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Santa Monica Public Library: Main Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The always-bustling Main Library, the largest branch in the Santa Monica Public Library network, offers more thanMore just a vast collection of books and audiovisual items. The newly renovated library offers a wide array of services for people of all ages and, even more exceptionally, is shining example of environmental friendliness.

Since opening in January 2006, the Main Library has become well-regarded in the Santa Monica community for its speaking engagements with pre-eminent authors like Ray Bradbury and Khaled Hosseini, free movie screenings and concerts, and a broad array of programs and classes for all ages. The library also hosts political gatherings, activities related to the Farmers Market and private events.

The Main Library hosts programs for children (story hour, puppet shows, crafts); teens (anime screenings, makeup workshops, poetry slams); and adults (readings, live performances, visual presentations). The Main Library also offers classes on English as a Second Language (ESL), computer literacy, career transitioning and more.

Santa Monica Citywide Reads, a free program that encourages the community--and visitors--to bond over one particular title each year, is headquartered at the Main Library. The community reading program began in 2003, and an Advisory Committee consisting of librarians, members of the library bookstore, city commissioners and teachers picks the focal book after soliciting suggestions from the community. Past selections have included The Kite RunnerThe Time Traveler's Wife and The Shadow Catcher.

Anyone making donations to the Santa Monica Public Library is encouraged to bring the materials to the Main Library. The majority of donations are transferred to the Friends of the Library Bookstore, a nonprofit, in-house organization whose proceeds directly benefit the SMPL. Hundreds of items are donated per day.

In addition to featuring an outdoor patio, a cafe and a movie theater, the 104,000-square-foot library received a Gold Rating from the US Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System. It is the second major Santa Monica facility deliberately constructed to reduce the building's negative environmental impact.

Framm and Company
2667 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Framm and Company features a collection of antique and one-of-a-kind home furnshings and vintage women's apparel andMore jewelry. The store also carries a library of art and design books.
Library Ale House
2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Library Ale House offers a selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and desserts. Menu highlights include theMore Blackened Cajun Chicken Sandwich, the Southwest burger, Alehouse Tacos, pumpkin ravioli, fried chicken and Sticky Toffee Pudding. It also offers a wide selection of beers, wines, sodas and juices.
Library Alehouse
2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Library Alehouse of Santa Monica is the consummate gastropub. Not only can you choose a beer from its 29 microbrews onMore tap, but you can also choose from plenty of tasty, well-priced lunch or dinner dishes as a complement. This cuisine-conscious tavern also offers an eclectic and unique selection of bottled beers from around the globe, like Rodenbach, Chimay Blue and Hefeweizen. In business since 1995, Library draws locals and non-locals alike. There is also an outdoor patio dining area.
Santa Monica Public Library: Ocean Park Branch
2601 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Ocean Park Branch is one of four Santa Monica Public Libraries and primarily serves residents on the south sideMore of the city - as well as individuals who live in neighboring Venice.

The library may be on the small side, but it's the closest one to the water (just two blocks away) - and the most historic: The Ocean Park Branch is the only one left that still has its original Carnegie Library architecture.