SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Public Library recently announced a holiday hoopla kids puppet show, where members of the community can get into the holiday spirit. The city has already kicked off celebrating winter by opening an ice rink located in downtown Santa Monica on November 3.

“Sleigh of ice skate on down to the Ocean Park Branch Library and join Mister Jesse and all of his puppet pals for some stories, rhymes and music celebrating the winter season.  This program will take place on Tuesday, December 6, at 3:30 pm at the Ocean Park Branch Library which is located at 2601 Main Street in Santa Monica.  This program is for children ages 3-7.  Tickets are free but must be picked after 12:00 pm on the day of the program.  Tickets are distributed on a first arrival basis.  There are no phone reservations.  For more information, please call 310-458-8683,” states a press release for the December holiday hoopla puppet show.

The Ocean Park Branch Library represents one of the few Carnegie-endowed structures still functioning as a public library in Southern California.  It was built in 1917-1918 on land donated by the Tegner family, the original building was designed by local architects Frank T. Kegley and H. Scott Gerity in the Classical Revival architectural style.

The library was declared a historic landmark by the city of Santa Monica Landmarks Commission in May 1977.  In 1984, the architectural firm Mayer/Taylor was hired to design the addition, which currently houses the children’s and teen sections and to add significant features for handicapped access. Mayor Christine E. Reed and the Santa Monica City Council hosted a re-opening ceremony of the branch on October 14, 1985. In 2011, the Branch benefited from an interior improvements project and new signage was erected outside of the library.

Jesse Nathaniel will present the holiday hoopla kids puppet show. The event will last until 4:20 p.m.

A full list of upcoming events at the Ocean Park Branch Library, visit