Monday, August 30, 2010

Meet the Author: Brad Herzog

September 2nd, 7 p.m.
After a summer-long national book tour, Brad Herzog is back home in Pacific Grove. And he's coming to the Library to tell us about his new book and adventures on the road.

Brad has described his latest book, Turn Left at the Trojan Horse, ".... as the memoir of an Everyman searching for the hero within himself." It is part travelogue, part biography - interspersed with philosophical musings.

He promises "a good show -- telling stories, reading, Q&A about my book and the writing life." And he is generously donating all profits on the sale of his books to the PG Library!

So please join the Friends of the Library this Thursday evening: to welcome Brad home;listen to his stories; support the Library; and enjoy a good show.

Click here for more information about Brad & his books.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Database Highlight: Novelist

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series?

Would you like to find another book like that great mystery you just finished?

Does your Book Club need some background information on what you're reading?

The Reference Staff is always happy to help you answer these questions. But what can you do when the Library is closed?

Check-out NoveList. It's one of our most popular databases. And it just got a facelift, so it's easier to use, has more options, and is much more colorful - with all the latest bookcovers.

Anyone can use NoveList in the Library. And if you have a current PG Library Card, you can log on to it from home, any hour of the day or night. So take a look and find a good read. (Go to our Databases page, scroll down to NoveList, and login with your library card #.)

FYI, NoveList also has a version for children: NoveList K-8.

The Library subscribes to more than 20 databases. And most of them can be accessed from home, with a current PG Library Card. To see a complete list of our databases, click here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Sale Success!

How much money does the Library make at the monthly Book Sale?
A lot!
The chart below shows exactly how much has been raised during the last 2 years.
If you can't read the print, the total is $10,137!

That's due almost entirely to the hard work of two library volunteers, Gary & Frances Spradlin. Month after month, they make this happen.

So come by the Library tomorrow to find a good read... We'd love to top our monthly record of $636 in sales!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

City Slogans, 1930-Present

Recently we received a question about Pacific Grove's city slogan. Some know P.G. as "The Last Home Town." Others refer to our town as "Butterfly Town U.S.A."

While searching through the Polk City Directories, we discovered that the city slogan throughout the 1930s was listed as the "City of Smiles." In the 1940s and 1950s it was known as the "City of Homes." And in the 1960s it became known as "Butterfly Town U.S.A." In 1978 the Friends of the Grove (FOG) coined the phrase"The Last Home Town" for bumper stickers used to protest the building of the Pacific Grove Plaza complex on Lighthouse Avenue. The phrase resonated with Pagrovians and continues to be widely used.

Which slogan do you think best fits Pacific Grove? Or have you thought of one that better expresses the most wonderful and unique aspects of our town?