SANTA MONICA—The Ocean Park Branch Library in Santa Monica is celebrating 100 years in operation with a year-long celebration that kicks off on Saturday, February 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the lawn of the facility located at 2601 Main Street. The event is free and open to all ages, and festivities include a centennial kickoff with an afternoon of crafts, games, light refreshments and music on the lawn by DJ Patrick Miller. Support for the celebration is provided by Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.
“For one hundred years, the Ocean Park Branch has served as a vibrant learning center where people connect with new ideas and take part in programs and services for all ages. Please join us for a year of celebration and memories as we honor the past while we look to our bright future. Whether you are interested in learning a new skill, sharing your talents, or pursuing a goal, the library has something for you! Come build a stronger community with us,” said Patty Wong, Santa Monica Public Library Director of Library Services.
According to the city of Santa Monica website, the Ocean Park Branch represents one of the few Carnegie-endowed structures still functioning as a public library in Southern California. It was designed by local architects Frank T. Kegley and H. Scott Gerity in the Classical Revival architectural style, in 1917-1918 on land donated by the Tegner family. The library opened to the public on February 15, 1918.
For more details call (310) 458-8683 or visit smpl.org. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration (310) 458-8606 one week prior to events. The Ocean Park Branch is served by Big Blue Bus line #1 and #8.