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March 16, 2020 POSTPONED

Community Night with the Library – Online Program
Morality of the Moment
Rob Reich, professor of Political Science at Stanford University

Parent & Teacher Lecture Series hosted by CUSD & CPLFThe college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. This research-based workshop 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. Seating is first-come, first-served!

March 8, 2020

Donor Salute
3pm / Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel

We Want To Thank You!
Carmel Public Library Foundation appreciates your support! With a $100 or more donation you will be invited to our annual Donor Salute, as a “thank you” for your support of the Carmel Public Library. There will be delicious food from Stationaery restaurant and fine wines.

Funds to be applied to this year’s Donor Salute must be received no later than March 5th, 2020. Thank you.

February 10, 2020

Wired for Reward: How teenage brains are vulnerable to addiction, and simple strategies to promote health
6:30pm / Carmel Performing Art Center at Carmel High School
3600 Ocean Ave, at the intersection of Highway 1 & Ocean Ave in Carmel

Meet Darryl “Flea” Virostko, legendary, world class surfer who rode the big wave to surfer stardom, fell into addiction and then rose again to help others overcome.

It’s important to be able to recognize addictive behaviors— and it’s never too early to start speaking with your child about it! Join our distinguished panel of experts to learn how to help your teen discover practical strategies that can give them the critical thinking tools they need to make healthy choices. Q&A to follow the program.

February 5, 2020

Community Night with the Library
Big Data/Big Brother
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Join Naval Postgraduate School Asst. Professor of Computer Science, Vinnie Monaco, to learn how, and to what extent, your personal information is being divulged. The interactions people have on the Internet generate an abundance of data that often contain personal and sensitive information. Combined with recent advances in machine learning, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain anonymous and control exactly what personal information is divulged. Everything from search queries and movie ratings, to the way a person types on a keyboard or clicks on a button reflects some aspect of their identity. However, this phenomenon is a double-edged sword and actually has the potential to both increase security and threaten user privacy.

January 15, 2020

Community Night with 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 personal 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.

January 8, 2020

Community Night with the Library
Freedom of Speech: The Constitution in Conflict
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Freedom of speech has 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 says “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.

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

December 4, 2019

Community Night with 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.

November 6, 2019

Community Night with 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.

October 23, 2019

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Community Night with 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
11am – 1pm / Carmel-by-the-Sea

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

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.

Oct 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Harrison Memorial Library
Ocean Ave. and Lincoln St., Carmel
Fireside Chats at the Library
Navigating Democracy in the Era of Big Data & Deep Fakes

Join Andrew Drummond, Ph.D., CSUMB’s Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

September 25, 2019

Community Night with 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.