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Housing & Community Development Public Notice for Review
Name of the Document: Substantial Amendments to FY 2019-20 Annual Action Plan, FY 2015-19 Consolidated Plan, and FY 2015-19 Citizen Participation Plan

You can find the document at

Employee of the Month - May 2020

Glenda is an exemplary team player. She plans and conducts toddler and preschool storytimes at Cypress Library and is never too busy to answer a patron's question or questions. She will promote programs, go over the program calendar, explain databases, and electronic services and spend as much time with a patron as they need to feel that they have a good grasp of the Cypress library and all services OCPL offers. She routinely spends extra time with her families after storytimes and has built amazing rapport with her storytime families. Glenda is always thinking of ways to improve current programs or to introduce new programs. She is part of the team that is developing a new hands-on gardening program at Cypress Library utilizing the garden plots at the front entrance of the library. Glenda will always see the positive in any patron interaction, no matter how difficult or frustrating that interaction might be. She is empathetic and supportive of staff and patrons alike. She pairs this empathy with boundless humor and good nature.

Public Notice: Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development Public Notice

The public notice period is from May 15, 2020 – June 15, 2020.

Name of the Document:
Draft FY 2020-24 Consolidated Plan/Citizen Participation Plan, FY 2020-21 Annual Action Plan, and FY 2020-25 OC Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

You can find the document at

Employee of the Month - April 2020

Laura is this month’s Employee of the Month! Laura has empowered countless patrons during her one-on-one Tech Appointments, patiently teaching digital literacy skills on laptops, smartphones, tablets, and eReaders, as well as demonstrating how to access library resources 24/7 on those devices. Laura's Bilingual Storytime's are known to reach capacity because of her joyful storytelling and uplifting singing and fingerplays. She puts in extra effort to coordinate a special activity or craft after storytime, such as the "Canvas y Cuentos" painting event that was enjoyed by children and caregivers. Laura continually contributes creative social media content for our library system. Her clever scavenger hunts, guessing games, and quizzes, entertain while building a real sense of community in Mesa Verde's cozy neighborhood branch.
Congratulations, Laura!

ATTENTION: All OC Public Libraries locations are closed until further notice.

ATTENTION: All OC Public Libraries locations are closed until further notice.

To Our Patrons and Community: The health and wellness of our OC Public Libraries’ staff and customers is our main concern. Based on recommendations from the County of Orange and in concurrence with guidelines issued by the Governor of the state of California, all OC Public Library branches will be closed to limit the number of people in a public building and to help curtail further spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

In this interim time, although our doors may be closed, there are many ways you can still connect with our library services. OC Public Libraries’ robust digital services give library card holders 24/7 free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, resources and more.

Friends of the Library Bookstores are all closed. Bookstores are not accepting donations at this time.

For official updates about the coronavirus visit the OC Health Care Agency website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and look forward to resuming full library services as soon as we can. Thank you for being a patron of the OC Public Library system.

Effective immediately, all library programs, classes and events are cancelled until further notice. This also includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms.
These safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and to be consistent with Countywide recommendations for social distancing and to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

Employee of the Month - March 2020

Linda excels in making sure ALL our library patrons feel welcome. Whether leading a crowd of 100 at Bilingual Storytime, helping a library visitor use the computer, or requesting a rare book through interlibrary loan Linda does her best to offer excellent customer service. Linda displays her exceptional character in the way she lends a hand to help her coworkers and offers to help with anything. When she isn’t staffing the library’s service desk you can find Linda conducting class visits with local schools, participating in outreach events, building a network of community partners, organizing craft programs for children, or using her artistic talents to decorate the library by creating beautiful displays and high-quality signage. She serves the community each day with positivity and professionalism. Congratulations, Linda!


Fine Free Library Days

OC Public Libraries is getting library card holders excited by offering a fine forgiveness program, “Fine Free Library Days,” from February 14-29, 2020. To celebrate the Leap Year, library users with outstanding library fines are invited to “Take a Leap Back to the Library.” Items with overdue fines or marked "lost" can be returned to any of the library system’s 32 branches, and related fines and fees will be waived.

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Employee of the Month - January 2020

Cassandra began her career with OCPL in the OC Read Department where her enthusiasm and passion, helped to develop our family literacy services. She has been instrumental in the launch of the Charlie Cart project systemwide. The Charlie Carts, portable kitchens used to teach Food Literacy and healthy eating, are now being enjoyed by staff and the public throughout the County in large part, due to Cassandra’s effort. In her role as Committee Chair, she is positive, always searching for solutions or improvements on current practices, and most importantly, she is always available to all staff if they have any questions. Cassandra is now a Librarian II, working with government documents. She has done an outstanding job of organizing the collection and making it accessible to the public. She has improved government documents and made it a meaningful part of our collection. Cassandra is also working to serve the Veteran community in the Garden Grove area. She applied for the Community Conversations with Veterans initiative through the California Center for the Book and is now working to improve collections and programs for veterans and their families.

She is also an amazing cook!

Public Notice: Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development document for public notice:
Substantial Amendment to FY 2019-20 Annual Action Plan

The public notice period is from December 6, 2019 – January 7, 2020.

Please link it to the following webpage:

Ending Service of
Effective 1/2/20, OC Public Libraries will no longer offer the services of due to our concerns regarding privacy issues associated with their rebranding to LinkedIn Learning.

New user agreements for LinkedIn Learning will grant this company the power to share user information contained in a personal profile with whomever they desire, which is not in alignment with the privacy policies held by the County of Orange.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Employee of the Month - October 2019

Chalishia is a Library Assistant II at Tustin. Chalishia leads an exceptional storytime at the Tustin Library, which regularly exceeds 100 visitors per session and has received many compliments from patrons. She also leads the Tustin Library’s Bilingual Storytime which is a fun morning of stories and songs presented in both English and Spanish. Her background in special education has given her the skills to fulfill our system’s mission of treating every patron with dignity, patience, and respect. In addition to working with kids, Chalishia started “Crafty Adults,” which is a program that involves creating fun crafts while engaging in lively conversation with other adults. She also helps with the Lunch at the Library program, serves on the Genealogy Committee and participates in OC Inspire, OC Public Libraries’ mentoring program.

Public Notice: Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development document for public notice:
FY 2020-21 Funding Allocation Policy & Process (FAPP)

The public notice period is from September 13, 2019 – October 15, 2019.

Document can be found at

Public Review Notice

Housing & Community Development will be going out for a public notice on Friday, September 6, 2019. The public notice period is from September 6, 2019 – September 23, 2019.

Name of the Document: FY 2018-19 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The document is available at

Summer Reading 2019
This summer, almost 40,000 patrons signed up to participate in the summer reading program and 85,000 community members attended one or more of the programs. Not only did OC Public Libraries offer learning opportunities, our Lunch at the Library program, in partnership with the California State Library and local school districts, saw six branches serve over 20,000 free lunches throughout the summer.

Employee of the Month - August 2019

Lisa is the most cheerful, positive person you will most likely ever meet. When Heritage Park’s Children’s Librarian was promoted, Lisa stepped up and took on 6 storytimes each week. These storytimes draw crowds of 50-170 people and Lisa treats each program as an opportunity to share her joy and talents with the Irvine community. She gives dozens of high 5s to her young admirers each day and takes the time to pay attention to each child and each parent. Her optimism and energy never flag and her attitude is golden. The County is focusing on embracing the open mindset mentality and Lisa could be their ideal standard - for her, obstacles are challenges and the good is found in every task. Her joy is contagious - she makes it easy to smile and easy to see the value in what we do.

Employee of the Month - July 2019
Congratulations to Melanie, OC Public Libraries’ employee of the month. Starting out as a clerk, Melanie learned the basics, but because of her exceptional customer service skills and attention to detail quickly became the lead clerk. Now, in the position of Library Assistant, Melanie is moving beyond the front desk, creating off-site tech programming with a local Senior Center, and creating an adult crafting program on-site where there hasn’t been one. Melanie is taking professional risks with incredible results. She is a team player backing up for children and teen programming, and always there with her knowledge and skill when needed at the front desk. Melanie is an asset to the OC Public Libraries system!

Orange County Adults Return to School and Receive Accredited High School Diplomas Through OC Public Libraries’ Career Online High School Program

Costa Mesa, Calif. (June 17, 2019) – Four adult graduates will be accepting their high school diplomas at OC Public Libraries’ Career Online High School Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 7- 9 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library located at 1855 Park Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. This is the second annual Career Online High School Graduation Ceremony.

“I want to congratulate the graduates for achieving this important milestone in their educations,” said Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “I am thrilled that OC Public Libraries can offer this valuable resource to members of our community.”

With the support of the State Library and San Clemente Friends of the Library, OC Public Libraries has made it possible for adults, ages 19 and older, to earn accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates online through Career Online High School since 2016.

Employees of the Month - June 2019

The Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library staff are our employees of the month for June!

Library staff went above and beyond to get the new library ready for the Grand Opening on May 24th. The new library is two-stories and much larger than the previous location, with separate Children’s and Teen rooms, computer and laptop areas, and two large community rooms.

While the branch was being constructed, library staff went through the materials for quality control and ordered new items to ensure a vibrant collection of books, magazines, and media were available when the library reopened.

Once the building was complete, Costa Mesa staff worked in record time to make sure all materials were in their proper place, everyone knew the layout and operations of the facility, and new programming was ready to begin once the library opened.

Costa Mesa Donald Dungan staff’s commitment to excellence, flexibility with construction timeline changes, and dedication to serving the public, contributed to the new library opening with great fanfare and patron satisfaction.

Employee of the Month – May 2019

Dina is our employee of the month for May!

In addition to providing excellent service at her home library, Dina did a superb job as a volunteer at Literary Orange this year, ensuring a great experience was had by attendees, authors and moderators.

As a keynote author guide she went above and beyond in her role, making sure that the keynote speaker had everything they needed before and after their presentation. Throughout the day Dina demonstrated flexibility and a willingness to assist in any area of need.

Her support and positive attitude contributed to the success of the event. Congratulations Dina!

Employee of the Month - April 2019

Andrea has been a staple of her local community for several years. She consistently provides excellent customer service and always exhibits a calm and professional demeanor. She is always willing to assist her colleagues in any task and efficiently uses her time to complete a litany of assignments throughout the branch. She promotes adult literacy by leading discussion for our monthly book club. Congratulations, Andrea!

Literary Orange 2019



Best-selling authors Tara Conklin, Martha Hall Kelly and Alan Brennert

to serve as keynote speakers at this sold out event

Newport Beach, Calif. (April 2, 2019) – OC Public Libraries will be hosting its thirteenth annual Literary Orange event at the Newport Beach Marriott on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This premier literary event brings together over 500 attendees, including authors, readers and libraries for a celebration of literature. Tickets for this year’s event went on sale in January and sold out in the first three days.

Team of the Month - March 2019

On Tuesday, February 19th, OC Public Libraries hosted Gloria Steinem at the Bowers Museum. With a crowd of approximately 700 attendees, the following staff members were instrumental in ensuring a successful event:
- Jenny
- Nervana
- Jason
- Brandi
- Susan
- Steven
- Marisa
- Serene

Every single person demonstrated flexibility and adaptability as well as taking the initiative where needed in order to offer attendees the best event experience possible. This group delivered stellar customer service and went above and beyond with a smile on their faces. Their professionalism was evident from the start to the very end of the event. OC Public Libraries is proud and fortunate to have such reliable and talented individuals on staff.

Employee of the Month - February 2019

Congratulations to February’s Employee of the Month, Ericka Reeb! Since becoming the Branch Manager at the Laguna Niguel Library, Ericka’s goal has been to enhance the patron experience by providing excellent customer service. She and her staff work hard to create a warm, welcoming environment and meaningful, relevant programming for the community. Ericka is passionate about libraries and library service. She recently demonstrated this passion and enthusiasm when she observed long lines of patrons, some sitting on lawn chairs, outside the library hoping to get tickets for author Gloria Steinem’s lecture at the Bowers Museum. Not wanting to disappoint, Ericka told the group how many tickets were available at the Laguna Niguel Library. The group decided amongst themselves to limit the number of tickets to two each. Meanwhile Ericka contacted nearby branches to ask if they had lines and referred patrons to locations where no one was waiting. The result was a few new library cards and very happy patrons!

Catalog Maintenance
Thursday, January 17th.
The catalog will be unavailable due to routine maintenance. During this time catalog searches may return inaccurate results. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Team of the Month - January 2019

Congratulations to Ellen McCracken & Tina Liu who are this month’s employees of the month. This 2 person team in our Interlibrary Loan Department, work tirelessly to help OC Public Libraries patrons find materials to meet their needs. Materials are located from all over the U.S. From simple entertainment (light reading) to serious academic or genealogical research. They not only find books, but help to play detective to find older magazine & newspaper articles when very little information is provided to work from. Over their many years working with Interlibrary Loan, they have filled thousands of requests for our patrons as well as requests made for OC Public Libraries’ materials to patrons across the U.S. They are individuals who are always happy to help!

Employee of the Month - December 2018

Congratulations to Steven Reyes, OC Public Libraries’ employee of the month. Steven consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic. He is dependable, hardworking, and always provides strong customer service. Steven has exceptional technology skills and he uses them to the benefit of the Tustin Library and OC Public Libraries. Whether creating professional recordings for the Social Media/Digital Content Committee or helping a patron or fellow staff member with technological issues, Steven is an asset. Steven’s kindness, sense of humor, and pleasant demeanor are appreciated by his colleagues and the public.

Team of the Month - November 2018

OC Public Libraries is recognizing the Warehouse team as Team of the Month for outstanding patron support. On average 18,000 books, DVDs and audiobooks are sorted and transported between libraries daily by the Warehouse team. They go above and beyond every day to ensure books, audiobooks and DVDs are available at our libraries!

Employees of the Month - October 2018

Congratulations to the OC Read department! The staff of OC Read has demonstrated excellent customer service, flexibility and adaptability. In addition to continuing daily literacy operations, the department has spent the last few months happily assisting at multiple branches by working at the service desk, helping with the Lunch @ the Library and by offering programs. We are grateful for their willingness to assist on all levels and especially for their sunny dispositions.

Catalog Maintenance

Sunday, December 16, 2018 <br>

The catalog will be unavailable due to routine maintenance During this time catalog searches may return inaccurate results.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Public Review Notice

Housing & Community Development have made a document available for public review.
The public notice period is until September 24, 2018.

Name of the Document:
FY 2017-18 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The document can be found here:

Employee of the Month - Helen Fried, County Librarian
Over her tenure, Helen has been committed to providing the public with resources and materials in various languages and in all formats, as well as the latest technology to enrich and enhance their educational, recreational and informational needs. She was instrumental in the building of the Irvine Katie Wheeler Library, the Tustin Library and the remodel and expansion of the Laguna Niguel and San Clemente Libraries and in establishing the partnership that brought the dream of the Library of the Canyons into reality. Not only has Helen provided us all with a shining example of hard work and effective leadership, this intrepid renaissance woman has demonstrated to us all, how to live life to the fullest away from the office. Whether hiking, flying a plane, making her own jewelry or traveling to places no one has even heard of, Helen never let working hard get in the way of enjoying all life has to offer. She’s been all over the world, has read just about any book you could name and is always up on the latest movies and she can cook.

Employee of the Month - August 2018

Olga Martinez is deserving of the employee of the month recognition for her contributions to the Lunch @ the Library program. This summer, the El Toro Library hosted the 6-week Lunch @ the Library program for its community. With a smile and a warm welcome, Olga ensured that the children and their families had a great experience, from the time they lined up, to signing up for the reading program and enjoying their lunch. Additionally, Olga was instrumental in communicating with the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, which helped to strengthen this partnership and ensure that the Lunch @ the Library program will continue at El Toro for years to come.

Employee of the Month - July

Congratulations to Kelly, our July Employee of the Month.

Kelly works tirelessly to provide a wide and varied selection of programs for kids of all ages and abilities. Her makerspace classes, Coding Club, STEMgineers, and other various programs are well attended and appreciated by the kids and parents who attend.

Her enthusiasm for Children’s Literature and Services inspires others to do more, learn more, and be more.

Employee(s) of the Month:

Alison Georgevich, Maggie Villalobos and Vivian Strabala exemplify what it means to be both a leader and a team player. These three worked together to manage Heritage Park during the period the branch was without a manager.

They led by example. They worked hard and remained flexible. They assumed new responsibilities and learned as they went. Most importantly, they remained positive throughout and encouraged their fellow staff along the way. Their dedication, hard work and creativity is much appreciated. Thank you, Alison, Maggie and Vivian.

Employee of the Month : May 2018

Employee of the Month - Nelda Stone

Library Assistant, Nelda Stone consistently provides OCPL patrons with exceptional reference service. A member of the Historical Images Committee, Nelda provides a continual stream of ideas for enhancing the online local history collection, OC Stories. Her passion for and broad knowledge of Orange County history attracts researchers from throughout California to the Laguna Beach Local History Room. Utilizing the unique resources housed in the local history room and by consulting her network of contacts in various local history organizations, Nelda is adept at helping people locate information that is not often readily available through a Google search. Recently, when a local detective approached her for information related to a number of cold cases that he we re-opening, Nelda showed him how to use OCPL’s collection of digital local newspapers. The detective was so happy with what he considered, "a goldmine of information" that, before he left, he told her, "I owe you a pair of diamond earrings."

RB Digital - Scheduled Maintenance

RB Digital will be down for maintenance on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The process will begin at noon and take approximately 3 hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Employee of the Month - April 2018

OC Public Libraries’ employee of the month, Laura Hearn, is dependable, knowledgeable, and organized. Her analytical skills ensure that she thoroughly evaluates her decisions. She regularly volunteers to gather, analyze and present statistical data for all 33 branch libraries, as well as fill out data driven reports for the California State Library. Laura is always willing to share her knowledge with other librarians, managers and OC Public Libraries staff. Her dedication to teamwork and collaboration make her an excellent OC Public Libraries employee.
Congratulations Laura!

For Public Comment

We are pleased to announce that the Orange County Mental Health Services Act FY 2018-19 Plan Update has been posted for public comment.

To access a copy of the plan, please click on this link:

There you will find a copy of the Plan, the Executive Summary of the Plan, and a public comment form if you have anything to share after reading the Plan. The 30-day Public Comment period will close on April 4, 2018.

Following the 30 day posting, the Mental Health Board will hold a public hearing on April 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fullerton Community Center located at 340 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832.

If you have any other questions or would like to receive a hard copy of the plan, please send an email to or call 714-834-3104.

Catalog Maintenance

The catalog will be unavailable due to routine maintenance on Sunday, March 18.

During this time catalog searches may return inaccurate results. Please contact a local OC Public Libraries branch during regular business hours for assistance or try your search again after March 18

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Employee of the Month - March 2018

Congratulations Liz Tran, OC Public Libraries employee of the month. Liz is friendly, efficient, and embodies the total branch approach to service and tasks. When she sees something that needs to be done, she steps up and does it. She is always busy, yet always willing to help a patron or fellow staff member when needed. Liz is integral to serving the Vietnamese community. She helps organize the library’s annual Tet Celebration and assists with the Vietnamese book collection. Her her enthusiasm for the library is contagious and her positive attitude and strong service ethic make her a pleasure to work with.

For Public Comment

Housing & Community Development & Homeless Prevention will be going out for a public notice on Thursday February 8, 2018. The public notice period is from February 8, 2018 – March 12, 2018.

Name of the Document: FY 2018-19 Annual Action Plan

To review the document visit

Employee of the Month – February 2018

Congratulations to Jon Gilliom, OC Public Libraries’ employee of the month. Jon has excellent customer service skills along with a tremendous passion for history, libraries and serving the community. As Chairperson of the Historical Images Committee, he has been the driving force behind both the Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano project and the award winning OC Stories project. Jon’s ability to listen, to connect with the community and to tell their story is extraordinary. His expertise in technology is a perfect complement to his love of history and to his excellent people skills. Jon is an outstanding example of why OCPL and the work that we do enriches our communities.

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Melissa Dolby, OC Public Libraries employee of the month. Unflappable and calm, she completes her work precisely and without fanfare. She instinctively assumes a leadership role in her branch when needed and consistently provides excellent customer service to the public and coworkers. Her kindness is evident in all she does for the community.