I Heart the Library.

Have you paid a visit to your local library lately? Please tell me you have.

Here in San Diego, we are so very lucky to have such a network of local libraries. Over the past three plus years, I have saved hundreds of dollars (if not more) on books and movie rentals thanks to my local library. I check out books from the library like a champ; but one thing I haven't taken proper advantage of is the programming the branches offer.

Case in point: I've been to exactly two events in three years. I went to a cooking class by Forkin' Healthy and a figure drawing session.

You can't see me, but I'm hanging my head in shame right now.

But! It's not to late for either of us. And juuust in case you're interested, here's a handful of upcoming library events and opportunities that caught my eye:

On September 28, head to the Central Library to view the documentary Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. The documentary will be followed by a Q+A session facilitated by Cristina Scorza, Education Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. I saw Ai Weiwei's exhibit on Alcatraz back in January and it was so very eye-opening. I expect this event will be the same.

On September 30, author of The Paris WifePaula McLain will pay a visit to the Ridford Branch in La Jolla from 7:00-8:00pm to talk about her new book, Circling the Sun

Want to visit a local museum for free? There's a library for that! The Central Library has a handful of Check It Out Family Museum Passes to The San Diego Museum of Art, The New Children's Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Man. Up in Escondido, the local branch has a San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (SDCDM) Museum Membership pass available for check out. And! I noticed today that my local North County branch had single-use complimentary passes to SDCDM up for grabs near the checkout counter, too.

Speaking of Esco, two museums are hosting family-friendly, book-related events this Saturday, September 12. First up, SDCDM has partnered with KPBS to offer a poetry-meets-music workshop based on the hit series, Martha Speaks and featuring special guest Scott Paulson. For more information on this and other KPBS workshops at SDCDM, head here.  

At the Center for the Arts, Escondido, five illustrators and authors featured in the Center's Writing With Pictures exhibit will read their work and sign books. The event costs $10 for adults and includes admission to the exhibition. Children and active military members are free. For more information on this Storytime and Signing event, head here.

To all of you folks who don't live in San Diego, I hope you'll go to your local library's site today and check out the fun things happening, in the words of Al Roker, "in your neck of the woods." Then report back to us to brag.