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Summer Fun @ the Library


Celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out
Celebrate National Night Out at your local library! Join us on August 2 at both the Pacific Beach Library and Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library for a community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. You are invited to come to eat, enjoy activities, and get to know your neighbors, local police, and elected officials.
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Events & Happenings

Story Time with Assemblymember Chris Ward

August 12  /  10 am  /  Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library
Join Assemblymember Ward in celebrating a lifelong love of reading at this special story time event. Children and parents are welcome to attend, listen to a story, and learn more about state and local issues. Join in.

Southeast Science and Art Expo

August 13  /  10 am  /  Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
Attend this inclusive science, art, and culture event and enjoy learning about the engineering of lowriders, the science of torillas, robotics, and more. Learn more.

Author of the Month with Caitlin E. O'Connell-Rodwell

August 13  /  2 pm  /  Central Library
World-renowned elephant scientist Caitlin O'Connell, Ph.D., will be sharing her observations and insights as we dive into the rituals of elephants, apes, zebras, rhinos, lions, whales, flamingos, and more. Register.

Know Your Rights as a Renter

August 13  /  1 pm  /  College-Rolando Library
San Diego rents are out of control. Know your rights as a tenant and learn more about forming a tenants' union. Presented by Tenant Councils San Diego. Add to your calendar.

Library System Update

The San Diego Public Library encourages library users to get out and explore the great outdoors and other iconic sites. Because everyone deserves to enjoy our sites, the library is proud to offer SDPL cardholders access to a variety of resources, including the California State Library Parks Pass, nature backpacks, and more here

Database Highlight: Nat Geo Kids

Explore the Nat Geo Kids database
The Nat Geo Kids database includes the complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos, and images. Access it today with your library card and learn more about science and social studies topics.
Learn more

Arts at the Library

Artwork created by N1FTey using artificial intelligence
Visit the second floor of the Central Library to see an exhibition of work by local artist N1FTey, generated using artificial intelligence. The topic of each piece in this exhibit comes from the philosopher Immanuel Kant's Logic, while the works are created in the style of oil paintings by James Gurney. On view until August 20. Learn more.

Check Out the Library Shop!

San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books - August 20
On August 20, the San Diego Festival of Books returns to in-person for the first time since 2019! The Library Shop and your San Diego Public Library will be there with booths and a full slate of authors. Capacity is limited so register today!

18th International Children's Film Festival

August 13  /  10 am - 5 pm  /  Central Library
This free festival will present short films from around the world, including animation, narratives, and documentaries that are fun for the whole family. Learn more.

Friends of the Library Author Talk: Edie Littlefield Sundby

August 15  /  6:30 pm  /  Point Loma/Hervey Library
After losing her right lung to stage 4 cancer, Edie Littlefield Sundby became the first person in history to walk the entire 1,600-mile El Camino Real mission trail through the mountain wilderness of Mexico to Northern California. Hear her story.

Summer Reading Program Ice Cream Social

August 15  /  2:30 pm  /  Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library
Join the library in celebrating a successful conclusion to the Summer Reading Program with ice cream! Enjoy.

CBS8 Sunday Morning Explores How Our Libraries Go Beyond Books

Watch along as CBS Sunday Morning turns the page on a new age of libraries.
More than just a place to find a book, today’s libraries, including those in the San Diego Public Library system, form a bold support network providing equitable, free access to resources that boost school success, reduce crime, create connections to jobs, and help San Diegans connect. Watch along as CBS Sunday Morning turns the page on a new age of libraries.

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