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Central Library Centennial

     

City Librarian, Frances Burns Linn,
Central Library Groundbreaking Ceremony September 25, 1916

Corner of Anacapa & Anapamu
circa 1918

Original Entrance

In 2017, the Central Library turns 100 years old, and the public is invited to celebrate. On June 10, the Friends of the Library will kick off the celebration with the publication of Library Book, an anthology about library love by noted writers. On August 27, celebrate at a big community birthday party. Throughout the summer, family programs encourage children to design the library of the future. See the schedule below for tours of the building, talks about local history and architecture, and music programs. On November 4, the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation will host a fundraising and friend-raising evening event as a capstone to the centennial.  

 

 

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Santa Barbara's Central Library the Friends of the Library have published Library Book: Writers on Libraries, an anthology of prose and poetry about the glory of libraries. Over 80 writers are represented, including Ray Bradbury, Fannie Flagg, Sue Grafton, Pico Iyer, Leon Litwack, and all the living Santa Barbara poets laureate. Writers who were raised in Santa Barbara, such as Gretel Ehrlich, Hilary Dole Klein, and D. J. Palladino are included as well as former Santa Barbarans, such as John Daniel, Jeff Greenwald, and Gayle Lynds.

Copies are available to borrow at all Santa Barbara Libraries, or purchase at The Book Den, Chaucer's, Tecolote Book Shop, and online from Amazon. All proceeds benefit the library.

 

Brief Timeline of the Santa Barbara Free Public Library

1882 - Santa Barbara Free Public Library established

1892 - First Santa Barbara Public Library opens at 14 E. Carrillo St.; designed by Peter J. Barber

1910 - Santa Barbara is first county in California to establish a County Branch System

1914 - Santa Barbara receives $50,000 Carnegie Grant for new Central Library on the corner of Anacapa & Anapamu

1916 - September 25, Central Library ground-breaking ceremony

1917 - August 27, Central Library opens its doors to the public; designed by Francis Wilson

1924 - Wood-carved tympanum installed over Main Entrance; designed by Carleton Winslow

1925 - June 29, Great Santa Barbara Earthquake

1930 - October 15, Faulkner Gallery opens; designed by Myron Hunt

1943 & 1958 - Interior renovations and building upgrades

1980 - Major building remodel; designed by Jerry Zimmer

2012 - Central Library Designated Historic Landmark

2015 - New Children's Library opens

 

Centennial Events

 

JUNE

Library Book Publication Party

Saturday - June 10
7:30 p.m.
Central Library

Click here to register or visit
http://www.friends-sblibrary.org/


History Talk: Betsy Green, The Library and the City, 1916 & 1917

Sunday - June 11
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery


Makerspace/Curiosity Club events for kids

TBD, part of Summer Reading Program

 

History Talk: Neal Graffy, The Great Santa Barbara Earthquake of 1925 - The Disaster That Built a City

Sunday - June 25
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery

JULY

Nonfiction book club/local history #1

TBD

History Talk: Hattie Beresford, The Faulkner Gallery: Art, Architecture, and Philanthropy

Sunday - July 9
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery

 

History Talk: History Alive! Jody Thomas IS Frances Linn

Sunday - July 23
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery

AUGUST

Nonfiction book club/local history #2

TBD

History Talk: Shelley Bookspan, Pearl Chase, A Santa Barbara Legend

Sunday - August 6
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery


History Talk: John Woodward, Earliest Photographs of Santa Barbara by Edwin Hayward & Henry Muzzall, 1870s

Sunday - August 20
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery

 

Community Celebration, Central Library Grand Re-opening Party

Sunday - August 27
1-5 pm

SEPTEMBER

Nonfiction book club/local history #3

TBD

History Talk: Pam Post and Tim Hazeltine: Francis Wilson and Early 20th Century Architectural Eclecticism

Sunday - September 10
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery

 

History Talk: SB Trust for Historic Preservation, Chinatown and Nihonmachi: Santa Barbara’s Asian American Community in the early 20th Century, followed by tour

Sunday - September 24
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery

OCTOBER

History Talk: Marc Appleton, The Architecture of the Central Library

Sunday - October 8
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery


History Talk: Thomas Van Stein, Emerging Influences: The First Decade of Art Exhibitions Held at the Faulkner Gallery, 1930-1940

Sunday - October 15
3-4 pm
Faulkner Gallery


Santa Barbara Music Club concert

Saturday - October 21
TBD
Faulkner Gallery


History Talk: John Woodward, The Edson Smith Collection of Historic Photographs at the Santa Barbara Public Library 

Sunday - October 22
3-4pm
Faulkner Gallery


Nonfiction book club #4

TBD

NOVEMBER

Gala cocktail party

Saturday - November 4
TBD


History Talk: Nathan Vonk & Jeremy Tessmer:  The First Golden Age of Art in Santa Barbara 1910-1926

Sunday - November 5
3-4pm
Faulkner Gallery

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017