(From the May 2014 Circle of Friends Newsletter)

The April book sale, which will be over by the time you read this newsletter, appears to be very successful. Ned and Carol Lyke continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the sales run smoothly. These sales generate lots of good will in the community as well as funds for the Friends to use in support of the Castro Valley library. Thousands of books were moved from storage to the library, organized, sold to the eager buyers; the leftovers were re-boxed and sent on to a good cause, and for the first time we were able to accept credit cards at a major sale. This all happened in the span of five days with the help of many volunteers and some special help from the Castro Valley High School Interact Club. Congratulations to all who participated in any way.


Perhaps you are one of the 222 people who were members of The Friends in 2013 and haven't yet renewed for 2014. Please consider renewing. This link will give you all the details: http://friendsofcvlibrary. org/index.php/join-or-renew-2.

A short review of the benefits:

  • You receive this fabulous newsletter quarterly.
  • You support the amazing Castro Valley Library. Most of the special programs for the children are funded by The Friends.
  • You get to attend the Friday evening book sale "members only" event and get a discount at the sale.
  • You get discounts in the Bookstore as well as a $2.00 discount at each of the three book sales.
  • You are a positive presence in the local community and the entire East Bay.

If you need to renew, do so as soon as possible! Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join as well.

The bookstore continues to generate several thousand dollars each month for The Friends. Want to know the details? — Consider saying yes to the nominating committee when asked to take one of the treasurer positions. Or better yet, contact us and let us know you are interested. Sheila Keisner and Joan King have served the organization in this capacity since the bookstore opened in 2009. They will be stepping down in November. Be sure to read the article about this important position elsewhere in this newsletter. Other positions to be filled in November are vice president and member-at-large.

The Friends of the Castro Valley Library is an important organization for everyone in the community. It is especially important for all of us who are lucky enough to be one of the volunteers. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you who make this organization work.

Jane Kraut, President