September 19, 2020 (San Diego) – After months of closure due to COVID-19, San Diego County has reopened in-person service at all 33 branches, on a limited basis. In addition, walk-up door-side services are also available.
Photos: Courtesy County of San Diego Communications Office, (Photo, left) at Waterfront Park's south fountain
July 9, 2020 (San Diego County) - It’s the summer of coronavirus — and to keep it from spreading we’re staying home more, foregoing big vacations and looking for new ways to entertain and educate kids who have been home for months.
Well, here’s some good news. There are still some great, fun, free/or inexpensive things that kids, families and adults can do in July. And we’ve got a list!
March 19, 2020 (San Diego) – Just one day after announcing curbside checkout of books, the County Library has issued a news release announcing curbside pickup plans are cancelled. Books and other materials will only be available online during the Covid-19 crisis. See the county’s full press release below for details.
January 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County)--Readers and writers in East County can attend literary events at local libraries. Scroll down for in-depth details on January events and some February-March listings in East County, which we've listed in four categories: events for writers such as workshops and critique groups, author appearances, poetry events, and book clubs for readers to discuss literary works.
You can get information on more upcoming events on the San Diego County Library website.
August 25, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego County Library (SDCL) has partnered with the San Diego Museum of Art, the New Children’s Museum, and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum to provide free museum passes to library customers. These innovative partnerships allow SDCL customers to check out passes just as they would books.
By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office
February 6, 2017 (San Diego) - High school graduation is a rite of passage for many but sometimes circumstances prevent students from getting a diploma.
“A lot of them say life happens, they had to drop out for whatever reason, start working and the next thing you know, it’s 10 to 20 years later,” said El Cajon Library branch Adult Services Manager Josh Mitchell.
The County of San Diego’s new library in Alpine has been nominated for an Orchid Award in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual Orchids and Onions Awards. The project was created through the design-build team of C.W. Driver, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina selected in a competitive design process.
From indoor trees for kids to cozy up and read under to an outdoor patio with park view, 42 million books, many specialized spaces and plenty of high-tech amenities, the spacious new library is not only innovative in design and beautiful, it’s also energy efficient as the County’s first Zero Net Energy building. Next up, the County is seeking LEED Gold certification.
December 26, 2014 (San Diego)--If you were lucky enough to have a tablet or e-book reader waiting for you in a gift box this season, the San Diego County Library is ready to help you use your new gift.
From a large catalog of titles available for download to tutorials on how to use your e-reader to hands-on workshops to help you get started, there’s something for everyone.
November 16, 2014 (San Diego) – It’s that time of year again when San Diego’s best and brightest minds converge on the San Diego County Library in downtown San Diego. For the 49th consecutive year the city will honor and celebrate authors and their books. I was fortunate to have been one of those authors at the 46th Annual San Diego Local Author Exhibit at the old San Diego County Library. The Local Author Exhibit highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. The San Diego Public Library is calling on San Diego County authors who have published books in 2014 to submit them to the 49th Annual Local Author Exhibit. See attached.
August 28, 2013 – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase begins in September with 3 East County concerts throughout the month. The Showcase series offers a variety of San Diego’s best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are free to the community.
April 25, 2013 (Crest) – The County library in Crest will hold El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) on Tuesday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. The celebration includes bilingual story times in Spanish, French and Arabic. In addition, you can enjoy music and refreshments, plus learn how to make paper flowers.
The library is located at 105 Juanita Lane in the Crest community of El Cajon. For more information on county library events, visit www.sdcl.org.
February 7, 2013 (Crest) – The Crest Branch of the San Diego County Library, 105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon, is hosting a number of events throughout the month of February. They encompass activities for every age.
December 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- People of all ages are struggling to comprehend the shootings that took place in Newtown, Conn. In particular, children and teens are likely struggling to make sense of the things they are seeing and hearing regarding the tragedy on television, at school, and among their peers. Many children will have questions and be in need of additional comfort in the coming days and weeks. San Diego County Library has put together a list of resources that parents can use to help answer questions and reassure children of their safety and comfort.
December 1, 2012 (San Diego) – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in December with concerts taking place throughout the month. The series offers a variety of some of San Diego’s very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are all free to the community.
December 6, 2011 (East County) -- Take the San Diego County Library - Winter Reading Challenge December 5 - January 15. All ages at all branches can take the challenge and win prizes. Check out five for a chance to win. Enter the weekly drawing every time you check out five items, and you could win one of these weekly prizes: Board Games, Ear Buds, Thumb Drives, Jigsaw Puzzles, Books, Puppets, Coffee Mugs, Free Beverages Coupons /Free Tickets to Local Events.