Newport Beach Celebrates National Library Week

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The Newport Beach Public Library will join libraries across the country in celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18.

National Library Week is celebrated across the country each April to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries, to promote library use and support, and encourage reading.

Special programs for youth and adults are scheduled at all four Newport Beach Public Library locations.

The week-long celebration kicks off on Sunday with a children’s program featuring world-class long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the Central Library and a Sunday Musicale at 3 p.m. in the Friends Room featuring The Upside, a classical jazz ensemble.

Adult programs include an It’s Your Estate workshop on Monday, Tuesdays@2: Proquest computer training on Tuesday, and the Witte Lecture Series with Governor Jennifer Granholm presented by the NBPL Foundation on April 17-18.

Children’s programs during the week include Magic with Eli at the Corona del Mar Branch Library at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, “Jack in the Beanstock” puppet show at the Balboa Branch Library at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, and an entertaining program with Annie Banannie, a balloon storyteller, at Crean Mariners Branch Library on April 18 at 2 p.m.

Storytimes during National Library Week will be hosted by members of the Board of Library Trustees and members of the Newport Beach City Council.

The Monday Pajama Storytime at the Central library at 7 p.m. features Robyn Grant of the Library Board.

The Tuesday Preschool Storytime at Mariners branch at 10:30 a.m. features city Councilman Tony Petros.

The Wednesday Toddler Storytime at the Central library at 10:30 a.m. features Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon, while the Preschool Storytime at the CdM branch at 10:30 a.m. features Jill Johnson-Tucker of the Library Board.

On Thursday the Preschool Storytime at the Central library at 10:30 a.m. features Mayor Ed Selich.

The Friday Songs & Stories at CdM branch at 10:30 a.m. features John Prichard of the Library Board, while the Friday Songs & Stories at the Central library at 2 p.m. features Ellie Palk of the Library Board.

A complete schedule of events can be found on the library’s website at

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