Join us for the inaugural year of Adult Summer Reading at Santa Monica Public Library. We'll be celebrating with author talks, movie screenings, book discussions and more. Pick up a Groundbreaking Reads form at the Santa Monica Festival on June 1, or at any SMPL location thereafter, then turn in your completed form by August 17 to be eligible to win prizes for your summer reading activities. See the Groundbreaking Reads form for entry and prize details.
In addition to the special events listed below, join us for any of our regularly-scheduled book discussions.
Author Talk with Ransom Riggs and special guestsThursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:00 pmMain Library, MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *In 2011, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, a haunting and innovative novel that uses vintage photographs and inventive narrative techniques to tell its story, caught the attention of readers worldwide. Join us as author Ransom Riggs celebrates the paperback release of his novel with a discussion and book signing. As an added bonus, Ransom Riggs has invited his fellow author pals Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl to join him in a discussion panel. We'll have everyone's books here for the book sale and signing following the author talk.
Be sure to join us June 20 (see below) for our book discussion of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Novel Ideas: What Should I Read Next?Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:00 pmMain Library, Computer Training Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *Break ground with a new author or dig into a different genre! Learn how to use online library resources, such as NoveList Plus and BiblioCommons, to find reading recommendations, book reviews, author information, and more in this hands-on computer course. Registration is not required. Space is limited.
Author Talk with Francine Toder: The Vintage YearsThursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:00 pmMain Library, MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *Are you an aspiring author, musician or visual artist. Author Francine Toder helps you find your inner artist after 60 in this informative discussion of her latest nonfiction book, The Vintage Years. She offers you steps to release your creative talents, stimulating brain growth and enhancing well-being. A book sale and signing follows.
Groundbreaking Reads Book Discussion Group: The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThursday, July 18, 2013 at 6:00 pmVirginia Avenue Park Teen Center, Workshop 1, 2200 Virginia Avenue *In this genre-bending mash-up of magic, romance, steampunk and fantasy, two young magicians are pitted against each other in a decades-long battle that neither one understands.A limited number of free copies of this book, for discussion participants, will be available at the Main Library's Information Desk four weeks prior to discussion date.
* Note: City of Santa Monica facilities are wheelchair accessible. To request a disability-related accommodation, call Library Administration at 310-458-8606 (TDD 395-8499) at least one week prior to event.