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August 26, 2011
The Newport Beach Public Library has a series of free family-friendly music events to keep residents busy this fall. The Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., is hosting three Sunday Musicales for adults and teens, and two family concerts Sept. 11 through Nov. 20 in the Friends Meeting Room. All events are free, but seating in on a first-come, first-served basis. The first Sunday Musicales, the Modus Novus, a classical guitar duo, will perform at 3 p.m. Sept. 11. Elixir Piano Trio will take the stage at 3 p.m. Oct. 30. The Soprano Synergy will perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 30. The first family concert will feature the Southland Opera performing the "Adventures in Song and Story" at 11 a.m. Oct. 1. Paul Tracey will perform "I Found it in a Book" at 11 a.m. Nov. 19. For more information, call the library at (949)
NEWS
By Mary Ellen Goddard | June 25, 2011
When a thousand people each give $1,000 that equals $1 million. This major capital support campaign of the Costa Mesa Library Foundation — to raise a substantial sum of money for a new central library in Costa Mesa from a large number of residents in our community — gives everyone an opportunity to make a statement that they know and appreciate the importance of libraries in their education, employability, and relaxation. Why do we need a central library? A number of studies completed since 1998 show that there are unmet library needs in our city.
NEWS
By Mary Ellen Goddard | February 9, 2012
Glimmers, at last, of a dream come true! On Jan. 31, the Costa Mesa City Council's study session included planning for the next five years. In that planning is a Library Master Plan for Costa Mesa, and a marker for debt financing to pay for a new library. Also to be studied is a better way to finance the operational expenses of the libraries in Costa Mesa. Presumably, this will be further discussed and voted upon in upcoming council meetings. I encourage all of you who are interested in library service in our town to show up at council meetings to let your desires be known.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 12, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer on Tuesday called for converting the Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library. If accomplished, the 24,000-square-foot downtown facility in Lions Park would be considerably larger than the other three library facilities in the city combined. The other branches - Donald Dungan, Mesa Verde and Technology Branch - total about 16,000 square feet. They are run by the county, with help from the Costa Mesa Library Foundation and Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries.
LOCAL
By Graciela Ennis Becerra | February 22, 2010
GET READY at the City’s Disaster Preparedness Expo The Huntington Beach Fire Department, coordinating with the Emergency Operations Center, is sponsoring a Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, February 20 at the Central Library from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Learn from experts what types of City resources are available, at this first of an annual event.  The event is free and will include fun and exciting demonstrations, information about local disaster volunteer organizations, disaster preparedness vendors (no sales only literature)
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 24, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council voted to remove a temporary "pinch point" in Corona del Mar and pay more than $720,000 to repair a Central Library wall and remind community members about this Sunday's Memorial Bike Ride at its regular meeting Tuesday night. * Pinch point The city will remove temporary barriers that narrow the road near East Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard in Corona del Mar, but the council stopped short of scrapping the changes permanently. The pinch point, or the spot where the southbound East Coast Highway lanes merge, was moved closer to Avocado Avenue on a summer trial basis to see if it would be possible to incorporate more outdoor seating and landscaping along the highway.
NEWS
By William Lobdell | November 19, 2013
An appropriate tribute to the late Lucille Kuehn, one of the most important women in Newport Beach's 106-year history, would be to name something in her honor at the Central Library. Lucille, who passed away peacefully last week at 89, was the unrelenting force behind the construction of the world-class Central Library. Some part of that building — or a garden area, which she would have loved, being an avid gardener — should bear her name along a brief description of her importance to all Newport library lovers.
NEWS
October 27, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — To save $520,000 in interest payments, the City Council voted Tuesday night to refinance its 1998 Central Library construction bonds. It plans to combine the outstanding balance, $3.9 million, with the upcoming bonds for the Civic Center. This "piggybacking," the city says, would allow it to lower the interest rate from 5.15% to 2.1%. —Mike Reicher
NEWS
October 15, 2013
The Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., will be closed Thursday because of a scheduled power outage. Southern California Edison will repair and upgrade equipment in the area during the shutoff, according to a news release. The Central Library and the Mariners and Balboa branches of the Newport Beach Public Library will not be affected by the outage. - Hannah Fry @HannahFryTCN
FEATURES
July 20, 2006
I support Bill Ficker's plan to put a new city hall on part of the vacant city-owned land uphill from the Central Library between MacArthur Boulevard and Avocado. Most real estate decisions start with, and are most heavily weighted by, location. Unless there is another city hall site within our city limits that the city has missed, the Central Library site is the best location for a new city hall, which should serve our residents the next 50 years. When viewed on a city map, the site is located almost in the middle of our city boundaries, which are not likely to change in the future.
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By Bradley Zint | April 25, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to transform the city's Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library. City staff are recommending that the council approve spending $75,000 to $100,000 to hire an architect to design conversion concepts for the roughly 24,000-square-foot downtown center on Park Avenue. The job would also include providing a feasibility study, holding community meetings and providing preliminary construction cost estimates, according to city staff.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 12, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer on Tuesday called for converting the Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library. If accomplished, the 24,000-square-foot downtown facility in Lions Park would be considerably larger than the other three library facilities in the city combined. The other branches - Donald Dungan, Mesa Verde and Technology Branch - total about 16,000 square feet. They are run by the county, with help from the Costa Mesa Library Foundation and Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries.
NEWS
Emily Foxhall | January 10, 2014
Newport Beach's libraries could have a new leader, pending a Board of Library Trustees vote next week. Tim Hetherton, who has been the acting library services director since Cynthia Cowell retired in October, received a recommendation from City Manager Dave Kiff, according to a news release. "Tim's commitment to customer service and his knowledge of the Newport Beach community and library system was a deciding factor here," Kiff said in a prepared statement. The recommendation comes after a "lengthy open recruitment process" that occurred last fall, according to the board's agenda for Tuesday.
NEWS
By William Lobdell | November 19, 2013
An appropriate tribute to the late Lucille Kuehn, one of the most important women in Newport Beach's 106-year history, would be to name something in her honor at the Central Library. Lucille, who passed away peacefully last week at 89, was the unrelenting force behind the construction of the world-class Central Library. Some part of that building — or a garden area, which she would have loved, being an avid gardener — should bear her name along a brief description of her importance to all Newport library lovers.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | November 16, 2013
Lucille Kuehn, a fixture of public service in Orange County and a former Newport Beach city councilwoman, died at her home of natural causes at 89 years old. She died Monday evening, "in her own room at her home in Newport Beach overlooking the Pacific as the sun dropped below the horizon," according to a statement from her son David. Kuehn had been in hospice care at home, and her three children were able to be at her side at the end of her life. Kuehn was born in New York City on May 26, 1924, to Hilda and David Maisel, raised in New Jersey, and in 1959 moved to Newport Beach.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
The Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., will be closed Thursday because of a scheduled power outage. Southern California Edison will repair and upgrade equipment in the area during the shutoff, according to a news release. The Central Library and the Mariners and Balboa branches of the Newport Beach Public Library will not be affected by the outage. - Hannah Fry @HannahFryTCN
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Kobersy | September 26, 2013
Beware, the spooky season is upon us! Children often love to scare themselves silly, and this is the perfect time of the year for that fun. The hours of sunshine are fewer, the dark nights beginning much earlier. Bedtime book requests are made up of spooky tales, and there is something for all ages and scare levels - from picture books for toddlers to chapter books for school-age children. Here are just a few of the spooky books haunting the shelves of your Newport Beach Public Library: "The Graves Family" by Patricia Polacco: When the spooky Graves family moves to town and tries to fit in with the "normal" residents of Union City, everyone is in for a few surprises.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rebecca Lightfoot | September 11, 2013
Going back to school isn't just for kids anymore. For adults seeking opportunities to learn and grow, the Newport Beach Public Library has many resources to help you continue your educational journey. We have several databases that can be accessed from home, such as the Testing and Education Reference Center and Universal Class. The Testing and Education Reference Center can help you prepare for a test if you're going back to school for a higher degree or looking to make a career change.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | July 30, 2013
Newport Beach Library Services Director Cynthia Cowell, who helped oversee the more than $11 million expansion of the city's central library during the construction of its new civic center, will retire Oct. 5, according to a news release. Cowell said Tuesday that she plans to join her husband, who works in Nashville, Tenn. "We just wanted to start planning for retirement, and then a job opportunity came up for him in Nashville, back in late winter," she said. "We just said, 'Let's start looking for a house.'" That she and her husband were able to find a home close to his family, coupled with the end of the library expansion project, made for "a good time to jump.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 8, 2013
Jack Pariser and his family spent two years in a cramped hole in the forest floor outside Krakow, Poland. They subsisted on a slice of bread a day. If one person wanted to move, he had to negotiate with everyone else - including Pariser's older sister and parents - for room to shift. "When I came out I walked like a duck," said Pariser, 83. "When I came out my legs were so stiff, people had to bend them. " Still, during the Nazi occupation, it was better than being in jail.
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