News from PG Friends
The Friends are now accepting book donations at St. Mary's Church four days a week!
If you would like to donate books, CDs, or puzzles, you may bring your donation to St. Mary’s Church Book Store two blocks away from the Library on Central between 12th and 13th at the following times only: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am -12 noon. Please do not leave books at the door! We apologize if this causes inconvenience.
Donated books need to be resalable (very dirty, discolored, mildewed, damaged or detached covers, old text books, old computer books, etc. are not suitable for resale). Please don’t donate books that you wouldn’t consider buying yourself. Puzzles are especially welcome! Thank you.
You may also purchase books at St. Mary’s Church Book Store Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am -12 noon.
It’s taken Pagrovians more than 13 years to get up enough money to renovate the 111-year-old Pacific Grove Public Library but they finally did it, after Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library and the Library Foundation made a major appeal last year. More than $2.6 million was raised to return the library to its 1908 glory. The city put the project out to bid, and as often happens, the bids came back higher than hoped, leaving a potential $292,500 deficit. On Aug. 21, P.G. City Council was faced with possibly making cuts, but the Friends and Foundation made an offer: We’ll fundraise and kick in half, if you kick in half. The council agreed, voting 7-0 to accept a bid from Avila Construction to build the project as designed. The council also approved a rental agreement for $11,400/mo. to move the library into the Holman Building during the year-long construction project.
Dear Friends of the PG Library,
At their last Wednesday meeting, the Pacific Grove City Council unanimously approved the Award of Contract for the Library Renewal Project, and a lease with The Holman for temporary Library services during construction!
The move to The Holman should take place in early October, with the start of Library construction to follow.
Many thanks to all Friends members, current and past donors, contributors, helpers, the Capital Campaign Committee, the present and past City Council, Library Board, Library Foundation, Friends Board, Library, Public Works and City staff, who worked together to make this extraordinary Library Renewal Project possible.
The Friends have begun selling a selection of unique and interesting books on Amazon. Click here to shop our store and support the Library!
At the April 3, 2019 City Council meeting, Mayor Peake proclaimed April 7 - 13 National Library Week in the City of Pacific Grove:
The Friends invite the community to “Lend a Hand/Lend a Paw” to the Library Renewal Campaign. With a $25 donation (per hand or paw cutout) the name of your favorite person (two or four-legged), family, or business will be displayed behind the Checkout Desk in the Library until September. Donations can be made at the Library by cash, credit card or check made out to the Friends of Pacific Grove Library.
The May 19th Secret Garden fundraiser for the Pacific Grove Public Library Renewal Project was enjoyed by over 50 people, and raised almost $4,000. Many thanks to Ken and Margaret for the beauty of “The Orchard”, Weekend Plans Event Co. for the rustic chic decor and refreshments, Fionna Floral for the lovely arrangements, Monterey Bay Master Gardeners, Denise and her hammered dulcimer, and especially Kelley Williams for the photographic memories.