Newport Beach City Manager Update: Summer Reading Program, Cars and Coffee

Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

I would like to thank and acknowledge our residents who participated in the City’s Summer Reading Program, as well as our Library Services staff for delivering another stellar series. The figures for summer 2022 were very impressive:

  • Enrollment in the children’s summer reading program increased by more than 15% over the previous year, with 1,249 children participating. Participation levels in children’s programs also increased significantly, with 9,052 books read (a 30% increase), 288,244 minutes recorded (a 25% increase) and 1,465 book reviews submitted.
  • Nearly 150 participated in the teen summer reading program, and 263 book reviews were submitted. The library had 72 teenage volunteers who participated in the children’s program, providing 641 volunteer hours.
  • About 200 participated in the adult summer reading program and 60 completed the program with at least 600 minutes of reading.

Congratulations to all the summer participants and thank you to our volunteers!

And as we move forward into the school year, here are some suggested back-to-school resources for teachers, parents, and students of all ages and reading levels:

  • Visit our databases page for a comprehensive list of all database resources, organized by categories such as art and literature, lifelong learning tools, magazines and newspapers and student resources.
  • The Databases for Kids webpage focuses on specific databases useful for elementary school-aged children.
  • Databases for Teens includes helpful resources for teenage learners.
  • Teacher and Student Services is a new resource where teachers can request library visits, invite library staff to speak at school events, request resources for upcoming assignments, and find out how to get library cards for students.
  • For kids ages 4-12, our back-to-school BINGO reading challenge runs until September 24.
  • Reading Level Accelerated Search capability is now available in our online catalog.
  • The college readiness resources include information about our upcoming workshops: Paying for College and Writing College Essays.
  • The preschool reading program 1000 books before kindergarten.
  • And our teen reading challenge, 100 books before graduation.

As always, our friendly and knowledgeable Library Services staff are here to help! For general questions and information, visit the Central Library or one of our branches, or call (949) 717-3800.

Homeless Services Community Forum Series kicks off September 12 with City Net

The city presents a series of free one-hour public forums featuring agencies who work closely with our staff to provide services to homeless people in Newport Beach.

Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Dr., with City Net. Jessica Bruce, Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Valerie Carter, Newport Beach Team Supervisor, will present an overview of City Net’s services, outreach strategies and role in housing and accommodation for homeless people.

Other forums will take place on October 19 and November 16. If you would like more information about community forums or the City’s efforts to reduce homelessness, please contact Homelessness Coordinator Natalie Basmaciyan at (949) 718-1991.

movies in the park

Join us for the next Movie in the Park event, featuring the animated film “Encanto,” at Mariners Park, 2100 Mariners Dr., on Friday, September 16. The festivities will begin just before sunset, scheduled for 7 p.m.

Friends of OASIS are hosting a Cars & Coffee event

The non-profit group Friends of OASIS will host its annual Cars & Coffee on September 17 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.

Over 40 vehicles will be on display. Free coffee and donuts will be available. Bring the whole family for this fun outdoor event!

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and paramedics and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

This week the Be Well team:

  • Reunited four people with their families.
  • Transported two people to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.
  • Transported 11 people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.

Homelessness Update

The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city staff, contractors, partner agencies, and nonprofit groups.

This week, the City’s Homelessness Awareness and Response Teams:

  • Continue to shelter people. Twenty people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Filed a report with Adult Protective Services regarding an elderly person living in a vehicle.
  • Transported two people to the Yale Navigation Center for admissions and one person to a pharmacy for medication.
  • Disabling conditions documented for eight people to obtain appropriate services.
  • Referred a transitioning youth to Stand Up for Kids for services.
  • Enrolled five clients in services, including a family with minor children.
  • Housing applications submitted for three clients.
  • Provided gas money to a client with multiple job interviews through Good Giving donations.

To donate to those living homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.

Click here to view the latest homelessness dashboard, which includes key monthly and annual data on the city’s response to homelessness: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/monthly-homeless-count.