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Friends of the Libraries: Check it out — the Dungan is back

July 25, 2013|By Mary Ellen Goddard

Hurray! I have been telling you it was going to happen, and now it is. The Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library will open again at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The reopening celebration will continue until 2 p.m., with refreshments and music at 10 a.m., a program called "Wildlife Company" with wild animals at 11 a.m., crafts at noon, and balloon hats, etc., for children at 1 p.m. For those who may not be familiar with the library, it is located at 1855 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa, and the telephone number is (949) 646-8845.

And I am happy to let you know that the United States Passport Acceptance Service and passport photos will also be available, beginning with this opening day, for the regular schedule of 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Remember that the passport service is by appointment on Saturdays. No appointments are necessary for passport photos. Many people have commented at how convenient it is to have the service in the library.

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The Summer Reading Program for adults, teens and children will be held at the Dungan Library during August at this library, though it is finishing up at other OC Public Libraries branches. And Samantha Smith will be restarting the book discussion groups early in August. Call her at the number above for the details.

Continuing with the special programming, at 11 a.m. Aug. 5, Abbit the Average will entertain with his magic tricks that everyone should enjoy. DUPLOS will be from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday. And Family Storytime is 2 p.m. every Thursday. Bilingual Storytime will begin in September.

At the Mesa Verde Library

The first program for the next two weeks at this library is PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), a pet-assisted therapy program where children can read to a dog, which is often less threatening than reading to another person. Pre-registration is required for this program, which is to be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The number to call is (714) 546-5274.

The next event is the Grand Finale for Mesa Verde Library's Summer Reading Program, when the Juggler Extraordinaire will appear to present a family program. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

I have to tell you, the first day for the Hungry Games was Tuesday, and more than 120 people — kids and adults — showed up to play games that challenged everyone to use only their hands and feet. There were to be two more days of these games, both with different rules.

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