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By Joanna Clay | November 17, 2011
While some teens aspire to get a good grade on a test or make varsity, Aviva Meyers has a bigger goal in mind: novelist. "With some poetry in there too," she said. The award-winning writer is hoping it happens sooner rather than later. Aviva, a freshman at Laguna Beach High School, recently won first place in Newport Beach Public Library's teen fiction writing contest for her short story, "An Askew Point of View. " The 14-year-old remembers dictating stories to her babysitter when she was 4, and she's humble — almost embarrassed — when confessing that she's started 60 books.
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June 21, 2002
El Morro Elementary School held its third Reading is Fundamental celebration with the theme "Dive Into Reading." Children dressed in Hawaiian attire and listened to surf music, bounced in the MoonJump and rode the giant slide. There was face painting by Sunny Taylor and Claire McClung. The event ended in a book distribution with students sifting through hundreds of books to find one to keep for free. The event was coordinated by Sunny Taylor of Reading is Fun and El Morro librarian Claudia Cameron.
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By Candice Baker | August 18, 2006
All good things, like good books, must come to an end. For Laguna Beach Public Library children's librarian Rebecca Porter, last Tuesday marked the close of her 2006 summer reading program, "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales." Storyteller Steven Henegar's presentation of "Likely Stories: from True Life to Tall Tales" brought to a close a vibrant summer of puppetry, hot dogs and circus performers. And at a previous Hawaiian luau event, kids made snow cones, had a scavenger hunt, competed in hula hoop relay races and decorated each other with brightly colored crepe paper.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 21, 2009
Laguna Beach firefighters honored young readers at a barbecue and awards presentation Saturday at Bluebird Park. The youngsters were participants in a Laguna Beach Library program, which encouraged the kids to read or be read to for 20 hours during the summer. “About 400 signed up, 150 read 10 books and 70 completed the 20 hours for a total of 3,000 hours,” said Rebecca Porter, children’s librarian. Eligible participants range in age from birth, the age Porter recommends for parents to start reading to the children, to 12. Jeremy Leeds, 7, and his younger brother, Elliott, 3, were among the participants.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 10, 2008
The Laguna Beach Library’s creaky air conditioning system is getting some help. A new high-tech system is being designed, but in the meantime, the library has patched up the old system — prone to breakdowns — and when needed, will fall back on old-fashioned fans to keep staff and patrons comfortable, county library officials said. “The air conditioning is up and running,” said Assistant County Librarian Paula Bruce. “We have made modifications to the system so that it is functional.
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October 1, 2004
Film Society 'Sound of Music' sing-along The Laguna Beach Film Society wants locals to start practicing their in-public singing voice and wear a costume to a free sing-along at 6 p.m. Sunday at Heisler Park. The Film Society will be showing the original film "Sound of Music" with Laguna Tunes' community chorus leading the assembled "cast" of moviegoers through the musical score made famous by Julie Andrews. Gallimaufry fundraiser set In addition to Dance Day, Gallimaufry is "Dancing in the Sand -- A Tropical Evening in Emerald Bay."
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June 22, 2007
Playhouse announces youth play series The Laguna Playhouse has announced its 2007-08 Youth Theater Season, a subscription series of two plays for young audiences. The season begins in October with the hit show "Disney High School Musical On Stage," and concludes in May 2008 with the family classic "The Sleeping Beauty." Youth Theatre subscription add-ons include the Theatre For a New Generation production of "Can't Believe It!" in May, and Evenings of Improvisation in February.
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September 24, 2004
'World's Fair' goes Vegas style Saturday AIDS Services Foundation is having its annual fall fundraiser "World's Fair" event with this year's Las Vegas style theme "Lost Vegas." The event is an evening completely redesigned for the occasion, with a spoof musical and Vegas style entertainment and gaming. The event Saturday is at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, and starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $250. For more information, go to http://www.
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August 9, 2002
Discover Your Public Library Five thousand years ago, the Sumerians established libraries to preserve prayers, hymns and documents. Ever since, libraries have reflected and shaped societies that created them by preserving the thoughts and actions of their cultures. Libraries are the means by which the present learns from the past and leaves its own intellectual legacy to the future. In my 30 years as a librarian I have particularly enjoyed collecting sage quips and memorable quotations about libraries.
NEWS
November 1, 2002
OUR LAGUNA Author Jeff Parker spent some time last week strolling around town, sitting on the Boardwalk, listening to the sounds of the ocean, watching people, as he so often used to do when he lived in Laguna Canyon. "I moved to North San Diego County a couple of years ago and now I come to Laguna to vacation," said Parker said. "I check into the Laguna Riviera -- you know, the place with the sweaty windows." Parker lived here for 20 years, something he never expects to do again.
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By Joanna Clay | November 17, 2011
While some teens aspire to get a good grade on a test or make varsity, Aviva Meyers has a bigger goal in mind: novelist. "With some poetry in there too," she said. The award-winning writer is hoping it happens sooner rather than later. Aviva, a freshman at Laguna Beach High School, recently won first place in Newport Beach Public Library's teen fiction writing contest for her short story, "An Askew Point of View. " The 14-year-old remembers dictating stories to her babysitter when she was 4, and she's humble — almost embarrassed — when confessing that she's started 60 books.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 21, 2009
Laguna Beach firefighters honored young readers at a barbecue and awards presentation Saturday at Bluebird Park. The youngsters were participants in a Laguna Beach Library program, which encouraged the kids to read or be read to for 20 hours during the summer. “About 400 signed up, 150 read 10 books and 70 completed the 20 hours for a total of 3,000 hours,” said Rebecca Porter, children’s librarian. Eligible participants range in age from birth, the age Porter recommends for parents to start reading to the children, to 12. Jeremy Leeds, 7, and his younger brother, Elliott, 3, were among the participants.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 10, 2008
The Laguna Beach Library’s creaky air conditioning system is getting some help. A new high-tech system is being designed, but in the meantime, the library has patched up the old system — prone to breakdowns — and when needed, will fall back on old-fashioned fans to keep staff and patrons comfortable, county library officials said. “The air conditioning is up and running,” said Assistant County Librarian Paula Bruce. “We have made modifications to the system so that it is functional.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | August 18, 2006
All good things, like good books, must come to an end. For Laguna Beach Public Library children's librarian Rebecca Porter, last Tuesday marked the close of her 2006 summer reading program, "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales." Storyteller Steven Henegar's presentation of "Likely Stories: from True Life to Tall Tales" brought to a close a vibrant summer of puppetry, hot dogs and circus performers. And at a previous Hawaiian luau event, kids made snow cones, had a scavenger hunt, competed in hula hoop relay races and decorated each other with brightly colored crepe paper.
NEWS
June 21, 2002
El Morro Elementary School held its third Reading is Fundamental celebration with the theme "Dive Into Reading." Children dressed in Hawaiian attire and listened to surf music, bounced in the MoonJump and rode the giant slide. There was face painting by Sunny Taylor and Claire McClung. The event ended in a book distribution with students sifting through hundreds of books to find one to keep for free. The event was coordinated by Sunny Taylor of Reading is Fun and El Morro librarian Claudia Cameron.
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