News from PG Friends

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Here are some pictures from the January 26 Annual Meeting featuring Patricia Hamilton and contributors to Book Two of Life in Pacific Grove California.

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St. Mary's by-the-Sea

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 noonPlease 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. 

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Fall 2019 Newsletter first page

Read the Friends' Fall 2019 Newsletter here.

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In today's "The Buzz" column, the Monterey County Weekly called out the City Council's decision to move forward with the Library Renewal Project and temporary relocation to the Holman building:


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.

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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.

Kim Bui
Friends President

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Summer 2019 Newsletter

Read the Friends' Summer 2019 Newsletter here.

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Amazon shows copies available from all sellers. Be sure to click on See all Buying Options or __Used from... or __Collectible from... and look for Friends of the Pacific Grove Library. Thanks!

The Friends have begun selling a selection of unique and interesting books on Amazon. Click here to shop our store and support the Library!

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At the April 3, 2019 City Council meeting, Mayor Peake proclaimed April 7 - 13 National Library Week in the City of Pacific Grove:

City of Pacific Grove
National Library Week 2019

WHEREAS, today’s libraries are not just about books but what libraries do for and with people;

WHEREAS, libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where people of all backgrounds can be together and connect;

WHEREAS, libraries and librarians empower their communities to make informed decisions by providing free access to information;

WHEREAS, libraries support democracy and effect social change through their commitment to provide equitable access to information for all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed,
ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status;

WHEREAS, the people of Pacific Grove have a long tradition of generously supporting their public and school libraries, the latest example being the nearly $2.6 Million dollars donated for the Pacific Grove Public Library’s Renewal Project; and

WHEREAS, libraries of all types are at the heart of cities, towns, schools and campuses;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that I Bill Peake, Mayor of the City of Pacific Grove, proclaim April 7-13, 2019 National Library Week in Pacific Grove. I encourage all residents of our City to visit their library this week, explore what is new there, and engage with your librarians.

Bill Peake, Mayor

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Read the Friends' Winter 2019 Newsletter here.

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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.