Due to devastating COVID related budget cuts, our budget for new materials was eliminated. These are titles we anticipate demand for. Would you like to help us by gifting them to our collection? If you would like, put your library card number on the gift receipt and we will place the book on hold for you when it's ready to circulate. You are welcome to order from another vendor or donate new releases not on this list, however a librarian will review them based on the Library's Collection Development policy before making a decision to add them to the collection. Questions? contact ksmith@monterey.org

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Cannery Row Days:
A Novel Celebration

September 16 - November 7, 2020

This year is the 75th anniversary of the publication of Steinbeck’s masterpiece, Cannery Row (1945). This little novel, written immediately after Steinbeck returned from a journalistic assignment overseas during World War II, captures life in 1930s Monterey as well as the ecological vision of Steinbeck and his friend Edward F. Ricketts.

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Historic Monterey Newspapers - The Library’s holdings of Monterey newspapers on microfilm from 1846 – June 1964 have been digitized and are accessible online from anywhere with an Internet connection. Searching is faster, can be done by date, name, and event, and there is an adjustable tool for optimizing image quality for both text and photos.
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