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By Alan Blank | May 30, 2009
Gay Royer spent her last day as the College Park Elementary librarian Friday after 33 years at the school, but with her departure the children whose lives she has touched will also be losing a coach, a therapist and a friend. Growing up, Royer had a troubled childhood, fraught with responsibilities not usually heaped on those her age. At 10, she was already acting like a mother to her two younger siblings. Because she missed a lot of her own childhood, the librarian says she “deals better in the child world than the adult world.
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By Joan Dugan | February 26, 2006
Joan Dugan, who dazzled young readers for 24 years as the children's librarian at the Balboa Branch Library, passed away from cancer Thursday at her daughter's home in Utah. She was 75. A native of Artesia, Dugan moved to the Balboa Peninsula in 1959 and took the reins of the children's library in the late 1960s. During her two decades there, she won a reputation as a spirited librarian and an advocate of literature for children. "She was very uplifting, happy, much of a ham," said her daughter, Patty Hughes.
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April 6, 2005
Michael Miller A former Orange Coast College librarian who died in 2002 donated $406,000 to the school through life insurance and a bequest, the school announced this week. George Ciarlo, who served as the college librarian from 1972 to 1983, split his donation evenly between the school's Library Endowment Fund and its Scholarship Endowment Fund. Fifty percent of Ciarlo's estate went to his niece, who lives in Northern California, while the other half went to his former workplace.
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By Alan Blank | March 10, 2009
The Newport Beach Public Library had its inaugural video game tournament for teenagers Tuesday night, and it’s unlikely to be its last. Although a library seems like a strange venue for promoting what some parents consider brain-decaying activities that distract kids from other more rewarding pursuits like, say, reading, the library administration sees them as a valuable way to build a community and improve technological literacy. A small collection of video games available to be checked out free-of-charge was unveiled quietly as a pilot program late last month at the library.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 5, 2013
Harbor Day School in Newport Beach was built with a library at its center. Students filter through it all day, and librarian-taught classes rotate in. The lessons often include activities such as kids feeding their "bookworm" earth worms or using quill pens to write their names like the signers of the Constitution. "The library is really an integral part of the whole school," said Harbor Day's first librarian, Anne Polkingharn. "It's not just a room with books and computers now too. " FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story misspelled Anne Polkingharn's last name.
NEWS
October 21, 2002
-- Story by Christine Carrillo, photo by Kent Treptow HE IS Expanding the role of a traditional librarian by helping the public maneuver through the technology world instead of the literary one. NOTHING TRADITIONAL ABOUT IT Donald Witt is a librarian for the Orange County Public Library. Only he's not your traditional librarian, never has been. Since he started his work for the county's library system two years ago, he has specialized in technology services.
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By Mary Ellen Bowman | April 22, 2007
Libraries are considered quiet places of reading, reflection and study for the most part. Mystery writers love to break this stereotype with suspenseful plots using the library as a repository of havoc and mayhem. The Newport Beach Public Library has a separate mystery section for hardcover titles that will please fans of shifting alliances and hidden motives. Mystery titles in paperback and large type are also available for those who prefer these alternate reading formats. Some of these books are older titles, but all shatter the image of the shushing and silencing librarians who discover bodies and skulduggery in their neatly organized, well-maintained libraries.
NEWS
February 20, 2003
Donald A. Ackley Donald A. Ackley, a longtime Orange Coast College librarian and dean of library and media services, died Saturday from cancer. He was 58. A Huntington Beach resident, Mr. Ackley joined OCC's faculty in 1971 as an evening librarian and quickly climbed the ranks to head librarian and then dean of library and media services. Mr. Ackley's accomplishments include establishing a Macintosh lab, creating electronic databases for full-text journal and newspaper articles and establishing a collection of rare books for the library.
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By Michael Miller | March 15, 2006
COSTA MESA ? There were four notable pieces of headwear at Orange Coast College on Tuesday morning. Three of them were hardhats, worn by members of the OCC community who posed for photographers while wielding shovels of dirt. The fourth was a fancy blue and yellow hat, complete with a floral design and accompanied by a formal dress and eyeliner. Campus librarian Debbie Webb had waited half a decade for OCC to break ground on its new library facility, and she dressed up for the occasion.
NEWS
November 12, 2002
Tony Dodero Anne Spinn, a former Daily Pilot librarian and history columnist known for her wit, sense of humor and dedication to the newspaper and its readers, has died. She was 71. Mrs. Spinn, who retired from the newspaper in 1996, died after suffering from heart failure Friday night, said Gerry Spinn, her husband of 47 years. "She was a very loving, caring, helpful person with everyone she knew," Gerry Spinn said. Born on May 27, 1931, in Atlanta, Mrs. Spinn, her husband and family moved to Corona del Mar in the late 1970s.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 19, 2013
The director of library services for the Newport Beach Public Library may soon be retiring, but she still has a few items left on her to-do list. Speaking to the Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board on Thursday, Cynthia Cowell reviewed the major changes that have occurred during her five-year tenure and addressed the goals she hopes still to accomplish. "Where to start, gosh," Cowell began. "In five years, we've had quite a ride. " Her largest task was overseeing the library's recent expansion.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 5, 2013
Harbor Day School in Newport Beach was built with a library at its center. Students filter through it all day, and librarian-taught classes rotate in. The lessons often include activities such as kids feeding their "bookworm" earth worms or using quill pens to write their names like the signers of the Constitution. "The library is really an integral part of the whole school," said Harbor Day's first librarian, Anne Polkingharn. "It's not just a room with books and computers now too. " FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story misspelled Anne Polkingharn's last name.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | May 30, 2009
Gay Royer spent her last day as the College Park Elementary librarian Friday after 33 years at the school, but with her departure the children whose lives she has touched will also be losing a coach, a therapist and a friend. Growing up, Royer had a troubled childhood, fraught with responsibilities not usually heaped on those her age. At 10, she was already acting like a mother to her two younger siblings. Because she missed a lot of her own childhood, the librarian says she “deals better in the child world than the adult world.
NEWS
May 19, 2009
Roberta Royce McGregor Thompson (Robby), loving matriarch and caring friend, passed away peacefully in her family’s embrace on Wednesday, May 13th at the age of 81. Born to Norval and Margaret McGregor in Hollywood, CA, Robby was a long time resident of Orange County, raising her seven children there. She was a people person who enjoyed chatting with everyone who crossed her path. Robby was generous and kind and her brother Gene was right when he said she didn’t have a mean bone in her body.
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By Alan Blank | March 10, 2009
The Newport Beach Public Library had its inaugural video game tournament for teenagers Tuesday night, and it’s unlikely to be its last. Although a library seems like a strange venue for promoting what some parents consider brain-decaying activities that distract kids from other more rewarding pursuits like, say, reading, the library administration sees them as a valuable way to build a community and improve technological literacy. A small collection of video games available to be checked out free-of-charge was unveiled quietly as a pilot program late last month at the library.
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By Mary Ellen Bowman | April 22, 2007
Libraries are considered quiet places of reading, reflection and study for the most part. Mystery writers love to break this stereotype with suspenseful plots using the library as a repository of havoc and mayhem. The Newport Beach Public Library has a separate mystery section for hardcover titles that will please fans of shifting alliances and hidden motives. Mystery titles in paperback and large type are also available for those who prefer these alternate reading formats. Some of these books are older titles, but all shatter the image of the shushing and silencing librarians who discover bodies and skulduggery in their neatly organized, well-maintained libraries.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | March 15, 2006
COSTA MESA ? There were four notable pieces of headwear at Orange Coast College on Tuesday morning. Three of them were hardhats, worn by members of the OCC community who posed for photographers while wielding shovels of dirt. The fourth was a fancy blue and yellow hat, complete with a floral design and accompanied by a formal dress and eyeliner. Campus librarian Debbie Webb had waited half a decade for OCC to break ground on its new library facility, and she dressed up for the occasion.
NEWS
By Joan Dugan | February 26, 2006
Joan Dugan, who dazzled young readers for 24 years as the children's librarian at the Balboa Branch Library, passed away from cancer Thursday at her daughter's home in Utah. She was 75. A native of Artesia, Dugan moved to the Balboa Peninsula in 1959 and took the reins of the children's library in the late 1960s. During her two decades there, she won a reputation as a spirited librarian and an advocate of literature for children. "She was very uplifting, happy, much of a ham," said her daughter, Patty Hughes.
NEWS
April 6, 2005
Michael Miller A former Orange Coast College librarian who died in 2002 donated $406,000 to the school through life insurance and a bequest, the school announced this week. George Ciarlo, who served as the college librarian from 1972 to 1983, split his donation evenly between the school's Library Endowment Fund and its Scholarship Endowment Fund. Fifty percent of Ciarlo's estate went to his niece, who lives in Northern California, while the other half went to his former workplace.
NEWS
February 20, 2003
Donald A. Ackley Donald A. Ackley, a longtime Orange Coast College librarian and dean of library and media services, died Saturday from cancer. He was 58. A Huntington Beach resident, Mr. Ackley joined OCC's faculty in 1971 as an evening librarian and quickly climbed the ranks to head librarian and then dean of library and media services. Mr. Ackley's accomplishments include establishing a Macintosh lab, creating electronic databases for full-text journal and newspaper articles and establishing a collection of rare books for the library.
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