National Library Week, April 9-15, 2000, is a time to "Read! Learn!Connect! @ the Library" and celebrate all that libraries have to offer.
"The library has always been, and will continue to be, a one-stop-shop for all your information needs," says Dani Porter, Community Relations Coordinator for the Orange County Public Library (OCPL). "Whether you're checking out the latest bestseller, browsing your favorite Web site or attending a program, the library has both the resources and staff to help you find what you are looking for."
This year, OCPL will kick off National Library Week on Saturday, April 8, with a young author book signing, which will include the 15 winners of the 1999 OCPL/Irvine Barclay Theatre's "Adventures in Writing" Short Story Contest. The event, to be held at Borders South Coast Plaza,3333 Bear Street, will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Also on April 8, at 2:30 p.m., the public is invited to come and celebrate the expansion of the Brea Branch Library. The event will feature library tours and the first puppet show in the new Sunshine Puppet Theatre. Speakers will include Orange County Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer, and Brea Mayor Bev Perry. Several branch events highlighting library programs and services available to children, their families, and the community are also scheduled for National Library Week:
On Thursday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m., the Costa Mesa Library will have a demonstration of traditional Mexican costumes, presented by Genevieve Barrios Southgate, the Bowers Kidseum Education Director. The library is located at 1855 Park Avenue at 19th Street.
On Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m., the Dana Point Library will present an evening of stories and magic with the lively Debra Weller, and all ages are invited to the performance. The Dana Point Library is at 33841 Niguel Road at PCH.
The La Habra Library is hosting a National Library Week Open House on Thursday, April 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m., which will showcase the library's new computers and databases. The La Habra Library is located at 221 East La Habra Boulevard at Euclid.
On Monday, April 10, from noon to 6:00 p.m., patrons of the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library are in for a real treat when Phil Yeh, cartoonist and literacy advocate, will design and create a special mural at the library. Children of all ages are invited to come and help paint the mural. The library is at 12700 Montecito Road, at Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Cloud.
The Mesa Verde Branch Library in Costa Mesa will offer "Moondust & Magic" on Thursday, April 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Master storyteller Poli Rizco will offer an unforgettable interactive experience for all school-age kids. The library is located at 2969 Mesa Verde Drive at Baker Street.
The Aliso Viejo Library will have a Harry Potter magic show on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. All Muggles age 3 1/2 and up are welcome. The library is located at 1 Journey at Pacific Park.
"National Library Week is a great time to see what's new at your local library and to get a library card if you don't have one," adds Porter. "We encourage everyone in the county to come check us out." For more information, including library hours, call or come by the branch library nearest you or visit OCPL's Web site at www.ocpl.org.