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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.

Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters/Marina Cafe
17936 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Stan Wong of the California Parks Company manages Lake Chabot's marina concession underMore contract with the East Bay Regional Parks system. Along with snacks, lunches, beverages (no alcohol) and anything else you might need for a day in the park, this is where to buy a fishing license (required for those 16 and older) and to learn what fish have been stocked in the lake. Rowboats, pedal boats and kayaks can be rented for $20 to $60 an hour, with discounts for three hours or more. Fishing gear and life jackets for rental or sale. (Swimming and wading is not allowed, because the lake is a drinking-water source.) The cafe is next to the lake, behind the picnic area; from Lake Chabot Road, follow the signs to the marina. The website is updated weekly with info about fish, lake conditions, etc.