Making music at the Mesa Verde Library

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Our New Project--WE REACHED OUR GOAL!

The 4 outdoor musical instruments have been delivered to the City, and we are awaiting their installation and ribbon cutting in the very near future.  The City of Costa Mesa has generously agreed to prepare the grounds at the Mesa Verde Library and install the instruments.

Thanks to many generous donors The Friends has reached the fundraising goal of $18,423.  Over 50 donors helped!

Community Organizations:

  • Segerstrom & Son-Justin McCusker ($5,000)
  • Costa Mesa Foundation grant ($2,000)
  • Ace Hardware ($1,252)
  • Albert Dixon Foundation grant-Mike Scheafer ($1,000)
  • Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee ($500)
  • Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club (250)

Community Donors over $100

  • Dean and Donna Stapleton
  • Bob and Cheryl Ooten
  • Ace Hardware
  • Art and Mary Ellen Goddard
  • Patricia Evans
  • Dale and Robert Braun
  • Van O. Wright
  • Rachel Levin
  • Richard Alexander
  • Cheiko Ishiyama
  • Dianne Johnson
  • Daniel and Melissa Pietenpols
  • Mildred Bonca
  • Bert Smith
  • Lois Machida
  • Peter and Toby Baran
  • Ursula Oien
  • Frank and Emily Pierson
  • Wendy Bryan
  • Mr. and Mrs.  Robert Juneman
  • Audrey McLaughlin
  • Theodore Robins Ford
  • Gayle Spinks
  • Golden State Resin & Fiberglass, Inc.

And thanks to the many other donors who contributed to this project!


LOOK FOR INFORMATION COMING SOON ABOUT THE RIBBON CUTTING.


WE LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING MUSIC WITH YOU SOON!


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Past Events

Author Christina Lynch - Guest Speaker

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The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries invite you to the Costa Mesa Women’s Club on Saturday, June 8th at 10:00am to meet Christina Lynch as she shares about her debut novel, The Italian Party. She is also the co-author of two novels under the pen name Magnus Flyte. 


Come hear about her journey that includes chapters in Chicago and Harvard, where she was an editor on the Harvard Lampoon. She was the Milan correspondent for W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, and disappeared for four years in Tuscany. 

In Los Angeles, she was on the writing staff for the television shows Unhappily Ever After, Encore! Encore!, The Dead Zone, and Wildfire. Christina now lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills and teaches at College of the Sequoias. 

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Meeting Details:

We are proud to be holding this event with The Costa Mesa Women’s Club, who were instrumental in working with the County to begin library service in CM in 1923. 


Everyone is welcome to attend and there is plenty of parking at the CMWC’s Hall, located at 610 W 18th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.


Also, we will be asking for a $10 donation at the door ($5 for FOL Members). This is a great opportunity to hear such a talented writer and dedicated educator speak about her craft and we sincerely hope you will be able to join us!

Ghost Towns of Southern California

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Stan Paher to Speak about Ghost Towns in Death Valley and Southern Nevada

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Costa Mesa Historical Society and  Libraries are pleased to co-host noted author Stan Paher as our speaker on Sunday, April 28, 2019 as he presents another acclaimed programs on Ghost Towns.


In Stan's words : "I will begin my presentation with brief comments on how (Costa Mesa author and newswoman) Nell Murbarger has influenced my life, then dive into 19th and 20th century black and white images of ghost towns and mining camps in the Death Valley/southern Nevada area.  There will be much on Rhyolite at the edge of Death Valley National Park and will conclude with newer color images.  Other camps covered include Greenwater, Panamint City, and Cerro Gordo.  

Questions and answers will follow."

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Meeting Details:

 The meeting will be held at the Costa Mesa Downtown Recreation Center

 1860 Anaheim Avenue (the building adjacent to the historical society).


Doors open at 2:00PM, and the program will begin at 2:30PM

Admission and refreshments are free.


For more information, visit www.CostaMesaHistory.org

or go to facebook/Costa Mesa Historical Society


Due to construction, entry to the parking lot is made from Anaheim Avenue.

Promoting and preserving Costa Mesa's history is our mission.

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Book Discussion - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Join us Thursday, February 28th, at 11:00 am at the Mesa Verde Library

The classic sci-fi novel   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  which inspired two major motion pictures: Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.  


By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can't afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep.


Copies are available at the Service Desk.



"[Philip K. Dick] sees all the sparkling--and terrifying--possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from." -- Rolling Stone


 "A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet." -- The New York Times

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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!



Guest Speaker & General Board Meeting

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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. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 7:00PM

Costa Mesa Senior Center

695 W. 19th Street

Costa Mesa 92627


$10 donation at the door (cash or check)

RSVP

Donna Stapleton   714-432-7752

Van Gogh's Untold Journey

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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.

RSVP

Bob Ooten  714-545-9613

History Comes Alive!

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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!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd at 7:00PM

The Costa Mesa Historical Society

1870 Anaheim Avenue

Costa Mesa 92627


Reception to follow presentation - this is a free event!

RSVP

Bob Ooten - 714-545-9613


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

Making Waves!

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OLYMPIAN & AUTHOR SHIRLEY BABASHOFF TO SPEAK

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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd at 7:00 PM

MESA VERDE COUNTRY CLUB

3000 Club House Road

Costa Mesa


$10.00 at the door (cash or check)

RSVP

Bob Ooten--714-545-9613