By David Ege
The Robotics Showcase Extravaganza 2019 was a great community event that attracted 285 attendees! Thank you to our participating teams the Patrick Henry Patribots, Cajon Park B1nary Drag0ns, Lakeside Middle Broncobots, Magnolia Science Academy NextGen and MagnoBricks, Dailard Mechanical Dolphins, Crescendo, Wizalos, Dapper Robo-Noodles and Creator Critters. The appearance of robot teams from MCAS Miramar and SDPD SWAT entertained the crowd and truly inspired the young robotics teams.
The San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) is looking for new volunteers to help with a variety of activities, including sorting donated books and working at the monthly book sale. Last year, SCFOL members donated a total of 4,707 hours to support the San Carlos Branch Library. We are grateful for the devotion and support. To join in on the fun, leave your name and contact information at the library for SCFOL volunteer chair, Bill Bischoff.
Free drivers tune-up course
Mark your calendars for Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m. for “Age Well, Drive Smart,” a presentation by the California Highway Patrol. In this free, one-hour class, participants will tune up driving skills and receive a certificate of completion, which may result in a discount from their auto insurance carrier.
We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth St. John to discuss her novel, “The Lady in the Tower,” on Friday, March 22, from 2-3 p.m. In the process of delving into her own family history, St. John discovered ancestral memoirs that inspired her to begin writing “The Lydiard Chronicles.” Through this series, she hopes to pique readers’ interest in their own ancestral histories, as well as gain an appreciation of the times in which they lived.
Enchanting photography exhibit
Local artist Denise Strahm will exhibit her new series, “Alternate Treeality,” comprised of surreal tree-focused photo montages between March 4-April 4 in the Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery. Please join us on March 16 between noon and 2 p.m. for the artist reception. Refreshments will be served.
Library Worker Appreciation Day
The San Carlos Friends of the Library would like to invite the community to come and celebrate our library staff on Wednesday, April 10, from 4-6 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library 40th Anniversary Celebration during National Library Week, April 8-11, with the theme “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Refreshments will be served.
Challenge Island: Maracanã Stadium
Challenge Island returns to the San Carlos Branch Library on Wednesday, March 27, from 4-5:15 p.m. Children ages 8-12 will use creativity, critical thinking and social skills as they take an imaginary trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to play World Cup football. They will then design and create a World Cup foosball stadium and play their game in a Challenge Island Foosball Championship. This popular science- and engineering-based program fills up quickly, so please register early by calling 619-527-3430.
Kids ages 9-12 can employ their technology skills on Thursday, March 28, from 1:30-3 p.m. Enjoy coding your own aquarium and coral reef habitat and finding sunken ships to create a story — no need to bring a laptop. Presented by Microsoft. Registration is required. Sign up at sandiego.gov/steam.
Dates to Remember
March 14, 12:30-2 p.m.: Library Book Club
March 20, 4-5:30 p.m.: San Carlos Friends of the Library monthly meeting.
April 1: CLOSED — César Chávez Day
April 3, 6:30-8 p.m.: San Carlos Area Council Meeting. Members of the community are invited to attend.
April 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library only, Used Book Pre-Sale. Join SCFOL during the sale.
April 6, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: SCFOL Monthly Used Book Sale
April 11, 12:30-2 p.m.: Library Book Club
— David Ege is managing librarian of the San Carlos Branch Library.