Calendar of Events

Downton Abbey Gala

Friday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.

Come shake off the Downton Abbey blues at the kickoff gala for our One Book One City selection, Maisie Dobbs!  Engage in a trivia contest, sample tasty treats, and learn about life and food in post-World War I Britain from food historian Linda Civitello (author of Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People) as we celebrate our heroine and her time period.  Food, prizes and good cheer – it will be a guinea a minute!  Dress in your own Downton Abbey attire or come as you are.

Please RSVP for the Downton Abbey Gala by contacting the Adult Services Information Desk at 714-777-2873, ext. 6,  emailing or you can follow this link to RSVP.


Let’s Go!

Saturday, March 16, 2:00 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Maisie’s world with an armchair traveler’s tour of Britain and France. Catherine Adde of TravelStore will come to take us away to Cambridge, London and other locations where our story takes place.  Enjoy light refreshments as we take our own grand tour of the early twentieth century.


HerStory Bookclub Maisie Dobbs

Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.

Let’s talk about how Maisie Dobbs highlights the courage of young women who lived through the ravages of the Great War.  Discuss the cultural changes and there effect on all social classes as well as how society reacted to soldiers with physical and mental disabilities.


Gardens and Gardening

Saturday, March 30, 2:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore the importance of gardens and the changes to them in wartime England, as described in Maisie Dobbs. Author and UC Master Gardener Julie Bawden-Davis (Flower Gardening) brings us her expertise with edible and other types of flowers popular in that era. Period attire is greatly encouraged (think Hats!). Garden party delicacies and refreshments will be served.


Jacqueline Winspear

Saturday, April 6, 2:00 p.m.

We are very excited to have Jacqueline Winspear visit us, just one week after the release of her latest Maisie Dobbs title, Leaving Everything Most Loved.  Come meet our author and celebrate her passion for her protagonist and her commitment to teaching others about the women – and men – of that time period.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Events for Youth

Children and Tweens: Read Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan.  It’s about young Katya who experiences World War I and the Russian Revolution. Drop by the Childrens Services Desk for a challenging scavenger hunt!  Plus, write a review of the book and earn a prize!

Teens: Read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. In a steampunk alternate history of World War I, Prince Alek of Austria is on the run when he meets Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service.  Sign up for the Teen Book Discussion (students in grades 7-12 only) on March 26 at 5:30 p.m.  Pizza will be served and a box set of the “Leviathan” series will be raffled.  The first 15 sign-ups receive a free copy of the book.

Student Writing Contest: It’s time to get creative and start writing.  The contest runs March 1 through April 6. Categories are for students in grades 1-12.  Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third places in each category.  Stop by an Information Desk or the website for complete details and contest guidelines.

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