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March 20, 2024

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Kipp Stewart: A Life in Painting, Design and Architecture

March 6, 2024

Fireside Chat with the Library
The Cost of Silence in a World of Noise: Navigating the Complexities of Self-censorship

This year we will continue to see dogma and polarization. Can we engage others with civility and have dialogue with those who don’t already agree with us? Join Patrick Belanger, PhD, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in a Fireside Chat at the Library on stepping out of echo chambers to engage in public dialogue about matters of shared importance.

February 22, 2024

Community Night with the Library
I.M. Pei and the Making of Modern America

 Join biographer Michael Cannell, in conversation with USA Today Correspondent Marco della Cava, as they explore iconic architect I.M. Pei’s influence in architecture, inseparable from politics and power.

January 11, 2024

Community Night with the Library
When Brains Meet Buildings

A Conversation on the Intersection of Neuroscience and Architecture with Professor, Neuroscientist and Author, Michael A. Arbib.

December 8, 2023

Holiday Winter Wonderland Fun at the Library
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Carmel Public Library, Park Branch Children’s Library

Please join us at Park Branch Children’s Library (Corner of 6th and Mission Streets, Carmel) for Holiday Winter Wonderland Fun at the Library including games, crafts, snacks and fun for everyone! (Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult) (831) 624-2811 or email:


November 16, 2023

Community Night with the Library
Cultural Architect: A Poet’s Path to Building Community

Join the City of Oakland’s first and current Poet Laureate Dr. Ayodele Nzinga for a poetry reading and thought-provoking discussion on the importance of fostering a city’s cultural arts center.

October 18, 2023

Community Night with the Library
Your Personal Carbon Footprint

How does your personal lifestyle rank on Your Personal Carbon Footprint Scorecard? Join CEO of the California Arts and Sciences Institute, physicist, and U.S. energy authority Dr. C. Michael Hogan on an interactive journey of our lifestyle footprint via calculating our personal impact on the environmental crisis. By measuring lifestyle choices including food consumption, transportation choices, gardening preferences, use of electronic devices, and financial decisions, we we can all play a more proactive role in the carbon emissions cycle and in our overall ecological and biological health system.

Dr. Hogan is renowned for his peer reviewed work and research, which focuses on biological, physical, ecological and environmental expertise. Hogan received a PhD in physics from Stanford University and BS from Princeton University

September 13, 2023

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
The Bruton Sisters: Modernism in the Making

Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton, sisters and distinguished artists in the unique era of the 1920’s-1960’s, were known for their various mediums and modern artistic methods. Their work, recently on exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art, depicts their creativity and innovation, which later impacted future artists.

Join Wendy Van Wyck Good, a Bruton scholar, author, archivist, and former librarian at the Carmel Public Library, as she leads the discussion on the “three amazing sisters’” influence on California art, design, and architecture, and their ties to both Carmel and the Central Coast.