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NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Food for Fines
Bring non-perishable, unopened food items for donation to the Monterey County Food Bank to the Monterey Public Library, Bookmobile or Pacific Grove Public Library between Monday, November 26 and Monday, December 31 and have library overdue fines forgiven.  The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, and the Pacific Grove Library is located at 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove.  For more information call 831.646.3747 or 831.648.5760. 

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowUpcoming Events

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NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Chocolate & Wine Tasting Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now available for the Friends of the Monterey Public Library's annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit.  The Friday, February 14, 7 - 9 p.m. event includes a dazzling array of chocolate goodies and wonderful wines to sample, live music, and a silent auction.  All proceeds benefit the Library.  (Ages 21-up only.)  Tickets are $25 in advance at the Help Desk or $30 at the door.  These tickets make GREAT holiday gifts! 

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowUpcoming Events

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NOVEMBER 20, 2012
Monterey's Christmas Angels
Have you ever wondered about the origin of Monterey's "Christmas Angels", which can be seen each December in historic downtown?  Commissioned in 1956 to dress-up downtown with holiday decor the reflected our community's past and to make a departure from the usual glitter and tinsel, artist Erica Franke Barton created the angels to suggest the images of California's mission Indians.  They stirred up a great deal of controversy at the time, but are now pretty much loved by all! 

For more information about the history of Monterey's  "Christmas Angels", drop by the Library and see the exhibit on display through December. 

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know

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NOVEMBER 14, 2012
Friends of the Library Giant Book Sale December 1
Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 1, when the Friends of the Library present their Annual GIANT Used Book Sale in the Library Community Room from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Choose from a huge selection of gently used books at bargain prices. This is a great way to find special holiday gift items.  Collectible and "coffee table" books also available in the Solarium and great prices.  There will be a preview sale for Friends of the Monterey Public Library members only on Friday, November 30, 3 - 5 p.m.   Join at the door, if you're not already a member! 

On Saturday, closing hour special from 4 - 5 p.m., invites you to fill up an entire shopping bag for only $5.  (Bring your own bags, please!)  All proceeds go to purchase new library books and other materials.  For information call 831.646.5602.

posted by Jeanne

Category: Upcoming Events

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NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Happy Unbirthday Robert Louis Stevenson
In Samoa, where Robert Louis Stevenson spent his final years, he became acquainted with Miss Annie Ide, the young daughter of Henry Clay Ide, the U.S. Commissioner to Samoa.  Stevenson learned that Annie was unhappy that she never had a proper birthday celebration, having been born on Christmas Day.  Stevenson, declaring that he had no further use for a birthday, decided to give away his own birthday, November 13,  to Miss Ide.  He drew up a “legal” document and delivered it signed and witnessed to Annie’s father, along with the following letter:

19 June 1891
Dear Mr. Ide,

Herewith please find the DOCUMENT which I trust will prove sufficient in law.  It seems to me very attractive in its eclecticism; Scots, English and Roman law phrases are all indifferently introduced and a quotation from the works of Haynes Bayly can hardly fail to attract the indulgence of the Bench. 

Yours very truly,
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Join us tonight, Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m., at the Library, for a panel discussion of Stevenson, the travel writers, with a panel of RLS aficionados discussing their own travels in the great writer's footsteps, with selected readings.  Admission is free.  Email mccombs@ci.monterey.ca.us for information. 

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowUpcoming Events

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NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Help Us Open the Library on Sundays
Since 2010 the Monterey Public Library has been closed on Sundays.  Your donation to the Friends of the Monterey Public Library will help re-open the doors.  Designate your gift to the  Monterey County Weekly's  Big Give Donate online at www.montereycountygives.com or by mailing your check payable to MC Gives and sending to the Friends of the Monterey Public Library at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.  Questions?  Call 831.646.5601.  Please donate and help us be there for you 7 days a week.

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know

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NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Calling Invisible Women
Clover Hobart is a 50-something wife and mother living in suburban Ohio.  She was once a reporter, but now writes a gardening column once a month for the local paper.  Her husband has a busy pediatric practice and her children are grown – one still in college and the other a college grad boomeranged back home because of the bad economy and poor job market. 

One morning Clover wakes up and discovers that she is invisible.  The thing is that nobody seems to notice.  They see her bathrobe or clothes walking around, doing the cooking and household chores, walking the dog.  She wears dark glasses, a hat and gloves so that she can out, but nobody notices that she’s actually invisible.  At first she thinks she’s lost her mind until she discovers that there are a lot of other women just like her, and they get together and meet weekly.   One thing they have in common is that they are surrounded by busy people who take them for granted. 

Once Clover gets used to the condition, she finds it useful.  She is able to thwart a bank robbery, intervene in a case of domestic violence, and prevents her son and his friend from getting an ill-advised tattoo.  She also was able to turn in an eyewitness article on the bank robbery which has her editor taking her seriously again as a journalist.  Then the invisible women discover that they are all taking the same medications:  a hormone replacement, a bone thinning preventative, and a mild depressant – all made by the same pharmaceutical company, and they decide to take on the corporate giant.

The author of Callling Invisible Women, Jeanne Ray, is a great writer of domestic and romantic fiction whose main characters who are middle-aged and older. She writes with compassion and humor.  This is a fun fantasy with a great message for aging women and the people who dare to overlook them.

posted by Jeanne

Categories: Staff ReadsLets Talk Books

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