Library IDEA Newsletter
Spring 2014Vol. IV No. 4
Monterey Public Library
Welcome to the Spring 2014 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".

Stories for Adults will present storyteller Elizabeth Ellis on Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Her stories are both hilarious and poignant - this program about aging is entitled An Edler is a Tree, Right? For ages 16-up. Tickets in advance only at the Library Help Desk. Tickets are $15 or 1 free with your valid MPL or PGPL card. The program is sponsored in full by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library.


Save the date for "Books in Bloom", a benefit for the Monterey Public Library. The event features a lunch, author presentation, and sensory experience. The Library joins with author Elizabeth Murray in celebrating the publication of her new book Living Life in Full Bloom; 120 Daily Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity and Relationships. A luncheon and lecture at the InterContinental The Clement, Monterey will take place Sunday, April 13, at 12:30 p.m. $100/person for lunch and autographed copy of Living Life in Full Bloom. Contact Sirie Thongchua for more information and sponsorship opportunities (831) 646-5632 or
Discover and Go provides passes to museums and other cultural institutions designed to enrich and educate. As a Monterey or Pacific Grove Public Library cardholder, you have access to numerous museums and institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope to add Monterey area institutions soon. This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Customers without Internet access can reserve and print out a pass at the library. For more information, see the Library's home page
If you receive this newsletter, you are probably one of the growing number of people who like to receive their information electronically. This means that you are also receiving periodic e-blasts from the Library about upcoming activities and events at the Library. Other ways to connect electronically with the Library is by reading our blog posts. We offer three blog categories: Free Range Reader with book reviews, news, and musings about the literary world; Monterey Stories featuring tales and tidbits from Monterey's history, and The Director's Blog containing news and information from the Library Director. Find a link to our blogs on the Library's home page at The Library's home page includes a What's New feature that's updated daily. And last but not least, follow us on Facebook where you will find posts that are informative, funny, and invite you to comment!
Library Director Kim Bui-Burton Kim's Corner
Ten years as Library Director for the Monterey Public Library!

Words can't express what an amazing experience it has been to serve each and every one of you - members of our community of readers and learners.

It has been our vision that every person who walks through the doors, or opens the Library website, or steps onto the Bookmobile is welcomed into the Library IDEA - a place of inspiration, information, delight, education - for all. Over the past decade, working with so many outstanding staff members, volunteers, Friends, donors and the Library Board of Trustees, I believe we have made that vision come true.

Now, it is time for another vision. Last December, the Library Board of Trustees was successful in restoring a full-time Library Director position to the Library. A nationwide recruitment is underway, with a new Monterey Public Library Director expected later this spring. He or she will be stepping into a terrific job, with a great staff, supportive Board, Council and community, and the chance to re imagine library service for Monterey.

And as for me, I will resume my full-time job as Community Services Director for the City of Monterey, working with the Conference Center, Harbor and Marina, Parking, Recreation and the Sports Center, and others. I am looking forward to increasing City revenue thorough the Conference Center renovation project, improving Monterey's historic fishing industry thorough a fishing community sustainability plan and developing future health, wellness and recreational opportunities through the Parks Master Plan process.

I am looking forward to enjoying the Library as a frequent visitor! I hope to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be your Library Director to as many of you as I can before I leave the Library. So I'll start right now. Many, many thanks, and see you soon!
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