SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Public Library, in accordance with the California State Library are inviting the public to share a family or personal story to learn the basics of digital storytelling. The library is offering a free two-day workshop that will take place on August 5 and 6 and is a part of California Listens, a summer-long program.

The workshop’s goal is to teach people how to tell a great story, write and record a narrations script and the basics of video editing. Participants will create a two to four-minute video using personal and family photographs and videos.

The library is looking for stories that truly demonstrate the lifestyle that living in Santa Monica offers. People from all walks of life and career backgrounds are encouraged to sign up and participate.

The videos that are created will become part of a statewide archive of stories about life in the state of California.

Due to high demand and limited archival space, there is a limit of 10 participants for the workshop. Interest forms must be completed and returned by Friday, July 8.

As stated, the program is free and open to any person 14 years or older. Interested parties can apply online at or pick up an interest form at any Santa Monica Public Library location.