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

December 4, 2019

Community Night with the Library
The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

After decades of the Cold War and renewed tensions, in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, cooperation between the United States and Russia seems impossible to imagine ―and yet, as author and historian Douglas Smith reveals in his new book, it has a forgotten but astonishing historical precedent.

In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited the American Relief Administration, the brainchild of Herbert Hoover, to save communist Russia from ruin. For two years, a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million men, women, and children across a million square miles of territory. It was the largest humanitarian operation in history―preventing the loss of countless lives, social unrest on a massive scale, and, quite possibly, the collapse of the communist state.

December 7, 2019

8th Annual Gingerbread Making Fundraiser
Hofsas House, btw 3rd and 4th on San Carlos in Carmel

For reservations: 831-624-2745 or

January 8, 2020

Community Night with the Library
Freedom of Speech: The Constitution in Conflict
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Freedom of speech as often been viewed as our most precious right, the right to think and speak without government censorship.  The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sways “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech or of the press…”  But freedom of speech has never been interpreted by the Supreme Court to be as absolute as those words appear.  What are the limits?  What happens when free speech conflicts with other constitutional rights?

Join Michelle Welsh, Professor of Constitutional Law and Employment Law at the Monterey College of Law, and a 40-year member of American Civil Liberties Union for this fascinating talk.

January 15, 2020

Community Night with the Library
Design Thinking: The Achievement Habit
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

A co-founder of the Stanford d.School, and author of The Achievement Habit, Dr. Bernard Roth introduces the power of design to drive positive change in your life by providing simple tools to solve problems and achieve your objectives.  He will share his insights that stem from design thinking—previously used to solve large scale projects. These insights can be used to gain confidence to achieve person goals and overcome obstacles that hinder fulfilling personal potential.

Dr. Bernard Roth is one of the founders of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the and is active in its development: currently, he serves as Academic Director. His design interests include organizing and presenting workshops on creativity, group interactions, and the problem solving process. Formerly he researched the kinematics, dynamics, control, and design of computer controlled mechanical devices. In kinematics, he studied the mathematical theory of rigid body motions and its application to the design of machines.

February 5, 2020

Community Night with the Library
Big Data/Big Brother
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel
Learn how, and to what extent your personal information is being divulged with Naval Postgraduate School Asst. Professor of Computer Science, Vinnie Monaco. The interactions people have on the Internet generate an abundance of data that often contain personal and sensitive information. Combined with recent advances in machine learning, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain anonymous and control exactly what personal information is divulged. Everything from search queries and movie ratings, to the way a person types on a keyboard or clicks on a button reflects some aspect of their identity. However, this phenomenon is a double-edged sword and actually has the potential to both increase security and threaten user privacy.

February 10, 2020

Wired for Reward: How teenage brains are vulnerable to addiction, and simple strategies to promote health
6:30pm / Carmel Performing Art Center at Carmel High School 
3600 Ocean Ave, at the intersection of Highway 1 & Ocean Ave in Carmel


March 8, 2020

Donor Salute
3pm / Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel

March 11, 2020

Community Night with the Library
Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
The Theatre of the Golden Bough in the Golden Era
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Rediscover the epicenter for creativity in Carmel and the dynamic man who created it.

The original Theatre of the Golden Bough was founded, built, and directed by Edward Kuster in 1924. The theater was a Carmel cultural landmark, and who better to recount its history than the founder’s daughter, Marcia Kuster Rider. The Golden Bough offered a staggering 50 productions a year and was the epicenter for creativity in Carmel during the Golden Era years of 1924-1935. It drew national as well as international attention and became known as an important proving ground for both actors and playwrights. This talk, illustrated by photographs, will highlight the theater as well as the dynamic man who created it.

March 16, 2020

Stanford’s Challenge Success: A Well-Balanced Perspective on College Fit
6:30pm / Carmel Performing Art Center at Carmel High School
Parent & Teacher Lecture Series hosted by CUSD & CPLF
The college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. This research-based workshop addresses many of the important questions we hear from families. What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is “fit” and why does it matter? Participants will learn practical strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support their student’s overall well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. Seating is first-come, first-served!

April 9, 2020

Fireside Chats with the Library
Citizenship in Flux: Local vs. Global Visions of the Civic Life 
6:30pm / Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean Ave. and Lincoln, Carmel
A cross-generational discussion of how local and global visions of citizenship are intersecting with mass media and culture in the US. Space limited. Registration required by emailing or call 831-624-2811.

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 – Save the Date!
Annual Spring CPLF Fundraiser
Sunset Center, Carmel

Details to be announced

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“I grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We never had a public library. My children are extremely lucky to have the Carmel Public Library. As a parent my heart soars with pride as I think of my 4 year old naming his pet, after a book he fell in love with during one of his library visits.”
—Gleidy Wetzel, Mother of three, Grateful Patron
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