Events for Adults

Beginner Ukulele Class

Beginner Ukulele Class

Tuesday, February 28, 6:00pm

Learn new songs, basic chords, and techniques on this fascinating instrument with Chris Bohrman, the PG Music Man! Beginner to intermediate skill levels welcome. Bring your own ukulele or reserve a library ukulele in advance. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (831)646-3933 to sign up for this session and the companion class on March 28.

Hidden Web: Digital Reel

Hidden Web: Digital Reel

Saturday, March 4, 10:30am

Access our historic local newspaper collection online, for free, from anywhere! Space is limited and signup is required. For more information and to sign up, please call (831) 646-3933.

Adult Craft Club

Adult Craft Club

Sunday, March 5, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Cloches and Cases! We will be making  Zipper Cases that can hold all kind of supplies. These things are great!  They are sturdy little cases, made from the bottoms of a couple of bottles that would have ended up in the trash. To complete our recycling project, we will repurpose the bottle tops into inexpensive Display Cloches (aka bell jars or domes)  -- the perfect way to showcase miniature scenes, mementos, or seasonal table top displays. Supplies for a simple display will be provided, or you may supply your own.

Free. Space is limited and the class sometimes fills so please RSVP by calling 646-3933 or emailing

WILD BIRD:  The True Jazz Tale of Ruth Wightman Morris, a Talk by Local Author John A. Greenwald

WILD BIRD: The True Jazz Tale of Ruth Wightman Morris, a Talk by Local Author John A. Greenwald

Thursday, March 9, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Monterey Public Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee invite you to a talk by local author John A. Greenwald about his book WILD BIRD: The True Jazz Tale of Ruth Wightman Morris on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Author John A. Greenwald shares the story of how the discovery of letters hidden in the walls of La Mirada revealed the end of a passionate love affair between its former owner Ruth Morris and British author Alec Waugh (Evelyn's brother) and inspired Greenwald to begin uncovering many more surprising details about this fascinating woman. That she flew planes, raced cars, worked in Hollywood, fought a bull, and was involved in a great scandal. Perfect material for an engrossing book.

A California native, John A. Greenwald is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a former copywriter for several major advertising agencies. He later became a teacher and began helping high school students learn how to write. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Monterey.

The event takes place at Wave Street Studios, 774 Wave St., Monterey, CA. Tickets are $25 per person. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments before the lecture - reception 4:00 p.m., lecture 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary for 1849 Society Members and guests. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at the Library Help Desk or by phone at 831.646.5632.
Tai Chi Chuan for Health & Fitness with Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., and Master Trainer Emeritus Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi Chuan for Health & Fitness with Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., and Master Trainer Emeritus Tai Chi for Health

Monday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art, a health and fitness practice and a spiritual discipline. The English translation of the Tai Chi is “Supreme Ultimate” and it is well suited to fulfill all three descriptions.

Tai Chi originated in China and is quite ancient. When China opened to the West in the 1970’s Chinese masters began teaching in the United States. There are four main branches of Tai Chi: Chen, Wu, Yang and Sun style. The latter style was created by Sun Lutang about 100 years ago, and was specifically designed for health. There are now several health-related short forms of Tai Chi that are easily accessible. Many research studies demonstrate Tai Chi’s beneficial effects on many health challenges including arthritis pain, mobility, and balance/fall prevention.

Dr. Taylor was one of the founding Master Trainers of Tai Chi for Health which is now a worldwide movement with five million individuals trained in the short forms. She will review classical Tai Chi forms, as well the newer short forms for health. Everyone will have a chance to participate in a short exercise. You will also be able to go home with a list of reading recommendations as well as local resources for classes. Dr. Taylor’s classes are noteworthy for both depth and lightness of heart.

The lecture is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life Program Series that covers health and well-being, planning for the future, following ones spirit and other interesting topics for the second half of life. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Monterey Public Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Monterey Public Library or the City of Monterey.

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

Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D. Biography: Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified gynecologist and founder of A Woman’s Wellspring, Carmel, California. A Woman’s Wellspring is an integrative medical practice uniting the ancient triad of mind, body and spirit. The newest technologies in genetics and personalized medicine are blended with the ancient healing arts. She has several publications in Jungian psychology, behavioral genetics and environmental medicine. Her Tai Chi background includes Master Trainer emeritus with Tai Chi for Health, Master of Medical Qi Gong, and certification in medical acupuncture (UCLA). She teaches Tai Chi classes Saturday mornings in Pacific Grove.

Important note: Library events may not be video taped, audio recorded, or photographed without written permission from the Library Director. Library events may be photographed or videotaped by Library or City staff for non-commercial promotional use. If you have questions or concerns about this or any other recording, please contact Jeanne McCombs.