All programs will be presented online unless otherwise indicated.

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


October 1 – 7pm

Community Night with the Library – Online Program 
Morality of the Moment
Rob Reich, professor of Political Science at Stanford University
The convergence of a global pandemic, social unrest, a fragile democracy, & accelerating climate change: How do Americans collectively move forward? Join Stanford University Political Science Professor Rob Reich to explore.

October 6, 2020 – 7pm

Community Night with the Library – Online Program 
The Pandemic: What We Know Now
Dr. Syra Madad
Join Dr. Syra Madad, a nationally recognized leader in public health and special pathogen preparedness and response for Pandemic insights. The impacts of COVID-19 exceed all modern day epidemics, emerging as the worst public health crisis in a century. The talk will highlight where we are, where we need to be and what we can do to combat COVID19. Recommendations on changes that need to be made to improve biological preparedness and response across the U.S. healthcare infrastructure will also be discussed.

October 14, 2020 – 7pm

Fireside Chat at the Library – Online Program  
Can Literature Inform in a Time of Plague
Michael Katakis and Lettie Bennett
Can literature, from the ancient Greek philosophers to the great writers of the 19th and 20th centuries inform society through these turbulent times? Join acclaimed author, Michael Katakis and Lettie Bennett for thoughtful conversation.

November 18, 2020 – 7pm

Fireside Chat at the Library – Online Program 
Read-In for Social Justice
Dr. Andrew Drummond
Come share a book or reading that has had a major influence on your perspective regarding social justice and equity. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Andrew Drummond, Interim Dean of the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, California State University Monterey Bay.

December 9, 2020 – 7pm

Local History Lecture Series
How the Bach Festival Began – Online Program 
Author and Historian David Gordon
Musician, Author, Historian David Gordon reveals the story of two visionaries, Dene Denny & Hazel Waltrous who inspired art, music and theater as well as the Bach Festival in Carmel during the 1930’s.

January 21, 2021 – 7pm

Fireside Chat at the Library – Online Program 
Same Storm, Different Boat 
Come and engage with a multi-generational panel as they explore the various impacts of Covid-19 and coping mechanisms that are associated with distance learning, economic shifts, and social isolation.

April 2021

CPLF Annual Fundraiser 
The Presidential Edition with American Historian and Best-Selling author, Douglas Brinkley
Stay tuned for more details.

June 2021

Cozy Read-A-Book Bash – Online Program 

Discovering Gaston

“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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