2020 Coronado Community READ Programming

Community Read: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

February 21-April 3, 2020

The Coronado Public Library, Friends of the Coronado Public Library, Cultural Arts Commission, Coronado Historical Association, Coronado Fire Department, Coronado Unified School District, and Emerald C Gallery are pleased to present this year’s Community Read programs. In this fourth year, we hope to further community conversation and interaction through the reading of one book and the following programs and activities.


Community Read Kickoff!

Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

Coronado Public Library Foyer, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

Richard Lederer: A Celebration of Books and Libraries. Join us for wine and cheese as we kick off the Coronado Community Read with the award-winning language columnist from the San Diego Union-Tribune. The evening will feature Lederer’s witty hymn of praise to libraries and literacy and heartwarming stories about how books and libraries change lives and enhance our existence. Free and open to the public. Pick up your free tickets starting February 11 at the Circulation Desk.

Paint and Sip

Thursday, March 5, 6 to 8 p.m.

Emerald C Gallery, 1331 Orange Avenue, (619) 996-3315

Join us for an unforgettable evening of friends, fun, and painting as you create your literary canvas celebrating The Library Book. $20 covers all supplies, light snacks, beer or wine. No experience necessary; your instructor will provide everything you need to create an inspiring 11” x 14” canvas featuring two of our favorite things: a shelf full of good books and a glass of wine or cup of tea. Easy and fun! Taught by Tamara Merrill. Register for this event through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/Paint-and-Sip

OH! San Diego Architectural Tours of the Library

Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Coronado Public Library Foyer, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

The Library Book celebrates the architecture of the Los Angeles Central Library, offering the perfect occasion to explore the architectural features of the Coronado Public Library. Get in-depth information about the architecture and design of this unique building that blends the historic and the modern. Library tours are being held in conjunction with Open House San Diego, an annual celebration of outstanding local architecture supported by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. Docent-led tours will be available every half hour with no sign up necessary. The architect of the library’s 2005 expansion, Mark Steele, will also give two special tours, at 11 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday. Sign up for the architect-led tour through OH San Diego at http://sdarchitecture.org/program/openhouse/

Careers in Fire Service: A Moderated Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.

Winn Room, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

The firefighters are some of the true heroes in The Library Book working hard to extinguish the blaze. Faculty from Southwestern and Miramar Fire Science programs, and a local Coronado High School graduate who all serve as Coronado firefighters, will discuss aspects and highlights of their education and fire experience. They will answer questions about careers in fire service. Whether you have an interest in becoming a firefighter or just want to learn more about a career in Fire Services, this is the perfect opportunity.

An Evening with Susan Orlean

Friday, March 13, 7 p.m.

Nautilus Room, Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, (619) 522-7342

Join us for an interview with Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book, conducted by Dean Nelson, Ph.D., founder of the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea. Their conversation will explore the challenges of investigating and telling the story of the Los Angeles Central Library fire. Hear the stories behind the chapters at this intimate evening with the award-winning journalist and author. The evening includes audience Q & A and author book-signing. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets available through Eventbrite for $10.00 

Eventbrite link for Susan Orlean: https://tinyurl.com/Susan-Orlean

ZigZag: From the Library to Rochelle Newman

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Winn Room, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

Rooted in a love of libraries, acclaimed author Rochelle Newman’s presentation opens with her own love letter about visiting the public library as a child on New York’s Lower East Side, the unusual reason why she became bilingual, and a riveting talk about her journey. Newman’s reading of ZigZag, the new children’s book she co-authored with Alonso Nuñez, sets up the audience to zig-zag from English to Spanish right alongside her. Ultimately, Newman promises to spark a bilingual “converslation” that culturally curious audience members will long appreciate. This event is intended for adults, parents, and children ages 10 and up. Cake will be served in honor of the Coronado Public Library’s 130th birthday. An award-winning playwright who first made a name for herself in the LatinX marketing world, Rochelle Newman recently spoke at the Los Angeles Festival of Books. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Antioch University.

Concert: Sacra/Profana: An Autobiography

Friday, March 20, 7 p.m.

Coronado Public Library Foyer, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

In addition to books, libraries collect and preserve stories in musical form. We are proud to bring you this special after-hours concert in the grand foyer of the library by a genre-defying choral ensemble known for vibrant and innovative choral performances. Sacra/Profana is a critically acclaimed San Diego-based professional chorus ensemble that performs with world-renowned composers and musicians, ranging from the legendary Irish chieftains to La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. Described as “a divine vocal canopy,” the group will enchant you with some of their most popular pieces. Pick up your free tickets starting March 1 at the Circulation Desk.

Burning Down the House!

Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lecture Hall, Coronado Historical Association, 1100 Orange Avenue, (619) 435-7242

The Library Book describes a catastrophic fire that reached 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, burned for over seven hours and defied investigators’ efforts to find its cause. Coronado’s historic fires may seem mild by comparison but were dramatic, nonetheless. The Coronado Fire Department will be speaking at the Coronado Historical Association about the history of the City of Coronado’s Fire Department, sharing photos from the department and the Historical Association's vast photographic collection. Battalion Chief Jayson V. Summers and Firefighter Colin McKay will also discuss balloon frame construction, which was the most common style of residential construction in the early years of Coronado, and answer questions. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. encouraged through CHA's website: www.coronadohistory.org

Workshop: Book Preservation After a Fire or Flood

Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Lecture Hall, Coronado Historical Association, 1100 Orange Avenue. (619) 435-7242

From a small kitchen fire to a natural disaster, emergency fire situations can be detrimental to your family heirlooms and treasures. What can you do after a fire event to preserve these items? This workshop, led by museum professional Vickie Stone, will teach simple and effective preservation techniques to treat your own books and scrapbooks at home after a fire. R.S.V.P. encouraged through CHA's website: www.coronadohistory.org

Pop Quiz! Special Edition: The Library Book Trivia Night

Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m

Mexican Village Restaurant, 126 Orange Avenue, (619) 319-5955

Former Mayor Casey Tanaka has become well-known for his Trivia Nights. Join us for a spirited evening competing for best answers by testing your knowledge of the Los Angeles Central Library, California history and literature, the Coronado Public Library and other trivial matters. No cost to play; food and drink available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded.

The Scene of the Crime: A Visit to the Los Angeles Central Library

Tuesday, March 31, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Meet in the Winn Room, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

Once you have read The Library Book, you know its story; but nothing compares to seeing this magnificent building and its artwork live and in person. Participants will leave in the morning and take a ride on a comfortable coach to explore the library on a special behind-the-scenes tour. $75 covers transportation, entry, tour, continental breakfast and boxed lunches for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Register through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/Library-Tour


Los Angeles Central Library, April 29, 1986

Exhibit Hall, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

See artifacts and photos from The Los Angeles Central Library archives which will be on display in the Coronado Public Library’s exhibit hall beginning February 21. In March, the Coronado Fire Department will also be exhibiting some of its historical objects.

The Coronado Public Library: Art, Architecture and Artifacts

C3 Gallery, Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, (619) 522-7342

View the Coronado Public Library’s 130-year history through a carefully curated display of its architectural history, special pieces from its art collection and unique artifacts. On display through May 15, 2020.


Learn How to Convert VHS tapes to DVDs

Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 17, 2 p.m.

Digital Media Lab, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue

There was a time when wedding videos, family home videos, and school performances were recorded using video cameras and saved on VHS tapes. If you have a stack of outdated VHS tapes that you have wanted to digitize, we will show you how to easily convert them to DVDs. Space is limited, sign up by email to rsvp@coronado.ca.us or call the Library at (619) 522-7390.

Learn How to Convert Slides and Negatives to Digital Format

Tuesday, February 25, 1 p.m. and Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

Digital Media Lab, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue

From holidays, family portraits and vacations, your treasured memories remain stored away in nearly obsolete formats. We will show you how to scan these relics to preserve them for future generations. Space is limited, sign up by email to rsvp@coronado.ca.us or call the library at )619)522-7390.


Meet up to discuss The Library Book. Share your thoughts and hear other perspectives on the events, the characters, the writing, and what you learned. Meet new friends!

Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. Conference Room, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue

Friday, March 27, 1 p.m. Calypso Café, 505 Grand Caribe Causeway, Coronado Cays

Wednesday, April 1, 10 a.m. Bring your beach chair and meet at the Shores Beach near the steps. Look for the striped umbrella.


Winn Room, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, (619) 522-7390

Chernobyl (2019, 59 minutes, TV-MA)

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.

The Chernobyl disaster captured headlines during the same week the Los Angeles Public Library burned. We will show Episode 1 of the HBO miniseries that tells the powerful and visceral story of the worst man-made accident in history, the massive explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union that released radioactive material across the continent in 1986. Winner of several Emmys and Golden Globe Awards.

Ex Libris (2017, 197 minutes, NR)

Sunday, March 22, 1:30 p.m.

A behind-the-scenes documentary about one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world, revealing it as a place of welcoming cultural exchange and learning. The New York Public Library exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual's right to know and be informed while striving to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Only the Brave (2017, 134 minutes, PG-13)

Monday, March 30, 1 p.m.

All men are created equal, then a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country became one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it--they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.

Fahrenheit 451 (1966, 113 minutes, NR)

Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Based on the famous book by Ray Bradbury, this film portrays a future society where books and reading are forbidden, and "firemen" are charged with the responsibility of setting and maintaining fires at the 451 degrees necessary to burn paper. One of the most adept of these firemen, decides to keep a book for himself, and in doing so, finds himself torn between the desire to adhere to his orders and the urge to defy the controlling government and join the opposing