Monday, January 5, 2015

Children's Writing & Illustrating Awards Ceremony, Jan. 27

The awards ceremony for the winners of the FOTCL's SPIN US A STORY writing and illustrating contest will be held during the Authors Festival on Tuesday, January 27. Miss Huntington Beach will be there to congratulate the winners.

The ceremony for Pre-School - 3rd grade will take place at 3:45 p.m. in the Tabby Theater.
The ceremony for 4th - 8th grade will take place at 4:15 p.m. in the Tabby Theater

Winning entries will be displayed in the Children's Department for the entire month of February 2015.

The Authors Festival and the contest are organized by the Friends of the Children's Library (FOTCL), judged by the Sand Scribes Children's Writing Group, and funded by a grant from Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.

Author Festival, Tuesday, January 27

Come and meet a variety of children's authors and illustrators on Tuesday, January 27 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Central Library. Authors' books will be available for sale and autographing during the event.
Here is a list of the authors scheduled to attend. List is subject to change.
Antoinette Abbamonte
Caroline Arnold
Charles Epting
Chris Epting
Kevin Gard
Debra Garfinkle
Meadow Griffin
Derek Taylor Kent
Laura Lacamara
Mister Lemer
Lori Polydoros
Laurisa White Reyes
Candace Ryan
Deborah Sherrell
Chris Stewart
Deborah Turner
Karen Winnick
Dawn Wynne
Susan Zeidler

Family Evening Pajama Storytime Jan. 8

Come and enjoy winter stories with songs and puppets. Children may wear their pajamas (but they don't have to) to storytime.  National Charity League will be serving cookies to the children afterward.

Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tabby Theater.

Family Evening Pajama Storytime is held the first Thursday of the month. This event is FREE.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Next BARK read aloud is Feb. 7

B.A.R.K (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) will be held in the Talbert Room from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Children ages 4 to 12 years old can read aloud to dog. Books are available from the children to choose from. It is a great way for children to practice their reading skills.

BARK is held the first Saturday of the month  throughout the year.

There is also a BARK Read-Aloud for special needs children and adults held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Tabby Theater.

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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bedtime Pajama Storytimes held the second Thursday of each month

Pajama Evening Storytime is held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Tabby Theater. Children may wear their pajams to this 30 minute storytime and bring their teddybears. There will be songs, stories and puppets relating to that month's theme. National Charity League hands out cookies to the children after storytime.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Volunteer Workshop First Wednesday of every month

A workshop for teens and adults interested in shelving books and teens interested in reading aloud to children is held the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in the Tabby Theater year round. This workshop lasts less than one hour and must be attended before one can start volunteering. Teens need to be at least 12 years old and volunteers 18 years and older will need to be fingerprinted before they can start volunteering.

Adults interested in reading aloud to children can join our S.T.A.R. Storytelling and Reading program. Please contact Janet Judson at 714-374-5330.
Adults and teens interested in being homework tutors may contact Barbara Richardson at 714-374-5338. Tutors should be willing to dedicate at least one and 1/2 hours a week during the school year for the Homework Club Program.