Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Carmel Public Library Foundation

Mission

For over a century, the library in Carmel-by-the Sea has been the epicenter of the community, and for the past nine (9) decades, the Harrison Memorial Library has served over 100,000 individuals annually, including the local population, visitors and researchers. The mission of the Carmel Public Library Foundation is to keep the library open, relevant and thriving and to ensure free library service in perpetuity by raising funds for 100% of the books, materials, programs, equipment and services.

The Big Idea

Carmel Public Library serves children, teens, families, adults and seniors who depend on the library's resources to support intellectual & creative development, foster cultural awareness, encourage community connectivity and provide essential materials for personal growth and enrichment. It is a nationally star-rated library that has over 80,000 book titles, 500,000+ electronic titles for streaming or download, an outreach program for homebound individuals, and an eclectic speakers series. In addition it has a robust youth services department that seeks to grow its own Tower Garden, a soiless type of aerosponic plant on a pole that provides up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits to grow in less than three square feet. Schools and the library can work together and with each growing cycle produce edible fresh produce that can be donated to the local organizations such as the food bank and/or Meals on Wheels. Students will learn real world application of S.T.E.A.M. that produces a civic contribution. Multi-faceted projects like these impact participants as well as facilitate the development of community partnerships.

In an effort to expand our role in the community and assist in the development of the next generation, the library seeks to integrate youth educational programs and activities with a sustainable project, the Tower Garden. This soiless type of aerosponic plant on a pole provides up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits to grow in less than three square feet. Schools and the library can work together and with each growing cycle produce edible fresh produce that can be donated to the local organizations such as the food bank and/or Meals on Wheels. Students will learn real world application of S.T.E.A.M. with an additional benefit that produces a civic contribution.

Several times per week, I utilize the Local History Room to research Carmel history. There is a treasure trove of information that comes to life within the Room’s confines. In the early 1900’s, Carmelites knew the importance to a community of a rich resource---a library. In 2018, that civic tradition is manifested by the activities of the Carmel Public Library Foundation. It walks in the footsteps of our founders. And it's all here for everyone to experience!

- Doug Schmitz