Inspiring Programs are Worth Funding
SANTA MONICA READS ALL SUMMER
JUNE 22 through SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
Growing a lifelong love of reading begins with reading for pleasure during childhood, building deep literacy skills and maintaining that love of reading through the distractions of teen and adult life. Summer reading is an integral part of this journey.
To meet the rising need for reading engagement during COVID-19 the 2020 Reading Program is happening online! Thank you to our SMPL Librarians for adapting so quickly to our needs and maintaining this essential program.
Go to smpl.beanstack.org to register and log activities online. Or, visit smpl.org to print a paper log, if you prefer.
Let’s read together! The Library Book by Susan Orlean
2020 marks the eighteenth year of this community reading program, one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the United States. Santa Monica Reads All Summer provides an opportunity for people to engage, read, and discuss the same book at discussion groups and special programs. This year, however, is unlike any other. During COVID-19, the need for libraries and to connect with community is more important than ever.
This years featured selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean. In this bestseller, Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history while paying homage to all public libraries. Participate in building a stronger community through literature by reading the book and joining a book discussion and special event.
SMPL at the Beach
Dia Celebration and Arts & Literacy Festival
Fierce Friday is produced in collaboration with YALLWEST and Fierce Reads, Macmillan Books’ imprint for young adult readers. YALLWEST was born at the Santa Monica Public Library in 2015 and quickly grew to become the largest young adult book festival in the United States. The non-profit annual event is an author and teen run young adult and middle-grade book festival, with the goal of getting books into the hands of those in need and saying the words to get young people to open them.
The preview night at Santa Monica Public Library gives readers a chance to meet their favorite authors in person the night before the YALLWEST festival, which takes place on the Santa Monica High School campus. In addition to helping fund Fierce Friday, the Friends Bookstore remains open for shopping during the preview event. Friends are also invited to volunteer during this event.
Mentoring the next generation of Library supporters, the Friends fund Teen Advisory Councils at numerous branches. The Councils promote library use and community involvement by teens. Participants serve as the voice of teens, plan, publicize, and sponsor programs in the library of interest to teens. They give input and suggestions to the library concerning teen-related activities, selection of books and other materials for the Young Adult section, and input on design and content of the teen webpage. We are grateful for their contributions and leadership.
Book Group in a Box
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