Summer Reading is for everyone! The Santa Monica Public Library Summer Reading Program blasts off on Saturday, June 15, 2019, with a series of events for all ages that reflects this year’s theme, A Universe of Stories, at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

At 11 a.m., ARCOIRIS, the world’s first LGBTQ Mariachi Band, performs music representing the rich culture and traditions of Mexico in the Main Library’s North Courtyard.

From 12 to 1 pm, families can explore and learn through fun maker activities! Plus, the whole family can enjoy the June edition of Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis’s Let’s Read with Gleam! at noon.

Kids, Teens and Adults can join the Library’s A Universe of Stories! Summer Reading Program. The Library offers the Baby & Me Club (birth to 17 months), Read to Me Club (2 to 5 years), Independent Readers Club (kindergarten to grade 5), Teen Club (grades 6 to 12), and Adult Summer Reading for ages 18 and up. Participants of all ages will earn prizes for time spent reading, listening to audiobooks or reading to others and can enjoy a range of free activities and performances.

Adults (ages 18 and up)

Adults receive a tote bag just for signing up! Upon completion, participants will receive a coupon for a free book priced at $2 or less from the Friends of Santa Monica Public Library Friends Bookstore. Those that complete 20 hours of reading and turn in their participation card will be entered to win one of three $50 gift cards.

Youth (from birth through 12th grade)

Kids and teens receive a tote bag and bookmark. Those who meet the reading goals will receive prizes as follows:

Baby & Me Club (birth to 17 months)

Sign up and get a free tote bag and board book

Read to Me (2 to 5 years) & Independent Readers Clubs (kindergarten to grade 5):

5 Hours: Solar system sticker scene OR a coupon for a free small yogurt at Yogurtland on Lincoln and Pico Boulevard.

10 Hours: Shark pullback racers OR foam crusher rocket OR robot squishy

15 Hours: choice of free book

Teens (6th-12th grade):

10 Hours: planet sticky notes OR UFO pencil sharpener/eraser and  a coupon for a free small yogurt at Yogurtland on Lincoln and Pico Boulevard.

20 Hours: Mars Mud putty OR glow-in-the-dark moon & stars

30 Hours: Free book

40 hours: Entry into bonus prize drawing for a $50 Visa gift card

Sign up at any library location beginning June 15. The Summer Reading Program runs through August 24, 2019. Go to for full entry and prize details. Thanks to the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library for their generous support of this program. For more information about the Friends and how you can join and help support the library, please see their website at

All Library programs are free and open to all ages. Seating at events 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 event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10 and 18. Lines 2, 3, R3 and 9 stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

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