San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

San Carlos Branch Library
7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

From the blog

Library Shop: Matchbook Story Contest Starts October 1st

The Library Shop Now Open for In-Person Shopping!

 The Library Shop is once again back to in-person shopping at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan ^ Irwin Jacobs Common.  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. The Library Shop is a well-curated nonprofit book & gift shop catering to librarians, library lovers, literary obsessives and book nerds inside the Downtown Central Library. Proceeds support the entire San Diego Public Library System.  Browse Our Inventory

The Library Shop’s Fifth Annual Matchbook Story Contest Starts October 1st 

San Diego’s shortest—and quirkiest—short story contest is back and this time it’s free to enter! Stories must be 50 words or less—short enough to fit inside the cover of a matchbook. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Library Shop, 50 copies of the printed matchbook, publication in this very newsletter, and exhibition of your Matchbook Story in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room. So get writing, you have until November 15 to enter.  Submit your story

 Shaking the Tree: Brazen. Short. Memoir. 

Join the Library Shop on October 23 for an outdoor event to celebrate the launch of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association’s third volume of compelling true stories drawn from their annual Memoir Showcase contest. This year’s winning selections address the theme of, “I Didn’t See That One Coming.” While these stories were written before the pandemic, they offer insight and reflections on how unseen events shape our lives. Registration is highly recommended. Register

Odi’s Library Day – A Children’s book, is now available

Did you know the San Diego Public Library has written and published its own children’s book? Written by Hunter Hackett and illustrated by SDPL’s own Anisi Baigude, a Library Assistant at the North Clairemont Branch, Odi’s Library Day is a bilingual board book for young readers to build a lifelong connection to libraries and books. In the story, ODI (Opportunity, Discovery, Inspiration) the Coyote visits the Central Library for the first time with their parent for a series of literary adventures.  During Odi’s visit they receive their first library card, attend a story time where they learn all about kites, discover the Innovation Lab and create their own kite, and finally, Odi is seen flying their kite with their story time friends with the iconic Coronado bridge in the background.  Copies are available for sale at the Library’s Library Shop.  Please visit  All proceeds support the San Diego Public Library.  You may also borrow the book from your branch library.

The Library Shop is a non-profit book & gift store located in the courtyard of the Downtown Central Library sponsored by the FSDPL and the SDPL  Foundation.  As the plans for Downtown Central Library were being developed, space was set aside for a Library Gift/Book Shop to be located on site. It features a wide selection of well-curated books, gifts, cards, jewelry, and more. Proceeds support all 36 San Diego Public Libraries.  Life-members of the Friends of the Library receive 10% off all purchases. The Library Shop also sponsors monthly special events for youth and adults. To find out more about the Library Shop, their hours of operation, monthly special events, speakers, books and materials, go to  Library Shop  or call the Library Shop at 619-236-5802.