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Santa Monica Library Back on the Beach for Summer

From SMPL – Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) is packing up the books and heading back to the shore for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach, Southern California’s only beachside pop-up library!

Visitors to our sun-kissed pop-up libraries can enjoy a variety of family-friendly, beach themed activities including: Seaside Story Time, nautical crafts, ukulele and steel drum lessons, hula hooping, and hands-on, interactive environmental education.

“Libraries are a vibrant space for learning, but the enrichment doesn’t only live within the walls of the library,” said Library Services Director Patty Wong. “Nothing says summer like sand, a new read, and all ages hanging in the shade making new friends. We hope to see new faces at SMPL at the Beach.”

Librarians will be on-hand to sign out books from our curated collection of beach reads (no library card required), give personalized reading recommendations, and demonstrate cutting edge library apps, eBooks and streaming media.

Folks looking to relax can beat the heat and kick back with a book in the shade of our Surfside Reading Lounge, or enjoy beach games like bocce and bean bag toss. Each pop-up will also feature a limited edition SMPL at the Beach giveaway.

Grab a towel and sunscreen and join us for SMPL at the Beach from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on:

  • Friday, 6/29 at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy
  • Saturday, 7/14 at Dorothy Green Park, where Ocean Park Boulevard ends
  • Friday, 8/10 at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy
  • Saturday, 8/25 at Dorothy Green Park, where Ocean Park Boulevard ends

SMPL at the Beach is brought to you by Community & Cultural Services and the Santa Monica Public Library, with funding from Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. For more information about this free public program, visit smpl.org/beach or call the Reference Services Department at (310) 434-2608.

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