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Volume 4, Issue 74  |  September 13, 2019


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

“Sobier Photo Project” exhibition by Ed Olen, Continuing through September 6. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting a the “Sobier Photo Project” by celebrated photographer Ed Olen, that just opened on July 8 and is on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery through September 6. 

Olen has traveled to Haiti with The Heart of Hollywood Foundation on yearly mission trips since 2012. For the past three years, the organization has focused on the village of Sobier, which was particularly devastated by the 2010 earthquake. Olen always photographs his trips, but this year he decided to try something new. With the help of strategic and handmade props, Olen juxtaposes a culture of wealth against a community of need, capturing the unique personalities of his subjects, creating striking images that demand attention and evoke reaction. The Heart of Hollywood Foundation has begun construction on a clinic for the community, projected to be completed this spring. Next, they want to focus on a well for fresh water because it’s a two-hour plus round-trip for the villagers to get fresh water every day. The exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours.

Sobier Photo Project

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Photo by Ed Olen

“Aging As Art” photographic exhibition, Continuing through September 9. 

The Council on Aging – Southern California 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, juried by a panel of distinguished judges, depicts the diversity, dignity and challenges of what living a long life means today. Selected entries are currently on display on the second floor of the Newport Beach Central Library during regular business hours at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Aging as Art

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LEGO Block Party on September 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.

College Essay Workshop on September 3 from 7-8 p.m. Learn about the most common college essay topics and how to approach them in the College Essay Workshop. This free workshop is provided by Collegewise will help you gain the confidence and skills to write college application essays that stand out. Space is limited. Register at the Library website. Age level: Rising High School Seniors and Parents. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE Workshop on September 4 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is generously funded by Friends of the Library. Age Level: Adults. For more information or to register for this workshop, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport on September 5 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. A free opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials and stay current on local, state and federal issues. RSVP to Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your space. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SAT Practice Tet on September 7 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sharpen your test taking skills with a free, full-length practice SAT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting this free SAT practice test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students should bring Number 2 pencils, a calculator, water and snacks to the test. The calculators are needed for better success on the test and help with time management for the math sections. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that if you signed up on the website for the wait list and are not contacted about an open space prior to the test day, you will need to come into the library as a walk-in on the morning of the test. The library opens at 9 a.m. and they will recommend showing up soon after opening to increase your chances of getting a spot, if some become available. Go to the NBPL Calendar website to register. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Drop-in Crafts on September 7 from 12-3 p.m. Drop in to the Central Library Children’s Room between 12 and 3 p.m. 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 the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Pages of Crafts on September 10 from 4-5 p.m. Celebrate “Read a Book Day,” with some bookish crafts. Geared for ages 3 and up. No registration is required. First come, first served. Takes place at the Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, September 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. Synopsis: Tells the unbelievable true story of young women who worked in a secret city dedicated to making fuel for the first atomic bomb – only they didn’t know that. This narrative non-fiction book is a story of patriotism and purpose, mystery and suspicion, survival and remembrance. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.; Free (a suggested donated of $10 is appreciated). No reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Refreshments are provided and the books are available through the Newport Beach Public Library. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party on September 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.

International Literacy Day Celebration on September 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate the dedicated tutors, learners and supporters of the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program at this annual lunch program. To RSVP or get more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3874. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

College Planning Dilemma & Student Loan Crisis Workshop on September 12 from 7-8 p.m. Join Orange County’s financial aid expert for a seminar on financial planning for college. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ACT Practice Tet on September 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sharpen your test taking skills with a free, full-length practice ACT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting this free ACT practice test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students should bring Number 2 pencils, a calculator, water and snacks to the test. The calculators are needed for better success on the test and help with time management for the math sections. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that if you signed up on the website for the wait list and are not contacted about an open space prior to the test day, you will need to come into the library as a walk-in on the morning of the test. The library opens at 9 a.m. and they will recommend showing up soon after opening to increase your chances of getting a spot, if some become available. Go to the NBPL Calendar website to register. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays on September 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 is required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money – Introduction and New Tax Law on September 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. Presented by Peter Kote, this is part of an annual series of workshops presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service, for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop-in Crafts on September 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. Drop in to the Corona del Mar Branch Library to create, craft and DIY on the first and third Monday of every month. All ages welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Block Party on September 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.

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You’re Welcome! Crafts inspired by Moana on September 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. Board your boat and sail to the Balboa Branch Library for crafts inspired by the movie, Moana. Geared for ages 3 and up. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first served. Takes place at 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays on September 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 is required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Sunday Musicale – L.A. Classics & Pops Ensemble on September 22 from 3-4 p.m. The L.A. Classics & Pops Ensemble, featuring Cathleen Wong on flute; Scott Graham, double bass; John Ryskowski, drums; and Sonia Lee playing piano, will play a repertoire which elegantly infuses jazz and classical. The concert will showcase Claude Bolling’s First Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. When first released in 1975, the album immediately hit the No. 1 spot of the Billboard Classical Charts, and remained there for an astounding total of 530 weeks. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money – The Financial Sales Game on September 23 from 10-11:30 a.m. Presented by Laura Dubchansky, this is part of an annual series of workshops presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Moderated by Peter Kote. These free workshops are presented as a community service, for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Medicine in Our Backyard – The Use of Cannabis for Pain - Fact, Fiction and Everything in Between, September 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speaker: Brent G. Yeung, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, UCI Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. Cannabis is being touted as a panacea for just about anything that ails you. Claims have been made that it lowers blood sugar, slows Alzheimer’s disease, and alleviates a wide range of psychological problems – from anxiety and depression, to PTSD and psychosis. But few studies have been done on cannabis. At this lecture, Dr. Brent G. Yeung will discuss the facts and fiction of the use of cannabis for pain. Yeung is a UCI Health anesthesiologist who specializes in the management and treatment of pain. His clinical interests include interventional procedures for chronic pain management and the use of cannabis for pain. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7-8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Brent Yeung

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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. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 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.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 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. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 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.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Central on Thursdays 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

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075
Hours: TBD

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

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