The 2018 Santa Monica Reads community reading program continues with The Japanese Flower Market: Presentation & Workshop on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

The L.A. Flower District is the largest wholesale flower market in the country. Naomi Hirahara, author of A Scent of Flowers: The History of the Southern California Flower Market 1912-2004, discusses the contributions of Japanese Americans and other ethnic Americans to the local floriculture industry. A book sale and signing follows the program. After her presentation, attendees learn the basics of floral design in a hands-on, mini flower-arranging workshop. Supplies are limited and available on a first-arrival basis.

This presentation is part of the Santa Monica Public Library’s 2018 Santa Monica Reads program. Now in its 16th year, Santa Monica Reads is a community reading initiative that encourages all residents and visitors to read and discuss the same title in book discussions and special events held throughout the city. This year’s selection is Farewell to Manzanar, the classic memoir by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, which chronicles young Jeanne’s experience with her family in a World War II-era Japanese American internment camp.

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10 and 18. The Expo Line and Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, R3 and 9 stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

Submitted by Barbara Chang Fleeman, Public Services Librarian