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:
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.
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.
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
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. Request your kit 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.
Educated Book Discussion Monday, April 5, 7 p.m. Zoom virtual event
Read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and join us for a lively discussion. Registration is required. Register here.
An Evening with the Author of Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover
April 8, 5:30 p.m.
Zoom virtual event
Tara Westover will discuss her 2021 Carlsbad Reads Together selected book Educated followed by an audience Q&A. Space is limited. Registration is required. Registration required
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.
Teen Write-Your-Own-Memoir Kits
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
Book Warriors Book Club
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
Youth and Family Events Carlsbad Reads Together – For Kids
Wednesday, April 14, 3:30 p.m.
Kids grades 1 to 5 and their families
Virtual Zoom Event A Zoom gathering where we will read aloud from the juvenile biography “Nothing stopped Sophie : the story of unshakable mathematician Sophie Germain”, written by Cheryl Bardoe. Hold a discussion around learning and fun math activities will follow the reading. Registration required. Register here