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Coming Soon: 2019 Juried Biennial Exhibit
The annual Juried Biennial returns to William D. Cannon Art Gallery in December. Over the past 20 years, these exhibits have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. This year’s jurors are Maria Mingalone, Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art, and Robert Pincus, Art Critic, professor and writer.
An opening reception will be held on Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery. The reception is sponsored by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.
Who: All ages
When: Dec. 2, 2018 through Jan. 13, 2019
Where: William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Admission: Free
Carlsbad City Library Receives Donation

The City of Carlsbad today announced that the estate of the late Rosemary Falkenstein, a longtime library supporter, has donated $860,000 to Carlsbad City Library. Rosemary’s husband Dr. Herbert Falkenstein was a college professor, diplomat and former president of Carlsbad City Library’s Board of Trustees.

Poinsettia Park Dog Park Update
The City of Carlsbad is moving forward with plans to permit a dog park at Poinsettia Community Park, located at 6600 Hidden Valley Road.

Encina Power Plant Officially “Retires”
Effective Dec. 11 at 11:59 p.m., the Encina Power Station, which has been a dominant fixture along Carlsbad’s coastline since the 1950s, will official retire, according to a letter sent by the plant’s owner, NRG, to the California Public Utilities Commission Dec. 10.
Swearing in Ceremony, 12/11

Please join us as our newly elected officials take their oath of office, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. in the City Council chamber, with a reception to follow. Read more


Holiday Shopping Safety
The holidays are here and that means more and more shoppers visiting the City of Carlsbad’s malls, outlets and plazas. With the increase in shoppers, there is an increased risk for holiday shopping related crime. The Police Department is prepared. Read more

Registration Is Open for Winter/Spring Classes and Camps
Registration for City of Carlsbad’s Winter/Spring classes and camps is open.  Check out adult and youth classes, preschool, fun things to do, sports leagues, senior activities, special events, cultural arts, library programs and more!  Read more

Now Streaming

Enjoy new free streaming services for Carlsbad City Library cardholders. Available 24/7 from your smart phone or personal computer.

Free Movies With Kanopy – Choose from thousands of movies: Award-winning documentaries, Indie and classic films, educational children’s videos and more.

Free Music With Alexander Street  – Featuring over 670,000 tracks from music genres such as classical, jazz, world and American roots.

Holiday Fun

Join us for free holiday concerts and activities! Concerts have limited seating available on a first come, first served basis.

Admission is free.

 Holiday Activities    Check out our holiday event schedule for more holiday fun.

  • Bookstore Boutique for the Holidays
  • Looking for holiday gifts? Consider the Friends Bookstore. Choose from a large selection of new and like-new books. The sale will continue until all featured items are sold.
  • When: Until featured items are sold
  • Where: Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane

Library Got Game

  • It’s game time for grown-ups! Feel free to bring games, snacks or drinks to share.
  • When: – Monday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Georgina Cole Library, Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive  – Admission: Free

Holiday Closures –

  • All Library & Cultural Arts locations will be closed:
  • Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., early closure for Christmas Eve
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day
  • Monday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m., early closure for New Year’s Eve
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day


Carlsbad City Library       Georgina Cole Library       Library Learning Center

760-602-2049                     760-434-2870                       760-931-4500

1775 Dove Lane              1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.          3368 Eureka Place

Carlsbad, CA 92011              Carlsbad, CA 92008                Carlsbad, CA 92008

Holiday Hula Ho’ike
Wednesday, Dec. 12
1 to 2 p.m.
Come celebrate the holiday season with the spirit of aloha, as the students of Halau Hula ‘o Pualani present their 17th annual ho’ike (recital). Wear a lei, bring your aloha spirit and enjoy the story-telling dances of Hawaii, performed in beautiful costumes. Doors open at 12:40 p.m. come early as seating is limited for this free performance.
How to Keep Joy in the Holidays and Stay Serene
Thursday, Dec. 13
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Everyone wants to experience joy during holidays and stay serene. It is difficult for some but can be achieved by following a few simple guidelines. Attendees of this workshop will learn about:
  • Recent research about brain plasticity
  • Small, practical sayings to reprogram and calm your brain
  • Research study evidence about happy people
  • Some old-fashioned approaches to happiness that are still effective today
  • Ideas for starting new traditions or building on old ones
  • Simple ways to work on mindfulness, serenity and joy on a daily basis
Michele Downey, RN, LMFT, has been a nurse since 1977 and in private practice since 1987. She has found in her 30 years of working with families (especially families affected by mood disorders and addictions) useful tools and insight designed to bring peace and maintain joy.
American Sign Language 
Thursdays, Dec. 13
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Come try a beginning sign language class to learn how to meet and greet people in the deaf community. Gain a new way to communicate with friends, including introducing yourself, exchanging pleasantries, and finishing up a conversation, with a quick look at finger spelling. Future classes on other subjects could possibly follow.
Download and View (Mostly) Everything Google Knows About You
Dr. Sherman E. DeForest, Group Leader of CTUG
Thursday, Dec. 20
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
What data about you does Google collect? Can you access it? Internet searching is necessary, but it leaves trails which are used for commercial purposes. Is that good or bad? We will explore information Google stores about you, and we will demonstrate downloading a copy of personal information and display it in a meaningful way.
Dr. DeForest chairs the Carlsbad Technology Users Group (CTUG) and is Chair of the Library Board of Trustees.
Seaside Singers 5th Annual Holiday Concert
Wednesday Dec. 19 & Thursday, Dec. 20
1:30 p.m.
In this free performance, guests will enjoy seasonal favorites such as Christmas Time is Here, Angels We Have Heard on High, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Hallelujah!
The concert is directed by Jeff Sell, with Mark Phelps on bass and Violeta Petrova as a featured guest soloist on piano. Petrova is from Bulgaria and has performed numerous concerts in the area. The four and five part choral group was formed to give area residents an opportunity to sing and perform with others who share their passion for singing. Members must be able to read music and use a computer to read emails and print their own music.
NEW Classes Starting in January
Drawing 101
Mondays, starting Jan. 7
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Collage 101
Mondays, starting Jan. 7
2:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Social Interactive Dance
Fridays, starting Jan. 11
9:45 to 11:45 a.m.



  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

    I want to submit information about my upcoming Author Talk at the Vista Library.

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

      • Author Talk with Jeanette Chaffee
        Join Jeanette Chaffee as she discusses her book Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds.
        Chaffee shares her survival of a midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. She also talks about her exclusive interviews of the personal difficulties and tragedies of famous people such as Donnie Dee, Steve Arterburn and Elisabeth Elliot who have had life-changing encounters with God.
        Jeanette has appeared on 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The 700 Club, and 100 Huntley Street. She has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.
        Books will be available for sale and signing. Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com
        When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.
        Where: Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
        Admission: Free. First come, first served.

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