AUGUST 30, 2009
Book Your Next Trip at Monterey Public Library
September is one of my favorite months to travel. Summer crowds have thinned, the mercury has dropped, slightly, and there is a hint of autumn in the air. It is a time of transitions, and what better way to celebrate change than to take a vacation!
Monterey Public Library has lots of materials to help you plan your next trip from travel magazines like National Geographic Traveler, and Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel to travel guides by Lonely Planet, Rick Steves, Fodors, and more. We also offer travel DVDs, a language instruction database, Mango Languages, and language instruction audio books in several formats, so that you can brush up on your language skills.
Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Monterey Public Library, we are launching a new travel planning resource this month – Travel Bags! Each sturdy blue tote bag contains an assortment of books, maps, and other resources for a destination in the United States, Europe, and beyond. Each bag also contains a travel journal for you to jot down a favorite destination, and an envelope for you to add (or take) a brochure for a location you’ve enjoyed. Click Travel Bag for a list of available destinations in the Library catalog.
Whether you are planning a quick jaunt down to Southern California, a vacance en France or a ‘stay-cation’ right here in Monterey, make sure to include a stop at Monterey Public Library in your travel plans.
Category: In the Know
AUGUST 29, 2009
Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes
Last weekend I visited the Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada to view a wonderful exhibit of original artwork by favorite illustrators of children’s literature. The exhibit entitled “Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children's Books“ features exquisite works, both historic and contemporary, by renowned artist-illustrators including Arthur Rachkam, Leo and Diane Dillon, E.H. Shephard, Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, Rosemary Wells, Anita Lobel and Maurice Sendak. For me, the highlight of the exhibit was a jewel-like watercolor of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Jacketless and flopped over in utter exhausted Peter has just returned home to his burrow after his very scary misadventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden. The illustration was not used in the book, making the opportunity to view it all the more special.
The Monterey Public Library is partnering with the Monterey Museum of Art to make admission to this exhibit free of charge to everyone with a card from any library in the tri-county area (Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito). Simply show your library card at the door. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, September 13 at MMA La Mirada, so hurry! A value-added feature of your visit to La Mirada is its lovely rose garden, which is still in bloom! For more information about the exhibit visit www.montereyart.org/exhibitions/current.html
Category: In the Know
AUGUST 27, 2009
If July was a roller coaster...
...with the uncertainty of the Library's possible budget cuts and then the relief of saved staff positions, Sunday open hours and public services - well, August has seemed like the slowing glide and the resting place before the start of another ride.
In some ways this month has been less busy in the Library since the suspension of laptop lending and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services. Staff are working on bringing ten new laptops online and ready for use; we are planning to have them back for customer in-Library checkouts before the end of September. And staff are making good progress in our study of what it might take to return a sustainable ILL program for the Library. We don't yet know when that study will be completed; stay tuned.
In other ways this month our busyness is noticeably increasing - especially after school lets out at Monterey High and Colton Middle (just across and up the street). Every year we welcome hundreds of teens through our doors, set aside the Community Room as their special "Chill Time" on early release afternoons, and actively work to support their academic needs, provide opportunities to learn and grow through community service and appreciate their energy and enthusiasm.
And just around the corner - the season's first Literary Circle book discussion (of Babbit by Sinclair Lewis) on Monday the 31st of August at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. And a new year of preschool, toddler and school-aged programs (starting the morning of Tuesday September 1st with toddler and preschool story times) that will take young listeners and their families "Around the World".
So join us as we jump back on board, and gear up for another ride through this fall's eventful season at the Library!
Categories: Director's Blog, In the Know
AUGUST 4, 2009
Digital Books (Now for iPods too!)
Last week I finally found time to try out a digital audio book from the Northern California Digital Library on my iPod. We have had a subscription for this serivce for a few years now, but only very recently have books been available in a format you can listen to on an iPod.
I tried out R.L. Stevenson's Treasure Island. It took me a few minutes to read through the directions on how to get started, but once I did the whole process was a lot easier.
Downloading books to your computer or iPod is a great way to use the Library to get reading material even when the Library building is closed. You can 'keep' your digital books for 2 weeks, just the same as physical books. Just install the free software for digital books and you will be on your way.
To celebrate the inclusion of iPods with the Digital Library, we've put together a brand new web page on using this service. So go enjoy those digital books, and tell us your stories about using the Northern California Digital Library service.
Categories: In the Know, Lets Talk Books, Library Tech
AUGUST 3, 2009
So, here we are in August already! How many of you are sqeezing in that last car (or plane) trip before school starts up again? Read Our California by Pam Munoz Ryan in Tumblebooks and tell us if you have visited any of the places highlighted in her very cool picture book! Actually, feel free to tell us anywhere you went this summer in or out of California! If you put in a city you've visited (or are going to visit) I'll post the number of miles it is away from Monterey - ok?
To get to "Our California" in Tumblebooks:
I'll start: I visted Chicago for a week in July and traveled by plane! It is a great city and I highly recommend a visit someday if you haven't been there yet!
Category: Lets Talk Books