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Friends of the Libraries: Behind the Mt. Everest climbs

February 07, 2013|By Mary Ellen Goddard

Climbing Mt. Everest is the theme of the program at the Feb. 23 Speaker's Series event sponsored by the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries. Bill Burke, who has reached the summit of Mt. Everest twice, will be the evening's speaker.

Burke has scaled the highest peaks on seven continents and has done this after reaching the age of 60. One of Costa Mesa's own, he is a corporate lawyer, husband, father and grandfather. He will bring some of his climbing equipment to demonstrate its use. The talk will follow a Mexican dinner from Taco Mesa and a very short business meeting. It is not necessary to be a Friends' member to attend.

To make reservations, call Bob Ooten at (714) 545-9613 or e-mail to bobbyooten@aol.com by Feb. 19. The cost is $8.00 each. It will be held in the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church at 1701 Baker St. at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23.

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Fanny Bixby Spencer

Another program that should interest those interested in our city's libraries is sponsored by the Costa Mesa Historical Society. On Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., Marcia Lee Harris will portray Fanny Bixby Spencer.

Some of you will remember that Fanny and her husband, Carl, were very large supporters of getting a library started here in Costa Mesa in 1923. Fanny paid a portion of the wages of Sarah Conant, our first local librarian, for a number of years, and she and Carl supplied a building for the library — free — for many years. Fanny was a member of the wealthy Bixby family of Long Beach. She was a poet, pacifist, suffragist, child advocate, foster mother and more. You are invited to attend this free program.

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Discovering the Library and Bookstore

I was putting in my two hours of volunteer time in the bookstore in the Donald Dungan Library this last Tuesday, taking passport photos and training a new volunteer, when the photo customer who had just come in looked up at the walls of books in the bookstore and said wonderingly, "Are these books for sale?" He said he lived nearby but hadn't been in the library before. I think we will see him again. Before he left, he bought several books!

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Libraries Closed for Two Holidays This Month

The Orange County Public Library branches (which includes our three Costa Mesa libraries) will be closed both Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 18.

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At the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library

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