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    The Santa Monica Public Library performs a vital role in creating, stimulating, and supporting an informed, educated community. We combine outstanding resource development with exceptional service to meet the needs of each person for information, education, and recreation. 

    Library programs are free and open to the public and are intended to promote and extend the collections, services, and mission of the Santa Monica Public Library. Library programs are developed and presented for children, teens and/or their parents or caregivers and include such activities as storytelling, puppet shows, skill-building workshops, art or musical programs and parenting presentations.

    Program proposals from the public which complement the library’s collections, services and goals are chosen by staff according to the needs and interests of the community, the suitability of each library’s physical space, and the program’s contribution to the library’s overall schedule of events.  The programs must comply with the Library’s meeting room policies which mandate that the program be open to the public free of charge and prohibits commercial advertising or direct solicitation.  Individuals and organizations interested in partnering with the Library are invited to submit a proposal following the requirements listed on the next page.

    Proposal submissions are accepted on a continuous basis and must include all of the required information.  Please note that the program schedule is planned between four and six months in advance.

    Mail your completed program proposal to:

    Ann Wagner
    Youth Services Department
    Attn: Program Proposals
    Santa Monica Public Library
    601 Santa Monica Boulevard
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Or email the proposal to:  Please include PROGRAM PROPOSAL in the subject line.

    Proposal Requirements

    • Contact name, address, phone number, email address
    • Name of organization (if any)
    • Description of program
      • Outline of program
      • Approximate length
      • Format (storytelling, workshop, musical concert, etc.
      • Estimated cost of program (if any)
      • Names of speakers/performers with biographical information
      • For author talks: Provide information on book, including reviews
    • Previous presentations (especialy public libraries) with references
    • How does the program compliment library goals and/or collections?
    • Preferred Library location:
      • Main Library--601 Santa Monica Blvd.
      • Fairview Branch--2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
      • Montana Ave. Branch--1704 Montana Ave.
      • Ocean Park Branch--2601 Main st.
      • Pico Branch--2201 Pico Blvd
    • Preferred date and time (please note we plan programs 4-6 months in advance)
    • Intended audience:
      • Babies and Toddlers (ages 0-2)
      • Preschool (ages 3-5)
      • School Children (grades K-5)
      • Younger Teens (grades 6-8)
      • Older Teens (grades 9-12)
      • Parents and Caregivers (for parenting programs)
    • Any additiona publicity that you can provide, such as listserv or website posting
    • Equipment or materials needed 

    Proposal submissions are accepted on a continuous basis and must include all of the required information.  Applicants will be notified once the program proposal has been received.  All submitted proposals will be kept on file and a staff member will contact an applicant if and when there is interest in hosting the proposed program.

    Thank you for your interest in the Santa Monica Public Library.  


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