San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

San Carlos Branch Library
619-527-3430
7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

From the blog

Meet The AUTHORS

 Friday, July 27, 2-3 pm: Author Elizabeth Cobbs, The Hamilton Affair. “Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, Cobbs’ best selling book,  The Hamilton Affair, tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.” Click on Author Elizabeth Cobbs
With an American History PhD from Stanford University, Elizabeth Cobbs books have won numerous awards. “She now holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University and a Research Fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction. Elizabeth has been a Fulbright scholar in Ireland and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department and on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in History.” Learn more about Elizabeth Cobbs and her career on her website, Elizabeth Cobbs.

Friday, August 24, 2-3 pm: Prof. Rosalyn Kahn, Dogs & Roses: Reducing Stress and Anxiety in today’s Troubled Times. Today’s life is filled with honking horns, streaming lines in the grocery store and city streets. If you’re looking for a way to break up your stress it can be as simple as picking up the latest book by Rosalyn Kahn who’s published her second book, Dog and Roses: How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Today’s Troubled Times. The book came out of a depression which the author faced. Her answer to combat it was her passion for dogs and roses; both offer huge benefits in healing. The book is an inspirational book, containing photographs, short stories and helpful resources, on both dogs and roses. Proceeds from the book are being donated to help our veterans. Her goal is to create a foster care program where veterans who return to serve have an option to put their dog in a foster home versus terminating the dog’ life. Books are available on Amazon.  Click on Author Rosalyn Kahn
Rosalyn Kahn is a College Professor-Public Speaking Instructor at Los Angeles City College, an Author, International Motivational Speaker, and Speech Coach. Kahn’s first book, Random Acts of Kindness are Changing the World, published by Solutions Press, is available on Amazon. Learn more about her at RosalynKahn.

  Friday, September 26, 2-3 pm: author Marlene Wagman-Geller, Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women. We are pleased to have Marlene Wagman-Geller return for a third time to the San Carlos Branch Library to discuss her latest book. In it, Marlene delves into the lives and actions of the countless women, some legendary and others lesser known, who have made a difference in the world and been vital to the shaping of history. The book celebrates a unique collection of women who, despite diversity and great odds, chose to take their destiny and fortune into their own hands. In doing so, their indomitable perseverance provides inspiration and strength for women of the present, and those to come.
Celebrate girl power! Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include: Celebrate girl power! Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include:

* Madame C. J. Walker: first female American millionaire * Madame C. J. Walker: first female American millionaire
* Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma’s first lady of freedom * Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma’s first lady of freedom
* Betty Shabazz: civil rights activist * Betty Shabazz: civil rights activist
* Nellie Sachs: Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient * Nellie Sachs: Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient
* Selma Lagerlof: first woman Nobel Laureate * Selma Lagerlof: first woman Nobel Laureate
* Fannie Lou Hamer: American voting rights activist * Fannie Lou Hamer: American voting rights activist
* Bessie Coleman: first African-American female pilot * Bessie Coleman: first African-American female pilot
* Wilma Randolph: first woman to win three gold medals * Wilma Randolph: first woman to win three gold medals
* Sonia Sotomayor: first Hispanic Supreme Court justice * Sonia Sotomayor: first Hispanic Supreme Court justice
* Wangari Maathai: Nobel Prize winner * Wangari Maathai: Nobel Prize winner
* Winnifred Mandela: freedom fighter * Winnifred Mandela: freedom fighter
* Lois Wilson: founder of Al-Anon * Lois Wilson: founder of Al-Anon

Marlene Wagman-Geller received her B.A. from York University and her teaching credentials from the University of Toronto and San Diego State University. She currently teaches high school English in National City, California. Her other books include, BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN:Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous, AND THE REST IS HISTORY! The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World’s Most Passionate Couples, EUREKA! The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World, and ONCE AGAIN TO ZELDA: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications. Click to learn more about Marlene Wagman-Geller

 Friday, October 26, 2-3 pm: We are excited to have Zoe Ghahremani return to our San Carlos Branch library to be our author-speaker this month.  Her talk will include, “What it means to be a good reader; what libraries do for us and what we can do for them.”  This topic was very well received last year when she spoke at the Librarians’ Convention in Sacramento. Zoe is a Board Member of the Friends of the San Diego Central Library.  She will be happy to also discuss her books and new anthologies.  Zoe’s novel, “Sky of Red Poppies,”  was chosen by KPBS  to be the “One Book, One San Diego” selection in 2012. Many articles, short stories, and award winning books by Zoe are available.   

Zoe is a motivational speaker as well as a prolific author. She has addressed the American Association of University Women, the Brandeis Society, Rotary Club, and The International Women’s Society, to name a few.  She has also spoken at universities nationwide, including Georgetown University, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, San Francisco State University, San Diego State University and UCSD. She has been featured on Voice of America, KPBS, and more.

“Ghahremani specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at London University, England. After more than two decades of private practice in Chicago and teaching at Northwestern University Dental School, she devoted herself to writing full-time. Born and raised in Iran, Zoe writes both in Persian and English.  (Her first book, The Commiserator (2000), is in Persian.)”

Zoe and her husband Gary, reside in San Diego and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild.  On Zoe’s website, she states, “It no longer matters if people call me Doctor G. or Dr. K. or doctor anything. I am simply Zoe: a writer, an artist, a gardener. No matter how short life may be, I intend to discover its width and celebrate all it has to offer.” Zoe is a charming, intelligent, interesting speaker-author not to be missed.