Santa Monica Reads, the Santa Monica Public Library’s annual community reading program, will be held for the 17th consecutive year in 2019. Popular with local residents and visitors, the program invites everyone to read and talk about the same book at special events and book discussions across the city. The library is pleased to announce the selection of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give for 2019. The Santa Monica Reading is held from Saturday, June 15 to Tuesday, July 30 at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.
“The Hate You Give” tells the story of 16-year-old Star Carter, whose world falls apart when she becomes a key witness to the shooting death of her childhood best friend Khalil by a police officer. When his death made national headlines, Starr had to decide whether to speak up. Starr’s words and deeds — or omissions — will affect her safety and her community, as well as the national debate on police-community relations.
Angie Thomas’ bold debut examines the complexities of race in America through the lens of social justice. This is a key topic at a time of increased violence against people and communities of color. Thomas’ book sparks conversations about how interpersonal and structural racism affects culture and society. On June 15, Santa Monica Reads will kick off with an interactive “Race Card Project” presentation in the main library lobby from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The project aims to distill an individual’s thoughts, experiences or observations about race into a six-word sentence.
A free copy of “The Hate U Give,” along with a resource guide that provides information about the book, its authors, and Santa Monica reading events, is currently available at all Santa Monica Public Library locations while supplies last. Santa Monica Reading is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library, with additional support from other community and educational partners.
Please join the Santa Monica Public Library for one or more of the following free special events and book discussions:
Transcoding: what does it mean? – “The Hate U Give” explores the way the protagonist Starr uses codes to switch identities and behaviors among different groups. Learn about the concept of code switching and how it translates into everyday social behavior on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Fairview Library branch at 2101 Ocean Park Avenue.
Film and Discussion: The Hate You Give (2018) – Nominated for five NAACP Image Awards, the film is based on this year’s Santa Monica Read Title star Amandla Steinberg Stenberg as Starr Carter. Discussion with director George Tillman Jr. (movie run time: 133 minutes) on Sunday, June 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Auditorium Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Film and Discussion: Dear White People (2014) – This poignant comedy drama explores racial identity through the stories of four black college students when riots break out at an “African American” themed party hosted by a white fraternity . Following the 6pm screening on Tuesday, June 25 (movie run time: 108 minutes), the common themes of the film and The Hate You Give will be discussed. At the Montana branch, 1704 Montana Ave.
We read diverse books #weneeddiversebooks — Angie Thomas is at the top of the recent wave of diverse literature written by women of color. On Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m., librarians will share their favorites for the latest wave of diverse readings at the Ocean Park Library Branch at 2601 Main Street.
Author Talk: Ghettoside with Jill Leovy — Jill Leovy discusses her book Ghettoside, which examines homicides affecting Los Angeles communities from multiple perspectives, and shares insights from her research and writing, and the reactions that come with it publication of the book. The event will be held at the MLK Jr. Auditorium Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard on Thursday, June 27 at 6 pm.
If you hear me cry: The influence of Tupac Shakur – The influence of rap artist and poet Tupac Shakur is on full display in The Hate U Give. Join us on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Main Library, MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., as contemporary artists like Tupac and Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper help illuminate and uplift young black people sound.
Film and Discussion: Fruitvale Station (2013) — Based on a true story, Fruitvale Station uncovers the events that led to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man killed by BART police. After the Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m. screening at the MLK Jr. Auditorium Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Avenue (movie run time: 85 minutes), there is a discussion on the common theme of the film and The Hate You Give.
Blackout Poetry – Unleash your inner poet by bringing new life to old pages. Create a poem by selecting certain words on the page and covering the rest with a permanent marker. For adults and teens, Friday, July 12 at 2 p.m. in the Lobby/Courtyard Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Race Relay: Multimedia Production – Exploring the ways race shapes our world through Race Relay, a unique interactive presentation exploring race relations in America today through drama, music and video. Space is limited and will be available Saturday, July 13th at 2pm in the Main Library Function Room at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Race Relay Discussion – Dennis Hamilton, Writer and Director of Race Relay, invites audience members and new participants to a reflective conversation on their feelings and attitudes towards race on Tuesday, July 16 at 7pm in Function Room 601 Main Library Santa Monica Boulevard
Fan Confessionals: A Film about The Hate U Give — Join us as fans watch a special screening and share how The Hate U Give affects them, shot especially for Santa Monica Reads.
Screenings will be held at the MLK Jr. Auditorium Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.
Film and Discussion: All Eyez on Me (2017) – This feature film explores the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to fame. Discuss the common themes of the film and Your Hate following the Thursday, July 25th screening at 2601 Main Street, Ocean Park Library Branch (Duration: 139 minutes).
The Santa Monica Book Club is moderated by trained discussion moderators. Discussion participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on The Hate U Give and its topics, or welcome to just listen and learn more about the book.
Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 am | Main Library, Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Wednesday, July 3 at 4:00 pm | Fairview Branch, 2101 Ocean Park Avenue
Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 pm | Montana Branch, 1704 Montana Ave.
*Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside: The True Story of Murder in America will also be discussed.
Thursday, July 18 at 6:30pm | Santa Monica Bay Ladies Club, 1210 4th Street
Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am | Ocean Park Branch, 2601 Main St.
Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 pm | Main Library, Community Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
For more information on these free public programs, contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org/SMReads.aspx. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call Library Administration one week in advance at (310) 458-8606. Big Blue Bus reaches all library locations. Bicycle racks are provided.
Submitted by Jennifer Boyce.