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Friends Of The Library: Family activities on tap at libraries

August 06, 2011|By Mary Ellen Goddard

While you plan family activities for the next two weeks check out the following events, which are free and include "fun stuff" for all the family.

Call the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, at (949) 646-8845 to check on film titles for the Family Movie Night every Wednesday. Toddler Storytime is every Monday at 11 a.m. Family Storytime is every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Bilingual Storytime begins at 2 p.m. Aug. 18. On Aug. 13, there will be another adult arts and crafts event.

At the Mesa Verde Library, (714) 546-5274, you should ask about the Book Club on Aug. 15, when "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveira will be discussed. Bad Poetry Day is Aug. 18. From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Read OC will present a Family Reading Time for families with at least one child younger than 5. This program is for parents as well as their children. There will be stories, crafts and a free book for each family.

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There are lots of other great things about our libraries. Did you know that if the Orange County Public Library branches do not have the book you want and the book is more than a year old, the book can usually be ordered from another library in the United States?

And, often times, you can get the most popular new books as a one-week rental for $1.50, which is cheaper than buying the book. WiFi Internet access is available in the three Costa Mesa libraries, and printing is available from your laptop (while being used in the library) to the library's printer.

And did you know that at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Donald Dungan Branch Library, an Orange County social worker is available to help people get needed resources? And, of course, the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries sponsors a passport submission service at the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Branch Library. Even better, the organization's passport photo business makes this a "one-stop" shop, saving you time and trouble, and also helps to support our three Costa Mesa libraries.

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More Library History

As I mentioned before, although many cities in Orange County have their own library systems, Costa Mesa and many other cities in the county have branch libraries of the Orange County Public Library system. At present, Costa Mesa has three of these branches and became a part of the system in 1923. OCPL celebrated its 90th anniversary on Aug. 1.

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