The Library Shop's ever-popular/infamous PRIZE WHEEL makes it's semi-annual return for Small Business Saturday, AKA Indies First, all day Saturday, November 24th. Spend $25 and take a spin to win fabulous prizes, discounts and Library Shop Gift Cards, plus any purchase gives you the choice of any free paperback off our pile of Advanced Reading Copies- while supplies last!
The Library Shop is thrilled to once again partner with Adventures By The Book for another world class author event at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Ʌ Irwin Jacobs Common! This time Adventures By The Book is bringing Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author of The Blank Slate and How the Mind Works.
Mr. Pinker will be presenting from his latest book, Enlightenment Now (A book Bill Gates describes as "My new favorite book of all time.") which will be released in paperback two days before our event. Following the presentation there will be a book signing. THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. Tickets are $27 per person (price with sales tax) and include a signed copy of the paperback edition of Enlightenment Now. Additional books will be available for purchase for the signing, but only books purchased from Adventures By The Book or The Library Shop will be allowed in the signing line.
Tickets to this event (and additional books by Steven Pinker) are available for purchase either on this page, in person at The Library Shop, or over the phone by calling 619-236-5802. Seating is limited and we expect to sell out.
Steven Pinker has been named the Humanist of the Year, Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association, Time magazine's Hundred Most Influential People in the World Today, Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers, among many other awards and accolades.
Library Shop trivia night is back! Prizes! Beer! Obscure knowledge! This time the questions are space-themed to celebrate the Library’s Discover Exoplanets exhibit and will feature interactive challenges thrown down by the evening’s resident fact-checker, a Grossmont College Astronomy Professor! Telescopes, weather permitting! Just $10 per team for a chance to rule the Void beyond the Solar System! Pre-register your team below, and pay the registration fee at the door when you check in (we’ll be able to take cash and cards).
LAST EXIT is a new project in San Diego dedicated to showcasing local and visiting writers, providing low-cost workshops and readings to San Diego, and building community through editorial apprenticeships. The November 3rd programming includes an evening reading and two public writing workshop offerings.
The reading, at 7 PM, in the The Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center, features Allie Rowbottom (author of JELL-O Girls), Bud Smith (author of WORK), Michael J. Seidlinger (author of My Pet Serial Killer), T. Greenwood (author of Rust & Stardust) and Stephanie Westgate (Last Exit's editorial apprentice and poet). Books will be available for sale at the Library Shop. Proceeds support the San Diego Public Library.
The midday writing workshop is "Speedwriting for Battling Writer's Block," taught by visiting writer Michael J. Seidlinger, from 11-1:30 pm (tuition: $30), and the afternoon writing workshop is "Practical Approaches for Writing & Editing a Novel" taught by visiting writer Bud Smith, from 3-5:30 pm (tuition: $30). Advanced online registration is required, and scholarships are available. Go to lastexit.org for more information on registering for this event.
The Library Shop is proud to be the official bookseller for this year's One Book One San Diego event September 21st, 6:30pm @ The Civic Theater featuring the authors of the 2018 One Book One San Diego selection, MARCH Book One. While the first volume in this trilogy is the official selection, we are also offering Book Two, Book Three, and the Boxed Set for sale as well.
Due to the large demand and limited time available for a book signing after the event the signing line will be ticketed and limited to 250 people, and these signing-voucher tickets are SOLD OUT.
A purchase of a book will include a STANDBY TICKET. There is no guarantee the authors will continue singing past the initial 250, but if so, a standby ticket will be given first priority ahead of those without a ticket.
(PLEASE NOTE: This ticket is for having your book signed by the authors only. You still must reserve a free ticket from KPBS to attend the actual program. AS OF FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH SEATS FOR THE KPBS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT.)
*There is no charge for the ticket. Tickets are available only by purchasing a book from the Library Shop. Only one book (or trilogy box set) will be signed per ticket. Only people who have a ticket will be guaranteed to have their book signed. Time permitting additional books may be signed on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to those who purchase their books from the Library Shop once the ticketed portion of the signing is complete. No posed photos or personalization will be allowed. The authors are not able to sign books they did not write or any outside memorabilia.
He’s back! For the entire month of July Waldo will be hiding inside all 36 branches of the San Diego Public Library system! Can you find him? Pick up your official passport at any branch and see how many you can find. For each Waldo located you’ll receive a stamp in your passport and that branch’s collectible button. Each branch has designed their own unique button to commemorate the hunt. Collect all 36! Win great prizes!*
*All participants are eligible to enter the Library Shop’s Waldo Prize Raffle. Participants who visit all 36 branches are eligible to receive a 37th button available only at the Library Shop, an official Champion Waldo Finder lanyard to display your buttons on, entry into the Waldo Champion Raffle for $100 Library Shop gift cards and a Waldo Home Library and 36% off their entire purchase! No purchase necessary to play or win. And be on the lookout for one of a kind Gold Buttons to unlock even more prizes! Tag us (@libraryshopsd) in a post on social media with your Gold Button and we'll reach out to you with a prize!
All buttons were made by SDPL/SDPLF Staff Volunteers!
Adventures by The Book presents Book Club Bingo — featuring 20 favorite book club authors and keynote speaker, international bestselling author Jenna Blum. A full day of fun includes breakfast, lunch, and a free copy of Jenna Blum’s The Lost Family.
In the vein of Wicked and The Woodcutter, Danielle Teller's new novel is a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, "evil" stepmother. We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? Join us in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center to celebrate the launch of All the Ever Afters with a casual Happy Hour style reception, book talk & book signing.
Light refreshments will be served including a cash bar for wine, so please RSVP below.
The Library Shop and the San Diego Public Library are proud to welcome Ece Temelkuran to the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common to discuss her "vividly evoked" novel, The Time of Mute Swans, Monday May 21st at 7:00pm.
The discussion will be moderated by San Diego State Professor Randy Reinholz. After the event Ms. Temelkuran will be autographing books purchased from the Library Shop. All proceeds support the San Diego Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.
Ece Temelkuran is an internationally recognized journalist and political commentator with over two million Twitter followers. She has lived in exile since being fired in 2012 from the Turkish newspaper Habertürk for criticizing policies of the current Turkish government. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel and she has spoken at Oxford, the London School of Economics, Harvard, Columbia, MIT and the House of Commons in the British Parliament. She also appeared on BBC’s Hard Talk and was most recently a panelist at the Women In The World Conference for a discussion on the rise of authoritarianism moderated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Join Steve Clemons of the Atlantic for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Katherine Boo. She has spent 25 years reporting on poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Her bestseller, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving for a better life in a Mumbai slum. Based on three years of uncompromising reporting, Boo puts a human face on issues of inequality that also resonate within our own society.
This event is part of UCSD's Helen Edison Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. To attend please register here. Books will be available for sale at the Library Shop. Proceeds will support the San Diego Public Library.
Award-winning UCSD astrophysicist Brian Keating discusses his new book, and the perils of science's highest honor, the inside story for the quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize.
More details available on the SDPL Event page.
Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday April 28th, but this year one day simply isn’t enough for the party we are throwing to celebrate the diversity of independent booksellers in San Diego! Those of you who visited the Library Shop last year for the first ever San Diego Bookstore Crawl will be pleased to hear that this year’s #SDBookCrawl has been expanded to 9 stores and will last 3 days. Pick-up your passport from any of the 9 participating stores and when you make a purchase during the 3 day crawl you’ll collect a passport stamp. The more stamps you collect the more chances to win great raffle prizes, including a $50 gift bag from one of the 9 stores and a chance to win over $200 in gift certificates for those of you who completely fill your passport with stamps. And anyone who visits 4 stores will get an exclusive San Diego Bookstore Crawl tote bag- while supplies last!
In addition to the 3 day crawl the Library Shop will have some great deals and promotions all weekend long, including your choice of a free Advance Readers Copy of many soon to be or recently published books with any purchase & a free San Diego Public Library Mug to anyone spending just $20 or more. We will also have several exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items for sale.
Please note there a Padres game scheduled at Petco Park on Saturday 4/28 at 5:40pm, parking rates will be effected starting at 1:30pm.
For more details please visit the San Diego Bookstore Crawl event page on Facebook.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
We have a standby list but you must come down to the Library Shop and purchase a copy of When to be added.
SAVE THE DATE
Celebrate the season with a night of all ages Holiday Harry Potter festivities sponsored by the Library Shop, Friends of the Central Library & the Pauline Foster Teen Center. There will be snacks, crafts, and of course, dancing. Come dressed in your best wizarding-wear!
More details to follow.
The Library Shop is partnering with Warwick's to bring multiple Emmy nominated comedian, bestselling author and hockey fan Denis Leary to the San Diego Central Library to discuss his new book, Why We Don't Suck.
Tickets are $29.09 and include a pre-signed copy of the book. Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first-come first-serve. Purchase tickets here, or give us a call at 619-236-5802.
All purchased tickets and signed book copies will be available at will-call the night of the event. Please have your order confirmation number handy.
The Hunt Is On!
For the entire month of July all 36 branches of the San Diego Public Library will have a Waldo hiding somewhere inside. Can you find all 36? Pick up a passport from your local branch (or print one here), and take it with you on your search. Have a librarian stamp their branch's square when you find him! At the end of your hunt, bring your passport to the Library Shop at the Central Library for the chance to win great prizes and get 20% off any 1 item in the Shop.
For every Waldo you find (and stamp you collect), you'll have a chance to enter a raffle to win Waldo books, toys, Library Shop gift certificates, and other great prizes. The more stamps you collect, the more chances to win. If you find all 36 Waldos consider yourself a Master Waldo Hunter and receive an exclusive Waldo Prize Pack, an honorary award, and a $50 Gift Certificate to the Library Shop, one per family.
Visit the SDPL website for a full list and maps to all 36 locations.
Looking to treat your mom to something extra special this Mothers Day? Join us Sunday, May 21st for an exciting hands-on succulent garden workshop where we will be planting up a rustic reclaimed wood planter, ideal for decoration on any windowsill or dining room table. Your ticket will include all of the materials, tools and instruction needed to create beautiful personalized succulent arrangement that's sure to wow for months, maybe even years to come!
Tickets for this event are $50, all materials will be provided, plus take home what you create. Click here for more information and registration.
We have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Gloria Harris for a book talk and signing on Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries, and Innovators. San Diego enjoys a diverse legacy of strong female leaders, and this thoughtfully compiled book details some of their remarkable achievements over the years. From Ellen Browning Scripps foundation of the Oceanography Institute in 1903 to Bertha Pendleton becoming the first female San Diego School Superintendent in 1993-- and many more besides. Join us Saturday April 29th in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Room (directly behind the shop!).
A nationwide celebration of book-loving communities and the locally owned bookstores that help them thrive! We'll be running specials all day in store, as well as a SD Booklover's Raffle all weekend long with two of our favorite local shops: Verbatim Books and Bluestocking Books.
Here's how to win fabulous prizes from the shops you love:
First, print (or pick up a copy) of your Book-lover's Passport, then:
STEP 1: Make a purchase at one of our three shops (get your passport stamped)
STEP 2: Make a purchase at a second store to be entered in a raffle for gift cards and other goodies provided by each of our three shops (Bluestocking, Verbatim, and the Library Shop).
STEP 3: Make a purchase at a third store to double your chances at the raffle prize and take home a limited edition Independent Bookstore Day tote bag for free!
Blue Stocking Book Verbatim Books Library Shop
Back by popular demand, our Literary Trivia Night! Come test your knowledge in all things book related *and* support the library with your literary love. Team registration fee is $10, which you can pay online or at the door, with a max of 6 people per team. Please pre-register your team either way! Prizes and bragging rights to be had.
LIVE A GREAT STORY is a media brand focused on spreading inspiration through stories. This Saturday they will be setting up an interactive video station for library visitors to stop by and share their story! Stop by to share bits and pieces of your story, who inspires you or what you're excited about for 2017.
Think you know more about books than our crack team of Librarians? Join the Library Shop and the San Diego Public Library's Dome Brew Club for the Central Library's First Annual Library Shop Book Trivia Challenge!
Pre-register your team to compete with other book lovers for fabulous prizes & enjoy the library's exclusive beer, the Library Books IPA, courtesy of Home Brewing Co., while supplies last.
Registration cost is only $10 per team (maximum of 8 players per team) & all proceeds go to supporting the 36 branches of the San Diego Public Library. You can register your team here.
Come by the Downtown San Diego Library from now until the end of July and Waldo hunt! We have set up a library-wide scavenger hunt of Waldos to get you extra acclimated to the awesomeness of our Downtown branch. Fill out your Waldo Passport with signatures or stamps from key areas in the building and then come back July 31st for a Waldo - filled celebration with a special striped guest appearance from the man himself!
Check out our awesome upcoming pre-Father's Day event and come treat your Pops to a (mostly) free day of fun! No better way to get ready for Father's Day than by snazzing up with a fresh new men's haircut while enjoying some San Diego Brew.
$10 haircuts provided by Dapper in a Day. Beer provided by Mission Brewery.
Photobooth provided by Andrea Anderson Photography and Mikey Diggs Photography.
Join us Sunday, May 8th for our Mother's Day celebration before the library is even open. The shop will open early at 10:00 am and will be hosting family yoga with House Of Yogi on the garden patio 10:30 am - 11:30 am. After yoga, refresh your thirst with mimosa tasters (21+ please) and a light brunch! As part of the celebration jewelry will be 20% off all day long. Do not miss out on this family Sunday funday!
We're celebrating Read Across America 2016 and Dr. Seuss' birthday with a special Seuss books promotion the entire month of March. Buy 2 Seuss books and get the third (of lesser or equal value) free! Cannot be combined with any other sales or promotions.
We are excited to take part in the East Village's Wild Wednesdays promotion this year! Every Wednesday until the end of March 30, take 20% off all full-priced items on Wednesdays (no sale or consignment items apply). Explore East Village while you're at the library; there are many other participating shops and restaurants taking part of this promotion! Check it out here.