Castro Valley Library

3-D and Orchids by Susan
Monday, April 30, 2007, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Programs

Presenter Steve Klitzing captivated the imaginations of a large crowd with his program on the history of 3-D animation on Saturday. He spoke about how he got into the field, inventing a game called “Read & Spell” that made $2.5 million for Zootronics that is now in international distribution. He acquainted us with animation and modeling terminology, and recommended sources of software and online animation training. He also covered career and employment information–where the bay area jobs are in 3-D, the types of jobs available, other industries that use 3-D–and noted that, if you are good, “you can write your own ticket.

Luckily for us, Steve has taken up orchid growing as a hobby and will be returning on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 to present “Orchids: Everything About Them!” If you are an orchid fancier, or just want to learn how to keep one alive, come hear Steve talk about the different kinds of orchids and their cultivation and care. His orchid program at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek played to standing room only crowds!

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Programs

Last year the Castro Valley Rotary Club donated a wonderful collection of poetry books to the Library.  Each speaker who addressed the Rotary  in 2006 was asked to choose a poetry book from a list provided by the Library staff.  The Rotary then purchased and donated that book in honor of that speaker.  Inscriptions appear in each book honoring  both the Rotary and the speaker.

April is national poetry month and the Library is  celebrating with a special poetry book display featuring the Rotary donations. 

If your service club would like to learn more about  the Library, or if you’d like Library Manager Carolyn Moskovitz to bring new construction drawings to a meeting of your group,  please let us know.  We recently visited the Hayward-Castro Valley Kiwanis Club, and the Castro Valley Women’s Club.

Poetry Display

New Library Timeline by Susan
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Building site

Today in the Castro Valley Forum, a very nice article appeared on the new library.  Thanks  to the Forum for the great coverage.  The Forum reported that groundbreaking was scheduled for July or August 2009.  Actually, according to Project Manager Jeff Day, groundbreaking is scheduled for April 2008,  and opening is scheduled for July or August 2009.


Boulders by Susan
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Building site


Have you been wondering why there are boulders on the new library site?  They were purchased by the flood control district to help with the day lighting of the creek that will border the library.  They will be located in the creek and will help to prevent erosion.

Animation Seminar April 28th by Susan
Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Programs

Animation  The new library will have a meeting room that will accommodate 175 people, which will be a great resource, since many of the library’s programs are now being held in the children’s area of the library. Our current meeting room is in near-constant use for sorting books for the Friends’ sales, as a Homework Center, and for various small community and library programs.

We will be holding an exciting library event in the Children’s area of the library soon.  We have scheduled a 3-D Animation Seminar with live interactive demonstrations presented by Steve Klitzing, a published educational computer game designer who has a successful game in international distribution. Involved in 3D animation since 1991, he founded the Ohlone College 3D animation program in 1997 and taught it through 1999. He has also worked for The Learning Company and Zoo-phonics. He will be sharing employment and career information about the field as well.

The program will be held Saturday, April 28th from 2:00-4:00pm.

AWE Early Literacy Stations by Susan
Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Children


The new library is scheduled to have two AWE Early Literacy Stations funded by the Friends of the Library. One has already arrived and is proving to be a popular addition to the Children’s area, especially with preschoolers and primary grade students and their parents.

It is a self-contained computer system preloaded with twenty-six top-rated educational software titles such as Jump Start, Reader Rabbit, SpongeBob Squarepants Typing, Between the Lions, Dr. Seuss, Microsoft Paint and several Encarta Programs to help with homework.

A wide range of subjects and skills can be learned. Librarians have observed children practicing their pointing and clicking skills with a mouse, creating pictures of mermaids in an ocean scene, and looking up information on ancient Mayans because “I just like this kind of stuff”.

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