Making Memories for Children

These programs are only possible because of sponsorship we receive.  We need new sponsors to continue this year!  For a minimum of $500, you can become a sponsor.  Your name will be included in all Making Memories for Children publications, here on our website and on signage in the library.  The children of our community will benefit greatly and it is fully tax-deductible. 

Click here to be a hero for the kids!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Friday, May 11 @ 4:00-5:00pm
Bring your stuffed animal friend and let them have an overnight adventure at the library!

Curious to know what goes on in the library after everyone has gone home?  Lend us your favorite stuffed animal and find out!  Come to the library and share a pajama storytime with your stuffed animal.  Complete a craft, wave goodbye and let your animal go off on their own overnight library adventure.  Follow their activities on the Library’s Instagram page.  Pick up is the next morning at 9:30 am...just in time for the Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival.

What to bring:

  • YOU in your PJs
  • Your favorite stuffed animal friend


(one stuffed animal per child, please)

Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival

Saturday, May 12 @ 10:30am

The OC Children’s Book Festival is bringing authors this year!  Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe will be here too.  Get ready for story time, arts & crafts, games, live rescue bunnies and a literal walk through a storybook in our Storywalk® at the Central Library and Civic Green.  Join us for the biggest kids’ event of the year!


  • Central Library Friends Room & Civic Green
  • Admission is FREE
  • No reservations required
  • Info: or 949.548-2411

Share a book with Basil

Monday, June 4 @ 4:00-5:00pm

Practice your reading skills with Basil, the Flemish Giant Rabbit in a one-on-one reading session. Basil is registered with Pet Partners*, the therapy animal visitation group, and is a member of their Read With Me™ program.


  • Ten-minute individual reading session with Basil.
    Reading space limited, availability is first come, first served.
  • No charge - Children ages 4-12 years
    Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Balboa Branch Library
    100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach

Info: or 949.717.3818

*Pet Partners is widely recognized as the Gold Standard in therapy animal visitation programs, with more than 14,000 registered teams making about 3 million visits each year to a range of facilities in all 50 states.

Fancy Nancy

Sunday, June 10 @ 2:00pm

Fancy Nancy is back at the Newport Beach Public Library!  Join us for a visit with Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Priess Glasser as she reads from her latest Fancy Nancy book, Oodles of Kittens.


Children must be accompanied by an adult
Book signing and refreshments following the program
Book Sales courtesy of Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe in Irvine