Archives for November 8, 2018

Child development expert offers free lectures Nov 13 & 15

Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel, a longtime expert in child development and former parenting columnist for the Orange County Register, offers free parenting classes at Carden Hall in Newport Beach November 13, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Grades Pre-K–3) and November 15, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Grades 4–8).

Her lecture titled The 4 Rs of Parenting provides insights about how to raise reliable, respectable, responsible, resilient kids with simple key learning.

  1. Manage the pitfalls of social media
  2. Vacuum the chaos and anger out of your home
  3. Get children to mind without anger from you
  4. Teach your children to be kind and respectable to others

McDaniel’s seminar is based on her book, Don’t Feed the Dragon!

Sarah Peterson, an instructor at Carden Hall, says “Sandy McDaniel is an expert in the field of parenting and a prized member of our community. We’re excited to hear her latest teachings alongside parents who can benefit from her professional insight.”

Cindy Anderson, California mother of quadruplets raves about McDaniel’s guidance.  “She helps families create functional homes where sane parents raise reliable, responsible, respectful children. Her discipline system is easy to use and works so quickly, it will boggle parents’ minds.”


“I loved every minute of Sandy’s parenting seminar. She was very inspiring and had some great ideas for improvement on parenting. I had several friends attend with me and everyone was so pleased with her ideas and inspiration. We are excited to have her present in our community and I know she will have a captive audience.”  Tina Richards, Boise, ID

McDaniel has also launched and is the author of Don’t Feed the Dragon, Recipes from Parenting, and Leave Your Baggage at the Door,  and co-author of Project Self-Esteem which will be available for purchase after the seminar. McDaniel has successfully raised two children and brings over 50 years of experience in the field of child development.

The lecture series is being held in room 24 at Carden Hall located at 1541 Monrovia Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663.

Credit: Virginia Chavez | Publicist.

San Pedro, CA To Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event Free event highlights eBooks and audiobooks from the library -- anywhere, anytime

Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is an interactive experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available at libraries in California.

  • The Digital Bookmobile presents library lovers of all ages with an interactive experience exploring the digital services available at public libraries in the San Pedro area.
  • Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has everything a reader needs get started browsing the library’s digital catalog of ebooks and audiobooks.
  • Library staff and eReading experts will be available on the Digital Bookmobile to guide visitors through the easy process.
  • Interactive learning stations feature video tutorials that introduce readers to the seamless process of browsing and borrowing digital books.
  • The Gadget Gallery is filled with popular devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®, for visitors to browse the library’s digital service.
  • Tours are free and open to the community. View full schedule at
  • Readers with a valid library card can borrow their favorite titles 24/7 by visiting by downloading OverDrive’s newest reading app, Libby.


When:                  Saturday, November 10 – 11AM-5PM.


Where:                San Pedro Regional Branch

931 S. Gaffey St.

San Pedro, CA 90731


Digital Bookmobile

The 42-foot long traveling exhibit provides devices, internet connectivity and expert guidance to the local library’s digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks. This traveling exhibit first launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York, and has since traveled more than 200,000 miles and welcomed over 200,000 visitors at 900 events. For images and more information, visit To browse libraries, ebooks and more, visit