Oh, the places you’ll go! The Fountains at Sea Bluffs celebrates Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. We have fun activities planned for readers of all ages. Whether you love to read a funny story to preschoolers or prefer discussing the latest novel with other adults, there’s a way for you to join the celebration.
Our March Book Club will be held on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00pm in the MPR. Guest Speaker, Alison Regan, Ph.D., M.L.S., Associate University Librarian for Public Services, U.C. Irvine will be discussing Dramatic Changes in Libraries, Public and Academic.
Alison will share some of the dramatic changes in both public and academic libraries, focusing on her experiences as staff member and administrator at the University of Utah Library, the UC Irvine Libraries (Main Library, Science Library, and Medical Library) and as a patron at the Newport Beach Public Libraries.
Libraries used to be quiet spaces where patrons came to read or check out books. Now they are so much more. Most academic libraries offer cafes, and public libraries support both cafes and credit unions. Some spaces are labeled “quiet,” “talking spaces,” and “loud spaces,” so patrons know what to expect. Libraries still have books, but also offer so much more: ebooks, “maker spaces” (for 3-D printing and technology innovation); spaces for interactive video conferencing, and even “sleep pods” where tired patrons can take a timed 30 or 45 minute nap in a special space. If there’s not a book on the shelf one may be borrowed from another library around the country or even the world.
“The best thing: almost every service we offer is still free. We charge for printing and copying and for making 3-D objects, but our general focus is to help patrons find what they need for the lowest cost possible. We are a noble non-profit business.”
The Fountains Book Club welcomes you.
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