February 4, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- With her books lining the stage behind her, children's author Nikki Grimes shared her work and inspiration with students at Sonora Elementary School on Thursday. "Words are magical, powerful things that you can use in a good way or bad," Grimes told students. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for her popular poetry book, "Meet Danitra Brown," Grimes spoke of her love affair with books and her escape into writing.
July 18, 2004
The public library isn't what it used to be. Today, when information ranging from the collected works of William Shakespeare to the latest photos of Mars are available on any computer hooked up to the Internet, simply providing a vast holding of books isn't enough. Newport Beach residents can count themselves lucky, then, that their central library is so much more. From its get-go 10 years ago, the library on Avocado Avenue was designed to do more than stack books row upon row. The forward-looking designers, armed with $2 million raised by the community and another $7 million provided by the city, probably could not have imagined just how ubiquitous technology would become, but they could not have done much better in preparing the library for our technology-filled present.
September 25, 2002
64, Irvine ... Professor of English and creative writing and fiction director of the master's program in writing at UC Irvine ... This year saw several of his students -- including Alice Sebold and Andrew Winer -- publish well-received books ... Tells his students that writing is like long-haul trucking, not a sprint ... "It takes patience and stamina" ... Thinks James McMichael, poetry director of the master's program,...
January 14, 2006
You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be -- I had a mother who read to me. -- STRICKLAND GILLIAN While waiting in line at a Starbucks, I smiled at the little girl who straddled her mother's hip. The girl had big beautiful brown eyes and a smile that made everybody else in line smile when she looked their way. She played peek-a-boo with me for a little while, and...
February 8, 2002
1. Books, books and more books! A members-only preview of a used book sale will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Membership applications will be available at the door. (949) 759-9667. 2. Get your dancing shoes on. All intermediate and advanced ballet students 12 to 18 years old as of June 30 from Costa Mesa are invited to audition for the School of American Ballet's Summer Course from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Jimmie DeFore Dance Center, 151 Kalmus Ave., Suite G3, Costa Mesa.
September 16, 2003
"I like the poetry one because of the poetry. My book is about going to the beach." NINA FARIDNIA, 6 "I like the writing center because you get to make books and write about stuff. My book is about sharks." MICHAEL JOLAS, 6 "I like the pocket chart and sort of like the pocket poem. And I like to read in the library because I like to look at all the pictures. I really like writing." REECE LUBEK, 6 "I like the pattern blocks because you can make puzzles out of them.
March 11, 2000
Danette Goulet Shrieks of delight rang out as small bodies hurled themselves at Myra Feigelman, known only to students as the "Storybook Lady." Each week, Feigelman captivates the children of Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa, reading them story after story. "I started in a second-grade classroom the first year," she said. "The next September, I did first and second. It just escalated. Now I read at every classroom in the school for half an hour -- it takes me four days."
March 15, 2001
When I first read about the Newort-Mesa Unified School District's discussion about removing some books from a high school reading list, I thought, "This is ridiculous." I don't believe any censorship in the United States is correct. I believe it's all out of line, and it's unacceptable. I believe censorship is based on fear and a desire for your own power. The best place to read a controversial book is in a classroom or in a reading group of some kind where the reader gets to discuss and listen to all ideas about the books.
August 21, 2003
"When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." I love that line from the movie "You've Got Mail," uttered Meg Ryan, as the owner of a bookstore, as she muses over the profundity of children's literature. At UCLA, I took a class in children's literature, "Kiddie Lit" as it was nicknamed. I took the class as a "Mick" (Mickey Mouse class, with the reputation of being an easy "A")
January 27, 2001
Last Tuesday, Newport-Mesa Unified school board member Wendy Leece asked her colleagues to pull two books from the reading list of English classes at Newport Harbor High School. The two book are "Of Love and Shadows," by Isabel Allende, and "Snow Falling on Cedars," by David Guterson. I have not read the books, but I have read the objectionable passages, so here are a few comments about what I anticipate will be a major verbal assault on Leece. Newport Beach and Costa Mesa are not living in a vacuum.