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By Tom Ragan, | June 22, 2010
The Newport Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins on Saturday and there's going to be plenty of events for the estimated 2,600 children — about the same number as last year — who are expected to participate. The response among parents already has been so high that all of its four branches could not accommodate all the children, said Katherine Mielke, a spokeswoman for the library. Two events have been added to the schedules of the Central and Mariners branches.
By Sarah Peters, | June 21, 2010
The Newport Beach Library Foundation will host a lecture and book signing by author Tatjana Soli at the Central Library tonight at 7 p.m. Soli, who will be autographing her latest novel, "The Lotus Eaters," is pertinent to Newport Beach because she lives in nearby Tustin, said Tracy Keys, the foundation's executive director. "The Lotus Eaters" is about a female war photographer during Vietnam, who not only faces external conflict which she captures on film, but undergoes a series of internal conflicts as well, Keys said.
By Brianna Bailey | May 7, 2010
Since the economy took a nose dive, Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle has been bombarded with questions from seniors about things like housing assistance, Social Security and medical care. With the help of city, county and federal agencies, Daigle has put together an upcoming panel discussion on social services that are available for seniors. “People ... face a maze of opportunities for help from a crazy quilt of government agencies,” Daigle said. “The forum will help people understand the maze of programs.
By Tom Ragan | May 5, 2010
Three years ago, Barbara Steck looked out at her backyard and saw that a new library was coming to Costa Mesa. The mini-billboard, posted on a 2.5-acre grassy knoll just west of the Costa Mesa Police Department on Fair Drive, proclaimed: “This is the home of the city’s new central library.” “I thought to myself at the time, ‘Oh, that’s interesting! A new library! Wow! How can I get involved?’” said Steck, a 60-something who’s retired from commercial real estate management and an assortment of public relations jobs.
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)
October 13, 2009
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff will give a presentation on the new Civic Center project at the next Speak Up Newport meeting today at the Newport Beach Yacht Club. A reception with appetizers and a cash bar begins 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6 p.m. The yacht club is at 1099 Bayside Drive. Newport Beach has plans to build a new city hall and parking structure next to the central library on Avocado Avenue. The project also will include a 16-acre park, adding as much as 17,000 square feet to the library.
June 26, 2009
Your article on the Newport Beach City Hall in the Park Measure B appeals court ruling (“Measure on city hall will stand, court rules,” June 25), which upheld the election, was very informative. However, some clarification is needed regarding the project description. The project as it is evolving is much more than a city hall in a park. Included in the current planning is a needed expansion of the Central Library, which will also create a strong connection to the city hall.
April 7, 2009
A speech by a renowned physicist, children’s story times with the Newport Beach mayor and city council members, and balloon animals will be among the attractions at the Newport Beach Public Library for National Library Week, starting Sunday. String theorist Brian Greene, author of “The Elegant Universe,” will speak as part of the library foundation’s Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, along with a high school question- and-answer session at 11 a.m. Saturday.
By Joseph Serna | March 4, 2009
When was the last time you got to stop and enjoy the world around you? Not the latest gadgets or newest hand-held device, but return to the roots of Southern California. In the demanding pace of today, odds are it ain’t great. With that in mind, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission is inviting you to take some time out for yourself these next few weeks and stop by the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Local artist Lili Dierenfield is showcasing her latest exhibition, “Impressions of a California Landscape.
January 22, 2009
It may be winter, but Newport Beach Public Library is all set for “Indian Summer.” That’s the educational play, put on by the South Coast Repertory, set to raise its curtains Saturday at the Central Library. Set in the middle of the 19th century during California’s Gold Rush, “Indian Summer” explores the true story of Thomas Jefferson Mayfield, a boy who lived with the friendly Choinumne Yokuts tribe. The production revives a play written for South Coast Repertory’s annual Educational Touring Productions, a program that commissions original musical plays dealing with important issues and tour them around Southern California elementary schools.
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