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

Oct 2016

Community Night with the Library
John Muir Laws
Thinking like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History
Wed, Oct 26 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
The powers of observation and curiosity are not static traits, but skills you can develop and enhance. Join California Academy of Sciences Author and Educator John Muir Laws to learn how can you get more out of your natural history explorations. Also a naturalist and illustrator, Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study, classroom, or family outings.

Nov 2016

Community Night With the Library
NASA Astronaut
Capt. Daniel W. Bursch
Instructor Space Systems Academic Group
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey
Wed, Nov 9 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel
Join Astronaut Daniel Bursch for a talk about space. Bursch had four spaceflights, the first three of which were Space Shuttle missions lasting 10 to 11 days each. His fourth and final spaceflight was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station as a crew member of Expedition 4, which lasted 196 days, setting a new record for the longest duration spaceflight for an American astronaut.
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
Steve Webster
Early Days & 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!

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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.


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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