why join?

In 2013, the Friends gave over $35,000 for books, including e-books, and materials.  

PG Writes!

"Life in the Grove" sketch by Keith Larson

Free Guided Autobiography Classes

Sponsored by the Pacific Grove Public Library and Park Place Publications

Third Thursdays Each Month
2016: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec.15.
2017: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Little House in Jewell Park

Our Mission

The Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library help ensure that our library is a thriving community center for discovery and lifelong learning.

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Benefits for joining include:

Reduced admission to events
Quarterly newsletter
Annual reception for Benefactors and Life Members
Invitation to annual meeting
Connecting with other Library supporters

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News From the PG Library Friends

Met the Author - Cornelia Read
Picture of Cornelia Read

On February 23, the Author Committee welcomed Cornelia Read. Cornelia didn’t waste any time.  She adjusted her skull-printed scarf and began speaking about the process of writing. While her stories are inspired by her own experiences, her Tuesday night writers' group has provided constructive criticism, moral support and validation. One important lesson she has taken to heart is to prune -- leave out anything that doesn't move the story along.  

In an evening dotted with anecdotes about her large, kooky, family and events from her life, the audience sat rapt as Ms. Read detailed how...

New Exhibition in the Hauk Gallery - "The Last Home Town"

Residents and visitors alike happily embrace Pacific Grove as “America’s Last Hometown”.  Stunning beaches, rich history, a charming downtown, an abundance of Victorian architecture and of course, Monarch butterflies, all conspire to make Pacific Grove one of the most idyllic towns on the west coast. These features also make it one of the most paintable and painted towns on the west coast.  The Pacific Grove Library’s permanent collection of art features many paintings of our idyllic and paintable town. These will be on display in the Library's Hauk Gallery until the end of March.

A Special Gift from Gregory Kondos

In late November, Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos and family members presented a painting of author John Steinbeck's cottage to the Pacific Grove Public Library. Kondos said he created the painting in memory of Nancy Hauk, a friend and former student. Nancy Hauk, who died in July, was an artist and former Library board member. The painting, an oil on canvas of the Steinbeck cottage on 147 11th Street where the Nobel Prize author wrote Of Mice and Men among other works, was taken from photographs before the house was recently renovated. The painting was presented to Linda Pagnella...

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