Greetings and cheers to a wonderful 2024!

Looking back through 2023, I am grateful for our staff and volunteers at Monterey Public Library who are committed to providing the best service that we can for the community.

We had nearly 275,000 items checked out this year or about 9.27 books per resident of Monterey! How do you read .27 books? Well, you put down the ones you don't like and find the 1.0 that you do. The numbers tells me that Monterey loves to learn and continues to value reading, growth, and education.

Your library is looking forward to a 2024 where we continue to honor the past and celebrate our future. We will continue to work on updating our children's area, preserving and digitizing our historic resources, adding new art programs, launching our new Bookmobile, and creating new Makerspace programs in the library. Don't forget that we will continue to provide new books and digital content for your community library!

Here are ten tips for getting the most of your Monterey Public Library in 2024:

  1. Access digital content: Download the Libby, Cloud Library, and Palace apps for eBook & eAudio content
  2. Manage your account on the go: Use our Monterey Public Library app for mobile checkout or add SMS Text Message notifications
  3. Access digital newspapers: Free access of the New York Times is available online as well as historic Monterey newspapers
  4. Explore Historic Monterey: Download our "Monterey Walking Tour" app on iOS and Android devices to follow the Path of History
  5. Free Museums & Parks access: Use Discover & Go to check out free Museum passes, or checkout a California State Parks Pass at the desk
  6. Find a new book: Use Novelist or Novelist K-8 to find read-alikes, or books that are appropriate reading level for all ages & abilities
  7. Learn California History: Use the California History Room or inside the library to dig deeper
  8. Book a Meeting Room: The Solarium and Community Room are free for community use
  9. Get live homework help: Access HelpNow! provided through the California State Library for free 1:1 tutoring
  10. Learn new skills: use LinkedIn Learning, VetNow, and Coursera to learn a new skill

There is a value in your community spaces that cannot be easily quantified. Children's storytimes provide space for children to grow and parents to connect, Bookmobile visits connect outside our walls and inspire learning, active spaces, quiet spaces, and inspirational spaces all have value to the community! We look forward to providing you a meaningful, joyful, and engaging library experience in 2024.

Historian Tim Thomas and coauthor Steve Rebuck closes out MPL’s programs for the year with Monterey’s Magical History Tour Discussion of their new book Diving Along the California Coast. These historians
share the importance, history, and varied perspectives of abalone
fishery on the Central Coast.

TODAY, Thursday December 28th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We are down to the wire! There are just a few days left to make your mark on The I HeArt Libraries MCGives initiative, ending on December 31st.

I HeART Libraries for Literacy will

  • increase art program offerings for all ages that are accessible and free
  • develop an art lending program 
  • add a mural to infuse additional artistic warmth and inspiration to our historic and valued public space

to reach their goal!

For more information, please call 831-646-5632 or
Happy New Year!

We are ready for a new year filled with
great reads, fantastic programming, and
vast research opportunities.

Please note, MPL will be closed on Monday, January 1st.

Nita Prose’s book, The Maid, "was made" for this month’s
Book Flight Discussion. 

Part mystery, part feel good, this story centers around Molly Gray, a hotel maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. Her distinctive character, need for order, and quirky spirit tailspin when she finds a notorious wealthy guest dead in his bed. Somehow through this chaos, police identify Molly as the lead suspect.
But, do the clues prove otherwise? 
Tuesday, January 9th
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hybrid: In person in the MPL Community Room AND on ZOOM
Did you know you can access various historical newspapers online from the Monterey area dating back to 1846? From the California Star to the Monterey Beacon, there are a lot of headlines to cover.
Check it out here:

For additional assistance and tips to research,
check out MPL’s Quick Tips Page here:

Writing is a powerful means of expression.
Join Nina Solomita, MFA, for a writing workshop providing exercises connecting you to your inner words, reflections and goals.

Saturday, January 13th
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
MPL Community Room 

Open to writers at all levels.
MPL Hours of Service:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesdays: 12:30 PM - 5:45 PM,
Thursday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Call (831) 646-3710 or click Bookmobile for details.
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