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    A Universe of Stories!

    Summer Reading is for everyone! The Santa Monica Public Library Summer Reading Program has blasted off with a series of events for all ages that reflects this year’s theme, A Universe of Stories! Read throughout the summer and earn prizes just for reading. Sign up at any Library location beginning Saturday, June 15th and receive a Summer Reading bag (while supplies last). Turn in your completed Summer Reading card by Saturday, August 24th to receive a coupon for a free book priced at $2 or less from the Friends of Santa Monica Public Library Bookstore and be entered to win one of three grand prizes. Keep reading for details.

    Adult Summer Reading Events

    In addition to our regularly scheduled book groups, we have many summer events planned. Pick up a monthly event calendar at any Library location or open the PDF version on the Library’s homepage, learn more. 

    Opera is just a story told to music. See and hear LA Opera artists perform operatic favorites ripped from the pages of great literature. Inspired by our theme this year, A Universe of Stories.
    Saturday, June 22 / 2:00pm / Main Library, MLK Jr. Auditorium

    It’s time for bookish fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach, Southern California’s only beachside pop-up library! Join us on the beach for a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities like Seaside Storytime and Nautical Crafts. Sign out books from our curated collection of beach reads, and enjoy games like bocce and ladder toss, or kick back, relax and read in the shade of our Surfside Lounge. The beach pop-up library is a great place to log those summer reading hours.

    Find us here:

    - Friday, June 28 / 10am-3pm / Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy
    10:15 Seaside Storytime

    - Saturday, July 13 / 10am-3pm / Dorothy Green Park, where Ocean Park Boulevard ends
    10:15 Seaside Storytime

    - Friday, August 16 / 10am-3pm / Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy
    10:15 Seaside Storytime

    There’s a universe of stories just waiting for you! Don’t miss out on our space themed programs from June to August. Come to a presentation about humans in space, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, or come for space-themed games and a movie!

    - Space Trivia Night: Wednesday, June 26 / 6:30pm / Montana Branch Library

    - 50th Anniversary of the Apollo II Moon Landing: An Artifacts Display: Saturday, June 15 / 10am-1pm / Pico Branch Library

    - The History of Apollo II: Saturday, July 13 / 2:00pm / Fairview Branch Library

    - Live Webcast: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Apollo II Moon Landing:
    Monday, July 15 / 1:00pm / Pico Branch Library, The Annex

    - Space Weather: Thursday, July 18 / 7:00pm / Ocean Park Branch Library

    - Movie: First Man (2018): Saturday, July 20 / 2:00pm / Fairview Branch Library

    - From the Moon to Mars: Saturday, July 20 / 10am-3pm / Annenberg Community Beach House

     - Mars Insight Mission: Thursday, August 15 / 7:00pm / Ocean Park Branch Library

    Wrap up your summer reading adventures with Dog Days @ The Library. Celebrate puppy love with four-legged fun for all ages. See flyer for more details. 
    Saturday, August 24th / Festivities start at 10:30am for all ages / Main Library

    A Universe of Stories Drawing Entry Rules and Regulations

    Eligibility: The 2019 A Universe of Stories drawing is open to Santa Monica Public Library cardholders with an account that is current and in good standing as of August 24, 2019. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, and must register for Adult Summer Reading with any Santa Monica Public Library location between June 15, 2019 and August 24, 2019. Employees of Santa Monica Public Library and the City of Santa Monica and their immediate families are ineligible.

    Entry deadline: Summer reading participation cards must be returned to the Santa Monica Public Library by the close of business (5:30pm) on Saturday, August 31, 2019 to be eligible for the prize drawing.
    Participation Cards: Summer reading participation cards may be obtained from any Santa Monica Public Library location beginning on June 15, 2019. Completed participation cards may be returned to any Santa Monica Public Library location by August 24, 2019.

    Entry limitations: One entry allowed per Santa Monica Public Library cardholder in good standing. Santa Monica Public Library reserves the right to deny any late, incomplete, or ineligible entries.

    Drawing and Prize Limitations: Drawings for prizes will be conducted at random. Prize winners will be notified via email or telephone of their prize and how the prize can be claimed. To claim prizes, prize winners will be required to show a current government-issued identification. Prizes have no cash value and cannot be returned or exchanged for other prizes. Santa Monica Public Library reserves the right to modify prizes as necessary.



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