As this April 2021 National Library Week ends, the theme "Welcome to Your Library" is more meaningful, and hopeful, than ever before.
This year we recognize 113 years of welcome at the Pacific Grove Public Library at 550 Central Avenue - cherished by generations of residents through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and now the Great Pandemic.
We celebrate our welcoming library staff, who have helped and delighted people of all ages through virtual storytimes, downloadable books, online resources, phone reference help, socially distanced park programs and hold pick ups, and more, during the past 12 months.
We are grateful to our Friends members, donors, and volunteers, the City Council, Library Board and Library Foundation, City employees for your investment in our beautiful renewed library. We appreciate our renewing members and contributors. If your membership has lapsed, there's still time to renew - online at www.pglibraryfriends.org or when your renewal letter arrives in the mail.
We are encouraged that the Library is now open two hours a week (Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm) for public access (with limits) as well as other days for outside services. We are also encouraged by our community's support for returning library services to pre-COVID levels. We look forward to more open hours, programs and services as the pandemic eases and the City budget improves.
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We know the time is approaching when we can all, finally, be welcomed back into our library. We can't wait! As we learn more, we'll be sure to let you know.
Thank you for being a Friend!
Kim Bui is president of the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library