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Friends of the Library: Money granted to buy more e-books

January 12, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

Those of you reading books electronically will be happy to know that the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries has given the Orange County Public Libraries $1,000 to purchase more "best-seller" e-books.

Costa Mesa's three libraries are branches of the OCPL. The demand for these books has increased dramatically recently, and the Friends are trying to satisfy that need.

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Library master plan needed

Libraries affect the quality of life in a community. The better the library, the better the quality of life.

But they are not just something that just "happens." They need to be planned.

What was adequate 10 or 20 years ago is not always adequate now. With the advent of e-books and other electronic media, a study should be made in Costa Mesa — a Master Plan for Libraries — to address the wants and needs of the community.

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Many cities have master plans for their libraries, and some, including Ft. Worth, Texas, are presently working on one. We would be wise to do the same.

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Observing Monday's holiday

All three of our Costa Mesa libraries will be closed Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King is perhaps best known for stressing nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.

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At the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library

Children up to 6 years old and their families will enjoy listening to stories and playing with educational toys at 2 p.m. Jan. 17.

The next day, all children and their families are welcome to build a castle or a car, using Legos and Duplos. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Toddler Storytime, with songs, stories, crafts and snacks, is held at 11 .am. every Monday (unless the library is closed, of course).

Family Movie Day on Jan. 24 is a fun and free way to spend the afternoon. It starts at 2 p.m. in the library's community room. Snacks will be served and all children and their families are welcome. Contact the Information Desk, or call (949) 646-8845 for more details, including a list of upcoming movie titles.

Family Game Night begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25. All children and their families are welcome to attend this free program. The library will provide fun family-friendly games and a snack in the library's Community Room.

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At the Mesa Verde Library

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