In this issue:

  • Library improvements  
  • Summer reading program
  • First Saturday recap
  • Fear and cookies
  • Young adult spotlight

Carmel Valley Branch Library Improvements

During the month of April, our library underwent some much-needed refurbishment.  

Visit now and you'll see freshly-painted walls, brand new carpeting, and upgrades to some well-worn aspects of the building.

The Buckeye still retains its charm and eclectic character, but is now cleaner, safer, and cooler on hot summer days (thanks to air conditioning!)


Many thanks to the building’s new owners, the local and county library staff, and all of those tradespeople who worked diligently to renovate this special place.

Stop in soon to take a look for yourself!


May First Saturday Recap

Donald Kohrs was our speaker for May's First Saturday Series presentation.  Mr Kohrs is a historian and Branch Library Specialist at the Miller Library of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. His presentation was centered around Ed "Doc" Ricketts and the publication of Between Pacific Tides. 

The presentation was fabulous, and the quality of questions and conversation generated in the course of his talk was exceptionally high and super-engaging.  Thanks very much to Mr. Kohrs for his very interesting instruction, and thanks as always to all who attended!

Fear Today, Cookies This Weekend

Today is Friday the Thirteenth, a day superstitiously associated with fear and bad luck. Studies show that more than 20 million people are adversely affected on this date, and purposely modify or restrict their normal routines in an effort to avoid cruel fate.  It's perhaps the most widely known and commonly dreaded date on the calendar.

However ... a lesser known but MUCH more appealing date is just around the corner: Sunday, May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day!  !n 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield was the owner of a bed and breakfast in Whitman, MA called the Toll House Inn.  She was experimenting in the kitchen and decided to add cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to her normal baked cookie recipe.  The chocolate chip cookie was born, and in 1939 Wakefield allowed Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging; in exchange, their Toll House cookies were named in honor of the Inn.

What does this mean to you?  After you get through Friday the 13th, reward yourself by baking a big batch of cookies on the weekend!

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 May.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry was suggested to me a
few years back, and it was one of the best book recommendations I’ve ever received. It is the witty, entertaining prequel to the story of Peter Pan, and it’s full of lightbulb moments ­- you know, when something just clicks and you realize “Oh, so that’s why … ”? The writers recount the earliest exploits of Peter, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys using a clever and comical voice that keeps the pages turning and makes for an extremely entertaining read. (Hey, why is Peter Pan always flying? Because he Neverlands. I love that joke; it never gets old.)
Thanks for your support of the Carmel Valley Library - now go read something!
Books are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life.
― Unknown
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