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Do you HOOPLA?

September 11, 2016 

The Santa Barbara Public Library System is excited to announce the addition of thousands of popular movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics available for mobile and online access to stream or download 24/7 with a valid Santa Barbara Public Library card. Click here to get started.

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We're looking for a User Experience Manager!

June 21, 2016 

We've got a new position open!! Join us! We're looking for a User Experience Manager (Library Services Manager). You librarian types, please share with your colleagues near and far! You've got until July 11 to submit your application.

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All Libraries Closed for Independence Day, Monday, July 4th

June 13, 2016 

All libraries in the Santa Barbara Public Library System will be closed in honor of the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4, 2016.


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Library Closures June 9 and 10

May 19, 2016 

On Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, Central Library will be closed to the public for some interior renovations. Big things are happening! Come in on Saturday, June 11 to see the changes!

Eastside Library will be closed to the public until noon on Friday, June 10.

All other branches remain open as usual, on both days.

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LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

May 13, 2016 

All libraries in the Santa Barbara Public Library System will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.





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Susan Miles Gulbransen: Authors Pat Mora, Meg Waite Clayton and More to Speak in Santa Barbara

April 8, 2016 

Two local institutions long ago grabbed my heart: our public library and CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation). If you’re a reader and book lover, both have upcoming events that would be worthy your attention.

One of my strongest memories as a child was walking under the Central Library’s colorful, artistically carved door, then the main door, on the Anapamu Street side of the building.

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Libraries Closed for Cesar Chavez Day

March 8, 2016 

All Santa Barbara Public Libraries will be closed on Thursday, March 31, 2015 in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day.



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Presidents Day Holiday

February 1, 2016 

Monday, February 15 ~
All libraries will be CLOSED for the
Presidents Day Holiday

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Lunes, el 15 de febrero ~
Todas las bibliotecas estarán
cerradas para observar el
Día de Los Presidentes

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Libraries Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 2, 2016 

All Santa Barbara Public Libraries will be closed for the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016.


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ALL LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY HOLIDAY

December 21, 2015 

All libraries in the Santa Barbara Public Library System will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 in observance of New Year's Day. In addition, the Libraries will also close at 4:00pm on Thursday, December 31, 2015.


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Food for Fines

December 10, 2015 

From December 14 to 21, the Santa Barbara Central and Eastside libraries “Food for Fines” drive will help support the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara. Patrons will be allowed to exchange canned goods and other foods for library overdue fines.

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Auto Renew is Here!

October 8, 2015 

Auto Renew

This convenient service will automatically renew your eligible materials on the due date. You won't have to lift a finger. Library items will be automatically renewed two (2) days before the due date as long as no holds have been placed on them by other library customers. Items may be renewed a maximum of three (3) times.

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"Read 'em and Reap"

September 17, 2015 

What made this event stand out, however, were the hundreds of kids on hand for the event. Did I say hundreds? By the end of the day, it would be thousands. And their families. Yes, there was free food, face painting, music, jugglers, and a sketch artist who allegedly draws the fastest caricature this side of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

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Children's Library News

September 14, 2015 

Daniel Santos loves books, especially ones about soccer.

So when the new Children’s Library at the downtown Santa Barbara Public Library opened Sunday, it didn’t take the 7-year-old long to find the right aisle and section to settle down and relax.

“It’s big,” Daniel said about the library.

His mother was thrilled.

“This library is going to help him enjoy literacy,” Lupe Santos told Noozhawk. “It’s going to help him become a great reader.”

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Montecito Library in the News

August 3, 2015 

Members of nonprofit Friends of the Montecito Library are fighting to keep the doors open after recent county budget cuts forced the library to decrease its hours by 25 percent.

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Buellton Library rejoins SBPLS July 1, 2015

June 18, 2015 

Buellton Library changes jurisdictions, leaving the Lompoc Library System and rejoining the Santa Barbara Public Library System. In the early 1960s, Buellton Library became part of the Lompoc Library System. The reason for the change stems from a desire to provide more comprehensive service to the residents of Santa Ynez Valley and use financial resources efficiently by sharing staff and programming with the Solvang Library located 3 miles away.

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Volunteer Training - Reach out to schools

April 27, 2015 

Tues. April 28 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. This training prepares adult volunteers to take a 5 minute pro-reading, pro-library message to K-5th grade students during the Library's May School Outreach efforts. Join library staff as we visit Santa Barbara Unified School District classrooms to promote the Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program, "Every Hero Has a Story."


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SANTA BARBARA READS Author Talk

April 8, 2015 

The Real Story Behind Orange is the New Black. Free reading, lecture, and book-signing by Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.

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Grant Writing Basics

March 27, 2015 

Two free workshops for those new to grant writing will be taught on Thursday, April 23 by a training specialist from The Foundation Center. Preregistration is required.

1-2 pm: Introduction to Proposal Writing will cover the key components of a grant proposal to a foundation.

2:15-3:15 pm: Proposal Budgeting Basics is geared to the novice grant-seeker and will focus on how to prepare and present the budget in a grant proposal.

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Santa Barbara's own "Piper" talks about her ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK experience

March 16, 2015 

Tuesday, March 24, Santa Barbara native Kristianne Clifford, incarcerated 18 years in a maximum security California prison, will speak at Central Library about her experiences in the criminal justice system, what she found in the Santa Barbara Reads 2015 book, Orange is the New Black, that resonated with her, and the program and concepts that changed her consciousness behind bars and back in society.

Co-sponsored by the Freedom to Choose Foundation.

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Children’s Library Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

January 13, 2015 

Kitty and Dave Peri have been going to the Santa Barbara Public Library’s downtown branch for almost 70 years — as children, with their children, and now, gleefully, with their grandchildren. So when they heard the library was planning to remodel its small children’s section, Kitty and Dave donated before the fundraising campaign even began. “This library holds our childhood memories,” said Kitty, “and it’s an excellent cause.”

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A New Children's Library

December 24, 2014 

The Santa Barbara Public Library System begins construction on a beautiful new space for children this January at the Central Library.

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Bev Schwartzberg is a Local Hero

December 1, 2014 

For the past 11 years, Beverly Schwartzberg has been running the adult literacy program out of the downtown library, personally training close to 750 volunteer tutors in that time. Schwartzberg recruits and trains volunteer tutors; currently, there are 180, all of whom have received nine hours of training. The next trick is to pair that tutor with the right student. The objective, she said, is not to have people reading War and Peace, but to achieve the goals they set out for themselves. The key is to create a place they feel safe going to and even safer coming back. “It doesn’t always happen the first time,” Schwartzberg said.

While adult literacy is one of the few genuinely bipartisan issues that warring political factions can agree upon—“It’s the cheapest education investment you can make,” she said—the state legislature pulled the plug on Santa Barbara’s adult literacy program during the depths of the Recession. City Hall helped save the program from elimination, and Schwartzberg quietly worked to educate decision makers about the benefits of her program. “When I started out, I was wanted to change someone else’s life,” she said. “But really it’s been my life that’s gotten changed.”

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Matching Grant given by the Cheeryble Foundation

December 1, 2014 

Every dollar given to the Children's Library Project from today onward will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

This opportunity is made possible by the Cheeryble Foundation, which will match donations up to a total of $100,000.

Every $25 will turn into $50; $1000 will become $2000, and will help reach the campaign's goal sooner!

Donations may be made online through the Friends here or directly to the Children's Library Campaign here. Donations may also be sent to: Friends of the SB Public Library, PO Box 1019, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. Please note on your donation that you are responding to the Children's Library Challenge Grant!

Questions? Call the Children's Library Campaign at (805) 564-5675.

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Santa Barbara Public Library System Receives Federal Grant

October 17, 2014 

The Santa Barbara Public Library System has received a $249,000 National Leadership Grant to promote reading for low-literacy families. The award is part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ $9.2 million grant program that addresses challenges in the library field and evaluates library innovations. The Santa Barbara Public Library was one of 51 grant projects selected out of 212 applicants.

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Community Conversation on Libraries, Streets, Parks, and Facilities

October 1, 2014 

The City Council is hosting public workshops to get your thoughts on the condition of the City’s basic infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, libraries, community centers, police and fire stations, and park and recreation facilities. We want to learn what’s important to you and get your input on how the City Council should prioritize funding. A Council Committee will take the suggestions from the public to develop a plan to upgrade and modernize public facilities.


El Consejo Municipal de la Ciudad de Santa Bárbara desea enterarse sobre cuales son las cosas importantes para usted. Ayude al Consejo Municipal a que determine las prioridades para los fondos de dinero y a planear para el futuro de las calles de la Ciudad, de los centros comunitarios, de las bibliotecas, de los parques y de las instalaciones de recreación, como así también las estaciones de policías y de bomberos. Asista a un taller para el público y participe en la conversación.

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New Santa Barbara Children's Library in the works

September 25, 2014 

The fundraising campaign for creating a state-of-the-art children's library at the downtown Santa Barbara branch has raised $3.4 million, officials announced Tuesday.

"If there was ever a community that would have a first-class children's library it would be Santa Barbara, and we do not," said Peter MacDougall, the Santa Barbara Children's Library Honorary Committee co-chair. "A first-class children's library is what is needed in Santa Barbara."

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Writing for the Middle Grade Reader

August 12, 2014 
This is a workshop for teens and adults who want to know more about writing for this genre. Workshop leaders include Gwen Dandridge, Valerie Hobbs, Sherrie Petersen, and Kimberley Troutte.
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Adult Literacy Volunteer Honored

July 23, 2014 

Imagine being unable to read your child’s report card, fill out a job application, read a bus schedule, or vote. For most of us, it is almost impossible to picture what it would be like to go through life unable to read or even to tell time. It is a sad fact that many in our community, working and raising families, carefully keep the secret that they cannot read. It could be anyone — perhaps someone you know.

Fortunately, volunteers like Linda Solin are there to help. A Santa Barbara Public Library Adult Literacy Program volunteer tutor, she devotes several hours every week helping adults learn to read.

Solin is used to challenges: She began her volunteer career in her teens in the surgical ward of a children’s hospital, helping to change burned children’s bandages. She enjoyed her hospital work but always dreamed of being a teacher.

After attending UC Santa Barbara, she worked in bilingual education in Bakersfield, later moving back to Santa Barbara, where she taught kindergarten and first grade for the next 30 years. Retirement opened new possibilities. A friend recommended the tutoring program and, before she knew it, she was matched with “José” (not his real name).

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Language Learning Support

July 11, 2014 
The Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Pronunciator online language-learning system free for all library patrons. With 80 of the world's most popular languages, and ESL courses for speakers of 50 non-English languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.
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Movie Streaming from your Library

July 5, 2014 
IndieFlix offers unlimited access to thousands of shorts, features, and documentaries from more than 50 countries.There are many selections from film festivals including the best of Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca.
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Electronics Workshop for Beginners at Central Library

June 13, 2014 

With the rise of the "Internet of Things" the ability to build electronics and circuits will become increasingly important over the next decade. The Santa Barbara Public Library System, as part of its Makerspace Open Lab, will hold a class on Monday evening, June 16, designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of electronics in order to provide the foundation necessary to begin building their own projects. The class will run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. Those who have built their own simple circuit projects are encouraged to bring them before class, starting at 5:30 p.m.
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Learn to Sell on Craig's List at Goleta Library

June 13, 2014 
A free class on how to sell items on Craigslist, a free web site for local classifieds listings, will be held at the Goleta Library on Monday, June 16, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Goleta Library, a branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System, is located at 500 N. Fairview Ave. in Goleta.
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Summer Reading is Happening!

June 12, 2014 
The Library's annual Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage young people to read during summer vacation. This year’s theme is "FIZZ BOOM READ" for children and “Spark a Reaction” for teens. Hundreds of young people have already enrolled. Both programs are free and continue through July 31. To participate, children and teens sign up at their local public library.
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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2014