Thanksgiving Feasting
Thanksgiving invites us to set down our heavy burdens of work and worry, and reflect on what we are thankful for -- from sea breezes and starry nights to friends, family, and the season's bounty. Harvest celebrations and blessings are celebrated during the fall around the globe. (See the middle image above for details on a local community meal). To learn more about traditional (and not so traditional) gratitude customs, and their surprising health benefits visit our website to request books or come into the Library before Thursday (we close are closed this Thursday and Friday). Enjoy the holiday knowing that the staff at MPL are thankful for you!
All in the Family Genealogy
This month’s topic will be Share Your Family’s Stories. Just Jump In and Do It, on Thursday, December 9, at 4:00 pm, presented on Zoom by Kathy Nielsen, a reference librarian, popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula, and a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s special interest writing group, Off the Charts. Kathy incorporates her skills as a historian, storyteller, and librarian in her search for her family’s history.
Author Series Lecture and Book Signing
The Friends & Foundation invite you to meet author Wendy Van Wyck Good who discusses her book, Sisters in Art, about the Bruton sisters, Margaret, Esther and Helen, on Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 pm, on Library's upstairs terrace. No reservations needed and books will be available for purchase. A donation to the Friends & Foundation is suggested to support the Monterey Public Library. Future authors: Sharon Randall and Tony Drago.
Holiday Card and Bookmark Making Service Project
Share the joy of the holidays with residents from local retirement facilities. Participants will make festive bookmarks and holiday cards that will be given to retirement community residents at our Bookmobile stops. This is a great way to connect with those who may be homebound during the holidays. All materials will be provided. The project takes place on Saturday, December 11 at 1:00 pm, and is suitable for groups, families and individuals ages 10 through adult. Join us outside on the back patio for a crafty afternoon. No registration is required.
Lego DreamBuilders
Join us for another chance to stretch your imagination on Wednesday, December 8, when the Library hosts Lego Dreambuilders at 3:30 pm inside in the children's area. We provide the Legos, you bring creative ideas and friends to have fun. Will you build a castle, a doghouse, a garden, a jet fighter? Let your imagination soar!
Holiday Festivities
The major holiday season is upon us, ready or not! In Monterey we have some fun activities coming up such as Ice Skating by the Bay in Custom House Plaza, Nov. 19-January 2, 2022, Tree Lighting at Colton Hall, Friday December 3 at 4:30 pm (with live holiday music), and Christmas in the Adobes on the weekend of December 10 and 11. Visit those websites for details and tickets.
Monterey Public Library Staff Picks!
We're all busy, but we love to read, right? Take a look at what staff have read recently as we dream about the great outdoors ...

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find to discuss the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. 
The Mountains of California by John Muir: The Mountains of California is a classic nature essay that vividly describes those California mountains and the wildlife found within them and is among the finest examples of John Muir nature writings. "Go where you may within the bounds of California, mountains are ever in sight, charming and glorifying every landscape." John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks", was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States.
Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston: Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature... Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored.

--Sean, Librarian
Literary Birthdays
* Frances Hodgson Burnett, British children's author, November 10
* Madeleine L'Engle, American author, November 13
* L. M. Montgomery, Canadian children's author, November 18
Madeleine L'Engle
Mark Your Calendar...
Mindfulness Meditation: Every Wednesday, 12:15-12:45 pm. More info and register here.

Indoor Preschool Storytime: Storytime is now held inside in the Library's picture book area. Miss Lisa will engage you with songs, stories, games and puppets, every Thursday at 10:15 am. All visitors over 2 years old must wear a mask indoors.

Book Flight Book Club: The Book Flight Book Club discussion for December 14 at 4:00 pm is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Book Flight meeting will be on Zoom. Call us at (831) 646-3933 or refdesk@monterey.org for more details.

Monterey's Magical History Tour: Join historian Tim Thomas and guest Peter Hiller to explore the Life and Times of Jo Mora on Thursday, December 16 at 4:00 pm. Mora was an artist who lived and worked in Monterey County, primarily Carmel, in the 1920s until his death in 1947. Hiller is the author of the 2021 book, The Life and Times of Jo Mora.

Virtual Holiday Scattergories 
Join us for a fun afternoon on Friday, December 17 to test your holiday knowledge and ability to think quickly. Participants will be given a Zoom link to join in the fun. All you need to bring is a pen and paper and some holiday cheer! Registration is required. 
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)

THANKSGIVING: Monterey Public Library and Bookmobile will be CLOSED on Thursday and Friday, November 25-26.
CHRISTMAS: Monterey Public Library and Bookmobile will be CLOSED Friday-Monday, December 24-27.
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