Friends of the Laguna Beach Library

SPECIAL EVENTS:       TEENS Earn Community Service Hours!  Volunteer at the library this summer. Questions? Ask at the Info Desk .


Summer Reading Challenge, now through July 29th, open to all ages! 

 

Flash News: Library Closed July 4th– National Holiday

 

Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Third Street Writers Group
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. 

 

Monday, July 2 from 5:30 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.—The Ben Band (performing at the Ice Cream Social)

The Ben Band is a family-friendly musical act. Ben sings and plays guitar and keyboard resulting in a wacky, dynamic performance featuring original songs about some extremely important subjects, including:

-Ben's alarm clock, who wakes up everyone in Ben's apartment building whenever Ben goes out of town...

-Ben's fridge, Fred, who is very shy and only ever says the word "Ummm..."

-Ben's guitar, who interrupts during every performance to complain that audiences only pay attention to Ben, not to the guitar… and many other characters.

The Ben Band brings animals, objects, food, transportation, and just about anything else you can imagine to life. You may not know it, but the items around you have very strong opinions about the world - and if you want to hear what they think, you'll need to attend the show!

 

Tuesdays, July 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.— Toddler Storytime With Miss Summer

Toddlers and preschoolers, come and enjoy our Tuesday storytime! Stories, songs, dancing, and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.

 

Tuesday, July 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Pajama Storytime

Please come (wear pajamas and slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League-Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.

 

Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19 & 26  from 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.

 

Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 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, July 7 from 10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.– Banned Books Club

Join this rebel reading group. This month we’ll be reading Animal Farm by George Orwell. Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as "enemies" and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called "Beasts of England". When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion.


Saturday, July 7 & 21 from 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 Mike Sprake at 714-318-1461 or email at mikesprake@gmail.com for more information.

 

Monday, July 9 from 4:00– 5:00 p.m.—Beatles program: From Liverpool to Abbey Road

Rock historian Vincent Bruno talks about the timelessness of the Beatles.  Presented with funding from the Friends of the Laguna Beach Public Library.

 

Monday, July 9 from 5:30—6:30 p.m. – Laguna Beach Library Book Club

We will be discussing the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an

Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.  

 

Wednesdays, July 11, 18 & 25 from 11:00  a.m. to 11:45 p.m. —  Sunshine Readers Family Storytime

The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers!  Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members.  Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!

 

Wednesday, July 11 from 3:00 p.m.— 5:00 p.m. ­—  3-D Printing Workshop

Schedule a 20-minute session with our 3-D printer. 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.

 

Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.— Billy Bonkers

The Billy Bonkers Magic show is 45 minutes of fun, interaction, and learning for the whole family with a unique British twist!

 

Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.— Science Tellers

Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids must saddle up to foil the great heist — but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an ‘instrumental’ part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars. Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!

 

 

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE, GRACIOUSLY FUNDED BY FRIENDS OF THE LAGUNA BEACH LIBRARY