Fourth of July celebrated our independence, and the various freedoms that we can appreciate in this country. One that the library celebrates is your freedom to read!

Why do libraries bring up the term "Banned Books?" Do these mean books banned from our own Monterey Public Library? Short answer - no. Banned Books are generally challenged or removed from a library collection somewhere in the United States. Some are removed due to religious, political, gender issues, race, sex, or even mistaken identity like the picturebook Brown Bear, Brown Bear! Essentially this is censorship of titles that may be offensive to some readers but of interest to others.

So what does the freedom to read mean? Basically, individuals and/or families should choose what is appropriate for themselves. The public library's role is to provide free and equitable access to a wide range of topics and materials. We can recommend resources so that you can make the choice of what is best for you and your family; but ultimately what you choose to checkout is up to you! Once you get a library card, you have access to the full collection of materials held within. What will you explore next?

A portion of the ALA Library Bill of Rights:
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

Tween Edition 
Friday, July 7th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MPL Community Room
Anime Your Way
Ages 10 - 17
Tuesday, July 11th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
MPL Community Room 
All materials are provided.
Kids Edition
Friday, July 14th
2:00 PM
MPL Community Room
All acrylic paints, brushes, and canvas will be provided.
A fun day of ventriloquism with puppet Corny Crow and his pal Steve Chaney. 
Saturday, July 15th 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Colton Hall Lawn
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Colton Hall Lawn
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show!
Book Flight Book Club:
Read Dangerously
Tuesday, July 11th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
We will be discussing the
Third Letter
(Grossman, Ackerman, Khoury). 
 Participants needing a copy of the chapter should contact library staff at 831-646-3933.
Adult Edition
Friday, July 21st
2:00 PM
MPL Community Room
Wednesday, July 26th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
MPL Community Room
A journal, supplemental materials and embellishments will be provided.
Bring any special items or photos you might like to include. 

This program is for adults.
Summer Shock Alert: Join us as we partner with the Horror Writers Association to offer SUMMER SCARES programming, for both adults (in July) and teens
(in August). 
Horror Reading & Writing Workshop
We will be reading a short story from Daniel M. Lavery's The Merry Spinster, and discussing the horror genre. Participants will also have a chance to practice their own writing with a horror prompt as well as revamp children’s classics like The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Mermaid into unique, humorous horror story mixes.

Saturday, July 15th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
MPL Community Room
It may be summer time, but together, let’s keep our little ones engaged in reading! Join us at our weekly Preschool Storytime!

Did you know Storytime encourages children’s social and emotional development? It also provides a beneficial connection and a fun activity for both parents and caretakers.

Join us as we celebrate the love of books!

Every Thursday 
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM 
MPL Community Room 
All are welcome, especially ages 2-5. No registration required.
What better time than now to explore some of the best California State Parks for FREE. Monterey Public Library card holders can now check out a California State Library Parks Pass for up to three weeks.The pass entitles the user to a free vehicle day-use entry for one passenger vehicle, with capacity of up to nine people or less. Check out the Library's catalog for availability.
MPL Hours of Service:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 1:15 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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