Dear Friends,

We all have a story to tell. What's yours?

Established in 1849, the Monterey Public Library was California's first public library. That's the beginning of our story. What was once a reading room located in El Cuartel, is now a full-service state of the art community resource. While we continue to offer many stories on our shelves, MPL is also devoted to being a community hub - bridging connections. Our picture-book area is a fun gathering place for Preschool Storytime every Thursday morning. Our public computers bring necessary technology to those without access. Free programs about family history and local legends are available to you on Zoom from the comfort of your home. Through stories, we bring people together.

We make stories, we live stories and we share stories each and every day here at the Monterey Public Library.

Won't you be part of our story? I hope you will join us at one of our many upcoming programs.

Thank you for being part of our community,
Inga Waite
Library & Museums Director
Calling all history fans! Do you know about the 1818 Pirate Attack on Monterey Bay? Monterey's first printing press? How about the USS Macon Shipwreck? Several Monterey County students caught the "history bug" and researched some pretty cool local topics. Students will share their presentations at our Second Annual Student History Slam.
This Saturday, April 30th
On Zoom
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Five books for less than a cup of coffee! What a deal! The Friends are spring cleaning their inventory of used books and DVDs for adults, teens and kids. Grab them while you can! All proceeds benefit the Library.
This Saturday, April 30th
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hardbacks $2, Paperbacks $1, Children's $1, DVDs 3 for $1
That None of Us Want to Have.

MPL is proud to partner with the Hospice Giving Foundation to offer a virtual presentation focused on preparing for meaningful and necessary conversations regarding end of life care.

Tuesday, May 3rd
On Zoom
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Congrats are in order for Judy Cole, the leader of MPL's amazing Collections Volunteers. Judy was recognized by United Way for her outstanding community service during the pandemic. When 80% of the MPL staff were laid off, Judy trained a team of volunteers to shelve and retrieve materials, making it possible for the Library to circulate over 189,000 items to tens of thousands of patrons through sidewalk service. Kudos to Judy and all of the other award recipients for their tremendous service.

To join Judy and our many other dynamic teams of MPL volunteers, please sign up: Volunteer Today!
Thank you ASB for partnering with the Friends & Foundation to support Monterey Public Library.

Wednesday, May 11
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
A portion of all sales will benefit the library
Want to learn about Monterey's local artists? Asian Americans in California agriculture? Stories from the wreck of the SS Milwaukee? How about the legacy of the Western Flyer? Be Monterey's top historical guru after attending the 3rd Annual local History Slam!

On Zoom
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Please register at: Local History Slam 2022!

Preschool Story Time Every Thursday
10:15 AM
No registration required
Book Flight Book Club
May 10th
On Zoom
4:00 pm

Mindfulness Meditation
Every Wednesday
On Zoom
12:15 PM
Pre-register at: Mindfulness Meditation

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)
Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Thursday: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Call (831) 646-3710 or visit the Bookmobile for details.
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