For those who dislike being stuck without a good book to read, remember that our Costa Mesa libraries will be closed on May 28 for Memorial Day.

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries Bookstore behind the Mesa Verde Library will be closed May 26 and 27 and open again May 29. The Friends Bookstore at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library will be open on its regular schedule, except on May 28 when the library is closed.


Support Our Local Lions Club

An organization that has occasionally donated funds to our Costa Mesa libraries is the Lions Club.

While going through the Lions Club archives at the Costa Mesa Historical Society recently, I found evidence of that as well as a 1984 news clipping, which showed children dressed as books marching in the Fish Fry parade.

This is a sneaky way to remind you that the Lions Club Fish Fry and carnival will be held during the first weekend in June. For the first time, the Fish Fry will be held in Fairview Park.

Be sure to attend and buy a fish dinner to help the Lions contribute to the many local youth organizations in our community.


Nuts and Bolts for Friends, Trustees and Foundations

The American Library Assn. will have its annual conference in Anaheim this year. The Assn. of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations , which is a division of the library association will have several programs that library lovers should be aware of.

An all-day "Nuts and Bolts for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations" will be held on June 22. Several other programs of special interest to Friends of the Library and Library Foundations will be held during the event.



2012 Beginning Writers' Workshop

The last two sessions of the 2012 Beginning Writers' Workshops, sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation, will be held on May 24 and June 21. The topics are "Creating Characters" and "Finding an Agent."

Sessions are $25 each. For more information, go to http://www.costamesalibraryfoundation.org


The Squeaky Wheel

I have spoken before about the need to advocate for more library space in our town. This needs to be in our city's plans – and its budget. Budget studies are now going on. Advocate.