|Central Library||40 E. Anapamu Street||805-564-5674|
|Carpinteria Branch||5141 Carpinteria Avenue||805-684-4314
|Eastside Branch||1102 E. Montecito Street||805-963-3727|
|Montecito Branch||1469 E. Valley Road||805-969-5063|
Please have the following information ready when requesting a visit:
The following services are available to teachers and after-school providers within our service area.
Classes can visit the library to tour Central Library and participate in a storytime or another activity for older students.
Classes can visit the library for an instructional session on using library resources including the card catalog, databases, and more. Librarians can also help curate resources on a particular subject or for a specific project.
SBPL staff can assist you with getting your students library cards. For students 12 and under, a parent/guardian signature and ID (just a written DL or passport number on the application). For teens ages 13 and up, no parent/guardian signature is required.
Library staff can give students an overview of digital resources to supplement school library resources, both to support curriculum and school work and for recreational reading.
SBPL offers a wide array of maker and STEAM programs, including: 3D design and printing, coding with Ozobots, Wonderbots, LittleBits, Snap Circuits for older students, and manipulatives, games, and open-ended play that introduce STEAM concepts to children as young as three in developmentally appropriate ways. SBPL can tailor this program to meet your needs, and it can be offered both as part of a field trip to the library or as a classroom visit by SBPL staff.
SBPL has an Oculus Rift and a HTC Vive virtual system. Library staff can run run a demonstration and talk about the various ways that VR technology is changing education and research. This program requires a parent/guardian permission form. This systems were made available by a California State Library grant to enable library communities to experience this new technology, with the goal of sparking interest in exploring applications and future uses. In addition the Library also have Oculus Go virtual reality headsets.
SBPL staff can visit your classroom or school library for storytelling and literacy workshops. Staff are happy to prepare a storytime that will complement your curriculum.
SBPL staff can visit your classroom or school library to do book talks - engaging introductions to high-interest books on a variety of topics.
Library staff will provide 3 “coaching sessions” to introduce and model storytelling skills, such as reading with expression, asking questions, and using illustrations to draw conclusions. After training, they participate in a graduation ceremony and take a pledge to read with family and other young readers. This program is great for emerging readers in 2-3rd grade who may be struggling, or is a good fit for 4-6th graders who can be storytellers for younger grades or at home. This is a unique program developed by SBPL staff as part of a grant, and research shows it is very effective at increasing reading motivation as well as improving basic reading skills, such as alphabetic, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. SBPL can tailor this program to meet your needs.
SBPL librarians can provide a teacher or staff in-service or training in readers’ advisory - the art of matching books to readers based on interest, appeal, and reading level. Do you struggle to keep up with trends in children’s books? Do you need tips on helping reluctant readers find books that will keep them turning pages? This introduction can help you brush up on your book-recommending skills.
Have other ideas or needs? Let's talk! We are open to collaborations or any other idea, no matter how outside the box, to help support youth education. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-564-5642.