Thursday, February 18, 2010

Steinbeck Exhibit

In celebration of John Steinbeck's birthday on February 27th, Esther Trosow has put together a fascinating exhibit on the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Many of the Pagrovian settings used by Steinbeck in his work, as well as locations where he and his friend Ed Ricketts lived, worked, and played are featured.

In addition to the exhibit, books by or about Steinbeck are displayed, and can be checked out by patrons with Pacific Grove or Monterey Library cards.

For more information on the Steinbeck-Pacific Grove connection, see Esther's Trosow Steinbeck's Pacific Grove Driving Tour.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fund Our Library Campaign update

In the past two months, the Fund Our Library Campaign has raised $36,000.

That is 36,000 additional dollars for the Library's budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.

We are thrilled with this response, and we still have a long ways to go to reach our goal of $250,000. That is the amount needed to increase library hours for next fiscal year. (City Administration has indicated their intent to maintain current funding of $400,000 for next fiscal year.)

At the recent Library Summit, there were numerous ideas for long-term fundraising, including another ballot measure, and starting a foundation. The Fund Our Library Campaign is short-term fundraising - to keep the Library open while long-term funding is established.

The Fund Our Library Campaign is not just for PG residents. Anyone and everyone can make a contribution of any amount. And if you know of anyone or any organization that might be willing to make a matching grant, please let us know!

Every penny contributed to the Fund Our Library Campaign will be used for the Library, and only for the Library. Donors have the option of specifying if they would like their contribution to be used for: operating expenses; books, CDs and DVDs; or “greatest need.”

Thank You for Your Support!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Publishing 1-2-3 Workshop

Workshop is Full!
Publishing 1-2-3 Workshop
Thursday, February 11th
7 pm

By popular demand, Laurie Gibson returns to offer her insightful workshop. In addition to describing the step-by-step process of how a manuscript becomes a printed book, Laurie will share some practical tips to help writers improve their chances of getting published.

Sponsored by

Friends of the Pacific Grove Library

$20 suggested donation

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Library Summit - An Inspiring Success!

Wow! The Library Summit was the place to be this morning. The Museum was packed with Library supporters, who passionately engaged in meetings on various topics.

Attendees had to choose between inspiring sessions such as:
  • Putting another Library Measure on the ballot.
  • Creating a Library Foundation for long-term fundraising.
  • Grassfoots fundraising ideas that can begin now.
  • Creating more visibility for the Library.
  • Consolidation of all libraries in Monterey County.
  • Envisioning the Ideal Library for PG and the Future.
  • "Who is Us?" - identifying the people, in PG & beyond, who use the Library.
  • Creating a tactical plan to implement identified goals.

The Museum was humming with enthusiasm, creativity, expertise and ideas. As one young advocate shared during closing comments, "With all these ideas and all these people who care, I'm sure the Library will stay open. I'm not going to let it close."

Stay tuned for more comments and reports from the Summit, as well as opportunities to get involved!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Library Summit

What's happening with the Library now that Measure J didn't pass?
Will the Library remain open?
Will baby story times begin again?
Can you get more public access computers?
I wish you were open in the evening.
More New Books!
Will you be getting Playaways or Kindles?

Almost every day we get questions and comments like these.

A status quo budget is being recommended by City administrators for next year, (FY 2010-2011). However our Library is at risk.

To begin answering these questions and plan the Library's future, we are hosting a Library Summit. The City Manager, City Council Members, representatives from the Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library will all be there. And you're invited too!

Please join us to discuss:

How can we make the Pacific Grove Public Library the ideal library to serve the citizens of Pacific Grove, and how can we obtain sustainable funding for its future?

The meeting will be at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 6th
9 am until 1 pm
Please join us!