Welcome New Year!

We are excited for what 2023 will bring us and what the library can provide for you. I'm excited that we received multiple grants that will support our library services this coming year. Through California State Library and California Revealed, we will have a digital collection of select photos from our 1949 Rey Ruppel - Monterey Centennial collection. This is just a sample of our vast photo collection in the California History Room. Building out our digital presence will allow people to see why our library and community is special as well as make our resources more accessible. Through the California State Library and private donations, we will be able to replace our Bookmobile with a new vehicle this fall! We also received a substantial grant through from Black Gold Library Consortium to create an age zero through five Early Learning Hub here at the library. Both this grant and the Friends & Foundation MCGives campaign will allow us to make visible changes to the children's area. We are here to provide a welcoming environment for everyone in our community and I appreciate all of the staff, volunteers, and community support that makes the magic of libraries happen.
Cheers to a wonderful 2023! - Brian 

When life is magical, we see the best in people. We feel the bond in community and the strength in support. Here at MPL, we are grateful to serve as your resource for books and media, historical research, educational development, and vast community programing. May 2023 illuminate all of our hearts and minds with everlasting captivating moments!  
Children and adults reading in the library
Thank you to the many generous donors and supporters of our 2022 Friends & Foundation MCGives Campaign to raise funds for My Place to Learn, a redesign of the library’s children area. Your support shined with over $49,000 in donations! Thank your for your faith in our library, and your commitment to our community. Stay tuned for more information on the renovation plans!

P.S. "Paws Up" to our canine friends who came in first place on the MCGives Leaderboard in donations!

Therapy dogs Sianna and Tyrion can’t wait to meet you! MPL’s Paws To Read Program is in "full doggy force." Rumor has it they "ruff" a good story.

Thursday, January 12th & every 2nd Thursday of the month
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
MPL’s Community Room

Children (grades Kindergarten and up) can sign up to read a book of their choice to a furry friend. Arrive 10 minutes before program start time to reserve a time slot. 
When two strangers meet in a foreign city, they spark a connection unlike any other. Timing changes everything. Catriona Silvey’s Meet Me in Another Life is a science fiction novel of fate, longing, friendship, love, and so much more. Join us in uncovering the mystery and evolutions of their relationships and meetings throughout their many spirited stories.

Tuesday, January 10th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Little Bo Peep, the sheeps are back,
A Cat in the Hat, come pull up a mat.

Caps for Sale or The Rainbow Fish, 
you get the jist. 

Brown Bear Brown Bear
What do you see?
I see a ton of fun,
at story time with me. 

Goodnight Moon or The Little Red Hen,
Come one, come all, it starts after ten (10:15 AM).

Thursday, January 12th & every Thursday
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM 
MPL’s Community Room

Everyone is welcome. Stories are geared for children ages 2 - 5 years olds.
From the comfort of the MPL Community Room.

Explorer and award-winning author, James Michael Dorsey returns to the library to revive his “BEFORE THEY VANISH,” travel presentation series.

James has visited more than 100 isolated cultures in the world’s most remote areas; many that have no written language. Through vivid digital photography and master storytelling, James will introduce you to people and places, much of the world does not know exist.

He will also be selling and signing his books about these travels.

Friday, January 20th & every 3rd Friday of the month through June
from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
MPL Community Room

What's better than a fun afternoon with friends, chocolate and wine?

Save the Date!

No more drive through adventures...
MPL's F&F Annual Chocolate and Wine Fundraiser
is back in person!

Saturday, February 25th
4:00 PM
Registration begins January 11th at InvestInMpl.org
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.
Monterey Public Library | (831) 646-3933 | monterey.org/library