Friends of the Library: Stock up now for Labor Day reading

September 01, 2011|By Mary Ellen Goddard

You bookworms out there might want to stock up on reads for the three-day weekend. Our three Costa Mesa libraries will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

The Mesa Verde Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, will offer these child-centered activities during the next two weeks: "READ OC" Family Reading Time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and "Lego Wednesday" from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14.

Call (714) 546-5274 for more information.

The Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., will hold a Family Storytime at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Sept. 13. Toddler Storytime is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 12; Family Movie Nights are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 14; and Bilingual Storytimes are at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.


For more information, call (949) 646-8845.

The Friends of the Library Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 to discuss "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand."

For more information, call the Friends' bookstore at the Mesa Verde Library location, (714) 438-0517. At the Donald Dungan Library, the Book Club has selected "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov to discuss at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.


'My Favorite Book' essay contest

The Costa Mesa Library Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest for students in local elementary and middle schools. The contest runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 26. There are two grade-level categories: fifth through sixth grades and seventh through eighth grades.

In 200 words or fewer, students are to include the book's name and author, describe the plot and main character, and then explain why this is his or her favorite book. Essays are to be typed or neatly written in pen on 8½-inch by 11-inch white paper. The upper right-hand corner must include name, age, grade, school and teacher.

Participating Newport-Mesa Unified School District students must turn in their essays to their principals by 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Students from private schools and home-schooled students must turn their essays in to either the Mesa Verde or Donald Dungan libraries by 4 p.m. on that date.

In a special awards reception, winners in each category will receive $100 in cash. One runner-up from each category will receive $50. Teachers of the two winning students will each receive $50 gift cards from Staples.

Winning essays will be posted on the Costa Mesa Library Foundation and the N-MUSD websites, and will be on display in the three Costa Mesa libraries. For further information, contact Barbara Steck at (714) 658-2879 or


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