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Carlsbad Reads Together

Curbside library service now available at all three libraries.

Carlsbad Reads Together brings community members together and engages them in discussion about the same selection of books at the same time. Throughout the month of April, we will host book discussions, have a virtual visit from author, offer youth and teen events and more!

The 2021 featured title for the virtual Carlsbad Reads Together is:

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and isolated from mainstream society, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Lacking a formal education, she began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Cambridge, Harvard and beyond. 



Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father's junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. Taught to read by an older brother, her education was erratic and incomplete. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education, she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated  is her first book.  

Check out the Carlsbad Reads Together Resource Guide

Purchase a signed copy of Educated from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (while supplies last).

Teen Selection

The Reader by Traci Chee

What would you do if no one in the world could read? What if you could read and had no books? Find the answer in Traci Chee's The Reader, the first in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy.  

Traci Chee is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She has written four books including the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy, as well as her 2020 award-winning standalone title, We Are Not Free.


Youth Selection 

Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe

The true story of 18th-century mathematician Sophie Germain. When her parents took away her candles to keep her from studying math… nothing stopped Sophie. When male math scholars said a math problem was impossible to solve, she went on to solve the unsolvable to achieve her dream. 

Cheryl Bardoe is an award-winning author of books for children and young readers. She is also a teacher, questioner and thinker. Her books inspire curiosity and explore the world around us. 


2021 Carlsbad Reads Together virtual programs: 

Make Your Own Herbal Scrub – Bilingual Craft for Adults 
Throughout April  
Pick up via curbside service 

Receive a free craft kit and follow our instructional video to make your own herbal lavender body scrub using ingredients from nature. Available for pickup via curbside service in April. While supplies last. Register here

Haga su propio exfoliante a base de hierbas: Manualidad bilingüe para adultos 
Reciba un kit de manualidad gratis y siga nuestro video instructivo para hacer su propio exfoliante corporal de lavanda con ingredientes de la naturaleza. Disponible para recoger a través de nuestro servicio al auto en abril. Hasta agotar existencias. Regístrese aquí. 

Who Do You Think WE Are?

Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Virtual Event
Who do you think WE are? Learn about the genealogy collection and programs available through the Library for telling your ancestors’ stories and creating a family history narrative. This presentation will cover accessing the Library's genealogy resources and include a case study illustrating how the genealogy collection at Cole Library was used to unravel a family mystery. Registration is required. Register here.

Virtual Human Library - Where Being Educated is About a Conversation 
Saturday, April 24, 1 p.m. 
Zoom Virtual Event 

The Human Library is a library where real people are the books and reading is a conversation.  Living Books (people with a particular life experience or story to tell) are available for you to “check out” for a specific borrowing time period. Every “book” represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin, etc. Find out more and register here. 

Events Just for Teens 
Teens in grades 6-12  

Teen Write-Your-Own-Memoir Kits 
Throughout April 
Pick up via curbside service 

Learn about memoirs and receive a free writing kit that includes everything you need to get started writing your own story. Available for pickup via curbside service in April. While supplies last. Request your kit here.  

Book Warriors Book Club 
The Reader  
Tuesday, April 20, 3:30 p.m. 
Zoom Virtual Book Club 

What would you do if no one in the world could read? What if you could read and had no books? Find the answer in Traci Chee's The Reader, the first in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy. Registration is required. Register here.



Carlsbad Reads Together is sponsored by Friends of the Carlsbad Library 




Events and titles are subject to change. 

Previous Carlsbad Reads Together Selections