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What Can the Library Do for You?

Take the Library Survey by April 15
The way the Library serves the community has changed dramatically since 2002. Unfortunately, the plan that guides long-range Library planning was approved by the City Council in 2002 and was based on outdated 1990 census data. Therefore, it does not consider technological advances and new ways we all use the Library. We are working with the Library Foundation and Mayor's office to draft a new plan. Fill out the community survey by April 17 to help determine our Libraries’ future and build a better system for all. 

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The survey is available in Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Spanish, and English. 
Let's Celebrate Our Libraries During National Library Week

National Library WeekAs we know, our Library system is known for books and research materials, but it also offers many programs that promote lifelong learning, connect San Diegans to technology, and empower our communities. You can show your appreciation for our Library system this Library Week:

Tuesday, April 6- National Library Worker's Day
Show your appreciation for your local Library worker on social media! Make sure to tag your local Library's Facebook page or @sdpubliclibrary on Instagram. 

Wednesday, April 7- #LibraryGivingDay
Show your appreciation for your local Library with a Library Foundation gift or Facebook fundraiser.

Thursday, April 8- Take Action for Libraries Day
Show your appreciation for your Library by signing up to become a Library advocate.*

*LibrariesTransformSD is a coalition between the Library Foundation, Friends of San Diego Public Library, the City of San Diego Public Library Commission, and a community of library supporters dedicated to strengthening The San Diego Public Library System by advocating for the resources necessary to sustain our beloved community libraries. 
Spring into STEAM: Let's Go!

Spring into STEAMGet ready for this year's Spring into STEAM, the Library's science-focused program series for 9- to 12-year old students. Workshops will take place virtually on Zoom during April and all participants will receive a take-home activity kit. Workshop topics include: Sounds of the Rainforest: Making a Maguaré; Junior Explorers: Let's Go to Egypt; By Air, By Land, By Sea; and Illuminated Map Quest. This program is presented in partnership with local science experts and organizations, and registration is required for all workshops. 

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Announcing Listeners' Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast

New Library Podcast: Listener's AdvisoryWe are proud to announce the launch of Listeners' Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast! Listeners' Advisory is an audio access point that connects users with Library services, facilities, and staff. Enjoy a mixture of narrative-driven segments, in-depth interviews, and roundtable discussions about timely services, community-centric matters, and professional recommendations. Listen to the premier episode to learn about Seed Libraries, the Library Master Plan, and podcast recommendations. Available anywhere you get your podcasts.  

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Watch Estate Planning Webinar with Nancy Spector

4 Essentials of Estate PlanningThe Library Foundation is grateful to those who attended the webinar, 4 Essentials of Estate Planning: how you can gain peace of mind. You can watch the presentation with featured speaker Nancy Spector here. The Foundation provides the educational resources needed to make informed decisions with their ongoing estate planning webinar series. Make sure to follow the Library Foundation on their Crowdcast channel for future webinars. If you'd like to learn more about making a planned gift, please contact Kymberly Mueller by email.

Blind Date with a Book: A Virtual Dating Game, Chapter Two

Blind Date with a BookGet ready for the 5th Annual San Diego Bookstore Crawl with a special San Diego Bookseller edition of the Library Shop's popular virtual "dating" game that matches hopeful readers with their next books. Three lucky contestants will win a blind date with a free book handpicked by San Diego's finest local bookstores. Sign up now and tune in on Thursday, April 22 at 4 pm! Plus, be sure to join this year's virtual bookstore crawl on April 24 during Independent Bookstore Day and spend $35 at any of the 11 participating stores to get the exclusive 2021 Book Crawl enamel pin. 

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Digital Resource Spotlight: BrainFuse JobNow & VetNow

Brainfuse JobNowDid you know that with your library card you can get FREE job coaching? BrainFuse's JobNow & VetNow provides professional assistance with all stages of job hunting, including online applications, resumes, interviews, and more! This resource features live online assistance, resume lab help, and a wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals.

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National Poetry Month: Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Shabad Zeest Hashmi Poetry MemoirTo celebrate National Poetry Month, internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet Shadab Zeest Hashmi will be sharing from her hybrid memoir, Comb, on April 10. Through poetry and vignettes, she draws on her childhood memories of growing up in Peshawar, on the Pakistani side of the Afghanistan border, magically weaving her personal journey into lyrical essays. An audience Q&A will follow the reading and discussion.

Financial Literacy Webinars for Teens

Financial Literacy for TeensApril is Financial Literacy Month and the Library and California Coast Credit Union are teaming up to present a series of financial literacy webinars for teens. On April 7, get an introduction to money terms and learn the basics of budgeting with Money Basics. Dive deeper into budgeting, saving, and investing with Financial Fitness on April 14. Learn All About Credit and credit scores on April 21. Finally, on April 28, learn about college costs and how to find College Scholarships
The Library Shop's Curbside Caravan Returns to a Branch Near You

Library Shop Curbside Caravan TourThe Library Shop is back on tour in April with a convenient, safe, and socially distanced pop-up shop curbside at your neighborhood library! The pop-up shop will be open from noon to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, beginning Thursday, April 1 at select Library branches. View the schedule here and start planning your visit! 
Book Launch: Caitlin Rother in Conversation with J.W. August

Caitlin Rother Book LaunchOn April 27, New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother will discuss her latest groundbreaking book of true crime narrative nonfiction, Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case, in conversation with broadcast journalist J.W. August. Rother takes an authoritative, objective and yet personal look at the controversial high-profile death case of Rebecca Zahau through the lens of Rother's own experience—her husband's suicide in 1999. She will save time for a Q&A with attendees after the discussion. 

Opera Insights with the Library and San Diego Opera

San Diego OperaWe're celebrating the 65th season of the Central Library's Opera Insights Series and our decades-long partnership with San Diego Opera. In honor of this momentous occasion, San Diego Opera is offering its four-part Zoom lecture series leading up to their production of The Barber of Seville to library patrons: Gioachino Rossini: The Man, The Music, The Food! Lectures will take place on Wednesday afternoons in April. Don't miss the first lecture with on April 7 at 3 pm: Rossini's Early Life and Times.  

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Celebrate Library Week with a Great Read from The Library Shop

Bookshop Reading ListBooks about libraries has always been a favorite Library Shop topic so we've put together a reading list inspired by this year's Library Week theme, Welcome To Your Library, featuring perennial Library-centric favorites, great children's picture books, and a deep dive into the Library's place in the struggle for equity and social justice. Check out the list and purchase directly from the Shop's site and 30% of your purchase will support the Library system.



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