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Volume 6, Issue 29  | April 9, 2021

NBPL celebrates National Library Week in April, offers month-long events

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) has some exciting events coming up during the month of April, including celebrating National Library Week from April 5-10. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Virtual Poetry Party!: Back by popular demand for its second year, and in honor of National Poetry Month, the NBPL is hosting an online Poetry Party from April 1-30. Children ages 3-12 are invited to submit original poems in the form of photos, documents, or audio recordings. Submissions will be shared on the NBPL’s Poetry Party webpage for other NBPL poets to enjoy. At the end of the month, three lucky poets will receive a prize. Happy writing, poets.

National Library Week – April 4-10: The library has something for everyone. During National Library Week, visit your library online or in person to find everything from audiobooks and virtual story times to resume help and educational programs. Be on the lookout for special children’s programming including virtual story times with local leaders and a back by popular demand virtual poetry contest.

NBPL celebrates Dixon

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During a past National Library Week, Councilmember Diane Dixon was among the community leaders who read to groups of youngsters

Brian Richards Virtual Magic Show: Using comedy, storytelling, puppets and on-screen interactive magic, Brian Richards will entertain families and get kids excited about reading. Be sure to view The Magic of Reading anytime during National Library Week, April 4-10. A link for unlimited viewing will be available beginning Sunday, April 4 at 9 a.m. Note: All library branches are closed on Sunday, April 4 in honor of the Easter holiday.

Tune-In Tuesday Storytime: Takes place April 6, 13, 20 and 27. Enjoy a new storytime video featuring early literacy activities and a special craft every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with Newport Beach Public Library Children’s Services staff. After posting at 9:30 a.m., the storytime video will be available for viewing on the library’s website. 

NBPL celebrates Palley

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Stuart Palley shares his book on California wildfires, “Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night”

Library Live with Stuart Palley: Friday, April 9 at 6:19 p.m. and presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF). Palley is a photojournalist who has been documenting the California wildfires for the last six years. His book Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night (2018) reveals nature’s response to extreme drought and rising temperatures in the forested areas around our state. Being a trained wildland firefighter, Palley captures his images and stories on the frontlines. His environmental work has been recognized many times by the prestigious Pictures of the Year International organized by the Donald W. Reynolds Institute for Journalism. Palley has photographed for National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalWIRED, New York Magazine and the Washington Post. Palley will be in conversation with Douglas McCulloh, artist and senior curator at UCR Arts: California Museum of Photography. Cost: General, $10 per household; NBPLF members receive a 25 percent discount. Library Live is for adventurous readers who enjoy hearing from established literary figures and emerging talent. Novelists, poets, historians, journalists, biographers, memoirists and more share their ideas firsthand with our community. Participate, engage and be challenged with presentations by today’s most gifted scribes. To purchase tickets, visit

NBPL celebrates Sikander

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Artist Shahzia Sikander will discuss her latest artwork, exhibitions and forthcoming book, “Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities”

The Witte Lectures with Shahzia Sikander: Friday, April 16 from 6:19-7:30 p.m. In 2021, Witte goes virtual via Zoom. Even in the face of a pandemic, the Witte Lecture Series remains steadfast in providing timely, relevant and vibrant contemporary speakers. Pioneering Pakistani American artist Sikander is one of the most influential artists working today. She is celebrated for her figurative painting, sculptures and installations inspired by traditional Persian miniatures. Sikander will discuss her latest artwork, exhibitions and forthcoming book Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities (2021, Hirmer Publishers). You will learn how she expands and subverts traditional themes to explore cultural identity, gender and other under-represented narratives. Sikander received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006 and was awarded the State Department Medal of Arts in 2012. Her work has been exhibited around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Sydney; Irish Modern Museum of Art, Dublin; and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. Sikander will be in conversation with Meg Linton, CEO, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Cost: General, $10 per household; NBPLF members receive a 25 percent discount. The virtual presentation is followed by a Q&A. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the Sikander’s publications, made possible by Laguna Beach Books. To purchase tickets, visit

NBPL celebrates Frumpy

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Join Mary Jo Fisher, author of “Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Motherhood” for Virtual Happy Hour

Virtual Happy Hour with Mary Jo Fisher: Saturday, April 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. This author talk is followed by a Q&A. Fisher writes the “Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom” column, which runs in 11 of the Southern California News Group’s newspapers, including the Orange County Register. She was a workaholic newspaper reporter before adopting two children out of foster care at age 46, picking up a scruffy dog along the way and she has somehow managed to keep them all alive. A former award-winning investigative reporter, Fisher now juggles her job as a newspaper columnist with being a single mom, all the while being exhorted from everywhere to be thinner, smarter, sexier, better exercised, more philanthropic, more frugal, more stylish, more devoted to her kids, more devoted to her job, better dressed, a healthier cook, a tidier housekeeper and a more engaged citizen. Her columns and travel articles have also appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide, including the Philadelphia InquirerMiami HeraldDeseret NewsWichita EagleWaterbury Republican-American, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSacramento BeeWilkes-Barre Times LeaderAtlanta Journal-Constitution and the Charlotte Observer. Registered guests will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to the event. To register, go here. The event is free but donations to Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy are greatly appreciated.

To view all of NBPL’s upcoming events, visit

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