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Friends of the Libraries: Suggestions for your shopping pleasure

December 13, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

If you are looking for Christmas gifts that are something special, why not check the Collectible Books listed on the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries web page? "Wild Life in the Far West, or A Detective's Thrilling Adventures Among the Indians and Outlaws of Montana," by C. H. Simpson, published in 1896, should please someone on your list. An even earlier book, "Captain Horace," by Sophie May and dated 1864, should please another.

There are also collectible signed books. One of these is "Brave Heart," by David Eckstein and Greg Brown. And there are children's books, one of which is "The Bug Funeral," by Sarah R. Shaber. There are at least three sets of books: Hans Christian Andersen's "Fairy Tales," "The Complete Works of Charles Dickens," in 30 volumes, and a 15-volume set of Nancy Drew mysteries. If that doesn't fit the bill for you, the website also lists collectible vinyl records. Go to http://www.friendscmlibraries.org for a complete listing and more information on all these items. If you can't get to a computer, stop by the bookstore behind the Mesa Verde Library. The bookstore is normally open every day but Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call (714) 438-0517 to check on the holiday schedule.

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Or perhaps you are planning a trip out of the country and need a passport. Or maybe you would like to gift a passport to a relative or friend. This is easily accomplished at the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library with their convenient hours (3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday by appointment). There is also photo service available for one-stop shopping.

If these are out of your budget range, visit either of the Friends' bookstores at the Mesa Verde and Dungan libraries (2969 Mesa Verde Drive East and 1855 Park Ave.). There you can find many like-new books for as little as 50 cents. If you are able to read Russian, the bookstore at the Dungan Library has about 20 books you might enjoy. Proceeds from these items and services help to support our three Costa Mesa libraries.

What is Costa Mesa reading?

The other day I was talking about book discussion groups with Samantha Hathaway, the adult librarian at the Dungan Library, and we came up with the question, "What is Costa Mesa reading?" So I said I would ask in this article and see what replies I got.

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