SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) will be offering reading intertwined with summer fun the next few months with a series of five seaside pop-up libraries.

SMPL At The Beach 2016 invites visitors to their pop-up libraries for a variety of fun and family friendly activities, including: Seaside Story Time, hula hooping, ukulele lessons, nautical crafts, and interactive environmental education. Each pop-up will feature a unique, limited edition SMPL at the Beach giveaway.

According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica, pop-up libraries will be situated at the Annenberg Community Beach House and Dorothy Green Park.

Librarians will be on-hand to sign out books from a collection of beach reads, and no library card is required; they’ll also be available to give personal reading recommendations, and demonstrate cutting edge library apps, eBooks, and streaming media, according to the SMPL.

Those looking to relax, or beat the heat are invited to spend some time in the shade of SMPL’s Surfside Reading Lounge, or participate in beach games like bocce or ladder toss.

SMPL at the Beach 2016 will transpire during the following dates at the following locations:

  • Friday, July 8, at the Annenberg Community Beach House
  • Saturday, July 23, at Dorothy Green Park
  • Monday, August 15, at the Annenberg Community Beach House
  • Saturday, August 27, at Dorothy Green Park
  • Saturday, September 10, at Dorothy Green Park

The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy and the pop-up at Dorothy Green Park is located where Ocean Park Boulevard ends.

SMPL at the Beach is being hosted by Community & Cultural Services and the Santa Monica Public Library, and funded by Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.

For more information, visit or call the Reference Services Department at (310) 434-2608.