Cousins are an excellent source of family lore and there are many options for planning family gatherings these days.

Join historian Kathy Nielsen and her special guest Linda Sanders of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society at 4 p.m. on March 10 as they share ideas on how to plan real life reunions either in person or online. Sign up for here for the Zoom link .
Author Talks
Join the MPL Friends & Foundation on Saturday, March 26 at 10:30 am at historic Casa Serrano, 412 Pacific Street in Monterey to hear author Peter Hiller discuss his biography of Western artist Jo Mora. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and sign. The program is free for Friends & Foundation members. There is a suggested $10 donation otherwise.
Thank you!  
to the MPL Friends & Foundation and to everyone who made the 17th Annual Chocolate & Wine (Drive-Thru) Benefit such a success on Saturday, February 26. The contributions of over 20 wine donors, more than 50 professional and private donors of treats, generous sponsors, and countless contributors, supporters, participants, and tireless volunteers made this happen!
More than $15,000 was raised to support MPL’s programs and collections, while increasing awareness across the Peninsula about California’s First Public Library and all it means to the community that relies on it today. And this year’s Benefit was also the capstone fundraiser for the 18-month Monterey Learns! Campaign launched in 2020. 
To learn more about the MPL Friends & Foundation…
  Check out their website: InvestinMPL
  Consider joining at Become a Friend
  Reach out with suggestions or questions at or (831) 646-5605
  Explore other opportunities to support the Library, at Ways to Give
Do You Have a Local History Story to Tell?
We are currently accepting submissions for the 3rd Annual Local History Slam.  Watch the 2nd Annual Local History Slam on MPL's Youtube channel for inspiration. Contact for more information.
St. Patrick's Day Storytime!
Join friendly library staff for a special St. Paddy's Day themed Storytime and Activity.  

We're meeting in the Library's picture book area.  All are welcome, especially ages 2-5.No registration required. Bring a mask for 2yo's and up!

Storytimes are held every Thursday at 10:15am. 

Curating the Pat Hathaway Collection and the History of Monterey County
Curious about Monterey history? Join us on Thursday, March 17 a 4:00 pm for a lively discussion with local Historian Tim Thomas as we explore Monterey’s rich historic past. This month, Tim and special guests James Perry and Kent Seavey will discuss the extensive image collection of Pat Hathaway, and the Monterey County Historical Society. Sign up for here for the Zoom link .
Now Hiring!
Are you passionate about serving the community? Enjoy working with people of all ages? Comfortable with driving a 30 foot vehicle? Monterey Public Library is currently recruiting for a Library Assistant II - Bookmobile Coordinator. The position is 30 hours per week, with the potential to become full-time in the future. Spanish language skills highly desired. This recruitment will close on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Applicants must apply online. 

For further details, and other City job opportunities, please visit the job openings page on the City's web site.
Student History Slam

Calling all students! Create a short film, write an essay, make a slide deck, or perform a play! Use your creativity to make history come alive. Share your 10-minute presentation on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Zoom at Monterey Public Library. Cash awards are offered for best use of resources, creativity, and balanced perspectives.
Submit 3-5 sentences by March 15, 2022, with your proposed local history topic and presentation format to
Participants will be informed of acceptance by March 20, 2022. (Stay tuned for information on the competition for adults.)
Literary Birthdays
*Oyinkan Braithwaite, Nigerian author, March 21
*James Patterson, American author, March 22
*Flannery O'Connor, American author, March 25
Mark Your Calendar... Ongoing & Upcoming
Preschool Storytime: Join library staff for storytime every Thursday at 10:15 am in the Library's picture book area. All are welcome, especially ages 2-5. No registration required.

Mindfulness Meditation: Every Wednesday at 12:15 pm, this guided mindfulness practice is led by volunteer practitioners. All levels welcome for this peaceful mid-week break. Pre-register for Zoom details.

Book Flight Club: a book group that samples across the genres!
Join us on April 12 a 4:00 pm to discuss The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Click here for the Zoom Link.

MPL Hours of Service:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sidewalk Holds Pickup:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to Noon (door near library driveway)
Tuesday, 11:30 am-2:00 pm. Thursday, 2:00-6:00 pm. Call (831) 646-3710 or visit Bookmobile for details.
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