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Guided walks will help La Jolla's environment!


Join the La Jolla/Riford Library and the La Jolla Historical Society for a tour of La Jolla's canyons. Participants will be asked to collect plants and bugs that they find along the way to have them identified by their DNA sequences, contributing to our understanding of La Jolla's unique ecosystem. Sign up for one of the two hikes here:

Saturday June 30th from 9-12 in Rose Canyon 

Saturday July 14th from 9-12 in Kate Sessions Canyon

teachers teaching kids how to code


California is heading towards a mandate that will require every child to be taught computer programming in the public K-12 system. The only problem is that there are not enough teachers to teach all of the kids! Here's where UCSD and our library come in. Recently, undergrads from UCSD School of Computer Science and Engineering held a workshop at the La Jolla/Riford library. The purpose was not only to teach the kids how to code, but also to teach the teachers "how to teach" and understand the mechanics of teaching. These students were not necessarily going to become teachers down the road, but as part of the experience of learning to code, one needs to understand how to teach coding.  And one of the best outcomes is inpiring kids to learn more about computers! 

Click here to see the video on CS Foreach: Teaching Computer Science in Informal Space



Kudos to 95-year-old Paul Canin, pictured here, who recently learned how to use our 3D printer to make a bagel-hole cutter. 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model by laying down many thin layers of material in succession.  Life-long learner and former architect Paul and his wife, Helen, were visiting their nephew Allan Kleinman, a resident of La Jolla Shores, when Paul expressed an interest in learning about 3D printing.  Suchetta Sharma, a member of the La Jolla/Riford Library volunteers, demonstrated the technique in our Innovation Lab. Paul has a workshop in the basement of his home and makes many things of his own design in wood, plastic, silver and, apparently, bagel dough.  And, Paul recycles too. He will not discard the “holes,” but intends to reshape them into breadsticks.

If you too would like to learn how to use 3D printing, stop by during lab open hours


7th grader raises $155 for our library


La Jolla Country Day 7th grader Drew Kagnoff raised $155 for the library by holding a book sale, mostly of his own old books. In the photo he is presenting presenting branch manager, Shaun Briley, with the check, made out to the Friends of the Library.




Innovative Service in La Jolla Leads to Staff Recognition


Kudos to La Jolla/Riford Library branch manager, Shaun Briley, for being named 2018 Employee of the Year by the City of San Diego Libraries thanks to a slew of groundbreaking services provided by the branch. La Jolla residents have enjoyed such innovations as the Memory Lab, the Bio Lab, the 3D printing Lab, ‘Citizen Science’ lectures, and other enriching programs brought in under Briley's stewardship.  According to San Diego Library Director Misty Jones, Shaun received multiple nominations citing the way he and other library staff work "tirelessly to connect with community leaders to create meaningful partnerships that benefit our patrons.” Briley commented: "a top library needs top staff and we are blessed to have a great team in La Jolla. This accolade reflects the efforts of everyone who works here."




Mobile Library is a hit at the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast


On Saturday July 28th the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla served up their annual “gift to the community”…The Pancake Breakfast at the La Jolla Rec Center. Many calories were consumed, along with laughter and comradery.  The La Jolla Library was right in the thick of it with their booth and Mobile Library, manned by our Youth Librarian, Angie Stavie, and a bevy of young volunteers.  Heavy traffic ensued and many patrons signed up for library cards and the Summer Reading Program.  Congratulations and thank you to Angie and the volunteers.