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16th Annual Santa Monica Reads

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May 10, 2018

Free Comic Book Day

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Story Slam in Santa Monica

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March 23, 2017

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Learn about the process, how we got here and where we're going.



The Santa Monica Public Library embarked on a strategic planning process in October 2014. With approval from the Library Board on September 10, 2015  and by City Counil on December 8, 2015, the library Strategic Plan was now ready to begin implementation. Read the City Council Report.


The information-gathering and planning process included a series of 11 community forums, a month-long city-wide survey, a retreat and meetings with the Library Board, and 14 updating sessions with Library staff. The formation of a Library Innovation Technology Task Force, provided insight advice and support to the Library through Strategic Planning Recommendations.



Currently, the Library is updating and realigning Strategic Plan focus areas to revitalize the existing plan to better serve the community of Santa Monica.



The core concepts, which emerged through the public process, continue to inform and shape library policy and operations in the next three years and are congruent with the Council’s Learn & Thrive Strategic Goal of promoting lifelong learning and educational partnerships as well as support the City’s Cradle to Career Initiative and Wellbeing Project.  As part of implementation the library created a Strategic Planning Implementation Team whose charge it is to align projects and initiatives to the focus areas.

Strategic Planning Documents

Learn more about the process.


About the new City Librarian.

Patty Wong
City Librarian

City Manager Rick Cole has selected Patricia Wong as the new Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) system. Wong comes to Santa Monica after three decades of library service in northern California. For the last nine years, she served as the Yolo County Library Director.

Before her tenure leading the nine locations of the Yolo County Library system, Wong was the Deputy Director of Library Services of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. There, she managed the daily operations of the Central Library and its 12 branches. She has also held positions as Library Program Manager for Children’s Services in the Oakland Public Library and Supervising Librarian and Children’s Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library.

Wong has co-authored nearly a dozen publications and has held many elected posts for national organizations such as the American Library Association, the United States Board on Books for Young People, and the Chinese American Librarians Association. She has also held a part-time faculty position at San Jose State University’s iSchool of Library and Information Science. In 2013, she received the California Library Association’s Member of the Year Award.

Wong holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UC Berkeley.

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