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DECEMBER 21, 2007
What We're Reading

The staff at the Checkout desk has been reading a variety of things in the last few months. As we get close to the holidays, reading time might get scarce but we look forward to curling up with a good book... or movie. What about you?

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Emma by Jane Austen

First Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer



Philippa Gregory: The Boleyn Inheritance, Constant Princess

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

This DVD is not Punk Rock by MC Lars

Atonement by Ian McEwan (film in theaters)






posted by Catrina

Category: Staff Reads


DECEMBER 12, 2007
Holiday Treats on board the Bookmobile
Come on board the Bookmobile for a holiday treat and a look at what the Bookmobile has to offer.  For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, go to the Library's home page and look under "Services".  Happy Holidays!

posted by Joanne


DECEMBER 10, 2007
Being a freshman is not easy!

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar takes Scott through his first year in high school.  He is bullied and his lunch money is taken.  He sees even more cruelty against others.  He wants a beautiful girl , but can't summon the courage to speak to her.  Anyway, she is taken by the quarterback.  The cafeteria at lunchtime is always a social crisis.  Peer pressure is everywhere!  The PE teacher drives him to exhaustion, and homework takes away his sleep.   I forgot that high school was that bad!  Is it true?  Many young guys are saying that this book tells it right.  - And Lubar even makes us smile as we read about the weird things  that happen on the way to making high school life get better.   P.S.  There's an electronic audio version, too!

posted by Karen

Categories: Teen ZoneStaff Reads


DECEMBER 7, 2007
Monterey Angels

Last year, I wrote a blog post about Monterey’s iconic Christmas Angels that were originally commissioned in 1956 by the City of Monterey to brighten up the downtown area during the festive season. The artist was Erica Franke (Haba). At that time I reported that in 1971 the original 6-foot painted wooden angels were in such disrepair that they were disposed of, and the City commissioned the original artist to create 40 new angels. Showing their age ten years later, they were lovingly restored in 1981. Now, the angels are once again in need of restoration.

Monterey’s Cultural Arts Commission came to the rescue by mobilizing 25 local artists to each create an angel of the same size and proportion as the original angels, and painted in the unique style of each individual artist. The plan was to auction the newly created angels in the Library (after hours) and use the proceeds to restore the Erica Franke Haba angels.

The result was spectacular! Last Thursday the Library was adorned with a host of angels that varied widely in color, mood, ornament, and style. The imagination and artistic skill that went into these creations was testament to the tremendous talent of our local artists! One shone with gold leaf, another wore a woodcut gown; one was transformed into a dolphin; another a fisherman wearing a yellow slicker. They were, in a word, heavenly.

And, in case you’re wondering how the fundraiser worked out, the Commission raised over $10,000 for restoration work on the original angels, with money leftover for their granting fund which benefits local cultural non-profits. The results are testament to both the generosity of those who attended the auction and the popularity of the Monterey Angels.

Congratulations to the good work of Monterey’s Cultural Arts Commission and our local artists for helping to preserve Monterey’s traditions and enriching our lives with beauty.

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know