Thursday, June 25, 2009

Meet the Author: Anne-Marie Drosso

Anne-Marie Drosso was born and raised in the heart of downtown Cairo, Midan El Tahririn. She left Egypt to pursue graduate studies in British Columbia, Canada. Her studies led to teaching positions in Economics, a law degree, and working for an administrative tribunal.

Although she returned to Cairo frequently to visit, she moved back there to live in 1999, while her husband served as Director of the American Research Center in Egypt .

“In a way, much of my life has been spent writing,” Drosso said. But it was only when she stopped working, and joined her husband in Cairo that she tried her hand at writing fiction.

Her first book, Cairo Stories, offers fabulous sights, sounds and smells of Cairo. However Ms. Drosso's focus is first and foremost on her characters. "I would have called it Cairene Stories," she remarked, "but the publisher thought I was crazy." The stories transcend geographical boundaries, and have universal appeal.

Her most recent book, In Their Father's Country, is also set in Cairo, and follows the lives of two sisters from childhood to old age. When asked what the novel is about, she deferred to readers' comments: "a woman in difficult circumstances;" "a minority living in Egypt;" "a socity in decline." And then she hinted the title holds a clue. In Their Father's Country, suggests alienation or estrangement in one's own home.

Anne-Marie Drosso is the fourth author in The Friends of the Library's Meet the Author series. The series will break for summer and resume in September.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Memories of a Giants Fan

Play Ball!

It's summertime, and that means baseball. Jana Deck is a SF Giants fan, and has the memorabilia to prove it. Come see baseballs signed by Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, a program from the 1989 World Series, a ticket from the last game at Candlestick Park and other items collected over the years.

You may leave whistling, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game...." or be inspired to drive up to the AT&T Park for some old-fashioned entertainment.

(Come soon. The exhibit ends July 1st.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

It's a Talent Show!

Be Creative @ Your Library

It's a Talent Show!

and YOU are the STARS.

Each child has 1-5 minutes to:

Sing your heart out;

Do a skit;

Show your artwork.

Recite a poem;

Wow us with you creativity!

Wednesday, June 24th. 2-3 pm. In the Children's Room.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Reduced Hours Begin July

Due to budget cuts, the Library's hours are being reduced from:
  • 31 hours to 24 hours a week
  • 5 days to 4 days a week.

Effective July 1, 2009, the new schedule is:

  • Monday             closed
  • Tuesday          11 am - 6 pm
  • Wednesday     11 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday           closed
  • Friday             12 pm - 5 pm
  • Saturday         12 pm - 5 pm
  • Sunday               closed

The new schedule is based upon patron input gathered from the Library Hours Survey.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lucy is Retiring!

After 23 years of devoted service to PGPL and its patrons,
Lucy is retiring.
We will miss her
smiling presence at the check-out desk,
fastidious management of the periodicals collection,
hospitable nature,
remarkable recall of library history....

Come wish her a fond farewell.
Friday, June 19th
2 - 4 pm
in the Periodicals area

Cake & Punch will be Served.

If you cannot drop by on Friday, Lucy will be working at the Library until June 30, 2009.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Reading Club Continues

Be Creative @ Your Library !
The fun continues....

Sign up for the Summer Reading Club!
Read Books, Wonderful Books, & Earn Prizes!

Wednesday, June 17th, there will be lots of laughs

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Survey Comments

In addition to answering our questions, you offered comments of your own. We've read them all. Here's a sampling of comments on when our patrons would like the Library to be open:
  • "Morning hours are very convenient for me."
  • "I am retired, so I mainly use the Library in the afternoons."
  • "I like evening and afternoon hours so my kids can come after school."
  • "It is important to stay open some hours for people who work M-F 8-5."
  • "Would be nice to have the library open the same evening as farmer's market."
  • "There is a line out the door at 10:00 am openings. This indicates a huge need!"
  • "If 24 hr/wk are the max hrs, it would be optimal for individual time managment purposes to be open 6 days a week from noon to 4 P.M."
  • "Although I only use the Library once a week in Pacific Grove, I feel it is important to have it open as much as possible for the entire community."
  • "I love the library and would come by everyday its open."

Future posts will include your "additional comments" on Library operations.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer Reading Club

Be Creative @ your library !

That's the theme of this year's Summer Reading Club. And the Library has LOTS of wonderful programs and prizes planned to help kids stir up their creative juices.

Sign-up begins June 9th.

The FUN continues through July 29th.

And Every Wednesday @ 2 p.m. is a Special Program.

Our first program, on June 10th:


(Stay tuned for future programs.... or pick up a schedule, next time you're in the Library.)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Booksale on Saturday!

June 6th is the first Saturday of the month, and that means the Friends of the Library are having their monthly book sale, in the Library arcade.

For over a year, volunteers have adopted the colossal task of sorting through heaps of donations, organizing the books, hauling them outdoors, and collecting money.

It sounds like a team of ten or twenty, doesn't it? But all of this is done by 3 amazing volunteers: Amy, Frances & Gary.

From noon until 3 pm, they will be selling DVDs for $3, hardback books for $2, trade paperbacks for $1, and mass market paperbacks for .50. Rare books and special editions are individually priced. And for the adventurous, there are pre-packaged "Surprise Bags:" 10 books for $1!

Come take a look, and pick up some summer reading. Every buck goes to the Library, to purchase new books and materials. And every purchase makes a difference!

p.s. If you can't make it on Saturday, the Library has a small ongoing book sale in the Library also. Books for sale are located on two carts outside the Children's Room, underneath the glass wall.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Survey Results

We asked. And you answered.

And the overwhelming consensus is:
  • You're most likely to visit the Library in the afternoon.
  • It's "extremely important" to be open weekday afternoons and Saturday afternoon.
  • It's "not very important" to be open weekday mornings.
  • Wednesday is the weekday you're most likely to visit.
  • Monday is the weekday you're least likely to visit.
  • You're most likely to attend programs for children during the afternoon. (Wednesday and Saturday in particular.)
  • You're most likely to attend programs for adults in the evening. (Wednesday and Thursday in particular.)

From May 15th to May 31st, our patrons picked up approximately 200 Library Hours Surveys: from the circulation desk, reference desk, and our web site. More than 150 were returned, giving us a 75% return rate.

77% of the surveys were completed by PGPL cardholders. Monterey Public Library cardholders filled out the rest. And the vast majority of surveys were completed by residents who live here, in 93950.

We greatly appreciate your input. It will help guide us through the difficult decision of which hours to cut for next fiscal year....

......and when times improve, it will help us decide which hours to add.