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November 6, 2019

Community Night with the Library
Cognitive Reserve: Maintaining Cognitive Function into Late Adulthood
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Dr. Kennedy will describe research that indicates how “cognitive reserve” can help stave off age-related declines in cognitive function and onset of dementia symptoms.  She will cover everyday activities that can help build up cognitive reserve and free resources for additional information on cognitive aging.

Dr. Quinn Kennedy earned a PhD in Psychology and completed postdoctoral training in Cognitive Aging, both at Stanford University.  She has over 20 years of research experience in investigating factors that affect older adults’ decision making and performance. Her work has been published in scientific publications including Psychological Science, Psychology of Aging, and Journals of Gerontology.  With her collaborators, her work has been featured on Channel 2 news, NPR, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Science.

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.

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

Parent & Teacher Lecture Series hosted by CUSD & CPLF
Stanford’s Challenge Success: A Well-Balanced Perspective on College Fit
What is “fit” and why does it matter?
6:30pm / Carmel Performing Arts Center at Carmel High School

The college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. This research-based presentation 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.

Presented by Jennifer Cote, Program Director Stanford University’s School of Education CHALLENGE SUCCESS; Providing strategies to support student well-being and engagement with learning.

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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