News from PG Friends

News from PG Friends

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Diana Godwin

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. 

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St. Mary's by-the-Sea

On January 6, February 3, and March 2, 2024, the First Saturday Book Sale at St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church - 146 12th St. will be open 9 am to 1 pm.

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Fall 2023 Newsletter page 1

President’s Message 1
Summer Reading Highlights 2
Board Member Spotlight 2
Planned Giving to PGPL 2
Ourselves We Sing! 3
Book Store News 4
New and Renewing Members 5
Donations to the Friends and Foundation 5
Book Club Updates 6
Fall into Winter Dine Out 6


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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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MCGives logo

We start the year with the outstanding news that our Monterey County Gives! donation total was $37,455!  We are so grateful for the contributions from 187 generous donors.  These funds will support teen Library services for years to come – programs, books, materials and resources.

Kim Bui, President
PGPL Friends and Foundation

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Fall 2022 Newsletter Page 1

Read the Friends and Foundation Fall Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights:

Monterey County Gives!
Renaissance Exhibition
Booksale Holiday Shopping
President’s Message
We are The PGPL Friends and Foundation!
Laws Family Room Dedication 
“Buy A Book” on the Library’s Donor Quilt
Dine Out at Pacific Thai Cuisine on November 30 
Renaissance Events at the Library 
New and Renewing Members
Donations to the Friends and Foundation

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David Laws | Peter Hiller | Carol Marquart | Heather Lazare

August 5, 5:30–7 pm
Author David Laws presents:
Stories from Secret Monterey: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure
Sept. 9, 5:30-7 pm
Local playwright Carol Marquart presents a staged reading of:
The Two Wives of John Steinbeck
Sept. 23, 5:30-7 pm
Heather Lazare discusses her research into the life and times of Wilford Rensselaer Holman, and her newly released book, My Life in Pacific Grove: A Memoir, which she annotated and edited.
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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!