It is easy to admit that libraries are not as frequented as they used to be—when was the last time you visited your local library? With the ease of books and the luxury of big bookstore chains, they almost seem as obsolete as compact discs. The Santa Monica Public Library however, is a rare gem in the big city that should not be overlooked if you do not have any big plans for the weekend.
Four branches comprise the Santa Monica Public Library system, each of them providing activities, programs, lectures, books, audio books, and movies that are completely free. The Main Santa Monica Library has regular concerts, book discussions, and workshops to participate or volunteer in, and even provides a delivery service for the handicapped individuals who are unable to leave their homes. The library is the perfect place to enjoy both the luxury of free information via internet, books, and magazines, along with the opportunity to connect with members who have similar interests in the community.
The best part about it? There is something for everyone. Story time and clubs for kids, a teen lounge with tutoring and book groups, a program called “The Living Room” where adults can meet with others to re-establish the library as a place for social and intellectual connection, and a broad array of reading, writing, and game-related activities for seniors. The Main Library even has a café where you can sit outside and enjoy a latte while you read or wait for an event.
The Santa Monica Library is not your run-of-the-mill library, and offers so much more than books, what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401