MON • THURS • FRI • SAT: 9:30am – 6:00pm
TUES • WED: 11:30am – 8:00pm
SUN: 12:30pm – 5:00pm

Search the Public Library Catalog

Your Library :: Archive Articles

Library's 120th Anniversary Festivities


On Thursday, June 6th, 2019, we are celebrating the 120th anniversary of a public library in La Jolla! In fact, you can browse the original minutes from the library's first meeting in our history room while you digitize your old family photos in the process! There’s a lot more we want you to experience for the anniversary, and we’ve packaged it all into a variety of activities on Thursday, June 6th.  

Trivia Hunt

From 10:00am to 5:00pm, participate in a Trivia Quiz turned scavenger hunt that entails visiting different areas of the library and learning about them and La Jolla history in the process. You’ll even be eligible to enter a raffle for cool giveaways.


At 10:30am, we’ve prepared a special storytime for our youngest patrons. There’s a Junior Detective theme replete with a clue hunt and prizes, and the tot in your life doesn’t want to miss it.

After-Hours Party

In the evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm, there’s a Friends Members-only party for adults. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Notable La Jollans of the past and present will be there to assist guests in solving the mystery, The Caper on Draper: Who Stole the Manuscript? Would you like to become a member and attend? Register at the event for as little as ten dollars. 

Did you know the famed mystery novelists Raymond Chandler and Anne Rice lived in La Jolla? Or that mystery fiction novels are our most frequently circulated books? It’s inspired the mystery theme for the entire day.  We hope to see you on June 6th!

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

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



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.





Library represented at the Art and Wine Festival


Library homework coach, David Gak, was among many volunteers who made the library booth at the annual Art and Wine festival a huge success. The library was offering 3D printing, button making and there were even books available to checkout with our mobile library. Thanks to generous sponsors Gepettos, for providing our booth right on the corner of Wall Street and Girard Ave.







On Monday, February 25th, the La Jolla/Riford Library hosted San Diego's Environmental Services Department and a very special storytime—Meet a Garbage Truck Storytime! Toddlers listened to stories about garbage trucks, met sanitation workers, and even got to tour the inside of a garbage truck and watch the vehicle in action! Over a hundred people, including NBC and CBS News, turned out. Local author Marcia Berneger herself stopped by to read "Buster the Little Garbage Truck." 

Keith Di Giulio, Area Refuse Collection Supervisor, talked to reporters about the importance of this event. “It's extremely important because the kids get to see who the trash guy is and get to see that he is a person.” The awe on the children’s faces said it all. Garbage Truck Storytime was a big success!  

Click here to watch NBC’s video coverage.


Library Shines in La Jolla Christmas Parade


La Jolla/Riford Library staff and volunteers marched in the 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 2nd . Pushing festively adorned book carts and even accompanied by a storybook character (the Gingerbread man), representatives proudly dressed in their Christmas best and demonstrated enthusiasm for the library as they wove from one sunny, spectator-lined street to the next.

Recognizing many faces in the crowd, Angie Stava, the Youth Services librarian exclaimed, “This is so much fun!” Branch Manager Shaun Briley, alongside his young sons, waived while the announcer entreated the public to come check out the latest happenings at the library, including one of the 100,000 books on the shelves.

From Girard Avenue to Prospect Street, La Jolla Riford Library drew countless smiles as one of the parade's 80 entrants.


Best-Selling Author Susan Orlean kicks off Book Tour


In Senegal, it’s said when someone dies, "his/her library has burned.” This expression, Susan Orlean revealed, encapsulates everything she aimed to convey in her latest novel. During "The Library Book" reading and signing hosted by Warwick's at La Jolla/Riford Library on October 18th, the New York Times best-selling author discussed what drove her to write about an event largely overlooked in history—the mysterious 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library. In an effort to examine the fire that desecrated hundreds of thousands of books, "The Library Book" explores the entire history of the L.A. Public Library, the colorful characters once employed there, and how the library functions daily, all connected to the idea that libraries have a particular resonance for everyone. On Thursday, Orlean shared a passage recalling precious library outings with her own mother as a child, a testament to the library’s role as “Immortal Memory Holder.” The library beckons stories and promises stories in return, she said, which is perhaps why the burning of books feels unequivocally wrong, and why, certainly, libraries do matter.



The La Jolla Library Art Gallery is pleased to announce its summer show, A World Underwater.

Thirteen members of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society have been invited to exhibit their

work which tells the story of the diversity and beauty of plant and animal life that exists in our oceans.

These photos immerse the viewer in nature’s exotic, compelling and breathtaking sea life and showcase

a truly spectacular and sometimes mysterious world.

The show runs from June 18 to September 14, 2019, with an opening reception on Sunday, June 23 from 2-4pm.

Participants include Bob Pooley, Corinne Klein, Dana Buchner, Erin Chandler, Greg Volger, Jami Feldman,

Marla Matin, Matthew Meier, Mike Couffer, Robert Yin, Teresa Pooley, Walter Heim, and Nan Oslett.