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 2017-18 the Library had its 87th Annual Summer Reading Program themed, “Build a Better World,” which was the Library’s best summer. This included a total of 4,951 youth registered, 2.2 million minutes read (an increase of 12% from last summer), and 385 youth programs with 15,202 in program attendance during a 10-week period.

In its fifth year, the Adult Summer Reading Program had a total of 1,104 adult participants, which is an overall 111% increase from the previous year. The Library is excited to find new ways of increasing these numbers every summer.

Vibrant Learning Center Launch Goals

Focus on growing the number of adult learners and tutors in adult literacy programs by utilizing current community connections and developing new ones. The Library will implement the second year of the Literacy Education for Adults and Families (LEAF) program, which offers free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners.

Pilot and develop digital literacy programs for all ages. For children, teens, and adults the Library provides coding and 3D printing programs. A variety of computer classes are offered for adults and seniors.

Co-sponsor programs and displays with community agencies that share the Library’s mission to preserve and share Santa Monica history. Outcomes of events, programs, and displays will contribute historical-based content and stories to the City of Santa Monica blog.

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