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“Ya Tengo Ojos” Now – I Have Eyes: Santa Monica Public Library Increases Literacy for Non-Literate Latinos

In California almost one out of ten Spanish speaking immigrants never had the opportunity to learn to read and write in their native language. Los Angeles County hosts twelve percent (222,230) of Spanish-speaking adult immigrants (American Community Survey 2009-2011). These...

Santa Monica Public Library Turns Outward

After ten years as a public librarian, I thought I knew what it meant to be outward. I’m a librarian and a civil servant. Connecting with members of the community is a large part of my job. I do it...

Profile of Youth Services Librarian Julia Casas

I wanted to share with you  a profile in LA Parent Magazine of Ocean Park Branch Youth Services Librarian Julia Casas. The writer was impressed by the efforts Julia makes to highlight books about diverse characters as both a “mirror”...

SMPL at the Beach 2016

It still feels like August in the Sahara Desert outside, but summer, and with it year two of our beachside pop-up library series, SMPL at the Beach, are officially over. Over the course of five pop-ups we had 1,038 visitors,...

Adult Summer Reading: Adults Won Prizes Too!

Summer reading for adults is becoming a new tradition for the Library.  This year, which was only the fourth year, 524 adults signed up for the “Exercise Your Mind”-themed summer reading program and took away a nifty tote bag, exercise...

Kids and Teens “Read for the Win”!

The Library’s summer reading program has been an annual tradition for 86 years.  Part fun, part lifelong learning, and part “summer slide” prevention, the 2016 program attracted 4,929 children and teens, and challenged them to keep track of minutes read...

Aloha, Fairview!

On Saturday, July 16th we had the grand re-opening celebration for the Fairview Branch Library.  About 450 people came to this library throughout the day for a welcome ceremony with speeches by Mayor Tony Vazquez, City Manager Rick Cole, and...

The Reading-2-Go Project

Reading-2-Go brings the library and its resources to young children in informal home care in three languages (English, Spanish, Amharic).   These children are not in daycare or preschool so they are at risk for literacy instruction.  According to the 2014...

EXERCISE Your Mind This Summer!

Who says kids should have all the fun?!  EXERCISE Your Mind by signing up for adult summer reading at any SMPL location.  You’ll receive a book bag, fitness journal (while supplies last) and a participation form.  Record three books you...

Designing New Programs with Launch Pad!

Launch Pad is a way for library staff to try out new program ideas. Coming up: We are testing some staff designed programs that we think will connect you closer to the community, inspire you and teach you something new! Technology...