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Friends of the Libraries: Are libraries important? Ask Yorba Linda

June 13, 2013|By Mary Ellen Goddard

I have talked a lot about our Costa Mesa libraries and their history and tried to get more people involved in the quest for larger facilities that allow for expanded services for our residents. So now, I am trying another tack. As you read this, remember that Costa Mesa has less than 17,000 square feet of library space and 113,000 residents.

The city of Yorba Linda's library dates back about 100 years to 1913, when the first library opened in a small room of the school. Four years later, it was moved to a building by itself. The library remained there until 1960, when the population had risen to all of 1,198, and then a 6,000-square-foot library was built. (Mesa Verde Library is 6,400.) In 1970, the population reached 11,856 and a 17,425-square-foot addition was dedicated. In 1990, when there were 52,422 residents of Yorba Linda, the library was enlarged to 28,530 square feet. In 2010, with a population of 64,234, the city was again making plans to expand library space, this time with a new building. Seems to me that Yorba Lindans appreciate what libraries offer. Do you suppose, if we sent delegations up there, that it might be catching?

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Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library repairs

I was able to take a "sneak peek" at the construction inside the library this week, mostly from the doorway. The contractor seems to have everything proceeding on schedule. Two weeks ago, I told you that they had to replace another roof beam, and that was done with dispatch. Now, the roof is finished and the builders are working on updating the restrooms to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. They have also been working on outside access points (that sort of means sidewalks here), also perhaps for ADA. Anyway, the library is looking great from the outside, and I have every hope that it will be able to open at least soon after July 15. Perhaps when I write again — in two weeks — I can give you that sort of news. Anyway, a celebration is planned, so watch for it!

At the Mesa Verde Library

Summer Reading Program registration begins June 24, and the grand kickoff program will be Mark Rosenthal's "Animal Magic" show at 1 p.m. June 25. The program will be a blend of exotic animals, humor, life sciences and magic, sure to please all ages.

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