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What’s happening in October at our library?

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at Newport Beach Public Library, which you can experience virtually, as well as a juried art exhibit you can view at Central Library.

What's happening spooktacular

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Spooktacular fun awaits...all month long

Spooktacular for Teens: Short Story and Art Program now through November 7. It’s time to get into the Spooky Halloween spirit with a Halloween-themed short story and art program...so get creative! Open to tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12, you can select one of the creative writing and art prompts provided or come up with your own spell-binding theme. 

~How to Enter: Provide your name, contact information, title of the work and word count at the top of the first page. Short story submissions should be between 500-2,000 words. You can submit up to six works for entries into the opportunity drawing. Entries must be original content created by the person submitting the story. By submitting your work, you give Newport Beach Public Library authorization to share your work on their social media and Spooktacular webpage for other NBPL teens to enjoy. Everyone who participates in the Spooktacular Program will be entered into a drawing, and three lucky teens will each receive a $20 gift card to Amazon. NBPL will post all the art and short stories on their website. While they encourage stories/art to have spooky/horror elements, overly graphic or mature content will not be shared on the library website. Please try to keep submissions family friendly. Email all submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.no later than Friday, October 30. If you have any questions, send them to the email address.

Tune-In Tuesday Storytime on October 20 and 27 at 9:30 a.m. with the NBPL Children’s Services staff.

~October 20: Features Ms. Annika reading Stretch by Doreen Cronin (author) and Scott Menchin (illustrator), singing, early literacy activities and a craft, too.

~October 27: Features Ms. Bernadette reading Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont (author, illustrator), singing, early literacy activities and a craft, too.

It’s Your Money on October 20 and 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

NBPLF is going virtual with the “It’s Your Money” financial workshops. These weekly workshops continue taking place through November 10 via Zoom. The instructors are local fee only financial advisers who all act in a fiduciary capacity with their clients. None of the speakers are licensed to sell any financial products. These programs are updated regularly to stay current with tax law, codes and trends.

~October 20: It’s Your Money: Medical Care Planning – Caregiver & Insurance. 

~October 27: It’s Your Money: Equity Investing – How To Use Stock.

Weekly handouts are available for download at http://materials.itsyourmoneyandestate.org/.

What's happening Aging as Art

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“Aging as Art” photography show was juried by a panel of distinguished judges

–“Aging As Art” photographic exhibit opened on October 14. Presented by the Council on Aging – Southern California that invited all amateur and professional photographers, 18 years of age or older residing in California, to use their imagination and share their vision and unique interpretation of the aging experience. The Aging as Art Photography Show was juried by a panel of distinguished judges. Selected entries are currently on display on the second floor of Central Library through November 20. The Aging as Art Photography Show depicts the diversity, dignity and challenges of what living a long life means today.

It’s Your Estate on October 21 and 28 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

NBPLF presents “It’s Your Estate” financial workshops with financial planning specialist Peter Kote. These weekly workshops continue taking place through November 11 via Zoom. The instructors are local fee only financial advisers who all act in a fiduciary capacity with their clients. None of the speakers are licensed to sell any financial products. These programs are updated regularly to stay current with tax law, codes and trends.

~October 21: It’s Your Estate: Charitable Giving. 

~October 28: Retirement Account.

Weekly handouts are available for download at http://materials.itsyourmoneyandestate.org/.

Spook-tacular Halloween Crafts from October 19-31. Calling all ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes! NBPL is brewing up a lot of at-home Halloween fun with Grab-and-Go crafts and activities, a virtual costume parade, and a chance to win an opportunity prize. Grab-and-Go craft kits are available for pick up at any Newport Beach Public Library location beginning October 19 through October 31 (while supplies last). Funding is generously donated by the Friends of the Library.

What s happening Julia Phillips

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Author Julia Phillips

Virtual Happy Hour with Julia Phillips on October 24 from 5-6 p.m. Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy invites supporters to enjoy Happy Hour with popular author, Julia Phillips, from the comfort of your own home. Phillips will talk about her debut novel and National Book Award finalist, Disappearing Earth. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions, which the author will answer. Phillips’ spellbinding and emotional storytelling quickly propelled this powerful novel into contention for a long list of awards and accolades, including being selected as a finalist for the National Book Award as well as for many lists of the 10 best books of 2019 including the NYT and Vanity Fair. This event is free. Registration is limited. Donations to Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy are greatly appreciated. Registered guests will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to the event. RSVP here.

What s happening Thomas Cesario

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Thomas C. Cesario, MD

Medicine in Our Backyard on October 26 from 4-4:45 p.m. The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) in collaboration with UCI Health virtually presents the 2020-2021 season of “Medicine in Our Backyard” featuring a group of renowned doctors and researchers speaking on a wide range of topics. The UCI doctors present the latest studies and newest technologies in an engaging online forum. This series is funded in part by the generosity of long time NBPLF members Mike and Polly Smith.

~“Coping with the Current Pandemic: A COVID-19 Update” with Thomas C. Cesario, MD, infectious disease specialist, UCI Infectious Disease Services. COVID-19: What can we expect next? Dr. Thomas Cesario, professor emeritus of the UCI School of Medicine and a renowned expert on multiple infectious diseases, will discuss what we know now about the virus and answer frequently asked questions, including: is the virus mutating? Do mask and social distancing really work? What are our diagnostic tests and how good are they? Where are we with vaccines? And what we all want to know, how close are we to controlling this? To register for this webinar, go here.