Take & Make: Martin Luther King, Jr. Light-Up Postcard. Available beginning Monday, January 3. Learn how to create a simple circuit inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Pick up at the Main Library Youth Services desk, Pico Branch or at Montana Branch curbside pickup. Available while supplies last. For grades 2-8.

Zoom Zone Virtual Trivia. Tuesday, January 4/ 4 to 5 p.m. / Register using the email address below. It’s National Trivia Day! Test your trivia knowledge with 10 questions during our Zoom program. Theme: Santa Monica. For grades 4-8. Sign up in teams of 2-4 by emailing

Early Readers Book Club. Fridays: January 7, 14, 21, 28 / 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. / Register using the email address below. This virtual book club is for beginning readers. Enhance your reading comprehension skills, enjoy activities and learn about new books that will get you excited about reading! For grades K-2. To register, email

Puppet Show: Wacky Winter Adventure. Saturday, January 8 / 11:30 a.m. / Main Library, Children’s Activity Room. Luce Puppet Company presents the story of Pepe the Dog and Freezey the Snow Girl as they travel to the North Pole to find the Gingerbread Princess who can grant them a special wish. For families. Space is limited. To register, email

Story Time: Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista. Wednesday, January 19 / 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. / Main Library, Children’s Activity Room

Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista reads to us at a special story time! Ages 2 & up. Space is limited. To register, email

Story Time: What are Opposites? Tuesday, January 25 / 10:30 to 11 a.m. / Pico Branch, The Annex. Wear your pajamas during the daytime! Be serious or silly when you join us in celebrating National Opposite Day. Activities will be the opposite of boring —but you’ll have to be here to find out! To register, email


The Santa Monica College Journey. Thursday, January 20 / 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. / Register via the link below. Want to save money while exploring careers and majors and gaining opportunities to transfer to schools you’ve only dreamed of? Community College might be the right option for you! Find out why Santa Monica College (SMC) is #1 in transfers to the UC’s and beyond at this virtual workshop. Register here:


Ocean Park Branch Book Discussion. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Saturday, January 8 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Register using the email address below. The remarkable true stories of a family of blue-skinned people and of a Federal corps of librarians who delivered books on horseback merge in this novel of 1930s Kentucky. To register, email

Notable Fiction Book Group Discussion. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Saturday, January 15 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Register using the email address below. Using the form of a screenplay, this National Book Award winner dissects Asian-American stereotypes and our relationship to media and entertainment. To register, email

Main Library Book Group Discussion. The Human Stain by Philip Roth

Monday, January 17/ 7 to 8:30 p.m. / Register using the email address below. Roth explores themes of political correctness, infidelity, and racial passing in what GQ Magazine called “one of the 20th Century’s essential novels”. To register, email

Mystery Book Group Discussion. Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell. Tuesday, January 18/ 7 to 8 p.m. / Register using the email address below. Suspicious of a bizarre death by lightning strike, forensics examiner Kay Scarpetta identifies links between the case and a series of emails from an anonymous cyber stalker. To register, email

Montana Avenue Branch Book Group Discussion. Becoming Trader Joe: How I Did Business My Way & Still Beat the Big Guys by Joe Coulombe

Wednesday, January 19 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. / Register using the email address below. Coulombe founded what would become Trader Joe’s in the late 1960s and helped shape it into the quirky food chain it is today. He shares the lessons he learned by challenging the status quo and rethinking the way a business operates. To register, email

Ongoing Classes

These classes are taught by Adult Education Center instructors. Students must be 18 years or older to attend. Community and SMMUSD parents have priority enrollment. Enrollment is through the SMMUSD Adult Education Center, located at 2510 Lincoln Blvd., Room 203, Santa Monica, 90405. Contact Olga Saucedo at (310) 664-6222, ext. 76203 or to enroll.

Citizenship Classes

Mondays / 12 to 2:30 p.m.

ESL Classes

ESL, Multi Level LOW: Fridays / 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

ESL, Multi Level LOW: Saturdays / 12 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ESL, Multi Level HIGH | Mondays / 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Have questions or need help? Library staff are available during open hours. Contact us at (310) 458-8600 or

Submitted by Kathy Lo, Librarian