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Carmel, CA 93921

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Upcoming Programs

eBooksFirst Saturday eBook Help
Saturday, October 1, drop in anytime between 1 and 3 PM

The library offers free access to eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines and movies. Come in to get help with all of our digital resources. Be prepared with your device, with login and password, and your library card number and PIN.
Reference Room, Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
Questions? Call 831-624-7323

John Thodos photoLocal History Lecture Series
Architect Erik Dyar Presents
Central Coast Architect John Thodos
Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm

Join Carmel architect Erik Dyar for a talk celebrating the work of John Thodos (1943 – 2009), the famed Central Coast architect who is recognized world-wide for his invention of seamless glass boxes as bay windows, Mediterranean influence, and open, simple, mathematical designs.

Erik spent 17 years working with John as his primary associate on a wide array of projects including many award-winning residences. Glass and wood, light and space are concepts that resonate in all of Thodos’ work. John was a former Library Trustee.
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

Teen Lounge Thursdays, starting Oct 6th

 On the first Thursday of each month from 4-5:30 pm, starting October 6, 2016, we’ll enjoy creative expression in a relaxed atmosphere.  Open mic, story slams, and theater games, led by librarian Beth Rosenblum.  Bring your favorite writing.

Harrison Memorial Library, Teen Lounge, Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323

Indie Author DayIndie Author Day
Saturday, October 8, 9:30 am to noon

Join as libraries across North America host local Indie Author Day events on October 8th, 2016. Harrison Memorial Library will host a panel of authors, booksellers and publishers discussing the process and best practices of creating a book. Then, at 11 am a digital gathering will be available featuring Q&A with writers, agents and industry leaders bringing together the larger indie community.

Featured Panelists: Harrison Memorial Library Reading Room, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323 

John Muir Laws photoCommunity Night with the Library
John Muir Laws Presents
Thinking like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History
Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm

The powers of observation and curiosity are not static traits, but skills you can develop and enhance. Join California Academy of Sciences author and educator John Muir Laws to learn how can you get more out of your natural history explorations. Also a naturalist and illustrator, Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study, classroom, or family outings.
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

Hawk TowerTeen Photography Contest:
Historical Images of Carmel

The library is exhibiting the entries in its 5th Annual Teen Photo Contest at the Main Library. The theme of the photo contest celebrates Carmel's 100th birthday with Historical Images of Carmel.  Come take a look at the entries and vote for your choice to win. Winners will be announced in late October. The People's Choice Award will win a $50 Del Monte Center Gift Card and the Judge's Prize winner will receive a $100 Del Monte Center Gift Card.
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323

Astronaut Captain Daniel BurschCommunity Night with the Library
NASA Astronaut Capt. Daniel W. Bursch
Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm

Join Astronaut Daniel Bursch for a talk about space. Bursch had four spaceflights, the first three of which were Space Shuttle missions lasting 10 to 11 days each. His fourth and final spaceflight was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station as a crew member of Expedition 4, which lasted 196 days, setting a new record for the longest duration spaceflight for an American astronaut.
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

New Library Fees effective November 15, 2016

  • Overdue items - $.50/day
  • Library card replacement - $3
  • Visitor card for out of state visitors - $10/month
  • Interlibrary loan  - $5 per item
  • Printing  - $.20/page for black and white, $.50/page for color
  • Copying  - $.20/page
  • Lost/damaged processing fee for books, audiobooks, DVDs - $15/item, plus actual cost
  • Lost/damaged processing fee for magazines - $5
  • Local History photo digital reproduction -
  • 300 dpi TIFF $15
    600 dpi TIFF $20
    1200 dpi TIFF $25

    What's New for Kids?

    Baby and Toddler Storytime
    Every Wednesday, 10 am

    Miss GracePark Branch Library, Mission & Sixth

    Hear stories, sing songs, learn fingerplays and rhymes, and have fun. Afterward, we gather at the craft tables to color and socialize with Miss Grace. Weekly, September through May.

    For more information call us at 624-4664.



    Steam Thursday with Bud Smith
    Thursday Sept. 29, from 3:30-4:30

    SteamPark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    Make your  very own roller coaster! Learn all about friction, potential energy and kinetic energy as you make your own rollercoaster using pipe insulation and marbles. How many hills and loops can you put in your roller coaster? How long can you make it? This program is for ages 9-14 years old. Bud Smith is a science teacher from All Saints.

    Please pre-register by calling us at 624-4664.


    After School Craft Time
    Tuesday Oct. 4, from 3:30-4:30

    Jar o MonstersPark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    Join Miss Pat for a fun after school craft. Decorate wooden spoons for Halloween. This program is for ages 5-9 years old, and all supplies are provided by the library.

    For more information call us at 624-4664.


    Musical Storytime with Marylee
    Wednesday Oct.19, at 10am

    MaryleePark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    Join Marylee for a musical storytime. This program is for babies and toddlers, but preschoolers are welcome too.

    For more information call us at 624-4664.


    Family Fun Pumpkin Decorating
    Thursday Oct. 20, from 3:30-4:30 

    Pumpkin FacesPark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    We will be providing pumpkins and materials to decorate them. Make your
    very own pumpkin! All materials provided by the library. Fun for the whole family!

    For more information call us at 624-4664.


    Drawing with Dante Rondo
    Friday Oct. 21, from 3:15-4:30

    Dante RondoPark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    Come explore just how much you can get into your black and white drawings using graphite pencils on paper. Expand your abilities in using shading, tone and contrast to make more expressive and masterful art. All materials are provided by the library. This program is for ages 9-14 years old.

    Please pre-register by calling us at 624-4664.


    Steam Saturday with Miss Myah
    Saturday Oct.22, from 1:30-2:30

    SteamPark Branch Library, Mission and Sixth

    Join Miss Myah as she does a cool science experiment. This program is for kindergarten through 5th grades. All materials are supplied by the library. Stay tuned for more details.

    For more information call us at 624-4664.

    New Resources for Kids


    ABCmouse - With more that 3,500 learning activities and 450 lessons, is the most comprehensive early learning curriculum available online! For young learners starting at age 2.


    ScienceFlix - ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. 

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