Please visit the Library’s website for a listing of all events.

Nov 2016

24th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Fri, Nov 18 at 11:30 am
The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. By invitation.

Honoring Lifetime Giving Donors
Joseph & Sheila Mark

A day that celebrates the many contributions of philanthropy – and those people active in our community.

Dec 2016

5th Annual Gingerbread Making Fundraiser
to benefit the Carmel Public Library Foundation
Sat, Dec 3 at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm
Hofsas House
San Carlos and 4th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Cost: $25 per gingerbread house, which includes a cookie with hot chocolate or coffee. Adults may purchase a glass of wine with small bites for $10.
Reservations: Space limited! Call Carrie at (831) 624-2745 to reserve your space at this fun holiday event that benefits the library!
Community Night with the Library
Marine Biologist Steve Webster
The History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Wed, Dec 7 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Join Founding Senior Marine Biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Steve Webster for a talk about the “Early Days & History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.” Steve has been involved with the aquarium since its conception, and continues to volunteer as an interpretive guide. Steve’s work over the years has been instrumental in making it one of the world’s greatest aquariums and conversation institutions involved in preserving the oceans.  Learn more about this amazing regional resource. 

Jan 2017

Community Night with the Library
Conservation Biologist Gordon Frankie, UC Berkeley
Bees & Blooms, A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists
Wed, Jan 11 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
California is home to over sixteen hundred species of wild bees that pollinate gardens, agricultural crops, and urban green spaces, even as the Colony Collapse Disorder takes its toll. Join University of California Biologist Gordon Frankie for a talk about the state of our bees and an up-close view of their changing ecosystem.

Feb 2017

cityhall-schmitz-244p-copy Community Night with the Library
Local History Lecture with Doug Schmitz
Stories from the Past: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Wed, Feb 1 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

Join former City Administrator and avid local history researcher Doug Schmitz for some tales of Carmel-by-the-Sea, in City Hall and outside the walls!

johnpisto-244p Community Night with the Library
Celebrity Chef & Cookbook Author, John Pisto
Mushroom Grubbing & Cooking

Wed, Feb 22 at 7 pm
Carmel Woman’s Club, 9th Ave & San Carlos (directly across from the Sunset Center)

Join author, Cooking with Mushrooms, local legend and Central Coast restaurateur, John Pisto for an entertaining evening with his fry pan. He’ll talk about the elusive fungi mushrooms, the basics of foraging, and the impact of climate (“pray for rain!”) on mushroom growth.

Mar 2017

Donor Salute
Sun, Mar 5 at 3 pm
A reception held in the Main Library for donors who have given an annual gift to the library foundation in the amount of $100 or more.
Community Night with the Library
Winemaker & Botanist Marta Kraftzeck
The History of Winemaking in Monterey County
Wed, Mar 29 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Wine grapes were first introduced in Monterey County well over 200 years ago by the Franciscan Friars. They discovered early that the cool evenings and afternoon heat was the ideal climate for developing the intense fruit flavor winemakers covet. Join Marta Kraftzeck for a talk about winemaking in our county, the prohibition, and the winemaking we know of today.

May 2017

The Foodie Edition
A benefit for the Carmel Public Library Foundation
Featuring celebrity chefs and international bestselling food writers 
Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl and Evan Kleiman

Wed, May 17, 2017
Sunset Center, Carmel

Set in the beautiful Sunset Center Theater, THE FOODIE EDITION features celebrity chefs and internationally known food writers, Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Evan Kleiman.  If you have an appetite for great food you won’t want to miss this scrumptiously delicious Foodie Event, starting with a variety of Monterey County wines on the Sunset Center patio and personally autographed cookbooks, followed by an evening of culinary delight on the Sunset Center stage. 
“Ruth Reichl is one of our greatest storytellers.” Alice Walters

“Nancy Silverton is the high priestess of DELICIOUS…” Mario Batali

“The freshness of Cucina Rustica and Kleiman’s recipes is what makes them so appealing. That they are also simple adds to their charm.”  New York Times

6 pm • Reception for Sponsors, Benefactors and VIP Guests*
7 pm • Wine Tasting & Book Sale   |   8 pm •  Program, followed by book signing
Details coming soon!


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.
Watch for upcoming programs and events! Meanwhile, enjoy the summer . . . and take along a great book!

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