Head back to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library starting June 28

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” Santa Monica Public Library is packing up the books and heading back to the shore for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach, Southern California’s only beachside pop-up library! Visitors to our sun-kissed pop-up libraries can enjoy a variety of family-friendly, beach themed activities including: Seaside Story Time, nautical crafts, ukulele lessons, Brazilian dancing, and hands-on, interactive environmental education from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.”

Head back to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library starting June 28

Santa Monica: 100 Years of History at Ocean Park Library

From Santa Monica Mirror

“By the early 1900s, as Santa Monica evolved into the city it is today, it was apparent that the Santa Monica Public Library had outgrown its quarters.In 1906, the Clapp Brothers Drug Store on Pacific Avenue established a book exchange where patrons of the public library went to pick up and return books. Elfie Mosse, the City Librarian, requested funding to build Santa Monica’s first branch library, and on February 15, 1918, after a $12,500 grant from Andrew Carnegie, the Ocean Park Branch Library opened its doors to the public.A century later, the Ocean Park Branch Library is one of the few remaining pieces of the Carnegie legacy in Southern California and a testament to the unique history and diversity that make up the roots of Santa Monica.”


Santa Monica: A Haven for the Homeless

From US News

“James sat camped outside the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library on a recent sunny day, his meager belongings in a backpack, and explained how his bout of homelessness started: He fell off the roof of a three-story house.”I’m from Kentucky. They gave me every drug under the sun – ‘You’ve got to have this the rest of your life,'” the 54-year-old says, a country twang in his gentle voice. “I got addicted to the drugs – all of ’em.”James says he’s since gotten off the pharmaceuticals, only occasionally smoking a little bit of marijuana for his chronic pain. He says he’s received “plenty of sandwiches” from a local shelter, for which he is “grateful,” but that what he’s needed for several months is a caseworker – someone to help him get an apartment and a part-time job, which he thinks he can manage.Perhaps surprisingly, staff at the library say they’ll be able to connect him with one.James is one of many homeless people who flock to the library in Santa Monica, California – an idyllic, trendy and fast-gentrifying beach community that also serves as a haven for the less fortunate.”


Santa Monica: City helps homeless at the library

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” On a chilly morning last week, a few members of Santa Monica’s burgeoning homeless population shouldered their belongings in hiking packs and sturdy duffel bags up to the second floor of the Main Library Branch. A short survey on highlighter yellow paper was their admission ticket to grab to a free cup of coffee and see the smiling faces of a handful of representatives from local social services agencies.“We’re going to be open three to four hours this morning,” said Brian Hardgrave with the City’s Human Services Division as he poured creamer into a cup for a woman who had walked into the room. “Individuals can come and go as they please: grab a cup of coffee and talk to service providers about what they need.”Hardgrave was overseeing the City’s second pop-up event at the library on Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s part of a citywide effort to get more homeless residents connected with the dozen or so providers that supply job training, public benefits, healthcare and more in an effort to get people off the street.The first pop-up in October even had a room for the Department of Public Health to administer vaccines for Hepatitis A and the flu.”


Santa Monica: Literacy at the Library

From Santa Monica Daily News

” If you only visit the Library to check-out books or DVDs, you’re missing a huge part of what Santa Monica Public Library has to offer. Did you know that there is a Library program going on, at one or more of our locations, pretty much every day of the year? In 2016 the Library presented over 1,900 programs that drew over 65,800 participants. We have programs of all types – book discussions, crafts, computer classes, author talks, film screenings, concerts – and for all ages.While some of these programs are totally, completely, unabashedly for fun – how about a screening of The Secret Life of Pets, anyone? – many are educational in nature and, of those, some speak specifically to learning skills that advance one’s literacy, or “competence or knowledge in a specified area.” Our programs include everything from Story Times for babies and children to computer classes for adults; all with the goal of boosting literacy.


Santa Monica Hires New Library Director

From Santa Monica Lookout

” After a half-year search, the City of Santa Monica has hired the librarian of Yolo County as its new library director, City officials confirmed this week.
Patricia Wong will start her new job March 6, said Debbie Lee, the City’s Chief Communications Officer.Wong served as Yolo County’s librarian for nine years.”


Santa Monica Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

From Santa Monica Lookout

” The ancient Aztecs celebrated what would become El Dia de los Muertos over several months, instead of a single day. Santa Monica will stay true to the tradition and mark the popular Mexican holiday with events over the course of two weeks.Seven events held at six separate venues across the bayside city will mark “The Day of the Dead,” a colorful time when family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died.The main event — which takes place Sunday, October 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery — features music and dance performances, storytelling, a procession and a ceremonial blessing, cemetery officials said.”