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June 2022

Cozy Read-A-Book Bash

Online program

June 12, 2022

Sterling Circle Event

Location – TBD

April 27, 2022

CPLF’s Annual Fundraiser: The Futurist Edition
with acclaimed futurist and best-selling author Parag Khanna

Join us at the Sunset Center Theater and Online

Sponsorships still available. Call 831-624-2811 for more information.

February 16, 2022

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees, with Author Meredith May


Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.

March 9, 2022

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation and Robert & Lacy Buck
Architect M.J. Murphy, Carmel’s First and Foremost Builder with Architectural Historian, Kent Seavey

From 1901 to 1941 Murphy and his contracting company was the “go to” for good building design and the materials to construct them. He helped frame the village’s commercial and residential eclectic character, and for 17 years, the company he founded in 1904 continues to supply building material needs for the Monterey Peninsula community.

Join local architectural historian, Kent Seavey for an overview of Murphy’s contribution to the aesthetics and material support of our community.

This program is part of the Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation and Robert & Lacy Buck.

February 9, 2022

Fireside Chats at the Library
Individualism vs. The Collective

A discussion exploring the fundamental conflict in America today and why we need to solve it.

January 12, 2022

Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyber Warfare, with author and Professor John Arquilla

New technologies are changing how we protect our citizens and wage our wars. Among militaries, everything taken for granted about the ability to maneuver and fight is now undermined by vulnerability to “weapons of mass disruption”: cutting-edge computer worms, viruses, and invasive robot networks. At home, billions of household appliances and other “smart” items that form the Internet of Things risk being taken over, then added to the ranks of massive, malicious “zombie” armies. The age of Bitskrieg is here, bringing vexing threats that range from the business sector to the battlefield.

In this new book, world-renowned cybersecurity expert John Arquilla looks unflinchingly at the challenges posed by cyber warfare – which he argues have been neither met nor mastered. He offers fresh solutions for protecting against enemies that are often anonymous, unpredictable, and capable of projecting force and influence vastly disproportionate to their size, strength, or wealth. The changes called for require radical rethinking of military and security affairs, diplomacy, and even the routines of our daily lives.

December 15, 2021

Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck
Foundation and Robert & Lacy Buck
Henry Miller: Provocateur and Liberating Literary Influence

Henry Miller is an American writer and artist whose unique, semi-autobiographical style blended a raw, unapologetic perspective of human nature accompanied by philosophical reflection, and the frequent use of sexual and explicit language, often in a surreal stream of consciousness.

This talk will focus on Henry Miller and his impact on the American literary history as well as his impact locally. Join Magnus Toren, Executive Director of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA for an unforgettable evening about one of our local legends.

December 4, 2021

10th Annual Gingerbread House Fundraiser

Celebrate the holidays with a fun Gingerbread House family activity while supporting the Carmel Public Library. Create a gingerbread house at home and display throughout the holidays. Children will receive one gingerbread making kit and an individually wrapped cookie for a $25 donation to the Carmel Public Library Foundation, as well as a special goodie bag.

Pickup: December 3, 1-4 P, Hofsas House at San Carlos & 4th Ave in Carmel Dec. 4th: Gingerbread house participants have the option to submit their photos and videos on the Hofsas House Hotel and Carmel Public LibraryFoundation Facebook and Instagram page. Click to view a flyer with details about the drawing and prize.

Space is limited to 50 Gingerbread houses.
Reservations required through Eventbrite and pre-paid, click link below:

We thank Hofsas House and Chatterbox Public Relations for continuing to provide this wonderful tradition.

November 17, 2021

Fireside Chats at the Library
Is the California Dream Dead?
6:30pm – Harrison Memorial Library

A discussion of today’s definition of the California Dream and the possibility to attain it.

November 10, 2021

Community Night with the Library
Meet the Stars in Space: Three Astronauts and their Journey

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an astronaut or what’s it’s like to live in outer space?
Three astronauts will share their experiences and perspectives;

  • Stephen Nathaniel Frick, American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Frick’s second mission delivered and outfitted the European Space Agency’s Columbus Laboratory, preparing it for future scientific work benefitting life on Earth.
  • Daniel Wheeler Bursch, American astronaut, had four spaceflights, including a record making long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station from December 2001 to June 2002.
  • James Hansen Newman, American astronaut, had four spaceflights, including the first Space Shuttle mission to begin the assembly of the International Space Station.

October 13, 2021

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

The Gilded Edge: Two Audacious Women and the Cyanide Love Triangle That Shook America

Join author Catherine Prendergast for the true story of two women, Nora May French and Carrie Sterling of Carmel-by-the-Sea—a wife and a poet who learn the high price of sexual and artistic freedom in a vivid depiction of the debauchery of the late Gilded Age.

Catherine Prendergast is a Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholar.

October 4, 2021

Community Night with the Library
Sonita: A Film by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

A young Afghani refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music after her family tries to sell her into a marriage.

This intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation. 91 minutes, subtitled in English.

September 22, 2021

Community Night with the Library
Into the Deep: The Secret Lives of Fishes off Carmel’s Storied Coastline

Thousands of people visit Carmel’s coastline every year, but very few know of the wonder that lies beyond the waves. Join James Lindholm, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Marine Science & Policy & Chair, Department of Marine Science California State University Monterey Bay, and immerse yourself in the ‘living laboratory’ that is the Carmel Bay.