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April 29, 2011
Starting in May, local photographer Jerry Muller's photographs will be on display at the Newport Beach Public Library's Central Branch. Muller, who teaches the History of Comic and Animation Art at UC Irvine, will have two shows — one showcasing his work on California called "The California Years" and another showing his stint shooting celebrities called "Bright Lights and Stardust, Classic Images: Valentino to Monroe," according to a news...
NEWS
September 13, 2012
The Newport Beach Public Library is hosting Harp for Little Hearts, an interactive family concert featuring harpist Charissa Barger from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 in the Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. The program will let children check out a harp up close, see the techniques used to play it and ask questions. The concert is free through support from the Friends of the Library. Seating is limited and based on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
Orange Coast College will bring its books outside the library April 26 for a spring book sale. OCC Friends of the Library hosts its annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the library, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Every kind of book, from bestsellers and romance novels to mysteries and science books, will be on sale, with most selling for about $1. Starting at 2 p.m., it will be $1 for all the books that can fit inside a bag. The Friends of the Library puts on various cultural programs and activities throughout the year, offers a yearly scholarship and raises money to stock the library's shelves.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
The Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar is looking for docents who will provide tours. An orientation class begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 28., with six training classes to follow on Monday mornings. The training fee is $50 and includes six month's dues in a docent guild. Pre-registration is required. People interested can call Stefanie Kristiansen at the garden office at (949) 673-2261 or email info@slgardens.org . The Sherman Library and Gardens is at 2647 E. Coast Hwy. For more information, visit http://www.slgardens.org . — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
March 28, 2008
The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation recently donated $293,000 to support the library. The check, the third this year from the foundation, means the library will have received more than $500,000 from the group over the past six months. “The library has been exceptionally fortunate because of the overwhelming generosity of individual members of the community,” Library Services Director Linda Katsouleas said in a news release. “We could not have such wonderful facilities without it.” The most recent donation will be used to expand the library’s collection and pay for a new system to improve the facility’s record-keeping.
NEWS
February 13, 2013
The Donald Dungan branch of Costa Mesa's library system will be closed April 1 through July 5, according to a city news release. Construction crews will replace a structural beam at the library, 1855 Park Ave. The Mesa Verde branch, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, will be open during the closure period. The city also said the library's new Technology Branch, 2263 Fairview Road, Suite A, is scheduled to open April 18. That branch was previously on Bristol Street at Paularino Avenue.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
A postdoctoral researcher based at UC Irvine received a $1,000 grant to study youth library services. The Young Adult Library Services Assn. award will allow Crystle Martin to research how youth library services and connected learning, an educational approach that integrates the demands of the digital age, aim to make learning accessible for all children, according to a news release. "Libraries are ideal hubs to facilitate connecting youth, allowing them to succeed in school and in their career trajectory," Martin, who is part of at the University of California Humanities Research Institute, said in the release.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
Concert Harpist Kate Loughrey will put on a family-friendly show Sunday. The Newport Beach Public Library's latest installment in its Sunday Musicale series will feature classical and jazz music on the harp from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Loughrey will perform both romantic and contemporary songs from composers from Spain, France and Italy, as well as Russia and the United States. She will also perform her own compositions. After the performance, community members can stay for a hands-on demonstration.
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By Mary Ellen Goddard | May 1, 2014
The Costa Mesa Library Foundation is holding a fundraiser for a larger library in the city on May 17 at the Wyndham Hotel in Costa Mesa. If you have misplaced your invitation, or for some reason didn't receive one, you can visit http://www.cmlf.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. Respond by May 10. Included in this event is the foundation's 2013-14 Favorite Teacher Award. Four finalists will be competing: Cindy Fernald, Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith. A $1,000 gas card will be raffled off and silent and live auctions promise lots of really great items.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 29, 2014
Costa Mesa library boosters expressed strong enthusiasm Tuesday for a recent proposal to convert the city's Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library. The City Council held a special study session regarding the conversion idea, which Mayor Jim Righeimer first suggested in February , and approved a bidding process for more conceptual work to make it happen. But while all agreed that Costa Mesa needs such an essential public amenity, others expressed concern about the loss of rental space that the downtown community center provides year-round to local nonprofits and other groups.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | April 17, 2014
I just finished Frederic Morton's "Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914. " The detail surrounding the many people involved in that slice of history building up to World War I is amazing. I knew that the death of Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand had led to the war, but this book, with its accounts of the activities of many countries' politicians and the culture of Vienna at the time, explains what was going on so well that you almost feel as though you are there, following the characters around.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
When asked to name their favorite teacher, many students have a clear choice. However, those teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized. The Costa Mesa Library Foundation set out to change that this year with its first favorite teacher contest. TeWinkle Middle School teachers Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith and College Park kindergarten teacher Cindy Fernald were each nominated by current and former students as contest finalists. More than 200 students, some of whom had parents's help, submitted nominations for teachers in the Costa Mesa area.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros donned a batman costume Monday night for "Pajama Storytime" at the Newport Beach Central Library. The event was part of an ongoing series of special programming for National Library Week, which kicked off Sunday. City Manager Dave Kiff and City Council members Ed Selich and Nancy Gardner were also scheduled to help with events during the week, as was a world-champion juggler, gardening expert and Trader Joe's wine buyer, according to a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | April 3, 2014
As public libraries direct more of their resources toward teens, a group of libraries across the nation has studied best practices in technology program implementation using rich media in a program called Media MashUp. The program also intends to provide direction for libraries in implementing organizational change to support this technology-rich youth programming because "literacy in the 21st century needs to address the need for a larger set of skills that involve technology skills, higher-level program solving, cooperative relationships and a global perspective.
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By Mary Ellen Goddard | March 17, 2014
Four finalists in the Costa Mesa Library Foundation's Costa Mesa's Favorite Teacher contest will be announced in mid-April. They will be honored and the winner announced at a fundraising event on May 17 at the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel. The foundation thanks media sponsor OC Register Family Magazine, Mesa Water District, The Lab, The Camp, Weichman Realtors, Pacific Symphony, Jess Black Art, Happy Photos and Blackmarket Bakery for their generous support. To become sponsors or to donate to the auction, email cmlibraryfoundation@gmail.com . * At the Costa Mesa Technology Library Video Storytime in English and Spanish will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays for children ages 4 to 8. Participants will be provided with headphones to listen to the videobooks, and prizes will be awarded.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
A postdoctoral researcher based at UC Irvine received a $1,000 grant to study youth library services. The Young Adult Library Services Assn. award will allow Crystle Martin to research how youth library services and connected learning, an educational approach that integrates the demands of the digital age, aim to make learning accessible for all children, according to a news release. "Libraries are ideal hubs to facilitate connecting youth, allowing them to succeed in school and in their career trajectory," Martin, who is part of at the University of California Humanities Research Institute, said in the release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | March 6, 2014
A lot of you have been asking, "When is the next book sale?" Well, it is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library. On Saturday, when you will obviously have the best choice of books, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, the sale is from noon to 3 p.m., and bargain hunters always love it because it is "Buck a Bag. " The address is 1855 Park Ave., and the sale will be held in the Community Room. The entrance is around the side of the building, to the left of the front door.
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