Posts Tagged ‘Book Club’

These are prescheduled weekly or monthly programs.  For special events, please check our current listings on Alameda County Library’s website at http://www.aclibrary.org

Click on program name for more details.

Ages Program Name Dates
Ages 2 – 6 Read-To-Me Drop-in Storytime, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm except Nov. 26th. Oct. 1st –
Dec. 17th
Ages 3 – 5 Preschool Storytime Plus, Thursdays 11:15 am – 12 pm. Oct. 1st-
Nov. 19th
Ages 3 – 6 English/Mandarin Storytime Plus*, Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:15 pm, no class on Nov. 3rd.  Registration required. Sept. 29th –
Nov. 24th
Gr. 1 – 6 Read-With-Me* Reading Assistance
Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, 3:15-3:45, 4-4:30, or 4:45-5:15, no classes on Nov. 24th and 26th. Registration required.
Oct. 6th-
Dec. 17th
Gr. 4 and up Kids Book Club*
Second Thursdays of the month,  4-5 pm. Registration required.
Oct. 8th,
Nov. 12th, Dec. 10th
Parents Parenting Class for Mandarin-speaking parents, first Thursdays of the month, 12:30 – 2 pm Sept. 10th, Oct. 1st, Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd

🙂  Centerville Library is located at
 3801 Nicolet Ave, Fremont, CA 94536. Phone: 510-795-2629


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At the last Centerville kids book club meeting , we spent our time discussing and recommending our favourite books. In no particular order here is the list


Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey. Dragons and global warming. Read the entire series.

Among the Barrons by Margaret Peterson Haddix. In a future world of false identities, government lies, and death threats, Luke feels drawn to the younger brother of the boy whose name Luke has taken. Fourth book in the Shadow Children series.


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Everyone at book club loves this book and is thrilled that there are more in the series.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. We read this one for our book club, long before the movie came out. We love the adventure of Lina and her friend in a city that is slowly going dark. Read the rest of the series, too.

Amazing days of Abby Hayesby Anne Mazer. Stories about Abby , her friends and her family. fun series.

Simon Bloom, the gravity keeper by Michael Reisman. Nerdy sixth-grader Simon Bloom finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics, but when two thugs come after him, he needs the formulas in the book to save himself. Sitting on my bedside table right now! <br.

Magic Kitten by Sue Bentley. Spending a boring summer in the country with her aunt turns exciting for ten-year-old Lisa when she discovers a magic kitten. fun series.

Quake By Joe Cottonwood. With their parents away at the 1989 World Series, fourteen-year-old Franny, her younger brother, and their cousin try to cope with the frightening events following an earthquake that destroys their home on Loma Prieta mountain


Secret Garden and The Little Princess by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Classics we love.

Ella Enchanted By Gail Levine. Gail levine is a master of the retelling of fairy tales and this retelling of Cinderella is very popular.

The Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s New World by Nathaniel Philbrick. Adaptation of an adult book , but the same author.

Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley’s journal by Jeff Kinney. Funny book , read the whole series.

Molly Moon’s incredible book of hypnotism by Georgia Byng. Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet wants to be a writer, so she writes everything down. Some of what she writes is not so nice, and when her classmates find her notebook…

Things hoped for By Andrew Clements. Seventeen-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing. Companion book to Things not Seen. Actually, we just love books by Andrew Clements.


Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney. While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Another classic.

Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu. Book 1 of the Cronus Chronicles . After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.


The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… Wait , there are no bad books by Roald Dahl.

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Glori. When their father is kidnapped and danger looms, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their Scottish castle.

The lightning thief by Rick Riordan. After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. First book in the series: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Also try a book on Greek Mythology .

Do Over by Christine Hurley Deriso.Seventh-grader Elsa moves to a new town and starts a new school where, with the help of her recently deceased mother and a magic locket that allows her to redo the last ten seconds in any situation, she attempts to become popular.


Fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley. First book in the Sisters Grimm series. Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead and that is not the only thing they find out…

13th Reality by James Dashner. New Series. Thirteen-year-old Atticus “Tick” Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only “M.G.,” and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane.

As you might have guessed , the kids in the Centerville book club like to read. And all of us are looking for suggestions — so give us some in the comment section. And if you are looking for more books and ideas for summer fun , look at the Summer Reading blog.

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Based on the 1989 earthquake, three kids are left at home while their parents go to the World Series. When the earthquake hits , they are on there own. In the next few hours they have to keep themselves safe and help some of their neighbors too.

Read the first chapter here.

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Need more summer reading suggestions? The Centerville Kids book Club is putting together a list of books that you will see in about two weeks! And you can make a suggestion for our list in the comments!

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This Thursday from 4 to 5 at the Centerville Library – our Book Club ( 4th – 6th grade) will be discussing Hatchet

Brian is 13 and his parents are divorced. He is flying to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness in a small plane. The pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes leaving Brian alone in the wilderness. He has a hatchet and not much else to survive.

How long could you survive on Your own ? What skills do you have that might help you survive in the woods?

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heirapparent Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde is the book we are reading for The Centerville Kid’s Book Club ( Thursday 4-5). I was going to give a quick description, but Unshelved, a library on-line comic, give a great description here. Actually , if the you are between the ages of 10-15 and are looking for something to read , check out the book club pages at Unshelved every Sunday.

If you join us for the book discussion on Thursday,here are some questions to think about:

If you could have one of the magical objects in the game, which would you choose?

Do you think games can be dangerous? Why or Why not? Who should protect children from dangerous or violent games?

Jannine gets a number of chances to try again. Each time she ‘dies’ ,she does better. Have you ever wanted a ‘do-over’ ? Do you think you would do better if you had a second chance?

Join us Thursday form 4 to 5 at the Centerville Library.

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turkey1 The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr is the next book we will be discussing at the Centerville Kids book Club ( 4th grade and up) .  Join us on Thursday November 13th at 4 pm for a great hour of fun, talking about a very funny book.

At fifteen, Simon has just finished the third grade for the forth time.  His teacher feels that it is time for him to spread his wings and find his place  in the world.  He hatches a plan to take an over abundence of turkeys to Denver, over 1000 miles away.  Along the way, he meets a number of interesting people, including a runaway slave, some circus folks and Indians.  He also acquires a few extra animals, including a family of camels.

Join us this Thursday and answer the questions– Were you surprised by who was good and who was bad?  What part of the adventure was the most fun?  And is Simon really simple?

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Kevin was just an average kid. He did ok in school, but not great. He wasn’t the best at sports, but he wasn’t picked last either. It was Monday.Nobody was home. His best friend had guitar lessons and a dentist appointment. So there was nothing for Kevin to do but homework. Kevin threw a ball against the wall behind his desk. Thwonk, thwonk, thwonk – whoosh . Kevin looked up. His baseball ball cap , which had been on his head only seconds before was now pinned to the wall above his desk with an arrow. He turned and half hidden behind his bed was a stranger.

“Who are you and how did you get here?” asked Kevin.

“I was riding my tiger, lost my balance, fell off and landed here,” replied the stranger.

The stranger is from an ancient Korean kingdom and Kevin needs to help him get back to his time before history is changed forever.

Join the Centerville Library Kids book club on April 17th at 4pm to discuss Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park .Contact: Beth Buchanan (510) 795-2629 or email: ebuchanan@aclibrary.org .

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