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Early Literacy Classes

Families attending storytime

Storytimes help parents foster a lifelong love of books and reading in their children. Storytime is not only fun for children, but also informative and engaging for the parents who attend with them. Different storytimes focus on different age groups, but every storytime helps children and parents bond by participating in healthy, enriching activities together. Joining storytime is a fun way to introduce your children to the Library and to teach Early Literacy Skills.

During Covid-19 times, please join us on Zoom. When you register on our calendar, you will be sent a link to the online meeting. This is a chance to connect and spend time learning together, even when we are not together in person! 

Check our Event Calendar for Virtual Classes.

  • Preschool: Helps pre-readers improve their literacy skills needed for their upcoming kindergarten year. This storytime features longer books accompanied by a variety of activities, including interactive songs and rhymes. Each thirty minute session ends with a craft or sensory activity. This class is designed for preschoolers ages 3 - 5 years. 
  • Bilingual storytime: Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. This class is designed for participants of all ages. Hora de cuentos bilingüe: Ven a divertirte con canciones y cuentos en español e inglés. Para participantes de todas las edades. 
  • Wiggly: engages children and their caregivers with short stories, action rhymes, and songs. Your toddler will be learning sounds, letter recognition, new words, listening skills, and motor skills that will help them grow into pre-readers, all while having fun. This class is designed for toddlers ages 14 months - 3 years.
  • Baby and Me: focuses on developing your baby’s pre-literacy skills. In this thirty minute program, our storyteller will lead the group in songs, rhymes, group reading, and sensory play time to develop language skills, social skills, motor skills, and community building. This class is designed for babies 0 - 14 months and their caregivers. 
  • Music and Movement: all-singing, all-dancing morning of stories and fun! In this class, children and their caregivers learn how to develop early literacy skills through music, dancing, and creative play. These sessions are designed for children ages 2 - 5, but children of all ages are welcome. 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

It’s never too early to start reading with your little ones. The Santa Barbara Public Library invites children ages 0-5 and their families to join the free "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program". By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal and ensure that children begin life with essential pre-reading skills.

How It Works

  • No registration needed - All you need is the first reading log to get started 
  • This program is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers who have not yet entered Kindergarten
  • Books can be from home, from the library, at the doctor’s office, in audio or eBook format…any book in any language is fine
  • Yes, you can read a book more than once!
  • Siblings, grandparents, caregivers, and even library storytellers can all count as “readers”    
  • If you read just one book a night, that’s 365 books in a year - You’ll complete the program in 3 years
  • The program may take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on your family.
  • Keep going! All of the logs up to 1000 are available below. We hope you enjoy seeing your progress!

Why Read 1,000 Books?

Research shows that children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. Children who are read to improve their vocabulary, listening and language skills, and have increased attention spans. Children also develop positive associations with reading when spending quality time with parents or caregivers as they read.

Mix it up! Experiment with different ways to read

  • Participate in one of the Library's Early Literacy Classes
  • Read a wordless book or talk about the pictures when you read. Find them in our catalog by typing "stories without words" in the keyword search box.  
  • Try a read-aloud on OverDrive or other online story sites
  • Let a bigger brother, sister, cousin or neighbor be the storyteller.
  • Give an especially wiggly listener a board book to hold while you read.    
  • Try nursery rhymes or books based on songs.    
  • Use puppets or props that your child can play with while you read.    
  • If it’s not fun, stop and read again later.

 Print Your Reading Logs


Reading Log 1
books 1-100

Reading Log 2
books 101-200
Reading Log 3
books 201-300
Reading Log 4
books 301-400
Reading Log 5
books 401-500
Reading Log 6
books 501-600
Reading Log 7
books 601-700
Reading Log 8
books 701-800
Reading Log 9
books 801-900
Reading Log 10
books 901-1000
Registro 1
libros 1-100
Registro 2
libros 101-200
Registro 3
libros 201-300
Registro 4
libros 301-400
Registro 5
libros 401-500
Registro 6
libros 501-600
Registro 7
libros 601-700
Registro 8
libros 701-800
Registro 9
libros 801-900
Registro 10
libros 901-1000
Last Updated: Mar 2, 2021
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