Paleontology Archaeology Collections

Welcome to the home of the County of Orange’s Paleontology and Archaeology collections, or the COPA. Since the 1970s, the County has been accepting cultural materials from development projects in order to preserve artifacts and fossils for the benefit of the scientific community and for the enjoyment of the citizens of Orange County. As stewards of this collection, OC Parks manages the 6 million artifacts and fossils the County has acquired.

The COPA has a word class paleontology collection, including fossils as far back as the Jurassic period 180 million years ago. Notable specimens include Eocene terrestrial mammals, late Oligocene-early Miocene terrestrial mammals; and Miocene-Pliocene marine mammals.

The COPA also contains an archaeological collection that reveals the human history of Orange County, including evidence of the first humans to arrive here 12,000 years ago up to the historic period 50 years ago.

Explore these pages to learn more about the evidence of the ancient history of life and humans in Orange County.


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OC Public Libraries Presents Third Annual Comic Orange
In celebration of libraries, comic books, cosplay, animation and more, OC Public Libraries will be hosting the third annual Comic Orange on April 27 at the Tustin Library.

John Wayne Airport Posts March 2019 Statistics
Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in March 2019 as compared with March 2018. In March 2019, the Airport served 923,469 passengers, an increase of 2.8% when compared with the March 2018 passenger traffic count of 898,418.

A Complicated Story Told Through Photographic Art on Display at John Wayne Airport
The saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is evident through the work of fine art photographer Jane Szabo. Szabo utilizes objects from her childhood home to express the challenges, burdens and joy she experiences as caretaker to her elderly parents, incorporating memory, metaphor and allegory. Szabo’s “Family Matters” photography is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from April 18 – May 16, 2018.

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Monday April 22, 2019 (Today)
All Day EventBusy Family Book Club --Library of the Canyons
Check out an awesome book and read together as a family! Each week you can receive activities via email to enhance what you've read! Participants will receive a delicious prize when they return their copy! This month's selection is the classic Nim's Island by Wendy Orr. Pick up your copy today!
All Day EventPoetry Contest - Laguna Beach

21st AnnualJohn Gardiner Poetry Contest

Entries willbe accepted April 1- 30, 2019

This year’s theme:“Freeestyle”. All ages. Winners inall categories. Prizes $25 - $100 Gift Certificates

Submit up to3 original poems (each poem must have a completed copy of this form attached). You mustinclude: your name, address, phone or email, grade level (or “Adult”). Return toLaguna Beach Library or email to ocpl.lagunabeach@occr.ocgov.com

Click below for the Entry Form.

The poetrycontest is supported by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.

8:00 AMDiscover Hidden Canyons: Baker Canyon
Discover the hidden canyons and trails found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. These seldom-hiked trails offer fantastic vistas, secluded oases of oaks or rising rocky outcrops. Come take a stroll along the trails to discover the hidden gems of Orange County. We will listen to tales of how the geology was formed underfoot to tales of the plants and animals that call these protected habitats home. Ages 6 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
9:00 AMTai Chi in the Canyon
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves and we will then learn and practice the Yang style. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.
9:30 AMToddler Storytime - Cypress
Books, songs, rhymes and activities for children 18-35 months and their favorite caregivers. Age limits strongly encouraged. Enter through north door facing the parking lot.
10:00 AMKids Craft-a-Palooza - Seal Beach Mary Wilson
Spring Break: Kids Craft-a-Palooza:
Children of all ages are welcome to drop by the library to enjoy sel-guided crafts, such as: Perler Bead keychains, 3D paper classic cars, and Upcycled Earth Day crafts.
10:00 AMESL (English as a Second Language) - Irvine Katie Wheeler

South Coast Literacy Council, in partnership with the Katie Wheeler Library, offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

10:00-11:30am in the downstairs Conference Room. Please check ocpl.org for latest updates. For Intermediate-advanced level.

Please email barbaramamato@gmail.com with any questions.

10:00 AMESL Classes
Free ESL classes offered by South Coast Literacy Council volunteers. For more information, please email ocpl.fhr@occr.ocgov.com or call 949-855-8072.
10:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Villa Park Library
Spend a great morning playing and listening to stories.
10:00 AMThe Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and the Sinks Equestrian Ride
Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub. Ages 16 and up. Registration is required.
10:00 AMThird Street Writers Group -- Laguna Beach Library
Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.
10:00 AMAdvanced ESL Class - Irvine Heritage Park
South Coast Literacy Council (SCLC), in partnership with the Heritage Park Library, offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults in the library program room. For advanced level. To register, please call SCLC at (949) 387-5194, or email: info@southcoastliteracy.com
10:15 AMStorytime - Tustin Library

Lapsit Storytime

Join us every Monday at 10:15 for stories, music, games, and early literacy fun. This storytime is appropriate for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their loved ones. The 11:15 storytime is a repeat of this storytime. No registration is required.

10:30 AMPreschool Storytime - Cypress
Books, songs, rhymes and activities for children 3-5 years and their favorite caregivers. Age limits strongly encouraged.
10:30 AMSeaside Book Club - Dana Point Library
Join us every 4th Monday of the month at 10:30 am. Registration is not required. If you have not read the book, still feel free to attend! For a list of the year's featured titles, please stop by or contact the library. Copies of the current title are at the library service desk.
10:30 AMConversational Class (ESL) - La Habra
• Practice your English
• Learn new words
• Meet new friends

Improve your English and have fun at the same time with our conversational class. We’ll have fun activities that will generate communication with other ESL learners.
Join us every 2 weeks on Mondays at 10:30am.

• Practique su Inglés
• Aprenda nuevas palabras
• Conozca nuevos amigos

Mejora tu inglés y diviértete al mismo tiempo en nuestra clase de conversación. Tendremos actividades divertidas que generarán comunicación con otros estudiantes de ESL.
Únete a nosotros cada 2 semanas los lunes a las 10:30am.
10:30 AMToddlertime - San Clemente

Toddlertimeincludes stories and activities to help coordination and recognition of colors,shapes, numbers, etc. Toddlertime is for children ages 2-3 with parentparticipation, although siblings are welcome as well.

10:30 AMPreschool Storytime - Irvine Katie Wheeler
This drop-in event is for children 3 to 5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please join us upstairs in the Children's Area for some super fun stories and song!
10:30 AMBaby Band -Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library

Baby Band is our brand new storytime for ages 0-18 months! Come listen to short stories, music, and play with our baby approved instruments for 20 minutes and after, stay for playtime. This whole program lasts for 45 minutes.

*Due to the new construction, this program will be held at the Downtown Recreation Center, right next to the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library*

11:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Library of the Canyons

Calling all preschoolers! You are invited to join our Monday story time. Stories, songs, finger plays, movement and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun, interactive environment.

Our Preschool Story hour is geared toward kids 3-5 and their families, but all ages are welcome! No preregistration required.

11:00 AMPreschool/Toddler/Baby Storytime- Brea

Preschool, Toddler, Baby Storytime

Join us every Monday at 11:00 AM for a fantastic storytime. This storytime is designed for little ones and their families to help develop literacy skills at a young age with songs, stories, and free play.

11:00 AMPreschool Monday Storytimes - Costa Mesa - Mesa Verde Library
Preschool Storytime is for children 3 to 5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Stay for craft time after Storytime.
11:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Rancho Santa Margarita
Preschoolers and caregivers join us for stories, songs, and crafts!
11:00 AMStay and Play - San Clemente
Stay and Play with toys and games after Toddlertime, Storytime, and Bilingual Storytime. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
11:00 AMCreative Mondays - Villa Park Library

Join us for a fun art program for adults! All art supplies are provided at no cost.

11:00 AMToddler Storytime - Irvine University Park Library

Toddler Storytime

Mondays @ 11:00 AM

Children, ages 3 and under, enjoy stories and songs! Everyone sits on the floor to be close to their child. Free! No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

11:00 AMStorytime-- La Habra

Lapsit Storytime with Miss Karen will continue every week. The other Storytimes will be taking a break from Wed, May 8, to the beginning week of Showtime at Your Library Summer Reading on Mon, Jun 17, 2019.

We will have two storytimes for the summer, Mondays @ 11am for Lapsit Storytime with Miss Karen, and Wednesdays @ 10:30am Showtime at Your Library Family Storytime. See you then!!

11:15 AMStorytime - Tustin Library

Lapsit Storytime

Join us every Monday at 11:15 for stories, music, games, and early literacy fun. This storytime is appropriate for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their loved ones. The 11:15 storytime is a repeat of this storytime. No registration is required.

11:30 AMPreschool Storytime - Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library
Storytime is a simple and fun way to get your kids excited about books and reading. Each week we'll read funny books and sing silly songs. Parents/caretakers can chat with one another and make friends. Ages 2 to 6.
11:50 AMPreschool Craft Time - Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library
Stay after preschool storytime or join us to take part in a craft activity! All supplies are available. Open to ages 2-6.
12:00 PMBeginner ESL Class - Irvine Heritage Park
South Coast Literacy Council (SCLC), in partnership with the Heritage Park Library, offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults in the library program room. For beginner level. To register, please call SCLC at (949) 387-5194, or email: info@southcoastliteracy.com
2:45 PMDon't be Board Games
Grab a friend and join us for this fun after-school program of board games and socializing.
3:00 PMAdult Computer Tutoring - Rancho Santa Margarita

Every Monday

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Individualized instruction on:

  • mouse and keyboard use
  • creating MS Word & Publisher files (e.g. resumes)
  • navigating the Web
  • your library ONLINE
  • creating an email account
  • ... and more!

Adults: register at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library Service Desk (or by calling 949-459-6094, ext. 3) for a Monday session to receive basic computer instruction. Progress at your own pace with guidance specific to your own needs!

3:00 PMCheck Mate! - Ladera Ranch Library
Children and teens come play free chess. Perfect for all skill levels.
3:00 PMTeen Knitting Group - Ladera Ranch Library
Learn to knit or crochet a square that will be made into a blanket for an orphan or child in need in South Africa. All materials included just come and have fun making something for someone in need. Ages 12-18. No RSVP.
3:00 PMFamily Movie - Seal Beach Mary Wilson
Spring Break: At the "Drive In" Family Movies
Bring your own toys and stuffed animal friends to our toy hospital! Give them a check-up, and wrap up those boo-boos! Enjoy a show featuring everyone's favorite toy doctor! Bring your own snacks. Watch the show, play with blocks and toys. All Ages.
3:30 PMHomework Help - Cypress
Mon & Wed. Grades K-8:
Drop in for help with daily homework. Provided by high school volunteers. Focused time limits may be implemented. Bring all materials and supplies.
3:30 PMComposting Basics - Garden Grove Chapman Library
Celebrate Earth Day with a presentation from the Master Gardeners of Orange County. Learn why it is important to recycle organic waste, about the right balance of greens, browns, air and water, and how soon you can expect your first batch! Take a look at the traditional method and the UC rapid method. Check out some nifty compost bins and do a little troubleshooting. Then it’s all yours – wonderful black gold for your gardening pleasure.
3:30 PMMaker Monday - Garden Grove Main
Maker Monday
Mondays
3:30-4:30 PM


Calling all kids and teens! Come and enjoy the makerspace every Monday! Have fun with Perler Beads, a button maker, Shrinky Dinks and more!!

For ages 9 and up. (Each younger child must be accompanied by an adult.) No registration required.
4:00 PMTeen Advisory Board - Aliso Viejo Library
The Teen Advisory Board, or TAB, is a group of teen volunteers ages 12-18 who meet bi-weekly at the library to help plan programs and events for our community. Being a member of TAB is the only way teens can volunteer at the library. For more information, please contact the library at 949-360-1730.
4:00 PMCoding Club - Fountain Valley
Coding Club with Code Club
Mondays, March 11 - April 29, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Create. Code. Tell stories.
Create and share your own digital stories! Use the computer to design your own stories, create and share your own animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industry! No previous computer experience is necessary. This is a beginning level class.

For ages 9-14. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (714)962-1324 or visit the library to reserve your spot today!
4:00 PMRobotics Sphero Programming - Laguna Niguel

Monday, April 15, 22 & 29. Working in small teams, kids will receive a new robotics challenge each week, then brainstorm a design, build it, test it, and modify it. Call after September 19 to register for this free 3-week class. For ages 8 to 14.

4:00 PMDigital Demo Day - Aliso Viejo Library
Demonstrations and walk-in help with downloading library ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music.
4:00 PMSTEAM Mondays --Library of the Canyons

Join us for an awesome STEAM program designed for kids in K-5th grade! Explore SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGNEERING, ART, and MATH with fun, hands-on activities!

4/1 Practical Jokers

4/8 Money Smarts

4/15 Egg-cellent experiments

4/22 Earth Day celebration

4/29 3 Little Pigs-an engineering story

4:00 PMRecycled CD Suncatchers - San Clemente
Come celebrate Earth Day and make a beautiful suncatcher out of a recycled CD.
4:00 PMRecycled Bags for Teens - Villa Park Library
Teens are invited to celebrate Earth Day by giving a t-shirt a second chance as a personalized bag! All supplies will be provided. Registration is not required for this program.
4:30 PMMaker Space Monday: Disco Ball in a Box

This Gem-Covered ball sparkles and shines as it spins around and around.

All supplies will be provided.

Ages 8 & UP

5:15 PMMindful Mondays - Irvine Heritage Park
Relax with simple guided meditations led by Karina De Allicon, UCLA Mindfulness Facilitator, followed by coloring and tea. No registration required.
5:30 PMRead to Gigi the Dog - La Habra

Read to Gigi the Dog Mondays @ 5:30 pm in the Children's Corner.

Come meet Gigi, our beautiful Golden Retriever! She loves to listen to stories! Reading to Gigi will improve your child's reading skills because the dog never corrects the child, building your child's confidence. No registration required.

5:30 PMESL Conversation Club for Adults - Tustin Library

ESL Conversation Club for Adults

Join us every Monday from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm for an hour of ESL conversation! Practice your English, learn new words, and meet new friends! Everyone is welcome. Contact the Tustin Library at 714-544-7725 if you have questions about this program.

6:00 PMYoga - La Habra
Chachi, our local yoga instructor leads weekly classes for beginners and intermediates. Bring a mat, towel, water, and arrive early on your first visit to sign a liability waiver.
6:00 PMAfter Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Join us every Monday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
7:00 PMPajama Storytime - Irvine Heritage Park
Families of all ages will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. Feel free to wear your PJs.
Tuesday April 23, 2019
All Day EventBusy Family Book Club --Library of the Canyons
Check out an awesome book and read together as a family! Each week you can receive activities via email to enhance what you've read! Participants will receive a delicious prize when they return their copy! This month's selection is the classic Nim's Island by Wendy Orr. Pick up your copy today!
All Day EventPoetry Contest - Laguna Beach

21st AnnualJohn Gardiner Poetry Contest

Entries willbe accepted April 1- 30, 2019

This year’s theme:“Freeestyle”. All ages. Winners inall categories. Prizes $25 - $100 Gift Certificates

Submit up to3 original poems (each poem must have a completed copy of this form attached). You mustinclude: your name, address, phone or email, grade level (or “Adult”). Return toLaguna Beach Library or email to ocpl.lagunabeach@occr.ocgov.com

Click below for the Entry Form.

The poetrycontest is supported by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.

9:00 AMCalifornia Listens: Digital Storytelling Workshop -- Library of the Canyons

Share your story at the special two-day intensive workshop. Staff from Storycenter.org will help you create a short film about your life in California.

Participation limited: apply now at www.storycenter.org/canyons (submission deadline is April 1st).


9:00 AMMorning Yoga Hike in Baker Canyon
Enjoy a short hike and a gentle yoga practice in nature. A short, level hike through the Baker Canyon meadow warms us up for a gentle morning yoga flow under a shaded canopy. Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
9:00 AMTuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a 3, 6, or 8 mile route. Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
9:00 AMLearn Basic Computer Skills - Dana Point Library
Learn basic computer skills with a free, three-part, hands-on class. The classes will cover computer vocabulary, using a mouse, Email, and internet searching. Registration is required. Please call or visit the library to register.
9:30 AMBoard of Supervisors Meeting
Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors
10:00 AMToddler Storytime - Irvine Heritage Park
Children 1-3 years old and their parents or caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.
10:00 AMKids Craft-a-Palooza - Seal Beach Mary Wilson
Spring Break: Kids Craft-a-Palooza:
Children of all ages are welcome to drop by the library to enjoy sel-guided crafts, such as: Perler Bead keychains, 3D paper classic cars, and Upcycled Earth Day crafts.
10:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Rancho Santa Margarita
Preschoolers and caregivers join us for stories, songs, and crafts!
10:00 AMESL (English as a Second Language) - Irvine Katie Wheeler
South Coast Literacy Council, in partnership with the Katie Wheeler Library, offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

10:00-11:30am in the downstairs Conference Room. Please check ocpl.org for the latest schedule updates. For intermediate-advanced level.

Please email barbaramamato@gmail.com with any questions.

10:00 AMPreschool Storytime-Garden Grove Chapman Library
Storytime for children, recommended ages 3-5. Songs, activities, fingerplays, stories and much more!
10:00 AMDrop-in eLibrary Class--San Juan Capistrano
Drop-in to the San Juan Capistrano Library to receive one-on-one help with downloading ebooks and eaudiobooks from the library, as well as assistance with how to use library databases.
10:15 AMToddler Storytime - Laguna Niguel
Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! Walk-ins welcome, no registration required.
10:30 AMToddler Storytime - Dana Point Library
Stories, activities, and songs for children under 3 and their favorite adults to enjoy together. Free. No registration required.

Storytime is held in the program room.
10:30 AMToddler Time - Westminster
This movement-based program is just right for the new walkers! We’ll be doing lots of singing, dancing, playing—and we’ll do our best to squeeze a book or two in there as well! Recommended for children 1-2 years old. No registration required.
10:30 AMPlay & Learn - Irvine Heritage Park
Children of all ages will have an opportunity to learn through play.
10:30 AMCreate!- Adult Art Program - Fountain Valley
Discover your creative side, make new friends, and have fun when you join us for an hour of exploring the arts! This program is designed for adults with disabilities but all adults are welcome.
10:30 AMStorytime - San Clemente

Storytime includes stories and activities to help children prepare for andsucceed in school. Storytime is aimed at children ages 3-5,although parents and siblings are also welcome.

10:30 AMBaby Sweet Time - Ladera Ranch Library
Baby Sweet Time, for children ages birth to 2 years of age. A special time for our youngest library patrons and an accompanying adult, join us for a twenty minute time of bouncing, singing and board books. We play with toys too! Two sessions one at 10:30 am and one at 11:00 am. Free.
10:30 AMToddler Storytime -Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library

This storytime is for toddlers ages 18 months to 4 years old. Join us as we read stories, sing songs, dance, and play in this weekly event!

*Due to the new construction, storytime will be held at the Downtown Recreation Center next to the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library*

*Debido a la nueva construcción, Tiempo De Cuentos para los Niños Pequeños se llevará a cabo en el Centro Recreativo, junto a la Biblioteca de Costa Mesa Donald Dungan*

11:00 AMToddler Storytime -- Library of the Canyons
Join some of the cutest toddlers in town and adults of their choice at the library. We will enjoy story time, songs, music, finger plays, movement, and hands-on activities. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills.

Our Toddler Story hour is designed for children 0-3 and their families, but all ages are welcome! No preregistration required.

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11:00 AMStay & Play - Dana Point Library
Join us after Toddler Storytime for a chance to socialize with others and play with puzzles and toys. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. No registration required.
11:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Irvine Heritage Park
Children 3-5 years old and their parents or caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.
11:00 AMBouncing Baby Storytime - Rancho Santa Margarita
For our littlest storytimers, ages 0 to 2, join us for nursery rhymes, songs, and play!
11:00 AMTech Tuesdays-Fountain Valley
Learn how to download e-books, movies, music, and more. Every Tuesday by appointment.
11:00 AMStay and Play - San Clemente
Stay and Play with toys and games after Toddlertime, Storytime, and Bilingual Storytime. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
11:00 AMBaby Sweet Time - Ladera Ranch Library
Baby Sweet Time, for children ages birth to 2 years of age. A special time for our youngest library patrons and an accompanying adult, join us for a twenty minute time of bouncing, singing and board books. We play with toys too! Two sessions one at 10:30 am and one at 11:00 am. Free.
11:00 AMPre-School Storytime - Irvine University Park Library

Pre-School Storytime

Tuesdays @ 11:00 AM

Children, ages 3 to 5, enjoy stories, songs, and a craft! Free! No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

11:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Garden Grove Main
Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays
11:00 AM

Stories, songs and rhymes followed by a Craftivity. For ages 3-5 with a parent or caregiver.
11:15 AMPreschool Storytime - San Juan Capistrano

Childrenages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymesand fun. No registration is required. For more information, please contact thelibrary

11:15 AMPreschool Storytime - Laguna Niguel
Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, and silliness! Walk-ins are always welcome, no registration required.
12:00 PMBeginner/Intermediate ESL Class - Irvine Heritage Park
South Coast Literacy Council (SCLC), in partnership with the Heritage Park Library, offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults in the library program room. For beginner/intermediate level. To register, please call SCLC at (949) 387-5194, or email: info@southcoastliteracy.com
12:30 PMNeedlework Circle - San Clemente
Stop by to knit and crochet for a community service project.Want to learn? We can help!
1:00 PMBook-to-Action Discussion, The Longevity Project - Fountain Valley
Read a great book and discuss it with our book club. Join us as we discuss the Longevity Project. Participate in Book-to-Action programs through May 2019. This book group meets at the Fountain Valley Senior Center.
2:00 PMAlzheimer's Presentation - Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library
This informational series is facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter. Free and open to all ages.
2:00 PMAfternoon Storytime - Aliso Viejo
Join us in the Children's Reading Nook for afternoon storytime. Ages 3 and a half to 6 years old. No registration required.
2:00 PMMovie Discussion Group - Seal Beach Mary Wilson
Similar to a book group, check out a movie to watch at home then meet to discuss your thoughts! Movie group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
2:15 PMShort Story Book Group - Irvine Heritage Park
The Short Story Discussion Group is led by Doug Brown and meets on Tuesdays from 2:15-4:15 p.m. The discussion provides a structure for each person to share his or her individual reaction to the story. The group discusses a different short story each week. We read the short story we discuss out loud so newcomers can take part in the discussion the first time they come.This week's selection in our current book, The Best American Short Stories 2018 edited by Roxane Gay:Good with Boys by Kristen Iskandrian
3:30 PMRookie Readers - Cypress
Practice reading skills and comprehension with a friendly and supportive teen volunteer. Focused, timed sessions:
Grades K-2 read 20 min.
Grades 3-5 read 30 min.
3:30 PMMath at the Laguna Beach Library

After our successful Bedtime Math: Crazy 8’s program, the Laguna Beach Library designed a series of fun math activities for kids K-2nd grade.

3:30 PMAfter School Club - San Clemente

AfterSchool Club is for children ages 5 and older. A variety of activities isprovided, including stories and crafts.

3:30 PMKnit and Crochet Group - Ladera Ranch Library

A place to socialize, and share the joy of knitting and crocheting together. The opportunity to create projects for charity organizations such as Knit-a- square.

Encouraged to bring your own tools and materials. Some materials are provided for teaching purposes.

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join!

Can’t make it? No problem! Ask us about current projects and do on your own time!

3:30 PMTeen Program - Aliso Viejo Library
Come hang out in our new programming space, The Orange Box! On Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30, Teens ages 11-18 can hang out, relax, play virtual reality, study, or work on a STEAM project or craft! Program is free, no registration required, limited supplies available.
4:00 PMHomework Help - Laguna Hills Technology Library

Get help from our teen tutors!

Students in grades K-6 can drop in to receive FREE homework assistance on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00pm.

4:00 PMTeen Book Group - Aliso Viejo Library
Teens ages 13 and up meet for a lively discussion about books. Club meets in the library community room the 4th Tuesday of each month. This month's book is available in the Teen area of the library or the checkout desk!
4:00 PMMath Homework Help
Portola High School math club members will be available to help children in grades 1 through 8 with their math homework. No fee.
4:00 PMMath Help - Irvine Katie Wheeler

Free math help from Portola High School math club members. This program is for children in grades 1-5.

4:00-4:45pm in the Community Room.

4:00 PMReading Is Fun - Laguna Niguel
Beginning readers can practice fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension by reading to teen volunteers.
4:00 PMCrazy 8s Math Club - Irvine University Park Library

Crazy 8s Math Club

Tuesdays @ 4:00PM

Math Gone Wild! Join us at the Crazy 8s Math Club where you'll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess, and more! It's a totally new kind of math club!

Parents are welcome to accompany their child.

For children in grades K-2.

Free! Seating is limited! Please sign up at the Children's Reference Desk.

4:00 PMThe Craft - Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library

For teens ages 12-18, stop in for a macramé workshop. Learn the basics by making a bracelet or keychain using staff techniques. Snacks will be provided.

4:30 PMHomework Help - Irvine Heritage Park
Students from grades 2nd through 8th are invited to receive free homework assistance from our volunteer teen tutors. Please bring all supplies and materials. Homework Help will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on January 15 until May 23 with a break on the first week of April.
4:30 PMKnit & Crochet Group-La Habra

Join us in the La Habra Library programming room for this event happening every other Tuesday. Come and learn how to knit/crochet, pick up different tips/techniques, look at the different resources available through your library, or simply socialize and show us what you have been

working on.

4:30 PMMake N' Play - Fountain Valley
Calling all kids and teens! Get crafty and enjoy the library’s makerspace every Monday! You can complete the weekly craft, play with one of our many STEM kits, or do almost anything else you can think up. Suggested ages are 9 and up. (Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.)
5:00 PMWrite On! - Aliso Viejo Library
Writing Discussion Group

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm

Email writeongroup@outlook.com for more information

5:00 PMMs. Jaime's Sunset Storytime - Ladera Ranch Library
Sunset Storytime for families and children with the fantastic Ms. Jaime. Held in the upstairs Library. Please call for more information if you would like. (949) 234-5940
5:30 PMAffordable Housing Clearinghouse Homebuyer Workshop
Thinking of purchasing a home and don't know where to start? This workshop is designed to help you get started on your journey toward homeownership.
5:30 PMRead to Thrive - Rancho Santa Margarita
Join us for kids book club! Geared towards 4th and 5th graders, our March book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
6:00 PMFamily Storytime - La Habra
Join Ms. Jessica for Storytime on Tuesday evenings at the library! This program is for children of all ages. Program includes books, songs, felt boards followed by a craft at the end. No registration required.
6:00 PMPersian Kids Club - Aliso Viejo

Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to listen to stories in Persian, sing songs, and play games.

Wednesday April 24, 2019
All Day EventBusy Family Book Club --Library of the Canyons
Check out an awesome book and read together as a family! Each week you can receive activities via email to enhance what you've read! Participants will receive a delicious prize when they return their copy! This month's selection is the classic Nim's Island by Wendy Orr. Pick up your copy today!
All Day EventPoetry Contest - Laguna Beach

21st AnnualJohn Gardiner Poetry Contest

Entries willbe accepted April 1- 30, 2019

This year’s theme:“Freeestyle”. All ages. Winners inall categories. Prizes $25 - $100 Gift Certificates

Submit up to3 original poems (each poem must have a completed copy of this form attached). You mustinclude: your name, address, phone or email, grade level (or “Adult”). Return toLaguna Beach Library or email to ocpl.lagunabeach@occr.ocgov.com

Click below for the Entry Form.

The poetrycontest is supported by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.

8:30 AMDiscovery Hike

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky, 5-mile hike, 500 ft. elevation gain. While we will stop from time to time, spending moments to "discover," this hike isn't for beginners. Please wear close-toed hiking shoes, sun protection and bring plenty of water.

  • Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 M-F or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking Free.
9:00 AMCalifornia Listens: Digital Storytelling Workshop -- Library of the Canyons

Share your story at the special two-day intensive workshop. Staff from Storycenter.org will help you create a short film about your life in California.

Participation limited: apply now at www.storycenter.org/canyons (submission deadline is April 1st).


9:00 AMKeep It Wild

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks during our habitat restoration stewardship events in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier home for the native plants and wildlife that call this area their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants and/or trash pick-up along the creek.

  • No experience is necessary, and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, sun protection and bring water.
  • Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy.
  • Location: Meet at the Aliso Viejo Community Park (Parking lot in front of soccer fields/playground) at 150 Cedarbrook, Aliso Viejo, CA.
  • Age Requirements: Ages 5 – 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students 16 – 18 years old are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. The waiver will be sent to you after the online registration form is completed.
  • For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
10:00 AMBaby Lapsit - Cypress
Books, songs, rhymes, and activities for our youngest patrons (ages birth-2 years) and their caregivers, followed by free play time. Age limits strongly encouraged.
10:00 AMKids Craft-a-Palooza - Seal Beach Mary Wilson
Spring Break: Kids Craft-a-Palooza:
Children of all ages are welcome to drop by the library to enjoy sel-guided crafts, such as: Perler Bead keychains, 3D paper classic cars, and Upcycled Earth Day crafts.
10:00 AMToddler Storytime - Rancho Santa Margarita
Toddler Storytime. Join us for stories, motor skill development, and songs!
10:00 AMSan Clemente Book Group - San Clemente

Joinus for insightful and lively book discussions on the last Wednesday of eachmonth. April's book is Stay With Meby Ayobami Adebayo. For more information please call the branch orinquire at the Service Desk.

10:00 AMESL (English as a Second Language) Class - Irvine Katie Wheeler
South Coast Literacy Council, in partnership with the Katie Wheeler Library, offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

10:00-11:30am in the downstairs Conference Room. Please check ocpl.org for the latest schedule updates. For intermediate-advanced level.

Please email barbaramamato@gmail.com with any questions.

10:00 AMBook Chat- Villa Park Library
Book Chat will discuss Code Girls: the Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. Copies of the book and audiobook are available at the Villa Park Library Service Desk.
10:00 AMESL Classes - Foothill Ranch
Free ESL classes offered by South Coast Literacy Council volunteers. For more information, please email ocpl.fhr@occr.ocgov.com or call 949-855-8072.
10:15 AMBilingual Storytime - Tustin Library
Bilingual Storytime
Join us for a fun mix of Spanish and English songs, stories and games for toddlers and preschoolers. No Spanish experience necessary. All are welcome.

10:15 AMToddler Storytime - Laguna Niguel
Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! Walk-ins welcome, no registration required.
10:15 AMAnimal Art I Preschool Program
  • Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme!
  • Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!
  • Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.
  • Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult).
  • Parking fee: $3
  • Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register.
10:30 AMPreschool Storytime - Dana Point Library
Stories, activities, and fun for children ages 3-5 years and their favorite grown-up. Free. No registration required.

Storytime is held in the program room.
10:30 AMPreschool Storytime - La Habra
Wednesdays @ 10:30am. We welcome children and caregivers to come and enjoy books, songs, finger plays, and a craft in our Library Program Room. We work to build pre-reading skills in children and to help parents to learn these skills to use at home. No registration necessary. Stay-&-Play for a little bit longer too!
10:30 AMPre-School Storytime - Westminster
Help encourage early literacy skills in your children--and have fun--with stories, songs and a craft. Recommended for children 2-4 years old. No registration required.
10:30 AMStay and Play - Rancho Santa Margarita
Stay and Play is an opportunity for kids and parents to come enjoy our toys, socialize, and learn from each other for 45 minutes after storytime.
10:30 AMBody Sculpt -- Library of the Canyons

Boost metabolism and build lean muscle mass as you move to upbeat tracks. You’ll combine sequenced movements with cardio while mixing in strength-training moves like squats, lunges and bicep curls. This program is for all fitness levels, modifications will be offered throughout the workout. (Signed waiver required)

10:30 AMPreschool Storytime - Ladera Ranch Library
It's preschool storytime! Two session times are available, you choose either 10:30 or 11:00. Join other adorable children and families as we celebrate picture books, songs and scarves. Take home crafts are available. Free.
11:00 AMStay & Make - Dana Point Library
Join us after Preschool Storytime for a fun craft or project. Kids must be accompanied by a grown-up. No registration required.
11:00 AMToddler Wednesday Storytimes - Costa Mesa - Mesa Verde Library
Toddler Storytimes is for children 1 to 3 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Stay after Storytime for Stay and Play, where children can work on social and sensory skills.
11:00 AMPlay-Time - Garden Grove Main
Play-Time
Wednesdays
11:00 AM


Let's move! Let's practice motor skills! Let's play and interact with each other! So much fun and social time for little ones and their caregivers at the library! For ages 0-5.
11:00 AMToddler Storytime - Aliso Viejo
Join us in the Programs Room for stories, fingerplays, songs, and personal flannel board play. Babies up to 3 year olds with an adult. No registration required.
11:00 AMPreschool Storytime - Ladera Ranch Library
It's preschool storytime! Two session times are available, you choose either 10:30 or 11:00. Join other adorable children and families as we celebrate picture books, scarf play songs. Take home crafts are available. Free.
11:00 AMToddler Techy Storytime with Ms. Niloo at the Laguna Beach Library

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.— Toddler Techy Storytime

Stories are important. That’s why we combined the classic storytime with technology to introduce Techy Storytime. We are going to use iPad, Apple TV, and occasionally 3D printer to make it fun and educational.

11:00 AMStory Time and Play Time - Fountain Valley
Visit the library for stories, songs and more! There will 20-30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes followed by 30 minutes for Stay N' Play playtime.
11:00 AMJapanese Storytime - Irvine University Park Library

Japanese Storytime

4th Wednesdays @ 11AM

This storytime is held in Japanese and includes stories, songs, and a craft! For children ages 0-5. Free! No registration is required.

11:15 AMPreschool Storytime - Laguna Niguel
Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, and silliness! Walk-ins are always welcome, no registration required.
11:30 AMOC Animal Care Community Outreach Committee Meeting
Supports Animal Care Services in achieving the vision and goals of the organization and fosters community input and support in animal care related issues.

Date:
First month of each Quarter (January, April, July and October) on the fourth Wednesday.

Time:
11:30 AM

Place:
OC Animal Care
Learning & Training Center Room 100
1630 Victory Road
Tustin, CA 92782

Committee Information:
714-935-6848 or 949-249-5160
12:00 PMMarket Volatility
This seminar is designed to help you get some tips on how you can structure your Defined Contribution Plan account to better withstand market volatility.
1:00 PMAdult Walk-in Tutoring
Walk-in Tutoring
1:00-3:00pm



short tutoring sessions for adults 18 and older.

Tutor can help with things such as basic reading and writing, understanding paperwork, filling out forms, phone use, or using the internet.


Walk-in tutoring sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule is subject to change
1:30 PMClassic Movie Discussion Group
Join us as we view classic movies from the 1930's-1960's. Stay as we discuss the film from plot to directorial style! This month's selection is Black Narcissus (1947).
2:00 PMTeen Lounge - Westminster
For Middle School and High School age students. Join us in the community room to relax, play games, work on projects, and spend time with friends.
2:00 PME-Help Wednesdays - Irvine Katie Wheeler
Need assistance navigating your laptop, tablet, or smartphone? We can help! Book an appointment with a staff member for Wednesdays between 2:00-3:00pm. Call or come in to make an appointment.
2:15 PMBook Club for Adults-La Habra
Book club for adults that is held at the La Habra Library on the last Wednesday of each month at 2:15 PM. A lively discussion, and copies of next month's book will all be provided. We hope to see you there!
3:00 PMDo Your Worsted ! --San Juan Capistrano Library
Do Your Worsted!--Drop-in Stitching Group. Share tips and tricks. Check out the Library's vast collection of knitting, crochet, and quilting books and magazines.
3:00 PMTeen Group Games - Garden Grove Main
Joinus for Mafia and other group games. We're also belatedly celebratingNational Name Yourself Day, so come with your new name in mind (don’t tellanyone!) and be ready for a guessing game.

For grades 7-12 in the Program Room.

3:00 PMFamily Movie - Seal Beach Mary Wilson
Spring Break: At the "Drive In" Family Movies
Decorate a box to look like a car and park it in our drive in! Enjoy a show featuring everyone's favorite curious little monkey! Rated: G, 88 minutes. Bring your own snacks.
3:30 PMHomework Help - Cypress
Mon & Wed. Grades K-8:
Drop in for help with daily homework. Provided by high school volunteers. Focused time limits may be implemented. Bring all materials and supplies.
3:30 PMToddler Play & Learn - Aliso Viejo
Join us in the Programs Room for free play with toys and music for babies up to 3 years old with an adult.
3:30 PMTeen Crafternoon--Rancho Santa Margarita
Teens grades 7th-12th. Enjoy an afternoon creating keychains or decorative art pieces with perler beads.
4:00 PMSpare Time Crafts - Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library

Adults, do you enjoy making crafts in your spare time? Come and make a craft at the library.

Sign-up at the Service Desk beginning April 8th.

4:00 PMGame Night -- Library of the Canyons
Come play games at the Library of the Canyons! Bring your games, or try out ours. Board games, strategy games, card games, and more. Snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome!
4:00 PMHomework Help - Garden Grove Main
Homework Help
Wednesdays & Thursdays
4:00-5:00 PM


High school volunteers help elementary and middle school students with homework. For first grade to eighth grade students.

No Homework Help on school holidays and breaks.
4:00 PMTeen Volunteer Training - San Clemente
Come get your volunteer hours done at the San Clemente Library. Volunteers need to fill out an application and attend a mandatory training session. For ages 12-17.
4:00 PMHomework Help - Brea

Brea Library's Homework Help program is for children in 2nd - 8th grade. Children are welcome to complete their homework in our Homework Help area.

Teen volunteers from our local high school will be available to assist children with their homework. No registration is required, but feel free to call the library if you have further questions.

4:00 PMCode Club for Kids - Garden Grove Chapman Library
Do you have a favorite computer game? Would you like to learn how to make your own computer games? At Code Club, kids ages 8-13 can learn how to make cool games, animations, and websites too! Contact the library to register today.
4:00 PMDia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros - Garden Grove Tibor Rubin
$0Celebrate books, family and community with games, crafts and stories in English and Spanish. Children are encouraged wear their culture's traditional clothing or their favorite outfit. $0
4:00 PMKids' Show -- El toro Library

Join us in the community room for a 'Razzle-Dazzle' puppet show presented by Dream Shapers.

Fun for the whole family and kids of all ages. No pre-registration required. This program is free and open to the public.

4:00 PMMath Club - Irvine University Park Library

Math Club

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45pm

Need some help with your math problems? Wantto take on some new challenges? Get some free help from high schoolmath club members from around the area, and when you're done, you can play math games! For children in grades 1-5.

Free! No registration required.

4:30 PMHomework Help - Laguna Niguel
Teen volunteers give one-on-one homework help to elementary school-aged children.
5:00 PMFamily Storytime - Tustin Library

Family Storytime

Wednesday evenings at 5:00 pm. This storytime is an opportunity for families to unplug, relax and spend some quality time together. Enjoy new and classic stories then make a craft together to take home. All children and families are welcome to attend this free program.

5:00 PMPrint in 3D - Fountain Valley

Visit our makerspace to watch a 3D printing demonstration and customize your own keychain.

Visit www.thingiverse.com for more inspiration.

For ages 18 and over

5:00 PMPersian Storytime - Irvine University Park Library

Persian Storytime

Wednesdays @ 5:00PM

This storytime is held in Persian andincludes stories, songs, and a craft! For children ages 3-6. Free! Noregistration required.

5:30 PMPhilosophy Group - Aliso Viejo

Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Each month we discuss a different topic.

5:30 PMEnvironmental Stewardship and Waste Management Program - San Juan Capistrano

EAT, MOVE, GROW: HEALTHY LIVING

Celebrate Earth Day with this informative and engaging environmental stewardship and waste management program led by Aimee Halligan from OC Waste and Recycling.


This program is part of our grant initiative to improve well-being in the San Juan Capistrano community and has been made possible by the California State Library and the
Library Services and Technology Act.

The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred

5:45 PMFamily Movie Night - Irvine Heritage Park
Come watch a family friendly movie. This month’s selection is Spirit : Stallion of the Cimarron. Rated G.
6:00 PMBilingual Storytime - La Habra
Wednesdays @ 6pm. Stories for little ones in both English and Spanish in the Library Program Room. No registration necessary.
6:00 PMAfter Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Join us every Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down. Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
6:30 PMPajama Storytime - Irvine University Park Library

Pajama Storytime

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

Join us for a fun-filled family storytime with stories, songs, and activities for children ages 3-7. Older and younger siblings are welcome! Pajamas are optional!

Free! No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.