News from PG Friends

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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 

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2021 Winter Newsletter

Read the Friends' Winter Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights

Annual Meeting
Hello, Good-bye
Monterey County Gives!
Calling All Bookworms
Meet Dave Parker
Friends Donations
Foundation Donations
Board Members

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Thanks to your generous support, the Friends were able to give $312,263 to the Library last year!

Read the full report here.

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Monterey County Gives
Bucks for Books
ends December 31, 2020

Your donation to the Friends through Monterey County Gives will purchase new books for the PG Library in 2021. Plus it will be matched by added Gives! funds. Thank you for your contribution!
Click here to donate to Bucks for Books

Ready to Read? 
"Books by the Bag" are ready for you!

Order online and a carefully curated bag of used books will be ready for pick up or delivery.  Most popular are mysteries, children’s books and fiction, although the Friends have a little of everything.  What are you ready to read?
Click here to order "Books by the Bag"

Friends of the Pacific Grove Library
Annual Meeting
with Alka Joshi

Reservations now open for the Friends 2021 Annual Meeting (Sunday, January 24, 2021, 2pm to 4pm) on Zoom with guest speaker -- author Alka Joshi.  Free, and open to Friends members only!
To register and learn more via EventBrite, click this link

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This Giving Tuesday please enjoy the completed video glimpse of our beautiful renewed PG library. It’s a timely reminder of what we can accomplish when we all work together to improve the future for all of us! Watch the video in its own window.

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Fall 2020 Newsletter first page

Read the Friends' Fall Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights:
President's Message:  looking forward
Meet Library Manager Diana Godwin
Books By The Bag
Partnering with Meals on Wheels
What's the Latest at the Library
and more....