It’s a kids’ world during April with exciting events at Newport Beach Public Library

Hey kids! From Children’s Storytime guest readers, a craft afternoon, LEGOS® and coding for kids, to reading to a dog (who loves to listen!), a magician and an author visit and poetry month celebration, April is filled with exciting events at the Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL).

In addition, from April 6-14, join NBPL as they celebrate National Library Week. The library is a place to connect with others, learn new skills and focus on what matters most. Be sure to visit and attend special events at your favorite library branch during this week!

Check out what’s happening in April…

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Track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize

Beanstalk Spring Challenge

Continuing through Tuesday, April 30, join the Spring Reading Challenge! Read every day through April, track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize!

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Let you imagination run wild on LEGO Saturday

LEGO® Saturdays

On Saturday, April 6 and 20, drop into the Central Library Children’s Room between 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month to create with LEGO®. Get inspiration for your creations by choosing from one of their LEGO® challenges and let your imagination run wild! All ages are welcome. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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From April 8-13, NBPL welcomes children’s storytime guest readers

Children’s Storytime Guest Readers

From April 8-13 from 10:30-11 a.m., join storytime with special guest readers including City of Newport Beach dignitaries and other local leaders all week long. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Celebrate new insect friends

Children’s Butterfly Habitat

On Monday, April 8, spring has arrived and the NBPL is celebrating with some new insect friends. Stop by the children’s desk at the Central library beginning April 8 to watch caterpillars as they go on a journey to becoming butterflies. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library.

Coding for Kids

On Monday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m., learn basic coding principles using Scratch! In Week 2, participants will learn how to animate their name. No coding experience is required. For ages 6-11. Registration is required. Takes place at Central Library. Funding is generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Get creative with rotating DIY crafts

Children’s Crafternoon

On Tuesday, April 9 from 4-5 p.m., get creative with rotating DIY crafts. Arts and crafts provide opportunities to practice fine motor skills, imagination, critical thinking and more. Recommended for families with children ages 3 and up. April’s theme is “We Love Pets!” Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Bark: Read to a Dog at the Corona del Mar Branch on April 11

Bark: Read to a Dog

On Thursday, April 11 from 4-5 p.m., come visit the Corona del Mar Branch and read to a dog! Young readers can read a book of their choice with a specially trained furry friend. This is a great way for children to build confidence and increase their reading skills. Funding is generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

Explorer Magician California Joe

On Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mariners Branch, join Explorer Magician California Joe on a magical journey around the world as the NBPL celebrates the end of National Library Week. This is a great show for all ages. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Bark: Read to a Dog at the Corona del Mar Branch on April 11

Children’s Author Visit and Poetry Month Celebration

On Tuesday, April 23 from 4-5 p.m. April is National Poetry Month! Join in celebration at Central Library with special guest and children’s author Rashin Kheiriyeh as she shares her new book Rumi-Poet of Joy and Love. Kheiriyeh is a multi-award-winning author-illustrator and painter who has more than 90 children’s books to her credit. Participants will also enjoy writing and illustrating poems with different activities and prompts. For ages 6-11. No registration is required. Materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library branches:

–Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

–Balboa Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Corona del Mar Branch, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

–Crean Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

For more information and a complete listing of events, visit the NBPL calendar here.


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