News from PG Friends

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Winter 2022 Newsletter

Read the Friends' Winter Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights:

Monterey County Gives! raised more than $40,000 for the PG Pop-Up Library!
Discover & Explore the Library’s Local History Collection
President’s Message
National Library Week, April 3 - 9
Welcome Noreen Nance, Foundation President
Hello and Goodbye to Friends’ Board Members
Dine Out at Max’s Grill on March 30

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National Library Week April 3-9, 2022

Since 1958, the American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and dedicated library professionals and to promote library use and support. Thank you to Library Director Diana Godwin and all the PGPL staff!

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Friday, April 1 - Barbara Mossberg, 5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, April 8 - Sea Scribes Calligraphy Guild - Gallery opening reception and poetry reading by Patrick Flanigan, 5:30-7:30 pm

Saturday, April 9 - Barbara Mossberg, memoir writing seminar, 9 am-4 pm

Saturday, April 16 - Patrice Vecchione, 3-5 pm

Friday, April 22 - Daniel Summerhill, Monterey County's first Poet Laureate, 5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 26 - Teen Poetry event, 3:30-5 pm

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View the slideshow from the February 6, 2022 Annual Meeting.

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The Slate of Candidates for the Friends Board of Directors was approved by written ballot prior to the Annual Meeting held February 6.

Gail Abeloe, Director

  • Gail is a PG business owner (Back Porch Fabrics), retired teacher and reading specialist and resident of Pacific Grove. Gail is a current Friends Board Director.

Erin Boydston, Director

  • Erin is a zoologist, educator and resident of Pacific Grove. Erin and her family are enthusiastic PG Library patrons, This will be Erin’s first term on the Board.

Kim Bui, Director

  • Kim is a retired librarian, poet and resident of Pacific Grove. Kim is a current Friends Board Director and enthusiastic supporter of the PG Library.

Don Freeman, Director

  • Don is a retired City attorney and resident of Pacific Grove. Don is a Friends volunteers and longtime library supporter. This will be Don’s first term on the Board.

Stephanie Herrick, Director

  • Stephanie is a retired speech language pathologist and resident of Pacific Grove. Stephanie and her family are longtime library patrons; she is a current Board Director.

Dennis Mar, Director

  • Dennis is retired from the Naval Postgraduate School. A former PG Library Foundation Board Director, Dennis believes in the future of libraries and is a current Board Director.

Heidi McNally-Dial, Director

  • Heidi is a retired City administrator and resident of Pacific Grove. Heidi is Friends volunteer. This will be Heidi’s first term on the Board.

Lucy Moore, Director

  • Lucy is a retired college instructor. Lucy has been a PG Library patron since childhood, cherishes it as a precious, evolving tradition, and is a current Friends Board Director.

Abby Pfeiffer, Director

  • Abby is a retired IT specialist and grant writer. Abby believes in the importance of libraries and has been a library patron all her life. Abby is a current Board Director.

Sandra Robeson, Director

  • Sandy is a retired Systems Engineer, a PG resident and Library patron for decades. Committed to supporting the PG Library, Sandy is a current Friends Board Director.

Judy Wills, Director

  • Judy is a retired elementary school teacher and resident of Pacific Grove. Judy volunteers on a daily basis for the Friends and Library; she is a current Board Director.



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St. Mary's by-the-Sea

There will be no First Saturday Book Sale in January. The next sale will be Saturday, February 5, 10am - 4pm, at St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church - 146 12th St. We hope to see you there!

Happy New Year!

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Fall Newsletter

Read the Friends' Fall Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights:

Monterey County Gives!
Holiday Book Sale
Joe Rock Children's Room Dedication
President’s Message
Library Re-Dedication Event
Happy 10th Anniversary to the Library Foundation
Visit the “Renewal” exhibit until January 7
Thank You, Patricia Hamilton


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The campaign is over. Thank you for your support! 

The Friends are delighted to participate in the 2021 Monterey County Gives! campaign. Our Big Idea is to help the Library expand its outreach with a totally electric pop-up bookmobile. The PG Pop-Up Library will meet eager readers of all ages where they are, bringing books and materials to schools, parks, senior centers and events throughout Pacific Grove. And your year-end gift goes further through the match each gift receives.

  • Donate online
  • Or send a check: Make it out to Monterey County Gives! and mail it to the Community Foundation at 2354 Garden Rd, Monterey, CA 93940. Be sure to note that your donation is for the Friends of the PG Library.

Since 2000, Monterey County Gives! has helped local nonprofit organizations raise more than $35 million through the generosity of donors like you. Thank you for being a Friend!

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2021 Summer Newsletter image

Read the Friends' Summer Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights

President’s Message
Business Spotlight
Joe Rock Memorial Donation
Friends Donations
Foundation Donations
Friends 2021 Memberships
Estate Planning
Library Landscaping
Art Returns

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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.

Our Staff

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.

Our Friends

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 or when your renewal letter arrives in the mail.

Our Library

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!

With gratitude,


Kim Bui is president of the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library