Kids free marketplace supports Beyond Books and Witte Hall project

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) hosted a free Kids Marketplace in support of the Beyond Books Witte Hall civic auditorium project on Sunday, June 23, raising funds and awareness for the construction of Witte Hall, the new 10,000-square-foot, 299-seat civic auditorium currently under construction.

Children’s creativity, imagination and entrepreneurial spirit were on full display across dozens of marketplace stalls featuring home baked goods, jewelry, 3D printed toys, crafts, carnival games, potted plants and more. Their enthusiasm for selling their prized goods to their community was infectious, and children and adults alike purchased goods to benefit Witte Hall.

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Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Library Foundation

With a lively circus theme, this is among the creative marketplace booths

In addition to shopping, the 200 attendees also enjoyed hand-dipped ice cream bars, frozen bananas, gourmet coffee and a live demonstration by Hawk on Hand with three different birds of prey.

“Looking around today at all the kids selling goods, I’m excited about our future as a community. These children understand the importance of community activism and have demonstrated leadership traits well beyond their years,” said Erin Grody Kingsley, Beyond Books Campaign Family Events chair. “Their engagement with Witte Hall and its future programming will be all the more meaningful as a result of their contributions today.”

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Beyond Books Campaign Family Events Chair Erin Grody Kingsley is all smiles as she joins her family for the festivities

While at the library, children also signed up for library cards and registered for the Summer Reading Program.

Witte Hall will be located next to the Central Library in a freestanding building; the improvements will also include an expanded courtyard, now named the Stahr Courtyard, for pre- and post-events, and a reconfiguration of the library parking lot.

Naming opportunities are still available for Witte Hall. Major donors will have permanent recognition on the Donor Wall in the Louise and Roy Woolsey Memorial Lobby at Witte Hall and at Grand Opening events.


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