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January 19, 2021

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Check out e-books; 1,000 books reading program

Trips to the library with your children are always fun, but what if you don’t have time? Have no fear, the Morgan Hill library provides e-books for children, which are available simply by logging on to the library’s website at

Get library cards now; Batman and storytime

September was National Library Card Month and the Gilroy library used social media to promote it. New patrons receiving their first card were photographed next to an oversized library card. The photo was then posted to the library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts as a way to increase “the buzz” about library cards.

Stories for toddlers, reading for adults

Who doesn’t like peanut butter and jelly? The children attending Toddler Storytime at Morgan Hill library certainly do. And they all love to sing the song that bears the name of the popular sandwich.

Meet the librarian; be a Road Scholar

Morgan Hill library gained a great asset in 2005 when Saralyn Otter, supervising children’s librarian, joined the staff. Otter received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCSC. She switched career gears when she followed advice from her mother, a former librarian, and signed up for a two-year library school program at San Jose State, one of only two schools in California to offer the program.

On the Bookshelf: Reading challenge ends, Zumba popularity grows

A rabbit wasn’t pulled out of a hat, but The Great Jonathan did make a bunny appear out of thin air. Last Wednesday, audience members were stunned into silence when the renowned magician made his debut appearance at the Gilroy library to celebrate the close of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Library fun: Tasty treats, good reads and fun crafts

Burial rites aren’t normally a topic of conversation for a group meeting, but members of the Dessert and Book Club met at the Morgan Hill library July 27 to discuss just that. “Burial Rites,” a novel by debut author Hannah Kent and inspired by a true story, defines the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

On the Bookshelf: Storytimes appeal to parents and kids

Toys, musical instruments, crafts and books, and you get to wear your pajamas. That’s what’s in store for families attending the Gilroy library Pajama Storytime and Crafts sessions taking place every Monday evening at 7 p.m.

Hot Ticket—July 31, 2015

Free gardening classes

On the Bookshelf: Theater and Legos help connect kids and books

On June 24, parents and children waited patiently in the Gilroy Library activity room, which had been magically transformed into a miniature stage to host a production of “The Magical Moonshine Theatre.”

Free legal services offered at library

Morgan Hill residents who need legal services but can’t afford to hire an attorney or travel north to visit one can now consult with a lawyer “virtually” at the local library.The Pro Bono Project earlier this year set up the free Web conferencing service at the Morgan Hill Library to connect local residents with lawyers in northern Santa Clara County, and the nonprofit organization will be sponsoring two events to “kick off” the service later this year, according to Pro Bono Project Executive Director Sandra Madrigal. The first such event will take place Aug. 20-22, and the next will be during October, which is Pro Bono Month. The virtual legal consultation program uses WebEx live video conferencing to connect lawyers to local residents. Anyone in need of legal consultation on family, contract, real estate or any other area of the law other than criminal can make an appointment to teleconference with an attorney at the Morgan Hill Library, according to Morgan Hill Community Librarian Peggy Tomasso. Appointments are for 20 minutes at a time and are free to everyone who signs up. The program has been booked solid since it started at the Morgan Hill Library in January, Tomasso said. The Pro Bono Project is a nonprofit that seeks to provide free legal services to residents who need them, but can’t always afford an attorney. The organization has been working on expanding its services in South County, where it can be difficult for residents to travel to San Jose, Palo Alto or other areas where free legal services are already offered, Madrigal explained. The virtual conferencing program at the Morgan Hill Library is a “win-win” for everyone involved, Madrigal said. Attorneys often charge $200 per hour or more for their services, but residents can gain basic legal services for free through the library at the program. Plus, the attorneys who participate in the Pro Bono Project won’t have to travel from areas in northern Santa Clara County to meet with clients. “The clients using the technology don’t have to worry about doing anything too complicated - it’s relatively easy,” Madrigal said. “It’s something we’re excited about - trying to make sure it’s as easily accessible to the community as possible.”The Morgan Hill Library is located at 660 W. Main Ave., and can be reached at (408) 779-3196.