Carlsbad Reads: The Line Becomes A River

by The Editors on April 3, 2023

Carlsbad Reads Together is an annual event that connects the entire Carlsbad community through reading, discussion and engagement of selected books. Throughout the month of April 2023, all three library locations will host book discussions, an author visit, and offer corresponding Exploration HUB classes, youth and teen events and more. This year’s selection for adult readers is Francisco Canú’s The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From The Border.

Selected with input from some of the most engaged library patrons, the 2023 Carlsbad Reads Together adult selection is “The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantú. This true story of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent’s experience on the front lines of the U.S.-Mexico border presents a nuanced, balanced view of courage and compassion in the line of duty. . . Raised in the Southwest United States, Francisco Cantú’s lifelong fascination with the border led him to find a job where he would experience its danger and heartbreak firsthand. He became a US border patrol agent, and over the next four years, he policed drug routes and smuggling corridors and tracked lost migrants across the desert. Now the author of a bestselling memoir about his experiences, he speaks with urgency, honesty, and empathy about how the border wreaks violence on both sides of the line.

For all the details on the book and planned events, please click the link.

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Laurel Canyon Comes To Carlsbad

by The Editors on September 9, 2017

Join author Michael Walker on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Carlsbad’s Dove Library as he discusses his book Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood and shares the inside story of an unprecedented gathering of musical talent in Laurel Canyon during the 60s and 70s. Over thirty years later, the canyon’s eclectic hits continue to have immense influence on pop culture and the music industry.

The event begins at 2 PM. The Dove Library is located at 1775 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, CA, 92011. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more info click the link.

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Dove Library Upgrade Celebration Tomorrow

by The Editors on June 24, 2016


On Saturday, June 25, 2016 the City of Carlsbad will be celebrating the grand re-opening of the Dove Library after what seems like months of renovations and upgrades. The opening will be “celebrated with a community appreciation event” from 10 AM to 2 PM. Stop by for tours, live music, children’s activities and more! For a complete schedule of events, please follow the jump.

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Spring Better Books Sale At Dove Library

by The Editors on April 19, 2013

SW_110613_library_187The Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be hosting their Spring Better Books Sale on Saturday and Sunday April 20-21, 2013 at the Georgina Cole Library Community Room at the Dove Library.

There are beautiful art books, cookbooks, books of current and classic fiction, coffee table books, gardening and design books, travel, sports, music, history, biography, children’s books and many other categories to select from.  They are all very affordably priced, so now is the time to choose your reading material for the longer spring days!

There really isn’t a better place to pick up quality books at a more economical price, and all the profits from the sale go back directly to library programs. The Dove Library is located at 1775 Dove Lane, in Carlsbad, Califonia. For more information follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Reads Lisa See Together

by The Editors on March 25, 2013

ShanghaigirlsThis April (2013) the Carlsbad Library’s ninth Carlsbad Reads Together program is diving in on Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and Dreams of Joy, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. She will give a free talk and signing on April 13 at 2 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located at 1775 Dove Lane.

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Mommy Porn Writer Coming To Costco

by The Editors on July 13, 2012

EljamesE.L. James, the author of those dirty little books the “eat pray hike” crowd just can’t get enough of will be in Carlsbadistan at Costco on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11 AM to 1 PM signing copies of her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (really?).

Just to put everyone in the mood, here is a little smack of the book from The Daily Beast:

“At the touch of leather, I quiver and gasp. He walks around me again, trailing the crop around the middle of my body. On his second circuit, he suddenly flicks the crop, and it hits me underneath my behind … against my sex … The shock runs through me, and it’s the sweetest, strangest, hedonistic feeling … My body convulses at the sweet, stinging bite. My nipples harden and elongate from the assault, and I moan loudly, pulling on my leather cuffs.”

Guess there are worse things than spending your Saturday nooner at Costco with a bunch of heated up middle-aged Carlsbadistan women, right? Come to Costco, indeed. The Carlsbad Costco is located at 951 Palomar Airport Rd.


Better Books Sale At The Carlsbad Library

by The Editors on October 18, 2011

100 0832On Saturday and Sunday October 29-30, 2011 the Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be holding their Better Books Sale in the Georgina Cole Library Community Room at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.

This is a unique opportunity to choose from hundreds of new and nearly-new coffee-table, art, travel, history, nature and other fine volumes, as well as a variety of children’s books and recent popular novels, both to enjoy now, and to consider for holiday giving.

The Better Book Sale is open from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and from 1 PM to 3 PM on Sunday. Get there earlier for the best selection. And remember, soon books may not even exist anymore. Might as well enjoy them while you can. Follow the jump for more information. [click to continue…]


Friends Of The Library Summer Book Sale

by The Editors on July 25, 2011

On August 6-7, 2011 the Friend of the Carlsbad Library will be hosting a sale of books that have been donated to the library.

In addition to a huge variety of almost-new books at used-book prices, this mid-summer event will feature collector comic books, vintage newspapers and magazines, signed volumes, leather-bound editions, games, puzzles and much more. . . As always, there will be hundreds of coffee-table books and other fine volumes at a fraction of retail price. They will include books on art, nature, photography and history, as well as cookbooks, craft books, children’s books and hardback copies of recent best-sellers.

The Super Summer Sale is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday, August 6, and 1 to 3 PM on Sunday, Aug. 7. On Sunday, everything will be half price. It’s a perfect time for us to go back and buy some of the books we mistakenly donated to the library the last time we cleaned out our garage. Follow the jump for more info. [click to continue…]


Villaseñor At Carlsbad Library March 31

by The Editors on March 23, 2011

Beyond-Rain-Of-Gold-Cover-2It’s been a years since we’ve read Victor Villaseñor’s Rain of Gold yet we’re still haunted by the story of the skinned steer running up the mountainside. In fact, that’s one of the few things we remember about reading the book, though at the time we remember finding at least the first half of the book amazing reading.

The reason we’re reminded is that Mr. Villaseñor will be appearing at Carlsbad’s Dove Library at 7 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to talk about his new book Beyond Rain of Gold. Here’s how the book is described on Villaseñor’s website:

Villaseñor’s connection with the Spirit World continued to deepen, awakening him to the ongoing miracles inherent in everyday living. He discovered that his life had suddenly taken on a magical quality, with events occurring that transcended the boundaries of what is normally considered “reality.” Beyond Rain of Gold encompasses the magical messages that Villaseñor’s indigenous ancestors told him are universal themes common to native peoples everywhere on this planet . . . and at one time we were all indigenous.

The reading begins at 7 PM in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Books will be available for purchase at the library.


Georgina Cole Library Book Sale

by The Editors on September 21, 2010

Carlsbad Library Book SaleThe Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be selling off extra books on October 2-3, 2010 as part of their Fall Better Books Sale.

It will feature the best of the best – hundreds of nearly new volumes that have been culled from donations to the Friends of the Library bookstore throughout the year. . . “This year’s selection is outstanding,” said Devora Lockton, coordinator of the event, as she prepared items for the sale. . . The event will offer hundreds of coffee-table books and other fine volumes at a fraction of retail price. They include books on art, nature, photography and history, as well as cookbooks, children’s books and hardback copies of recent best-sellers.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. The sale will continue from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, when all remaining books will be half price. From the looks of that stack of books Kitty McMahon and Devora Lockton are organizing it would appear that there will be enough copies of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code to go around. For the rest of the details, follow the jump.
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