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Start Your Business in Carlsbad: Pre-venture/Start-up Training

Community Room, Georgina Cole Library Thursday, May 18, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

This training covers proof of concept, legal entities, licensing, taxes and financing. Register here.

Start Your Business in Carlsbad: Start Your Business in a Day What It Takes to Succeed, Financing, Taxes & Business Etiquette

Community Room, Georgina Cole Library, Thursday, May 25 -8:30 – 10 a.m. This training is designed to give you an overview of what to consider before starting a business. Register here.

Library Hours & Holiday Closure

Carlsbad City Libraries will open at 9 a.m. Monday – Saturday beginning on Monday, May 8 at all three locations. Access public computers, wi-fi, study rooms, print and digital resources, magazines and more at your local library.

Library hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays

For more information, visit the Carlsbad City Library website.

Memorial Day Holiday Closure – In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, all three library locations will be closed on Monday, May 29.

Fiesta at the Rancho

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park

Tickets are now on sale for Fiesta at the Rancho! Guests will enjoy an evening with live entertainment, a hosted bar and a delicious meal set outdoors amidst the tranquil beauty of Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. This special evening benefits the California History & Art Program at Carrillo Ranch. Over 1,200 local 4th grade students will have the opportunity to visit Carrillo Ranch to share in Leo’s vision of early California life and participate in an interactive art lesson. Your support and fundraising proceeds allow this award-winning program to be offered to all 4th grade students in the City of Carlsbad at no cost.

Cara Black & Kate White Author Event

Tuesday, May 23, 2 p.m.

Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane

If you love a good thriller, make sure you do not make any plans on May 23. Authors Cara Black and Kate White will be discussing their new books. There will be an opportunity for an audience Q&A session as well as a book signing. Hope to see you there.

Grow Your Garden

Georgina Cole Library

Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – noon

Swap crops & socialize: 10 – 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – noon

Workshop: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This program lets you swap succulents, seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs with your neighbors. Chef Kyle Dixon will present a gardening workshop “Garden to Table” from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Save the Date

Make sure you save the date for the following exciting events:

  • Friday, June 9: Lisa See author event (Dove Library)
  • Tuesday, June 20: Summer Reading Adventure begins (all three library locations
  • Friday, June 23: Writing Workshop (Cole Library)

More details coming soon.

Exploration HUB

Come in and use the Exploration HUB, Carlsbad City Library’s technology lab and makerspace located at Dove Library!  

Sign up for a free class or club. Try something new! Classes and clubs are for patrons 13 and older unless otherwise indicated. 

Digital Conversion Demo: VHS tapes, Super 8 and more 

Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. -Do you have old home movies on VHS tape, Super 8 or 8mm reels, DV mini tapes or Hi8 tapes? Attend a free demonstration on how to use the various digital conversion equipment and software to convert your home movies to .mp4 files. 

Beginning Arduino 

Thursday, May 4, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. -Interested in doing electronics projects with Arduino? You will write and upload computer code to the Arduino circuit board. No prior experience is necessary. 

Photo Scanner Demo 

Monday, May 8, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Do you have stacks of photos, slides and negatives you would like to digitize? Attend a free demonstration on how to use the Epson V850 scanner and hear about the photo editing software we have available for you to use in the HUB.

Donations Wanted

The Friends Bookstores need your donations of books for all ages, DVDs and current magazines. Instructions on how to donate:

  • 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 directly in the bookstores.

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Kanopy celebrates these cultures and communities with feature and documentary films.

Watch them for free with your Carlsbad City Library card.

New! Staff Book Reviews

Now introducing a new segment to our eNewsletter, staff book reviews! This is a wonderful way for the community to get to know our staff members and be introduced to items in the library collection that may be new or unfamiliar.

This review was provided by Svetlana K., part of our Adult & Teen Services team: “College years are the right time to establish career goals and start looking for opportunities! This book in the best-selling career guide series WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? contains advice on how to select the right courses, land an internship and how to use all available tools (including social media) in the job search. The book offers helpful hints to college students regarding resumes, cover letters, and interviews. It also provides templates for creating job-oriented social media accounts, including LinkedIn. Find this book on the library shelf today!”

P.S. Try our free Personalized Reading Recommendation Service for additional reading suggestions.

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.  

We’re here to help

We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during open library hours.

All Carlsbad City Library location hours

Monday – Thursday* 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Friday and Saturday* 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. *Beginning May 8, all Carlsbad City Library locations will open at 9 a.m.

Carlsbad City Library
442-339-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
442-339-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
442-339-5500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village DriveCarlsbad, CA 92008

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