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Santa Monica Image Archives Librarian Featured

The Santa Monica Star recently spotlighted one of our Reference Librarians, Kathy Lo, and her work curating the Library's historical photo archive.  Explore the collection online at and read the full article here.

Family Fun Week at Main Library

Global Music Workshop for Kids
Wed, Jan 2, 11:00 am to noon / Ages 4-10
Dance to, sing along with, and experience music from different cultures as composer Sagit Zilberman presents music from her album, "Songs of Peace." Children will see unique instruments up close and get to play them.

Musical Story Time
Thu, Jan 3, 11:00 am to noon / Ages 2-5 and families

Sing in the New Year! Join us for stories, songs, puppets and rhythm fun.

Saturday Story Time
Sat, Jan 5, 11:00 to 11:30 am / Ages 2-5 & families
Kick-start the weekend with fun stories and songs.

Ukulele Saturdays Returns
Saturdays, Jan 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23 / Main Library
  • 2:00 to 2:45 pm / Ages 6-12 (Ages 6 & 7 with participating adult)
  • 3:00 to 4:30 pm / Teens and Adults
Heidi Swedberg teaches how to play the "happiest instrument in the world." Each session begins with a mini lesson, followed by a strum-along with your favorite songs. Bring your own ukulele or use one of ours. Space and instruments are limited and on a first-arrival basis.

Rachel Roy & Ava Dash:
96 Words for Love

Sun, Jan 20, 2:00 pm / Main Library
Mother/daughter author team Rachel Roy and Ava Dash discuss their debut novel, a coming-of-age story based on a classic Indian legend, with National Book Award winner for Young People's Literature Robin Benway (Far from the Tree). A book sale and signing follow.

Magic School for Kids
Sat, Jan 12, 3:00 pm
Grades K-5
Montana Ave Branch

Magician Brandon Scott teaches the basics of how to perform magic tricks. Limited space; registration starts 1/2. [90 min.]

STRUCK: A Husband's Memoir of Trauma & Triumph
Sun, Jan 27, 2:00 pm
Main Library

After his wife and daughter were hit head-on by an L.A. City bus, Douglas Segal emailed updates to family and friends, forming the basis for this inspiring memoir. A book sale and signing follow.

Thrifting 101
Mon, Jan 28, 4:30 pm
Grades 8-12
Pico Branch

Discover where to find the best deals, and how to scout on-trend styles and put together budget-friendly outfits. Presented by thrifting expert Becca Hochman. [60 min.]

How to Write a Book and Get it Published
Tue, Jan 29, 6:30 pm

Montana Ave Branch
Writing coach Jasmyne Boswell teaches the many ways this can be accomplished and how to get started.

A New Outlook on Responding to Climate Change
Wed, Jan 30, 7:00 pm
Fairview Branch

Join us for a discussion with the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby on how recent weather events and policy changes are forcing advocates to consider new ways of responding to climate change.
Get Healthy at the Library!
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesdays, Jan 2 & 16, 5:30 pm
Montana Ave Branch

Improve Yourself in the New Year with Meditation
Tue, Jan 8, 6:30 pm
The Annex

Mindful Meditation
Wed, Jan 9, 7:00 pm
Ocean Park Branch

Mat Pilates
Fridays, Jan 11 & 25, 3:00 pm
Montana Ave Branch

Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays, Jan 15 & 22, 6:30 pm
Fairview Branch

Experience T'ai Chi in the New Year
Thu, Jan 17, 3:30 pm
Ocean Park Branch

A New Year, A Healthier You
Wed, Jan 23, 4:00 pm
Montana Ave Branch

Using Real Food to Heal
Thu, Jan 24, 7:00 pm
Fairview Branch

The Main & Branch Libraries will be closed
on Tuesday, January 1 and Monday, January 21.

All programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and
on a first arrival basis. Early arrival is recommended.
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