One Book, One San Diego Roll-Out Day Celebration
August 28, 2018 @ 2 PM | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
Join us to celebrate the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, with a movie screening of a graphic novel adapted to film. Voting to select which movie is still ongoing; candidates are Adventures of Tintin, Ghost World, Kick-Ass, and V for Vendetta. The library will also feature a book display focused on civil rights history.
Volunteer Legal & Community Fair
September 15, 2018 @ 10 AM - 1 PM | Central Library
Has the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell inspired you to become an active member within the community? Then come to our 2nd Volunteer Legal & Community Fair, in partnership with the San Diego Paralegal Association! Meet representatives from various non-profit organizations throughout the community that give a voice to the voiceless in San Diego County. Discover ways in which you can strengthen your skills, while dedicating your time, talents, and passion to benefit others. All are welcome to attend this inspirational day devoted to volunteerism, leadership and service!
The Human Library
September 22, 2018 @ 10 AM - 3 PM | Central Library
Don't miss our 2nd Human Library at the San Diego Central Library! The aim of the Human Library is to explore and move beyond stereotypes, and learn more about each other through stories. During the event, patrons will have the opportunity to check out human “books” to read through one-on-one 20-minute conversations. Registration is required. Registrants will be provided instructions on how to reserve time slots to check out our Human Books. Space is limited.
7th Annual Banned Books Week Read-Aloud Read-a-Thon
September 24, 2018 @ 2 - 6 PM | Central Library
Commemorate Banned Books Week and join San Diego Public Library staff, community readers, volunteers, teen readers, and celebrity guests for the library’s annual Read-Aloud Read-a-thon. A new book and a new reader every 15-30 minutes.
Banned Books Live 2018
September 24, 2018 @ 6:30 - 8 PM | Central Library
During Banned Books Week, join us for a risqué evening of forbidden knowledge in books censored in the US in 2017. Stage actors from Write Out Loud and Logan Squared Productions will perform live readings from selected books marked with the scarlet letter of censorship. Join us for an entertaining evening of bacchanal revelry in the written word.
National Voter Registration Day Celebration and Appreciation
September 25, 2008 @ 1 - 4 PM | Linda Vista Library
We'll have voter registration information and assistance in the library. Try a voter "literacy test" from the 1960s and learn about other techniques used to deny the right to vote.
Voter Registration Day
September 25, 2018 @ Open Hours | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The goal is to celebrate democracy, and the rights and opportunities we share as Americans, by providing opportunities to register voters who might otherwise find themselves unable to vote. The library will participate in registering new voters.
Register to Vote at the Mission Valley Public Library!
September 25, 2018 @ Noon - 5 PM | Mission Valley Library
Mission Valley Branch Library will host a voter registration drive on National Voter Registration Day, September 25th, 2018. We will be registering eligible voters between 12pm and 5pm in front of the library. Come register to vote and check out this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and be inspired to exercise your civil liberties!
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture & the San Domingo Revolution
October 1, 2018 @ 6:30 PM | Central Library
2018 is the 80th year of publication of The Black Jacobins, about the only successful revolution by enslaved peoples in history. Join Dr. Mychal Matsemela-Ali Odom for a discussion of this timeless classic of revolution and of liberation theory, and of C.L.R. James, the political philosopher and giant of the Black radical tradition who wrote it. Co-sponsored with grassroots Southeast San Diego based community organizing group, Pillars of the Community.
The Integration of Mississippi College
October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. | Central Library
Join us for a talk featuring Dr. Jeffrey Carr, one of the first African-Americans to integrate Mississippi College in 1972 and worked side-by-side with civil rights leader John Lewis on a voters' rights campaign in Jackson, MS, during the 1960s. Dr. Carr will be interviewed by Dr. Karl Martin.
Art Remakes the World
October 17, 2018 @ 6:30 PM | Central Library
Civil Rights. Freedom Riders. Black Power. Freedom Summer. These actions and movements helped power the 1960s and 1970s as a defining era of political and cultural shifts. How did Black visual artists reflect, celebrate, examine, or critique the Civil Rights Movement in depictions of the struggle against oppression. Join Dr. Denise Rogers, professor and curator of Mesa College’s World Cultures Artwork Collection, for a stimulating discussion on the role of artists during the movement for civil rights and in the continuing struggle for social change.
Comics and Visual Communication: A Talk by Scott McCloud
October 18, 2018 @ 6:30 PM | Central Library
Join legendary comics guru Scott McCloud for this fast-paced pictorial presentation about Comics and Visual Communication. Take a look at the intersection of comics, cartooning, and the broader world of communicating and learning through images. Learn about the unique power of cartoons, comics as “writing with pictures,” facial expressions and body language, the elements of visual communication, and the importance of graphic novels as an influential literary and art medium.
LGBTQ+ History Month Celebration
October 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
October is LGBTQIA History Month, join our celebration at the Malcolm X library! Celebratory activities for all ages include a scavenger hunt, button making, a Community Quilt project with the San Diego History Center, a history of LGBTQIA marches in San Diego presentation from Walter Meyer of the Lambda Archives, and a contexualized introductory discussion of Congressman John Lewis' March: Book One, this year's One Book, One San Diego selection.
November 4, 2018 @ 3 PM | Central Library
San Diego Public Library and transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project are proud to present United We Move. This dance performance will be a tribute to the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One, a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. In United We Move, the teen dancers in the transcenDANCE Performance Group will explore how they experience discrimination, injustice and inequality in our community today by sharing their personal narratives through spoken word and movement. The powerful images and the struggle that is depicted in March: Book One will be reflected in our students’ original choreography and dance. Through their performance, the courage of our country’s iconic civil rights leaders will be mirrored by our students’ courage to reflect on their experience, express it creatively and create an inspiring vision for a more just and equitable society.
The Struggle for Civil Rights: LGBT History
November 14, 2018 @ 6 PM | North Park Library
Walter Meyer, manager of Lambda Archives, presents a program connecting the African-American Civil rights marches with the marches for LGBTQ civil rights, particularly with those marches and activism in San Diego. The presentation will cover the arc from Bayard Rustin to the DADT and Marriage Equality and other rallies in San Diego.
1918 – 2018: The Harlem Renaissance @ 100
November 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM | Central Library
Join narrative non-fiction author Kevin Brown for an intimate discussion of one of the most influential creative arts movements in 20th century US history. Beginning during America’s entry into World War I and ending during Great Depression, the Harlem Renaissance embraced literary, musical, performing, and visual arts. The insurgent tip of a cultural and political spear, Harlem’s New Negro renaissance sought nothing less than to redefine African-Americans’ image, to themselves and others, by a clear demonstration of intellectual parity with the best and brightest the white world had to offer.
The Chicano Blowouts of 1968
November 26, 2018 @ 6:30 PM | Central Library
50 years ago, a group of students in East L.A. led a series of walkouts that resulted in change to the education system that many thought was impossible. Professor Isidro Ortiz of SDSU's Chicana/o Studies Dept discusses the rise and legacy of the Chicano Blowouts for educational justice and against unequal conditions and racism in Los Angeles high schools.
December 1, 2018 @ 4:00 PM | Central Library
Cultural critic Mark Dery, who coined the term “Afrofuturism” 25 years ago, gives a lecture on the cultural and artistic concept in the wake of the blockbuster movie Black Panther. Is Afrofuturism in danger of being commodified — stripped of its radical politics by consumer capitalism and sold back to us as just another fashion trend? What does it have to say in an America where white supremacists have rebooted some of the 20th century’s ugliest science fictions about race? Dery asks urgent questions about Afrofuturism, the politics of myth, and the future present.
Rising Up: Exploring Afrofuturism in Black Panther and Civil Rights in March
December 2, 2018 @ 1 PM | Mission Valley Library
Join Professor Ajani Brown from San Diego State University as he discusses themes of social justice and Afrofuturism in the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection March: Book One, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and the Black Panther graphic novels and feature film.
December 8, 2018 @ 4:00 PM | Central Library
Have you wanted to talk about the once-in-a-lifetime blockbuster film Black Panther in a group setting and explore the movie’s themes, artistic merits, or socio-cultural impact? Join five San Diego scholars, thinkers and writers of diverse expertise steeped in the Black radical and esthetic traditions for a community discussion of Black Panther and the mythical forever free African nation state of Wakanda. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience dialogue.
Express Yourself Civil Rights Poetry Slam and Book Discussion of March: Book One
December 10, 2018 @ 4 PM | Otay Mesa-Nestor Library
Come express your favorite line from the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or share your own written word on racial or labor injustice in poetry format.
Jean Guerrero: Conversation with an Author
Crux: Crossing Borders in Search of a Father
December 12, 2018 @ 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Central Library
Join KPBS journalist Jean Guerrero and Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Marosi for a stimulating conversation about her PEN-award-winning book, Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir
, and the most important 2018 U.S.-Mexico border stories, from family separations to the Trump administration's response to the caravan. Crux is about Guerrero's quest to understand her charismatic and troubled Mexican father, who crosses borders between countries, between madness and sanity, and more. Jean Guerrero is an Emmy-winning investigative border and immigration reporter for KPBS
in San Diego. She contributes to NPR, PBS, PRI’s The World and other public media. She has been recognized by the San Diego Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists.
Richard Marosi is a two-Time Pulitzer Prize finalist whose investigative reporting on Mexico's most vulnerable populations has led to improved conditions for them on both sides of the border.