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12/06/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT: Jayanti Addleman,  831 883-7566

Winter Recess at Monterey County Free Libraries
followed by Fine Free Month in January

All Monterey County Free Libraries branches will be closed from December 22nd through January 1st for the winter recess. Remember to check out enough books and DVDs to keep you entertained through the holidays. In addition, our online branch at www.eMCFL.org never closes. Try out your new holiday tablets and hand-held smart devices by downloading eBooks, eAudio, and digital magazines. You can also monitor your account and place holds on items. Have your library card handy when you login.

All book returns slots will also be closed during the winter recess so hold on to all books and DVDs through the holidays.

Concerned about overdue fines during the winter recess? Don’t worry as January is fine free month. Return your overdue library materials during the month of January and the library will remove all of the charges associated with the late return. Some exceptions apply. Start the new year off by returning those items so they are back on the shelves for someone else to borrow. Branch staff can answer all your questions.

Monterey County Free Libraries are located in Aromas, Big Sur, Las Palmas/River Road, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Prunedale, San Ardo, San Lucas, Seaside and Soledad. Visit our website at www.eMCFL.org for branch hours in the new year or for details about any of our services.

 

 

 

November 26, 2018


For Immediate Release


PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
Monterey County Free Libraries
188 Seaside Circle, marina CA 93933
831 883-7573
AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us

Greenfield Council Member Yanely Martinez wins “Best Elected Official of the Year Award”

MONTEREY COUNTY, CA – Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) is pleased to announce that Greenfield Council Member Yanely Martinez was selected as “Best Elected Official of the Year” by the California Public Library Advocates (CPLA) organization in recognition of her generosity and strong support for the Greenfield Branch Library.

Ms. Martinez was accompanied by her husband Luis Torres when she was honored at an awards ceremony held at the Santa Clara Convention on November 9th as part of the California Library Association’s annual conference. Each year, CPLA recognizes and honors those who have done outstanding work that has an impact on California libraries and their communities.

While receiving her award, Ms. Martinez spoke of the value of libraries particularly to residents of smaller towns like Greenfield, and also how she hoped to inspire youth to become more engaged in the civic process. “This award means more than words can describe. As a mother of four, an early childhood education teacher for over 10 years and now a council member, it is crucial that we give back to our libraries and make others aware of how fundamental the library is to our families who don't have access to technology or books at home. But most importantly it is a safe place for them.”

Library Director Jayanti Addleman explained that it was important to understand the historical and demographic context of the challenges the city has faced, like the very rapid population growth and the high rate of poverty facing residents, including many youth and children under the age of 18.

Ms. Martinez was elected to the City Council in 2016 and immediately took on a leadership role in encouraging other elected officials and stakeholders to see the value of the library, and encouraged residents to come in any use the wide variety of library services available. Under her leadership, the City of Greenfield is also proclaiming November 2018 as Family Literacy Month.  Ms. Martinez has personally donated money and prizes for children’s events that encourage reading and creativity, and has also volunteered at many library events like Read Across America and Lunch in the Library.

In Greenfield Branch Manager Dawn Vest’s words, “Councilwoman Martinez is a dedicated elected official committed to connecting community members with community services for the betterment of the constituents she serves. Her advocacy on behalf of the Greenfield Library proves time and again that she shares and respects the ideas upon which the public library service was founded.” Library Director Addleman adds, “In the larger context, Council Member Martinez’s generous actions benefit not just Greenfield, but all of Monterey County.”

Other award winners this year included Faith Collari, President of the Friends of the Rancho Cucamonga Library for her hard work in support of the library, as well as the City of Santa Clara Board of Library Trustees for their support and defense of LGBTQ programming and services at the Santa Clara City Library.

For more information about MCFL’s programs and services, please visit eMCFL.org or call (831) 883-7573. 

 

July 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
831 883-7573
AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us

Community Matters: Civil Discourse at the Library Series. Focus on Immigration Policy
Thursday, July 26th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
at the Marina Branch Library, at 190 Seaside Circle in Marina


Free and open to the public

Marina, CA – Immigration is a topic that is in the headlines every day now. Recent events and policy debates seem to have polarized the country more than ever. So what better way of finding a commonly acceptable solution than for people with varying viewpoints to sit down to a civil discourse?
Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) presents the 7th program in its Community Matters: Civil Discourse at the Library series on Thursday, July 26th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Marina Branch Library, at 190 Seaside Circle. The conversation will focus on various aspects of US policies on immigration, and the impacts on the country and residents. Come listen to local leaders and stakeholders discuss their perspectives.

The program is free and all are invited to attend. Any placards or protest signs will need to be left in the lobby area.

The panelists for this Community Matters session include:
Supervisor Luis Alejo – Monterey County District 1
Vinz Koller – Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Social Policy Research Associates
Kelly Wachs - Immigration Lawyer
And others.
MCFL Library Director, Jayanti Addleman, will be facilitating the discussion.


Previous sessions in the series have focused on topics of current interest including Gun Violence, #MeToo/Sexual Harassment, and Homelessness, and were very well attended. Discussions have been lively and thought provoking. Attendees have requested more programs in the series and suggested many possible topics of discussion including Immigration.

For additional information, please call Jayanti Addleman at (831) 883-7573 or visit Facebook.com/eMCFL

March 28, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
831 883-7573
AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us

                 Community Matters: Civil Discourse at the Library Series. Focus on Gun Violence

Gun Violence in the US is said to have reached epidemic proportions. The Washington Post found that since Columbine over 150,000 students have had to deal with school shootings. It is believed that on an average day 96 Americans are killed with guns, of which seven are children or youths. The NRA states that 200,000 times a year women use guns to defend against sexual abuse and that states with concealed carry laws actually see a reduction in some types of crimes. Carry guns? Ban guns? How is one to decide what to do?

The recent shootings in Las Vegas and Florida and the strong voices of youth who are concerned for their futures, seem to have polarized the country more than ever. So what better way of finding a commonly acceptable solution than for people with opposing viewpoints to sit down and have civil discourse?

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) presents the 3rd program in its Community Matters: Civil Discourse at the Library series on Wednesday April 18th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Marina Branch Library, at 190 Seaside Circle. The conversation will focus on the issue of Gun Violence. Come listen to local leaders and residents discuss their various perspectives on gun violence The program is free and all are invited to attend.

The panelists for this Community Matters session are:
Supervisor John Phillips – Monterey County District 2
David Wasson –NRA certified firearms instructor from 831Shooter
Angie Ortega – Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
Wendy Askew – MPUSD Board Trustee, Area 1
Joy McMurtry – Monterey County Deputy Public Defender

MCFL Library Director Jayanti Addleman will be facilitating the discussion.

Previous sessions is the series focused on the #MeToo/Sexual Harassment and on Homelessness and were very well attended. Attendees requested more programs in the series and suggested many possible topics of discussion including Gun Violence.
For additional information, please call (831) 883-7573 or visit Facebook.com/eMCFL
Community Matters

April 6, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Robin Cauntay, King City Branch Manager
(831) 385-3677

                              Monterey County Free Libraries hosts a Free Veterans Poetry Contest

Calling all poets and aspiring poets! The Veterans Resource Center of Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) will be hosting a program to capture the voices, experiences, and life stories of our local veterans through poetry with a special focus on veterans and military family members. You do not need to be a veteran to enter.

What is Veterans Poetry?
It is poetry about: 

  • Veterans and the service they performed
  • Military lifestyle
  • Veterans' values and practices
  • Stories of life in the military

The contest is free and open to participants of all ages. Poems must be original and may be written in English or Spanish. Entries will be accepted through Monday, April 30, 2018.  Entry forms are available at all MCFL Branches as well as online at eMCFL.org/VeteransPoetry2018.html

Please submit your entries to any MCFL Library Branch or fax them to 831-883-7574. 

A celebration of veterans and the poems will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Seaside Branch Meeting Room, 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955. Participating poets will read their poems and prizes will be given out at the awards ceremony. Winners will receive a certificate and a prize, and will have their poems, shared on eMCFL.org and MCFL social media, in written, audio or video form.

“Monterey County has a rich history of military service, and our veterans have wonderful stories to share,” said Library Director Jayanti Addleman. “At MCFL we take our role of helping preserve our heritage and history very seriously, and hope that our veterans, as well as their friends and families, will be willing to come spend some time with us, sharing their poems and stories for future generations and for the community at large.”

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is open every Friday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the King City Branch Library at 402 Broadway in King City. Staffed by volunteers, the VRC is dedicated to helping veterans and their families connect with the benefits they have earned through their years of service and sacrifice. All services are free. The VA medical van and a VA physician are also on site at the King City Library on the first Friday of each month.

Visit our website for more info.

Veterans Poetry Contest

 

 

March 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
831 883-7573
AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us


Monterey County Free Libraries wins “Excellence in Education Award”

MONTEREY COUNTY, CA – Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) has been awarded the Monterey County School Boards Association’s “Excellence in Education Award” for 2018. The criteria for selection for the prestigious annual award were:

• Opportunity available and accessible to students countywide
• Transformative and significant impact on students’ quality of life
• Addresses an unmet, countywide student need
• Demonstrates a commitment to exceeding expectation in pursuit of addressing the challenge

In an awards ceremony held on Thursday, March 22nd, at Hartnell College and attended by representatives from Monterey County School boards, both Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County’s Superintendent of Schools, and Rita Patel, President of the Association, spoke of MCFL’s achievements. The Association acknowledged MCFL’s work in providing “a wide variety of high-quality programs and services for our local youth to help them read, find success in school, and achieve their full potential.”

MCFL staff members Orquidea Olvera, Be Astengo and Jayanti Addleman, were present to receive the award as well as several representatives from the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries and the County of Monterey.

“We are so humbled and honored to receive the award,” says Jayanti Addleman, Library Director. “We serve some of our most at risk youth, as well as their parents, and our main goal is to help everyone in the County be the best they can be. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of all of MCFL’s staff who stretch our very limited resources to take innovative and much needed programs like the Homework Centers, Summer Reading and Culture Club, Preschool STEM classes, Wi-Fi hotspot and telescope checkout programs all around the county. ”

For more information about MCFL’s programs and services, please visit eMCFL.org or call (831) 883-7573.


   

 

 

March 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Christopher Gallegos, Branch Manager
831 675-2209
GallegosCD@co.monterey.ca.us

Robotic Engineering and Coding Camp at both the Carmel Valley Branch Library and the Gonzales Branch Library

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $10,000 Innovation Station Grant from the California State Library.  This grant money will be used to create the Robotic Engineering and Coding Camp at both the Carmel Valley Branch Library and the Gonzales Branch Library.  Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 system, middle and high school students will experience hands-on learning in robotics, engineering, physical science, and coding. Students must complete an application packet and make a (1) one year commitment to the program. Throughout the school year, the students will progress through (4) four different and increasingly challenging modules – each one building on lessons learned from the previous module.  Here are the (4) four modules:  

Introduction to Robotics – Learning the basics of robotics, students will create a digital notebook to record findings.

EV3 Design Engineering Projects – Students will participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) open-ended problem solving activities.

EV3 Science – STEM focused physical science experiments will be performed focusing on energy, heat, temperature, force and motion, and light.

EV3 Coding Activities – Based on an automotive theme, students will write code related to driverless cars, vehicle reversing, warning systems, key-less ignition and cruise control.

In addition, we plan to have local guest speakers come to speak to the students about STEM and STEM careers throughout the year.

In this day and age, learning about STEM early in life is critical for success in the future job market.  “It is our hope that this library program will help bridge the digital divide.  Many students today have very limited or no exposure to hands-on STEM learning opportunities.  In particular, women are far under-represented in STEM fields now, so female students are strongly encouraged to be part of this program,” says Jayanti Addleman, director, MCFL.  “It is hoped that this library program will inspire some of the students who participate to pursue a STEM career.”

This program will launch at both branches on Thursday, April 19th from 3 PM to 5 PM and almost every Thursday after that for a year.  We anticipate this program to be highly competitive, so we encourage you to apply early.

For more information about the program and to get an application form today, please contact the following people: 

Carmel Valley Branch Library, call Eddy or Vanessa at 659-2377.

Gonzales Branch Library, call Christopher or Thomas at 675-2209.

About Monterey County Free Libraries
MCFL provides service to over 3125 square miles of Monterey County through its 17 branches, 3 book mobiles, and its website.  Its mission is to bring ideas, inspiration, information and enjoyment to the community.  Its vision is of Monterey County as a community where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential and pursue happiness.  For more information please go to www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org.

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March 1, 2018

For Immediate Release

Publicity Contact:
Be Astengo, Managing Librarian
831-883-7573
Astengobc@co.monterey.ca.us

MCFL Launches a Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program: “Wi-Fi to Go” 

Monterey County Free Libraries is launching a Wi-Fi hotspot lending program at selected libraries in North and South County. The intent of the program is to lend portable Wi-Fi devices to give internet access to patrons in some of our most remote and underserved communities, where internet service providers are limited.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this new service. Libraries throughout the county have this program and find that it really fills a need in rural and urban communities;” states Be Astengo, Managing Librarian and regional supervisor for south county.

What is a hotspot?

A hotspot is an area where a user can access the Internet via Wi-Fi. A mobile hotspot device connects users to the Internet using a small portable box with a cell phone data plan. Similar to a cell phone data plan as long as the device can connect to the cell tower, users can access the Internet. The device itself emits a Wi-Fi signal that users can connect their personal devices to, like a laptop, tablet, or smart phone, in order to use the Internet.

This pilot program will first be offered in the small communities of San Ardo, San Lucas, Aromas and Pajaro, where the branch libraries are only open for 18 hours each week and where library computer and internet access is a lifeline to many residents.

“Martin Zuniga, our Branch Lead in San Ardo says that students park in the lot outside the library to access the Wi-Fi before the branch opens.”  Astengo says. “The Wi-Fi to Go program will give students the ability to check out a hotspot from the library and use it at home.”

To check out the Wi-Fi hotspot, MCFL library card holders must be 18 years of age and be in good standing with the library. The hotspot will check out for a week at a time.

The initial funding for the” Wi-Fi to Go” program comes from a generous grant from the Pacific Library Partnership, a state and member funded library cooperative located in the Bay Area.

For more information, please call Be Astengo, 831-883-7573.

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February 16, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Be Astengo, Managing Librarian
831-883-7568
AstengoBC@co.monterey.ca.us

Orquidea Olvera Selected as Para-Librarian of the Year by Library Journal

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) is thrilled to announce that Orquidea Olvera, a Library Assistant II, was selected as the Para-Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, the most prominent journal in the library profession. Nominations for this award are sent from libraries all over the United States and the competition is stiff. This is the first time in the award’s 17 year history that a Para-Librarian from California has won this award.

Olvera has a diverse workload. Most notably she drives MCFL’s Reading Safari Van to preschool classrooms throughout the county to bring fun engaging English language as well as Science literacy programs to young children from Pajaro to San Ardo.  Her work is an important part of the libraries commitment to the collective impact of kindergarten readiness. She was nominated for her hard work and dedication to these programs and for the compassion she demonstrates to the communities she serves.

Olvera says, “As a child we went to the library all the time. Whenever there was a library program my mother brought us because it was free. Working in the library now is my way of giving back.”

MCFL recognized Olvera with the “Extra Mile” award 2 years ago for in her service to community members needing to sign-up for the Housing Voucher waitlist in collaboration with the Housing Authority. She is appreciated for her unwavering willingness to drive the Bookmobile to outreach events in the community such as the Greenfield Harvest Festival, the West End Festival, National Night Out, Del Rey Oaks day celebrations and many more, promoting reading and library services.

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors will recognize Olvera on Tuesday, March 13.

 
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October 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Robin Cauntay, Branch Manager
831 385-3677
CauntayRR@co.monterey.ca.us


Makerspace Launch @ King City Branch Library, Saturday, November 4, 2017.


The King City Branch of Monterey County Free Libraries is launching a MakerSpace. The Maker Movement has swept through the country and the King City Library has joined this movement to provide a makerspace with a focus on sewing, knitting and crochet.
Through the generous donation of sewing machines, knitting needles, crochet hooks and other items from Library supporters Joyce Ruminer, Harriet Abbott, Gladys Craspay and Yvonne Nickell, the King City Branch Library is ready to start making and creating.
Branch Manager, Robin Cauntay says, “I’ve been sewing and making things all my life so this makerspace brings a big passion of mine to the library.”
The Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside the library for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high and low tech tools. Part of the collaborative experience is for expert crafters to assist and guide novices. Cauntay adds, “Our space is open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs. We have a variety of sewing machines, crochet hooks and knitting needles available for people to use and create.”
All equipment is for in-library-use only, and will be out and available for use every Saturday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Special classes will be held monthly and will include topics such as:
• Recycle & Redesign
• Rotary Cutting Basics
• Identifying Textiles
• Reading Patterns
• Basic Construction Skills
• Specified Project Creations
• Life Skills (sewing a button back on, minor repairs, iron-on patches, etc.)

See MCFL’s Event Calendar at eMCFL.org/events.html for dates, times, and class descriptions. MCFL is seeking experts/instructors that would like to volunteer to teach a class in this program.
To find out more about the Makerspace or volunteer opportunities please call (831) 385-3677.


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August 9, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
831 883-7573

AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us

Free Eclipse Viewing Program and Launch of the New Telescope Lending Program at the Seaside Branch Library

On August 21, 2017, North America will experience the rare phenomenon of a total eclipse of the sun.  Here on the Central Coast, though residents will not be able to see the total solar eclipse, they will be able to see the sun eclipsed an impressive 77%. 

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) invites local residents to come view the eclipse with their family and friends at the Seaside Branch Library. On the day of the eclipse, the Library will be distributing special glasses for viewing the eclipse.

At the program, MCFL will also be launching an exciting new Telescope Lending  Program and will be educating the public on how to operate a telescope. MCFL library card holders, 18 years or older, will be eligible to check out a telescope for 3 weeks at a time. Telescope will only be available through the Seaside Branch Library at this time. 

This exciting new Telescope Lending Project is made possible through a collaboration between MCFL, MIRA, the New Hampshire Astronomical Society (NHAS), and the Friends of the Seaside Library. NHAS provide a telescope and MIRA modified it for easy public use.  The telescope that will be available for check out was purchased and donated to the Library by MIRA and the viewing glasses that will be available on the 21st are being offered through the generosity of the Friends of the Seaside Library.

For more information, please call the Seaside Branch Library at 831-899-2055.

Image: Courtesy NASA
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

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August 5, 2017

For Immediate Release:

                                                                               
PUBLICITY CONTACT:    
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
831-883-7573
addlemanjg@co.monterey.ca.us

Monterey County Free Libraries system announces new public service hours

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) will be adjusting their public service hours at the branches starting the Labor Day weekend. The library system regularly evaluates the public service hours at its branches to ensure continued balance between efficient use of library resources and provision of excellent service to the community.

Between December 2016 and January 2017, the library conducted online and in-person surveys to solicit public input regarding scheduled public service hours. The new schedules were formulated based on the results of the survey as well as other considerations including the following:

  • Staffing constraints
  • Efficient public service hours designed around peak use
  • Balancing community service needs and budget limitations
  • Equity in service hours between mid-sized branches, small branches and regional branches
  • Equity and efficiency in staffing levels at branches
  • Attempting to provide a variety of weekend, weekday, morning and evening hours
  • Other considerations

Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the new public service schedule at their July 25th meeting.

Library Director, Jayanti Addleman commented, “We like to review our branch hours when starting our strategic planning process. We serve a large area throughout the county and try our best to stretch our limited resources as far as we can to serve our communities. Through thoughtful planning and effort on the part of our very dedicated staff, several of our branches throughout the county are actually seeing an increase in library hours which we know will be a great benefit to the communities. It is unfortunate we have to have to reduce hours at a couple of locations, but we hope the community will understand that we do have to be fiscally responsible and this was definitely not our first choice.”

MCFL is primarily funded through approximately 1% of the property tax from its service area. MCFL serves over 3,150 square miles, including 8 of the 12 incorporated cities in the County and the unincorporated areas, through its 15 branches, 3 bookmobiles, a Library-by-Mail program, and its online services. The Bradley and Parkfield branches are currently closed while the County plans for new facilities in these locations. The Board of Supervisors has charged the Library Director to work with the County CAO’s office to present them with a plan for long term funding for library services.

The new branch hours will go into effect starting Saturday, September 2, 2017. Please contact your local branch to find out the new hours. The new hours and contact information for the branches are also available on the website eMCFL.org.

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07/20/17

For Immediate Release:

                                                                               
MEDIA CONTACT:    
Julia Foster
director@fmcfl.org
831-424-3564

2nd Annual South County Event “Books & Brews”

Saturday August 12, 2017
3:30 PM Meet and Greet, Hors d’oeuvres
4:00 PM Author Talk/Readings and Book Signing
5:00 – 6:30 PM Strolling Dinner and Fun
Tickets: $60 (available at www.fmcfl.org)
Beer Tasting & Strolling Dinner (Included in Ticket Price)
Cork & Plough, 209 Broadway St, King City CA
Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries

King City, CA.- The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries (FMCFL) presents their 2nd Annual South County author event, Books & Brews, featuring nationally-acclaimed youth authors Anne Ylvisaker and Carol Diggory Shields.

Anne Ylvisaker is the author of the novels Button Down, The Luck of the Buttons, Little Klein, and Dear Papa, for middle school ages, as well as an award-winning board book, and nineteen nonfiction books for young readers. In 2005 Anne was awarded the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship/Loft Award in Children’s Literature. “Charming. Fun. Endearing.” These are just a few words that you will hear about Anne’s books and characters.

Carol Diggory Shields had long planned to write a children’s book, but finally got serious about it at age of 39. Using her inspiration as a Children’s Librarian, she began writing, researching children’s publishers, and sending out manuscripts. She joined the Society for Children’s Writers and Illustrators, helped start a critique group (still going after 20+ years), got an agent, and published her first children’s book in 1990. Since then, she has published an additional 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Anne and Carol both reside in Monterey County and are part of the county’s vibrant literary scene. Carol is also a Librarian at the Seaside branch of Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL), and her fun and creative storytimes and craft programs are a huge draw for locals.

“We are really excited about bringing these two amazing authors to South County,” said Library Director Jayanti Addleman. “Our Annual Words & Wine event is always a big success every fall, but many of our South County supporters complain about the distance they have to travel to an event held on the Peninsula. This is a very large county, and we serve over 3,150 square miles of it. We understand the challenge of distances. The Foundation has made a commitment to bring literary events to our supporters in South County, but I would also like to invite all c ounty residents, including people from the Peninsula and the Salinas area, to attend our event, meet our wonderful authors, and to get familiar with the beauty of South County.”

In addition to meeting the authors and hearing them talk, attendees will be able to buy their books and have them signed, while enjoying a delicious strolling dinner and exciting silent auction. All proceeds benefit children’s programs through the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.

Tickets on sale at www.fmcfl.org or call Julia Foster at (831) 424-3564.

The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides funding for children’s literacy and other programs at the 15 branches of the Monterey County Free Libraries, stretching along the Hwy 101 and Hwy 1 corridors from Pajaro and Aromas in the north to San Ardo and San Lucas in the South. For more information, visit www.fmcfl.org.

FMCFL raises funds through the Words & Wine and the Books & Brews events, California Rodeo Salinas’s annual Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering, and by asking foundations, corporations, and individuals to join with them as partners in the quest for literacy for all children. The Foundation has contributed over $3.5 million dollars to library’s literacy programs since 1990.

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06/12/17

For Immediate Release:

                                                                               
MEDIA CONTACT:    
Kris Amaral, Managing Librarian
AmaralKM@co.monterey.ca.us
Monterey County Free Libraries
(831) 883-7564
188 Seaside Circle
Marina, California 93933

Monterey County Free Libraries selected as Finalist in National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) is proud to announce that  the Arts and Literacy Program at their Andy Ausonio branch in Castroville has been chosen for recognition as a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Arts Literacy Program, as it is also known, has been in existence for 8 years now.  It is a program that has been transforming lives by introducing children to art and artists, and bringing families and the community closer together from its very beginning.  It has the support of MCFL (the parent library system), the Friends of the Andy Ausonio Library group, the Haynes Foundation, and the Arts Council of Monterey County.  MCFL provides the venue and staff support for the program, and the Friends of the Andy Ausonio Library have been consistently paying for the art supplies since the inception of the program.  The program was originally started by library volunteer Virginia Baillie-Suzuki who ran the program for 2 years, and is now run by local artist Su Chesterman. Ms Chesterman is also a long-time library volunteer. Castroville Branch Manager Erik Thurman and the branch staff have worked tirelessly to encourage children to participate and to provide the staff support for the monthly program. The program is free to all participants.


NAHYP reviewed 342 applications from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, and our program’s selection as one of the 50 Finalists distinguishes it as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs for youth in the country.

“We are so happy that this wonderful program that has been transforming young lives in Castroville for so many years is finally getting the recognition it deserves,” said Jayanti  Addleman, MCFL’s Library Director. “You go to one of these monthly programs and you see the concentration of the children, you see how serious they are about researching the art form or the artist, and then you see the pride and enjoyment in the finished product, and it simply warms your heart. This is also very exciting for us as the NAHYP is a highly prestigious award.”

If selected as a winner, MCFL hopes to expand the program and bring in other local artists to present the monthly programs and possibly organize trips to museums for the participants, many of whom have neither the  opportunity nor the resources to visit museums or other art centers.

MCFL’s application is currently being reviewed for a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by a national jury composed of arts and humanities field experts.  Award winners will be notified by the end of June. If MCFL’s program is selected as a winner, they will receive a $10,000 one-time award and an invitation to accept the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC. MCFL will also have the opportunity to participate in the fourteenth annual NAHYP Awardee Conference, August 2-4, 2017, in Washington, DC.

About Monterey County Free Libraries
MCFL provides service to  over 3125 square miles of Monterey County through its 17 branches, 3 book mobiles, and its website.  Its mission is to bring ideas, inspiration, information and enjoyment to the community.  Its vision is of Monterey County as a community where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential and pursue happiness.  For more information please go to MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org.

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April 26, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Jayanti Addleman, Library Director
831 883-7573
AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Mary Agnes Young Library
in San Lucas, CA, to be held on Thursday May 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m.

 San Lucas Library Architectural Drawing


Supervisor Simon Salinas and Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) invite you to the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the long awaited rebuilding of the San Lucas branch library. The new library, which is the result of close cooperation between the County’s Resource

Management Agency’s-Public Works Department and the Library, will be called the Mary Agnes Young Library and the groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday,
May 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. at 54692 Teresa Street, San Lucas.

A fun program including music, light refreshments, and an appearance by Monte the library mascot are planned.  Key representatives from MCFL’s partners who helped make the project posible will participate in breaking ground with golden shovels.

 The first San Lucas library was built in June of 1916 and was moved into an old teacherage building at the current location in 1990. The building was owned by the San Lucas Union Elementary School District. As the building was old and deteriorating, in 2010, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors set aside $150,000 for the repair and remodeling of the building.

As remodeling work started, it was determined that the building needed to be demolished and a new library building would need to be constructed. “Because of our limited budget and with the economy still in a state of recession, we committed $135,000 to the project and reached out to the community for help,” says Library Director Jayanti Addleman. “Help came in many forms and from many partners.”

 The Sarmento family, Bud and Paula Sarmento and their daughters Mary Tadman and Sarah Sarmento, were the first to step forward to help with a $350,000 donation in honor of Bud’s mother Mary Agnes Young.  Mary Agnes, who was born in San Lucas and spent her early years there, had also served as a librarian at another one of MCFL’s 17 branches -- the Gonzales library. The San Lucas community also rallied and the San Lucas School Board supported the project by selling the teacherage property to the County for $1.00. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation provided an additional grant of $373,000 for the project.

 A beautiful LEED silver library of approximately 1,200 square feet which includes a Sheriff’s field office is planned. The new library will provide study and seating areas, a larger selection of materials, hosting of school visits, programming for all ages, and computer and internet access for students and families.  Key design features include:  two outdoor trellis patio covers to allow for shaded outdoor programming, solar photovoltaic electrical system to offset electricity use, recycled building materials, water efficient fixtures and energy efficient HVAC units, and drought resistant landscaping. 

 During the pre-construction phase of the project, unexpected challenges arose with the discovery of ground contamination, and the costs for building the library increased. “We were undeterred” says Addleman. “MCFL remained determined to provide the best possible service to this wonderful little town of barely 400 people that was feeling the loss of their library keenly.”

 The cleanup of ground contaminants which posed a major hurdle for the project was made possible by a $123,285 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Brownfields program. Monterey County’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program also provided $87,136 towards the cleanup of the site. The site remediation was completed in October of 2015.  Project Manager Florence Kabwasa-Green from the Public Works Department has worked tirelessly in making this project come to fruition. “It is The Little Library That Could,” says Kabwasa-Green. “It has been an honor to work on a project that will serve the community.”

“The closure of the library has been felt deeply by the community and the library staff,” said Library Director Jayanti Addleman, “but we have tried to mitigate the impact as best we can.  In the interim the San Lucas community and the students of the San Lucas Elementary school have been served by the bookmobile, online services, and the Library by Mail program.” With the latest addition of another $258,000 from MCFL’s budget, the project is now ready to move forward with construction of the new library facility. The library is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

 Members of the public are invited to come celebrate and support this very important and exciting project.

 MCFL continues to seek donations for furniture, equipment and library materials like books, DVDs and CDs. For more information about MCFL’s program or how you can support the library system, please go to www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org or call Library Director Jayanti Addleman at (831) 883-7573.

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04/21/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:

Jayanti Addleman
831 883-7573
Monterey County Free Libraries
Administrative Offices
188 Seaside Circle, Marina CA 93933

BIG SUR LIBRARY TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Planned reopening – June 30, 2016

The Big Sur branch of Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) will be temporarily closed effective immediately. The new reopening date is set for June 30, 2016. The closure is due to the deteriorating building condition and planned structural repairs.

During the closure, the following library service options are available:

Please visit the new temporary location of the library at the Big Sur Community Grange, located 0.1 mile away from the Ripplewood Resort heading south on your right-hand side. Open hours are on Fridays from 11am-3pm. Basic services are available.

A branchlet has been set up at Hwy 1 at Ripplewood Resort, located near the previous book-drop, and will be available 24/7. Library users are welcome to “Take a book and leave a book”. If they don’t have a book to leave behind, users are still welcome to take a book and bring it back when they are finished with it.

Library users can have materials delivered to their homes through MCFL’s Library-by-Mail program. Please call (831) 883-7544 or (800) 322-6884 for more information or to request delivery of library materials.

Library users may also visit or contact any MCFL branch for regular library services, such as the Seaside branch, located at 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955. Call (831) 899-2055 for more information.

You may also visit your online account at any time with your library card and pin number on our website at www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org

 “As you may imagine, this need to close took us completely by surprise,” said Library Director Jayanti Addleman, “but we can rise to any challenge at MCFL. Our staff members just rolled up their sleeves and very quickly put a very workable back-up plan into place. We are very sorry for the closure and hope we can keep the impact on the public to a minimum.”

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03/11/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:

Jennifer Smith
(831) 659-2377
Monterey County Free Libraries
Carmel Valley Branch
65 W. Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

 

Carmel Valley Branch Library Closure for Planned Facility Improvements

The Carmel Valley Branch of Monterey County Free Libraries will be closed from Thursday, April 7th through Wednesday, April 20th for planned improvements. The library facility will be inaccessible during the closure. The Carmel Valley Branch will reopen on Thursday, April 21st at 11:00am.

 

In order to minimize the impact on students, the branch library closure will coincide with Spring Break for the Carmel Unified School District. Homework Center service for school students will be provided off-site on Tuesday, April 19th at the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center where Library staff will be available to assist students 3:00 – 5:00pm. The Carmel Valley Community Youth Center is located at 25 Ford Road, Carmel Valley, on the west side of the Carmel Valley Community Park.

 

Due dates for all items checked out at Carmel Valley will be extended to cover the closure and late returns to the branch will be exempt from overdue fines during the closure. Patrons may speak to a library staff member or access their accounts online to change their pickup location for items on hold during the closure. All other items scheduled for pick up at the Carmel Valley branch will be held for pickup at the branch when it reopens on April 21st.

 

The nearest MCFL library is located at 550 Harcourt Avenue in Seaside. For more information call the Seaside Branch at (831) 899-2055. Online services and details of other branch locations and hours are available 24/7 at www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org

 

Download free music, eBooks, eAudio, movies, and magazines, and access free Live Online Homework Help to assist you with all types of questions – math, history, science, etc. and research – from the library’s website. You can also monitor your account and renew or place holds on items. Have your library card handy when you log in to www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org.

 

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03/10/2016 Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLICITY CONTACT:

Jayanti Addleman
831 883-7573
Monterey County Free Libraries
Administrative Offices
188 Seaside Circle, Marina CA 93933

BIG SUR LIBRARY TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Planned reopening – June 1, 2016

The Big Sur branch of Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) will be temporarily closed effective immediately. The reopening date is set for June 1st, 2016. The closure is due to the deteriorating building condition and planned structural repairs. 

During the closure, the following library service options are available to library users in the Big Sur area:

* A branchlet has been set up at the location (Hwy 1 at Ripplewood) and will be available 24/7. Library users are welcome to “Take a book and Leave a book”. If they don’t have a book to leave behind, users are still welcome to take a book and bring it back when they are done with it.

* The Reading Safari bookmobile will be at the site: Fridays 11 AM – 2 PM

* Library users can have materials delivered to their homes through MCFL’s Library-by-Mail program. Call (831) 883-7544 or (800) 322-6884 for more information or to request delivery of library materials.

* Library users may visit any MCFL branch. The branch closest to Big Sur is the Seaside Branch Library at 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955. Call (831) 899-2055
with your reference questions or for information about the Seaside branch.

* Updates on the Big Sur branch status and online services are available 24/7 at the MCFL’s website at www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org

“As you may imagine, this need to close took us completely by surprise,” said Library Director Jayanti Addleman, “but we can rise to any challenge at MCFL. Our staff members just rolled up their sleeves and very quickly put a very workable back-up plan into place. We are very sorry for the closure and hope we can keep the impact on the public to a minimum.”

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