Friends of the Library: A central library on our horizon?

February 09, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

Glimmers, at last, of a dream come true!

On Jan. 31, the Costa Mesa City Council's study session included planning for the next five years. In that planning is a Library Master Plan for Costa Mesa, and a marker for debt financing to pay for a new library. Also to be studied is a better way to finance the operational expenses of the libraries in Costa Mesa.

Presumably, this will be further discussed and voted upon in upcoming council meetings. I encourage all of you who are interested in library service in our town to show up at council meetings to let your desires be known.


Use your three allotted minutes. If you can't do this, contact the council members by writing a letter, or e-mailing or tweeting, or whatever mode suits you best.

And if you have ideas of what you want to have included in this planning for libraries, please also contact the Costa Mesa Library Foundation, at P.O. Box 2864, Costa Mesa, CA 92628, or via email at

The foundation wants your ideas. If you have a group that would like to know more about what a new library can offer our city's residents, ask the foundation to send a representative to speak.


Essays and posters on display

The four winning essays from the recent contest for school children, sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation, are to be displayed until Feb. 29 in the lobby of Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive.

The essays are about a favorite book. The books chosen by the fifth- to eighth-grade students are "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "The Giving Tree," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Charlotte's Web." The essay contest winners were Arielle Esparza, Victoria Madrid, Kinani Asuega and Jocelyn Vidal.

Also on display are four posters that were created by students from Orange Coast College's architectural department to illustrate those books. The poster artists from OCC are Richard Machessney, Yessenia Juarez, Chawiat Phanao and Laura Nguyen.

Costa Mesa's libraries will be closed Monday and Feb. 20.


Donald Dungan Library goings-on

Apply for or renew your U.S. passport at this library. Passport hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The reference staff will be happy to answer questions about forms, fees, necessary documents, time needed to process the application, special requirements for children younger than 16, and anything else.

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