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Friends Of The Library: The then and now of Costa Mesa's libraries

December 01, 2011|By Mary Ellen Goddard

A pair of great holiday programs is scheduled at our Costa Mesa libraries in the next two weeks, in addition to the regular children's programming.

At the Mesa Verde Library branch, Preschool and Pajama Storytimes are scheduled from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 13, and from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 14.

Craig Newton will be a special guest and bring his Holiday Program of Song and Music at the Dec. 14 storytime.

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Also at Mesa Verde, families with children aged 5 and younger can enjoy OC Read Family Story Time from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Then, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, holiday craft tables will be set up for school-age children who wish to participate.

The Mesa Verde Library is at 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 546-5274.

Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. Monday at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, Ken Frawley's Christmas and Hanukkah-Themed Show will celebrate the holidays with stories, songs and lots of energy. The other children's storytime for the month will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 12.

For adult readers, the Costa Mesa Book Club will be discussing Ted Gup's "A Secret Gift" at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Later in the month, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27, the Costa Mesa Mystery Book Club will read a book from their Small Town Mystery Series, "A Fatal Grace" by Louise Penny. Those who wish can check out these books at the library's Loan Desk.

The Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library is at 1855 Park Ave. For more information, call (949) 646-8845.

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Essay Contest Display

As part of the 2011 Essay Contest recently sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation, Orange Coast College architectural students created posters inspired by the books selected as favorites among fifth- through eighth-grade students. Those posters are currently on display at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library.

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More Library History

In recounting the history of our community's libraries, I left off with the retirement of librarian Sarah Conant, who had served from 1924 to the end of 1948.

This was a period of rapid growth in Costa Mesa.

World War II was over, and many of those men who had served in the area's military bases decided to return here with their families.

In 1940, the population was 4,692. By 1950, it was 11,844 and in 1953, 16,185.

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