Press Releases

February Library Activities

County Executive Office - Press Release

COUNTY OF ORANGE

CEO
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2000
Contact: Dani Porter
(714) 566-3079
E-Mail: dlporter@ocpl.org

February Library Activities

The Orange County Public Library's annual Bookmark Design Contest continues through February 29, 2000. This year's theme, "Once Upon a Millennium" encourages budding artists in kindergarten through 9th grade to get creative, and all 27 branch libraries will select winners. For entry forms, rules, or information, please visit the branch library nearest you.

Free hamburgers! The always-popular In-N-Out Burger "Food for Thought" reading program runs through Friday, February 25, 2000. The program is open to children ages two to 12. For details, please visit the branch library nearest you.

All OCPL branch libraries will be closed on Saturday, February 12, for Lincoln's Birthday, and Monday, February 21, for President's Day.

Special and continuing programs in February at OCPL branches include:

ALISO VIEJO

Wednesday, February 2, 3:30pm

After School Program - Children in grades 1 - 4 are invited to the After-School Program, held the first Wednesday of each month during the school year. Stories and crafts are part of the fun.

Aliso Viejo Library, One Journey, (949) 360-1730

BREA

Tuesday, February 8, 3:30-4:30pm

Hearts & Flowers - Valentine Crafts - This Library Adventure Club event will give all ages the opportunity to make free valentine surprises for family and friends.

Brea Library, One Civic Center Circle, (714) 671-1722

OCPL February Events

COSTA MESA - Two Branches

Wednesday, February 2, 3-3:45pm

Special Valentine Craft & Story Program - Children age 5 and up are invited to come hear valentine stories and create a valentine craft.

Costa Mesa Library, 1855 Park Avenue, (949) 646-8845

All of February

"Once Upon a Millennium" Bookmark Design Contest - Budding young artists in kindergarten through 9th grade can get creative and have a chance to get their work published into a bookmark. For rules and entry forms, please visit the Mesa Verde Branch Library.

Thursday, February 3, All Day

3rd Annual Newport-Mesa Author's Festival - Forty-two southern California children's authors will visit 22 Newport-Mesa District schools. The authors and their hosts will assemble for breakfast festivities at 7:30 a.m. at the Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL), with each author spending the day at a school, sharing their craft with eager young listeners. The Orange County Public Library, NBPL, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries, and several school PTA groups are sponsoring the event.

Friday, February 18, 7pm

Readers Repertory Theatre The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries is sponsoring the series, "Plays of the 20th Century." February's feature will be "Nude with Violin," by Noel Coward. The program, suitable for high schoolers and up, is free and refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 24, 3:30-4:30pm

The Year of the Dragon Stories & Crafts - School age children are invited to join us for mysterious, magical stories, followed by a hands-on craft of dragon masks. Please call or come by the library to sign up today.

Mesa Verde Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive, (714) 546-5274

OCPL February Events

CYPRESS

Through Tuesday, February 29

Orange County Public Library Annual Bookmark Design Contest - Calling all budding Cypress artists in kindergarten through 9th grade! This year's theme, "Once Upon a Millennium" encourages young artists to create imaginative bookmarks for the library.

The winners, selected from entries in each of four grade categories, will be announced in early April, and first place finishers will get their work reproduced into bookmarks for distribution during National Library Week, April 9-15, 2000. Children, parents, and teachers may pick up contest entry forms at the Cypress Library Reference Desk.

Saturdays, February 5 through April 8, 10am - 2pm

VITA Program - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available at the Cypress Library each Saturday beginning February 5. Volunteers who have completed an IRS training program will help answer questions and fill out state and federal income tax forms. This service is for seniors, people with disabilities, and those who can not afford professional tax assistance. VITA will not be available February 12 due to the Lincoln's Birthday holiday.

Cypress Library, 5331 Orange Avenue, (714) 826-0350

DANA POINT

Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 6-8:30pm

Free Tax Help - Free tax assistance will be available Wednesday evenings at the Dana Point Library through the VITA Program of the IRS. For registration information, please call the Dana Point Library at 949-496-5517.

Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, (949) 496-5517

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Monday Evenings, February 7 - April 10, 5-8pm (Closed February 21)

Free Tax Assistance - VITA volunteers will answer questions and provide help filling out basic federal and state income tax forms. This special service is provided for people with disabilities, those who can not afford professional tax assistance, who have limited English language skills, the elderly, and others with special needs. Appointments are not needed.

Fountain Valley Library, 17635 Los Alamos, (714) 962-1324

OCPL February Events

IRVINE - Two Branches

Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 3:30-4:30pm

After School Club Open to all students in grades 1 - 6. Crafts, games and stories will be included.

Thursday, February 3, 7pm

Beginning Internet Instruction Class Basic step-by-step instruction will be provided on using the Internet. The class includes all equipment, and advance registration is required.

Thursday, February 17, 7pm

Intermediate Internet Instruction Class This mid-level class is open to anyone who has some knowledge of the Internet and would like to continue learning about its applications.

Thursday, February 24, 7pm

Mother-Daughter Book Club - This monthly book discussion group is open to girls ages 10 -12 and their mothers. February's book will be "I Am Ice Woman" by Mary Ann Easley. Advance registration is not required (but appreciated), and refreshments will be served.

Heritage Park Regional Library, 14361 Yale Avenue, (949) 551-7151

Throughout February

Friends of the Library Silent Auction - February's Silent Auction event, "Entering the Millennium with Books from Around the World," will honor the library's new branch manager, Joy Johnson. Chinese, Russian, German, French, and Spanish books will be offered.

Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2-3:30pm

After School Kids' Club - Children in grades 1 - 4 are invited to join us every Wednesday afternoon in February for book discussions, story reading, games, crafts, and prizes.

University Park Library, 4512 Sandburg Way, (949) 786-4001

OCPL February Events

LAGUNA BEACH

Through Wednesday, February 9

Third Annual Design a Valentine/Touch a Veteran Contest - A veteran is waiting to get your handcrafted valentine masterpiece! The 3rd Annual Laguna Beach Library's Design-A-Valentine Contest, open to all ages, runs through February 9, with winners being announced February 14. A panel of distinguished artists will judge, and all entries will be lovingly packed and sent to the Veteran's Hospital. For details, please visit the Laguna Beach Library.

Through Friday, February 25

In-N-Out Burger "Food for Thought" Campaign - Free hamburgers are coming to the Laguna Beach Library! The program is open to children ages two to 12. For more details, or to pick up your entry "bookmark," please visit the Laguna Beach Library today.

Through Tuesday, February 29

Orange County Public Library Annual Bookmark Design Contest - Calling all Laguna Beach artisans between kindergarten and 9th grade! This year's theme, "Once Upon a Millennium" encourages young artists to create imaginative bookmarks for the library.

The winners, selected from entries in each of four grade categories, will be announced in early April, and first place finishers will get their work reproduced into bookmarks for distribution during National Library Week, April 9-15, 2000.

Mondays, February 7 - April 10, 5-7:30pm

Free Tax Assistance - Free federal and state income tax help is being offered to local residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Laguna Beach Library. Community volunteers trained in tax preparation by the Franchise Tax Board and the IRS will be able to handle most questions involving tax returns. Taxpayers desiring free help should bring their tax instruction booklets and forms they received in the mail, records of income tax deductions, including W-2 and W-2P forms, statements showing interest income, dividends, and other pertinent records. Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday evenings in the library's community room. For more information, please call the Laguna Beach Library at (949) 497-1733.

OCPL February Events

LAGUNA BEACH

Thursdays, February 10 & 24, 3:30-4:30pm

After-School Crafts - Calling all crafty kids in grades 1 to 4! The Laguna Beach Library has a fun, free craft hour on alternate Thursdays. We supply all materials, and you supply imagination. Since this popular program always has a waiting list, advance registration is required, so call or come by to sign up today.

Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre, (949) 497-1733

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Tuesday, February 1, 3:30pm

A Visit with Mr. Lincoln - John Kendall will visit the Laguna Niguel Library as Abraham Lincoln in celebration of Lincoln's birthday. The program is for grade 3 and up.

Tuesday, February 8, 10:30am

Laguna Niguel Library Book Discussion Group The Laguna Niguel Library's book discussion group will meet to discuss "The Pilot's Wife" by Anita Shreve. The Friends of the Laguna Niguel Library will provide refreshments.

Wednesday, February 19, 7pm

Readers Repertory Theater - The Readers Repertory group will perform "Nude with Violin," by Noel Coward. The program, suitable for high schoolers and up, is free and the Friends of the Laguna Niguel Library will provide refreshments.

Laguna Niguel Library, 30341 Crown Valley Parkway, (949) 249-5252

LAKE FOREST

Tuesday, February 8, 4pm

After School Club presents a Valentine's Day Craft Day Open to children ages 12 and under, and registration is required by phone or in person.

El Toro Branch Library, 24672 Raymond Way, (949) 855-8173

OCPL February Events

LOS ALAMITOS/ROSSMOOR

Monday, February 7, 3:30pm

After School Club - Children age 5 and up are invited to join us for crafts and stories.

Wednesday, February 23, 3:30pm

Mountain Mushers Dog Sledding Team - Southern California's only touring dog sled team will visit the library, and all ages are invited to see and experience the practice of dog sledding, which will include the dog sled, snow shoes, dog booties, dog training, and more.

Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library, 12700 Montecito Road, (562) 430-1048

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Thursday, February 3, 7pm

Family Night - Mountain Mushers - Professional dog sled musher Harry Schlitz will show his dog sled team and equipment. Come and see Call of the Wild, Balto, and Stone Fox.

Wednesday, February 9, 7-8:30pm

Rancho Book Club The Rancho Santa Margarita Library hosts a monthly book club for adults. February's title will be "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving. The Friends of the Rancho Santa Margarita Library will provide refreshments.

Thursday, February 27, 3:30pm

Grade School Program Rudy's Radical Science Show - "Mr. Chemistry" makes learning science fun and entertaining, so join us for an enjoyable afternoon.

Rancho Santa Margarita Library, 30902 La Promesa, (949) 459-6094

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 3-4pm

After School Club - Children ages 6 and up can join the After School Club, which will include stories, crafts, and activities. For more information, please call or visit the library today.

San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, (949) 493-1752

OCPL February Events

SEAL BEACH

Monday, February 7, 3:30-4:30pm

Valentine Magic - Full Spectrum Educational Services is kicking off the winter story hour session with this special program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, all ages are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Monday, February 14, 3:30-4:30pm

Valentine Craft Workshop - All school-age children are invited to come and create valentine crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday, February 28, 3:30-4:30pm

Magic for All - Magician Donald Wortman will present his high-energy comedy magic with live animals, balloons, and help from the audience. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this free program will appeal to children of all ages.

Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Avenue, (714) 840-6759 or (562) 431-3584

VILLA PARK

Tuesday, February 15, 11am

Book Chat Group Come and join the Villa Park Library's book chat group for coffee and a lively book discussion about best sellers, old favorites, and authors. February's title will be "At Home in Mitford," by Jan Karon. Open to all adult readers.

Villa Park Library, 17865 Santiago Blvd., (714) 998-086