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Volume 4, Issue 97  |  December 3, 2019


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: 56th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1-6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. This annual juried event will showcase more than 300 pieces of original art at the Newport Beach Civic Center location, an open modern venue where guests can enjoy a festive atmosphere of art, music, food and wine. Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure and in the Central Library parking lot. The Call for Entries will be announced on the City of Newport Beach website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts in January 2020. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Destination Art” exhibition of acrylics by Sherry Marger continuing through January 3, 2020 during library operating hours. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents Destination Art, an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Sherry Marger, on display at Newport Beach Central Library gallery. Marger is an acrylic landscape painter, born in New York City, but raised in New Jersey. It wasn’t until much later in life, when she started traveling that she began to paint seriously. Always having photographed, catalogued and then assembled albums of trips, she realized how painting could further interpret her traveling world experiences to herself and to others. Traveling became her inspiration. Destination Art has become her passion. As a studio artist, she works in an impressionistic style with acrylic paints. Plein air watercolor sketching is done on location to lay the groundwork for the finished paintings done on either canvas or paper in her studio. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. (Nyhaven Colors by Sherry Marger is pictured below.)

Destination Art for NBPL 10.22

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Witte Lectures are for the curious, engaged and motivated. It presents serious topics for serious times. Join in for dynamic, informative, call-to-action conversations about the U.S. Presidency, the impacts of income inequality, what to anticipate with rapid environmental change, and learn the societal price of addiction. Understand the complexities of globally relevant issues. Tickets for these events are now on sale for the 23rd season running January through April 2020. The Series kicks off with Doris Kearns Godwin on January 24, 2020. To become a member click here.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Cornucopia of Crafts on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 4-5 p.m. Come make crafts to help celebrate Thanksgiving! Geared for ages 3 and up. No registration is required. First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

ALL LIBRARY BRANCHES ARE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THANKSGIVING, Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Nov. 30 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop-In Crafts on Monday, Dec. 2 from 3:30-5 p.m. Drop in to the Corona del Mar Library to create, craft and DIY on the first and third Monday of every month. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7:15-8:45 a.m. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce presents this monthly event. This is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. This event is free to the public, but please make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Contact: Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. 

Drop in Crafts, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 12-3 p.m. Drop in to make some fun crafts. Geared for ages 3-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. First come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Nutcracker for Kids, Saturday, Dec. 7 with two performances at 2 and 3:30 p.m. The whole family will enjoy this program for children. “The Nutcracker for Kids” is an abridged narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. The shortened performance features a cast of professional dancers in complete costumes and tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather. Overnight, the nutcracker is magically transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara on an enchanting journey. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket distribution, for both shows, will begin at 1 p.m. Ticket holders should return 15 minutes prior to the show to be seated. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Holiday Open House on Monday, Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by the library for refreshments, crafts, stories, and magic during the 41st Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk. Magician Mark Gibson will be performing two magic shows at 1 and 3 p.m., with strolling magic in between. All ages welcome. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

Let’s Talk Money: Taking Control of Retirement on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 12-1 p.m. In this seminar, you’ll talk about one of the most life-altering financial turning points each of us will experience – the transition to retirement – and the challenges and risks associated with it, as well as some potential strategies. Join this informative seminar during which you’ll get a better understanding of 1) Common retirement issues such as longevity, withdrawal, investment and inflation risks – and ways to help manage them; 2) How to identify your retirement goals, and more importantly, prioritize them based on what matters most to you; and 3) Techniques for building a portfolio aligned to your priorities – leveraging a range of solutions. This series of Let’s Talk Money Financial Workshops is free and held in the Central Library Conference Room. Space is limited and registration is required. Go to the Library website to reserve your seat. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE Workshop: Raising Capital for Your Business, Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Raising Capital for Your Business is a workshop that offers advice geared to all types of entrepreneurs who are looking for capital. It discusses the aspects and tools necessary for seeking capital, as well as identifying the types of money and resources available from financiers today. You will look at specific challenges in raising capital at all stages and attendees will walk away with a playbook for raising money for their business. This workshop is presented by Irving Kau, who now serves as the head of KW Capital Partners. He founded the Asia Office and was the Asia-based head of a U.S. investment bank, Seaport Global (previously, Global Hunter). He was named Top 40 under 40 financing professional in 2012. Geared to adults. Limited seating. Registration/Check-in is from 5:30-6 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Synopsis: The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling biography of the visionary widow who built a Champagne empire, became a legend in tumultuous times and showed the world how to live with style. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman. Doors open at 9 a.m. Free, but a suggested $10 donation is appreciated. No reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. The Book Discussion Group members select, read and discuss 10 books per year. This active and dynamic group meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Refreshments are provided and the books are available through the Newport Beach Public Library. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Widow Clicquot book cover

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LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop In Crafts on Monday, Dec. 16 from 3:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by the library to create, craft, and DIY on the first and third Monday of every month. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Wrappin’ Up 2019 Crafts on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Drop in at the Balboa Branch Library and share the gift of creativity as you make crafts inspired by the winter season. Geared to ages 3 and up. No registration is required. First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Dec. 21 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS CLOSE on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS ARE CLOSED on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS CLOSE on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS CLOSE on Monday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Can’t stay up late but still want to celebrate? Come to the library for the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration with crafts and fun as they count down to noon. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Note: All NBPL locations close at 1 p.m.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes 

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6-24 months. CdM Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2-5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Central Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3-5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Corona del Mar on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3-7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

 

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sundays

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

 

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