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January 2018


Community Night with the Library
Dr. Bonnie Irwin

Women and the Veil in the Muslim World: Oppression or Empowerment?

Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

Historically, veiling is a tradition that is common to all the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. One need look no further than the traditional bridal veil to see the remnants of what was once a common practice of modesty. Given that only traces of the tradition remain in Christianity and Orthodox Judaism, we most often associate veiling with Islam today, and many Americans misunderstand why veiling is prevalent in the Middle East and why a woman might choose to wear a veil.  Dr. Irwin will explore how the complexities of veiling in Islamic societies vary within religious, cultural, and political contexts and in comparison to the traditions of veiling in Muslim-American communities.


Parent & Teacher Lecture Series
The Mask You Live In — Film & Panel Discussion CUSD

Tues, Jan 30, 2018 6:30 pm
Carmel High School Performing Art Center

A riveting movie that focuses on some of the societal issues and problems plus solutions regarding how we are raising our boys.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.  These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.


February 2018


Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation and Robert & Lacy Buck

Docent & Historian, Kevin Shabram
The Fight for Point Lobos

Wed, Feb 7, 2018
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
During the 1920s, people who loved Point Lobos began to worry about its future. They feared the Point would be forever lost to development. These fears were not unfounded. This set up a ten year battle to acquire and preserve Point Lobos for the generations to come. Many well-known conservationists became involved in this project. But this is also the story of one woman who had been all but forgotten. Yet the impact of her work on the Reserve we know today cannot be understated. Please join Docent Historian Kevin Shabram of the Point Lobos Foundation, on a journey through this battle for conservation.
Community Night with the Library
Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch Manager of Culinary Initiatives & Matt Beaudin, Executive Chef, Monterey Bay Aquarium     
Aquaculture Sustainability: Farm It – Catch It – Eat It
Wed, Feb 28, 2018
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center                                                                                                          
There are many ways we enjoy the ocean…and many ways we can help preserve it. One of the major impacts we humans have on ocean wildlife is the seafood we eat and the ways we catch and farm it. The good news is that we can reduce our impact while still enjoying some of our favorite seafood. Join us to learn the latest information and tips for being a savvy seafood consumer and enjoy some delicious and sustainable treats. Even if you think you know about sustainable seafood, you’re sure to learn something new during this peek behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.


March 2018


Donor Salute
Sun, Mar 4, 3 pm
Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel


Community Night with the Library
Author & Historian Douglas Smith
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs

Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator whose works have been translated into a dozen languages.  He has written five books on Russia and his latest book, Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs, was published in November 2016 in the US and the UK. The most complete biography ever written, Rasputin draws on long-lost documents from archives in seven different countries to overturn many of the old myths about the infamous Russian mystic, presenting Rasputin in a fascinating new light. Publishers Weekly calls it “Monumental and soul-shaking … written with a Dostoevskian flair for noir and obsession.” Please join Douglas Smith for a riveting exploration and comprehensive perspective on a notoriously misunderstood historic icon, Rasputin.


Community Night with the Library
Author & Historian, Janey Bennett

Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

The 40-some houses Mark Mills designed in his career are tucked into the forests and among the coastal rocks from Big Sur north and across the Monterey Peninsula. Many people have no idea they are here.   Mills’ early houses incorporated the techniques and materials he had used while he apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. As he grew as an artist, his houses pushed the limits of designs of wooden trusses and he invented new ways of forming thin-shell concrete structures.  His was truly an architecture of the imagination. 
Janey Bennett has created a book of thoughtful text and brilliant photography reviewing Mark Mills’ work. The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind: The Architecture of Mark Mills  was published summer 2017 by ORO Editions. Please join Janey for a compelling look into the work of one of the most creative architects of our area and how his designs continue to remain both intriguing and relevant.


My library matters to me.

As a child, I got my real education at the library. As an adult, the library continues to open doors to wonderment, enjoyment and achievement.  As a grandparent, I nurture the potential of the next generation for an intelligent, inspired, empathic world. I can’t imagine living in a community without an excellent library.
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