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Friends of the Libraries: What's your favorite spot in Costa Mesa?

September 19, 2013|By Mary Ellen Goddard

It is time for elementary students in Costa Mesa to submit an essay in the fourth annual Essay Contest, sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation. The contest will end Sept. 30. There are two grade-level categories — fifth and sixth grades, and seventh and eighth grades. In 150 words or less, students should write about their favorite place in Costa Mesa, why this is their favorite place, what they do there and who goes with them.

And for the first time, a contest for high school students, the Photography/Video Contest, will also feature "My Favorite Place in Costa Mesa." In this case, students submit an 8.5-by-11-inch color photograph or a one-minute video telling why it is their favorite place. This contest also ends Sept. 30. For more contest information, check the Costa Mesa Library Foundation website at costamesalibraryfoundation.com, call Barbara Steck at (714) 658-2879 or email bsteck41@gmail.com. Cash prizes will be awarded for each category.

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Planning, Building and Supporting Libraries

In an August 2013 article, "A Vision for the Public Library of the Future," writer Susan Hildreth reported on a meeting of national library leaders she had attended and said, "We all want to identify ways that communities can leverage investments in these essential public institutions to build stronger information ecosystems and forge new partnerships for achieving national and local civic goals."

A second article the same month was from an NPR program, "How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune into a Library Legacy." I have talked in this column many times about the need to expand our library space in Costa Mesa. So I guess you could say I am looking for a few local "Andrew Carnegies" to help with this expansion. But there are other types of giving, whether or not you can afford to give monetarily. I am speaking of volunteering two or three hours a week in the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries bookstores and passport and photo service. These projects provide support for our Costa Mesa libraries and need additional volunteers. If you can help, leave a message at (714) 432-7752 or email stapleton4@sbcglobal.net.

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At the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library

At 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the library will host Bilingual Storytime. Since the library isn't officially open at this time, you will need to knock on the door to be admitted. Then at 11 a.m., the English Toddler Storytime will be held.

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