Santa Barbara Public Library and California Hope 805 will offer a series of writing workshops in support of wellness in the community after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow events.
Santa Barbara Public Library and California Hope 805 will offer a series of writing workshops in support of wellness in the community after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow events.
Are you a local artist interested in showing your work at the downtown Central Library? The Santa Barbara Art Association will manage the jurying for one-person art shows for the library on Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St. with pick up of those pieces from 3 – 4 p.m. that same day.
The Santa Barbara Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara welcome the community to the first of the 2018-2019 civic forums the two organizations hold together in partnership.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is excited to celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus by offering the novel and related texts as the Santa Barbara Public Library System’s 17th annual Santa Barbara Read.
Join the Central Library and the Friends for an interview, signing, and reading of Riggs' debut novel What She Gave Away on Thursday, September 27 at 5:30 PM.
Santa Barbara Public Library System will participate in National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan voter registration drive on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
join the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation, society, and the local community from September 15 - October 15.
Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), in partnership with the Central Library, is hosting a Foro Inquilino/Tenant's Forum on September 5, 2018.
Join the Santa Barbara Public Library for an evening of inspiration and practical strategies for raising emotionally healthy children with the author of The Emotionally Healthy Child at the Santa Barbara Central Library and the Montecito Branch Library in September.
A free college application essay prep course will be offered at the Eastside Library. The aim of the course is to provide students with a completed draft of their college application essay.
The Santa Barbara Public Library System is excited to celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus as the Santa Barbara Reads 2018 selection.
MakeSB welcomes Wild Animals to perform at the Central Library Tuesday, September 4th at 7 PM.
The Santa Barbara Central Library seeks volunteers for Youth Services’ Homework Help Program to work with children in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
SBPL Works! is the Library's careern and workforce development center.
This August, as part of the Summer Reading Program, Santa Barbara Public Library System is introducing WriteSB.
MakeSB continues on Monday, August 6 at 7PM with a musical showcase.
Santa Barbara’s Central and Eastside libraries are officially designated cooling centers. We invite residents to get some relief from the heat and enjoy engaging programs, classes, and events at not only Central and Eastside, but at our branches throughout southern Santa Barbara County.
Wizards and muggles alike are invited to join Santa Barbara Public Library for an evening of magic, Tuesday, July 31st, from 7-9 pm at Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu.
More than 30 community organizations will be present at the 2018 SBPL Volunteer Fair on Saturday, July 28 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Santa Barbara Public Library's own Frances Burns Linn will be inducted in the California Library Hall of Fame this fall.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is excited to announce a slate of filmmaking programming for teens throughout the month of July.
Author Annette McGivney at the Central Library on Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30pm. McGivney will be speaking on her book, Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven.
MakeSB continues on Friday, July 13 at 7 PM with a musical showcase featuring Retirement Party (Chicago, IL), Moonily and Soko the Whale Dog at the Santa Barbara Central Library.
Participants ages 12-17 are invited to participate in the CodeSB: Community Resources with Computer Science cohort this summer at the Santa Barbara Central Library. CodeSB will run for 6 weeks every Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:30 PM beginning July 11 through August 15.
the Central Library will be hosting its first annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday, July 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
While adults are encouraged to Choose Adventure and sign-up for the Summer Reading Program, via which they can earn prize entries for each book they read, they are also encouraged to attend events, join a book club, engage with the community, contact old friends, and more.
With schools letting out and the summer solstice just around the corner, the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) is launching its 2018 Summer Reading and Learning Program! From June 1 through August 15 all members of the community are invited to participate in this year's program and Choose Adventure.
To celebrate the launch of #MakeSB the Central Library invites the community to enjoy performances from three local musicians at the #MakeSB grand-opening kickoff on Friday, June 8th, 2018 from 7 - 9 PM.
Join the Central Library's volunteer team and help us "Choose Adventure" by supporting summer reading!
The Santa Barbara Central Library continues to offer programs and classes aimed at teaching and engaging through technology.
This coming week the Central Library is hosting two events with community partners to share information on how residents can help protect their home from fires with landscaping tips and providing an update on the front country trails and the process for their restoration.
The Goleta Valley Library has become an independent jurisdiction within the Black Gold Library Cooperative Library System starting July 1, 2018.
Join the Santa Barbara Public Library in celebrating all things public library during National Library Week, April 8-14!
The Carpinteria Branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System currently remains open and is a safe and dry place for children and families.
Due to the issuance of a Mandatory Evacuation Order, the Montecito branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System is closed.
Our 3rd annual Pi Day celebration on March 14th at the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu from 4PM - 6PM. Families are also invited to experience the universe of A Wrinkle in Time at the Central Library on Saturday, March 17th from 1PM - 3PM.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is partnering with the American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast to provide individualized recovery support for Spanish speaking residents impacted by the Montecito debris flows and/or Thomas Fire.
Public Library staff will lead a monthly book club for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to be held at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Resource Library.
The Montecito Branch Library will back to regular days and hours starting on Tuesday (1/30) at 10:00 am.
Santa Barbara Public Library is partnering with the Koegel Autism Center at the University of Santa Barbara to present highly engaging and informative content to the local community in the monthly Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Series, in addition to adding Sensory Story Times and more.
The Santa Barbara Central Library has opened the new year with a slew of new programs and classes aimed at teaching and engaging through technology.
Central, Eastside, Goleta, Buellton, and Solvang Libraries are open regular hours. Carpinteria will re-open on Sat., Jan. 13 regular hours. Montecito Library remains closed until further notice.
Beginning Wednesday, January 10th the Santa Barbara Central Library will be having a weekly youth Coding Club in the Central Library’s Tech Lab for participants aged 10-17. No previous coding experience is necessary.
Week of 12/17: Central Library continues to be a distribution point for N95 masks, offer a Thomas Fire information kiosk, and to provide increased events and activities for children, families, teens, and adults.
Santa Barbara Public Library patrons can continue to pay down overdue fines on their accounts through Tuesday, December 19, by bringing items of food to the library to be donated to the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara. The Food for Fines program will be in effect at the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St., and the Eastside Library, at 1102 E. Montecito St.
With the cancellation of school throughout Santa Barbara, many sites that are usually food collection locations are not available this year.
This weekend the Central Library is offering two special programs, Coding with Robots and Curiosity Club. Both activities are recommended for kids ages 7-12 years (caregivers welcome) and are part of the Library's science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programming. Coding with Robots will be on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and Curiosity Club will be on Sunday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. This weekend in Curiosity Club participants can make their own magnetic slime!
As the Thomas Fire remains ongoing and is affecting individuals, families, schools, and businesses, the Santa Barbara Public Library remains open and is continuing to provide programming, information, and resources for the community.
The Santa Barbara Public Library System is open for regular business hours at Central Library, and the Eastside, Carpinteria, Goleta, Buellton, and Solvang.
All Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday (Dec 24-25). Check out the Downloads & Streaming webpage to access our digital collections--eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, & more--available 24/7 from home or wherever you are.
Central Library will open at 12:00 pm. All other Branch Libraries will open at 1:00 pm.
Santa Barbara Public Library members will be able to pay down overdue fines on their accounts between December 1 and December 14, 2017 by bringing items of food to the library to be donated to the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara. The Food for Fines program will be in effect at the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St., and the Eastside Library, at 1102 E. Montecito St.
Upcoming Holiday Closures for the Santa Barbara Public Library System.
On Wednesday, November 15 from noon to 2pm at the Faulkner Gallery of the Central Library, the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Public Library are hosting a forum to update and inform the community on the current situation of immigration in Santa Barbara. Speakers will address immigration actions and policies currently in place in the county, including: what organizations in the field are seeing happen, available funding to aid immigrants and organizations supporting immigrants, legal rights and advice, and law enforcement policies.
Using the 2017 Santa Barbara Reads book selection, Station Eleven, as just such an inspiration, DramaDogs has created a performance piece, The Three, that will take audiences on a theatrical journey integrating original stories, the words of Shakespeare, music, and movement. All of these elements blend together to express the themes of fate, home, what we value, and the calling of the creative spirit…because survival, truly, is insufficient.
The Santa Barbara Public Library invites the community to attend any of the four upcoming SB Reads special performances. All shows are at 5:00 PM and are free:
Join the Santa Barbara Public Library and UCSB Arts & Lectures on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM for an event with Professor John Woolley to explore the history of the Office of the President and its relation to our current day.
Pandemics, board games, comic crafts, and a storytime about a blackout may seem like fairly disparate topics, but this year's Santa Barbara Reads selection, Station Eleven, is the thread that brings these all together at the Santa Barbara Public Library. These topics can be found in the SB Reads programming for kids, families, and teens.
As part of this year's Santa Barbara Reads programming the Santa Barbara Public Library is inviting the community to special screenings of Bard in the Backcountry. The Library welcomes individuals to view the documentary, read the book, and explore how themes of discipline, transformation, and generosity of spirit can transcend time and place.
Three special screenings at three branches of the Santa Barbara Public Library:
- Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 PM, Central Library
- Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 PM, Eastside Library
- Monday, November 20 at 3:00 PM, Buellton Library
November’s Dyslexia Dialogue, hosted by the Santa Barbara Public Library and Dyslexia Santa Barbara, will focus on creative uses of technology to help struggling readers. The workshop meets Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Faulkner Gallery at the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara, and is open to the public.
How do we as a community prepare for disaster scenarios? What should we be doing as individuals to be ready? These questions, spurred by the book Station Eleven, will be discussed and investigated in a set of events being held by the Santa Barbara Public Library System for this year’s Santa Barbara Reads.
As part of this year's Santa Barbara Reads programming the Santa Barbara Public Library is lifting both the sci-fi and Shakespearean themes to the fore through a number of live readings at the Central Library, the Montecito Library, and the Solvang Library.
The third edition of the lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Monday, November 6 at 7 pm at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
To celebrate Santa Barbara Reads, the Santa Barbara Public Library is creating its own Museum of Civilization – a display inspired by the plot of Station Eleven. Our Museum will be filled with items that the Santa Barbara community would collect for such a display.
So, the Library is asking the community: What would you miss?
Each year through Santa Barbara Reads the Santa Barbara Public Library offers one title to the community with the intent that everyone will read the same book at the same time. This year's Santa Barbara Reads selection is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The 2017 Santa Barbara Reads kicks off on November 1 at 6:00 PM at the Central Library's Faulkner Gallery. The community is invited to pick-up free copies of Station Eleven, engage in a live impromptu play reading, and participate in a Cosplay Competition.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is offering two workshops to support these groups and people in finding the funding they need to continue in their work.
The first workshop, for non-profits only, is an introduction to the Foundation Center’s new Foundation Directory Online. Participants will learn how to use the new Foundation Directory Online interface to research funding opportunities through thousands of grant makers. Registration for the Thursday, October 19, 10-11am event is now open.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is one of the 100 public libraries in California selected to receive an Oculus Rift headset, an Oculus controller, and a computer pre-loaded with educational and informational virtual reality applications produced by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc. Individuals over the age of 13 are invited to put a headset on and experience the VR equipment at one of the library’s upcoming Virtual Reality Open Houses.
California Rural Legal Association and the Santa Barbara Public Library are hosting forum on immigration rights with immigration attorney Marisol Alarcon Wednesday, October 25th, from 6:30 -8:00 pm. Participants will obtain information on constitutional rights and general information regarding immigration laws.
The Santa Barbara Central Library seeks volunteers for the Youth Services’ Homework Help Program to work with children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. This is an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the success of local students. Adults and teens interested in volunteering will need to attend a training on Saturday, October 14th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Tech Lab of the Santa Barbara Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St.
This year the Santa Barbara Public Library has been celebrating 100 years of the Central Library. As the revels wind down, be sure to catch the remaining, very popular Historical talks, and the Centennial Gala on Saturday, November 4. The remaining Historic talks cover the spheres of art and architecture at the Central Library over the last 100 years.
Are you a local artist interested in showing your work at the downtown Central Library? The Santa Barbara Art Association will be jurying for one-person art shows on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St.
To help the Santa Barbara community with the upcoming Medicare changes and understanding the process, the Santa Barbara Central Library and the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens' Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program are hosting a presentation and Q&A on Tuesday, October 10 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM.
The Santa Barbara Poetry Series will present its first reading of the 2017-18 season on Sunday, October 15, 7-8:30 pm at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library.
The evening will welcome two new books: Parable, poems by Peter Karoff, and To Give Life a Shape: Poems Inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, edited by David Starkey and Chryss Yost. The event is free and open to the public.
The Santa Barbara Public Library will offer a free online training course for community members who would like to be able to help adults and children with dyslexia learn to read better. Interested participants must pre-register by Saturday, October 7.
On Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, The Santa Barbara Public Central Library will host its second annual Indie Author Day in the Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. This event is a celebration of independent authors in the greater Santa Barbara community.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Santa Barbara Public Library System will participate in National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan voter registration drive. Volunteers will be available to assist individuals with the registration process in an effort to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to register and vote in the 2017 election.
Author Jennifer Torres will visiting the Santa Barbara Central and Eastside Libraries on October 6 and October 7, 2017 to help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with two special bilingual storytimes and a children’s writing workshop. This program is supported by a Community Arts Grant from the Santa Barbara Office of Arts and Culture.
The Santa Barbara Public Library will be commemorating the day with celebrations of Mexican culture at the Eastside and Goleta branches on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.
Workshops for teens and parents to discuss these issues, develop tools for communication, and connect participants to resources will be held at:
Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Ave
Wednesday, October 4th 6 pm
This summer several Santa Barbara area community members came together at the Library for a two day workshop with StoryCenter, an organization that supports individuals and organizations in using storytelling and participatory media for reflection, education, and social change.
Join the Central Library for stories and songs every Tuesday at 5:30 pm!
Are you a lover of words? Want to have a great time and support reading in your community? Join the Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library at the 7th Scrabble Night for Literacy at the Central Library on Friday, September 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. This special one-night fundraiser welcomes all players, from children to adults, beginners to experts, to enjoy two rounds of the world’s favorite word game.
The Santa Barbara Central Library is now accepting reservation requests for the use of the lobby display cases for the year beginning January 2018.
Central Library will open at 12:00 pm. All other Branch Libraries will open at 1:00 pm.
Each Branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System is giving away a free registration to the Central Coast Writers Conference, September 28-30, 2017 valued at $250. Deadline to apply is September 1, 2017.
All Santa Barbara Public Libraries will be closed on Friday, March 31, in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day.
All Santa Barbara Public Libraries will be closed for the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2017.
Are you a results-oriented librarian who embraces collaboration and innovation? Do you have a record of leveraging technology and teamwork to meet customer needs? If the answer is "yes," then read on.
Volunteers will be able to assist voters with registering at all Santa Barbara Public Library System locations...
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.
An informational presentation with a panel of physicians, social workers and chaplains who will discuss the potential implications for the terminally ill in the Santa Barbara community.
Due to a planned system upgrade, patron accounts, some downloadable materials, and the Library Catalog will be unavailable Tuesday, July 12th. You will need your library card to checkout materials. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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.
All libraries in the Santa Barbara Public Library System will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
The Santa Barbara Public Library System has been selected to receive a National Literacy Directory Innovation Grant Award for its innovative approach to equipping children to be family literacy promoters.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
From June 9 to July 31, all branches of the Santa Barbara Public Library System will offer a Summer Reading Program for youth. The teen program differs from the children's program, but both programs have reading incentives and fun activities for participants.
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."
Eight actors will recite from Shakespeare's works about love and loss on Sat., April 25 at 3:00 in the Faulkner Gallery, followed by Q&A.
Enjoy this free lecture and slide show presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Docent Council, Wed., April 29 at 3:00pm in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Central Library.
Two free workshops for those new to grant writing will be taught on Thursday, April 23 2015 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).