Babies, kids and teens can uncover exciting stories and fascinating facts this summer at the Santa Monica Public Library while earning prizes for the amount of time they spend reading (or being read to)! This year’s summer reading program encourages kids and teens to delve into their imaginations with the themes Dig Into Reading for children, and Beneath the Surface for teens. Beginning Saturday, June 8, kids, teens, and parents of babies can sign up at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, or any one of the branch locations for one of the following summer reading programs:
- Baby & Me Club – for babies ages 0 to 17 months and their caregivers
- Read to Me Club – for children ages 18 months to 6 years
- Independent Readers Club – for children ages 6 and up
- Teen Reading Club – for teens in grades 6 to12
Enhancing the summer reading program are activities for kids and teens offered at the Main Library and all branch locations this summer, including story times, puppet and magic shows, animal shows, writing, art and craft programs, music, dance, balloons and bubbles and much, much more.
According to the American Library Association, numerous studies show that summer reading programs help ensure that children retain reading and learning skills over the summer. Most of all, however, summer reading programs are geared for reading for the fun of it!
The summer reading program is made possible through the generous support from the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.
For more information on this free public program, and a full schedule of events, visit smpl.org or contact the Youth Services Department at (310) 458-8621 during library hours.
The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week prior to events. Bike racks are available. The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10.