"A Fighting Chance" with Author Claudia Melendez Salinas

"A Fighting Chance" with Author Claudia Melendez Salinas

Saturday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.

Claudia Melendez Salinas, a reporter for the Monterey Herald, debuts her first YA novel A Fighting Chance. 

Set in Monterey County, Melendez-Salinas captures and portrays the reality of urban life in some of the poorest barrios. Hear a reading, have a discussion and get your books autographed by this wonderful lady!

 

Date:    Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time:    4:30 pm

Where: The Community Room 


 

 

Seventeen-year-old Miguel Angel spends every minute after school at the Packing Shed, working out with the Alisal Boxing Club. He dreams of becoming a champion so he can get his mother and five siblings out of their cramped one-bedroom apartment in one of Salinas' poorest barrios.


But suddenly his life gets more complicated. The city is threatening to take the Packing Shed away from Coach, and without a place to train he won't be able to avoid the gangbangers in his neighborhood. His childhood friend, Beto, has succumbed to the wiles of easy money and expensive cars, and Miguel Angel wonders if he'll be able to resist. Meanwhile, beautiful blonde Britney from Pebble Beach has entered his life, and Miguel Angel has never felt this way before. She too feels an overwhelming attraction, and she's willing to defy her hard-nosed father, who expects her to date someone from their social background of exclusive country clubs and Ivy League schools.


When Beto turns to him for help, Miguel Angel is torn between his commitment to friends and Coach's warnings about gang life. With gang violence getting closer and closer, he and Britney are suddenly faced with the consequences of unprotected sex. Can their love for each other survive all of the problems swirling around them? In A Fighting Chance, journalist Claudia Meléndez Salinas has crafted a vivid novel for young adults that captures the challenges of contemporary urban life in one of the Latino community's poorest barrios.

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AAbout the Author

CLAUDIA MELÉNDEZ SALINAS is an award-winning multimedia journalist working for the Monterey Herald in California's Central Coast region. This is her first novel.


Once again, the author will be here on:

Date:    Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time:    4:30 pm

Where: The Community Room 


If you are interested in the event, just come in. There is no registration. If you have any questions, please contact Eboni at 831-646-2094 or e-mail: harris@monterey.org

Nutritional Supplements Revisited Lecture

Nutritional Supplements Revisited Lecture

Monday, March 21, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Ellinoy will lead an interactive discussion to help you determine whether or not you should be using supplements and the quality of various products in the marketplace.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, efficacy, and the utilization of appropriately trained health professionals and evidenced-based literature to help guide you through the confusing maze of products that are being advertised.

This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee.  Adults are invited to attend.  Admission is free, and reservations are required.  Call (831) 646-5632 or email thongchu@monterey.org.

 

To learn more about Dr. Brian Ellinoy, PharmD go to his website http://www.integrativepharmacist.com/index.htm .

 

 

 

Nutritional Supplements Revisited Lecture presented by Dr. Brian Ellinoy, PharmD

Monday, March 21, 6 p.m.

February 3, 2016

Media Contact:  Sirie Thongchua
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
831-646-5632 /
 thongchu@monterey.org
www.monterey.org/library
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

On Monday, March 21, 2016, 6 pm, Integrated Pharmacist, Dr. Brian Ellinoy, PharmD, will provide an update on nutritional supplements and lead an interactive discussion to help you determine whether or not you should be using supplements and the quality of various products in the marketplace.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, efficacy, and the utilization of appropriately trained health professionals and evidenced-based literature to help guide you through the confusing maze of products that are being advertised.

This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee.  Adults are invited to attend.  Admission is free, and reservations are required.  Call (831) 646-5632 or email thongchu@monterey.org.  The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.

 

To learn more about Dr. Brian Ellinoy, PharmD go to his website http://www.integrativepharmacist.com/index.htm .

 

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The Leaving of Things by Jay Antani

The Leaving of Things by Jay Antani

Straddling Two Cultures

In this coming of age story, we meet Vikram Mistry, a native of India, who has lived for the past eleven years in Madison, Wisconsin. Just graduating from high school, Vikram is not a bad kid, but he has not worked his hardest in school, he resents his Indian roots, and his future is a question mark.  An incident involving underage drinking pushes the limits of his parents’ tolerance and they pack up the family and return to India for good.  For Westernized Vikram, this is a nightmare.  Angry and shaken to his core, Vikram’s first arrival in India is shocking.  There is filth, noise, disease, inconvenience, lizards, spicy food, language barriers, and wandering cows nosing through the trash.  The cultural differences are wide; he misses his friends; he finds it hard to fit into his new college, and he longs for a hamburger.

But Vikram also finds in India a loving extended family, parents who are happy for the first time in years, and he begins to make a few friends.  Vikram enjoys photography and finds comfort and enjoyment in capturing images of his new home. Gradually, he begins to understand and appreciate India, the society, the culture, the food, the beauty of the landscape, the history, even a potential love interest – just about the time he learns that it might be possible to return to Madison, Wisconsin to attend college.

This is good, solid storytelling.  The novel won an International Book Award for Multicultural Literature and would be enjoyed by teens as well as adults.  Watch for more by this author!

LEGO Club

LEGO Club

Saturday, February 13, 2-3:30 p.m.

Love LEGOS? Come for a fun afternoon of free-building!  We supply the bricks, you supply the imagination and building skills!  All ages welcome with good LEGO manners.
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