Friends of the Library: 'Dumbo' to be screened at library

February 19, 2011|By Mary Ellen Goddard

The Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library just won a $4,500 grant from the Romance Writers of America to buy romance books in English and Spanish. The committee that chose the winner is part of the Public Library Assn.

The grant was a project of the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries working with adult services librarian Samantha Hathaway. The Dungan Library is the only library in the nation to win the grant this year. Friends' President Bob Ooten will present the check to the library to buy both paperback and hardcover books.

The next two weeks feature a number of special activities at our Costa Mesa libraries, in addition to regularly scheduled storytimes:


The first of this year's quarterly book sales will be held Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave. Prices will be from 50 cents to $1 each until the last hour when it will be "Buck-a-Bag."

Family Movie Night on Feb. 23 will feature "Dumbo" at the Dungan Library. Call (949) 646-8845 for information on the regularly scheduled storytimes and "California Mysteries" Book Club.

At the Mesa Verde Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, is "Underground Railroad Freedom Quilts," a story and craft program for children between 5 and 12 years old will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Feb. 24. Sign-up is required. Call (714) 546-5274 for storytime schedules.

All Costa Mesa libraries including the Costa Mesa Technical Library will be closed for the Presidents Day on Monday.

More about our libraries

Libraries are proven to return dividends by raising the profiles of the communities they serve, including income, education, labor market, employment and quality of life. And despite the emergence of the Internet — and sometimes because of it — libraries will continue to do so.

Public libraries serve all ages, from toddler to senior citizens, rich and poor, equally. They serve employers and employees alike.

These are some of the reasons that two volunteer, nonprofit organizations are working for our present —and future — libraries. The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries supports our three Costa Mesa branches of the Orange County Public Library. This past year the group provided more than $85,000 in books and supplies, programming and new equipment to these libraries.

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