Events for Adults

The Literary Circle

The Literary Circle

Monday, August 29, 6:30 p.m.

Read Nora Webster by Colm Toibin and come prepared to participate in the lively, congenial discussion.  For adults.  No sign ups required.  Newcomers always welcome.  Questions?  Email



Book Launch Party with E. Ardell, author of THE FOURTH PIECE Book I in the Order's Last Play series

Book Launch Party with E. Ardell, author of THE FOURTH PIECE Book I in the Order's Last Play series

Saturday, September 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Monterey Public Library presents a book launch party with author E.Ardell to celebrate the publication of her science fiction novel, THE FOURTH PIECE Book I in the Order's Last Play series.

In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heros and monsters, choices and prophecies - and four brothers with the power to choose what's left when the gods decide they're through playing games. Visit to learn more about the author and her new book.

The party will include refreshments, a make-up table, henna tattos, an author reading, prizes, music and more. Teens and adults are invited to attend this FREE event. No sign up is required. For more information, visit or call (831) 646-3933.

Herbs 101

Herbs 101

Monday, September 12, 6:00 p.m.

Herbs are such multi-faceted plants that they’re the perfect addition to any garden. With medicinal, culinary and therapeutic attributes, herbs offer the home gardener so many possibilities.

Join Master Gardener Susan Brown for a free workshop to learn about the many attributes of common garden herbs and how to make these versatile plants thrive in your garden.

Susan Brown is a writer and storyteller. She became a Master Gardener in 2014 to better understand the unfolding drama that happens in her garden and to share those stories!

For more information contact or call (831) 646-5603.

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw to Discuss Big Read Title

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw to Discuss Big Read Title

Saturday, September 17, 1 p.m.

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw will speak about Mexican culture and history as part of The Big Read initiative.  The library is hosting this event in cooperation with the National Steinbeck Center.   This year's Big Read selection is Sun, Stone, and Shadows; 20 Great Mexican Short Stories  by Jorge F. Hernandez.  Multiple copies of the book are available for borrowing.    For adults.  No reservations required.  For more information call (831) 646-3933.

Health Starts at Home!  Household Toxins May Contribute to Your Allergy Symptoms

Health Starts at Home! Household Toxins May Contribute to Your Allergy Symptoms

Monday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.

Toxins in your home can contribute to allergies, asthma and other chronic challenges of the immune system.  Deb Oleynik, ND will discuss how some home products may contribute to nagging symptoms and illnesses. She will suggest small, easy to-do, changes that can create a long-term, big impact and keep you and your family in the best of health.

The lecture takes place in the Community Room.  Admission is free but reservations are required.  Adults ages 50-up are especially encouraged to attend.  Sign up in advance at the Help Desk or contact Sirie Thongchua at 831.646.5632.  The lecture is part of the "Next Chapter" Lecture Series sponsored by the Monterey Public Library Friends of the Library and the Endowment Committee.

Dr. Oleynik graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and practiced in a primary care setting in Great Falls, MT for 12 years where she helped her patients overcome chronic digestive issues, hormone imbalances and much more.  She started Natural Balance Health Consulting after identifying a need for more personalized, in-home health care support. She is dedicated to helping people identify which environmental toxins are contributing to their health problems and how to make the needed changes towards better health.   Learn more at


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