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OCTOBER 30, 2008
Sightings in the Library and Down the Street

 Seen in the Library just yesterday were lions, tigers, bears, princesses and ballerinas! It was our traditional procession of very cute and cleverly costumed toddlers and pre-schoolers parading through the Library after the annual Halloween Storytime. What fun!

A refreshingly "green" activity was sighted just this morning down the street, in front of the Hotel Pacific - a landscape worker cleaning up fallen autumn leaves with a blissfully quiet, non-polluting, tool that’s seldom seen these days: a rake!

Another sighting, just in time for Halloween! I walked by what seemed to be an unoccupied table on the Library’s mezzanine. There was a book on the table, and a backpack tucked underneath the empty chair to suggest that there might be someone sitting there, except that there wasn't anyone there.  Then I noticed the title of the book - How to Be InvisibleOkay, it turned out to be a book about how to protect your identity, but sometimes these things give one pause.

Have you spotted anything cute,cool or unusual lately?

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know

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OCTOBER 22, 2008
4,800 Books, 10 Legs

If you think that putting books into the hands of people who need them is a small miracle, you'll enjoy this extraordinary story of one man 2 burros and 4,800 books. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/20/world/americas/20burro.html?_r=1&ei=5070&e&oref=slogin

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know

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OCTOBER 20, 2008
MOFDOF

Watching the sun set in streaks of pink and orange, I decided that today was My Official First Day of Fall. (MOFDOF)  

The early morning air was crisp, so I pulled on a thick woolen sweater.  The front lobby floor into the Library was strewn with crunchy leaves, swirled in from the browning London Plane trees that line the brick sidewalks.  The first Library customer exited with a voter registration form in hand; today was the last day to register for this November's election and he didn't want to miss "this historic moment". (And how pleased I was to hear national radio news stations throughout the day name"your public library" as the place to pick up a registration form.)

And, the librarians are back! Every year around this time the Internet Librarian conference happens just down the street from the Monterey Public Library. Sidewalks fill with energetic information professionals, conversations range from coffee-to-go to 2.0, and some of the smartest, most engaged and service-oriented folks you might ever hope to meet are dreaming, thinking and planning out loud - together - to improve library services in schools, businesses and communities.  

Of course, I may be a bit biased :)  And yet, you, too, might have felt something special in the air as these 21st century librarians walked through the fallen leaves past the plaque proclaiming Monterey Public Library as California's first public library, founded 159 years ago.  Trees green, brown and green again, generations succeed each other - and the idea of a library - the vision of inspiring, delighting and educating all - continues to thrive.

Happy learning, happy reading/viewing/listening/sharing, happy Fall!

 

 

posted by Kim BB

Categories: Director's BlogIn the Know

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OCTOBER 17, 2008
Giant Pumpkin Winner

Hannah-Kate, a young girl from our La Mesa Bookmobile stop, is the winner of  the giant pumpkin. She guessed that there were 600 pumpkin seeds in the jar and there were actually 610. Pretty amazing.  Congratulations Hannah-Kate and Happy Halloween!

posted by Joanne

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OCTOBER 15, 2008
New Bookmobile Coming Soon

Monterey Public Library's brand new Bookmobile will be rolling into town within a month. Reader's Services Manager, Inga Labeaune, and I got a preview of the vehicle at the plant where it is being built, on an inspection trip to Columbus, Ohio last week. It was so much fun to see how the colors we had chosen for the carpet, countertops and shelving looked on a big scale. I think our Bookmobile customers are going to find the interior to be light and bright and cheery, even on the foggiest of Monterey days. 

While in Columbus, we were also lucky enough to attend the ABOS (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services) Conference where we learned what other libraries throughout the country are doing with their Bookmobile service, and there were also discussions of new technology, programming and marketing ideas.  We are planning a celebration to welcome the new Bookmobile on Saturday, December 6, from 2 - 4 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Library. There will be food, entertainment and prizes for all!

(Okay, so I admit that this isn't a picture of the exact same bookmobile we're getting, but maybe we can order this one next time!)

posted by Joanne

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OCTOBER 3, 2008
Register to Vote

What an interesting election year it has been!  The time is soon approaching to cast your ballots. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.  If you have not yet registered to vote, or if you have moved and not reregistered at your new address, or if you'd like to start voting by mail, you can pick up a Voter Registration Form at the Library.  Do not delay. Your voter registration must be postmarked no later than October 20, 2008.  For more information, you can ask a Reference librarian, or go to www.sos.ca.gov.  Your vote counts!

posted by Joanne

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OCTOBER 2, 2008
Have you ever been on the historic house tour?
If you like the home improvement shows on tv, you will want to go on the Friends of the Library's Historic House Tour on Sunday, October 19. I have gone on it the last three years. What I like is that it is self-guided, so you can go at your own pace and learn as much or as little as you want. One of the houses on last year's tour inspired me to go home and redecorate my daughter's room. This year I'm very excited to be able to go into the old Marsh's Building that has been renovated and Doc Rickett's lab. There are also some beautiful homes to see. There are still tickets available at the Library's checkout desk.

posted by Joanne

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OCTOBER 2, 2008
Giant Pumpkin Contest on the Bookmobile

We're having fun on the Bookmobile this month. Customers are guessing the number of pumpkin seeds in the jar for a chance to win the giant pumpkin that was donated by Earthbound Farms. So far, the guesses have ranged from two to a million. I'll give you a hint; the correct number is somewhere inbetween.  The winner will be notified on October 17. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, look on our website under "services".  Happy Halloween!

posted by Joanne

Category: In the Know

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OCTOBER 2, 2008
Fall Out

Our seasons may be subtle on the central California coast, but fall is here, and it’s my favorite time of year! The quality of light is slightly different. It’s a little bit warmer and much less foggy than July. The leaves on the plane trees outside my office window are beginning to fade to yellow and brown. Purple Indian corn and little white pumpkins are making an appearance in the produce aisle. And, it’s a great time to get out and about and explore Monterey’s past by participating in History Fest! From October 3 through 19, Historic Monterey will present a wide range of activities including historic re-enactment, demonstrations, workshops, dancing, Plein Air painting, exhibits, lectures, and tours of the shoreline, historic buildings, cemeteries, gardens, and homes. So, get out and enjoy Monterey in fall, and learn about and celebrate our rich and colorful history!

posted by Jeanne

Category: In the Know

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