Friends of the Laguna Beach Library


Monday                                  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday                                 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wenesday                              10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday                                10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday &  Saturday                  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays         



News Flash!!!     

April is National Poetry Month and we are encouraging everybody to enter our 20th annual community poetry contest. This year’s theme is, “Seascape Sonnets”. Poets of all ages are invited to enter. All poems must be submitted by the end of April 30 . 

All poems MUST include:  Name, Contact information (phone or email), and Grade level (or Adult). Original poems cannot be returned. Ask library staff for details.  

Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Third Street Writers Group
Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  This is not a workshop for beginners.  Contact the library for additional information. 


Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. — Pajama Storytime

Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland.  The National Charity League-Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.


Wednesdays, 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.— Preschool  Storytime

Toddlers and preschoolers, come and enjoy our Wednesday storytime! Stories, songs, dancing, and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.


Wednesday, April 2 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.—Art at the Library by LOCA

A hands-on workshop taught by professional artists from LOCA Arts Education. Class is limited to 12 participants in   K– 3rd grade.  Children attend on their own without an adult.  We'll meet to hear a story and create a "masterpiece" based on the book of the month. We will be using printmaking techniques. This month’s theme is watercolor flowers. Gather at the library at 2:45 p.m. The art portion of this class starts promptly at 3:00 p.m.  Late comers may not be admitted.     Preregistration is required.  Please call the library or stop by to sign up at 949-497-1733.


Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme.  Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.


Saturdays, April 7, 14 & 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Children’s Craft Open House

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended. 


Saturday, April 7 & 21 from 2:00 -  4:00 p.m. — Poetry Workshop

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact Mike Sprake at  for more information.


Monday, April 9 from 5:30—6:30– Laguna Beach Library Book Club

We will be discussing the book What We Lose– a Novel by Zinzi Clemmons. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her     mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught      between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother          succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. 


Tuesdays, April 10, 17 & 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Math at the Library—No Math Class on April 3rd

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an 8 week program for  K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited -  Pre-registration is required.  


Thursday, April 11 from 3:00 p.m.— 4:30 p.m. ­—  3-D Printing Workshop

Schedule a 20-minute session with our 3-D printer. Staff will print the item and contact you when it is ready for pickup.  Space is limited, so preregistration is required.  Consult the library for available times, or for more information, ask a staff member. Sign-up at the Check-Out Desk.


Thursday, April 12 from 3:30– 4:30 p.m.– After School STEM Program.

Our STEM program promotes critical thinking, problem solving and creativity—for kids 9-years and up.  We’ll learn all kinds of cool ways to design things that go! We’ll play with the weather and work with math concepts too.  It’s fun and awesome to learn by hands-on experience! Pre-registration is required.


Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.– Laguna Beach Literary Festival

Kate Buckley, Laguna Beach’s Poet Laureate, presents Laguna Beach Literary Festival. Kids Poetry Circle will start us off and then workshop and reading from Blake and all her guests. Come one, come all!!


Thursday, April 19 from 5:30– 6:30 p.m.– Author Talk:  Thomas Osborne

Thomas Osborne, author of “Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California’s Shore” will be here April 19th at 5:30 p.m. he will be discussing this very important topic here at The Branch. Come listen to this informative author talk. See you there!


Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m.– 12 p.m.—Earth day Craft

Join us celebrate Earth Day with crafts entirely made of recyclable material.


Saturday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.—Learning about Buddhism

Nichiren Buddhism teaches that each person has within, the courage, wisdom, and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges, based on core Buddhist principles. Come learn more, ask questions, and even experience chanting for yourself. Free program.