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Summer Reading Program
Santa Monica Reads
Let’s read together! Santa Monica Reads is a community reading program that invites Santa Monica residents and visitors to read the same book and provides opportunities for people to engage, read, and discuss the same book in guided conversation, discussion groups, and other special programs through the city.
2020 marks the eighteenth year of this community reading event, one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the United States. Stay tuned for the announcement of this years reading selection.
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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Jeff Kaplan Summer days are synonymous with indulging in a summer read while taking in some sun at the beach. A pop-up beach library seems