Events for Adults

The Literary Circle Discusses "Commonwealth"

The Literary Circle Discusses "Commonwealth"

Monday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.

Spanning five decades, Annn Patchett's novel, Commonwealth, explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of two families.  Read the book and join the lively, congenial discussion facilitated by library staff.  For adults.  Admission is free and newcomers are always welcome. 

NEA Big Read Book Discussion: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

NEA Big Read Book Discussion: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. This timely, provocative meditation on race is presented in cooperation with the National Steinbeck Center as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read. For more information, please visit Copies of the book available while supplies last.

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Training the Force Lecture

Training the Force Lecture

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Monterey Public Library presents a lecture by Steven Levinson, Director of the Fort Ord Collections and Archives, about how the army uses various techniques to develop attitudes and values in soldiers during basic training, compared to the educational methods used by contemporary colleges in the United States. In both cases, the institution is attempting to develop attitudes that will lead to the soldier/student using the skills they are taught in way that the institution desires.

Mr. Levinson was a faculty member at CSUMonterey Bay for 20 years where he taught digital film, television, radio and Service Learning. He won a Quiet Hero of the Community Award from the Citizenship Project (Salinas, CA) for a series of radio PSAs about the issues among migrant farm workers in the Salinas Valley. He has been researching and collecting material about Fort Ord for 20 years and has lectured on Fort Ord to many history and sociology classes at CSUMB, local organizations, and at the Defense Manpower Data Center. His special interest is comparing the training methods of Fort Ord with contemporary college teaching. 

No reservations are required. Admission is free.

Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. For more information call (831) 646.2091 or visit

Building Blocks to Successful Financial Planning Part 1:  Getting Organized

Building Blocks to Successful Financial Planning Part 1: Getting Organized

Wednesday, October 4, 6-8:00 p.m.

The Building Blocks to Successful Financial Planning Workshop: A Special Gift to the community, in support of the Improving Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy Movement and October being National Estate Planning Month

Building Blocks to Successful Financial Planning Part 1: Getting Organized

Free Lecture/Panel Discussion/ Nibbles and refreshments will be served.

We want to make sure you have the personal financial management skills and tools to help you and your family live and enjoy the best life possible. In the spirit of improving financial awareness and financial literacy, The Monterey Public Library and The Financial Awareness Foundation have a very special gift for you.

This enlightening program will be presented by a panel of experts who are experienced financial service and legal professionals and is designed to motivate, educate, and empower you to improve your future financial lifestyle by providing an easy-to-use, systematic approach to personal financial management. It will identify the essential principals for smart personal financial management and common financial mistakes to avoid.

These powerful tools of empowerment will help you to make better informed and productive decisions about your money, save you time and money working with your financial advisors, and give you the best possibilities to reach and maintain your personal and family financial dreams, while you advance your legacy. As an additional gift all attendees will receive a valuable set of personal finance publications.

Speakers -
Cristofer A. Cabanillas, AIF, CFP, Partner, Monterey Private Wealth |
Bryce Hamilton, Partner & Co-Founder, Vestus Group Wealth Management |
Liza Horvath, CTFA, AIF, President & CEO, Monterey Trust Management |
Kris Toscano, CPA, Partner, Hayashi Wayland |

Partner Website: The Financial Awareness Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit

The workshop takes place in the Community Room. This event is 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. Sign up at the Help Desk, or contact Sirie Thongchua at (831) 646-5632 or

October 11 Building Blocks to Successful Financial Planning Workshop Part 2: Essential Principles, 6-8 pm

October 18 Building Blocks to Successful Estate Planning Workshop, 6-8 pm
Scraping and Cupping:  From Folk Medicine to Elite Treatment of Olympic Athletes

Scraping and Cupping: From Folk Medicine to Elite Treatment of Olympic Athletes

Monday, October 9, 6-7:30 p.m.

Cupping and its lesser-known cousin, gua sha (scraping), have come a long way since they were first practiced by Chinese, Southeast Asian, South American, and other peoples many hundreds of years ago.  Join acupuncturist Kaz Wegmuller for an informative lecture and demonstration of these healing arts.  Scraping and cupping have helped world-class athletes like Michael Phelps.  They can help you too!

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee. 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 or

Kaz Wegmuller, L.Ac., Acupunturist and Herbalist:
Kaz Wegmuller was first introduced to traditional East Asian medical concepts as a boy growing up in Japan. He went on to study anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning a graduate degree in traditional Chinese medicine at Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California, Kaz established his private practice in Santa Cruz in 2000. He can be reached at (831) 706-6125 or


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