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Virtual September Programs

Good Life, Concert, Book Bingo & More

The library's September 2020 free virtual programs include a Good Life Lecture, concert, Book Bingo and more. See below for the schedule.

Each Wednesday in September, 10-10:30 a.m.
Virtual Family Storytimes
Join us for 30 minutes of stories and songs in English and Spanish with a different theme each week, led by Ms. Angelica. Presented on Facebook Live

Thursday, Sept. 17, 7-7:30 p.m.
Virtual Concert Featuring The Bassett Bros.
The “Live From My Living Room” concert series continues with a performance by The Bassett Bros. Travel through time with the identical twin guitar duo whose performances showcase a wide range of music from medieval to metal. Presented on Facebook Live.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2-4 p.m.
Virtual Book Bingo
Back by popular demand, now virtual! Meet six authors, hear about their books and play an interactive game of virtual bingo. Featuring west coast authors: Kira Jane BuxtonJanie Chang and Abbi Waxman and east coast authors: Rachel BarenbaumBryn Turnbull and Tracey Enerson Wood. Presented in partnership with Adventures by the Book and NovelNetwork. Register to receive a Zoom invite.  For more information and to order signed books, visit Adventures by the Book

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Virtual Good Life Lecture: How to Be a Hero with Karin Muller
America is full of ordinary people who wake up every morning to fight for a better world. They’re not rich. They’re not famous. They’re America’s unsung heroes. Join Karin Muller, who went on a three-year quest to find and film everyday heroes, for a look at their stories. Karin has spent a lifetime writing books, taking pictures and creating PBS/National Geographic documentaries about her travels. Presented on Zoom, register online.

Throughout September
Library Book Clubs
Choose from five book clubs for adults and one for teens

Virtual Good Life Lecture, Book Bingo and concert are sponsored by Friends of the Carlsbad Library. 

Library Offers New free video streaming services AcornTV on your Firestick, Roku, or AppleTV

New free video streaming services and digital comics are now available to Carlsbad City Library cardholders! Watch a British sitcom or mystery, study art, science or history, access top digital comics and graphic novels. Available 24/7 from any personal computer, mobile device or tablet with internet connectivity and through the RBdigital app. Made possible by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

How to Contact The Library
Our staff is available to help from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

City Manager Message

Aug. 28, 2020, 6 p.m.

I know I said I’d be back on Tuesday, but I wanted to let you know about some changes announced today that go into effect first thing Monday.

As expected, the governor announced a new framework for how and when various sectors of our economy and other activities could resume, with a new website and color-coding system to make the whole thing easier to follow.

Under the new system, San Diego is one of only eight counties in the state on the “red” list, meaning COVID-19 is substantial, but the positivity rate (percentage of positive tests based on total tests) is under 8% and the number of new cases is also within the threshold set by the state.

This system replaces the “watch list/monitoring list” system previously used by the state. The main emphasis according to state officials is to be slow, stringent and steady in reopening. Once a county reaches a certain tier based on the number of new cases per 100,000 in population and the percentage of positive cases based on total tests, those numbers must be maintained for 21 days. Previously criteria needed to hold for just 14 days.

There are other changes, such as how cases per 100,000 population are calculated, and how often the state will report out on changes in status for counties. A detailed explanation is available on the California Department of Public Health website, but I suspect what most people want to know is how we are affected.

Again, a detailed list of all the sectors and required conditions and modifications are available on a new state website, but here are some that people tend to ask about the most:

·      Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios can open at 10% occupancy

·      Hair salons/barber shops/nail salons/skin care/massage therapy can open with modifications

·      Movie theaters can open at 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer

·      Places of worship can operate at 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer

·      Restaurants can open for indoor dining at 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer

As always, counties and cities can be more strict than these rules but not less. For example, if you look at the state’s list, it says libraries can open at 50% capacity on Monday. We have developed detailed plans for how to safely reopen our city libraries, but we must now go through the updated guidance just released today before we can determine a reopening date.

I know everyone is eager to get things back to normal as soon as possible. We are too. The most important thing is to keep our community safe and keep the openings heading in the right direction.

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As you probably noticed, San Diego County is the only county outside of Northern California in the red tier. This means COVID-19 spread is greater in our surrounding counties. The county health officer acknowledged this is a concern and will be monitoring case rates and outbreaks very closely. Here in Carlsbad, we have worked with Visit Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Village Association and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce on a program targeting hotels and visitors. We want everyone in our city, whether a resident or a visitor, to understand the importance of following all the steps recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

With that in mind, please continue to do everything you can to keep our county heading in the right direction. Those most vulnerable to COVID-19 are depending on your help to reduce the spread. And, our local businesses are depending on you to stay open.

Thank you for continuing to #Care4Carlsbad.  I’ll be back on Tuesday.