries, and more. All of the books on those pages are titles we have in our collection, so you can be sure to have access to them as soon as you see them and decide you want to read them.

What makes this even more fun is that once you are on one of our Pinterest boards, you can discover even more about books and the world of literature and publishing. Every book you click on will first pop up with an annotation to help you learn more about the book, including recommended grade levels. Then, once you click again, you’ll be taken off-site to see a video book trailer, read an interview with the author, visit the author’s website, or go somewhere else on the Internet that will allow you to get to know the book even better.

Pinterest is a great way to find out what books we’ve recently gotten in. Our New Books board will feature some of the most exciting new volumes, and still more will be on physical display when you come inside. We can’t add them to Pinterest fast enough!

We’re excited to offer this service to you for when you are looking for a book recommendation. But we can’t do it without you! Please come up and talk to any of your librarians about what you like about our Pinterest page and what you think is missing. We’ll always be adding new boards and new recommendations to existing ones, and we’d love to know what you’ve been enjoying lately. And don’t forget: we are always excited to talk with you in person and give you even more recommendations if you’re looking for something good.

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What Is Steampunk?!?

What Is Steampunk?!?

"LuftFlotte Steampunk..." by stephanie at

“LuftFlotte Steampunk…” by stephanie at

“What is steampunk, anyway?”

We got that question a number of times last year, so we are here to explain.

After looking at a lot of different definitions, one source sums it up handily:

Steampunk is modern technology—iPads, computers, robotics, air travel— powered by steam and set in the 1800’s.

Often, steampunk is referred to as Victorian fantasy; stories take aspects of modern technology and adapt them to the Victorian age. It can be full-on alternate reality, like Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy, or it can simply be an underlying feature in a more realistic novel. Steampunk novels tend to have a dark feel to them.

Here is a sampling of the steampunk novels you can find in the library:

The Hunchback Assignments

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The Finishing School series

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The Lazarus Machine

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Fever Crumb

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Something Strange and Deadly and A Darkness Strange and Lovely

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The Leviathan Trilogy: Leviathan Behemoth Goliath

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Want to learn more about steampunk? Here is a good place to start.

Try out a new genre today!

Corrine M. ‘15 with Ms. Bergson-Michelson


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Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

islaWelcome back to campus! There’s no better time than the beginning of the school year to get your read on. Check out these nearby events with authors and creative types.

September 7 @ 4:00pm, A Great Good Place for Books
Love romance? Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After, will appear to celebrate the completion of her trilogy.

September 8 @ 7:00pm, Books Inc Opera Plaza
If you missed yesterday’s event, Stephanie Perkins will appear in San Francisco, in conversation with another YA superstar, Nina LaCour, author of such books as Everything Leads to You.

September 12 @ 7:00pm, Kepler’s
Throne of Glass fans, get excited! Sarah J. Maas is visiting, and her third book is coming out. And to celebrate another trilogy coming to a close, Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky) will appear alongside her.

September 13 @ 4:00pm, Palo Alto Library
Head to the downtown library to celebrate the abundance of teen books turned into movies!geteven

September 18 @ 7:00pm, Books Inc Opera Plaza
Three YA authors, Gretchen McNeil, Anna Carey, and Catherine Linka, will read from their new books and sign their autographs.

September 18 @ 6:30pm, Book Passage Corte Madera
If you loved The 5th Wave (which will soon be a movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz!), you’ll want to be first in line to see author Rick Yancey appear to promote book two in the series, The Infinite Sea.

September 19 @ 7:00pm, Hicklebee’s
Authors Lisa Culbertson and Catherine Linka will appear to promote their books. Culbertson’s is called Catch a Falling Star and is a romantic comedy about a Hollywood star in a small town. Linka’s novel, A Girl Named Fearless, is a dystopia that takes place in a terrifying future America where a young girl is bought so that a man running for president can have an attractive First Lady.

R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio

September 19 @ 7:00pm, JCC SF
Are you one of the scads of fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder? Don’t miss her speech! It’s sure to be inspiring. (This is a ticketed event. $10.)

September 20 @ 7:30pm, The Booksmith
Bestselling fantasy and sci-fi author Malinda Lo (Ash, Adaptation) will introduce and interview Sarah Waters, author of the new book The Paying Guests. This novel is a psychological thriller set in post-Edwardian Britain.

September 26 @ 6:30pm, Books Inc Laurel Village
If you were one of the many fans of Cynthia Kadohata’s book The Thing About Luck last year, you’ll be glad to know she has a new novel coming out, called Half a World Away. Come to this event to get the scoop.

September 30 @ 7:30pm, Nourse Theater
Local author and activist Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) will sit down in conversation with the acclaimed feminist, literary author, and MacArthur Genius Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah) to discuss her important work in multiple arenas. (This is a ticketed event benefiting 826 Valencia. $27.)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

September 30 @ 8:00pm, JCC SF
Participants in last year’s reading challenge might remember the book Go. Or if you’ve ever admired any book cover, chances are, it was designed by Chip Kidd! This acclaimed graphic designer will appear to converse with Michael Cho, a graphic novel and comics artist presenting his latest work, Shoplifter. (This is a ticketed event. $25 and up.)

October 2 @ 7:00pm, Kepler’s
Best-selling author Lauren Oliver (Delirium, Liesl & Po) will appear alongside Jandy Nelson (I’ll Give You the Sun, The Sky is Everywhere) as both present their latest books.

October 10-18, San Francisco
It’s LitQuake! Celebrate all things literary with this week-long festival of books. Especially don’t miss the TeenQuake, dedicated especially to YA literature and teenagers!

Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi

October 11 @ 8:00pm, JCC SF
Anyone who loves to laugh or watch Comedy Central will know Aasif Mandvi. The comedian has written his first book, a memoir called No Man’s Land, and will make a stop in San Francisco to promote it. (This is a ticketed event. $25 and up.)

Do you know of other events not listed here? Let us know!

Have you gone to an event? Write a review for the library website!

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Flame 2014 is here!

Flame 2014 is here!

Flame, the middle school’s annual literary magazine, is here! You’ll definitely want to check out the amazing artwork, photography, poetry and prose in the 2014 edition. Click in the box below to read it online!

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