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Friends of the Libraries: Library closing put off for 3 months

October 04, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

I have mentioned before that the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library needs to have its roof repaired. The closing time for the library was to have been Nov. 18, but due to contract complications, the date has been pushed back three months. Presumably that means that the closing date will be in February.

There are good and bad aspects of this. The good is that the U.S. Passport Service and Photo business at the library will continue on through the winter when people are planning for summer vacations overseas. The money earned helps support our three Costa Mesa libraries.

Also, the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries bookstore will continue to serve our public.

Library users of course, will be happy to have it open to take part in children's and adults' activities, check out books, use the computers, etc.

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The bad is putting off the needed repairs. I suggest that the city might take this time to consider long-term library service to our community and the buildings that house that service.

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Events at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library

To celebrate Halloween, 11 a.m. Storytimes will feature Halloween songs and stories. At 2 p.m. Tuesdays, children are invited to enjoy Duplos in the Community Room. Bilingual Storytimes are at 2 p.m. Thursdays.

The library will be closed Monday for Columbus Day.

Looking ahead, BARK will again bring therapy dogs to the library to give children the opportunity to practice reading to these animals at 1 p.m. Oct. 20.

If your child cannot yet read, that is taken care of too as the Children's Librarian will read to both dogs and children. I happened to be in the library when these dogs came in Saturday, and I must say they were all not only beautiful dogs, but beautifully behaved. Please, no pets or animals are allowed except the BARK dogs.

And on Oct. 23, be sure to visit the library for its first Read- a-Thon. From 5 to 8 p.m., you are invited to share a passage from your favorite book or poem, or just come and read! The librarians would like to show off what great readers visit the Dungan Library. The goal is to have readers continuously reading for three hours. Participation prizes will be raffled off.

The Romance Book Club meets at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. If you are a romance fan, try it! This month they are discussing "High Country Bride" by Linda Lael Miller. For more information, call (949) 646-8845 and ask for Samantha.

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