It’s a new snack bar at the Monterey Public Library which opened on February 4, 2017. It is located near the back entrance of the library and is open:
Etta’s Eats is not a commercial kitchen. Based on customer surveys, we are offering coffee, decaf, espresso drinks, tea, water, juice, and prepackaged snacks such as cookies, chips, yogurt, fruit, and healthy snacks. The menu is available here.
A Library café was included in the 2001 Library Master Plan as a desirable amenity for Library customers. We had a coffee cart briefly on the terrace, and customers asked to bring it back. The kitchen can be used to enhance Library programs and Friends events.
The building addition was paid for by the Neighborhood Improvement Program. Kitchen equipment was purchased by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library. The snack bar service is funded by the Library Trust Fund, and is operated by Library staff.
Kitchen use is limited to Library staff and the Friends of the Library this first year. The decision will be revisited in 12 months after staff have had experience running the facility.
Etta Eckhardt was born in 1874. She served as Monterey’s first City Librarian from 1907 to 1937. Under her watch a Carnegie Library was built for the City, now part of the MIIS campus. Etta also established a branch library in New Monterey. Etta Eckhardt was especially interested in services to children, and created a regular Children’ Story Hour and a Book Week featuring children’s books.