A Message on Reopening from the Director
Monterey Public Library will be opening its doors in July. While we haven’t set the final date, we are working with the Board of Library Trustees to put the finishing touches on a plan to reopen in the new fiscal year...
Get Caught Reading This Month!
We often wonder, where is the national holiday where everyone can just take a day off to read their favorite book in a park, or curled in an armchair? This month, as summer gets closer, the folks at the national non-profit Every Child A Reader encourages people to "get caught reading." The impact of books on a child's development is celebrated with photos and posters of celebrity readers (such as authors Kate DiCamillo and Neil Gaiman), or favorite fictional characters like Charlie Brown, enjoying a book in a cozy spot. Call us at (831) 646-3933 to request some books to keep you busy this month, and visit getcaughtreading.org to see all the posters of avid readers.
Monterey's Magical History Tour
Curious about Monterey history? Join us for a lively monthly discussion series with local historian Tim Thomas, to be held the third Thursday of each month, as we explore Monterey’s rich historic past. This month, on May 20, we will be discussing "The Hotel Del Monte: Its Legacy and How it Changed Monterey," with special guest, Hotel Del Monte historian John Sanders. For 16 years, Tim Thomas was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has also worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of The Abalone King of Monterey: ‘Pop’ Ernest Doelter, The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula, and co-author of Monterey’s Waterfront. This library program takes place on Zoom next Thursday, and the access information will be sent to registered participants shortly before the program begins. Upcoming topics include the Monterey Pop Festival on June 17, The Other Doc: JB Phillips on July 15, and more.
Mental Health Matters Month
Mental health challenges are one of the most common health conditions in California, affecting one out of six adults. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to bring awareness to the topic of mental health while also helping reduce the stigma. The library is a trusted safe space to explore mental health topics. Check out one of the featured titles, call us, or search the catalog for more. Monterey County Behavioral Health is an excellent source of information and services. Next week, MCBH plans Suicide Prevention workshops for youth, on Wednesday, May 19, and for adults, on Thursday, May 20. This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme is “You Are Not Alone.” This is an important reminder for us all, as we emerge from the isolating effects of 16 months of shelter-in-place. No one should feel alone or without information and the help they need.
Monterey History Slam 2021
Last month, we partnered with the Western Flyer Foundation, the Cannery Row Foundation, the Cannery Row Company, and the Voices of Monterey Bay, to host the 2nd Annual Monterey County History Slam on Zoom. With 160 registered attendees, we were treated to 18 informative presentations that covered a variety of Monterey County local history topics. The three winners of this year’s History Slam were, in first place, Wendy Good ("Sisters in Art: Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton"); in second place, Karla Noyes ("The Larkin House - A New England Inspired 'Monterey Colonial?' - Myths and Misconceptions"); and in third place, Howard Burnham ("Gaspar de Portolá and the Founding of Monterey"). We thank all of our sponsors, presenters, and attendees for making this year’s Monterey County local History Slam a great success and we are looking forward to next year. If you missed the Slam or would like to revisit any of this year's presentations, you can find them at the link above or on the MPL YouTube page.
Literary Birthdays
* L. Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz author, May 15
* Mary Pope Osborne, children's author, May 20
* Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes author, May 22
Mary Pope Osborne
Ms. Orquidea's Read & Sing: Second Saturday every month, 10:30-11:30 am. Sign up here.

Mindfulness Meditation: Every Wednesday, 12:15-12:45 pm. More info and register here.


Magical History Tour with Tim Thomas: third Thursdays, 4:00 pm. Zoom details.

All Things Relative, Genealogy Class: Starts Thurs. June 10 at 4:00 pm. Register here.
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