Library Locations and Hours

Mailing Address:
PO Box 800
Carmel, CA 93921

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Upcoming Programs

Community Night with the Library: Steve WebsterSteve Webster
The Early Days & History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Wednesday, December 7, 7 PM

Monterey Bay Aquarium founding Senior Marine Biologist Steve Webster has been involved with the aquarium since its conception, and continues to volunteer as an interpretive guide. Steve’s work over the years has been instrumental in making it one of the world’s greatest aquariums and conversation institutions involved in preserving the oceans.  Learn more about this amazing regional resource.  
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811


Food driveFood for Fines$
December 1 - January 6

The Library will forgive fines for patrons who bring in non-perishable food items for donation to the Food Bank of Monterey County. It's an opportunity to clear your fines and help a worthy cause, all at once. One can of food or 4 bags of ramen = $1 forgiven in fines. These food items are especially needed:
  • Canned meats or fish
  • Chili
  • Soups or stews
  • Fruits or vegetables
  • Juices
  • Peanut butter
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Dry cereal or oatmeal
  • Rice and pasta
No items in glass containers and no outdated food please.

Computer helpThird Saturday computer help
Saturday, December 17, drop in anytime between 1 and 3 PM

We offer assistance with whatever you need in learning to use computers.  Need help with email? Facebook? Netflix?  Or just using a computer or your smartphone or tablet?  Come in for one-on-one help.  Bring your own laptop, phone or tablet, or use our computers.
Come in between 1 and 3 pm for assistance.
Reference Room, Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
Questions? Call 831-624-7323


Teen Lounge First Thursdays
Next meetup: January 5, 4 to 5:30 PM

If you are 13-18, join us the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 5:30 PM.  We have a blast enjoying creative expression in a relaxed atmosphere.  Open mic, story slams, and theater games, led by librarian Beth Rosenblum.  Bring your favorite writing (poem, story, script...)

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


Bees and BloomsCommunity Night with the Library
Conservation Biologist Gordon Frankie, UC Berkeley: Bees & Blooms, A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists Wednesday, January 11, 7 PM

California is home to over sixteen hundred species of wild bees that pollinate gardens, agricultural crops, and urban green spaces, even as the Colony Collapse Disorder takes its toll. Join University of California Biologist Gordon Frankie for a talk about the state of our bees and an up-close view of their changing ecosystem.
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811


What's New for Kids?

Musical Storytime with Miss Sarah
Wednesday, December 7, 10 AM

Miss SarahPark Branch Library, Mission and Sixth

Miss Sarah of Kinderjam will be here for a lively musical storytime. This program is for babies and toddlers, but preschoolers are welcome too.

For more information call us at 624-4664.


Steam Saturday with Miss Myah
Saturday, December 10, 1:30 to 2:30 PM

SteamPark Branch Library, Mission and Sixth

Join Miss Myah, the science teacher from River School while she leads fun science experiments. This program is for kindergarten through 5th grade, and all materials are supplied by the library. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information call us at 624-4664.


Storytime Visit With Santa Claus
Wednesday, December 14, 10 AM

Santa ClausPark Branch Library, Mission and Sixth

Santa Claus will be joining our storytime for babies and toddlers. Preschoolers are welcome too. Get your picture taken with Santa!

For more information call us at 624-4664.

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.


New Resources for Kids


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


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

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