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11/28/2016

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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 24th through January 1st for the winter recess. The Seaside Branch will resume normal business hours from Monday, the 2nd of January. The Administrative Office and all other branches will resume regular hours from Tuesday the 3rd of January.

The online Virtual Branch at www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org never closes! You can use your library from the comfort of your home, coffee shop, or anywhere you access the internet.  Try out the new eBook readers and smart devices you receive as gifts this year by downloading free music, streaming movies, and checking out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines. You can also monitor your account and place holds on items. Just have your MCFL library card handy when you login.

 

If you prefer print books, books on CD, or DVDs – make sure you stock up in advance and return them after we reopen in the New Year as all book return slots will also be closed in the branches during the winter recess.

Concerned about overdue fines during the winter recess? Don’t worry. All checked-out materials have an extended due date through the holidays. And because we know people have many extra expenses at this time of the year and we’d like you to start your year off on a good note: January is fine free month!

 

Start off the New Year right by bringing back those overdue books and DVDs sitting on your shelves and share them with other library users. Return your library materials during the month of January and the library will waive the overdue fines. Some exceptions apply. Please contact your local branch to find out the details about the program,

 

Monterey County Free Libraries consists of 15 branches located at Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Las Palmas/River Road, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Prunedale, San Ardo, Seaside and Soledad. Please visit our Virtual Branch at www.MontereyCountyFreeLibraries.org for branch hours or for details about any of our services.

 

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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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