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The Newport Beach Public Library is currently re-open the Central Library to the public with modified hours and services. 

Following the State guidelines for the New Blueprint for Safer Economy Plan, the Central Library has restarted in-person services incrementally. Occupancy is limited to a capacity of 100 and face-coverings are required for both staff and the public entering the Library. Initial services offered allow patrons to browse the shelves, check out materials, and manage accounts. Public computers will be available on a limited basis.

In accordance with guidelines from the State of California, Newport Beach Public Library has implemented a variety of precautions to make the environment as safe as possible for staff and the public. The Central Library is equipped with Plexiglass barriers at public service desks, social distancing demarcation signage and hand-sanitizers.


"Youth Ocean Art", mixed media exhibition

Presented by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter and the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

November 9 - January 8, 2021, Central Library


The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents Bow Seat Art, an exhibition of youth ocean art, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. 

This collection calls for care for our friends in the oceans, who suffer from our increased use of plastic since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Study showed plastic in the oceans will triple in 20 years. These young artists use creative and thought-provoking messages to call for change.

For our children, our environment and our economy, we must support every business and policy that aim at plastic reduction – now. And most importantly, each of us must lead by example – with a sense of duty and a vision for the future.   

The exhibition will be on display through January 8, 2021, during the library's modified operating hours.

(Float On by Emmanuel Ramirez)


"Storytelling", acrylics on canvas by William Leung

January 11 - March 5, 2021, Central Library


The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents "Storytelling", an exhibition of acrylic paintings by artist William Leung, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. 

Self-taught, William Leung's drawing and painting techniques were developed through personal exploration. At the age of 17, he picked up an airbrush and has loved using it ever since. It is his art tool of choice. The airbrush allows him to paint broad patterns or fine detail whenever he wants. He is able to mix colors right on the canvas without hesitation. Its versatility is the reason he uses it.

Leung’s use of rich colors and subtle details bring about a unique dynamic in each painting composition. The careful and purposeful use of color and value expertly applied with his airbrush adds to the story of his paintings.

While his passion is painting, Leung’s objective is storytelling. Every one of his completed paintings tell a story. "I believe every blank canvas awaits a story to unfold. There are moments in life that cannot be described with words. The visual path is the best language as it allows each individual to experience and interpret it their own way."

The exhibition will be on display January 11 through March 5, 2021, during the library's modified operating hours.

(Friends by William Leung)

Up Next


  • Agnes Schenk ("Never Stop Blooming", oil on canvas): March 8 - May 7
  • "Fake or Fortune: Provenance and Attribution" (exhibition and lecture): May 10 - July 2
  • Quilts on the Wall (Textiles): July 5 - September 3
  • Richard Ferncase (Photography): September 7 - November 5
  • Sunny Kim (Acrylics): November 8 - January 7, 2022


  • Roxanne Sexauer (Woodcuts & Linocuts): January 10 - March 4
  • Lisa Fu (Watercolors): March 7 - May 6
  • Michael Crook (Carved/Painted artwork): May 9 - July 1
  • Ann Apeles Brunning ("Flying Flowers", photography): July 5 - September 2

To have artwork considered for an exhibition at the Central Library, download and fill out the Application for Consideration Art

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