Pirate Story Time. Tuesday, September 21 / 11 to 11:30 a.m. Pico Branch Library. Ahoy, matey! Enjoy pirate stories and songs and learn how to talk like a pirate at the Pico Branch outdoor amphitheater. For ages 2 and up.
Watercolor Monsters Art Workshop. Thursday, September 30 / 4 to 5 p.m. Main Library / Central Courtyard. Create your own monster art with watercolors. Supplies provided. Space is limited. To register, email For ages 5 and up.
Coloring Book Giveaway: The Magic Bubble. Available beginning Thursday, September 2. Stop by the Main Library Youth Services Desk to get a free copy of The Magic Bubble, a special coloring book that celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Main Library building. The Magic Bubble features Janey and her adventurous day at the Library. Available while supplies last.
Library Card Sign-Up Month. Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month at the Main Library. Throughout the month of September, you can take a selfie with your library card in our photo booth or show your SMPL library card at the Youth Services Desk and receive a special prize. Don’t have a card yet? Ask a Librarian. Children’s and Teen cards are fine free!

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Celebration of Latino Identity. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica community partners. Go to beginning September 1.
Opening Celebration. Wednesday, September 15 / 4 to 7 p.m. / 1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade. Celebrate with music, dancers, and DJs.
Language & Culture with Dr. Amelia Tseng. Thursday, September 16 / 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Tseng, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures at American University, discusses how language is shaped by identity across immigrant generations. Register here: jqS1Z3JyAux3bjkR6O3g

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Discussion: Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity by Paola Ramos
Wednesday, September 22 / 4 to 5:30 p.m. In this cross-country travelogue, journalist and activist Paola Ramos embarks on a journey to find the communities of people defining the controversial term “Latinx.”
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Ocean Park Branch Book Group Discussion. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Saturday, September 4 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this evocative work of historical fiction, a young writer in 16th Century England copes with the death of his 11-year-old son Hamnet by channeling his grief into the writing of the greatest play in the history of English literature. To register, email

Montana Avenue Branch Book Group Discussion. The Plague by Albert Camus. Wednesday, September 15 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. In this allegorical novel published in 1947, following the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, author Camus offers a portrait of the citizens of a small North African town besieged by an all-consuming plague. To register, email

Notable Fiction Book Group Discussion. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. Saturday, September 18 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This historical novel traces the experiences of a Chippewa Council night watchman in mid-19th century rural North Dakota as he fights Congress to enforce Native American treaty rights. To register, email

Main Library Book Group Discussion. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Monday, September 20 / 7 to 8 p.m. Underestimated because of his disabilities, Claudius survived the turbulent reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and Caligula to become Roman Emperor in 41 A.D. This 1934 novel based on his life was adapted into a BBC miniseries in 1976. To register, email

Mystery Book Group Discussion. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara. Tuesday, September 21 / 7 to 8 p.m. In a sprawling Indian city, a boy ventures into its most dangerous corners to find his missing classmate. To register, email

These ESL and Citizenship classes are taught by SMMUSD Adult Education Center instructors. Students must be 18 years or older to attend. Community and SMMUSD parents have priority enrollment. Enrollment is through the Adult Education Center, located at 2510 Lincoln Blvd., Room 203, Santa Monica, 90405. Visit or contact Olga Saucedo at (310) 664-6222, ext. 76203 or to enroll.
Citizenship Classes
Mondays / 12 to 2:30 p.m.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
ESL Conversation, High / Mondays / 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ESL Conversation, Low / Fridays / 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ESL Conversation, High / Saturdays / 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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