The Corona del Mar Branch Library will once again be participating in
today's Corona del Mar Annual Christmas Walk and Festival. The
Library is located in the heart of Corona del Mar at 420 Marigold
The Library will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. with
magician Dave Skale performing magic tricks that will entertain the
entire family. Performances will be at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2 p.m.
There will also be face painting, refreshments and lots of holiday
cheer. Holiday books will be on display. Need books on holiday
cooking or crafts? Look no further than the library.
The Corona del Mar Annual Christmas Walk and Festival started out
at as a small thank you from local merchants and has now blossomed
into a day of live music, food, prizes, entertainment and shopping.
The celebration lines both sides of Coast Highway as it winds through
the "village" festooned with garlands and glitter. You'll meet the
neighborhood and see kids, and even dogs, dressed in holiday attire
for their sidewalk parade.
After the walk, break out the hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and
read a great Christmas book aloud to the family. You can find some of
these popular holiday titles to read while you enjoy the festivities
at the library.
One of our favorites is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," by Dr.
Seuss. It captivates kids with the story of how the Grinch tries
desperately to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the
presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise, it
Could Christmas be more than presents? Reading the well-known poem
about an important Christmas Eve visitor, "The Night before
Christmas," by Clement Moore, is a tradition that many families enjoy
"The Nutcracker Ballet," retold and illustrated by Vladimir Vagin,
is the magical Christmas tale of a little girl who breaks the spell
on her wooden nutcracker and transforms him into a handsome prince
who takes her to his kingdom in the Land of Sweets.
And, of course, this year with the movie in theaters, "The Polar
Express," by Chris Van Allsburg, is sure to be a favorite with both
parents and children. In it, a magical train ride on Christmas Eve
takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa
Another classic holiday tale is "The Twelve Days of Christmas,"
illustrated by Jan Brett, about how a young woman's true love sends
her extravagant gifts on each of the 12 days of Christmas.
For more family holiday fun, children and adults will enjoy the
library's annual holiday show with Jim Gamble's Wonderful World of
Puppets. Thanks to sponsorship by the Newport Beach Public Library
Foundation, there will be three free shows Saturday, at the Central
Library at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and at Mariners Branch Library at 3:30
p.m. Enjoy the festivities and happy holidays to all.
* CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public
Library. This week's column is by Bonnie McLaren, Children's
Librarian at the Mariners Branch Library and Jana Colver, Corona del
Mar Librarian. All titles may be reserved from home or office
computers by accessing the catalog at http://www.newportbeach
library.org. For more information on the Central Library or any of
the branch locations, please contact the Newport Beach Public Library
at (949) 717-3800, option 2.