Making Memories for Children

Saturday, May 13 @ 10:30 a.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library & Civic Center

Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival – 4th Annual!

A bunny-themed story time, face painting, arts & crafts, games and other outdoor activities are planned for this year's festival. This is our biggest children's event of the year so come prepared to read, create and move throughout the library and the beautiful Civic Green area. Meet live bunnies courtesy of Save-Some-Bunny Rabbit Rescue.

Festival Schedule:

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Storytime in the Friends Room (inside the Central Library)

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities on the Green

  • Face Painting
  • StoryWalk® (see below for details)
  • Games
  • Crafts on the Green
  • Save-Some-Bunny Rabbits on the Green

Bistro Express Café will have box lunches available for $5.00

Admission is FREE; reservations not required

Info: 949.548.2411 or

About StoryWalk®

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults—to enjoy reading in a unique environment. Laminated pages from a children’s book will be mounted on wayside signs near the Civic Center & Park.  As you stroll down the path, you will be directed to the next page of a story.

The StoryWalk® Project was created in 2007 by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bike and Pedestrian Coalition. StoryWalks have now been installed all around the United States and internationally.

StoryWalk® supports Every Child Ready to Read, an initiative of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Services to Children, which identifies five early literacy practices parents and caregivers can do to prepare children for reading. When families participate in a StoryWalk® that includes activities and literacy tips, talking, singing, reading, writing and playing become part of their experience.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

@ Mariners Branch Library

BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids)

Come to the library and share a book with a furry friend.

Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids), you can practice your reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session.  Your BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as you read a good story.

Reading spaces are limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot.

This activity is open to school-age children ages 5-12 and there is no charge for this event.


WHAT? A ten-minute individual reading session with a trained BARK dog

WHERE? Jorgensen Community Room, Mariners Library

1300 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660

WHEN?  Sunday, May 21, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

INFO: or 949.548.2411

More about program:

Does Reading to the Dogs Really Help?

Yes! A study at UC Davis (Feb 2010) showed that kids in reading dog programs increase their reading skills by 12% to 20% over kids not in a reading dog program. Because our volunteers are certified as therapy dog teams, they can also visit hospitals, nursing homes and other locations.

About BARK

Founded in 2007, BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.  Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries in California.

BARK teams also visit nursing homes, senior living facilities, veterans’ centers, and even college students during finals week.