Santa Monica Public Library to Host Community-Themed Book Series

Residents of NMS-owned downtown Santa Monica apartments, here’s a fresh way to get involved with your community: Participate in this year’s California Reads series, hosted by the Santa Monica Public Library!

This year’s theme for the annual series, which is presented by Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book, is “Searching for Democracy.” Specifically, the series will focus on the book “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster,” Written by Rebecca Solnit. The book chronicles how community members helping one another amid disaster is an example of democracy in action.

The Santa Monica Main Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd., will host multiple events related to the California Reads series, which runs from September 5 to October 11. Events include:

“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” documentary short film screening on September 5 at 7 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Auditorium
“One-Stop Disaster Prep Shop” (hosted by Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management) on September 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the North Entry Courtyard
“An Afternoon With Rebecca Solnit” on October 6 at 2 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Auditorium

The library is close to NMS properties including 1422 on 6th, 1428 on 6th, 1423 on 6th, 1425 on 6th, 1422 on 7th, 1432 on 7th and 1537 on 7th.

Additionally, the Santa Monica Public Library has lined up multiple discussions about “A Parade Built in Hell” at the following locations (and website):

Main Library Community Room (September 18, 7 p.m.)
Ocean Park Branch Library Community Room (September 25, 7 p.m.) (September 26, 7 p.m.)
Emeritus College, Room 407 (October 11, 2 p.m.)

For more information on the Santa Monica Public Library’s involvement with California Reads, go to