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September 25, 2019

Community Night at the Library
Innovation in the Deep Sea
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Join Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute President/CEO, Chris Scholin to learn about the innovative technologies for studying and understanding the ocean.The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a non-profit organization, was founded by David Packard in 1987.  The idea came after his family’s founding of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, hence the extension “Research Institute”.  Packard’s goal for MBARI was for scientists and engineers to work as peers, to conceptualize, design, fabricate and apply novel instruments and systems to investigate the deep sea.  This fundamental science and engineering enterprise was meant to complement the public-serving Aquarium. Packard believed that disciplined technological innovation would transform the field of oceanography and make it possible to address challenging problems in new and novel ways.  Thirty-two years later his legacy and vision lives on at MBARI’s facilities in Moss Landing at the head of the famed Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon — a conduit to the deep sea and geologic wonder.  Chris Scholin, the President and CEO of MBARI, will provide a brief history of MBARI, review some of the current work being done at the institute, and give a glimpse of what’s to come there in the future.

October 16, 2019

New from Carmel Public Library Foundation: Fireside Chats at the Library
A thought-provoking topical series developed to engage our community through lively conversation on an array of subjects, facilitated by an expert speaker and to be held at the beautiful, historic Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel.

New Fireside Chats at the Library
Navigating Democracy in the Era of Big Data & Deep Fakes
6:30 pm / Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean Ave. and Lincoln, Carmel

With Dr. Andrew Drummond, Associate Dean for the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, California State University Monterey Bay. Join us to discuss how vast stores of data and their use in information framing and audience targeting may be presenting core challenges to democratic principles and civic culture. Space is limited, registration required.

Register online here.

October 23, 2019

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Community Night at the Library
Robinson & Una Jeffers – “Our Inevitable Place”

“When the stagecoach topped the hill,” Robinson Jeffers wrote in 1914, “and we looked down through pines and sea fogs on Carmel Bay, it was evident that we had come without knowing it to our inevitable place.”

That “inevitable place” and their life there will be the subject of a talk by Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Vice President of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Discover what fueled the timeless poetry of Robinson Jeffers and how his writing was reflective of the home he built, including the iconic forty-foot tall Hawk Tower.

During their near half-century living on Carmel Point, Robin and Una raised their twin sons, Donnan and Garth; Robin built, by himself, bringing the stones up from the beach below, a number of stone buildings, including the iconic forty-foot tall Hawk Tower; Una organized and directed both family life and Robin’s literary career; and Jeffers wrote the poems that made him a nationally and internationally known poet whose poems on human life on this planet are especially relevant today. In his talk, Ruchowitz-Roberts will touch on each aspect of the incredibly rich life Una and Robin fashioned in their “inevitable place.”

October 26, 2019

Halloween Parade
1 to 3pm / Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join us and celebrate the City of Carmel’s birthday! Tricks or treats and library goodies.

November 6, 2019

Community Night at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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.


Some 100,000 audience members came through each year, and some plays – many of them premiers – ran for only one weekend, meaning the Golden Bough was churning through material, with up to 50 different plays per year; Carmel had arrived on the arts map, including in the realm of the stage. “It was just this huge hotbed of artistic output,” Moorer says.

Kuster and the theater remained controversial, with a number of actors and playwrights whose work he’d deemed not good enough for his venue. (There were also regular Communist group meetings happening there.) So there was reason to suspect arson when one weekend in 1935, at the peak of Golden Bough’s success, the theater mysteriously burned down. It was the opening weekend of a production of By Candlelight, a German comedy newly translated into English.

Kuster rebuilt on Monte Verde at the Clubhouse, this time calling it the Golden Bough Playhouse, and the tradition carried on. That was until 1949, when the aging cast of By Candlelight approached Kuster and asked for another shot at producing the play they’d memorized and rehearsed.

Within a week of opening the play, the Golden Bough burned to the ground.

“We’ll never do By Candlelight,” Moorer says. “Now we’ve got our theater built the way we like it.”

Kuster was out of money, but he did rebuild one more time, in 1952, thanks to a massive fundraising effort. The Golden Bough went on to become a movie theater – where Moorer remembers seeing the original Star Wars in 1978 – and was then set to be sold and subdivided into four residential lots.

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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—Gleidy Wetzel, Mother of three, Grateful Patron
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