Gala reception at California State Library set for November CLA conference

The California State Library Foundation and Infopeople are hosting a free reception at the California State Library Sunday, November 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 for everyone coming to the California Library Association’s annual conference in Sacramento November 10-13, 2006. The Sunday evening reception will allow conference-goers from around the state to socialize with their peers midst the historic ambiance of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building at 914 Capitol Mall, across the street from the State Capitol and Capitol Park.

The building, which was completed in 1928, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in state government. The neo-classical structure’s exterior is clad in Sierra white granite and granitex architectural terra cotta.

The November 12th reception areas will include the Memorial Entrance Vestibule on the first floor, the State Librarian’s office and adjoining hallway on the second floor, and Gillis Hall and the Circulation and Catalog Room on the third floor. The Vestibule, which is dedicated to California veterans who died in World War I, features towering decorative Italian marble pillars and a mural painted by Frank Van Sloan. The State Librarian’s office has several important California landscape and portrait paintings, while the second floor front hallway features the Anoakia Murals by Maynard Dixon. Gillis Hall contains the immense mural, “A Pageant of Tradition,” also created by Dixon, with a theme of California’s historical progress and pioneering ambition. The Circulation and Catalog room is graced by a highly ornamented ceiling and bronze entrance gate, chandelier, and elevated statues.

Please join California State Library Foundation officers, the California State Library and Infopeople for an early evening of fun, good conversation, and refreshments, and enjoy this opportunity to view the artistic and architectural details that make the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building one of the gems of Sacramento.

 

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