Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's All Happening @ the Library!

The Big Read
Chautauqua Days
Heritage Home Tour

The Library has a week full of inspirational and entertaining activites planned for you.

Thursday, September 30th, 7 pm: Mark Twain on the Mississippi performed by actor and storyteller, Taelen Thomas.

Saturday, October 2nd, 2 pm: Big Bad Bruce, a puppet show by "Images in Motion."

Saturday, October 2nd, 7 pm: Fortune's Way, or Notes on Art for Catholics (And Others), a play by local playwright, Steve Hauk. (Admission $15 at the door.)

Sunday, October 3rd, 1-3 pm: The Library will be open as part of the Pacific Grove Heritage Society's Historic Home Tour. Come view the old Carnegie Library and bid on six historic paintings donated by the Heritage Society to benefit the Library.

Thursday, October 7th, 7 pm: Meet PG's new Poet-in-Residence, Barbara Mossberg, and listen to her talk about "How Books Have Changed the World."
Please join us for one or all of these special events!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Attention Art Lovers

There's a Silent Art Auction Happening at the Library!
Six pieces of original art work are on display and available to the highest bidder. Artists represented include Howard Landaker, (who painted the mural in the Library's Children's Room); his wife and fellow painter Mabel Landaker; watercolorist Roni Cumming; and Brian Norkaitis.
The Heritage Society is making these works available to the public, as part of the 41st Annual Historic Home Tour. Each piece has been evaluated by Steve Hauk, of Hauk Fine Arts. And all proceeds will benefit the Library.
So come by, take a look, read the background information, and bid on your favorite piece!
The silent auction will continue through the final day of Chautauqua Days, October 3rd.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mark Twain @ the Library!

Come join us, September 30th, at 7 pm
to welcome
Mark Twain

Twain, portrayed by Taelen Thomas, will take us back to banks of the Mississippi... and regale us with stories and a re-enactment of a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

This performance is part of THE BIG READ, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, in partnership with The Institute of Library and Museum Services. Locally, THE BIG READ is being administered by the Carmel Ideas Foundation.

In conjunction with the event, there is currently a selection of books by and about Twain for your enjoyment. Stop by and check out some Twain!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Magazines - Old & New Titles

There was an interesting article about Consumer Reports in the San Francisco Chronicle recently. In this age of advertising and social media, where money and personal opinion can garner good reviews, Consumer Reports stands steady as one of the few nonprofit advocacy groups, which scientifically tests products large and small - from potato chips to SUVs.

For 74 years, the Consumers Union has been testing products, challenging claims, and publishing the results for the benefit of us all.

We're not sure if the Library has subscribed to the magazine all those years, but it has been in our periodical collection as long as any staff person can remember. We keep 5 years on the index table, (across from the public access computer). And this month we've added something new: Consumer Reports on Health. Get expert, unbiased, fact-based, health information from a trusted source: Consumer Reports - at your Library.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Have You Seen?.... Yes!

Some of our regular readers may recall we received a query in July, asking about the whereabouts of the following quote.

The person was sure it was in PG. But we were unable to locate it. Then lo and behold, Michael Reynolds, (who happens to be on the Library's Advisory Board), discovered the sign at ....
Don's Snack Bar....... Monterey!

Question answered!
Mystery solved!
Thank you, Michael!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thank You, Brad!

All the seats were full Thursday evening, when Brad Herzog regaled us with stories from his travels around the United States.

It was one of those golden Pacific Grove evenings: local boy back home, after a journey hither and yon, welcomed back by friends and admirers. Brad held everyone's attention, as he told us about "heroes" he met - people who were more unique and inspiring "than anything I could have ever made up."

Laughter, sighs, and nodding heads punctuated his talk, which was followed by Q&A . Afterwards, a long queue formed for Brad to sign his books.

Everyone who attended agreed, it was a wonderful evening at the PG Library.