Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kick Off December With A Day Of Awesome Kid Lit Events!

Greetings Schmoozers!

December is right around the corner, and boy-oh-boy do we Kid Lit Folks know how to get a party started!  We have not one – but TWO – fabulous events coming up on Saturday, December 1st.

First, at 2 PM:

SCBWI LA, the SCBWI Westside Writers Schmooze and the Santa Monica Public Library present a free screening of LIBRARY OF THE EARLY MIND.

This 2010 documentary is an exploration of the art and impact of children’s literature on our kids, our culture, and ourselves. The film features nearly 40 prominent authors and illustrators, including Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry and R.L. Stine, talking about their work, its genesis and its impact.

Read more about the film here:

The screening will be held at the SMPL Main Branch, located at 601 S. Santa Monica Blvd., in the MLK Jr. Auditorium.

Parking is available in the library's parking structure, levels P2 and P3, for $1 per hour.


The screening is free and open to ALL!

We’ve created a Facebook event for the screening.  RSVPs are not necessary but ALWAYS appreciated!

Please click the link, join the party and invite your friends:

Second, at 4 PM:


**Please note – this is NOT an official SCBWI event.

Join other writers, illustrators, agents, editors, bloggers, librarians, educators, and people who just love children's and teen literature at a kid lit community holiday party!

- Cash Bar (pay as you order). Check out the Happy Hour menu:

- Holiday Children's Book Drive (donate and feel holiday festive)!

Again, we’ve created a Facebook event for the Happy Hour, and while RSVPs are NOT necessary, we’d love for you to join the event and invite your friends. 


Photo credit: Rita Crayon Huang
Last year's Book Drive was such a smashing success (Lee Wind's jazzed expression speaks for us all), we decided we should do it again!

We'll be collecting new and gently used books, board books through YA, for the following worthy recipients:

- Children's Hospital Los Angeles / Literally Healing program

New books only, please.  Paperbacks preferred.  The hospital welcomes upbeat books for any age level.  Interactive board books are of particular interest.

Read more about the Literally Healing Program and download their “Wish List” here (scroll to the bottom for the Wish List):

Gladly accepts new and gently used book for all ages. All topics are welcome but a focus on arts or African American culture is especially appreciated.

- The Be a Santa Project

Donates new and gently used YA books, all topics, to at-risk teens.

If you’d like to participate in the Book Drive but can’t make it to the Kid Lit Happy Hour – Boo!  We’ll miss you! – we’ll also be accepting book drive donations at the December 5th Westside Writer’s Schmooze. 

Can’t make the Schmooze either?  Double BOO!!  E-mail Schmooze co-coordinators Charlie & Karol at to make other arrangements.

Spread the word….spread the cheer….spread the BOOKS!!

See you on December 1st!


  1. I am so looking forward to both of these events. I've been wanting to see LIBRARY OF THE EARLY MIND for a long time! And I love Kid Lit Holiday Parties!

    Thanks, Karol, for posting about these!! Not to mention helping to organizing them. :)

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there--and at the next Westside Schmooze!


  2. Happy Holidays to all.

    I will not be able to attend the events, but I would like to donate books to the group. Please let me know the address so that I can mail.

    1. I'll e-mail you directly, Emma.

    2. Got your books today, Emma. Thanks so much!!

  3. This is great!! Do we bring our books to donate to the Happy Hour?

    1. Yep, Deborah. That's the general idea. See you there!