It's time again for the Friends Annual sale of special books! Shop signed books, art books, history, antiquarian books, graphic novels-- treasures for your own collection or for holiday gifts. Saturday, November 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm at the Main Library Bookstore.
Join us for the What's Cooking? Cookbook Book Discussion at the Ocean Park Library on Saturday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m.. Bring your favorite cookbooks and recipes to share with the group. This program is part of the Santa Monica Eats! Series. Before and after the discussion shop a selection of pre-owned cookbooks ($2 each) from the Friends pop-up Bookstore. 10:15 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The Main Library's Youth section was buzzing with children and parents on Saturday, June 10 as the Build A Better World Summer Reading Program kicked off. The Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library proudly supports this program that offers children of all ages the chance to enjoy summer reading while boosting literacy skills and winning prizes. The program will run through Saturday, August 19. Sign up now if you have not already.
If you love books or have ever wanted to work in a bookstore or at the Library, volunteer at the Friends of the Library Bookstore. You'll help the Library and have fun at the same time.
While supporting the Santa Monica Public Library, you will help customers, work with books, and interact with the people who love them.
No experience necessary. Weekly 3 hour shift, six month commitment expected. Bring your great attitude and smile. We welcome volunteers who are 16 years and older, people who are working, not working, going to school or who are retired. You will be trained.
Please read the job descriptions for Shift Leader and Shift Member below. If this sounds like you fill out the volunteer application located here and drop it off in the Friends Bookstore at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica or email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHIFT LEADER DESCRIPTION
Shift leaders will be responsible for the following:
Shift Member Description
Shift members are expected to do the following:
Enjoy your experience!
The semi-annual Big Sale of Higher Value Items at the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library Book Store starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12! Select from a large selection from $5 and up, including inscribed and signed books, art books, first editions, a large selection of comic books, and other valuable items. Get there early for the best selection.
Since we opened in January 2006, our prices have remained very low, with most books at $1.00 or less. Starting December 1, 2016, we will charge the following:
These prices exclude higher value items that are otherwise marked.
Your purchases help support the Santa Monica Public Library, which we all agree is a wonderful place.
Regular Book Store hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11-4:30, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Location is on the left as you enter through the north entrance of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.
How-To Festival 2015 - How To Make a Pinata
Back by popular demand! Santa Monica Public Library presents its second How-To Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library and then four Saturdays in July from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the branches: July 9 at Ocean Park, July 16 at Fairview, July 23 at Montana Avenue, and July 30 at Pico.
This year’s How-To Festival’s forty interactive workshops span five Saturdays during which you will be able to learn many skills, including How to do Chinese Qigong, How to Write a Song in 90 Seconds, How to Sow Seeds and Garden Organically, and How to Buy a Car. A few of our partners include the Automobile Club of Southern California, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, the American Red Cross, and the Santa Monica Animal Shelter. See the full calendar of How-To Festival 2016 events here.
This free and open to the public event is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. Seating is first come, first served. Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, 8, and R10. The Santa Monica branch libraries are served by Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 8 for the Ocean Park Branch; lines 8, Crosstown 41, and Sunset 44 for the Fairview Branch; the 3M and Crosstown 41 for the Montana Avenue Branch; and line 7 for the Pico Branch. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at all library locations.
For more information on this and other public programs, visit www.smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
The Friends now have an improved website created in Weebly. Yay!! The new site has better functionality and best of all folks are now able to join up and give donations on-line. Many thanks to Reference Librarian, Bobby Tsui for all his web expertise.
I invite you to take a look around to see what's new. Watch this blog for updates on Friends special sales in the Bookstore and news.