Newport Beach libraries weigh rules against bathing in restrooms and leering

From Los Angeles Times

” The Newport Beach Public Library could update its policies to specifically prohibit bathing in restrooms and leering at patrons — an action triggered by things that homeless visitors are said to do at the city’s four libraries.Library Services Director Tim Hetherton said the city takes care to protect all patrons’ right to use the library while not infringing on free speech, and that rules are in place for all users, not just homeless people who commonly visit libraries because they see them as hospitable places out of the elements with comfortable seating, accessible bathrooms, books and computers.Board of Library Trustees Chairman Paul Watkins said homeless people are welcome to use public libraries and that many do without incident. But occasionally, some — possibly with mental illness, he said — have gawked at his wife and made her uncomfortable, he told the board Monday. ”

Newport Beach: Popular Library Online Resource May End Due to Privacy Concerns

From Newport Beach Independent

” A popular online library resource may soon come to an end, due to privacy concerns and state law compliance issues, officials reported at a meeting this week.LyndaLibrary from, an online subscription database that offers business, software, and technology training resources, was bought out by LinkedIn and will soon require patrons to create a LinkedIn account in order to use the LyndaLibrary learning resources.This new requirement creates a few concerns, Library Services Director Tim Hetherton explained during his report to the Board of Library Trustees on Monday.The biggest issue is that they ask patrons for visitor information that would be made public, like name, email address, visitor location, and other basic details. That information is then searchable on Google, Hetherton explained.”

Popular Library Online Resource May End Due to Privacy Concerns

Newport Beach Central Library turns the page on its first 25 years

From L.A. Times

“The pages in the books of the Newport Beach Central Library capture time from prehistory to the future.The building that houses the tomes has been here 25 years, and its silver anniversary Wednesday is being celebrated with a party that kicks off this weekend inside and outside the 71,000-square-foot civic hub at 1000 Avocado Ave.In the summer 1994 edition of the library’s “Check It Out” newsletter, then-Mayor Clarence “Bus” Turner praised the new $8.2-million Central Library and its champions after two years of construction.”

National Ranking: Newport Library is a ‘Star’

From Newport Beach Indy

” The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a “Star Library” in a national ranking, authorities announced this week.Board of Library trustees announced Thursday that the city library earned the honor in a list compiled by the Library Journal, in its tenth edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service. This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service, explained NBPL Marketing Specialist Katherine Mielke in the press release.They compared five areas: Total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public access computer use, and circulation of electronic materials. Of the 259 named as America’s Star Libraries, thirteen are in California with just four in Southern California. Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the fifth year in a row, and ninth time in ten years, that NBPL has been named a Star Library, according to Mielke.”

Newport Beach: Turning a Page on Branch Libraries

From Newport Beach Indy

” The Newport Beach Public Library’s board of trustees is moving forward with improvements to the Corona del Mar branch, despite a recent setback to a full remodel and adjoining fire station.After the anticipated $8 million plan was approved by the city in 2015, the current close-fisted City Council has delayed the project, along with other building initiatives, to address the city’s ominous unfunded pension liability that stands at around $315 million.The Corona del Mar “Fibrary,” as it is locally known, can wait, but critical updates will not for an aging structure that receives over 40,000 visitors a year.Knowing that, Library Board of Trustees chairwoman Jill Johnson-Tucker had tasked fellow trustee Paul Watkins to form a list of maintenance priorities.”

Corona Del Mar Library plans now available online

from Corona Del Mar Today

“If you didn’t make the last Board of Library Trustees meeting, where new plans were revealed for the Corona del Mar library and fire station project, you can now see all four versions on the library’s website.”

Newport Beach: Credit union may move into empty retail space in library

from the Newport Beach Indy

“A credit union may move into an empty retail space on the second story of the Newport Beach main library. The Board of Library Trustees discussed the vacant area across from Bistro 24 on the second floor expansion of the library during their meeting last week. Staff proposed the board recommend to the Newport Beach City Council that they lease the space to the Credit Union of Southern California. ‘I don’t love the idea,’ trustee Jill Johnson-Tucker commented. Since the space is located at one of the entryways into the library, the area should contain a use that is appealing to everybody, she noted. Visitors that aren’t members of the credit union would have little use for the space if it was housed there, she added. She’d prefer an art gallery, as trustees and staff had previously discussed, or another library or arts-related use.