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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation


The Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation exists to establish closer relations between the Monterey Public Library and the people it serves; to promote informed interest in the function, resources, services and needs of the Library; to confer with the Board of Library Trustees (who are appointed by the City Council of the City of Monterey) and the staff of the Library on matters relating to the welfare of the Library; to stimulate gifts and bequests for the benefit of the Library; and to support the development of programs for the extension and improvement of the Library’s services and resources consistent with the Library’s missions and goals.

The Big Idea

The pandemic has caused significant disruption to schools and families, and placed in-person educational library programs on hold. The vast array of online learning options can be overwhelming, and there is concern that new learning formats can lead to screen fatigue. Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation hopes to put books in the hands of caregivers and kids, keep a helpful children’s librarian a phone call away and offer carefully curated bilingual online resources and homework assistance to support families and kids in this new distance-learning environment. Monterey Public Library has always partnered with schools and families to inspire and educate our community’s children. While many uncertainties exist, families can continue to rely on this trusted institution for easy access to books, expert staff and guidance through the maze of online services.

It’s especially important during this challenging year to have books of all kinds to help us 'window in' to the worlds of others, and find friends in the characters we get to know through reading.

- Joy Langford

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.