MIRA MESA BRANCH LIBRARY
Programs and Events
8405 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126, (858) 538-8165
www.facebook.com/miramesalibrary and www.sandiegolibrary.org
Online calendar: sandiego.librarymarket.com
Library Closure: February 17 for President’s Day
NEW PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
San Diego Museum Month 2020
Celebrating its 31st year in 2020, San Diego Museum Month is a beloved local program that offers residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy half-price museum admission at
more than 40 museums in the San Diego area during the month of February. Ask for a museum discount pass at the circulation desk at any of the SDPL locations. The Museum Month discount pass is a printed piece people can present at participating museums to receive the half-price admission. One pass provides half-price admission for up to 4 people per participating museum. It can be used at all of the participating
museums, so people need only one pass (they keep the pass and use it at different museums).
The following libraries are participating: San Diego County Library, San Diego Public Library, Carlsbad City Library, Chula Vista Public Library, Coronado Public Library, Escondido Public Library, National City Public Library, and Oceanside Public Library.
Introduction to Zentangle
Saturday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In this class, we will learn the basic Zentagle Method to create beautiful images using structured patterns. The Zentangle process will also help students focus and relax.
Register at sandiego.librarymarket.com
Paws to Read
First and Third Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (NEW TIME)
Children are invited to read to certified therapy dogs to build reading confidence at the Entrance Patio.
Learn to stitch with the Embroiderer’s Guild
Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Honoring “Stitch in Public Day” members of the Muchas Manos Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America will be here to teach anyone age 8 and up the basics of needlework. All materials will be provided and all participants will receive individual or small group instruction. All participants will leave with a project and all the skills necessary to complete it. This takes place in the library’s Seminar Room
Free STEAM workshops for students grades 3-5. Registration required in advance. If you have any questions, please call: (858) 538-8165. Space is limited. Register at: http://www.sandiego.gov/librarynext
Nature All Around Us
Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ever wonder why airplanes resemble birds? Why submarines are shaped like whales? It’s because of biomimicry, an approach to development that creates solutions to human challenges by imitating the designs of nature. In this class,
we will explore the development of biomimicry and learn how fields like engineering, architecture and music intertwine with biology to influence the structures, technologies and sounds we see and hear every day. Students will create a prosthetic hand, biology-inspired structure or musical recording to take
home. You can register for this event at:
The Green Thumbs: A Children’s Garden Club!
First and Third Mondays at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Exposure to nature through play leads to exploration and discovery, engaging both the physical and mental abilities of children. This program is for kids to learn about the environment, gardening and how to care for the earth! For 18 months – 8 years of age and takes place at the Inner Garden. No registration is required. However, Parent must
attend with child.
Tech Teachings: Learn the Basics About Computers
Every Monday from January to April, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (No class on 2/17)
Join us for a free program that meets once a week for 1 hour at the library’s Computer Lab. The program will go over the basics on how to use a computer in a fun and easy- to-learn environment. Space is limited. Sign up for each session at the reference desk or call 858-538-8165. Below is a list of topics for February’s program:
February 3: Basics of a Computer, Part 2
February 10: General Internet Safety
February 24: Microsoft Word Basics, Part 1
Manga Drawing Workshop
February sessions starts on Tuesday, February 4 at 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. This is a series of workshops on how to create an original story in Japanese Manga style. Students will be creating a character, design, setting and plot. Want to learn the
process of how graphic novels are made? This is the workshop for you! For ages 12-18. Registration is recommended at https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/manga-
drawing-teens-0 and https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/manga-drawing-teens-3. Walk-ins accepted. Tuesdays we meet in the Meeting Room, and Thursdays and some Monday and Wednesdays we meet at the Teen Area. Workshops run from January 7 to February 18th. See below for schedule
Tuesdays 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 · 3—4:30 p.m. · Meeting Room
Thursdays 2/6, 2/13 · 3—4:30 p.m. · Teen Area
Fundamentals of Art for Ages 8+
Wednesday, February 5 at 4pm-5pm
Leo Angelo Reyes is a local artist from Mira Mesa. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of art and create your own masterpieces. For ages 8+ and serious artists. Space is limited. Online registration is required at sandiego.librarymarket.com.
Materials are provided.
Herges Capital Chess Tournament Spring 2020 @ San Diego Public Library
Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The registration for this event is now closed. Registration is on
sandiego.librarymarket.com. The first of its kind to be held at the Mira Mesa Branch Library, this traveling chess tournament began at the San Diego Central Library. Downtown Chess, the premier casual library chess club in San Diego, paved the way
for library chess to thrive in communities served by San Diego Public Library. Come and see as players battle it out for top recognition. Prizes awarded to the top 3 finishers. We
would like to thank the Friends of the Mira Mesa Branch Library and Herges Capital Management for sponsoring this event.
Here are some details for the competition:
There will be 7 rounds, each player will get 15 minutes in each of the rounds. The winners will be determined by the number of wins, in case of a tie, there will be a blitz tie-breaker. Players must commit to all 7 rounds which is expected to be 4-5 hours.
There will be a break in between rounds.
Second and Fourth Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
February 12, 13, 26, and 27
Look! Over there! Coming out of that library! It’s . . . BOOKMAN! Using the superpower of reading, BOOKMAN has magically traveled all around the world – even into space!
He’s met talking animals, visited amazing places, and you can only imagine the fantastic things he’s seen! Come join BOOKMAN while he reads about his next adventure! This
is a new storytime for children held at the Children’s Area!
History of the Holidays with Ms. Karin: Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join us to learn about the history of Valentine’s Day. Ms. Karin is back with all the details of Valentine’s Day and participants will make a special card for a special Valentine!
Literature Comes to Life: Princess and the Pea
Thursday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Audience members act out “Love is in the Air” led by Literature Comes to Life with awesome costumes.
Introduction to 3D Printing
Saturday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Learn about 3D printing, tutorials to 3D Printing software, and how to expand your creativity using this emerging technology! Projects will be printed offsite and can be
picked up at a future meeting. Printing size will be limited. Aimed at kids ages 8 – 17. Pre-registration is required starting on Saturday, February 1 at 12 p.m. at
https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/introduction-3d-printing-9 and each participant must bring their own laptop and charging cable.
The Wonders of Physiology and Medicine: The Cardiovascular System
Saturday, February 22 at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The Community Health and Science Education (C.H.A.S.E.) program is an exciting opportunity for students interested in careers in medicine, healthcare, and biology. Learn about the body’s various organ systems and how they work together
with in class demonstrations and activities. We will also learn how common chronic diseases affect these systems using real medical examples. For 8th-12th Graders.
Please register for this event at https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/wonders-
Fun with the Ukulele
Saturday, February 22 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us for an hour of musical fun with the ukulele. All levels are welcome at this informal get together. Please bring your own ukulele, and your sense of adventure.
Fourth Monday at 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Bring your genealogy questions to Kathy and she can help you get started! This program takes place by the table next to the Reference Desk.
Intern Networking Event
Monday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Human Resources Department is holding a Intern Networking Event
Go Wild with Zovargo: Spring into STEAM: Go Wild! Kick-off Event
Saturday, February 29 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us as we kick off the 2020 Spring into Steam Program! How many different animal species call the rainforest home? Millions! Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to GO WILD as you discover some of the beautiful animals that make up the rainforest. You’ll also learn what we can do to help these animals that are in danger of becoming extinct! Zovargo will be here 11:00-12:00 and you will have a chance to meet these
some of these animals right here at the library! There will be light refreshments and special rainforest craft stations.
CHILDREN & TEEN ON-GOING PROGRAMS:
Arts and Crafts
Every Monday at 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Arts and crafts for children 5 and up. Materials provided. No registration required.
Children’s Origami Art
Wednesday, February 5 at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Create origami art with Ms. Willow at the Children’s Area. No registration required. Materials provided.
Goodnight Moon Pajama Storytime
First and Third Wednesdays at 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Show up in your paja.m.as for stories and a relaxing time with “furry friends” (stuffed animals) in the Children’s Story Time Area!
Academic Enrichment/Homework Assistance
Every Wednesday at 6:00p.m. – 7:30p.m.
Speak to our homework coaches about helping your child complete their homework and improve their academic skills in math, reading, writing, and science! Free academic
enrichment for students 1st-10th grade. Students must be 7 years or older. No registration necessary. This program is located at the Teen Area and facilitated by high
school students, college students and post-college volunteers.
First and Third Thursdays at 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Join us for Chinese songs, stories and playtime. For toddlers and preschool age children.
Children’s Storytime & Craft
Second, Fourth, and Fifth Thursdays at 10:30am – 11:30am
Join us for Storytime and Craft time for toddlers and preschoolers.
Every Thursday at 3:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Learn how to play or develop your strategies. All ages and skills are welcome. No registration required. Game materials provided.
Every Friday at 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. (no program 12/20)
Do you have what it takes to be a Lego Builder? Join us for open Lego time on Friday afternoons and let your creativity flow.
Hindi Story Time
Second Saturday at 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Enjoy stories, music, and crafts in Hindi.
Program Your Future: Introduction to Front End Web Technologies
Every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This program is for students 9 th -12 th grade and their parents. Students will receive instruction from local industry experts using UC San Diego Extension curriculum. This
educational approach provides students with the foundational skillset required for professional opportunities, internships and collegiate pursuits-whatever their goals may be. Students need to complete all three courses in a 9 month period to earn certificate.
· INTRODUCTION TO FRONT END TECHNOLOGIES
· HTML5 AND CSS
Registration is now closed.
For more information, visit: https://www.sandiego.gov/librarynext and
Craft Circle Café
Every Monday at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no meeting on 2/17)
If you like DIY craft projects AND socializing with other crafters, please join us for Craft Circle Cafe. Bring your own project – scrapbooking, needlework, knitting, coloring or work on the project being presented. Drop in for a short time or stay the entire time. Plenty of table space and some materials/supplies will also be available. Want to learn something new? Create family photo albums? Make a special card for someone?
Someone will be available to offer suggestions and assistance.
Mira Mesa Town Council Meeting
Monday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Mira Mesa Town Council meets on the first Monday of every month with two exceptions: no meeting in July; and the second Monday if the first Monday is a holiday.
Mira Mesa Community Plan Update Subcommittee Meeting
Thursday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:45p.m.
The group meets the third Thursday in the month of February at 5:30 p.m.
Mira Mesa Community Planning Group
Thursday, February 20 at 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
The group meets the third Thursday in the month of February at 7:00 p.m.
Banned Book Club
Last Tuesday of the Month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
February 25: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? The Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club, a book group with a “freedom to read” theme, focuses on books and authors that have been banned or challenged worldwide over the years, as well as other thought-provoking titles. All are welcome, “regulars” as well as “drop-ins” for a particular book!
For more information, email book group facilitator Pam Stevens, email@example.com, or call the Mira Mesa Branch Library, 858-538-8165.