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Santa Monica Public Library Gets Set For Online Book Discussion Group:

A new monthly online book discussion group that will take place on Santa Monica Public Library’s Facebook page.

The first book scheduled to be discussed is Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive Kitteridge, and the discussion will take place Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. on the Library’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/smpublib.

For years, readers have enjoyed the varied book discussion groups taking place at each of Santa Monica Public Library’s branches, but librarians have heard many times from those who would enjoy discussing books with their friends and neighbors, yet are unable to make it to a discussion location due to work, family or other obligations.

The library’s new Facebook online book discussion group aims to alleviate that problem by making a live book discussion available to anyone with an Internet connection.

To participate in the online discussion, readers will need to be registered with a Facebook account and should “Like” the Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smpublib.

A book discussion thread will be started by a Librarian at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30, and those wishing to participate may share their thoughts and questions about the book in the comments that follow.

Those without a Facebook account will be unable to actively participate in the discussion, but may still follow the discussion thread by simply reading along on the Library’s publicly-accessible Facebook page and refreshing their page to see newly-posted comments.

The first title to be discussed on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. is Elizabeth Strout’s award-winning, Olive Kitteridge, a novel about the residents of a quiet Maine town, told in short story format.

The second book to be discussed is this year’s annual Samohi Reads title, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a memoir of the author’s upbringing in a poverty-stricken, dysfunctional family environment, and that discussion will take place on Monday, August 27, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. (one half hour earlier than usual).

These discussions are presented free to the public. For more information on this and other public programs, visit www.smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at 310.458.8600.

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