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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 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.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | January 9, 2014
I recently read a research report, "How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace," by Alison J. Head, . PhD. Dated Oct. 16, 2012, it suggests there is a distinct difference "between today's graduates who demonstrated how quickly they found answers online and seasoned employers who needed college hires to use a combination of online and traditional methods to conduct comprehensive research. " The research for this report, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, used a variety of methods to collect data: telephone interviews, focus groups, in-depth interviews with employers and more.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | December 26, 2013
Though many in this digital age maintain that print is headed toward extinction, a Dec. 15 article in the Los Angeles Times says this may not be so. It seems that a number of online-only publications have begun to reconsider print — at least for "a boutique audience with small runs, sporadic issues (either quarterly or annually) and high quality. " Realizing that some people want to have something they can pick up rather than just read on the Internet, some publishers are comprising and putting to print "something someone will want to have on their shelf, just like a (vinyl)
By Mary Ellen Goddard | December 12, 2013
It is the holiday season, and books are always a wise choice for friends and family. The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries bookstores have many inexpensive gift solutions to choose from. Although recently published, like-new books may be as much as $4 each, most books are $1 or less. And there is a great selection. It is easy to find what you are looking for — fiction is shelved in alphabetical order by author's last name, and nonfiction is arranged by subject. A lot of great children's and young adult books that would make good stocking-stuffers are also available.
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