Adults

Confronting Violence:
Improving Women's Lives
Confronting Violence Improving Womens Lives display banner

July 8-August 17, 2019: Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. Our temporary exhibition Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives explores the developments during latter half of the 20th century, when nurses took up the call. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. Visit the Main Library to experience the interactive exhibition panels, and join us for our series of interrelated programming. The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition.

Film screening and discussion: The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its RootsMon., July 15
6:30-8 p.m.
How did we get to #MeToo? Can a bystander have a positive role to play in changing the culture norms that lead to gender violence? Staff members from Rape Trauma Services will facilitate a discussion about the film afterward.
Dare to be PowerfulWeds., July 24
6:30-7:30 p.m.
What practical steps can be taken toward a safer future for women, and how can we be part of those solutions?
Community Conversation: Domestic Violence 101Tues., July 30
6-7 p.m.
How do abusers get away with it, and what can we do to help victims regain control?
Boys 'n' Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of ViolenceSat., Aug. 10
11 a.m.-Noon
City Council Chambers
Siavash Zohoori was a near victim of a mass shooting at UCSB in 2014. He transformed that traumatic experience....
Winning the Vote: the Fight ContinuesWeds., Aug. 14
7-8 p.m.
In honor of the 99th anniversary of women's suffrage, we'll talk about the "mighty political experiment" of granting women the right to vote.

Summer Road Trips Film Festival
Images from movies with "road trip" themes

Whether on a bus, in a car, on a motorcycle, scooter or hot air balloon, summer is the perfect time to hit the road! This July and August, the Main Library is your starting point for adventure.

Thelma and Louise
Tues., July 23
6:30-8:40 p.m.
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon ride to everlasting fame as two women who embark on a crime spree across the American southwest. Rated R
Do Dooni Chaar
Weds., Aug. 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Delhi schoolteacher Santosh strives to earn enough money to purchase a car so that his family can attend their in-law's wedding. In Hindi with English subtitles; Rated PG
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Tues., Aug 20
6:30-8:15 p.m.
Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp play two drag performers and a transgender woman journeying across the Australian Outback in a tour bus. Rated R
Rat Race
Weds., Aug 28
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Six ordinary people are pitted against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away. The only rule is that there are no rules. Rated PG-13

Film Discussion Meetup


Join us the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:45 p.m. to informally discuss the movie playing at the Guild Movie Theater the weekend prior. We see the movie on our own and then meet in the library's downstairs meeting room to discuss it together in an informal and friendly environment. Snacks provided. Please contact Assistant Library Services Director Nick Szegda with any questions or for more information.

Literature Book Club


Join us for our discussion group, which meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Our club  discusses a wide range of contemporary literary works: novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Our mission is to closely read a selection of literary works and discuss them in a spirit of curiosity and respect.
Book covers
July 9: "Less," by Andrew Sean Greer
August 13"Commonwealth," by Ann Patchett
September 10: "Outline," by  Rachel Cusk

Music and More
from the Land Down Under
Man playing didgeridoo

Saturday, July 20: (Main Library): Join us in the Great Hall for a didgeridoo performance... and more!

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

Book coversEscape to other worlds through sci-fi, fantasy, horror, dystopia, and more. Meets at the Main Library on the 4th Monday of each month from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

July 22: "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury
August 26: "Annihilation," by Jeff Vandermeer
September 23:  "Every Heart a Doorway," by Seanan McGuire
October 28: "Dracula," by Bram Stoker


Knitting MeetupKnitting Group


Meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. to crochet, knit, sew and laugh!  All skill levels welcome.

Silent Reading Party: 21 and Over
People reading

Thursday, July 25: Let's all hang out and read quietly to ourselves! This 21+ version will take place at The Refuge.

Dúo Cascada de Flores
Exploring the Latin American Songbook
Pair of musicians on guitar

Saturday, July 27 (Belle Haven Branch): Celebrated musicians Jorge Liceaga and Arwen Lawrence dig into the hidden corners of Latin American musical tradition, adding their own infectious energy and creativity.

Board Game Meetup
Board games

Would you like to play a game? Drop in and join us on the first Sunday of each month, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., for a chance to relax and unwind with other adults! A variety of games will be provided, and our facilitator will help explain how to play. Feel free to bring a game of your own to share!

Michelle Pollace
Latin Jazz Trio

Musician posingSaturday, August 31: (Belle Haven Branch Library) Live music in the library! Michelle honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice.