The rich are different from you and me: They read. In addition to reading, they attend one of the best library speakers’ series in Southern California at the architectural marvel that is the central branch of the Newport Beach Public Library. From the outside to the inside, you’re invited to read lavishly, as calming greenery surrounds the library and the glass architecture allows you to enjoy it without stepping out. This book depot offers you selections for kids, teens, young adults and seniors from biographies to fresh magazines and newspapers. The library has a built-in espresso bar, complimentary wifi and an outer patio. Enjoy a book, a coffee or both, or just take a nap outside.
1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 717-3800; www.newportbeachlibrary.org.