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Evolution of Books Focus of Event

September 20, 2000|MARGARET TALEV

A history of the evolution of books--from clay tablets to the printing press to the computer age--will be presented Saturday at Thousand Oaks Library.

The event's title, Bookmaking: Evolution from Stone to Paper, may be more of a draw for adults than for school-age children. But the event itself, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 1401 E. Janss Road, has attractions for readers of all ages.

Featured presentations will include:

* Artisan demonstrations of stone chiseling, hieroglyphics, Braille, Chinese lettering, illustration, calligraphy, computer techniques and papermaking.

* Children's activities, such as face painting, Braille writing and hieroglyphic drawing. Each child will also receive his or her own blank paperbound book for story writing.

* Storytelling sessions by performers costumed as historical figures.

* A demonstration of hand-casting of 15th century type by Sidney Berger, director of the California Center for the Book, which is affiliated with the Library of Congress.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library Web site:, or call group president Carol Wisniewski Knowles at 497-0291.

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