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.

Newport Beach: Architect hired to design library and fire station

from the Orange County Register

“Newport Beach has hired an architect to design a new Corona del Mar library branch and fire station joint facility known by some as the ‘fibrary.’ The City Council March 24 awarded a $457,750 contract to Rancho Cucamonga-based WLC Architects to design the facility at Marigold Avenue.”

Newport Beach Public Library Media Lab

from the Newport Beach Indy

“he Media Lab at the Newport Beach Public Library just unveiled its new look for 2015 – a colorful pixilated mural designed to entice everyone from media novices to the ultra tech savvy to come in and use the facility. The Media Lab, made possible by a gift from the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, offers free (yes free!) access to fourteen digital media workstations, including five iMacs, all with widescreen displays optimized for the creative process.”

Newport Beach: How to see art from famous court cases

from the Orange County Register

“m O.J. Simpson to Charles Manson, courtroom illustrators have had front-row seats to some of the country’s most famous trials. Now the public can view the work of three award-winning courtroom illustrators – Elizabeth Williams, Bill Robles and Aggie Kenny – in a special exhibit that opened Friday at the Newport Beach Public Library.”