Library IDEA Newsletter
Winter 2012Vol. IV No. 1
Monterey Public Library
Welcome to the Winter 2012 edition of the Library IDEA, Monterey Public Library's e-newsletter, which keeps you informed about how the Library has been working to fulfill its mission "To Inspire, Delight, and Educate All".

Jane Austen The Library presents a variety of programs year-round to inspire ideas, to inform, and to promote an appreciation for language, literature, and lifelong learning. On February 5 (mark your calendars!) we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's enduring masterpiece Pride and Prejudice (actual publication date January 28, 1813), with a performance of "Dearest Jane", a one-man show in which we meet the elderly Reverend Henry Austen as he pays tribute to his beloved sister, Jane Austen. "Dearest Jane" is written and performed by Howard Burnham. Adults are invited to attend, and seating reservations are required. Call 831.646.3949 or visit
Marylee On Saturday, December 8, the Library will present Winter 'Round the World, a fun and informative day of music, entertainment, displays, and storytelling celebrating winter traditions from many cultures. On hand will be Marylee Sunseri, Alisa Fineman, and surprise guests! There will be something to delight everyone in your family. The event will take place throughout the Library from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 831. 646.3934.
Family Reading There are no Storytimes during the month of December, but the regular schedule resumes in January. While we're on break, take home the gift of books and make reading aloud to your children a part of your regular routine. Research shows that it is valuable to read aloud to your children at all stages of their lives. Simple stories and rhymes are great for babies and toddlers. Pre-schoolers can comprehend complex stories long before they begin to read themselves. Once children are reading on their own, continue to read aloud from chapter books, picture books, folklore and fairytales. Stretch their tastes through their teen years by adding poetry, essays, short stories or news articles, and invite their discussion and debate. Reading aloud is not only a fun family activity, but it is educational. Research shows that children who hear stories read aloud benefit in a number of ways. It establishes the reading-writing connection, enriches vocabulary, improves grammar, stretches the attention span, nurtures emotional development, and it promotes the enjoyment of learning.

Wine and Chocolate Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of the Monterey Public Library annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit, which takes place on Friday, February 15, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Enjoy a dazzling array of chocolate in the form of cakes, cookies, brownies, petit fours, ice cream, candy, fondue, molé - even "chocolate" ale! Sample a wide variety of wines from Monterey County. The event features a silent auction and live music. Meet old friends and make new ones. Best of all, the proceeds go to purchase books and other library materials, so this deliciously, delightful evening benefits ALL who use our community library! Read details on our Web site at


Don't forget the Friends Annual GIANT Book sale on December 1. Like-new books make great gifts! 

Library Director Kim Bui-Burton Kim's Corner

Author Anne Lamott's new book is wonderfully titled Help, Thanks, Wow! That phrase describes the roller coaster years that the Library and City have weathered and survived. We asked for help, so many have generously given so much, and all I can say is WOW!


I am so grateful for the support from our Friends of the Library group, the Library Board and City Council, our community contributors, the Endowment Committee and Advisory Council and the positive efforts of staff and volunteers. I am proud that we continue to provide excellent library services six-days-a-week within the city of Monterey.


The Monterey Public Library truly is a welcoming cultural and learning center for the Monterey Peninsula. Our dedicated, professional staff members encourage discovery, share the joy of reading and protect the right to know in our community. Our diverse collections and services inform and delight, preserve Monterey's memory and link our community with the knowledge and cultures of the world. We share, celebrate, and answer!


We know a library means different things to different people, among them:

  • A place to come for inspiration or education
  • A cozy place for family bedtime stories
  • A sanctuary or refuge from life's fast pace or from loneliness
  • A place to study with print, electronic and visual resources close at hand
  • A place for teens to be with friends in a healthy and supportive environment
  • A center in which to find local government information
  • A neighborhood space bustling with activity


We are proud to be here, in the heart of Monterey, for all of you! And we wish you warmth, light and joy in this 2012 holiday season.

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