Monterey County Free Libraries gets a new director who wants to know what libraries can do for you.

From Monterey County Weekly

“Hilary Theyer has worked in libraries since she was 15, and grew up in a family of librarians, teachers and writers. She brings that personal history—and her most recent professional post, at the Torrance Public Library in Southern California, where she served for 20 years—to her new role as director of Monterey County Free Libraries. The county library system includes 17 branches, three bookmobiles, a range of programs for people of all ages—from interactive activities for youth to tutoring adult English-language learners—and an annual budget of roughly $10 million.Theyer is taking up the mantle after former MCFL director Jayanti Addleman departed following 14 years in the top county librarian role for a position in Hayward.”

Monterey County’s first librarian traveled dangerous terrain, defying stereotypes about women.

From Monterey County Now

” Monterey County was a vast region with many remote, inhospitable areas when Anne Hadden became the first librarian for Monterey County Free Libraries in 1913. During her 16 years on the job, Hadden established 126 branches of the libraries – which included collections of books located in schools, homes, businesses or restaurants – and doing so required rugged travel. It was not a stereotypical bookish librarian’s job.Hadden’s first-hand accounts of her adventures establishing branches of Monterey County Free Libraries are collected in a 2012 book, Books for All: Monterey County’s First Librarian, co-authored by her great-niece. Hadden’s career in Monterey County began after she completed her studies at Stanford University in 1901 and then became the first head librarian for the Palo Alto Library, where she worked for 10 years.”

Monterey County libraries, tutors use graphic novels to teach literacy

From The Californian

” Local tutors have a new and unlikely tool to help boost literacy across the county: graphic novels.On Wednesday, Susanne Crichton, a volunteer and literacy assistant at the Salinas Public Library, led a workshop in hopes of introducing use of the niche literary genre for adult literacy tutors in Monterey County.“You need to keep an open mind as you explore graphic novels,” she told tutors, library staff and volunteers. “You really might surprise yourself, so give them all a chance.”What counts as a graphic novel is pretty broad. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book.”Cathy Andrews, senior librarian for the Salinas Public Library and the former literacy program coordinator with Monterey County Free Libraries, or MCFL, similarly said comic books and graphic novels have a lot of overlap.”

Monterey County: Libraries to celebrate National DNA Day

From The King City Rustler

” Monterey County Free Libraries will host a series of National DNA Day events in South County this week to highlight the role of genetics in the modern world, in addition to discussing what the human genome will mean to the leaders of tomorrow and encouraging local youth and adults to take an interest in the subjects of genomics and genetics.According to Library Director Jayanti Addleman, this series reflects Monterey County Free Libraries’ ongoing commitment to encouraging interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.The free presentations, which are open to the public, will be Saturday, April 21, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Greenfield branch library, 315 El Camino Real, and Wednesday, April 25, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Gonzales branch library, 851 Fifth St., Ste T. A separate presentation will be made at Soledad High School for local students only.“These presentations are part of the many events being held nationwide for National DNA Day, an annual observance promoted by the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health,” Addleman said.National DNA Day is celebrated every year on April 25 to raise awareness about the discovery of DNA’s double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 and the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003.”

Gonzales: Library to host robotics class

From Gonzales Tribune

” Gonzales Library is gearing up to start a robotics class for middle school students beginning April 19.The Gonzales Branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries received a $10,000 grant from the California State Library in December that will be split with the Carmel Library. Carmel Valley Branch Library and Gonzales Librarian Christopher Gallegos applied for the grant to set up a “Innovation Station” in both libraries with the idea to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused programs to middle and high school aged patrons.
“This was particularly important to me here in Gonzales since we are in a rural area where technology access is often behind the norm,” Gallegos said. “Eddy and I also identified that we wanted to encourage young women to apply, since figures show they are underrepresented in these professions.” The platform used will be Lego for both libraries. Lego has sets called “Mindstorms EV3,” which allow students to create simple robots and learn basic computer coding.”

New microfilm scanner on its way for King City Library

From King City Rustler

“A new microfilm scanner for the King City Branch Library of the Monterey County Free Libraries is on order and expected soon thanks to a generous grant and donations from more than 50 residents and businesses.The new machine will allow better access to more than 100 years of information on microfilm at the King City Library.Issues of The King City Rustler newspaper going back to 1901 were converted to microfilm back in the early 1980s by Publisher Harry Casey. The machine that allowed access to the microfilm is now nearly 40 years old and difficult to use. The new equipment will be similar to microfilm scanners used at the California History Room at the State Library in Sacramento.”

Monterey County Free: Orquidea Olvera Named Library Journal’s 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year

From Cision PR WEB

” Monterey County Free Libraries’ (MCFL) Orquidea Olvera has been named LJ’s 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by DEMCO, Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin, recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians in providing excellent library service. Paralibrarians, or those working in libraries who do not hold the professional degree, make up the largest pool of employees in the field. Olvera will receive a $1,500 cash prize and is featured in Library Journal’s March 1, 2018 issue, available in print and online.”