SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) is packing up the books and heading back to the shore for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach, Southern California’s only beachside pop-up library!  

Visitors to our sun-kissed pop-up libraries can enjoy a variety of family-friendly, beach themed activities including: Seaside Story Time, nautical crafts, ukulele lessons, Brazilian dancing, and hands-on, interactive environmental education from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

“Let the beach be your living room where you can enjoy a book or a story while sinking your toes in the sand,” said Library Director Patty Wong. “SMPL at the Beach has something for everyone – books for all ages, fun activities, special programs and giveaways. Bring your smiles and enjoy a carefree day of reading near the ocean.”

Librarians will be on-hand to sign out books from our curated collection of beach reads (no library card required), give personalized reading recommendations, and demonstrate cutting edge library apps, eBooks and streaming media.

Folks looking to relax can beat the heat and kick back with a book in the shade of our Surfside Reading Lounge or enjoy beach games like bocce and bean bag toss. Each pop-up will also feature a limited-edition SMPL at the Beach giveaway.

Grab a towel and sunscreen and join us for SMPL at the Beach from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on:

  • Friday, 6/28 at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Featuring Drag Queen Story Time with Miss Barbie Q

  • Saturday, 7/13 at Dorothy Green Park, where Ocean Park Boulevard ends

Featuring Brazilian Dance lessons with Slleyk da Bahia

  • Friday, 8/16 at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Featuring Ukulele lessons with Heidi Swedberg

SMPL at the Beach is brought to you by Community & Cultural Services and the Santa Monica Public Library, with funding from Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. For more information about this free public program, visit or call the Reference Services Department at (310) 434-2608.

Submitted by Constance Farrell

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