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Youth Outreach Programs

Preschool Outreach Program

Outreach staff visit Head Start, state, and non-profit preschools every month to provide an entertaining and literacy-rich storytime.

Stories & Book Give-Aways

Library staff and community volunteers visit local schools and Parks & Recreation food distributions to encourage students to visit the Library. At selected schools, they distribute new books to Kindergarten through 3rd graders. The Library receives funding for books from two major sources: The Friends of the Central Library and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) (a non-profit organization whose message is "Every kid deserves a book to read"; see their video here).

Reading Ambassadors

Outreach staff visit after-school care sites to give workshops encouraging students to read aloud with friends. The students are then recognized in a graduation ceremony when they visit the Library for a tour.

Presentations, Parent Workshops & Community Fairs

In an effort to promote library use and reading, youth services staff give presentations on using library services, children's literature, pre-literacy skills, the importance of reading out loud to children and tips on how to have fun doing so. Library staff may be available to share crafts and distribute information on library programs, resources and services at local events.

Contact us

If you are interested in scheduling a Library outreach program with your site, email youthservices@santabarbaraca.gov or call 564-5674. Make a difference in your community! Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering to help with the programs mentioned above. Please note: Adult volunteers (18+) may be required to complete a background check and TB test through the SB County Office of Education Partners in Education program.

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016