"Don't Yuck My Yum" - My neighbor would say this when someone didn't like his food, choice of wine, or preferred activities. If someone loves to eat something that you don't like, do we really need to tell them that their "yum" is a "yuck?" So this got me thinking - why do we often look down on what other people read? 

Over the years, I've seen numerous people judging what people like to read. This leads me to the term in libraries, “Reluctant Reader." “Reluctant Readers” are often people that have been told what they should be reading, rather than embracing their true literary interests. As a result, they see reading as a chore rather than an enjoyable activity. So if you see a child reading the same series over and over again, embrace it. Find out why they love it and help them find similar books that expand their horizon.

Reading choices are like pineapple on pizza. Everyone has an opinion.

For as long as there have been comic books, there have been kids hiding them from their parents or teachers. Adults have now even coined the term 'Graphic Novel' for comics to make them sound less ‘yucky' to others. If you know someone that reads a book genre that you don't like - please don't yuck their yum. Personally, I read a variety of material: newspapers, children's books, biographies, science fiction, humor, comics, and history. My favorite authors include Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Christopher Moore, and Philip K. Dick. I take book recommendations into account, and will often just try a new genre. 

So:
If your yum is reading about artificial intelligence - great! 
If your yum is reading the sports section every day - fantastic!
If your yum is reading classic works by Steinbeck or poetry by Frost - amazing! 
If your yum is reading children's fairy tales - sweet! 
If your yum is reading the newspaper on your tablet every day - wow! 

In fact, I was driving down the road earlier this week and was inspired to listen to "Down By the Bay" by Raffi : Don't yuck my yum.

Cheers - Brian 

PS - I would be remiss about talking about food - and not saying a BIG THANK YOU to our farmers and farm workers that put food on our tables. 

THERE'S STILL TIME...
TWO MORE MEET & GREET'S ON THE BOOKS
If you missed our recent Meet & Greets with MPL’s new Director Brian Edwards, don’t fret! We have two more upcoming events:

STORYTIME WITH BRIAN
(Rumor has it Brian might even dress up in costume) 
Thursday, September 29th
10:15 AM 
MPL Children’s Area 

COMMUNITY ZOOM MEET & GREET 
Thursday, September 29th 
5:00 PM 
Zoom

And, if none of these times work for you, drop Brian an email here at your convenience.
TECH HELP IS BACK!
During the pandemic, we’ve all had to “up our tech game” in an effort to stay informed and connected to each other. From google searches to zoom meets, technology has proven to be a staple in our communication toolbox. 

MPL’s Superstar volunteer Steven, will be reopening the Drop-in Technology and Ebook assistance program every Tuesday from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, at the table next to the Library Help Desk. He is available to assist patrons with basic technology questions, review process of Ebooks, format Word documents, attach documents and so much more.

Tuesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This one-on-one service is free and no reservations are required. 
FALL INTO FALL WITH WREATH DESIGNING
The leaves are starting to change colors, (sort of) by California standards at least.

Join Sarah for a teen wreath design craft class as part of MPL's new Pilot Teen After-School Program. Free snacks included! 

Wednesday, September 28th 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
MPL Community Room 

All teens welcome. No registration required unless otherwise noted.

HOMEWORK HELP TO THE RESCUE

Thanks to increased state funding from the California State Library, the FREE Homework Help program is expanding to include live tutoring for all students.

Language options include English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

There’s no age limit and no library card is required.

24 hours a day/7 days a week for Math and Language Arts

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Core K-12 subjects 

Writing assistance, citizenship resources and other tools for adults

MPL & LIBRARY MERCH IS HOT!!!

Did you know MPL has a store full of fun library themed apparel, tote bags and even baby onesies?

BOOKS & MORE offers perfect gifts for library lovers, Monterey enthusiasts and just really cool folks.

All proceeds go back into the MPL trust fund to support programs, collections and other library services. HAPPY SHOPPING!
AUTHOR TALKS SERIES RELAUNCH:
BRACE YOURSELF FOR THIS THRILLER
The Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation presents a thrilling author talk with local mystery writer, Jack Erickson. Join us as we relaunch our Author Talks Series and dive into Erickson’s journey of writing the Milan thriller novel series. 

Jack will be signing copies of his book and his latest installment, The Lonely Assassin will be available for purchase. Series events are complimentary for Friends of the Library. A $10 donation is suggested.

Saturday, October 1, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 
MPL Community Room 
Thank you Friends & Foundation for hosting this event and helping to support the Monterey Public Library. For more information, check out InvestInMPL.org
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)
Bookmobile:
Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Wednesdays: 12:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Call (831) 646-3710 or click Bookmobile for details.
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