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By Annie Kim | March 1, 2014
Irvine Mayor Steven Choi revisited plans to build a metropolitan library during his second state of the city address Tuesday. Choi announced he is in the process of establishing a library foundation steering committee and hopes to build a library rivaling those in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Cerritos. He also announced his vision of turning the city into a new technology hub, calling the proposal "the Irvine Initiative for Tech Valley. " In last year's address, the mayor proposed a technologically advanced library with seminar rooms, study rooms, a food court and coffee shops to be built at the Orange County Great Park.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | February 18, 2014
Things may be happening on the library front. The city is considering exchanging the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library (7,500 square feet) with the Neighborhood Community Center building, which would make the library three times as big. The meeting room capability of the community center would be moved to the then-empty library building. This would give our city the opportunity to have an expanded children's area, a teen center, study and meeting rooms, and space for collections of books, CDs, movies and more.
February 14, 2014
From his Sports Illustrated column to his work as columnist and personality with and ESPN, Rick Reilly has become a celebrated sports journalist. Reilly, who has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times, will speak at the Newport Beach Public Library on "Playing the Game from the Inside Out" on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. General admission for the Feb. 21 event is $50 and the Feb. 22 event is $35. The Feb. 21 event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and music.
By Emily Foxhall | February 14, 2014
When journalist Katherine Boo began working on her book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," she wasn't sure if anyone would read it. The nonfiction work, which chronicles the lives of slum dwellers near the Mumbai airport, has since been translated into 30 languages. It has received the National Book Award and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. To Boo's delight, the narrative also drew a crowd of nearly 200 for a sold-out lecture at the Newport Beach Public Library on Thursday night.
By Jeremy Rodriguez | February 12, 2014
Where will you leave your heart? The timeless classic "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" paints a romantic picture of the city by the bay. Are you looking to get away for the Valentine's and President's Day weekend? Making spring break or summer vacation plans? The Newport Beach Public Library can guide you to a destination that may just capture your heart as well. "Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways: The 300 Best Drives in the U.S. ": National Geographic has published a great read for road-trip aficionados.
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.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | February 6, 2014
In my last missive, I said I would talk more about the four core missions that Howard Besser mentioned in his "The Shape of the 21st Century Library. " One of the things he mentioned was "continuous educational development. " If we are talking about adults, this might take place with an adult literacy program or simply with the provision of Internet access. But it is more likely to occur with adult lifelong learning programs. And what are they? Well, book and film discussions and cultural performances, like play reading, travelogues and speaker series.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | January 21, 2014
Opinions about libraries vary. Some people believe strongly in a library's role in the community, while others seem to think these repositories and gathering places aren't important or eventually won't be. Because I am constantly trying to get the city to expand our library space in Costa Mesa, I have been asked to describe what will be needed for a 22nd century library. I have stewed a bit about this, thinking that most planning spans 25 years at most. But I have come to the conclusion that most of the basic services of a library — for all ages, small children through senior citizens — will remain much the same.
By Emily Foxhall | January 15, 2014
A longtime Newport Beach Public Library employee has been promoted to director of library services. The five-member Board of Library Trustees unanimously approved Tim Hetherton to fill the role during a special meeting Tuesday night, said Elaine McMillion, the board's administrative assistant. Hetherton, who first joined the city in 1998 as a reference librarian, has served as the acting library services director since Cynthia Cowell retired in October. After a lengthy search for Cowell's replacement, City Manager Dave Kiff recommended to the trustees that Hetherton stay in the position permanently.
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.
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