Carlsbad Reads Together
Carlsbad Reads Together is an annual event that connects the entire Carlsbad community through reading. Special programming and events for Carlsbad Reads Together are scheduled throughout the month of April, but you can start reading today!
Carlsbad Reads Together is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.
My Path to Carlsbad story showcase
Submissions accepted March 1 – 30
Stories on display at the Georgina Cole Library April 1 – 30
Storytelling has the power to change our assumptions, deepen understanding of others’ experiences and connect us as a community. As part of this years’ Carlsbad Reads Together program, the Carlsbad City Library would like to create a special exhibit featuring stories of how your family arrived in Carlsbad. Stories will be artfully showcased in the Georgina Cole Library display case and shared on the Carlsbad Reads Together webpage through May 2023.
To share your story, use the “My Path to Carlsbad” form online or submit your story in person at any Information desk at our three library locations. Story stations will be available at the Carlsbad Senior Center and Lola’s 7 Up Market & Deli during the month of March to also collect submissions.
Friends of the Carlsbad Library – Spring Silent Auction at the Friends of the Library Bookstore (Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane) March 27 – April 3
The Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be hosting a silent auction at the Friends Bookstore at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. Items to bid on include the 11th Edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, a collection of books by humorist author Richard Armour (including three inscribed to the Georgina Cole Library), a single volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, Georgia O’Keefe’s “100 Flowers”, “World of Ornament” and more. Auction ends at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 3.
The Friends Bookstores need your donations of books for all ages, DVDs and current magazines.
Instructions on how to donate: Please leave materials in the donation bins located in front of the Dove and Cole Libraries.
- Cole Library: Leave donations in boxes on the Carlsbad Village Drive loading dock at Cole
- Dove Library: Leave donations in the donation bin on the southwestern corner of the library
- Library Learning Center: Give donations directly to library staff at the Information Desk
We cannot accept donations in the Bookstores.
Grow Your Garden -Harold E. Smerdu Community Garden, 1250 Laguna Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 April 1, 10 a.m.
Carlsbad City Library’s Grow Your Garden program lets you swap succulents, seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs from your garden with neighbors and learn new gardening techniques.
The workshop will focus on organic gardening with Richard Wright.
Make the Switch to Libby -The OverDrive app will be discontinued effective May 1, 2023. Make the switch to Libby today!
The legacy OverDrive app will soon be discontinued, and you will need to switch to Libby, OverDrive’s newer reading app. You can still use the legacy OverDrive app for now, but we recommend upgrading to Libby today. It’s easy to use and full of fun features. Follow the steps below to access your account in Libby:
- Download the free Libby app
- Find Carlsbad City Library and sign in with your library card
- Your loans, holds and wish list items will be on your Shelf
Fix-It Clinic at Schulman Auditorium Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane – Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This Fix-It Clinics will feature live demonstrations and repair classes for electronics, small appliances, bicycles and clothes. Register online to attend this Fix-It Clinic.
Bring your broken things for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. Come participate or watch, learn and get inspired at this free, fun-for-all ages event.
Come in and visit the Exploration HUB, Carlsbad City Library’s technology lab and makerspace located at the Dove Library.
Sign up for a free class or club. Classes and clubs are for patrons 13 and older unless otherwise indicated.
Silhouette Cameo: Baby Onesie with Bunnies
Wednesday, March 29, 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Learn how to use the Silhouette Cameo to design and cut three bunnies and text using heat transfer vinyl to place on a baby onesie. Shapes and fonts have been pre-selected to assist with the design process.
Photo Scanner and Photo Editing Software Demo
Saturday, March 25, Noon – 1 p.m. – Learn how to use the Epson V850 scanner and software to digitize your negatives, slides and photos. Hear about the photo editing software available in the Exploration HUB.
Genealogy Programs & Services
Focus On: New York City Research – Tuesday, March 21, 2 – 4 p.m. Library Learning Center at 3368 Eureka Place, upstairs computer lab
This class will explore ways to find New York City records for genealogy research, focusing on the mid-1800s through the early 20th century.
Focus On: Finding Your Mexican Roots Tuesday, April 4, 2 – 4 p.m. Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place, upstairs computer lab
Discover how to begin tracing your Mexican roots using genealogy records available in the Ancestry Library Edition database and FamilySearch.org website.
This hands-on computer class is for ages 13 and older. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet privileges is required. Register for a session.
Ask a Genealogist – Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with staff at the Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Complete the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.
Genealogy Partnership Programs – For a list of free, monthly partnership programs offered by the Carlsbad City Library and North San Diego County Genealogical Society, please view the genealogy programs calendar.
Celebrate National Poetry Month
Beginning in April, visit your favorite Carlsbad City Library location in-person to find poetry books ranging from Shakespeare to Rupi Kaur and Amanda Gorman.
- Visit Hoopla Digital and view the Poetry Collection
- Check out books, eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Carlsbad City Library collection
Try our free Personalized Reading Recommendation Service to get poetry suggestions.
AARP Foundation Tax Help Offered at Senior Center
Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schedule an appointment at the Senior Center front desk or call 442-339-2650. Walk-ins accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Now through April 13
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide taxpayers in communities nationwide with free tax preparation and filing services. Volunteers are trained and IRS certified every year to ensure they are familiar with the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. For more information, visit the Senior Center webpage.
Take the Pledge: Safer Streets Together
National traffic safety trends show a dramatic increase in traffic-related deaths, with the first quarter of 2022 showing the highest number of deaths in two decades. Here in Carlsbad, injury collisions involving bikes and e-bikes have increased over 200% since 2019.
Show your commitment to safer streets together in 2023. Take the pledge to do your part to keep Carlsbad’s streets safe for everyone who drives, bikes and walks in our beautiful community.
After taking the pledge for safer streets, order a free yard sign or window cling to share your commitment with your friends and neighbors. Learn more at carlsbadca.gov/saferstreets.
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