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What do you think about a book-less library?  Read this link and take your stand:


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I all started back in 1910 when the mayor of Spokane, WA proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  The idea was publicly supported by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924 and finally presidentially proclaimed in 1966.  It was assured of annual recognition by PL 92-278 of April 1972.

Hey, it’s also celebrated on the same day in Britain!

It's Great to be a Father!

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February is sweet and festive at Centerville Library.  We have prepared two free special holiday events for kids and their family.

Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜發財!

The Year of the Rabbit falls on February 3 this year.  In traditon, the Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days starting with the new moon on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The extended celebration can begin 10 days before the New Year Day with different activities and traditions taking place every day.  To learn more about Chinese New Year, click HERE.

Many Alameda County libraries offer a special program in celebration of this most important Chinese holiday.  At Centerville Library, we will be playing the Lantern Riddle Game for 2 weeks. You may play it at the library or on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/centervillelibrary


See English Riddles

Lantern Riddle Game
Day: February 3-17.
Time: Library Open Hours or anytime on Facebook.

Bring the whole family in anytime during our open hours to see all the colorful lantern riddles on display. The riddles are in English or Chinese, some are easy and some are challenging. There is also a “super riddle” in each language. A paper lantern will be rewarded for each riddle solved and of course, a “super prize” for the “super riddle”. Up to two riddles can be solved per day per person. So stop by every day and see how many you can solve! Click on the links above and below the lanterns to preview the riddles.
*Prizes are limited and subject to change.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
Day: Tuesday, February 8.
Time: 1-6 PM.

Make a pop-up Valentine’s card, an origami heart flower, or a special Valentine with your very own creative design. All materials are provided. Just stop by anytime between 1 and 5:30 PM and join the fun! Younger children please bring a adult friend to help.

Get directions to Centerville Library: Google map

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Are you a fan of “cozy” mysteries?

The Seattle Mystery Bookshop defines a Cozy mystery as: “Think Agatha Christie. Think cats. Think culinary. The cozy is a mystery in which a murder, perhaps violent, is committed without bringing significant unpleasantness to the reader, or to the other characters in the story.”

A perfect example of this genre, apart from Mrs. Christie herself, is the work of Charlotte MacLeod (a.k.a. Alisa Craig). As I own almost all of her books, you would be correct in assuming that I am a fan. In the first of the Peter Shandy mysteries, Rest You Merry, Professor Shandy returns home from a Christmas holiday to find his best friend’s eternally interfering wife dead in his living room. Good thing that he has an alibi. Too bad that the College President wants him to solve the mystery, and quickly. Ms. MacLeod gave us four series of fantastic mysteries. One of them even features a Mountie (and his wife). Those are actually the ones I found first, at a book sale in Yosemite no less. Another author that I tend to recommend to folks is Nancy Atherton, author of the Aunt Dimity series. I’ve reviewed two of that series so far on this site, Aunt Dimity’s Death and Aunt Dimity and the Duke. Do you have any cozy mysteries that you tend to recommend to others? I’m in the mood to read something new…and cozy. Anyone?

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Favorite Historical Mystery?

Do you have a favorite Historical Mystery? For that matter, is there a time period that you prefer for your mysteries? Personally, I especially enjoy historical mysteries that teach me something about the time period. For example, The Cater Street Hangman has a wealth of information about upper middle class life in Victorian Britain. Crocodile on the Sandbank manages to insert all kinds of information about the state of Egyptology during the Victorian era. Hmmm…I seem to enjoy Victorian mysteries. Well, I also enjoy books from the 1920s/30s…and Kate Ross’s Julian Kestrel mysteries that take place in the 1820s in London. A ha! My taste in mysteries seems to be quite anglo-centric. I knew that there was a trend in there somewhere. I need to branch out more. What about you? I need a list of new historical mysteries to try.

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What Is Your Favorite Picture Book?


If you frequent this blog, it is likely that you have noticed my love of Picture Books, as I seem to talk about them quite often. Now, we all know that not all Picture Books are created equal. (I could tell you about some *very* boring examples of the genre…but I don’t want to put you to sleep.) I have recommended a few fabulous ones by now, but I would like to know the name of your favorite picture book(s). Yes, I want to make a list of cool books to check out. Do you fancy Frederick? Do you like Lyle, Lyle Crocodile? Or, do you prefer the Pigeon? Let me know!

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