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Cultural conversations at the library


We Are Not Strangers Here: Exhibition + Discussion

We Are Not Strangers Here: African Americans in Rural California
The new exhibit We Are Not Strangers Here: African Americans in Rural California, on view at the Central Library through October 23, explores the little-known history of African Americans’ relationship with the wilderness and the natural landscape of rural California. On September 12, join Dr. Caroline Collins and Dr. Angela Booker for a deeper look into the significance of the exhibit, how it came together, and the legacy of Black farmers, ranchers, and rural residents in California.

Events & Happenings


Picture This! Banned Books + Latinx Heritage Series

Throughout September  /  Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
During the month of September, we'll show films celebrating both Latinx Heritage Month and Banned Books Week. Get ready to watch an assortment of new and classic films such as "The Hate U Give" and "Like Water for Chocolate." View the schedule.

Shout Your Abortion Author Talk

September 10  /  12 pm  /  Central Library
Join us for an intimate book talk on reproductive health featuring Amelia Benow discussing the book Shout Your Abortion, and author Beezus Murphy and illustrator Tatiana Gill discussing their book, My Mom Had An Abortion. Register.

Welcome Note Drive for Refugees and Immigrants

September 10  /  10:30 am  /  City Heights/Weingart Library
Decorate a welcome note for newly arrived refugees and immigrants at this community event. Notes will be distributed to families and individuals new to the city through our partner organizations. If you can't attend this event, welcome notes will be available to decorate at Welcome Stations located in all 36 libraries throughout Welcoming Week (September 9 - 18). Register.

Mental Health and the Impact of Hate

September 17  /  11 am  /  Skyline Hills Library
The Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions and Asian Solidarity Collective invites people of all backgrounds to "Mental Health and the Impact of Hate," the first forum of their Community Care series, on the impact of hate and COVID on our Asian American and Pacific Islander community well-being. RSVP.

Library System Update

For the second season of Listeners' Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast, hosts Bob and Scott team up with library rock stars Trevor Jones, Cora Womble-Miesner, and Azalea Ebbay to explore various library services, behind-the-scenes protocols and cutting edge programming. Find us wherever you get your podcasts.

Database Highlight

Database Spotlight: Brainfuse Now Homework Help
Can't make it to the library, but still need homework help? Try out Brainfuse and get connected with free online homework assistance. Help Now offers a live tutoring service, as well as skill building, a writing lab, and more. Tutors are available everyday from 1 pm - 10 pm PDT.
Check it out

Arts @ the Library

Humanity Showers @ La Jolla/Riford Library
Documented through his Dignity on the Streets non-profit project intended to bring awareness of Humanity Showers and how to support unseen communities, Jordan Verdin’s art demonstrates dignity, compassion, and kindness to our unsheltered. While the exhibit is on view at the La Jolla/Riford Library, we invite you to drop off donations of socks and hygiene products. Learn more.

Check Out the Library Shop!

Genesis of Change
Recent headlines remind us that we are intimately connected with nature – and our relationship with the oceans is complex, especially in a coastal border region like San Diego. As part of San Diego Design Week, join the Library Shop and Library Foundation SD for "Genesis of Change: Environmental Design and the Challenge to Our Coastal Lands" at the Central Library on September 25. This discussion will feature three authoritative experts at the center of current events. An option to watch the event virtually is also available to those who register.

Library NExT: Game Development & Design

September 7  /  3 pm  /  Oak Park Library
Take the first step in learning how to build a professional 3D game! Explore the game engines, tools, and databases needed to build a video game. For students in 6th to 8th grade. Register here.

11th Annual Banned Books Week Read-a-Thon

September 19  /  4 pm  /  Central Library
Join us for an entertaining yet bittersweet good time sharing forbidden knowledge from censored books. Librarians will perform live readings from selected books marked with the scarlet letter of censorship. Save your seat.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

September 21  /  4 pm  /  Rancho Bernardo Library
Create a mini piñata (with candy inside) to take home and enjoy a bilingual storytime with Ms. Lea! While supplies last; aimed at children age 3 to 11. Add to your calendar.

Shared Differences: A Conversation About Antisemitism and Islamophobia in the U.S.

September 22  /  5 pm  /  UC San Diego Park & Market
Join the National Conflict Resolution Center for a conversation on religious intolerance with Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Abdullah Antepli, founder and codirector of the Muslim Leadership Initiative. Learn more.

20 Ways the Library Foundation SD Supported the Library

20 ways Library Foundation SD has supported the library
The San Diego Public Library creates places to grow, learn, and have fun together. Over the past 20 years, Library Foundation SD donors have contributed more than $160 million to help libraries provide free resourches through a bold library network that our community relies on to learn new skills, pursue lifelong ambitions, and achieve a better life. Watch this video to see 20 favorite ways our donors have supported the library system!

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