Santa Monica Public Library is excited to announce a virtual family-friendly summer reading show, “Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale,” on Monday, July 12, at 2:30 pm. Daniel Barash of Firelight Shadow Theater will introduce participants to the art of shadow puppetry, and then help them create puppets to adapt versions of well-loved tales to the shadow screen.
Participants can pick up materials to make a shadow puppet stage and puppets from the Main Library, Pico Library Curbside or Montana Library Curbside starting July 6. Register in advance here:   
Santa Monica Public Library’s free, all-ages Summer Reading Program, “Reading Colors Your World, runs through August 15. Register in person at the Main Library, Pico Branch Curbside and Montana Avenue Branch 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 at 300 and 600 minutes read, and adults are entered into a prize drawing after 600 minutes read.

Generous support of Summer Reading and Santa Monica Reads provided by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. The Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization that focuses on volunteering, fundraising, and support of the Library. Learn more about the Friends.

In-person service is available at the Main Library, and contactless Curbside Pickup service is available at the Montana Avenue and Pico Branches. For a full list of programs and library resources, as well as library locations and hours, please visit our website at

Visit the Online Library and access the Library’s many digital services that are available 24/7. Questions? Call us at (310) 458-8600 or email Staff are available Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 1st Saturday of each month 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ann Wilson, Youth Services Librarian