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By Mary Ellen Bowman | July 29, 2007
The Crean Mariners Branch Library of the Newport Beach Public Library is now open Sundays from noon to 5p.m. Going to the library is a wonderful way to spend a restful Sunday afternoon. If you savor true, well-told stories, narrative nonfiction is your genre. Great narrative nonfiction authors exhibit deep subject knowledge, a passion for the subject and enjoy telling a good story. Here is a look at a few fabulous, page-turning titles. "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky: One of mankind's most commonplace, elementary, basic, salt-of-the-earth necessities was a literal lifesaver for food preservation throughout the ages.
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By Mara Coto | January 31, 2013
California public schools, along with public schools in 44 other states, are adopting a new set of standards. The Common Core State Standards ( http://www.corestandards.org ) for K-12 are a set of language arts and math standards developed to ensure that students are prepared for the college and career environment. One of the major goals of the standards is to teach students how to evaluate information sources and think critically about the sources, content and use of the information with which they interact.
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October 8, 2003
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. FRIENDS OF THE NEWPORT BEACH LIBRARY The bookstore needs donations for book sales. Good quality children's and nonfiction books are especially needed. They may be left at any of the branch libraries -- Balboa, Mariners or Corona del Mar -- or in the special book closet next to the Friends Book Store, at 1000 Avocado Ave. Volunteers are needed to staff the used book store, which is inside the entrance of the Central Library.
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September 20, 2002
If you think summer reading programs are just for kids, you may not have been among the adults enrolled in "Peer Amid Books." The Newport Beach Public Library's 2002 literary romp provided 126 grown-ups with a chance to track pleasure reading, win prizes and inspire younger readers. Favorite fare included novels, nonfiction and memoirs. In the latter category, one Balboa Branch customer got swept up by "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones." "This is a moving story about being born into a poor, dysfunctional family in Chicago and becoming one of the most successful African American businessmen of the century," she writes about the story of the musician behind countless albums, musical scores and Grammy nominations.
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September 13, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Barry Siegel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, will head a new program at UC Irvine that focuses on literary journalism. The new major, a part of the English department in the School of Humanities, will train students in a form of writing that has long been on the fringes of the media. Siegel said that the title of an anthology he wrote, "Shades of Gray," best describes the writing genre, which is sometimes hard to define.
NEWS
March 5, 2006
Anyone who has ever done any remodeling knows it can be compared, in many ways, with giving birth. Once it is finished and over with, the pain and the agony and the screaming are forgotten because the outcome is so beautiful. Naturally, a living, unique child cannot be compared with a new kitchen or a redecorated bedroom. Still, remodeling has its own agonies and, eventually, its lovely results. In fact, an overwhelming majority of first-time remodelers are actually willing to do it again.
NEWS
January 9, 2005
Well, 2004 is over and for those of us who were saddened, frustrated or disappointed for whatever reason over the last eventful year, we are now into 2005 and there is always the promise of better things to come. With that in mind, the library would like to help in forming a new outlook on life in the middle of the bleak, midwinter blahs. There were many notable books released last year, but we would like to recommend some titles you may not have heard of among all the hype for the big releases.
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By Julia Keller, The Chicago Tribune | January 19, 2012
He loved lists, so let's make one in his honor. The late John Leonard was brilliant, witty, earnest, brave, erudite, stubborn, poetic and totally smitten by literature. I never met him, but I can swear to the foregoing because I read his work for many years and — as I now know — his work reflected his soul. I know that because "Reading for My Life: Writings, 1958-2008" (Viking), a forthcoming collection of Leonard's superb essays and book reviews, includes a portrait of the writer.
NEWS
June 10, 2003
Christine Carrillo Many students entering first grade struggle with turning individual words into sentences. As the year goes by, they struggle turning those sentences into paragraphs. For the nearly 20 students in Laura Parker's first-grade class at Newport Elementary School, the challenge has been much more. They must each become a full-fledged author by the end of the year. Last week, they did. And Parker held an authors' tea to celebrate their achievement.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | June 25, 2008
Every ink-stained wretch — including this one — who works or has worked on print media from corporate newsletters to covering wars has in the bottom drawer of his (or her) desk and the depths of his (or her) soul a Book. It may be fiction or nonfiction, an extension of a story he has already explored or a journey of his imagination. It may be a random pile of impulsive notes or a tailored manuscript, ready for submission. Whatever form or direction it takes, it is wrapped in hope.
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By Michael Miller | July 3, 2013
From even a few inches away, S.A. Meyer's "Fifty Golden Years: The Story of Newport Beach" looks like a crisp new release, stacked prominently on the shelf by the cash register. But then the title sinks in: Newport Beach is far more than five decades old. And opening the mint-condition cover reveals typeface with a distinct mid-20th century look. "Fifty Golden Years," issued by the Newport Harbor Publishing Co., is part of the historical Newport section at Martha's Bookstore on Balboa Island.
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By Mara Coto | January 31, 2013
California public schools, along with public schools in 44 other states, are adopting a new set of standards. The Common Core State Standards ( http://www.corestandards.org ) for K-12 are a set of language arts and math standards developed to ensure that students are prepared for the college and career environment. One of the major goals of the standards is to teach students how to evaluate information sources and think critically about the sources, content and use of the information with which they interact.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julia Keller, The Chicago Tribune | January 19, 2012
He loved lists, so let's make one in his honor. The late John Leonard was brilliant, witty, earnest, brave, erudite, stubborn, poetic and totally smitten by literature. I never met him, but I can swear to the foregoing because I read his work for many years and — as I now know — his work reflected his soul. I know that because "Reading for My Life: Writings, 1958-2008" (Viking), a forthcoming collection of Leonard's superb essays and book reviews, includes a portrait of the writer.
NEWS
By Mary Ellen Goddard | May 28, 2011
"What happened to the big yellow sign?" people ask when they visit the library in Lions Park. "Does that mean you don't do the passport acceptance service anymore?" The passport service is still offered at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Passport photo service is offered at those times also. The yellow banner that was put up in 2005, when the services began, did yeoman duty in letting people know which building to enter if they wanted a passport.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | June 25, 2008
Every ink-stained wretch — including this one — who works or has worked on print media from corporate newsletters to covering wars has in the bottom drawer of his (or her) desk and the depths of his (or her) soul a Book. It may be fiction or nonfiction, an extension of a story he has already explored or a journey of his imagination. It may be a random pile of impulsive notes or a tailored manuscript, ready for submission. Whatever form or direction it takes, it is wrapped in hope.
FEATURES
By Mary Ellen Bowman | July 29, 2007
The Crean Mariners Branch Library of the Newport Beach Public Library is now open Sundays from noon to 5p.m. Going to the library is a wonderful way to spend a restful Sunday afternoon. If you savor true, well-told stories, narrative nonfiction is your genre. Great narrative nonfiction authors exhibit deep subject knowledge, a passion for the subject and enjoy telling a good story. Here is a look at a few fabulous, page-turning titles. "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky: One of mankind's most commonplace, elementary, basic, salt-of-the-earth necessities was a literal lifesaver for food preservation throughout the ages.
NEWS
March 5, 2006
Anyone who has ever done any remodeling knows it can be compared, in many ways, with giving birth. Once it is finished and over with, the pain and the agony and the screaming are forgotten because the outcome is so beautiful. Naturally, a living, unique child cannot be compared with a new kitchen or a redecorated bedroom. Still, remodeling has its own agonies and, eventually, its lovely results. In fact, an overwhelming majority of first-time remodelers are actually willing to do it again.
NEWS
January 9, 2005
Well, 2004 is over and for those of us who were saddened, frustrated or disappointed for whatever reason over the last eventful year, we are now into 2005 and there is always the promise of better things to come. With that in mind, the library would like to help in forming a new outlook on life in the middle of the bleak, midwinter blahs. There were many notable books released last year, but we would like to recommend some titles you may not have heard of among all the hype for the big releases.
NEWS
October 8, 2003
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. FRIENDS OF THE NEWPORT BEACH LIBRARY The bookstore needs donations for book sales. Good quality children's and nonfiction books are especially needed. They may be left at any of the branch libraries -- Balboa, Mariners or Corona del Mar -- or in the special book closet next to the Friends Book Store, at 1000 Avocado Ave. Volunteers are needed to staff the used book store, which is inside the entrance of the Central Library.
NEWS
September 13, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Barry Siegel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, will head a new program at UC Irvine that focuses on literary journalism. The new major, a part of the English department in the School of Humanities, will train students in a form of writing that has long been on the fringes of the media. Siegel said that the title of an anthology he wrote, "Shades of Gray," best describes the writing genre, which is sometimes hard to define.
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