Kids

Minute-To-Win-It Mondays. Mondays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 / 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. / Main Library, Central Courtyard. Competitors have only one minute to try to complete the challenge using everyday items like pencils, water bottles, and chopsticks. Play solo or with friends and family! The top 10 times are posted weekly. For families. Register at bit.ly/YouthProgramSignUps

Snoozer’s Storytime Adventures. Bi-weekly on Mondays: March 7, 21 / 12 p.m. Checkers Library TV presents Snoozer’s Storytime Adventures, a bi-weekly virtual series that brings children’s books to life with an uplifting story, craft, and song. Access the program here: youtube.com/user/SantaMonicaPL/playlists

Storytime: Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista. Wednesday, March 16 / 11 to 11:30 a.m. / Main Library, Central Courtyard. Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista reads to us at this special storytime. Ages 2 & up. Space is limited. To register, email bit.ly/YouthProgramSignUps 

Take & Make Kit: Make a Birdhouse. Available beginning Monday, March 21. This kit includes supplies and instructions to make, paint, and decorate a wooden birdhouse for spring. It also includes a packet of bird seed. Pick up at the Main Library Youth Services desk, Pico Branch, or Montana Branch. Available while supplies last. For ages 3 & up.

Storytime: Hello Spring. Tuesday, March 22 / 10:30 to 11 a.m. / Pico Branch, The Annex. Let’s say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with songs and stories. Ages 2 & up. Space is limited. To register, email bit.ly/YouthProgramSignUps

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.

Building Blocks for Kindergarten with SMPL. Access via YouTube: youtube.com/user/SantaMonicaPL/playlists. These short bilingual English/Spanish video segments focus on kindergarten-readiness skills through reading and activities. Track Building Blocks activities your child completes through the virtual platform Beanstack and earn points towards a prize drawing for book packs. Register here: smpl.beanstack.org

Teens

Meme Madness. March 1-31 / Virtual Program. Share your love of libraries and flex your creative muscles by making an original book or library-themed meme. The Library will share it on our social media channel and followers will vote for their favorites. Use an online meme generator like iloveimg.com/meme-generator or make one from scratch and email it to jeff.kaplan@santamonica.gov. Ages 13 & up.

Planning for College Early. Thursday, March 24 / 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s not too early to dream. At this virtual workshop, prepare for college early and get information on college types and post-secondary options, academic requirements, high school course planning, and extracurricular activities. Presented by Diana Hanson of Magellan College Counseling. For middle school students and their parents. Register here: shorturl.at/aoJZ7

Parents

Tweens, Teens and Their Digital Lives. Wednesdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30 / 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. / Pico Branch Library, The Annex. Learn tips and tools for guiding middle and high school students through digital challenges, from the complexities of social media to navigating online drama. This 4-week workshop series, using a Common Sense Media curriculum, is designed for parents and caregivers of youths ages 11 & up. Light refreshment will be provided, and attendees will receive free books on the topics discussed. Register at bit.ly/YouthProgramSignUps.

Adults

Ocean Park Book Group Discussion. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. Saturday, March 5 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. European and Caribbean immigrants in New York seek safety and connection through cricket after 9/11. To register, email library@santamonica.gov

Mystery Book Group Discussion. Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah Tuesday, March 15 / 7 to 8 p.m. The world’s most popular detective returns in new adventures authorized by Agatha Christie’s estate. To register, email library@santamonica.gov

Montana Avenue Branch Book Group Discussion. Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha. Wednesday, March 16 / 7 to 8:30 p.m. Two Los Angeles teenagers—one Korean American and the other African American—deal with the ripple effects of a shooting from the 1990s after a new incident brings their families’ painful memories hurtling back. To register, email library@santamonica.gov.

Notable Fiction Discussion Group. Outline by Rachel Cusk. Saturday, March 19 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this acclaimed 2014 British novel, a creative writing teacher reckons with her own experiences through hearing others’ stories. To register, email library@santamonica.gov.

Main Library Book Discussion Group. Normal People by Sally Rooney. Monday, March 21 / 7 to 8 p.m. This acclaimed novel set in Ireland after the 2008 economic downturn, follows the complicated on-again, off-again relationship between two Irish teens as they move from youth into adulthood. To register, email library@santamonica.gov

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

Submitted by Kathy Lo