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Friends of the Libraries: Support 'the heart of a city'

May 15, 2013|By Mary Ellen Goddard

"A library should be the heart of a city." Steven S. Choi, mayor of Irvine, said this in his Jan. 29 article in the Orange County Register. This is a theme that has been repeated many times by those who know the benefits of libraries, who know that even if they buy many of their books instead of checking them out of the library, people still need physical places to gather, explore, study and engage. All ages benefit, but perhaps especially small children, who have such curious minds and should be given the opportunity to soak up knowledge and concepts that will serve them their whole lives.

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Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library News

Yes, the library is still closed for repairs, but I have been watching the progress, and the project is marching right along. It has been exciting to watch the huge beams being replaced. The workers seemed to have it down to a science, and from the time they used the huge crane to take out the old beam to the time they inserted the new one, everyone seemed to be choreographed into a specific job in a ballet. It was so much fun to watch that I almost wish they weren't done with that part of the job. On Tuesday, there was still one man that I could see working on the skylight at the top of the library roof. They are going to be working on some inside-the-library repairs next.

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At the Mesa Verde Library

Staff at this library — as well as the Costa Mesa Technology Library — are also serving the customers from the Dungan Library while it is closed and doing all they can to make them feel welcome.

Classes on downloading eBooks to your tablet are still being held at the Mesa Verde Library at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, though you should make an appointment by calling (714) 546-5274.

Preschool Storytime for children 3 to 5 is at 11 a.m. every Tuesday. Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., you are challenged to show off your building skills. The library will provide the Legos, and all Lego creations will be displayed in the library for a week.

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