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.
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Summer Reading Show: “Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale” Monday, July 12 / 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Firelight Shadow Theater presents folktales from around the world. Learn how to create shadow puppets and a screen.

Supplies for the program are available beginning Tuesday, July 6 at the Main Library and Curbside Pickup locations, while supplies last. For ages 5 & up. Register here:

Roads to Respect: Keeping Kids Safe. Thursday, July 15 / 6 to 7:30 p.m. This workshop for parents and caregivers of elementary school children focuses on child safety and preventing child sexual abuse. Family conversations around body safety can be done without fear or discomfort. Presented by Kimberly R. White, from the UCLA – Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center. Register here

Kids on the March: A Conversation with Michael G. Long. Saturday, July 17 / 2 to 3 p.m. Author Michael G. Long chronicles 15 moments in history when teen activists stepped into the spotlight to make change in their world.

Teens 14-18 are invited to discuss the activists or movements that have inspired them to raise their voices and change the world. The first 25 registered attendees will receive a free copy of the book. 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 them for the Library’s annual reading program, where community members read and discuss the same book. Set in Dublin during the 1918 flu pandemic, The Pull of the Stars focuses on three women – a nurse midwife, a doctor, and a volunteer helper – and their experiences in a small maternity quarantine ward over the course of three days. 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

Santa Monica Reads Special Event: Voices from COVID’s Front Lines: A Healthcare Workers Panel Discussion. Saturday, July 10 / 2 p.m. At this virtual event, panelists Jill Ruiz Carreon, a Ward Clerk Transcriber who provides nursing staff support at Kaiser West LA; Dr. Dinora B. Chinchilla, a board-certified UCI Health Pulmonary Specialist; and Lindsay B. Call, MPH, Santa Monica’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director, discuss healthcare and resiliency during COVID-19. Register here:
Santa Monica Reads Book Discussions. Book discussions are hosted by trained discussion facilitators. Participants can share their thoughts about The Pull of the Stars and its themes or are welcome to simply listen and learn more about the book.

Saturday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Ocean Park Branch & Notable Fiction Book Group / Live via Zoom; register here:

Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Montana Avenue Branch Book Group / Live via Zoom; register here:

Tuesday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Live via Zoom; register here:

Art and Design at Santa Monica’s Fire Station 1. Wednesday, July 14 / 7 to 8 p.m. The Library and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs invite you to
a conversation with artist Deborah Aschheim, architect Rob Quigley, and Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo to mark the one-year anniversary of the Fire Station 1 facility. Register for the program, then pick up a free copy of the book Back Story (while supplies last) at the Main Library Information Desk, Pico Curbside, or Montana Curbside beginning Monday, June 7. Register for the program here:

Main Library Book Group Discussion: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Monday, July 19 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join a community-led online discussion of Diamant’s acclaimed novel, which imagines the life of one of Jacob’s daughters from the Old Testament. To register, email

Introduction to Mindful Meditation. Monday, July 19 / 7 to 8 p.m. Instructor Heather White-Laird discusses mindfulness, a secular form of meditation, benefiting health and wellbeing. In the second of three-monthly sessions, simple tools will be provided to allow you to continue practicing at home. To register, email

Mystery Book Group Discussion: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves. Tuesday, July 20 / 7 to 8 p.m. When a man with a distinctive tattoo is found murdered in North Devon, Detective Matthew Venn is forced to return to the evangelical community of his childhood to uncover deadly secrets. To register, email

Literacy @ the Library. The Library is the place to learn and grow for all ages! We offer literacy programs and services that help learners with reading comprehension, writing skills, computer literacy, language learning and life skills. For more information, contact us at (310) 458-8603 or

Holiday Hours
All Library locations are closed Saturday, July 3 – Monday, July 5
The Main Library and Pico Branch Curbside will be open on Saturday, July 10. Have questions or need help? Library staff are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday 2 – 8 p.m. Contact us at (310) 458-8600 or

Submitted by Karen Reitz, Librarian