* In honor of National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library is hosting our 19th annual Community Poetry Contest throughout the month of April. Working in conjunction with the Big Read, this year’s theme is, “Seaside Butterflies.” Prizes for winning poets are provided by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library. Contest entries will be accepted throughout the month of April, entrants may submit up to three original poems. To qualify for the contest, all poems must be submitted between April 1 and April 30 and must include entrant’s name, contact information, and grade level (or “adult” or “pre-school.” Sorry, original poems cannot be returned.
* The contest is open to the general public and entries will be judged according to grade level (or adult). Winning Poems will be published in our 19th Annual Poetry Booklet. All winning poets will be invited to our public recognition event and poetry reading to be hosted at the Library onSaturday, June 3rd.
* Drop off your poem at Laguna Beach Library OR email your entry to:firstname.lastname@example.org . *Important: Be sure to include your Name, Address, Phone, Grade Level, or if yours is an Adult entry. Remember: All Entries Must Be Submitted By April 30, 2017.
Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Children’s Craft Open House
Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.
Saturday, April 1 & 15 at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. — Poetry Workshop
Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped. Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information
Mondays, April 3, 10, 17 &24 at 10:00a.m - 1:00 p.m. — Third Street Writers Group Ink
Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information.
Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. — Pajama Storytime
Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League-Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.
Tuesdays, Aril 4, 11, 18 & 26 at 3:30– 4:30– Math at the Library (K-2nd grade)
After our successful Bedtime Math: Crazy 8’s program, the Laguna Beach Library designed a series of fun math activities for kids K-2nd grade. Registrations is required.
Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. — Children’s Play Time & Craft Table (ages 5 and under)
According to researchers, children’s participation in unstructured playtime is crucial to laying a foundation for literacy success. Lots of wonderful things happen during playtime-- practice with fine motor skills, socialization, bonding between child and caregiver and more. We want the library to be a safe, welcoming environment where learning is fun. This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet in a comfortable environment where toys and crafts are available.
Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m.—Kids Art & Book Club
A hands-on workshop taught by professional artists from LOCA Arts Education. This is a very popular three part series. Class is limited to 18 participants in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grades. Children attend on their own without an adult. We'll meet to hear a story and create a "masterpiece" based on the book of the month. March’s theme is birds. We be using printmaking techniques. Gather at the library at 2:00 p.m. The art portion of this class starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Late comers may not be admitted. Preregistration is required. Please call the library or stop by to sign up.
Thursdays, April 6 & 13 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime
Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. (No Program on April 20 & 27).
Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. — 3-D Printing Workshop
Schedule a 20-minute session with our 3-D printer. Customize an object using software and prepare it for printing. Staff will print the item and contact you when it is ready for pickup. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Consult the library for available times, or for more information, ask a staff member. Sign-up at the Check-Out Desk.
Saturdays, April 8, 15 & 29 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Poem with Ellen Girardeau Kempler
Gold Boat Journeys’ Chief Navigator Ellen Girardeau Kempler is a writer who travels. After taking a solo writing trip to Ireland in 2011, she founded Gold Boat Journeys to help others refresh, rewire, reboot and rediscover the joy of living and creating in the moment.
Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.– Our Bodies, Our Minds: Paths to Wellness
American Association of University Women-Laguna Beach will present a symposium on mind and body interconnectedness at Laguna Beach Library. There will be a moderated panel of five speakers, all experienced professionals of yoga, meditation, and wellness, who will be happy to address questions from the audience. Please call the Library or stop by to register.
Monday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Adult Book Discussion Group
We will be meeting to discuss The changeling by Kenzaburo Oe — Oe introduces Kogito Choko, a writer in his early sixties, as he rekindles a childhood friendship with his estranged brother-in-law, the renowned filmmaker Goro Hanawa. Goro sends Kogito a trunk of tapes he has recorded of reflections about their friendship, but as Kogito is listening one night, he hears something odd.
Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. — Parent Education Workshop: Your Child Social and Emotional Development
We encourage parents to attend this workshop immediately after our weekly 10:30 playtime--presented by LBUSD Early Learning Specialist, Sandee Bandetinni. She can provide parents with tools and resources that promote happy and healthy families and offer tips for School Readiness. Take this opportunity to speak with an early childhood expert about any concerns or questions you might have regarding your child. No Preregistration required. This program is free.
Wednesday, April 12 at 3:30– 4:30 p.m. – After School STEM Program.
Our STEM program promotes critical thinking, problem solving and creativity—for kids 9-years and up. We’ll learn all kinds of cool ways to design things that go! We’ll play with the weather and work with math concepts too. It’s fun and awesome to learn by hands-on experience! Pre-registration is required.
Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Read to a Dog — Salsa!
Kids can read aloud to Salsa our therapy dog. She’s so sweet and a very good listener. Bow-Wow! Please preregister at the Children’s Desk or call the library. Drop-ins welcome too!
Saturday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. – celebrate the Earth Day at the Library
Come to the library to learn about our Fairy Garden, its creator and butterflies. We will do some cool projects with recycled materials as well.
Saturday April 22 at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. – Vision Workshop: 3 keys to Accelerate Your Results in 2017
Clara Lee is a visionary and advocate for leading an inspired life. With over 20 years of professional experience in team leadership from start-up to multi-million dollar business environments, Clara has built organizations and lead teams toward accomplishing company goals through vision and mentoring. The event is free.