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Ring in a Hopeful New Year with the Library

Ring in a Hopeful New Year on December 29 with the Library and Library FoundationThe San Diego Public Library Foundation’s Board of Trustees invites you to join City Librarian Misty Jones and Library Foundation CEO Patrick Stewart on Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. to virtually celebrate our impact during a challenging year for Library supporters and share their vision for the coming year. Questions are encouraged! And, we will ask for your help in a group activity to make origami cranes for the Library’s Cranes for Peace project. We invite you to enjoy your celebratory drink of choice while you participate! 

Sign Up for the Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading ChallengeStart the new year off right by signing up for the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge and diving into a good book! Celebrate diversity and harness the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book with this year's theme, Books Like Us. San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to take the challenge by reading 5 books or for 5 hours in the month of January to receive free passes to the Museum of Us, free food from Subway, and a coloring puzzle for children or a doodle journal for teens and adults. 

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Author of the Month: David Reed

Author of the MonthWant to get away? Join us on Saturday, January 16 for the kick-off of the 2021 Author of the Month program sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library. Experience a virtual tour by bicycle across the country with no pedaling or pain! Uphill and Into the Wind was recently featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The author will present slides and stories from the cross-country trip he took to escape the turmoil of the early 1970s and marvel at the beauty of the United States.

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Digital Resource Spotlight: Library edition

Discover Your Genealogy and History with the Library's edition of Ever had the desire to dig deeper into the roots of your family tree? Explore how and when your ancestors arrived in the U.S. Unearth birth, marriage, and death records. Search for billions of genealogical and historical records in over 4,000 databases. Discover your family's story with San Diego Public Library and Remote access available through March 31, 2021.  

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Special Collections: A Photo Journal of Life During the Pandemic

SNAPSHOT: A Photo Journal of Life During the PandemicThe Special Collections Department of the San Diego Public Library has a new project titled SNAPSHOT: A Photo Journal of Life During the Pandemic. We are creating an archive of San Diegans’ experiences during the pandemic. You are invited to participate by submitting your photos to the project.

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SDPL Virtual Hub Wins Best of 2020 in SD Magazine

SDPL Virtual Hub Wins Best of San Diego for 2020SDPL's Virtual Hub has won The Best of San Diego 2020 in San Diego Magazine. Our Virtual Hub has kept readers of all ages engaged online despite coronavirus-related library closures. The SDPL Virtual Hub has real-time and recorded bilingual storytimes, teen and adult book talks, craft activities, science experiments, and special guest performances. The librarians dress up in costumes and do all the voices as they read aloud to book lovers young and old.

SDPL Virtual Hub
One Book, One San Diego: Postcard to a Better Future

Postcard to a Better FutureThe Library hosted several great events and activities celebrating this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. There have been three author events, a "My SD" poster contest, and 1,000 "Paper Cranes for Peace" made (which are now displayed in the Central Library lobby). Another way to participate is to complete a Postcard to a Better Future. Community members can share their views of a better future by answering the prompt, "To promote a community that supports justice for all, I plan to...". Returned postcards will be displayed virtually on the Library's website.

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Youth Library Card Design Contest for Black History Month

Calling all students for Black History Month Library Card Design ContestSan Diego Public Library needs YOUR help designing our 2021 Black History Month commemorative card! This contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Submit a design that honors Black history, community, and culture. To pick up a submission form, visit any of our 25 locations offering limited in-person or contactless pickup services or download the submission form on our website.

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Michele Garb Wins the Maskbook Story Contest at the First Annual Shorties

This year's winning story is by Michele Garb:    After their date he turns to her, pausing. Smiling, she gets ready to say: I had fun too, or yes let’s do this again, or even, I love you too. But he says, "This has been really weird." Michele Garb was the runaway winner at the first-ever virtual awards gala celebrating the Library Shop's Matchbook aka Maskbook Story Contest. Read the winning story below and relive the magic of the First Annual Shorties event on YouTube.
The Library Shop is now accepting pre-orders for this exclusive item on their website. But hurry--there will only be 100 of these custom cotton masks! Mask will be shipped/delivered in January, and all proceeds will benefit the Library system.

After their date he turns to her, pausing. Smiling, she gets ready to say: I had fun too, or yes let's do this again, or even, I love you too. But he says, "This has been really weird."

-Michele Garb

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Go Behind the Scenes of the Library's Visual Arts Program

Behind the Scenes with Fear No ArtThe Library's Visual Arts program goes "Behind the Scenes" with a series of in-depth interviews with artists featured in the exhibition Fear No Art: Civic Engagement, Histories, Currencies. If you missed out on this show earlier this year, you can now get a closer look at the artists and their work in the virtual gallery tour and interviews with select artists, including Joe Yorty, Cat Chiu Phillips, and Celeste Byers.

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Propagating Plants During the Pandemic

Propagating plantsCalling all plant parents! Join the nonprofit Paradise Gardeners, a plant-loving group from Southeastern San Diego, and guest speaker Cuyamaca College instructor Amy Huie for a discussion on how you can care for and learn to propagate your plants. This event will take place on Thursday, January 14 at 10:30 am. Registration is required.

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Your One-Time Library Foundation Gift by 12/31 Will be Matched

Help ensure San Diegans are not left behind-- donate to the Library Foundation by 12/31 and your gift will be matchedIf you missed a chance to make your gift for Giving Tuesday, here's your chance to support the Library. Thanks to the generous support of long-time Library supporters, the Lily Lai Foundation, all donations received by 12/31 to the San Diego Public Library Foundation will be matched. That means your gift will have 2x the impact. Your gift to the Library Foundation helps support thousands of San Diegans relying on the Library for equitable access to resources that will help them succeed in school and work. Help show that the Library is more than words by donating today so we can give San Diegans the tools they need to succeed, and your gift will be matched.  

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