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Carmel, CA 93921

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Friends of Harrison Memorial Library

Friends of Harrison Memorial Library is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to our library programs.

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Sunday Afternoon Literary Tea and Program:
Patrice Vecchione, author of Step Into Nature
Sunday, Mar 8, 2 pm

Garden Room, Church of the Wayfarer, Lincoln & 7th, Carmel

Local poet, artist, teacher, and author Patrice Vecchione received unexpected inspiration when, unable to ride her beloved bicycle, she took to walking, not along our stunning coast but on the tree-lined trails of Jacks Peak Park. Inspiration came from wind whispering to the trees, hidden animals scurrying through the brush, flicker feathers found on the path that deepened her imagination and restored her spirit, and then it led to the writing of her new book Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life, from Beyond Words/Atria, Simon & Schuster. Join us for a lively discussion with Patrice who’ll talk about the writing of her book, everyday inspiration, and the gifts that come from walking among trees.

Not a Friend yet?  Take the opportunity to join!

Free. Questions? Call (831) 624-1615.

Annual Book Sale

Book Sale

A sale is held every August at Carmel Mission's Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road. Close to 10,000 books, videos and audiobooks are available. Net proceeds from the books sale each August go to the libraries in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Donate materials to the sale by dropping them off at Sunset Center (San Carlos and 10th) on Tuesday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00. Unfortunately, the Friends are unable to pick up books from your home. Here's what we need:

  • Fiction and non-fiction of all types- including travel, nature, science, sci-fi, sports, music, animals, crafts, cookbooks, biographies, history, poetry and art
  • Collectibles - first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books
  • Picture books for infants and toddlers
  • Books for children and young adults of all ages
  • DVDs, CDs (music and audiobooks) and VHS tapes

We cannot accept the following (please recycle or dispose of):

  • Damaged, dirty, smelly or stained books
  • Vinyl records or music cassettes
  • Magazines, maps or yearbooks
  • Encyclopedias, textbooks or computer software
  • Books that have been underlined or highlighted
  • Computer manuals over 3 years old
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books

Ongoing Book Sale

First Murphy House

Gently read books are sold year-round at the Heritage Society's First Murphy House. Proceeds go to the library. The First Murphy House, located at Lincoln and Sixth, is open Wed-Sat, 12 to 3 pm. (Hours subject to change- call to confirm). Knowledgeable docents are ready to share information about early Carmel. For more information call 831-624-4447.

Other Activities

The Friends promote awareness of the library in our community by hosting author programs for the public and sponsoring a bookmark contest for area youth.

Members of the Friends of the Library receive announcements of author programs and an invitation to the "Friend's Preview" for the annual book sale.

Annual dues are $10. To become a member contact Carole Frederickson, Membership Chairman, at (831) 626-9067 or mail your name, address and dues to:

  • Treasurer
  • Friends of Harrison Memorial Library
  • Post Office Box 87
  • Carmel , CA 93921

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