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April 24, 2018

Annual Fundraiser to Benefit the Carmel Public Library Foundation
The Travel Edition
A lively conversation in the serendipity of cross-cultural travel
Featuring famed travel writers
Pico Iyer and Don George
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sunset Center, Carmel, CA
The Journey of a Lifetime! Join Pico Iyer and Don George, dear friends and acclaimed travel writers for an engaging conversation rich with stories and observations from around and abroad.

March 28, 2018

Community Night with the Library
Author & Historian, Janey Bennett

Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

The 40-some houses Mark Mills designed in his career are tucked into the forests and among the coastal rocks from Big Sur north and across the Monterey Peninsula. Many people have no idea they are here. Mills’ early houses incorporated the techniques and materials he had used while he apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. As he grew as an artist, his houses pushed the limits of designs of wooden trusses and he invented new ways of forming thin-shell concrete structures. His was truly an architecture of the imagination.Janey Bennett has created a book of thoughtful text and brilliant photography reviewing Mark Mills’ work. The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind: The Architecture of Mark Mills was published summer 2017 by ORO Editions. Please join Janey for a compelling look into the work of one of the most creative architects of our area and how his designs continue to remain both intriguing and relevant.

March 14, 2018

Community Night with the Library
Author & Historian Douglas Smith
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs

Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator whose works have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written five books on Russia and his latest book, Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs, was published in November 2016 in the US and the UK. The most complete biography ever written, Rasputin draws on long-lost documents from archives in seven different countries to overturn many of the old myths about the infamous Russian mystic, presenting Rasputin in a fascinating new light. Publishers Weekly calls it “Monumental and soul-shaking … written with a Dostoevskian flair for noir and obsession.” Please join Douglas Smith for a riveting exploration and comprehensive perspective on a notoriously misunderstood historic icon, Rasputin.

March 4, 2018

Donor Salute
Sun, Mar 4, 3 pm
Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel

March 4, 2018

Community Night with the Library
Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch Manager of Culinary Initiatives & Matt Beaudin, Executive Chef, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Aquaculture Sustainability: Farm It – Catch It – Eat It
Wed, Feb 28, 2018
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center

There are many ways we enjoy the ocean…and many ways we can help preserve it. One of the major impacts we humans have on ocean wildlife is the seafood we eat and the ways we catch and farm it. The good news is that we can reduce our impact while still enjoying some of our favorite seafood. Join us to learn the latest information and tips for being a savvy seafood consumer and enjoy some delicious and sustainable treats. Even if you think you know about sustainable seafood, you’re sure to learn something new during this peek behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

February 7, 2018

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation and Robert & Lacy Buck

Docent & Historian, Kevin Shabram
The Fight for Point Lobos

Wed, Feb 7, 2018
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center

During the 1920s, people who loved Point Lobos began to worry about its future. They feared the Point would be forever lost to development. These fears were not unfounded. This set up a ten year battle to acquire and preserve Point Lobos for the generations to come. Many well-known conservationists became involved in this project. But this is also the story of one woman who had been all but forgotten. Yet the impact of her work on the Reserve we know today cannot be understated. Please join Docent Historian Kevin Shabram of the Point Lobos Foundation, on a journey through this battle for conservation.

January 30, 2018

Parent & Teacher Lecture Series
The Mask You Live In — Film & Panel Discussion CUSD

Tues, Jan 30, 2018 6:30 pm
Carmel High School Performing Art Center

A riveting movie that focuses on some of the societal issues and problems plus solutions regarding how we are raising our boys.The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

January 30, 2018

Community Night with the Library
Dr. Bonnie Irwin

Women and the Veil in the Muslim World: Oppression or Empowerment?
Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center

Historically, veiling is a tradition that is common to all the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. One need look no further than the traditional bridal veil to see the remnants of what was once a common practice of modesty. Given that only traces of the tradition remain in Christianity and Orthodox Judaism, we most often associate veiling with Islam today, and many Americans misunderstand why veiling is prevalent in the Middle East and why a woman might choose to wear a veil. Dr. Irwin will explore how the complexities of veiling in Islamic societies vary within religious, cultural, and political contexts and in comparison to the traditions of veiling in Muslim-American communities.

December 9, 2017

Hofsas House Hotel Celebrates The Holidays
Gingerbread Making Fundraiser
Benefiting The Carmel Public Library Foundation
Sat, Dec 9, 2017
10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hofsas House, Meeting room poolside
San Carlos & 4th Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea
You are invited to celebrate the holidays with our 6th Annual Fundraiser for the Carmel
Public Library Foundation with Gingerbread Making for the entire family.
Create a gingerbread house to take home and display throughout the holidays. Children will receive one gingerbread making kit, hot cider and a cookie for a $25 donation to the Carmel Public Library Foundation.
Adults that want to attend will receive a glass of wine or sparkling wine or mimosa from a local winery and can enjoy a gourmet cheese and fruit tray for a $10 donation to the Carmel Public Library Foundation. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for a $5.00 donation.
Cost: $25 per gingerbread house which includes a cookie with hot chocolate or coee. Adults may purchase a glass of wine with small bites for $10.
Reservations: Limited reservations available. Contact Carrie at (831) 624-2745 or to make a reservation.

November 15, 2017

Community Night with the Library
Carmel Photographer, Will Furman
Last Ghost Town Standing, Bodie, CA – Good Times & Bad

Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center

Join Carmel photographer Will Furman as he presents his new book, Bodie – Good Times and Bad, which bring to life this famous ghost town as never before. Along with Nicholas Clapp’s compelling narrative, Will Furman’s captivating photography makes you feel as though you are there. Many images feature a technique he calls “inside-out” photography, which appear as double-exposures, but are not. Captured with just the right angle and light, the scene inside a building blends perfectly with the scene outside, resulting in a beautiful composite that truly makes history come alive.

November 8, 2017

Community Night with the Library
Author & Historian Leslie Berlin
TROUBLEMAKERS: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age
Wed, Nov 8, 2017
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center

In the space of only seven years and thirty-five miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.

Join historian Leslie Berlin as she presents Troublemakers, the gripping tale of six exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s and how they worked together across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so, they changed the world.

October 11, 2017

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation and Robert & Lacy Buck
Ben Heinrich
“Chasing Water” The Carmel River; How it beckoned the pioneers and shaped this region

Wed, Oct 11, 2017
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center

Longtime local avid historian, Ben Heinrich has been fascinated with the Carmel River and how it impacted this region. Join Ben as he takes us through historic events, from the Esselen Indians, to the Spanish Discoveries and the more recent influence of Charles Crocker and S.F.B. Morse. “Chasing Water” looks at the Rio Carmelo, who controlled it and how it shaped the Monterey Peninsula.

September 5, 2017

Parent-Teacher Lecture Series
Dr. Adriana Galván
Insight into the Teenage Brain:
The Neurobiology Underlying Characteristic Teenage BehaviorTue, Sep 5th at 6:30 pm
Carmel High School Performing Art Center

3600 Ocean Avenue, at the intersection of
Highway 1 & Ocean Avenue in Carmel

Life is stressful for today’s teens who report they experience stress in patterns similar to adults, and during the school year report stress levels even higher than those reported by adults. Dr. Adriana Galván discusses the neurobiology underlying characteristic teenage behavior, with an emphasis on the effects of stress and sleep deprivation. She will present her most recent findings, and describe how to better help adolescents navigate the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood from a neurobiological research perspective.Adriana Galván, PhD. serves as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory with an expertise in adolescent brain development. Dr. Galvan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Seating is first-come, first-served!
Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Questions? Call (831) 624-2811