Santa Monica’s libraries aren’t just for reading

 

Let’s face it, libraries, for the most part, have become daycare centers and study halls. With nearly every written word of note (and plenty of verbal swill) now available for download, who needs to run to the library to check out a book? I mean, I do since I can’t sit for hours on end reading from a screen and would rather have the tactile experience. But I get I’m not like most people, particularly the younger demo.

 

So then what the hell are libraries good for besides being a quiet place to get some work done, or to surf the web for those without Internet at home?

 

Well, the Santa Monica Public Library system has caught on in a big way and has morphed its libraries into entertainment and cultural community centers instead of just resting places for books.

 

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Nearly every day the Main Library in Downtown Santa Monica is home to fun activities for all ages, including live performances, book readings and intellectually stimulating conversations with the great thinkers of our day.

Case in point:

Santa Monica Public Library presents Craig Carlson, discussing his New York Times best selling memoir, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France, on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Foodies and Francophiles alike will delight in Craig Carlson’s rollicking tale of moving to the culinary capital of the world, opening the first American diner in France, and finding true love along the way. An entrepreneurial success story, Craig shares his experience from raising start-up funds for his first Breakfast in America restaurant in 2003 to having three locations in the City of Light. A book sale and signing follows.

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10 and 18. The Expo Line and other bus routes stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

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Santa Monica Public Library presents The Satellite Sisters: A Celebration of Friendship on Saturday, April 22, at 2:00 pm in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica and Lian Dolan, the five fun-loving, real-life sisters from the popular “Satellite Sisters” podcast, discuss their new book, You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, a collection of essays exploring the power of female friendships. The Dolan sisters created the Satellite Sisters first as a radio show and website in 2000 and then became podcast pioneers, as well as best-selling authors. A book sale and signing follows the program. This is a ticketed event. Free tickets will be distributed one hour before program outside of the program venue. One ticket per guest.

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10 and 18. The Expo Line and other bus routes stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

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The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present Janice Lyle on Sunnylands on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Following its restoration and reopening to the public in 2012, Janice Lyle, the Director of Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, discusses her new book, Sunnylands: America’s Midcentury Masterpiece. The fabled estate, once the place to be for celebrities, politicians, and corporate big-wigs looking to meet, relax, or wheel and deal, transformed from a private winter home to a high level retreat center and museum space. An undisputed masterpiece, its immaculate preservation and mid-century design are sure to delight fans of architecture and interior design alike.

Prior to joining The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Lyle was the Executive Director of the Palms Springs Art Museum for 13 years and Director of Public Programs for 10 years. She has a PhD in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. This event is part of our Authors on Architecture series and is co-sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC). A book sale and signing follows the program.

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week prior to event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10, and 18. The Expo Line and other bus routes stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cafe and courtyard, where one can, yes, check out a book and read in the relaxing environment of this sustainable gem.

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