Santa Monica Reads

SANTA MONICA READS All Summer - June 15 through August 10, 2024

This year, we’re celebrating Summer Reading by joining in L.A. County ’s first ever One Book, One County community reading program! Members of 18 local library systems will be reading and discussing the selected title, L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón. 

To sign up for our summer reading program, register for a free account at, then visit the Main Library, Montana Ave., or Pico Branch to receive your reading log and a coupon for the Friends of the Library bookstore. 

Those interested in participating in SMPL’s L.A. Weather book discussion will receive a free copy of the book upon signing up for summer reading, while supplies last. 

Read anything you want, participate in Library activities, and log your reading time and activities on the Beanstack website, app, or with the QR code. 

Log 10 hours of reading by the end of the program to be entered into a drawing for one of five gift certificates from local bookstores and restaurants. 

Read about this year's Santa Monica Reads All Summer in the Resource Guide.

“One Book, One County” Events

In-person Book Discussion of L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
Montana Avenue Branch Book Group
Thursday, July 18 / 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. / Montana Ave. Branch 

Virtual Book Discussion of L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
Thursday, July 25 / 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. / Zoom
Registration required: 

Finale Event: Author Talk with María Amparo Escandón Saturday, July 27 / 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Gloria Molina Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

More Adult Summer Reading fun!  

Bookmark Mondays
Mondays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 / 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. / Main Library, Central Courtyard
Stop by and make a different bookmark every Monday in July. 

Literary Lounge
Wednesdays, July 10 & August 7 / 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. / Main Library, Central Courtyard
Discover the joy of social reading at the Literary Lounge. Bring your own book or choose one from a collection of staff favorites.

Beach Pop-up
Friday, August 9 / 10:00 am to 3:00 pm / Annenberg Beach House
So Cal's only beachside pop-up library is back! Join us for a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities. All ages welcome. Seaside Storytime at 10:15 a.m. 

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