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Letter from the Library Director - Update on Services

Post Date:06/15/2020 1:27 PM

June 15, 2020

Letter from the Library Director

Thank you to all our supporters as we work toward bringing back more library services.  Through the hard work of your dedicated library staff, and with the great assistance of our County Health Department, and our Human Resources Department, we were able to start three services last week – Lunch at the Library, Summer Reading Program, and Library By Mail.

For more information:

Lunch at the Library:

Summer Reading Program:

Library By Mail:

 We are actively working toward curbside pickup of holds at all our locations, and are looking forward to that as soon as possible. If you have a hold for a book or DVD in the system, you can expect a phone call from someone on our staff to describe all your options for pickup, and give us a call or check our website or social media for any updates.  Go ahead and place your holds, with either your preferred branch or “Library By Mail” as your pickup point, and we will get library materials to your hands.  Fines continue to be forgiven, and we have extended the number of automatic renewals as we bring back services and regular library use.

We are also working toward the best use of our bookmobiles – both as holds pickup points and as wireless connectivity options we can bring to communities.  We continue to offer electronic resources, ZipBooks, online homework help, reference via email, and live telephone services six days per week in English and Spanish. 

While we cannot offer in-person browsing, use of computers, or in-person programs at this time, please contact us at 831-883-7555 and we will work together on the best way to get you great books and movies, assistance and tutoring, and more!  My personal and heartfelt thanks to our entire Monterey County Free Libraries staff for all your hard work in getting us this far, and to all in the County of Monterey for your support. 

As we look further ahead, and look forward to opening our library doors for use of computers, printing, browsing, safe spaces, literacy tutoring, citizenship classes, homework centers, and more, I encourage you all to reach out to me with your thoughts and ideas.  We will be doing a formal survey and conversations about what comes next, and I want to hear the highest priorities for you, and for your community.  I am happy to be invited to give updates at community meetings, or we can communicate one-on-one. 



Office phone: 831-883-7566

Web form:


Thank you for using your Monterey County Free Libraries!

Hillary Theyer

Library Director



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