Friends of the Library: Leece to speak at annual meeting

January 26, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

"Got Books?" will be the title of a speech by Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece, when she appears as the featured speaker at the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries annual meeting.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church (across the street from the Mesa Verde Library at 1701 Baker Street). The public is invited, but call ahead to ensure that enough chairs are available. Please leave a message at (714) 438-0517.

Leece, a long-time supporter of our city's libraries, will speak about Costa Mesa's library space needs and why we all need to make this a priority in our list of goals, both long- and short-term.


Also on the meeting's agenda is a demonstration on how to download eBooks to an eBook reader.

Are you one of those people who received an eBook reader for Christmas but haven't used it yet because you don't know how to download free eBooks? This is your chance to learn how.

Two of our Costa Mesa branch librarians, Rosalind Wilkes and Karen Emerson, will lead the demonstration. You can go home with a brand new skill that should bring you untold pleasure as you read in a new way.

Also, a short business meeting will be held to elect a president and a vice president for membership, and adopt new bylaws. There will be a presentation of five-year awards to Friends' volunteers, a report on accomplishments in 2011, and attendees will learn about what the organization hopes to accomplish in 2012.

The Friends' website is at


Writer's workshop

The Costa Mesa Library Foundation is planning a four-part Beginning Writers' Workshop, starting in March.

Each session will feature an experienced author sharing ideas and offering suggestions on subjects such as choosing a genre, planning plot lines, creating characters and finding a publisher. A nominal fee will be charged and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Barbara Steck at


Getting a Library Card

Because I volunteer at one of Costa Mesa's libraries, I sometimes am asked, "What do I have to do to get a library card?"

Because Costa Mesa's libraries are branches of the Orange County Public Libraries system, you need an OCPL card in order to check out books from our libraries. The card is good for all 33 OCPL branches.

When you go to the library to fill out a card application make sure to bring photo ID and proof of your address. Remember that borrowing materials with the card brings with it financial responsibility.

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