The NEA Big Read

Welcome from OC Public Libraries!

OC Public Libraries is proud to participate in the NEA Big Read of “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng. The book explores the universal theme of belonging, family expectations, sibling conflict and the struggle to understand one another. The NEA Big Read Grant supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Join us October 2017 through March 2018 for exciting programs and book discussions culminating with a meet-the-author event. 

- Helen Fried, County Librarian


OC Public Libraries, in partnership with the Genealogy Orange Committee, will build an altar to introduce genealogy to everyone. Genealogy is about discovering your heritage and creating a story about your family that will take you back in time and across continents.


Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00—10:00pm

Downtown Santa Ana
4th & Birch
Santa Ana, CA



Celeste Ng is the author of “Little Fires Everywhere” (2017) and “Everything I Never Told You” (2015), this year’s NEA Big Read selection. She attended Harvard University and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. “Everything I Never Told You,” won the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the American Library Association Alex Award. She is a 2016 NEA fellow and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Location to be determined          

Photo Credit: Kevin Day Photography

Join us for a discussion of the NEA Big Read featured work "Everything I Never Told You"

Join us at these special book club meetings to discuss and explore themes that resonate in our own lives and communities. Copies of the book are available at each library for you to check out prior to the discussion. You can also borrow the ebook anytime through our eLibrary.

Thursday, November 2 at 10:30am
Foothill Ranch Library
Tuesday, November 14 at 10:30am
Laguna Niguel Library
Tuesday, November 21 at 10:30am
Aliso Viejo Library

Thursday, December 14 at 10:15am
Stanton Library

Wednesday, January 17 at 10:00am
Villa Park Library 

Monday, January 22 at 10:30am
Dana Point Library
Thursday, January 25 at 10:30am
San Juan Capistrano Library
(Mission Readers)
Thursday, January 25 at 1:00pm
La Palma Library

Tuesday, January 30 at 10:30am
Irvine/Katie Wheeler Library

Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00pm
Garden Grove/Tibor Rubin
Thursday, February 15 at 10:00am
Cypress Library
Wednesday, February 28 at 1:00pm
La Habra Library
Wednesday, February 28 at 4:30pm
Brea Library
Monday, March 5 at 5:30pm
Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan
Monday, March 12 at 10:30am
Garden Grove Main Library
Monday, March 19 at 5:30pm
Laguna Hills Technology Library
Saturday, March 24 at 10:00am
Ladera Ranch Library
Tuesday, March 27 at 5:30pm
San Juan Capistrano Library


Explore the centuries old techniques of Asian Brush Painting on rice paper. Recommended for all ages. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, January 14 at 1:00pm
Dana Point Library

Saturday, January 20 at 11:00am
Brea Library
Saturday, January 27 at 2:00pm
La Habra  Library

Saturday, February 3 at 2:00pm
Cypress Library
Saturday, March 3 at 1:00pm
San Juan Capistrano Library


In China, calligraphy is a means of self-expression. All ages can learn the techniques of calligraphy. Pre-registration required.
Sunday, January 7 at 1:00pm
Dana Point Library

Saturday, January 20 at 1:00pm
El Toro Library
Saturday, February 3 at 1:30pm
Laguna Hills Technology Library
Saturday, March 10 at 2:00pm
Westminster Library



Join us for a cooking demonstration by Theresa Lin. On the menu: traditional Chinese dishes.
Saturday, February 10 at 2:00pm
Aliso Viejo Library

Sunday, March 25 at 2pm 
Garden Grove Main Library


Participants can either read or listen to the audiobook, “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng and then submit a photograph or drawing as a visual representation of the book. Submitted art work will be posted as part of a display at the branch.
October 2017 - March 2018
Costa Mesa Technology Library


Explore the holiday’s history and culture. Enjoy storytimes, crafts, and performances. 
Decorate a sugar skull using colorful craft supplies.
For ages 6 and up.
Wednesday, November 1 at 4:30pm
Garden Grove Main Library
Make your own marigold to take home.
Wednesday, November 1 at 3:30pm
Irvine/Heritage Park Library

Paint a skull craft.  Program open to children and teens.
Thursday, November 2 at 5pm
Garden Grove/Chapman Library

Teen Advisory Board meeting. Enjoy refreshments, participate in a craft, and help the library. For 6th-12th grade.
Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm
Seal Beach/Mary Wilson Library
Sugar skull decorating, face painting, mariachi, ballet folklorico, and Aztec dancers. Visit the various altars and the Day of the Dead art exhibit.
Saturday, November 4 at Noon
San Juan Capistrano Library


Join us for a screening of the film “Loving”.
Just days before, hundreds of miles away, another couple had married, too- a white man, a black woman, who would share a most appropriate name.
- “Everything I Never Told You”
Friday, February 2 at 7pm
San Juan Capistrano Library

Thursday, February 8 at 4pm
Seal Beach/Mary Wilson Library

Sunday, February 25 at 2:30pm
Garden Grove Main Library 


Lanterns are symbolic in the Chinese culture, as they represent a "lighting of the way." Everyone is encouraged to attend and make their own lanterns.
Monday, October 30 at 6:00pm
Irvine/Heritage Park Library

Sunday, November 5 at 3:00pm
Garden Grove Main Library

Sunday, January 21 at 1:00 pm
Dana Point Library
Saturday, January 27 at 2:00pm
Rancho Santa Margarita Library
Saturday, March 24 at 11:00am
Seal Beach/Mary Wilson Library


Celebrate the Year of the Dog with special activities and traditions.
Learn about service and therapy dogs, followed by activities and a meet-and-greet with some furry friends.
Thursday, February 8 at 3:30pm
Cypress Library
Crafts, including a lantern making workshop. Guests are encouraged to come in traditional dress.
Thursday, February 8 at 4pm
Garden Grove/Tibor Rubin Library
Performances, activities, and participants can receive lucky red envelopes.Guests are encouraged to come in traditional dress.
Saturday, February 10 at 3pm
Westminster Library

Special storytime and crafts.
For ages 3 and up.
Sunday, February 11 at 3pm
Garden Grove Main Library
Activities and stories for families.
Wednesday, February 21 at 4:30pm
Irvine/Heritage Park Library

Lion Dance demonstration, Chinese storytime, and crafts. All ages welcome.
Saturday, February 24 at 2pm
Irvine/University Park Library