San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

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

From the blog

Library Shop: DECEMBER


The Library Shop is back to in-person shopping at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan ^ Irwin Jacobs Common, Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. The Library Shop’s proceeds support the entire San Diego Public Library System.  Browse Our Inventory


DECEMBER 1:  Author Daniel James Brown Presenting Facing the Mountain

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Daniel James Brown (The Boys in the Boat, The Indifferent Stars Above, and Under a Flaming Sky) joins us virtually to discuss his latest work Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II.  The discussion will be moderated by Kristen Hayashi, Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at Japanese American National Museum. Afterwards there will be a live audience Q&A. REGISTER for this virtual event.

DECEMBER 8: The Second Annual Shorties: A Virtual Awards Gala

The Library Shop’s Matchbook Story Contest is now closed after receiving a record-breaking number of stories for San Diego’s tiniest (and weirdest) short story contest. Whose tiny text will make it on this year’s Library Shop matchbooks? Be there for the big reveal on December 8 as the Shop announces this year’s winner with a dramatic reading of their story. Matchbooks will be available for purchase soon, stay tuned!  Learn More/REGISTER

Library Shop SaleThe Library Shop is not just a well-curated gift and book shop.

It’s also another great way to support your Library with your holiday shopping. All proceeds help to fund the Library programs you’ve read about in this newsletter. Shop online and enter the coupon code LC2021 at checkout for 20 percent off your entire purchase. Or, visit us in person — the Shop is open Monday – Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm in the downtown Central Library @ Joan ? Irwin Jacobs Common.   Start your holiday shopping now

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.