Events Calendar



Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Zoo with Richard Lederer
Nov 5 @ 2:30 pm

December 2016 marks the centennial of our San Diego Zoo, voted the best in the U S of A. On Saturday, November 5, at 2:30 PM, at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center in celebration of this milestone, Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer will present an early history of the Zoo and a caravan of animals that run and swim and jump and fly and crawl through our beastly English language. Dr. Lederer, founding co-host of “A Way with Words” on KPBS Public Radio and entertaining speaker, has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner. He will also be signing books from his large bibliography about language, history, and humor—any of which would make great gifts. A true friend of our libraries, Dr. Lederer will donate all profits for the benefit of our libraries. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping while supporting our library! Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center is located at 10301 Scripps Lake Drive near Miramar Lake. Overflow parking is available on Meanley Drive off Scripps Ranch Blvd.

Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha
Nov 16 @ 10:30 pm

By the first century of the Common Era, the first two sections of today’s Tanakh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate in the Jewish community, however, about which other books were “holy” and deserved to be included in the canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tanakh, the “Writings”. The books that were excluded were hidden away and declared “forbidden” to Jews. These banned works are today called the Apocrypha. We will discuss such questions as: Which books are included in the Apocrypha. Who wrote them and for what audience? If they were hidden away, how did they survive to today? Why were they Forbidden in the first place? And lastly, are they worth reading today?

Finest City Improv Founder Book Reading/Signing
Nov 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lisewski exposes lessons of a seasoned improviser and life-changing student anecdotes while introducing readers to the simple yet fundamental principles of improv that can take anyone from living a good life to an amazing life. Attendees can enjoy a coffee and hear Lisewski read selections from the book and get signed copies.

Remarkable Women of San Diego Book Launch and Signing
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Join us at the museum for the book launch of Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators By Hannah S. Cohen and Gloria G. Harris. Hear the stories of amazing San Diego women from the authors themselves and purchase a copy of the book.

The Wedding Cake
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

Part of the New Works Reading Series, the play is about two couples, strangers to each other, who quarrel over an incident which appears to be trivial at the moment, but develops into a bitter dispute with each couple suffering consequences they never envisioned over something they thought so small. The play engenders strong feelings and results in a provocative discussion during the talk-back.

Temple Emanu-El Book Group Organizational Meeting
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Do you love to read? Would you like to meet with other readers and have lively discussions?

I’m interested in starting a Temple Emanu-El book group that would:

meet every 1-2 months, either on a weeknight or a Sunday afternoon be for all genders
read books with Jewish content—I’d like the books to be mainly fiction, but am open to nonfiction selections
meet either at the synagogue or people’s homes

Staged Reading of 1984
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New Fortune Theatre Company proudly presents a multi-media staged reading of George Orwell’s 1984 in collaboration with the SD Public Library.