Our Latest News - January 2019

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Orange County Public Libraries to Close Tech Library

Our tech library will be closing on January 31, and much of its equipment will be moved to the new library at Lions Park. We are sad to lose this library since it is only one of two tech libraries in the county system. Staff will be transferred to our new library.

Save the Date - GRAND OPENING of the new Donald Dungan Library!

Friday,  April 26th

Outdoor Musical Instruments Update

The Friends are hoping to install 4 outdoor musical instruments in the grass/concrete area in front of the Mesa Verde Library. Freenotes instruments were developed by Grammy winning musician, Richard Cooke, in 1995 to help people of all ages experience the freedom of playing music instinctively without worrying about hitting wrong notes.  Playing music in the library/park setting will be a community-building opportunity that encourages creativity, self-confidence, stress release, curiosity, and joy. We believe it will increase visibility for the library and its programs. The instruments are finely tuned with carefully chosen notes that invite easy improvisation with little musical skill.

Amazon Smile - An Easy Way To Give

You shop. Amazon gives.  


DO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS SHOP AT AMAZON?

NOW YOU CAN CONTINUE TO SHOP AT AMAZON AND GIVE .5% OF YOUR PURCHASES IN CASH TO THE FRIENDS OF THE COSTA MESA LIBRARIES


1. Instead of logging in at Amazon.com, log in at smile.amazon.com

2. Log in with your user name and password as you always do.

3. Go to the word SUPPORTING under the search box.

4. Type in FRIENDS OF THE COSTA MESA LIBRARIES and click SEARCH. When you see our name, click on SELECT.

5. You are set to do your purchasing just like you always do.

6. Remember: Each time you want to purchase something on Amazon, always log into smile.amazon.com

Past Events

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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