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Summer Reading Adventure 2023

All library locations Now – Aug. 5

Registration is now available for the annual Summer Reading Adventure. Readers from 0 to 100+ can play virtual Bingo to earn rewards by reading and completing library-related activities. Be sure to keep an eye on our Summer Reading Adventure website for more exciting details.

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library are proud to provide primary funding for Summer Reading Adventure 2023 and children’s books as rewards. Please see the 2023 Summer Reading Adventure brochure or visit library.carlsbadca.gov/sra for a full listing of programs for all ages and interests.

Holiday Closure
All Carlsbad City Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Friends of the Carlsbad Library Update

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library are excited to announce new hours for the Cole and Dove library bookstores:

Friends Bookstore, Dove Library -442-339-2020

1775 Dove Lane Mondays, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friends Bookstore, Cole Library

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive – Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 442-339-2898

Book donations are welcome at any time

Magician Michael Rayner

Monday, July 10, 6 p.m. Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. 1775 Dove Lane

For teens and adults

Come watch this wonderful magician wow the crowd with tricks and magic. Michael Raynor has been featured on “America’s Got Talent” and the “Late, Late Show with James Corden.” He has over 100 million followers on TikTok and Instagram and is most famous for his hamburger umbrella trick.  

Grow Your Garden

Saturday, July 22, 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.

Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

This program lets you swap succulents, seeds, crops and herbs with your neighbors. Lisa Marun will present “Seed Collecting and Saving”, a gardening workshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. No registration required.

Teen Talent Show

Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, 1775 Dove Lane

Know a teen in grades 7 to 12? Tell the teen in your life to join the annual Teen Talent Show! Teens can showcase their amazing singing, dancing, reading of original works or other talents in front of a live audience. Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend. The top three performers will receive rewards such as a Lego Guitar, HP Sprocket Photo printer or a Cricut Joy. Teens can email libraryteens@carlsbadca.gov for more information or register here.


Beginning/Refresher Genealogy Class – Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Room, Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Interested in researching your family’s history, but not sure where to start? Come to the Beginning/Refresher Genealogy Class. Learn about the essentials of genealogy research: getting started, record keeping, census records, wills and probate, land records, internet resources and genealogy software. These classes are great for beginners or those looking for a refresher on the fundamentals. Presented by the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS) in partnership with the Carlsbad City Library. You can pre-register by contacting the Genealogy desk at 442-339-2931. Walk-ins on the day are also welcome!

FamilySearch Affiliate 

The Georgina Cole Library is home to one of the largest genealogy collections in Southern California. Carlsbad City Library was recently awarded Affiliate status for FamilySearch, the largest genealogy association in the world. There are only a few hundred affiliate libraries in the country; the designation means Carlsbad City Library patrons will now have greater and more convenient access to over 6 billion searchable names and 2 billion images of genealogical records.

These digital records include images and name indexes. Currently, there are about 400 million original records available in a digital format that affiliate libraries have access to. Make plans to come in and explore these newly available records and take advantage of the opportunity to expand your knowledge about your own family’s origin story. 

Focus On: Finding Your Voice… Tell Your Ancestor’s Stories

Tuesday, July 18, 2 – 4 p.m. 

Library Learning Center  3368 Eureka Place, upstairs computer lab

In keeping with the Library’s Summer Reading program theme of “Finding Your Voice,” Jan and Ann will give a demonstration on how to upload your self-written biographies and memories to both FamilySearch and Ancestry.com to tell your ancestors’ stories. This will not be our usual hands-on computer class, but a one-time only demonstration of the techniques involved. Register for a session.

Genealogy Partnership Programs   

For a list of free, monthly partnership programs offered by Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, please view the genealogy programs calendar.   

Ask A Genealogist

Whether you’re just getting started and are looking for one-on-one help, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a scheduled one-hour personal session. You will be paired with a genealogy library staff member to help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions, whether your family’s origins are in the United States or elsewhere. 

Start today to explore your own family tree! Sign-up for an Ask a Genealogist session.

Exploration HUB

Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane

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

Sign up for a free class and try something new. Classes are for patrons 13 and older unless otherwise indicated. 

Digital Conversion Demo: VHS tapes, Super 8 and more 

Saturday, July 8, noon – 1 p.m. 

Learn how to convert old VHS tapes, Super 8 or 8mm reels, mini DV tapes or Hi8 tapes to .mp4 files. 

Tinkercad 3D Design: Writer’s Dice 

Thursday, July 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m. 

Get an introduction to 3D design and learn how to use Tinkercad software to create writer’s dice based on the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when and why). You will add text to different sides of a cube so you can roll for writing prompts. 

Staff Book Reviews

Get to know our staff members and be introduced to items in the library collection that may be new or unfamiliar.

Kylee S., part of our Children’s Division team, recommends “Cook Korean! A Comic Book with Recipes” by Robin Ha:

“Do you like graphic novels? How about cookbooks? Then look no further because this title is perfect for you. This delightful read has stories about Korean culture, the author’s background and delicious recipes. What more could you want, try it today!”

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

Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

These stories are great choices for the whole family on the road this summer. Talented narrators spin tales of humor, poignancy, adventure, puzzles, magic, mysteries, histories, warm fuzzies… the variety is sure to engage everyone in the car! Download a few titles from the Serra Digital Download Library collection – also available via the Libby app – when you sign in with a Carlsbad City Library card. 

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,

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 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


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