Annual Report 2008-09 Statistical Highlights Grants Mission Statement ٠515,979 items were borrowed California State Library, ELF and TALF grants; Commu- Inspire, Delight, Educate All An 11% increase over last year! nity Foundation for Monterey County, Shades and Sto- ries of Monterey Grant; Poets & Writers, Inc., Poetry We are here for you in the Library, Monterey ٠389,653 visits were made to the Writing Workshops; Rotary Club of Monterey, Live Homework Help. aboard the Bookmobile, and on the Web Library and Bookmobile Thank you, Donors Monterey City Council Public ٠9,109 people of all ages attended 213 Cynthia & Bill Adams, Dorothy Albee, Katherine Albertini, cultural and informational programs Joan Ambers, Leonides & Remedios Andalio, Burton & Charles Della Sala, Mayor; Libby Downey, Vice Mayor; Alice Anderson, Richard Beidleman, Charles Biller, Robert Jeff Haferman, Nancy Selfridge, Frank Sollecito Library ٠30,124 questions were answered & Malinda Bomberger, Lois Breida, Anne Petersen Burk, Mary Castagna, *Beverly Cleary, Carol E. Collin, Edgard & Shirley Coly, Ronald & Hadassah Contreras, Frank & Library Board of Trustees Debby Degnan, Robert & Eileen DeWeese, Natasha ٠2,169 volunteer hours were given Doner, Darryl & Jean Donnelly, Barbara Dubrasich, Maxine Reneker, Chair; Alice Yamanishi, Vice Chair; Sharon Dwight, *Richard & Janice Elster, Jerry Falek, Mary Castagna, Tony Joseph Leyva, Clyde Roberson Lorita Fisher, *Friends of the Monterey Public Library, Financial Report Patricia Brown & Paul Fleischman, *Ann Folsom. William Bullard II & Jessica Frischling, Mary Fry, Lisa Fry, Garcia Friends of the Library Board Gallery, Inc., Ross & Nancy Genger, Lester & Winifred Gorn, Julia Grannt, Deborah & Jeffrey Greenberg, Hilde- Mike Sovereign, President; Judy White, Vice President; gard Grill, Harry & Jackie Hamilton, Elinda Hardy, Ruth Neil Jansen, Treasurer; Rob Savukinas, Secretary; Lorita Hartmann, David Hawley, Dr. Joel Hendler, Elizabeth & Roger Hilleary, Carrie Hodapp, Howard Hodges, Robert Fisher, Corresponding Secretary; Linda Cruzan, Linda Horn, Ruth Horn, Emilie & Vince Huth, William & Barbara Hyland, John Ishizuka, Thomas Jamison, Johnsson Family Dorris, Bob Jaster, Mary Ann Kane, Joan Kiliany, Jean Living Trust, Janet Jones, Mary Jordan, Eric Julber, Judith O’Brien, Bob Petty, Richard Ruccello, Barbie Sovereign, Karas, Ruth Kelly, Gerald & Traci Klarsfeld, Dorothy Konrad, David & Claudia Lane, Evelyn Lee, Ed Leeper, Dick Vreeland, Bill Wojtkowski, and Alice Yamanishi, James Leeper, Zoya Leitchenko, Carl & Sarah Leonard, *David Loleng. Richard & Jane Lundy, Marta & Patrick Library Board of Trustees Liaison. Lynch, Willis & Yvonne Lyon, Don & Lou Mathews, Betty Donated Collections & Gifts Matterson, Richard & Patricia McDermott, Everett Mess- inger, Fred & Phyllis Meurer, Monterey Bay Tale-Spinners, *Monterey Vista Neighborhood Association; Sara Thank you to John Castagna and the Haasis Moore, Linda Moorman, Grace Nola, Eugene & Ivy Olsen, Hikers for archival material documenting the Jean Oman, John & Carol O’Neil, Ellen Gill Pastore, Paul Davis Partnership, *Rosemary Poskus, Ann Prego, 30+ year history of the club founded by Dr. Robert Renard, Maxine Reneker, Mary Rile, Lois Rocke- Ferdinand Haasis, and its many local hiking feller, Jean Rodriguez, Menko & Helen Rose, Simson trips; the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Com- Garfinkel & Beth Rosenberg, Betty Roth, Richard Russell, merce for minutes of the original Monterey Pat Rutowski, Kalyn Shubnell, Robert Silberstein, Janet Monterey Public Library Chamber from 1923-24; Barbara LeBeck for Slay, Leo & Marcia Stavros, Morgan Stock, David Taggart, A Department of the City of Monterey Jerry LeBeck’s photo collection of documenting William & Asayo Takigawa, Linda Thorpe, Eddie & Carolyn E Tognetti, Rena Toliver, J. Breck and Nancy Tostevin, the Monterey Peninsula during the 1960s 625 Pacific Street D Patrice Vecchione, Charlotte Waldman, Stuart & Paula I through 1980s; the Estate of Marcia Frisbee N D U Walzer, Clara Wang, Valerie & Greg Watkins, Bix Monterey, CA 93940 e A Devoe for local history materials; John S C L Whitcomb, Mary Wrighton, Jane Wynn, Alice Yamanishi, P l A McCleary for his collection of 76 Monterey Pen- I I L *Cary & Lynn Yeh. 831.646.3932 g T insula People videos featuring 53 interviewees; R E h E and Gerald Wasserman for an oil painting de- *Major Donors $500 + www.monterey.org/library t picting the Hovden Cannery. Friends of the Library Message from the Highlights and Achievements Early Learning with Families The Library was awarded the Early Learning with The Friends of the Monterey Public Li- Library Director Families grant from the California State Library for a second year. These funds made brary raised over $40,000 for the Library it possible to present 58 storytimes at six preschools during the year, to create 20 through a range of activities including With a sigh of relief – and a sense “Storytime Kits”, a teacher resource bag containing books, CDs book sales, the annual Monterey House of pride in all that we accomplished and activity guides. The grant also made possible six Saturday Tour and the Chocolate & Wine tasting – we “close the book” on the past storytimes featuring staff and guest presenters, enabled the event. Members also raised money by year at the Monterey Public Li- Library to purchase toys and educational games to make the working at election polls and for the Big brary. Library more welcoming for children and families, and provided Sur Marathon. During these unprecedented eco- materials to support parenting skills. nomic times more The Friends, in turn, donated $12,000 to Monterey residents and the Library’s Bucks for Books campaign, visitors checked out A Big Year for Teens at the Library Attendance at Library pro- which went to the purchase of books and grams for teens was up over 1000%! The jump, in large part, was due to the introduc- materials, asked questions and other materials. The Friends also pro- visited the Library and Bookmobile tion of Chill Time, a new program giving local teens a vided funds to support the Shades & Sto- weekly opportunity to play games, relax and socialize than ever before. Library staff ries of Monterey project, to purchase were “first after school in the Community Room. Teens also had storage furniture for the California His- the chance to share their technical talents at the responders” helping the newly un- tory Room, four laptops for customers to employed, learners young and old, Library’s first ever Technology Fair, and put their collec- use in the Library, new book carts for the tive creative energy into a pair of fantastic signs for the families stretching dwindling dol- Youth area, a teen Multimedia Creativity lars, business owners, and Teen Zone. Events for History Day and the High School Lab, and to throw a festive party to wel- Poetry Awards provided some academic help and rec- thousands more! come the new Bookmobile. The Friends ognition for hardworking students. Finally, the Library’s provided cash awards for students par- And thanks to support from the Li- teen space itself got a face lift this year with new furniture and decor paid for by the ticipating in Monterey County History brary Board, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Library and selected by our Teen Advisors. Day and in the annual High School Po- City Council, NIP and neighbor- etry Competition. hood groups, Library users, do- Welcome to the New Bookmobile It features smiling faces of Bookmobile customers nors, City and library staff we and staff on the outside, “Welcome” in many languages, green features weathered the threat of layoffs and including solar panels to power the lights and computers, and it runs on biodiesel fuel. potential loss of Sunday open The lower floor, and a ramp instead of stairs, provides easier access for customers of hours. I thank you all very much - all ages and and promise that the Monterey abilities. Inside, there is plenty of room for a good selec- Public Library will continue to in- tion of books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines for customers spire, delight and to borrow, and the Bookmobile now offers free Internet educate all for the access. This is Monterey’s 3rd generation bookmobile, future – the continuing a long Library IDEA! tradition of bringing books and library services to fami- Become a member and help raise funds lies, seniors, and children in neighborhoods, parks and and fun to support your community Li- Kim Bui Burton schools. Testament to the deep appreciation for Book- brary. For more information call mobile service, half the cost of purchasing the new vehi- 831.646.5601 or visit cle came as a generous bequest from the estate of a www.mplfriends.com. longtime Bookmobile customer.