From storytime to digital media space, the Library provides inspiring learning opportunities grounded in best practices and equipped with the latest tools and technology to help community members flourish in today’s knowledge economy.

The Library is the hub of a culturally connected community. It bridges generations and digital divides while linking diverse languages of learning, from text to code. The Library provides a wide array of programs, classes and services that offer access and embraces Santa Monica’s commitment to lifelong learning.

The Library offers the latest tools and technology to support learning for school, career and life success. SMPL also maintains the quality of core services such as research support, local history resources, and a commitment to building a community of readers.

In the Spotlight: Summer Reading Soars!

During fiscal year 2014-15 the Library broke its summer reading records. This included a 20% increase in summer reading registrations, a total of 2.1 million minutes read and 389 youth programs with 15,320 in program attendance during a 10-week period.

Vibrant Learning Center Launch Goals

Expand the Library’s role in supporting early literacy education with “Reading-2-Go,” a Library State Technology Act (LSTA) grant-funded program. This program targets early childcare providers and their students in: English, Spanish and Amharic.

Provide support to young adults at Olympic High School who are finishing high school or preparing for their GED exam. This is a LSTA grant-funded program called “Second Chances”.

Create a learning program to support adult and intergenerational literacy, skill-building, and career development opportunities. Planning for a basic adult literacy component, based on national literacy models, is supported by an Institute for Museum and Library Services grant administered by the American Library Association.

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