Author Christina Lynch - Guest Speaker



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. 


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!

Making music at the Mesa Verde Library


Our New Project

The Friends is raising money to purchase and install outdoor musical instruments in front of the Mesa Verde Library.  A total of $12,300 has been raised through community donations, grants from the Costa Mesa Foundation and the Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee and a donation from Ace Hardware and the Newport Mesa Lions Club.  We need to raise an additional $7667 to reach our goal. 

Please consider making a donation (large or small) to the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries.  Write "Musical Instruments" on the memo line and mail it to: 

Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries

2969 Mesa Verde Drive East

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We hope to see you soon as we make music together at the Mesa Verde Library!

* Note:  This money is not taken from the money we collect to support our libraries.  This comes from community donations and grants.



Grand Opening Postponed


 Unfortunately, there was an accident in the new Library.  A coupling on a water fountain was defective and caused 2,700 gallons of water to go into the first floor of the Library.  There is extensive and flooring and electrical damage.   Thus, the opening date is being postponed until Friday, May 24th at 10 am.  

Save the Date - April 26th

The GRAND OPENING of the new DONALD DUNGAN LIBRARY at Lions Park will be APRIL 26 at 10:00 a.m.  This new two-story, 20,000 square foot library building has been a collaboration of the City of Costa Mesa and the Orange County Public Library system.  The former Dungan Library will be a renovated Neighborhood Community Center.  When completed (Phase 2) Lions Park will be a beautiful center for community events, education, and family activities.

Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries - Foundation Committee

Many thanks to the Foundation Committee members who have worked tirelessly to raise money for the new library and to coordinate The Friends and the City of Costa Mesa.

*  Charlene Ashendorf - co-chair

*  Barbara Steck - co-chair

*  Dale Braun

*  Norma Crosby

*  Mary Ellen Goddard

*  Donna Stapleton

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Past Events

Ghost Towns of Southern California


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."


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

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.


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


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


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