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Carmel, CA 93921

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holiday ebooksFirst & Third Saturday eBook and Computer help
Next session: Saturday, December 16,  between 1 & 3 PM

Need a little help? Come in for one-on-one help. Check out all the digital books, audiobooks, movies, music and magazines your library has for you to use. Bring your own laptop, phone, tablet, or eReader.
Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 pm for assistance. 
Reference Room, Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
Questions? Call 831-624-7323

Food for Fines$
December 1 - January 7

During the month of December the library will forgive fines for patrons who bring in non-perishable food items for donation to the Food Bank for Monterey County. Take Food Driveadvantage of the 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No items in glass containers and no outdated food please.

Community Night with the Library : Dr. Bonnie Irwin
Women and the Veil in the Muslim World: Oppression or Empowerment?
Wed., January 17, 7 PM

Veiled womanHistorically, veiling is a tradition that is common to all the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. One need look no further than the traditional bridal veil to see the remnants of what was once a common practice of modesty. Given that only traces of the tradition remain in Christianity and Orthodox Judaism, we most often associate veiling with Islam today, and many Americans misunderstand why veiling is prevalent in the Middle East and why a woman might choose to wear a veil.  Dr. Irwin will explore how the complexities of veiling in Islamic societies vary within religious, cultural, and political contexts and in comparison to the traditions of veiling in Muslim-American communities. 
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

Parent & Teacher Lecture Series
The Mask You Live In — Film & Panel Discussion CUSD
Tues., January 30, 6:30 PM

Mask You Live in cover artA riveting movie that focuses on some of the societal issues and problems plus solutions regarding how we are raising our boys.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.  These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Carmel High School Performing Art Center
3600 Ocean Ave , Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

Events for Children

All children's events are held at the Park Branch Library, corner of Sixth and Mission.
For more information call (831) 624-4664.

Steam Saturday with Miss Myah
Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1:30-2:30 PM

STEAM logoMiss Myah, the science teacher at River School, will be here leading cool experiments. Stay tuned for more information. This program is for kindergarten through 5th grade, and all materials are supplied by the library.

Drawing with DanteDrawing with Dante Rondo
Friday, Jan. 5, from 3:15-4:30 PM

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

Call (831) 624-4664 to pre-register.

After School is Cool Craft Time
Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 3:30-4:30 PM

Join Miss Pat for a fun after school craft. Stay tuned for more information about what craft you will be doing. All materials are supplied by the library, and this program is for ages 5 through 9 years old.

Steam Saturday with Miss Myah
Saturday, Jan. 13, from 1:30-2:30 PM

Steam SaturdayMiss Myah, the science teacher at River School, will be here leading cool experiments. Stay tuned for more information. All materials are supplied by the library, and this program is for ages kindergarten through fifth grade.

Musical Storytime with Marylee Sunseri
Marylee SunseriWednesday, Jan. 17, at 10 AM

Join Marylee for a fun musical storytime. This program is for babies and toddlers, but older siblings are welcome.

Magic Show with Magic Dan
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 PM

Magic Dan is returning to the Park Branch for a fun magic show! This program will be fun for the whole family.

Baby and Toddler Storytime
Miss GraceWednesdays at 10 AM

Babies and toddlers are welcome to storytime every Wednesday morning from the beginning of September  until the end of May. Hear stories, sing songs, do activities and enjoy fingerplays. Afterwards we gather at the craft tables and socialize with Miss Grace. This storytime is for babies and toddlers, but older siblings are welcome too.

For more events see our calendar.

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