A Message from the City Librarian

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is a community based organization that serves the City of Monterey Park and surrounding communities in the San Gabriel Valley

The primary sources of revenue for the library are: 5.3% contributions from the City's General Fund, the Library Tax and various State and Federal government grants, fundraising efforts from the Monterey Park Library Foundation and Friends of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library as well as small and large donations from corporate sponsors, key stakeholders in and outside the community.  The library tax approved by the tax voters is in the final year of an approved 20 year tax collection cycle. 

Overall, the library had a $2.8 million budget for the 2016/17 fiscal year that included funding from all these resources. Additionally, this past year, staff asserted themselves in grant applications bringing in an additional $152,705 in grant revenues to create and develop new resources for use by our patrons and community. Cumulative revenues were used to help with the operations of the library, fund salaries and benefits of full time employees and provide for part time staffing, support operational expenses, comply with a debt payment, and expand the library's collection. Altogether, these funding sources helped significantly to improve the delivery of diversified library services that enhanced the lives of people around the community by providing educational, knowledgeable and entertaining information through reading, visual, audio, learning and interactive cultural programs and materials.  

With 51,054 active library card holders and 318,879 patrons who visited the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, the library remained a centralized hub in the community.  Emphasis on diversity in programming expanded this past year to include a segment never presented before – Children’s books authors were enlisted to speak to young readers and future writers.  The Free Legal Clinic offered monthly to our patrons opened a new avenue of communication between our patrons and their personal needs.  Patrons have become familiar with the comprehensive resources offered at their library. 

City Librarian Goals
Five targeted areas were addressed as the City Librarian’s Goals for the 2016/17 Fiscal Year: 

1. Fuel the City of Monterey Park’s Passion for Reading, Personal Growth and      Learning
2. Expand Monterey Park’s Access to Information; Ideas and Stories
3. Empower Monterey Park’s Distinctive Communities and Vibrant Neighborhoods
4. Build Partnerships to Make a Difference in People’s Lives
5. Foster an Organizational Culture of Innovation

Collaborations with staff determined the planning and organization of community based needs.  Focus on how programs such as cultural exhibits, educational classes, workshops, presentations, author visits, professional presenters and nonprofit partnerships would benefit community needs became instrumental in  program planning to meet these needs. Furthermore, statistics on program attendance also determined a direction in how the community valued these programs as relevant.  

During the past year, it was evident there was creative integration of programs that offered continual transformation to the community.  Authentic interaction between staff, volunteers and community stakeholders also created the cascading effect of relevant changes in the library’s organization of program delivery.  With the additions of stellar Adult, Children’s and Literacy programs and monthly brochures, the library attained a permanent status as the information hub for the community of Monterey Park. 

Norma Arvizu, M.Ed
City Librarian