Summer Reading 2021: READING COLORS YOUR WORLD. Monday, June 21 through Sunday, August 15. Get ready to read with this all-ages summer reading program. Register at the Main Library, Pico Curbside, Montana Avenue Curbside, or online at Track your reading over the summer to reach the goal of 10 hours/600 minutes read. Kids and teens earn special Activity Kits, and adults are entered into a prize drawing.

Take & Make Kit: Ferris Wheel by the Santa Monica History Museum. Available beginning Monday, June 7. Pickup at Main, Montana, or Pico. This kit teaches kids about the history and engineering of the Santa Monica Pier. Through play with paper straws, rubber bands, and other items, children learn the basics of building structures. Available at Main Library Youth Services, and at Montana Avenue and Pico Curbside, while supplies last.
Take & Make Kit: Recycle City. Available beginning Monday, June 21. Pickup at Main, Montana, or Pico. This art kit engages kids and families in discovering new ways to help the environment by making art from recycled household items. Kids can join the Cayton Museum team to design a miniature city sculpture and discuss the value of community. Available at Main Library Youth Services, and at Montana Avenue Curbside and Pico Curbside, while supplies last.

Summer Reading Kickoff: Monster Playhouse with Kiddle Karoo! Monday, June 21 / 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. The Library’s summer reading program kicks off with a fun, interactive show for the whole family, featuring songs, dancing, puppets, and more. Register here:
The Writes of Summer: A Novel Writing Workshop for Teens. Saturday, June 26 / 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Want to write a novel over summer break? Authors Suzanne Park (Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous) and Liz Lawson (The Lucky Ones) teach teens 14-18 the fundamentals of novel writing and help them prepare to write their first novel this summer. Register here:
Dial-A-Story. Access 24/7 via telephone at (424) 610-8600. New stories are recorded each week in English, Spanish and Mandarin, and can be listened to by phone at any time of day.

Llama y escucha un cuento ¡Puedes acceder a este divertido servicio 24/7! Acceso vía teléfono (424) 610-8600. Los bibliotecarios graban cuentos nuevos cada semana en inglés, español, y mandarín, y se pueden escuchar por teléfono en cualquier momento del día.

Reading-2-Go Kits. Take books wherever you go. Now available for check out, Reading-2- Go kits are themed backpacks that contain a set of five early literacy books and a CD, DVD, or toy. Kits include suggested activities to extend learning. Available in English, Spanish, and Amharic. Search ‘Reading-2-Go’ in the library catalog,

Santa Monica Reads featuring The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. Monday, June 28 through Sunday, August 22. Join organizers for the Library’s annual reading program, where community members read and discuss the same book. A free book giveaway begins on Monday, June 21. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Information Desk, and at Montana Avenue and Pico Curbside, while supplies last. For more information, visit

Adult Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation. Wednesday, June 2 / 6 p.m. Make a difference in someone’s life! Help them learn to read and write. This orientation provides information about volunteering to be a one-on one tutor with the Library’s Adult Literacy Program. For more information or to RSVP, email Access the event:
Ocean Park Branch Book Group Discussion. Euphoria by Lily King. Saturday, June 5 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. In 1930s New Guinea, anthropologist Andre Banson, frustrated by his research and depressed over the death of his brothers, begins a tumultuous relationship with a married couple. To register, email

Introduction to Mindful Meditation. Monday, June 7 / 7 to 8 p.m. Instructor Heather White-Laird discusses mindfulness, a secular form of meditation, benefiting health and well-being. In the first of three-monthly sessions, simple tools will be provided to allow you to continue practicing at home. To register, email

Mystery Book Group Discussion. Walk the Wire by David Baldacci. Tuesday, June 15 / 7 to 8 p.m. Fan favorite Amos Decker teams up with an FBI colleague to investigate the death of a young woman in a fracking town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders. To register, email

Montana Avenue Branch Book Group Discussion. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Wednesday, June 16 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. From one of Britain’s most celebrated writers of color, this novel is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity among an interconnected group of Black British women. To register, email
Notable Fiction Book Group Discussion. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday. Saturday, June 19 / 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This novel features the overlapping stories of an American editor’s relationship with a famous writer during the early years of the Iraq War, and an Iraqi American man detained by immigration officers. To register, email

Main Library Book Group Discussion. Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East by Kim Ghattas. Monday, June 21 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. A riveting and insightful history of the Mideast since 1979, written by a former BBC journalist born in Lebanon. To register, email
Eddie Cole presents The Campus Color Line. Tuesday, June 22 / 7 to 8 p.m.
UCLA education professor Eddie Cole discusses his book The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom. The book examines how colleges met the challenges of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60, stories highly relevant to contemporary issues. Register here:
Have questions or need help? Library staff are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Thursday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Contact us at (310) 458-8600 or