2023 Summer Reading: SANTA MONICA READS All Summer

Santa Monica Public Library invites the community to participate in the 2023 Summer Reading program for all ages: SANTA MONICA READS All Summer, June 10 through August 12.

Sign up in person starting June 10 at the Main Library, Montana Avenue Branch, or Pico Branch, or visit smpl.org/srp to register online now and learn about our free summer events for everyone, from babies to adults. This summer we are challenging our community to read 600,000 minutes.

Summer Reading helps prevent "summer slide" by ensuring that youth retain reading and learning skills over the school break. Parents can sign up their babies and receive a free board book. Kids and teens can sign up for a 10-, 20-, or 30-hour challenge, and receive a tote bag, free book, and reading log, to track reading and activities during summer through August 12. At the halfway mark, kids and teens receive a coupon from the Friends of the Library Bookstore. Upon completing their challenge, kids and teens can choose from a variety of fun prizes, while supplies last.

Adults get to join in the fun this summer as we feature two SANTA MONICA READS All Summer selections: Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara and Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See. Those interested in joining our book discussions will receive one of our featured books upon signing up for Summer Reading, and all adults will receive a reading log, resource guide, and free SMPL tote, while supplies last. Read 10 hours and receive a coupon from the Friends of the Library Bookstore and be entered in a drawing for a local business gift certificate.

The Library is hosting kickoff parties for both our youth and adult summer reading programs on Saturday, June 10. "Walk on the Wild Side" promises to be a wild time for kids and families as Wild Wonders Wildlife Refuge shares animals from all over the world at the Pico Branch from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. "Socializing and Sweet Treats" at the Montana Branch from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. gives adults an opportunity to enjoy a cool craft and tasty treat while learning about the newly launched Dating and Socializing RED Kits.

SANTA MONICA READS All Summer is provided with funding from the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library, Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, and the California State Library. For more information on this, and other free, public programs, call Santa Monica Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org. Library services are currently available 24/7 at SMPL Online. Contact a friendly library staffer, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., via telephone or email us at library@santamonica.gov.


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