Main Street

The History of Carnegie Libraries and the Ocean Park Branch

Santa Monica Public Library welcomes University of Southern California Architecture Professor Kenneth Breisch for a presentation on the History of Carnegie Libraries on Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the historic Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street.

Professor Breisch speaks about the origins of, and philosophy behind, Andrew Carnegie’s project to finance the construction of nearly 1,700 public libraries in the United States. His presentation includes a discussion of how the Ocean Park Branch obtained funding, as well as where the branch fits into the broader history of Carnegie’s philanthropic program. This event is co-produced by the Santa Monica Conservancy and is part of a year-long celebration of the Ocean Park Branch’s 100thanniversary.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (310) 458-8683 or visit The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration (310) 458-8606 one week prior to events. The Ocean Park Branch is served by Big Blue Bus line #1 and #8.

Submitted by Karen Reitz, Branch Manager


Los Angeles

Dodgers And Dodgers Foundation Challenge Los Angeles Students To Read One Million Minutes

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) have launched their second annual Dodgers Reading Champions Challenge, inviting youth from across Los Angeles County to read one million minutes during the campaign, which runs through August. Parents, educators and guardians can register students and learn more about the program at

“Building off of the momentum of a historic 2017 season, we hope to continue to motivate children to read and get to one million minutes,” said Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations. “By providing reading opportunities and access to books, we hope to create lifelong readers.”

The Dodgers Reading Champions Challenge encourages children in first through eighth grade to track the time they spend reading online and offers participants the opportunity to win cool prizes. Students who read more than 30 minutes per day are rewarded with incentives which include monthly opportunities to be on the field at Dodger Stadium. In 2017, over 2,400 students, representing 585 schools, read more than 600,000 minutes.

The Dodgers Reading Champions Challenge is a part of LA Reads, a program designed to help address the literacy crisis in Los Angeles and get children excited about reading. Its goals include improving overall reading frequency for school-aged children, increasing motivation to read for students who do or do not currently read, boosting likelihood to read on a regular basis and providing access to books to underserved children. In addition to providing grants to local organizations with literacy-based programming, the Dodgers and LADF conduct year-round reading events at local schools, libraries and non-profit organizations with Dodger players, wives, alumni, broadcasters and executives. Additionally, LADF in partnership with the Dodgers, builds literacy corners and hosts literacy events at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles has one of the lowest literacy rates in the country. Nearly four million people, more than half of Los Angeles County’s working-age population, have low literacy skills, severely impacting their employment ability.

LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at

Submitted by the Dodgers’ press office


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