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March 11, 2010
Guinness World Records’ largest domestic cat will make a special appearance at the Huntington Beach Central Library’s Tabby Storytime Theater. Scarlett’s Magic, an F1 Savannah cat who is 17 inches from shoulder to toe, will join children March 18 during the library’s weekly Crafty Kids Club Storytime for an afternoon of reading and craft making. She will be sitting with the audience as storyteller Danielle Walker reads “Skippyjon Jones,” an award-winning book by Judith Byron Schachner about a big-eared Siamese cat who believes he is a Chihuahua.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
Walking up the Huntington Beach Central Library's spacious circular driveway and into the high-ceiled foyer, patrons can turn right or left. Right will take readers to the biographies, Charles Dickens tomes and latest John Grisham thrillers, but turning left and walking all the way down the corridor leads to a world for those under four feet. As kids approach the children's wing, they are greeted by colorful fish in a humongous aquarium, before bubbles are blown down on them from a bubble machine and a life-sized plastic boat, complete with sail, catches their eye sitting in the back of the library between the rows and rows of books.
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December 17, 2009
The Huntington Beach Public Library is having abbreviated hours at the Central Library and closing its branches over the holiday. On Christmas Eve, the Central Library and the Murphy branch will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. The Main Street and Oak View branches will be open from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Banning Branch will be closed. All locations will be closed Christmas through Dec. 27. The Central Library will reopen 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 28 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30. Toddler Storytime is canceled Dec. 29. The Central Library will be open 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 31. All locations will be closed Jan. 1 to 3. — Britney Barnes
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January 28, 2010
The City Council is having a special meeting Friday at the Central Library to address the budget shortfalls and what’s in store for Huntington Beach this year at its Strategic Planning Retreat. The council will review factors that will impact the city over the next year, discussing political, economic and environmental trends. Options for dealing with the budget shortfall will also be addressed, and the council will review the city’s three-year goals, creating a plan of action for each item.
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February 2, 2011
The Huntington Beach City Council held a strategic planning session Friday at the Central Library to address the city's current financial standing and future goals. The city is expected to maintain the status quo for the 2011-12 budget. There will be no service enhancement, and vacant positions will remain frozen unless otherwise approved by the city manager, according to a city staff report. The city, however, is expecting slim improvements in its revenue because of hints of improvement in the economy, the report stated.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | September 22, 2010
"Where the Wild Things Are," "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" sat on display with all their battered edges, worn out sides and cracked spines for the world to see. The beat-up, or well-loved, childhood books are just some of the books the Children's Library will soon need to replace, but the library's budget to buy new books has been axed by about 80% and may no be able to meet the community's need. To make-up for the cut back in budget, the Friends of the Children's Library along with Mayor Cathy Green and Rainbow Disposal Chairman Ron Shenkman kicked off Thursday afternoon a Books for Kids fundraising campaign at the Central Library.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 16, 2010
The Huntington Beach Public Library is starting its Summer Reading Program with music, magic, marionettes and more. The Central Library will present the Festival of Folktales on June 29 to begin its Summer Reading Program "Make a Splash: Read!" The festival will feature musical storytelling, a Hullabaloo band sing-along concert and a steel-drum band. Fratello Marionettes will perform "The Frog Prince" and "Carnival of the Animals," and the Academy of International Dance will take the stage.
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July 22, 2004
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By Britney Barnes | April 1, 2010
Library hour reductions are beginning today in Huntington Beach as part of citywide budget cuts to fill a $4-million revenue shortfall. The Central Library will close Sundays, and the branches will be open only certain days to deal with a $95,000 cut to the library’s budget. All departments were asked to submit cuts to their budgets, said Councilman and library liaison Joe Carchio. “It’s not something the council or the director, Stephanie Beverage, wants to do,” Carchio said.
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By Heather Grow | April 22, 2010
There is a lot to love about Huntington Beach. We have beautiful parks and beaches, great schools, and many great places to eat and shop. One of Huntington Beach’s greatest treasures is our library. In honor of National Library Week, I’ve found a few interesting statistics about our library and some solutions on how we can help keep services going despite tough economic times. Our Central Library serves 820,232 visitors annually, and thousands more are served at our four library branches.
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By Chris Epting | December 23, 2013
Norma Gibbs' soft laughter blends peacefully with the wind chimes outside her airy and cozy Huntington Harbour home, which is all decorated for Christmas, complete with fresh-baked cookies and tea on the table. She is recounting a moment from 1970, just before she became the first city councilwoman in Huntington Beach history. She and then-Mayor Don Shipley were in the process of battling developers that wanted to build high-rise buildings stretching for miles along our beachfront.
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By Chris Epting | April 29, 2013
Last Sunday will long stand out for me as a special one in this city. It began at the wonderful Taste of Huntington Beach celebration, which supports the Children's Library. The organizers of the event were kind enough to have the winner of my annual essay competition attend the event, but they also allowed her to cut the opening ribbon. Congratulation to Samar Saad, a junior at Fountain Valley High School. I received dozens of exceptional of entries this year and, though the decision was tough, this judge landed on Samar 's poignant description of a place where, as you'll read in a moment, she finds peace and solitude in a local, natural setting.
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By Imran Vittachi | April 11, 2012
One note at a time, the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra has picked up tempo in its three years of existence. The HBSO took root in Surf City's rich communal soil in February 2009 with a modest goal of performing two concerts that initial year. Gradually, the home-grown orchestra raised its level of ambition to four concerts during the year, which it can now perform. In the coming years, the orchestra hopes to be capable of playing five or six per season in coming years, said Grant Sevdayan, its music director and conductor.
NEWS
By Michael Miller and Mona Shadia | September 28, 2011
Cameron Lew wants people to give back when they shop. So the 15-year-old made a short documentary, "Factory in a Box," based on the nonprofit Faces Behind the Label. The Huntington Beach-based organization gives people living in rural China the chance to set up their own T-shirt factories - in a box. The residents are able to provide for their families and communities without having to migrate, thanks to the factories, which are set up in boxes the size of shipping containers, Cameron said.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
The Donut Derelicts' trophy will pass to the hands of another classic car owner this weekend at the 26th annual HB Concours. And when it does, it will carry the memory of a man who helped make Surf City a haven for vintage models. For the last four years, the annual charity car show has bestowed a Best of Show trophy in honor of Rick Finn, a longtime member of the Donut Derelicts car enthusiasts group that meets every Saturday in the parking lot of Adams Avenue Donuts in Huntington Beach.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
Titus Sebastian Wagner will likely have a Christian upbringing. That's appropriate, considering that he was born in the church. The fourth child and first son of Pastor Jerrod and Jennifer Wagner, Titus was born after Sunday's service in a restroom stall at the Huntington Beach Central Library, where Church Alive rents the Talbert Room once a week. His birth, nine days early, came as a surprise to his mother, who realized she was in labor during the service but was sure she had time to wait until afterward to go to the hospital.
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February 2, 2011
The Huntington Beach City Council held a strategic planning session Friday at the Central Library to address the city's current financial standing and future goals. The city is expected to maintain the status quo for the 2011-12 budget. There will be no service enhancement, and vacant positions will remain frozen unless otherwise approved by the city manager, according to a city staff report. The city, however, is expecting slim improvements in its revenue because of hints of improvement in the economy, the report stated.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | September 29, 2010
The general was discovered in the ground next to his chariot, clad in a double-layered gown with armor on the chest and feathers on his head. His left palm spread out in front of his waist, possibly to steady the handle of a sword that had since been broken off. Whether the statue, unearthed in 1974 in the Chinese city of Xi'an, was modeled after a specific person or just a generic type is up to guessing. He was found along with more than 8,000 other life-size terra cotta figures when a farmer, drilling a well, inadvertently hit upon a treasure trove near the tomb of the first emperor of China.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | September 22, 2010
"Where the Wild Things Are," "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" sat on display with all their battered edges, worn out sides and cracked spines for the world to see. The beat-up, or well-loved, childhood books are just some of the books the Children's Library will soon need to replace, but the library's budget to buy new books has been axed by about 80% and may no be able to meet the community's need. To make-up for the cut back in budget, the Friends of the Children's Library along with Mayor Cathy Green and Rainbow Disposal Chairman Ron Shenkman kicked off Thursday afternoon a Books for Kids fundraising campaign at the Central Library.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
Walking up the Huntington Beach Central Library's spacious circular driveway and into the high-ceiled foyer, patrons can turn right or left. Right will take readers to the biographies, Charles Dickens tomes and latest John Grisham thrillers, but turning left and walking all the way down the corridor leads to a world for those under four feet. As kids approach the children's wing, they are greeted by colorful fish in a humongous aquarium, before bubbles are blown down on them from a bubble machine and a life-sized plastic boat, complete with sail, catches their eye sitting in the back of the library between the rows and rows of books.
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