EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

PAST EVENTS

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Community Night with the Library
Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation &
Robert & Lacy Buck.

Presents: Doug Lumsdem
Films Made in Carmel

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

     
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Gingerbread Making Fundraiser at the Hofsas House

Sat, Dec 6, 2014

     
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Community Night with the Library

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Archivist
The Stanford Family Legacy

Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

     
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Community Night with the Library

Cookbook Author, Harold McGee
The Curious Cook: The Science & Love of the Kitchen

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

     
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Community Night with the Library
Parent & teacher Lecture Series

Dr. Robert Faris
Professor UC Davis
Teenagers & Bullying

Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

     
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Community Night with the Library

Photographer Scott Campbell
Free Diving and Underwater Photography

Tue, Sept 23, 2014 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

     
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Community Night with the Library
Parent & Teacher Lecture Series

Dr. Laura Markham
Early Childhood Psychologist and Parent Educator
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

     
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The Mystery Edition with Jeffery Deaver, Elizabeth George and John Lescroart, a fundraising benefit.

Thu, Apr 24 at 7 pm

Sunset Center, San Carlos St, Carmel

Buy Tickets

     
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Parent Lecture

Tue, Apr 15 at 7 pm

Heather Malin, Creating a Child’s Art World

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Art workshop at Park Branch

Sat, Apr 5 or 12 at 7 pm

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Local History Talk

Tue, Mar 18 at 7 pm

Jennie V. Cannon: Forgotten Carmel Art Colony

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Parent Lecture

Tue, Mar 11 at 7 pm

Gina Morris, The Well Balanced Student

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Local History Talk

Tue, Feb 18 at 7 pm

Eleanor Morrice & Kevin Hanstick, Big Sur lighthouse

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Community Nights with the Library

Tue, Feb 4 at 7 pm

Alena Porte, Ventana Wilderness Society, Species Survival: The Condor Project

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Local History Talk

Tue, Jan 21 at 7 pm

Cameron Binkley, Fort Ord & WWII

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Community Nights with the Library

Fri, Jan 17 at 7 pm

Mark Lukach, Where the Road Meets the Sun: a personal story about families, hope and living with a mental illness

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Community Nights with the Library

Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 7 pm

Community Nights with the Library – Tue, Jan 7, Ann Todd Jealous & Caroline Haskell, Combined Destinies: Sharing Grief About Racism

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Performance at the Main – Kathleen Patrick

Fri, Dec 13 at 7 pm

Why I Live at the PO, by American Playwright Eudora Welty

Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean Ave, Carmel

     
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Library Patron Open House

Sat, Dec 7 at 7 pm

Gingerbread Making Fundraiser at the Hofsas House: a benefit for CPLF

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Local History Talk

Tue, Nov 19 at 7 pm

Don, Kohrs, The Chautauqua movement

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Community Nights with the Library

Tue, Nov 5 at 7 pm

Fariba Nawa, An Exile Finds Home [and] pium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Parent Reception & Children Workshops

Parent Reception
Fri, Oct 25
6pm wine reception
7pm-8pm concert and lecture

Jazz for Families with Charged Particles

La Playa Carmel, Camino Real at 8th , Carmel

Children’s Workshop
Saturday Oct 26 10am-12pm

Seccombe Hall, All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Book Club Event

Tue, Oct 8 at 7 pm

Christina Schwartz, Oprah Book club selection Edge of Earth

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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FREE ADULT EDUCATION @ YOUR LIBRARY

Sat, Sep 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Online Learning & Resources
This workshop will help adult learners find websites that offer online learning in various subjects. Whether you want to learn how to use the computer, how to search for a job, how to advance your career, or enrich your personal development, there are many sources that will get you there. Visit our workshop to find which are easiest to use, which offer self-paced courses, and which have practice tests. You are never too old to learn new things and modern technology makes it easier than ever.

In the Teen Room, basement of the Main Library

     
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Parent Lecture

Tue, Sep 17 at 7 pm

Kevin Brookhouser, The 20% Project: Don’t Call it a Classroom

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Community Nights with the Library

Tue, Sep 10 at 7 pm

Stephen Copeland, Meditation Hikes & the Big Sur Beauty

Seccombe Hall at All Saints’, Lincoln St & 9th Ave, Carmel

     
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Local History Lecture Series

May 14, 2013

David Gordon, Historian

Dene & Hazel: The Denny-Watrous Story

Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall, 9th & Mission, Carmel

FREE and open to the public

     
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An Evening with Rick Reilly

a benefit for the Carmel Public Library Foundation

May 9, 2013
6 pm reception – 7 pm program
Sunset Center, Carmel

Purchase tickets online at www.sunsetcenter.org
Or phone box office (831) 620-2048

     
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Local History Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7 pm

Magnus Toren, Executive Director of the Henry Miller Library

Henry Miller & the Memorial Library: Writer, Artist and Cultural Heart of Big Sur

The Community Room at All Saints’ Episcopal Parish, Lincoln at 9th, Carmel-by-the Sea

FREE and open to the public

     
 

Author Presentation & Book Signing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Dr. William Damon, The Moral Child

Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission Carmel
Limited seating, so please arrive early! Doors open at 6:30 pm

     
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The Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library

Sunday Afternoon Literary Tea and Program

Mar 24, 2013 at 2 PM
Garden Room – Church of the Wayfarer
Lincoln & 7th, Carmel

Speaker: Fran Vardamis
Join us for a fascinating hour as Carmel resident Fran Vardamis discusses Time Running Out, her latest novel featuring Greek detective, Yannis Lavonis. Fran will explain how her obsession with this world weary detective became the basis of 5 novels, answer questions about the people and events that appear in her stories, give us a taste of Greece, and provide what she has called “an amateur’s view” of the current Greek situation. Fran’s background in teaching and journalism, as well as her extensive travels, make her presentations both interesting and informative.

     
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Local History Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7 pm

Soaring Starkey, Post Ranch & Big Sur Historian

Post Ranch Family: One of Central California’s First Homesteading Families

Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall, 9th & Mission, Carmel

FREE and open to the public

     
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Local History Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7 pm

Meg Clovis, Monterey County Historical Society

History of Salinas Valley: American’s Salad Bowl (1770 to twenty-first century)

Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall, 9th & Mission, Carmel

FREE and open to the public

     
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Local History Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7 pm

George Somero, Stanford University & Big Sur Land Trust

Preserving the Carmel River & the Gateway to Big Sur: History, Victories, Heroes, and Challenges for the Future.

Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall, 9th & Mission, Carmel

FREE and open to the public

     
 

Author Presentation & Book Signing

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love

     
 

Hofsas House first Annual Fundraiser for the Carmel Public Library Foundation

Join us Saturday, December 8th at 2:30 p.m.!

You are invited to celebrate the holidays with the Hofsas House first Annual Fundraiser for the Carmel Public Library Foundation with a Gingerbread Making afternoon for the entire family. Create a gingerbread house to take home and display throughout the holidays. Children will receive one gingerbread making kit, hot cider and a cookie for a $15 donation to the Carmel Library Foundation. Adults will receive a glass of wine from Ventana Vineyards paired with fruits and gourmet cheeses. Additional glasses of wine may be purchased for a $5 donation to the Carmel Library Foundation.

Where: Hofsas House at San Carlos & 4th Ave, Carmel-by-the Sea, at the meeting room poolside.

When: Saturday, December 8th 2012

Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Cost: Children $15, Adults $10

Reservation: Limited Seating available. Call Carrie at the Hofsas House (831) 624-2745 to make a reservation.

 
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Tues November 27, 2012 at 7 pm

FOREIGN LETTERS

USA | Drama | English, Hebrew & Vietnamese w/ English subtitles

Ellie, a 12-year-old immigrant from Israel, is lonely and homesick. Life
brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust
slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. A story
about prejudice, poverty, shame and the healing power of friendship.

Event held at the Carmel Youth Center
4th & Torres Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Attendance FREE! Concessions available for purchase.
Limited Seating, so please arrive early.
First-come First-served seating

Questions? (831) 624-7323

Films are unrated and may contain adult content.

IMPORTANT SCREENING RIGHTS & ATTENDANCE POLICIES Film Movement allows libraries a one-time screening (per film). Audience
size must not exceed 50 people. Because of these restrictive policies, please plan accordingly and arrive early to secure your seat.

 
 

Author Presentation & Book Signing

Dr. Sam Wang, Princeton Professor Neurobiology, Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7 p.m.

Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Limited seating, so please arrive early!

$10 suggested contribution

Questions: (831) 624-2811

Should you eat sushi while pregnant? Would learning to play an instrument make your child smarter? What is the best indicator of academic success (hint: it’s not IQ). How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries – and difficulties – encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But we forget one thing: brains do most of the work themselves. If we know how they do it, we can worry less, enjoy our children more, and fill the right roles in their lives – through infancy, childhood, and until they leave the nest. Join Co-Author and Professor Sam Wang for a fascinating, authoritative, general-public talk about the facets and functions of the developing brain.

     
A Dog's Purpose  

Author Presentation & Book Signing

October 23 at 7 pm

Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall

9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Limited seating, so please arrive early!

$10 suggested contribution

 

NY Times bestselling author and internationally known humor columnist,W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose

49 Weeks on the NY Times bestseller list

“Marley & Me” combined with “Tuesdays with Morrie”Kirkus Reviews

“This book is a classic!” - Iris Rainer Dart

A Dog’s Purpose, A Novel for Humanstells the story of a dog who finds himself reincarnated and decides there must be a reason, a purpose he must fulfill, and until he does so, he’ll continue to be reborn. It’s a remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, Cameron explores the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend.

Click here to listen to a passage from the book!

Order

 

     
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Tues October 16, 2012 at 7 pm

AMADOR

Spain | Drama | Spanish w/ English subtitles

Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a summer job
looking after Amador, a bed-ridden elderly man. She thinks her problems
are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a
predicament. His death leaves her jobless, and facing a difficult moral
dilemma. Marcela will prove that death can’t always stop life.

Event held at the Carmel Youth Center
4th & Torres Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Attendance FREE! Concessions available for purchase.
Limited Seating, so please arrive early.
First-come First-served seating

Questions? (831) 624-7323

Films are unrated and may contain adult content.

IMPORTANT SCREENING RIGHTS & ATTENDANCE POLICIES Film Movement allows libraries a one-time screening (per film). Audience
size must not exceed 50 people. Because of these restrictive policies, please plan accordingly and arrive early to secure your seat.

     
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Tues September 25, 2012 at 7 pm

SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN

Israel | Drama-Thriller | in Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Galia, a young woman from Jerusalem, and her boyfriend Oren board a
local bus which explodes, leaving Oren in a coma and Galia with memory
loss. While undergoing therapy, Galia attempts to stitch together the
fragments of her life. A necklace sent to her from an unidentified source
sets her off on a journey to find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Event held at the Carmel Youth Center
4th & Torres Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Attendance FREE! Concessions available for purchase.
Limited Seating, so please arrive early.
First-come First-served seating

Questions? (831) 624-7323

Films are unrated and may contain adult content.

IMPORTANT SCREENING RIGHTS & ATTENDANCE POLICIES Film Movement allows libraries a one-time screening (per film). Audience
size must not exceed 50 people. Because of these restrictive policies, please plan accordingly and arrive early to secure your seat.

     
 

Special Screening: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Opening Remarks by Executive Producer, Michael Wolfe

September 18, 2012 at 7 pm

To be held at the Carmel High School Performing Art Center

3600 Ocean Avenue, at the intersection of Highway 1 & Ocean Avenue
Carmel, California

A documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, a non-profit organization working for peace through the media

Narrated by Academy Award Winning Performer Susan Sarandon

 

$10 suggested contribution

First-Come First-Serve Seating

DVDs will be available for purchase.

Questions? Contact the Carmel Public Library Foundation at (831) 624-2811 or at www.carmelpubliclibraryfoundation.org

 

 

     
 
Friends of the Library Book Sale
August 9 – 11, 2012
Thursday, Aug 9 (members only) 11am-4pm
Friday, Aug 10 10am-4pm
Saturday, Aug 11 10am-4pm
Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road, adjacent to Larson Field

The Friends of the Library holds an annual Book Sale from which they make an annual contribution to the Library. This event, one of the major literary happenings on the Peninsula, is made up of acres of books, all carefully sorted and classified for easy searching, at wonderful prices. No true book lover can afford to miss this!

     
 Jerry Fielder, Curator & Director of Karsh Estate, & Yousuf Karsch  
Annual Art & Literary Series:
Presentation
Jerry Fielder, Curator & Director, Estate of Yousuf Karsh (photographer)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. (this is a re-scheduled date)
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Click for more information about Karsh.
   
 
   
Annual Local History Series:
Presentation
Ray March, River in Ruin: The Story of the Carmel River
Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Click for more information about the author and his book.
     

***SPECIAL*** ***EVENT***
To Benefit
Carmel Library

 
 ***AUTHORS WITH AUTHORS***:
Three renowned authors in Sunset Theatre on Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Tickets are $55, including Wine Reception, Book Signing, and Program.
Buy tickets at www.sunsetcenter.org
or call Sunset’s Box Office at 831-620-2048.
For more information, click here or visit www.sunsetcenter.org.
 Authors with Authors Special Fundraising Event!  

Authors with Authors
A special evening to benefit the Carmel Public Library Foundation
Featuring renowned authors Jane Hamilton, Anne LeClaire, and Gail Tsukiyama

 

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Sunset Center Theatre, Carmel

7 p.m. Wine Reception and Book Signing
8 p.m. Program

Tickets $55, including Reception
Buy tickets by either:
a) calling the Sunset Center Theater Box Office
at (831) 620-2048

b) or visiting www.sunsetcenter.org.

A private dinner with the authors at a Carmel home will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
Tickets $300. Call the Library Foundation at (831) 624-2811 with a credit card by April 12, 2012

     
 Sterling Circle Members, Steve & Martha Dolley  
Sterling Circle Planned Giving Reception
Invitation only to Planned Giving Donors
If you would like to be invited, contact us to find out
how you can include CPLF in your estate plans or wills.
Click here for the Sterling Circle Planned Giving Brochure.
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 4 p.m.Park Branch, 6th & Mission, Carmel
   
 
 Carmel Rock Art  
Annual Local History Series:
Presentation
Gary Breschini, Pre-history on Monterey Peninsula, the Indians and their rock paintings
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
While almost every culture that practiced rock art used the hand as a motif, the
handprints left by the Esselen Indians in a few remote caves hidden deep in the
wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest of central Monterey County are among
the most unusual. Join Gary Breschini as he talks about the prehistory of the region
& the carefully painted rock drawings that are the unique signatures of the individuals
who painted them.
   
 
 Author Yiyun Li  
Annual Arts & Literary Series:
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Yiyun Li, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
(also author of The Vagrants)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Click for more information about the author.
   
 
 Baths at Esalen Institute  
Annual Local History Lecture Series:
Presentation
Gordon Wheeler, President, Esalen Institute: 50 Years of History
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Esalen. The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, unexplored
frontiers, & human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place
itself: 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain & ocean, blessed by a
cascading canyon stream & hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. The
Esalen Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Join Gordon Wheeler for
a presentation about the history, programs, & people that make Esalen a regional &
world-renowned destination for education, spiritual development, & relaxation.
     
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The Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library
Sunday Afternoon Literary Tea and Program:
Bert Ihlenfeld, PhotographerSunday, March 18, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Garden Room, Church of the Wayfarer, Lincoln & 7th, CarmelBert discusses & shares his digital photography. Collectors & critics say Bert’s creative eye
discovers & transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. His work has been featured
at museums & galleries in California & Germany. Robert Reese, director, Carl Cherry Center,
says “Ihlenfeld pushes the medium of photography toward uncharted frontiers.”
 
Donor Salute Attendees  
Donor Salute
Invitation only exclusively for Donors
who have given $100 or above in this last year
!
Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
 
Author Shillinglaw  
Annual Local History Lecture Series:
Presentation
Susan Shillinglaw, Steinbeck & Jeffers
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Dr. Susan Shillinglaw is a professor of English at San Jose State University & Scholar-
in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. She has been Director of the
Center for Steinbeck Studies (previously The Steinbeck Newsletter). She has published
widely on Steinbeck, most recently A Journey in Steinbeck’s California (2006). Join
Susan Schillinglaw for a talk about two famous regional authors, John Steinbeck &
Robinson Jeffers.
 
Author, T. J. Stiles  
Annual Arts & Literary Series:
Author Presentation & Book Signing
T.J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. (re-scheduled from March 6, 2012)
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
 
Founder of Carmel, Frank Devendorf  
Annual Local History Lecture Series:
Presentation
Jack Galante, Early Carmel & Founder Frank Devendorf
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Join wine maker & Carmelite, Jack Galante, as he traces the regional history
& development of the City of Carmel in 1902 by partners J. Franklin Devendorf
& Frank Powers of the Carmel Development Company. Mr. Galante is the great-
grandson of Frank Devendorf. The Library manages a rare collection of archival
documents & artifacts for the City of Carmel that his mother, Jane Galante,
recently donated.
 
Award-winning Historian, Douglas Smith  
 
Annual Arts & Literary Series:
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Douglas Smith, The Pearl
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
 
Jane Smiley & her books  
 
Author! Author! & Arts & Literary Event:
Jane Smiley, pulitzer prize winning author 
Presentation & Book SigningSunday, November 13, 2011 at 4 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, CarmelThis event is appropriate for readers of all ages, so bring the entire family!
Private Life; A Good Horse; The Georges and the Jewels (3 books)
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous other novels including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love & Good Will, Moo, Horse Heaven, Good Faith, Ten Days in the Hills, as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, The Nation, and others. She has written on politics, farming, horse training, child rearing, literature, impulse buying, getting dressed, Barbie, marriage, and many other topics. She is also the author of the nonfiction books A Year at the Races, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel and from Penguin Lives Series, a biography of Charles Dickens. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2006, she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.
 
"A Regular Guy"  
Annual Arts & Literary Series:
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Laura Shumaker, A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
“This is not a book about a young man with a disability, but a story of love, adaptation & acceptance.”
– Kerry Magro — Autism Speaks
Author, educator & autism advocate Laura Shumaker.   Shumaker is one of the country’s leading
spokespersons for individuals & families who live with autism & other developmental disabilities.
She is a regular contributor to NPR Perspectives; her essays have appeared in the New York Times,
the San Francisco Chronicle, The Autism Advocate and on CNN.
This is a moving story about families that we all can relate to.
Don’t miss this important event.
 
   
Friends of Harrison Memorial Library 39th Annual Book Sale!
Members’ Pre-sale: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 11 to 4 p.m.
$10 to join at the door
Public Sale: August 12-13, 2011, 10 to 4 p.m.
Carmel Mission School Gym, Rio Road next to Carmel Mission, Carmel
 
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Author Presentation & Book Signing
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea
In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six and eight-legged creatures.
 
 
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Rodes Fishburne, Going to See the Elephants
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Rodes Fishburne
is the author of the best-selling novel Going to See the Elephant, chosen by both Independent bookstores and Amazon.com as one of the best novels of 2009. He has been praised by Tom Wolfe and compared to Tom Robbins. For over ten years he has written for magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the “Big Issue,” an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers. Contributors included: Tom Wolfe, Bill Gates, Kurt Vonnegut, Muhammad Ali, Mark Helprin, John Updike, Elmore Leonard, E.O. Wilson, George Plimpton and the Dalai Lama.
 
   
Sterling Circle Reception
April 10, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Park Branch Library, lobby
On Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m., Carmel Public Library Foundation honored members of the planned giving Sterling Circle — donors who have made the Carmel Public Library Foundation part of their estate planning — in the lobby of the Park Branch. The Foundation also welcomed new members to this special Circle. These contributors are ensuring the long-term vitality of the Foundation by their future contribution to the endowment. To learn how to become a Sterling Circle members, click on the Planned Giving tab on this website.
 
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Author Presentation & Book Signing
Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University, The Shah
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Dr. Abbas Milani
is a historian, author and Director of Iranian studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. Milani has written for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, and NPR, among others. A member of the board of directors of the Iranian Studies Group at MIT, the San Francisco Chronicle has said that “Milani has the ear of Washington insiders.”
 
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Donor Salute!
Invitation-only event for Donors who have given $100 and above
Sunday, March 6. 2011 at 5 p.m., Harrison Memorial Library
The Carmel Public Library Foundation hosts the annual Donor Salute – honoring all who made a contribution of $100 and above during the past year. This event is so much fun, and reflects the upbeat spirit of dedication to the Library and all it means to the community. It’s an elegant evening filled with food, wine, camaraderie, and beautiful music.
 
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Author Presentation & Book Signing
John Avlon, Wingnuts
Tuesday, February 8. 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea
John Avlon is senior political columnist for The Daily Beast and the author of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America as well as Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics. Previously, he was a columnist and associate editor for the New York Sun. He is a CNN contributor and the creator of the CNN and the creator of the CNN “Wingnuts of the Week” segment. Avlon was the youngest and longest-serving speechwriter in Mayor Giuliani’s City Hall. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he and his team were responsible for writing the eulogies for all firefighters and police officers murdered in the destruction of the World Trade Center. Avlon’s essay on the attacks, “The Resilient City” concluded the anthology Empire City: New York through the Centuries and won acclaim as “the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11.”
 
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Reception for Life Members
Invitation-only event for Former Board Directors
Sunday, November 7. 2010 at 1 p.m., Harrison Memorial Library
The Carmel Public Library Foundation honored all former Board Directors and special friends at a sit-down brunch in the lovely Reading Room at Harrison Memorial Library.   The Foundation launched the new Life Member Program for all former Board Directors and special friends, and entertained them with lively Library news and presentations.
 
 
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Phyllis Theroux, The Journal Keeper
Sunday, October 10. 2010 at 4pm
$10 suggested contribution,
Harrison Memorial Library
Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel by the Sea
A former contributing essayist on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Phyllis Theroux’s columns, opinion-editorial pieces, reviews and feature stories have appeared in various nwspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune. Her essays continue to be anthologized in numerous collections.
 
 
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Tatjana Soli, The Lotus Eaters
Featured in the New York Times, December 5, 2010.
New York Times Bestseller.
100 Notable Books in 2010:  The Book Review’s annual list of outstanding works.
U.K.’s oldest book award, James Tait Black Award, August 2011.
ALA 2011 Notable Book.
LA Times Book Award Finalist.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel by the Sea
Tatjana Soli is a novelist and short story writer. She attended Stanford University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. The Lotus Eaters is her debut novel about a female photojournalist covering the Vietnam War. Her work has been cited in Best American Short Stories and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was awarded the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize, the Dana Award and finalist for the Bellwether Prize.
 
 
Friends of the Library Book sale
August 19 – 21, 2010
Thursday, Aug 19 (members only) 11am-4pm
Friday, Aug 20 10am-4pm
Saturday, Aug 21 10am-4pm
Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road, adjacent to Larson Field
The Friends of the Library, who make a significant annual contribution every year to the Library for the purchase of books and materials, held their Book Sale, the event that raises the money for their contribution, on August 19, 20 and 21 this year. This event, one of the major literary happenings on the Peninsula, is made up of acres of books, all carefully sorted and classified for easy searching, at wonderful prices. This year the event moved to a new venue: the Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road, adjacent to Larson Field. No true book lover can afford to miss this!  It was spectacularly successful raising some $25,000!
 
 
Sterling Circle Reception
June 27, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Park Branch Library, lobby
On Sunday, June 27, at 4 p.m., the Carmel Public Library Foundation unveiled their newly designed and constructed plaque honoring the members of the planned giving Sterling Circle — donors who have made the Carmel Public Library Foundation part of their estate planning — in the lobby of the Park Branch. These contributors are ensuring the long-term vitality of the Foundation by their future contribution to the endowment. To learn how to become a Sterling Circle member, click on planned giving.
 
 
Non-fiction book club
Fourth Wedensday of every month, next meeting June 23, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Sunset Center, Babcock Room
9th & San Carlos, Carmel CA 93923
Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter brings this history to light. Halberstam gives a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations of both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter the best book he ever wrote. It is a culmination of forty-five years of brilliant writing by this superb journalist about America’s postwar foreign policy.
 

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Hooray for Hollywood
April 9 & 10, 2010
Carl Cherry Center, 4th & Guadalupe, Carmel
Hooray for the major spring event and fund-raiser for the Carmel Public Library Foundation: “Hooray for Hollywood.” Author, actor and impresario Tom Parks presented this ode to the golden age of song in Hollywood at the Carl Cherry Theater. The evening included an elegant reception with spectacular hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne and the show, followed by scrumptious deserts.
 
 
Author, Author!
March 7, 2010
Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel
Highly acclaimed mystery authors Hannah Dennison and Clare Langley-Hawthorne were the featured panelists at this year’s Author, Author event held at the Library. This very popular event, hosted by Board Director Tom Parks, proved to be an absolute delight, as guest authors talked about their literary life, the ways they approached their writing, how they were published, their research and other insights unraveling the mysteries in writing mysteries. The literary landscape of Carmel was brightened considerably by the event.
 

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Donor Salute
February 28, 2010
Harrison Memorial Library
Over 200 Members of the Carmel Public Library Foundation were feted at the annual Donor Salute – honoring all who made a contribution of $100 and above during the past year. This was the largest group ever for this annual event, and the upbeat spirit of dedication to the Library and all it means to the community pervaded the elegant evening of food, wine, camaraderie, and beautiful music by violinist Jenny Bifano. In a short welcoming talk, President Peter Mollman thanked everyone for their love of the Library and for being a part of the most successful annual campaign in the twenty-year history of the Foundation. “Only one sales message this evening to all of you who have given so generously,” he said. “Please be an ambassador – spread the message and bring a friend, a neighbor, or even a significant other to the Foundation.”
 

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Art & Literary Event featuring Baseball legend and author, Reggie Jackson
January 13, 2010
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel by the Sea
Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson, a resident of the Monterey Peninsula and now an author, hit home run after home run at the Foundation’s Arts and Literary event this past January. Reggie talked about his book, Sixty Feet Six Inches that he wrote with co-author Bob Gibson, another Hall-of-Famer. He also proved to be an inspirational guide and mentor for the large group of young people who made up part of the audience that packed the Carpenter Hall venue. There were cookies in the shape of baseballs, boxes of Cracker Jack, and Reggie passed his World Series rings around the room. “Around the world, our guest is known as Mr. October,” President Peter Mollman who acted as host, said, “but here he is proudly known as Mr. Carmel Public Library.”
 
 
Art & Literary Event featuring Debut Novelist, Maria Mutsuki Mockett
October 15, 2009
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel by the Sea
Marie Mutsuki Mockett talked about her debut novel Picking Bones from Ash at an Arts and Literary Program sponsored by the Carmel Public Library Foundation. The reading and book-signing event has held in Carpenter Hall at the Sunset Center in Carmel. Ms. Mockett, who grew up in Carmel, California, was on a literary book tour throughout the country. As a child, Ms. Mockett was a frequent and enthusiastic patron of Harrison Memorial Library. Publishers Weekly said her novel “succeeds where many other fail: making the reader care.” Author Amy Tan said it’s “a book of intelligence and heart. As Mockett reveals, the ghosts of our mothers are always within us.”
 

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Donor Salute
February 28, 2010
Over 200 Members of the Carmel Public Library Foundation were feted at the annual Donor Salute – honoring all who made a contribution of $100 and above during the past year. This was the largest group ever for this annual event, and the upbeat spirit of dedication to the Library and all it means to the community pervaded the elegant evening of food, wine, camaraderie, and beautiful music by violinist Jenny Bifano. In a short welcoming talk, President Peter Mollman thanked everyone for their love of the Library and for being a part of the most successful annual campaign in the twenty-year history of the Foundation. “Only one sales message this evening to all of you who have given so generously,” he said. “Please be an ambassador – spread the message and bring a friend, a neighbor, or even a significant other to the Foundation.”
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