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Story Time
At The Balboa Library

Balboa Library Adds A New Saturday Morning Story Time To Its Agenda

Balboa Branch Librarian Phyllis Scheffler has been with the Newport Beach Library since 1990. She originally started at the Balboa Branch, then in 1995 she was transferred to the Mariners Branch in Corona Del Mar.  Then last September she was transferred back to our Balboa Branch where she has wasted no time getting children's programs in order. Phyllis words it, "To get young children into the library and get them used to reading at the library."

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Balboa Branch Librarian,
Phyllis Scheffler

In addition to the Tuesdays 10:30 am Story Time, Phyllis has added a new Saturday 10:30 am Story Time because as she says, "To catch the kids that are in school and their families that can't come in during the week." According to Phyllis, for each Story Time, "We think of a theme and plan our Story Time books and actives around it. Reading books, finger plays and small crafts. A variety of sources to tell the story. A about 45 minutes. We have both mothers and nannies come in. It's a social thing."

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Jill and Isabell Morris. Jill says, "She [Isabell] mostly likes the reading and
 she likes the crafts afterwards."

In addition to the new Saturday Story Time Phyllis has added a new drop in kids crafts table with two crafts a month. Phyllis says, "To encourage grade school children to use the library. It's just continuous, they come any time, there's no set time for it."

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Rick Staffor with grandson Eric. Their
 first Story Time. They come to the
 library all the time.

Phyllis also notes, "I want people to use the new library database, get to know what we have here. We have a lot of stuff, people say, 'Wow, I didn't know you had this.' Right now through April we have tax forms, that's important."

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Molly McCance and Isabell Morris
 using the crafts table

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Peter Levshen
On Your U.S. Citizenship

Now get a job and pay taxes
 like the rest of us.

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Time Capsule
From Dick Vogel's
personal photo album.

Circa 1930

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That's my grandfather, John F. Vogel Sr., standing in the doorway of his store that was located at 300 Main St., across the alley from where the Post Office is now. The year was 1930.

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