• Mayor Bill Peake, Mayor Pro Tempore Robert Huitt, past Mayor Bill Kampe.
    Photo credit: Donna M. Martin 2019

  • Past Friends and Foundation President Judy Archibald, past Library Director Bobbie Morrison.
    Photo credit: Donna M. Martin 2019

  • Friends Board Director Stephanie Herrick, Steve Mehay.
    Photo credit: Donna M. Martin 2019

  • Pacific Grove Public Library Interim Director Diana Godwin, past Foundation President Barbara Moore, past Library and Information Services Director Steven Silveria. Photo credit: Donna M. Martin 2019

  • Friends Board Directors Abby Pfeiffer and Peggy Hansen.
    Photo credit: Donna M. Martin 2019

  • 2019 Annual Meeting Speaker Sharon Randall

  • Mayor Bill Peake, Friends President Kim Bui, Foundation President Mary Ann Whitten sign 2019 Library Renewal Project funding agreement 

  • 2018 Secret Garden Party fundraiser for Library Renewal Project

  • 2018 Friends holiday booksale volunteers Carolyn Griffin, Sheila Baldridge, Friends Vice President Linda Pagnella (aka Mrs. Claus)

  • Mayor Bill Peake & Sharon Randall join the 2019 Friends Board (l-r Diane Grindol, Peggy Hansen, Shirley Peake, Kim Bui, Linda Pagnella, Stephanie Herrick, Abby Pfeiffer, Sonja Millinga, Judy Wills, Dennis Mar)

  • 2019 Friends rainy day booksale in the Library

  • 2018 Friends author program 

  • 2018 Birthday celebration for Pacific Grove Public Library.
    Photo credit: Diane Grindol

  • Happy 110th birthday, Pacific Grove Public Library!
    Photo credit: Diane Grindol

  • 2017 Friends author program with Steve Hauk.
    Photo credit: Diane Grindol

  • 2016 “Love your Library” hearts fundraiser

  • 2015 Friends fundraiser volunteers 

  • 2015 Friends Board Director Camille Liscinsky, Treasurer Judy Wills

  • 2015 Friends Board Director Camille Liscinsky promotes the Friends during “National Friends of the Library Week”

  • 2016 Pacific Grove Public Library Friends and Foundation Board Directors

  • 2014 Friends fundraising event

  • 2015 Friends author program with Stephen R. Palumbi, PhD


Announcement from the Library - Bittersweet News

Bittersweet News. Diana Godwin has announced her retirement at the end of this year.  

In her tenure as Library Director, she has guided us through such momentous events as the completion of the renewal project, the rehoming of the library, COVID 19 and the merging of the Friends and Foundation. 

Diana has overseen the launch of highly lauded adult and teen programming, with an emphasis on poetry promotion, achieved full staffing, and navigated the adoption of a new electric outreach vehicle through the F&F MCGIVES! Campaign 2022, supported in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. 

Other accomplishments include expansion of the local history collection. In partnership with the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, the library successfully digitized its local newspaper archives. Diana also worked with Asilomar to enable PGPL to show portions of Zena Holman’s almost complete collection of the Zamorano 80. Toward this eventual purpose, a custom made museum quality display case has been purchased through the Laws Family Fund. It currently displays PG yearbooks going as far back as 1905.   

Like the superhero she shares a name with Diana is a wonder, a dream leader, mentor, colleague, community liaison, and friend. We are blessed in the experience of knowing and working with her. So, it is with a heavy, but happy heart that we say a fond farewell to Diana’s directorship and wish her all the happiness as she spends more time with family, especially granddaughter Nora, and in all future pursuits. 

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 6, 2023 - 10:00am to Friday, January 5, 2024 - 6:00pm
Walt Whitman

A fine art exhibition with special events celebrating the voices of our national song, from the poet of democracy to the present.

Oct 6, 2023 - Jan 5, 2024
Pacific Grove Public Library

550 Central Ave., Pacific Grove
(831) 648-5760 

Opening Reception Friday October 6, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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Monday, December 18, 2023 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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This month's book: The Perfumist of Paris by Alka Joshi

The Friends of the Pacific Grove...

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News From the PG Library Friends

2023 Spring Newsletter Page 1

Read the Friends and Foundation Spring Newsletter here.

Newsletter Contents:

President’s Message 1
Annual Meeting 2
Dine Out Restaurants 2
Spring Membership Renewal 3
Upcoming Library Events 4
MOVe Update 4
Book Store News 5
Leave a Legacy Gift 5
Pacific Grove Books 6
New and Renewing Members 7
Donations to the Friends and Foundation 8-9
Library Quilt—Last Chance! 10


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