SANTA MONICA—From Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4,  the Santa Monica Public Library will be hosting a week of activities preceding Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6.

On Free Comic Book Day which will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., people of all ages can pick up a free comic book, while supplies last, at any Santa Monica Library location.

At 11:00 a.m., participants can view a recent blockbuster movie screening starring a ragtag band of intergalactic misfits. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., fans can pick up their free comic book and pose in our superhero photo booth, with costumes definitely encouraged. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., crafts and other comics-related activities will take place. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can take a walk to the event co-sponsor Hi De Ho Comics, at 1431 Lincoln Blvd, who will be hosting a cosplay contest as part of their all-day Free Comic Book Day celebration.

The week preceding has the following schedule:

-Monday, May 1, from 12 p.m.. – 9 p.m.: Fairview Branch will offer an all-ages drop-in, personalized comic bookmark craft program.

-Tuesday, May 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Pico Branch will host “Ka-Pow: A Comic Book Celebration,” an all-ages party with crafts, a comic exhibit and more.

-Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.: Montana Avenue Branch will screen a satirical comedy film based on a popular, adult graphic novel.

-Thursday, May 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Ocean Park Branch will host an event for kids ages 5-11 to make a no-sew superhero cape. They are advised to bring a plain t-shirt to cut and decorate.

All programs are free and seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served 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. All Library locations are served by the Big Blue Bus. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. For movie titles, addresses and other details, see or call 310-458-8600.