(From the November 2021 Circle of Friends Newsletter)

Greetings, Friends! We have been given the go-ahead to re-open our bookstore after almost two years! And what a two years it has been! We have many things to do before we’re actually ready to open, but I hope that we will be back in November or December. We are busy contacting volunteers to determine if we have enough staff, reviewing policies and procedures, and ironing out details. When opening day arrives, please come celebrate with us!

We have been holding Saturday morning sales outdoors in front of the library since July, and have raised more than $2000. We will continue these outdoor sales until we are ready to open the bookstore, weather permitting. Our volunteers and our customers are delighted to be there, so stop by and check it out.

Our annual meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Zoom on Tuesday, November 16. This is an opportunity to learn about all the things the library staff offered our community during the pandemic and their plans for the future. You will also hear the ways in which the Friends managed to continue to support the library. We will be electing a president, a secretary, one co-treasurer, and two at-large directors. Please join us for this important meeting! You will need to register to attend. We will send you an e-mail as the date nears with more specific information.

2022 memberships will be available at the time of the annual meeting. Your membership will include coupons that can be used in our bookstore and at larger sales. It’s the best deal in town!! But more importantly, your membership helps us pay for so many programs the library offers the Castro Valley community such as:

  • Children’s story hours
  • Homework assistance for elementary, middle school, and high school students
  • Computer classes
  • Concerts
  • Saturday afternoon movies
  • Castro Valley Reads
  • And many more

I urge you to renew your membership and continue to support our outstanding Castro Valley library.

Kay Wetherwax, President

Friends of the Castro Valley Library