Castro Valley Library


ARE YOU READY FOR AN EARTHQUAKE? by librarianmama
Thursday, March 24, 2011, 2:27 pm
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Association of Bay Area Governments

EARTHQUAKE RETROFIT WORKSHOP FOR HOMEOWNERS

Saturday, APRIL 9th

10am-12pm

The Castro Valley Library

The devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan is a reminder to all of us in the Bay Area that we must be prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis.  Residents should evaluate whether their home needs to be retrofitted, secure their home’s contents and keep an emergency kit. 

The Hayward Fault

  Join Danielle Hutchings, ABAG Earthquake and Hazards Program Coordinator for a workshop on retrofitting your home and preparing for the next big one.  The Castro Valley Library will host this two hour workshop.  No registration is necessary. 

Visit ABAG’s Earthquake and Hazards Program page @ http://quake.abag.ca.gov/

Take the Quiz on ABAG’s site and find out if your home and emergency plan are ready for the next big one @ http://quake.abag.ca.gov/residents/

about the seismogram at the top

This seismogram from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, recorded ground motion near ABAG’s office in downtown Oakland. The station is located 57 miles from the epicenter and measured peak ground acceleration (PGA) of 0.2g (percent gravity). The Loma Prieta earthquake was centered near Santa Cruz California in 1989 and measured magnitude 6.9. Find out how this earthquake compared to the 1906 earthquake. 

Retrieved 3/24/11 from:  http://quake.abag.ca.gov/



Martin Yan really cooks! by deniseqbaker
Monday, March 21, 2011, 10:31 am
Filed under: Books, News, Programs, Uncategorized

 

Slicing technique demo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly three hundred people enjoyed watching Martin Yan wok his magic at two shows here at the library on Saturday. Among the things the TV chef and cookbook author discussed with the audience were the proper type of knife to use, how to chop artistically, how to get children to eat their vegetables, and how to bone a chicken in 18 seconds. He made two stir fry dishes to share.

Yan and fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

He also donated some of his cookbooks to add to the library’s collection. The Daily Review had an article today that tells more about his appearance. Here is the link: http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_17659901

Check these out!

 



Celebrate Corita by library1.5
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 10:28 am
Filed under: Displays, Libraries, News, Programs, Public Art

The Castro Valley was one of the venues for the Corita Celebration, February and March of this year. In partnership with Hayward Arts Council and Art Inc, we showed the award winning documentary film, Primary Colors: the Story of Corita, hosted a gallery show and lobby case display of her works.
Corita Kent, also known as Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs (silk screens) during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968. Corita’s art reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, her hope for peace, and her delight in the world around us.
She was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941 and then taught grade school to Native North American children in British Columbia where she was inspired by their vivid art and imagery. In 1946 she returned to teach art at Immaculate Heart College . In 1951, she received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California; it is also the year she exhibited her first silkscreen print.
Corita’s earliest works borrowed phrases and depicted images from the Bible, but the early 1960’s, she was using popular culture (such as song lyrics and advertising slogans) as raw material for her meaning-filled bursts of text and color. One story told is that she took early inspiration from a bold billboard advertising a Los Angeles car wash. Corita’s cries for peace in the era of Vietnam were not always welcome. In 1965 her “Peace on Earth” Christmas exhibit in IBM’s New York show room was seen as too subversive and Corita had to amend it.
She left the order in 1968 for personal reasons during a time of change in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. She continued to create bold serigraphs, helping to establish it as a fine art process. Her work is in private collections and museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her “Love” stamp issued in 1985 sold 700,000,000. It remains one of the top selling stamps of all time. The Rainbow Swash, a painted water tower just outside Boston is the largest piece of copyrighted art in the world. She lived and worked in Boston the rest of her life. She died of cancer in 1986. The Castro Valley Library exhibit has closed but her work may still be seen at Galleria at the Hayward City Hall.




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