12 years ago they couldn’t afford to keep it open more than 4 days a week. Now they had 3 million $$ to remodel.
As it adds more hours and access during the ongoing pandemic and beyond, patrons will find the usual library items such as books, DVDs, and historic documents, but the updated space also provides USB plugs for laptops and access to a new audio-visual system and screen for things such as lecture events and movie nights.
The community was invited to name the “heart of the library,” the showpiece of the library’s renovation where newly-refinished floors, archways, and replicas of the original chandeliers, separate the rotunda from the main section of the library.
Godwin said the list of possible names has been narrowed down to the top five: “Carnegie Commons,” “Lantern Hall,” “Grove Hall,” “Pacific Hall,” and “Old Parlor.” The winning name will be revealed at the rededication ceremony where the community is invited to come together, take part in the celebration, and tour the renovated library.
I tried, but Booky McBook Room failed to make the cut, as did Temperance Hall.
Library Reopening Dedication
We invite you to let your creative juices flow and submit up to 5 name suggestions by Friday, August 23rd, using the link, scan the QR Code below with your smart phone/tablet, or in person during Library hours. The top 5 will then be voted on with the winning suggestion announced September 18th during the Rededication Celebration at Jewell Park 1pm – 4pm.
Five names offered up by Lighhouseavenue.com:
5: Red’s Station.
3: Temperance Hall.
2: Colossus Of Gold Room.
and number one:
Booky McBook Room
Library Room Naming Contest!
Let’s rename the job “Liberry DIRECTOR” and offer more money(that we don’t have enough of) and ask them to fix the computers too. Maybe then the city can attract some young come-here to take the job and commute from Salinas. Then the newcomer will become depressed and leave, likened to the OG PG Cops.
I’d try renaming the job “Senior Liberrian” and offer more $$ to an existing employee.
I feel that to be a Director one would have more than a single dead-tree lending branch to direct, not fix the computers while your at it.
In the past six months, the city has twice tried to recruit applicants for the permanent position of a library manager at the annual pay range of $66,564 to $80,904. Those efforts haven’t turned up many qualified applicants.
That prompted leaders of three groups — the Library Advisory Board, Foundation for the Pacific Grove Library and the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library — to ask the City Council this week to put some more polish on the job title and salary.
In a letter to the council, the groups said people who run public libraries are generally called library directors, and the 2010 national mean salary for library directors was $100,106.
Stupid Logic – Liberry Manager Position Tough To Fill, So . . .
The city will go into the coming year offering longer library service hours and a school resource officer will again be assigned to Pacific Grove Unified School District, she said.
The city’s fiscal 2011-12 budget provides an additional $100,000 for the library. The money allows it to stay open 34 hours per week, Garcia said, compared to the current 24 hours.
The programs were made possible by budget improvements.
New P.G. Budget Adds Hours To Library
Odd timing of this normally compassionate holiday story. First they lose a tax levy vote, then forgo collecting money..
From Nov. 29 through Dec. 31, the Monterey and Pacific Grove public libraries will accept donations of unopened, non-perishable food as an option to paying overdue fines on library materials.
P.G. Library Now Accepting Food In Lieu Of Fines
Hasn’t it been proven enough or do the supporters assume that the masses are not smart enough to know better?
In a repeat of the November 2009 municipal election, supporters of Measure Q again failed to garner the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass a special tax to fund the Pacific Grove Public Library.
The final unofficial vote tally from Tuesday’s election showed 2,827 votes in favor of a parcel tax for the library to 1,796 against. With just more than 61 percent approval, the measure fell short of the 66.6 percent needed to pass.
Another Library Tax Fails
$90.00 a year for 10 years. My vote is a no. Cutback on necessary things during tough times first. I don’t see them trying anything but reducing hours.
To supporters, the library parcel tax Pacific Grove residents will vote on Nov. 2, Measure Q, is the one chance the city has to guarantee funding to keep its century-old library open.
To opponents, Measure Q is an unnecessary add-on to the tax burden based on assumptions of facts that have not been discussed in public.
The ballot measure was debated Tuesday in a forum organized by the League of Women Voters. Linnett Harlan and Greta Miller of the Campaign Committee for Yes on PG Library faced former Councilwoman Susan Goldbeck and Jeffrey Flather of the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association.
Every Election A New Tax
Same old blah blah blah. More taxes, change the tree policy, high cost desalinization, more development.
As the date comes near, I’ll be asking some tougher questions such as where they stand on the chicken control issue.
Four candidates for three four-year terms on the Pacific Grove City Council showed few areas of disagreement at a forum Tuesday at Chautauqua Hall that drew an audience of 50.
Incumbent Councilmen Ken Cuneo and Alan Cohen, and challengers Rudolph Fischer and Richard Ahart Jr., who will face off in the Nov.2 municipal election, answered written questions submitted by the audience on a number of city issues.
City Council Candidates In Lock Step On Issues
I still do not support any more taxes until cuts are made elsewhere. Fool me once…
There was a sense, Headley said, that Measure J would only “save the library at the level it had sunken to.”
Language in the new initiative has been written to assure the public that funds raised would support only the library and not be transferred to other city departments, she said. The parcel tax is expected to raise $600,000 in additional revenue each year. The ballot measure requires that the city continue to fund the library at the rate of 2.83 percent of the total general fund budget.
Trust Us, The Taxman Sayeth