In this issue:

  • Thanks firefighters!
  • Toddler Time event
  • Remembering Anne Burk 
  • Carmel Valley cattle branding
  • Young adult spotlight

Thank You Firefighters!

Before proceeding with the newsletter, allow us to add our voices to the chorus of gratitude and appreciation for the thousands of firefighters, law enforcement, volunteers and all support personnel who have given their time and efforts to fighting the Soberanes Fire.  The circumstances that have made our community become so familiar with these emergency services are clearly unfortunate, but it's extremely comforting to know that such a huge network of dedicated and talented professionals are there to protect the security and quality of life that we all cherish in this beautiful place to live.  

Remembering Anne Burk

Our local community and FOCVL family were saddened by the loss of our former librarian Anne Burk, who recently passed away at the age of 76. Anne was a lifelong resident of Monterey, and worked as a librarian throughout California before joining the Buckeye, where she worked until her retirement in 2005.  Anne was an outstanding librarian who earned many honors and awards.  She traveled extensively with her husband all over the globe, and shared her worldly knowledge and perspective in our small community.  She was passionate about gardening, reading, story-telling, cooking and eating good food, drinking wine, and celebrating the arts.  We will always remember her as a kind spirit whose love of people and of knowledge were always on display.


A public service for Anne will be held this Saturday, August 20, 2016 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Carmel at 10:30am, followed by a public reception at Casa Serrano in Monterey from 12:00 to 3:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monterey History & Art Association, Attn: For Casa Serrano in Honor of Anne Burk,  #5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA  93940.  Donations may also be made online through a link found at

First Saturday Preview: Cattle Brands and Branding in Carmel Valley

The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library and the Carmel Valley Historical Society are pleased to co-host a special First Saturday Series program with Steve Dorrance and Jeff Ohlson on Saturday, September 3rd at 10:15am.
Steve Dorrance is a career rancher whose family owns and manages a cattle operation on nearby Mt. Toro. Steve will cover all aspects of branding cattle including branding designs and how branding has changed over time. Steve will also discuss a variety of branding techniques. Branding cattle has a long history in Carmel Valley and this is a rare opportunity to hear about this practice from a pro.
The Dorrance family has been involved in ranching for generations. Their pioneering techniques in horsemanship and cattle raising have gained industrywide attention. Their horsemanship techniques have been documented in their books - True Unity by Tom Dorrance (1987) and True Horsemanship Through Feel by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond (1999).  They have also been chronicled by local author and Pulitzer winner, Jane Smiley (“The Vaquero Way” Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2005). Steve and his daughter Mollie were recently featured in the July 2016 issue of Western Horseman magazine (see below).  

We'll send out reminders as the event gets closer, but put this date on your calendar now - it will be a great one!

Readin' It Teenstyle: Young Adult Spotlight

Sophia's a girl who knows a lot.  She knows a lot because she reads a lot.  Each month she reviews one of her favorite young adult titles. Here is her book recommendation for August.

I only finished reading The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr a few days ago, and I’m excited to review it for you. Lucy Beck-­Moreau was once a promising child prodigy on the piano, but shocked the world by turning away from music for what seemed like forever. She learns to live with the intense disapproval of her controlling grandfather and tries desperately to rebuild her life without music. However, her brother’s new piano teacher is determined to reconnect Lucy with the part of music that she loves; the part without the competition and pressure, just her and the piano. Slowly and cautiously, Lucy begins to take steps back into the musical world she left behind, ­but this time, she refuses to let her choices be controlled by her family’s expectations. Just when she feels she has reconnected with the beauty of music, an unexpected betrayal leads her to question everything she has grown to love. Lucy’s story will captivate musicians and non-musicians alike, and keep the pages turning until the very end. (I was going to tell a joke about a fermata, but it was too long.)
Thanks for your support of the Carmel Valley Library - now go read something!
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- Kurt Vonnegut, from The Sirens of Titan
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