Summer Reading 2021: READING COLORS YOUR WORLD. 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 smpl.beanstack.org. 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. Learn more at smpl.org/srp.

KIDS & TEENS
Free Comic Book Week: Comic Book Giveaways. Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13. During Library Open Hours. Stop by the Main Library, Montana Avenue Branch Curbside or Pico Branch Curbside for a free comic book. One comic book per person. Comic books are available while supplies last. For all ages.

Free Comic Book Week: Photo Fun. Tuesday, August 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 12, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the Main Library Lobby. Celebrate Free Comic Book week with a superhero selfie. We’ll have a costumed superhero on hand for selfies in our photo booth.

Summer Reading Finale Show: Virtual Insect Discovery Lab. Friday, August 13 / 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions, and more with the staff of SaveNature.org. For ages 5 and up. Register here: bit.ly/DiscoveryLabSMPL.

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, smpl.bibliocommons.org.

ADULTS
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. 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 smpl.org/smr.

Santa Monica Reads Special Event. Author Talk: Emma Donoghue on The Pull of the Stars. Saturday, August 21 / 2 p.m. / Live via BlueJeans. Award-winning writer Emma Donoghue’s timely story about the Great Flu of 1918 takes place in a maternity ward when Ireland is doubly ravaged by war and disease. Over three brutal days, three women come together to support patients and one another in unexpected ways. Join us for this conversation and discussion about living through unprecedented times with the author of The Pull of the Stars. Access the event: bit.ly/32FOHUz
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. Thursday, August 5 at 11 a.m. Live via Zoom. Register here: bit.ly/3nj6HxA. Tuesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. Live via Zoom. Register here: bit.ly/3euYKRA
Ocean Park Branch Book Group Discussion: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell. Saturday, August 7 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This fascinating portrait of Clementine Churchill reveals her lesser-known role in World War II, how she safeguarded Churchill’s health, and the controversy around her family priorities. To register, email karen.reitz@santamonica.gov.

Main Library Book Group Discussion: Calypso by David Sedaris. Monday, August 16 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join a community-led discussion of the beloved humorist’s 2018 collection of witty and personal essays, hailed as his darkest and warmest book yet. To register, email jeff.schwartz@santamonica.gov.

Mystery Book Group Discussion: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Tuesday, August 17 / 7 to 8 p.m. Meeting weekly in their retirement village to exchange theories about unsolved crimes, four savvy septuagenarians propose a plan to help a rookie cop solve her first big murder case. To register, email karen.reitz@santamonica.gov.

Sarah Schulman on Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993. Wednesday, August 18 / 7 to 8 p.m. Schulman discusses her acclaimed new book on AIDS activism with USC professor Chris Freeman. Based on over 200 interviews and currently being adapted for television, Let the Record Show is essential reading on LGBTQ history, public health, and social change. Register here: bit.ly/3haIpnL
Montana Avenue Branch Book Group Discussion: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Wednesday, August 18 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. Read and discuss the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel in which a young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. To register, email stephanie.archer@santamonica.gov.

Notable Fiction Book Group Discussion: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Saturday, August 21 / 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from her family after her beautiful younger sister murders yet another boyfriend. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, this deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening. To register, email karen.reitz@santamonica.gov.

Introduction to Mindful Meditation. Monday, August 23 / 7 to 8 p.m. Instructor Heather White-Laird discusses mindfulness, a secular form of meditation, benefiting health and well-being. In this final session of a three-month series, simple tools will be provided to allow you to continue practicing at home. To register, email karen.reitz@santamonica.gov.

Submitted by Karen Reitz