Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disney on Ice Thanksgiving Vacation Reading Program

Just in time for Thanksgiving vacation; our Disney On Ice Reading Program for ages 1 to 18 years old. Read 4 books now through December 6 and be entered in a virtual raffle to win a family 4 pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice Let's Celebrate! There will be 10 lucky winners. Winners will be notified December 8.
Click here to register
Use your same user name and password that you have used in past reading programs.
Need help registering? Visit your favorite HB library branch and a staff member can assist you.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Win a Giant Teddy and have Santa Deliver it.

The Friends of the Children's Library are raffling off a giant stuffed Teddy Bear which will be delivered by Santa. Tickets for this raffle are being sold at the Central Library Children's Desk. Tickets are $3 each/ 2 for $5 / 5 for $10.

Prize includes
3 foot cuddly brown bear
Complete collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories with full-color illustrations
Home delivery by Santa (must live within 15 miles of the library)

Winner will be drawn on Dec. 19 after 3:00 p.m.

Surf City Santa will deliver the bear to your home the evening on Monday, December 22, 2014.
 (Alternate arrangements can be made)

Holiday Tile Sale now through December

Paint a tile and have it installed on the Children' wall. We supply the glazes, tiles and firing.
Tiles are normally $50 each, but are now $40 each. You can also buy tile painting certificates at the sale price. Buy now and paint later!

Give a gift that will last years to come. All proceeds go towards Books for Kids.

For $30 you can have a tile painted and placed on either the very top side or bottom on the central post by the Dr. Seuss sofa.

Tree Trimming, Marionettes & Santa, Dec. 6

The Friends on the Children's Library are having their annual Trimming Trimming Program on Saturday, December 6. Children are able to make and decorate a variety of ornaments in the Talbert Room to put on the Library Christmas tree and to take home! Franklin Haynes will be performing a holiday marionette show in the Tabby Theater and Santa will be here for all the children to visit. Tickets to this event are $4 per person and may be purchased at the Children's Desk. Space is limited.

When buying your tickets choose either the
10:00 a.m. Marionette Show with 11:00 Ornament Making or
10:00 a.m. Ornament Making with 11:00 a.m. Marionette Show.

Children do not need tickets to see Santa.

There will be no toddler storytime on this day.

Ballet Etudes Nutcracker 4:00 p.m.shows SOLD OUT!

Ballet Etudes will be performing their annual Nutcracker Ballet Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday December 17 in the Library Theater. Show times are 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The 4:00 p.m. shows are now sold out. The 7:00 p.m. shows are selling quickly.
This "children's" version of the famous ballet is roughly 60 to 75 minutes long. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the Central Library Children's Desk. Cash or check only. This program is very popular and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. This ballet sells out every year.

Should this ballet sell out, call 714-375-5107 to check to see if any tickets have been returned. There is a refund for tickets returned up to 24 hours in advance of the show.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spin Us a Story Writing and Illustrating Contest

Preschoolers through 8th grade students are invited to take part in the Friends of the Children's Library annual writing and illustrating contest. Winners receive Barnes and Noble gift cards at a special ceremony held during our Authors Festival, January 27, 2015.

All entries are due at the Central Library Children's Desk by December 20, 2014.

This year's theme is SPIN US A STORY.

Choose from three story ideas. Click here for story choices and entry form.

Click here for contest rules.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Central Library Homework Club

The Central Library's Homework Club will be starting on Monday, September 22. It is held in the downstairs Maddy Room (next to the Coffee Cart) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. New and returning students and their parent will need to register with the homework coordinator before tutoring will start. Registration starts at 3:15 p.m. and takes place in the Maddy Room before the start of each Homework Club session. Once a child has registered for the year, the child does not need to register again until the following school year.

Students need to bring their homework and worksheets with them to homework club. Adults and high school juniors and seniors interested in being tutors and volunteering a minimum of 1 1/2 hours per week should email Barbara at

Homework Club runs September 22, 2014 through May 20, 2015. Homework Club does not meet during the Fall, Winter and Spring breaks.

The library also offers FREE online year round tutoring seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with their database, BRAINFUSE. Connect with online tutors who can help students with elementary learning topics as well as algebra, geometry and calculus.