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MAY 25, 2011
All Kinds of Awesome
That’s Amelia.  She rocks the Library’s world four days a week.  Amelia volunteers here shelving items, maintaining our DVDs and CDs, helping get your holds ready to pick up, and more. She keeps things moving on the Library floor.  And we are so thankful for her.
 
When Amelia came into the library this morning she was decked out wearing the top part of her outfit for tonight’s “Best of Glee Tour” in San Jose.  I can’t tell you ALL the detail that went into the Warblers school uniform jacket she was sporting, but I CAN tell you that her mom turned an old velvet jacket found at the Goodwill into authentic Warblers garb. 

Look closely at the crest.  Amelia found the Warblers logo online, printed it out, and her mom expertly embroidered it.  Amelia's mom is all kinds of awesome, too! 
 
Have fun tonight, Amelia and her mom!
 
P.S.  The library has a whole bunch of Glee music and movies in the collection, and some are even sitting on the Library's shelves, waiting to be checked-out!  Remember to log-in to your library account from home when you need to get your Gleek on.

posted by Katie

Categories: In the KnowStaff Reads

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MAY 25, 2011
So Long, Oprah
Oprah Winfrey ends her 25 years on television.  So long, Oprah. You've brought a lot of positive energy to the world and have inspired a lot of people to read books!

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowLets Talk Books

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MAY 24, 2011
Stories for Adults Showcase

Join us for an evening of stories for ages 16-up,  featuring talented local storytellers from the Monterey  Bay Talespinners, with musical accompaniment by Karen Turner and friends, on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m.  Admission free, but reservations required.  831.646.3949.

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowUpcoming Events

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MAY 20, 2011
eBook Explosion
Amazon.com announced yesterday that they are now selling more Kindle books than all print books combined! It's amazing how rapidly the popularity of eBooks has grown. People love to read, and now they love to read on their pads, phones, Kindles, Nooks, and other readers. The Library has a Digital Books Show & Tell Subject Guide for people just starting to download eBooks and audiobooks. Library cardholders can check out both from the Northern California Digital Library. Kindle format books will be available from NCDL later this year. There are also some free out-of-copyright classic eBooks in the Library catalog. We hope we'll have the books you want wherever and however you want to read them.

posted by Doug

Categories: In the KnowLibrary TechCatalog Blog

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MAY 17, 2011
International Language and Culture Day
We are now planning a special day of stories, dance, music, arts and more - on Saturday June 11.  This year's summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults all have an international theme, so The Monterey Public Libary is  having an all-day event to celebrate our international community.  If you or your family or cultural group would like to participate in any way, please contact me ASAP.  There are still some spots left for cultural display tables, performances or bilingual storytimes.  From Chinese Lion Dance in the morning to a Skype visit with kids in our sister city just before the Library closes, it will be a great day!  Karen brownk@ci.monterey.ca.us

posted by Karen

Category: In the Know

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MAY 17, 2011
National Jukebox
Last week, the Library of Congress unveiled the National Jukebox, a Web site that makes historical sound recordings available to the public.  These are mostly recordings made between 1900 and 1925, including novelty tunes, opera, spoken word, instrumental works, popular songs of Tin Pan Alley, and much more.  You can hear famous performers of the day, like Al Jolson, songs from Yiddish Theater, comedy, poetry reading, and even Paul Whiteman Orchestra’s June 1924 recording of The Rhapsody in Blue with George Gershwin at the piano! There are currently over 10,000 recordings available at the site, with  plans to add many more, including regional folk music and Blues from the American South that were recorded for Okeh records.  Check it out!

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know

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MAY 10, 2011
Monterey House & GardenTour

Don't miss the Monterey House & Garden Tour on Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library, the tour includes eight properties, including beautiful and interesting home - some with lots of history - and beautiful gardens.  This tour has been over a year and an a half in the planning, and will not disappoint!  Tickets are $25, which may be purchased at the Library (625 Pacific Street, Monterey) in advance or on the day of tour.  All proceeds benefit the Monterey Public Library. 

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowUpcoming Events

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MAY 4, 2011
Storytime Anytime

May is one of our 3 storytime break months.  In May youth staff  focus on getting ready for the summer reading program, and we visit all the schools to make sure everyone knows about the importance of summer reading.

It isn't quite the same, but our web branch offers storytime anytime, and this is a good time to check it out.  Go to the events page and notice the three links near the bottom.  Tumblebooks reads storybooks with a little animation.  There are over 300 hundred books and puzzles included.  Bookflix pairs over 100  (25 Spanish) picture book videos by Weston Woods with a related nonfiction title which is read without animation.  Bookflix also has puzzles, comprehension activities and web links.  The International Children's Digital Library offers over 4000 picture books in over 50 languages, but does not read them to you. 

Of course, we still hope to see you in the Library each week.  In fact, the Storytime Anytime links can be viewed on any Library Catalog/Database computer, as well as at home.

Have fun with Storytime Anytime, and comment here about your favorite way to "do" storytime at home.

 

posted by Karen

Categories: Storytime KidsLibrary Tech

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MAY 3, 2011
Books About Moms

Sunday is Mother's Day and a good time to mention some books about great Moms.  There are thousands of them, I'm sure.  Two that immediately come to mind are The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio  by Terry Ryan (also available on DVD) which are in our shared catalog, but located in Pacific Grove Public Library's collection. 

For younger children, one of my favorite "Mom" stories is Hazel's Amazing Mother by Rosemary Wells. 

What is your favorite "Mom" story?

posted by Jeanne

Category: Staff Reads

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