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Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546

High ceilings, plush seating and air-conditioning — an oasis for bookworms of all ages. Kids will find rowMore after row of classic and new titles, get help for algebra or science class at the Homework Center and meet new friends in the Children's and Teen Rooms. Study hard in the quiet reading area, fuel up at the snack bar, get some fresh air on the outdoor patio, and access free Wi-Fi with a free library card.

Patrons wait for the doors to pop open each morning at this $22.2-million facility that opened in October 2009, replacing the older location on Redwood Road.

Hillside Elementary School
15980 Marcella St, San Leandro, CA 94578

Hillside Elementary School is part of the San Lorenzo Unified School District. The school is in the midst of aMore makeover thanks to Measure E funding. There's a new handicap-accessible walkway and new playground. A new library and three new classrooms are under construction. 

The school has a diverse student body, with over half of the students classified as English learners. 

The school has 18 classrooms, two intervention specialists and a resource specialist. There's also a counseling program.

Hillside has an after-school program, which is run by the local Boys & Girls Club. Activities include homework help, art, drama, dance and sports. 

Parents can get involved in the PTA, the School Site Council and the English Learner Advisory Council. 

A Headstart preschool on campus provides morning and afternoon sessions with space for 40 children ages three - five.  

Hillside's School Accountability Report Card can be accessed on its website

The principal is Pam VandeKamp.