Friends of the Laguna Beach Library
17th Annual Poetry Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library will be accepting submissions for our 17th Annual Community Poetry Contest throughout the month of April.  This year’s topic is, “Winds of Change.” Throughout the month of April, entrants may submit up to three original poems. All poems must be submitted by April 30. (Name and contact information are required.  Poems cannot be returned.)


The poetry Contest is open to the general public and entries will be judged according to grade/age level: Adult, High School (Grades 9 through 12), 6th and 7th and 8thGrades, 4th and 5th Grades, 2nd and 3rd Grades, 1st Grade and Pre-K and Kindergarten. Winning Poems will be published in our 17th Annual Poetry Booklet. All winners will be invited to our poetry awards recognition event and public reading to be held at the Library on Saturday, June 6th.

Pick up your entry forms at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, phone 949-497-1733 OR Send in your entry via an email attachment (MS Word or PDF is best) to:  *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, 2015.

April Library Programs



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.

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