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Friends of the Library Book sale
August 19 – 21, 2010
Thursday, Aug 19 (members only) 11am-4pm
Friday, Aug 20 10am-4pm
Saturday, Aug 21 10am-4pm
Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road, adjacent to Larson Field

The Friends of the Library, who make a significant annual contribution every year to the Library for the purchase of books and materials, held their Book Sale, the event that raises the money for their contribution, on August 19, 20 and 21 this year. This event, one of the major literary happenings on the Peninsula, is made up of acres of books, all carefully sorted and classified for easy searching, at wonderful prices. This year the event moved to a new venue: the Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road, adjacent to Larson Field. No true book lover can afford to miss this! It was spectacularly successful raising some $25,000!

Sterling Circle Reception
June 27, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Park Branch Library, lobby

On Sunday, June 27, at 4 p.m., the Carmel Public Library Foundation unveiled their newly designed and constructed plaque honoring the members of the planned giving Sterling Circle — donors who have made the Carmel Public Library Foundation part of their estate planning — in the lobby of the Park Branch. These contributors are ensuring the long-term vitality of the Foundation by their future contribution to the endowment. To learn how to become a Sterling Circle member, click on planned giving.

Non-fiction book club
Fourth Wedensday of every month, next meeting June 23, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Sunset Center, Babcock Room
9th & San Carlos, Carmel CA 93923

Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter brings this history to light. Halberstam gives a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations of both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter the best book he ever wrote. It is a culmination of forty-five years of brilliant writing by this superb journalist about America’s postwar foreign policy.

Hooray for Hollywood
April 9 & 10, 2010
Carl Cherry Center, 4th & Guadalupe, Carmel

Hooray for the major spring event and fund-raiser for the Carmel Public Library Foundation: “Hooray for Hollywood.” Author, actor and impresario Tom Parks presented this ode to the golden age of song in Hollywood at the Carl Cherry Theater. The evening included an elegant reception with spectacular hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne and the show, followed by scrumptious deserts.

Author, Author!
March 7, 2010
Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel

Highly acclaimed mystery authors Hannah Dennison and Clare Langley-Hawthorne were the featured panelists at this year’s Author, Author event held at the Library. This very popular event, hosted by Board Director Tom Parks, proved to be an absolute delight, as guest authors talked about their literary life, the ways they approached their writing, how they were published, their research and other insights unraveling the mysteries in writing mysteries. The literary landscape of Carmel was brightened considerably by the event.

Donor Salute
February 28, 2010
Harrison Memorial Library

Over 200 Members of the Carmel Public Library Foundation were feted at the annual Donor Salute – honoring all who made a contribution of $100 and above during the past year. This was the largest group ever for this annual event, and the upbeat spirit of dedication to the Library and all it means to the community pervaded the elegant evening of food, wine, camaraderie, and beautiful music by violinist Jenny Bifano. In a short welcoming talk, President Peter Mollman thanked everyone for their love of the Library and for being a part of the most successful annual campaign in the twenty-year history of the Foundation. “Only one sales message this evening to all of you who have given so generously,” he said. “Please be an ambassador – spread the message and bring a friend, a neighbor, or even a significant other to the Foundation.”

Art & Literary Event featuring Baseball legend and author, Reggie Jackson
January 13, 2010
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel by the Sea

Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson, a resident of the Monterey Peninsula and now an author, hit home run after home run at the Foundation’s Arts and Literary event this past January. Reggie talked about his book, Sixty Feet Six Inches that he wrote with co-author Bob Gibson, another Hall-of-Famer. He also proved to be an inspirational guide and mentor for the large group of young people who made up part of the audience that packed the Carpenter Hall venue. There were cookies in the shape of baseballs, boxes of Cracker Jack, and Reggie passed his World Series rings around the room. “Around the world, our guest is known as Mr. October,” President Peter Mollman who acted as host, said, “but here he is proudly known as Mr. Carmel Public Library.”

Art & Literary Event featuring Debut Novelist, Maria Mutsuki Mockett
October 15, 2009
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel by the Sea

Marie Mutsuki Mockett talked about her debut novel Picking Bones from Ash at an Arts and Literary Program sponsored by the Carmel Public Library Foundation. The reading and book-signing event has held in Carpenter Hall at the Sunset Center in Carmel. Ms. Mockett, who grew up in Carmel, California, was on a literary book tour throughout the country. As a child, Ms. Mockett was a frequent and enthusiastic patron of Harrison Memorial Library. Publishers Weekly said her novel “succeeds where many other fail: making the reader care.” Author Amy Tan said it’s “a book of intelligence and heart. As Mockett reveals, the ghosts of our mothers are always within us.”