L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery

Creator of "Anne with an 'e'

Lucy M. Montgomery, who was born on this day, November 30, 1874 is best known for her famous 1905 novel Anne of Green Gables, an immediate best seller which has been beloved by young readers around the world.  The tale of young “Anne with an “e” and her life on Prince Edward Island have endeared the character, the author, and even the place to many generations, and will no doubt do so for many, many more.  

This book is a particular favorite of young girls (I think I read this book when I was about eight or nine,)  so if you have one in your life put this on the "must read" list for her. 

Monterey's Christmas Angels

Monterey's Christmas Angels

Monterey's Love/Hate Relationship

Monterey's six-foot tall Christmas angels are now aloft, decorating lamp posts and City buildings around town - including the library. The angels were originally commissioned in 1956 by the City of Monterey to brighten up the downtown area during the festive season. The artist, Erica Franke (now Haba), worked under the direction of a committee of downtown merchants, and earned a commission of $12 per angel.

The angels were immediately controversial. Many people didn't like their dark complexions and dour expressions. Franke defended the angels, which she said were inspired by Spanish representations of angels in early California.

In the years immediately following the unveiling of the angels, the annual controversy resulted in a series of changes. A bit of color was added here and there to brighten the angels, and in 1959 tinsel and pieces of shiny aluminum were added to give them a shimmering effect.

Over the years, the angels became faded and battered, and in 1971, the City disposed of most of them. The few that were still in fair condition were auctioned off, fetching prices of between $75 and $100.

In 1972, Erica Franke Haba was commissioned to create 40 new angels. The new angels were similar in size and design, but the colors were lighter and brighter. When they were unveiled in 1973, they provoked criticism from those who had grown to love the original angels!

Whether you like them or dislike them, the Monterey Christmas angels are a Monterey institution. Drop by the library during the month of December and check out the “library’s” angel, and enjoy viewing the rest of them up and down various city streets.

Poetry Reading & Book Signing by Victor Henry

Sunday, December 13, 2 p.m.

November 29, 2015
Media Contact:  Jeanne McCombs
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
831.646.3949  /  mccombs@monterey.org


Monterey Public Library will host a Poetry Reading and book signing from his new book, "What They Wanted" by Victor Henry, on Sunday, December 13, 2 - 3 p.m.  Victor's narrative poems offer a journey into a war he was drafted to fight, in a strange country, for political reasons he knew nothing about.  Following the reading, copies of "What They Wanted" will be available for purchase and signing.  For adults.  Admission is free.  For information call (831) 646-3949 or email mccombs@monterey.org.

Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.

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December Teen Book Club

December Teen Book Club

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm

December's book is:


by: Scott Sigler


A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another. Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

If you are a member of Teen Book Club already, you know the drill. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. If you are not a member of the club and are interested, just show up for the next meeting. You don't have to read the book, but you can listen to the discussion and vote on the next book. The book that wins the vote will be purchased in your name, come get your copy, read it, keep it (it's yours!), the only thing you are promising to do is to come back for the following month's meeting to discuss and vote again.

If you have questions, contact Eboni @ 831-646-2094 or harris@monterey.org.

When:   December 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Where:  The Community Room

Who:      Middle and High School students

Teen Council

Teen Council

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 3, 3:15 p.m.

Have good suggestions or ideas of what you'd like to see in the library? Join the Library's Teen Council. Gain more of a voice in the library and get another great leadership activity to add to your resumes, college applications and scholarship applications.

Open to all High School and Middle School students who frequent the Library.


When:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:15 om

Where: The Solarium Conference Room


Questions? Contact Eboni at 831-646-2094 or harris@monterey.org