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Carlsbad Reads Together 2021

The City of Carlsbad is pleased to share details about Carlsbad Reads Together 2021, an annual program that brings community members together and engages them in discussion about the same selection of books at the same time. Throughout April 2021, we will host book discussions, a visit from best-selling author Tara Westover, a virtual Human Library and more for adults, teens and youth virtually. Participation in the program is free and copies of each selected title are available for check-out in the Library’s catalog. 

At a Glance                                                                                                              

  • The Carlsbad Reads Together 2021 adult book selection is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
  • An Evening with Tara Westover is scheduled for April 8 at 5:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom. Westover will discuss her book followed by an audience Q&A. Space is limited. Registration is required.
  • The young adult book selection is The Reader by Traci Chee.
  • The youth book selection is Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe.
  • All events are free and will be held virtually via Zoom. Space is limited and registration is required.
  • Events in conjunction with Carlsbad Reads Together are listed below. 

Make Your Own Herbal Scrub – Bilingual Craft for Adults
Throughout April 2021, while supplies last
Request and 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.

Reciba un kit de manualidad gratis y siga nuestro video instructivo para hacer su propio exfoliante corporal de lavanda con ingredientes de la naturaleza.  

Educated Book Discussion
April 5, 7 – 8 p.m.
Zoom Virtual Event
Read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and join us for a lively discussion.

Who Do You Think WE Are?
April 22, 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Virtual Genealogy Program
Learn about the genealogy collection and programs available through the Library for telling your ancestors’ stories and creating a family history narrative.

Human Library
April 24, 1 – 3 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 to “check out” for a 20-minute conversation. Every “book” represents a group in our society that may be subjected to prejudice because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, ethnic origin, etc. 

Teen Events 

Teen Write-Your-Own-Memoir Kit
Request and pick-up via curbside service, throughout April 2021, while supplies last. Learn about memoirs and receive a free writing kit that includes everything you need to get started writing your own story.

Book Warriors Book Club: The Reader
Zoom Virtual Event
April 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
What would you do it 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 book in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy. Join us for a discussion of the book.

Youth and Family Events 

Carlsbad Reads Together – For Kids
April 14, 3:30
Zoom Virtual Event
Grades 1 – 5 and their families
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 enjoy fun math activities.  

Free Online Courses 

Write Your Life Story
Gale Courses
Have you ever thought about writing your story? In this six-week instructor-led online course, you will learn how to bring characters to life, recall vivid memories, engage readers and manage your creative time. You may even find a lucrative market for your story just like Tara Westover, bestselling author of Educated. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s a story only you can tell! Free to library cardholders. 

Introduction to Natural Health and Healing
Gale Courses
In this six-week instructor-led online course, you will learn about the various stages of health and illness and discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit through a variety of methods like diet, hydrotherapy, positive attitude, relaxation, yoga, chiropractic, natural remedies and more.

More Information 

For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/CRT. Special thanks to the Friends of the Carlsbad Library for their support of Carlsbad Reads Together.


March 11, 2021