News from PG Friends

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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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The Pacific Grove Public Library is open six days a week, and online, but fewer teens (ages 12 to 18) have returned after pandemic closures. Since 2020 more teens report suffering from isolation and stress; studies show that meaningful connections with trusted adults help teens grow and thrive.

To reach the 1,000+ teens in PG, the Friends of the PG Library will support year-round, teen directed art, academic, workforce, health and wellness programming, dynamic books and online resources, and inter-generational opportunities to volunteer at the Library.

Library staff members are energized about building on 2022 teen summer reading program momentum, which included a painting and planting program, yoga, poetry workshop, and anime and manga meetups. Local businesses want to continue collaborating with the Library to support local teens; teen volunteers have come up with great ideas! Donors to Monterey County Gives! will help the Friends make them happen!

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PGPL Fall Events

A fine art exhibition and programs celebrating the writers, artists, and the arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

October 7
Opening Reception
5:30 - 7:00 pm

October 21
Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts:
Langston Hughes in Carmel
5:30 - 7:00 pm

November 4
Daniel B. Summerhill:
Monterey County's First Poet Laureate
5:30 - 7:00 pm

November 18
Palenke Arts
Latin Jazz Ensemble with Paul Contos
5:30 - 7:00 pm

December 2
Malinda DeRouen & Paul DeRouen
Jazz Vocals & Keyboard
5:30 - 7:00 pm

December 16
Dianne Lyle's Afro-Latin
Jazz Dance Program
at Chautauqua Hall
5:30 - 7:00 pm

January 6
Closing Reception
Renaissance: Remember, Rise, Revitalize
5:30 - 7:00 pm


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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!

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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!