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PO Box 800
Carmel, CA 93921

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For the most up-to-date information on the Soberanes Fire call the Soberanes Fire Information Line 831-204-0446 or check the CalFire fire updates webpage, or follow Carmel-by-the-Sea's Twitter feed.  For air quality see the Monterey Bay Air Resources District webpage, and see this Google map for a map of the fire. You can also find local reports ont the situation on Big Sur Kate's blog.

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Upcoming Programs

Annual Book Sale

Book SaleThe Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library annual book sale will be held August 11, 12 and 13, 2016 at the Carmel Mission School Gym. Close to 10,000 books, videos and audiobooks are available. Net proceeds from the books sale go to the library in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Members Pre-Sale Thurs. August 11, 11-4 pm (Join for $10 at the door)
Public Sale Fri. August 12 and Sat. August 13, 10-4 pm
Junipero Serra School Gymnasium on Rio Road, adjacent to Larson Field.


Third Saturday Computer Help
Drop in Saturday, August 20, between 1-3 pm

Digiall Learn logoThe library offers assistance in using computers.  Need help with email? Facebook? Netflix? Amazon?  Or just using a computer?  Come in for individual help.  Use our computers, or bring your own laptop, smartphone or tablet.
Come in between 1 and 3 pm for assistance.

Reference Room, Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323

Introduction to Genealogy Research
Dr. Karen Gold
Thursday, September 1, 6:30-8 pm

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree?  Find out more about your ancestors?  Dr. Karen Gold will talk about using resources on the Web and through your library to find out more about your ancestors. 

Successful genealogical research requires the coordination of a variety of skills.  Basic skills include development of clear research questions, access to primary and secondary reference material, collection and organization of materials, quality control and confirmation of findings.   These topics will be covered in this talk including an introduction to accessing reference material using, which is available as a library resource.

Dr Gold will also be available the following Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after the talk from 2-5 pm.   Sign up sheets for these 45 minute consultation slots are available at the reference desk.

Dr. Gold runs Pedigree Family Research and History Preservation in Carmel.  She has her Ph.D in research methods from UCLA, was on the faculty at Georgetown, and was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University. 
Harrison Memorial Library Reading Room, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323 


Parent & Teacher Lecture SeriesDr. Denise Pope
Dr. Denise Pope
Overloaded and Unprepared:
Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids
Thursday, September 15, 7 pm

Dr. Denise Pope is co-founder of Stanford University's School of Education's Challenge Success Program, a research and intervention program that provides vital resources to schools, communities and families which aim to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of student success.

An award winning author and recognized educator, Dr. Pope is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award. 
Carmel Performing Arts Center at Carmel High School 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811


College Admissions
CollegewiseThe Top Four Tips on Getting Admitted
Tuesday, September 20, 6-7 pm

No matter where you want to go to college - USC, UCLA, or a tiny liberal arts college that could never beat either of those two at football—there are always things you can do to improve your chances of admission.  Marisela Gomez, from Collegewise, will talk about grades, test scores, activities, even essays and interviews--she'll cover all the college admissions elements at this seminar. She'll also share strategies that will make you a stronger college applicant and ensure you avoid the most common application mistakes.  Open to high school students, parents, and anyone headed for college.
Harrison Memorial Library, Teen Lounge, Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323

Teen Photography Contest:
Hawk TowerHistorical Images of Carmel
Enter by September 21, 2016

Calling all Monterey County Teens ... Carmel's public library, the Harrison Memorial Library, is holding its 5th Annual Teen Photo Contest. The theme of the photo contest celebrates Carmel's 100th birthday with Historical Images of Carmel. Teens between the ages of 13 and 18, attending school in Monterey County, may submit one original photo by September 21, 2016. Photos can either be dropped off as an unmatted 8" x 10" print at the Reference Desk at the Main Library on Ocean & Lincoln, or emailed as a jpeg or tif with a minimum of 900 x 720 pixels to:

All entries will be displayed at Carmel's Main Library. 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


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

What's New for Kids?

Baby and Toddler Storytime resumes September 7.
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. Please note we take a break for the summer. Storytime will return on Wednesday Sept. 7th.

For more information call us at 624-4664.


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