Join the Book Club every first Monday of the month at 5:00pm! Let's talk, discuss and discover!

Book Club titles are on reserve at the Check Out Desk one month before the discussion.

For December 5th, we'll be discussing The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. James. Pick up a copy and join us!

Past Events

Guest Speaker & General Board Meeting

Tera Hilliard Will Discuss Human Trafficking

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries invite you to come and meet Tera Hilliard, President and CEO of Forgotten Children, Inc.  Forgotten Children is a non-profit organization committed to assisting women and children caught in the viscous cycle of human trafficking in local communities.  They operate on a local and state level with a hands-on approach to reaching out to women and children on the street along with those involved in human trafficking.

Tera will discuss issues related to human trafficking in Orange County and the nation. 


Costa Mesa Senior Center

695 W. 19th Street

Costa Mesa 92627

$10 donation at the door (cash or check)


Donna Stapleton   714-432-7752

Van Gogh's Untold Journey

William Havlicek Shares His New Book

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries invite you to come and meet William Havlicek as he shares his book Van Gogh's Untold Journey.   Dr. William J. Havlicek has over 40 years of experience in fine art/studio production, exhibition, publishing, museum administration and college teaching.  He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa with both Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees.  He currently teaches at the Laguna College of Art and Design.   

Come hear about his beautifully produced and acclaimed book, which is now considered by many to be a seminal work on the genius that was Vincent Van Gogh.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8th at 4:00PM

Inspired Art Wine

1500 Adams Avenue

Costa Mesa, 92626

(next to Haus of Pizza)

Reception to follow presentation.  $10 per guest at the door - cash or check only.


Bob Ooten  714-545-9613

History Comes Alive!

New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Enss to Speak

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries and the Costa Mesa Historical Society invite you to meet Chris Enss.  Writer for television and film, Chris Enss has a talent and passion for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West.  Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her 40+ books.  But perhaps most extraordinary are the stories of the ordinary men and women who shaped American history when they came west!


The Costa Mesa Historical Society

1870 Anaheim Avenue

Costa Mesa 92627

Reception to follow presentation - this is a free event!


Bob Ooten - 714-545-9613

Space is limited to 50 people, so be sure to RSVP soon!

Making Waves!


Olympian and author Shirley Babashoff and her co-author Chris Epting will speak about her book Making Waves.  During her impressive swimming career,  Ms. Babashoff set 39 national records, 11 world records and was widely considered to be the greatest female swimmer in the world. Heading into the 1976 Olympic Games  in Montreal, Babashoff was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and followed closely by the media. 

All that changed once Babashoff questioned the shocking masculinity of the swimmers on the East German women's team.  Once celebrated as America's golden girl, Babashoff was accused of poor sportsmanship and vilified by the press with a new nickname: "Surley Shirley".

Her novel, Making Waves, tells her story in the same unflinching manner that made her both the most dominant female swimmer of her time and one of the most controversial athletes in Olympic history.



3000 Club House Road

Costa Mesa

$10.00 at the door (cash or check)


Bob Ooten--714-545-9613

Our October Booksale Was A great success!

Our Best Sale Ever!

Three great days of book sales!  We netted over $1,100 to support our libraries.