April 08, 2005

Community Notes:

South Library Will Close For Renovations, Reopen with Marketplace

A number of renovations and changes are scheduled at the South Chula Vista Branch of the Chula Vista Public Library, including adding the successful “Marketplace.” During the major construction, the Branch— which is located at 389 Orange Ave.—will be closed to the public for approximately three weeks.

The Literacy Team office, located in the west wing of the library branch, will be closed from April 18 to 20 and is expected reopen on April 21. The South Chula Vista Branch Library (except the Literacy Team and adjacent meeting rooms) will close on April 20 and is projected to reopen at 10 a.m. on May 11.

In addition to installing the new Marketplace at the South Chula Vista Branch, the interior floor tile and two fountains will be repaired. It is also planned to repaint the entire exterior beginning in mid-April. Many of the planned renovations at the South Chula Vista Branch are taking place as a result of the of a construction defect settlement.

During the closure, both the Civic Center and EastLake branches will be open regular hours. When the South Chula Vista Branch reopens, it will feature the popular “Marketplace” which debuted at the Civic Center Branch last August. “The Marketplace—which has resulted in a dramatic increase in circulation—offers more copies of the newest books and additional new titles for our customers,” said Assistant City Manager/Library Director David Palmer.

“The Marketplace also highlights resources for seasonal topics like travel, holidays and gardening; more displays of the most popular children’s books; and a redesigned checkout area for self-checkout and library card registration,” Palmer said.

“All of these changes provide better customer service, promote higher circulation and allow the library to retain its place as a community-gathering center,” he added. “The Marketplace responds to our library’s customer surveys which indicate that the public wants both more copies and titles.” The Marketplace at the South Chula Vista Branch Library also will include Wi-Fi (a wireless internet connection) and a redesigned magazine area.

The Marketplace changes are consistent with those that have been successfully implemented by a growing number of libraries across the nation using elements of a model that’s thriving in bookstores, coffee shops and other retail establishments.

For the past six months the Library has evaluated input about the Marketplace from the public and staff in order to implement the successful elements at the South Chula Vista Branch. Future plans include implementation at the new Rancho del Rey Branch.

Cal State San Marcos Goes Global for Annual International Fair

Cal State San Marcos will celebrate its international diversity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2005, during the third-annual International Fair.

Throughout the day, University Hall Plaza will be filled with dance, music and free food from across the globe. Participants will get a taste of German sausages, fry bread, udon noodles, Chinese chicken wings, Greek salad, and much more. Entertainment will include demonstrations of Argentine tango, Capoeira martial arts, international poetry and African spiritual songs. The United Nations flags representing current international students will be displayed. The event will also include information and displays from different student organizations and campus departments with an international flare.

The International Fair is free and open to the campus and surrounding community. Organized by the University Global Affairs Committee, the event is also supported by the Office of Global Affairs, Associated Students Inc. and several student organizations. More information about the event is available from the Office of Global Affairs at 760/750-8821.

Public parking is permitted in all student lots for an hourly fee ranging from $2 to $6. Directions to the campus, which is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos, and parking information are available at www.csusm.edu.

Oly’s Opening & Chunky Songs @ Chicano Perk

Olympia Gomez is a local Chicana artist and a teacher in San Diego. Her collection of work will be on display at Chicano Perk throughout the month of April and a reception in her honor will be held to open the show on Friday, Feburary 8th, 2004 from 6:30-9:00pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by Chunky from Los Alacranes.

My work is a palette of earth tones and brown faces juxtaposed between night and day. Community inspires me, colors guide me. I follow my brush to wherever she leads me, an emotional journey to the heart. The eye is a universe of perspectives, mine being the midnight rabbit chasing fireflies across the sky... Here I find the friendly spirits of community faces to inspire me onward.

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