As a community hub, the 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. Even though schools would have regularly been closed during this upcoming week, the inability for the community to be outside remains a real issue and the Library recognizes the role it can play to provide a safe space to be.
At the Santa Barbara Central Library, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system keeps the air fresh and filtered. Families can drop by anytime the Library is open and build with LEGOs in the Learning Lab, make winter arts and crafts, or play any of the Library’s board games.
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!
Monday through Thursday this coming week, the Central Library will be offering a consistent slate of events for kids and families. Starting with Storytime at 10:30am and ending each day with a Family Movie at 4:00pm, there will be something to join at all hours of the day.
Particularly good for those with kids who have been cooped up inside for too long will be the Library's Sensory Play and Recess! activities. Monday through Thursday at 11:00am Sensory Play features activities for children in preschool and early elementary grades that help them develop gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and an understanding of early learning concepts. Participants will explore waterfalls, build with sand, design with play dough, and more. And at 1:00pm is Recess!, and it is just what it sounds like, games and group activities to get kids active and moving. Play Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, hula hoop, jump rope, and more!
Creative elementary school kids and those who want to explore how to make a comic book won't want to miss Think It, Ink It, a workshop on writing and drawing comics. This workshop, on Wednesday at 3:30pm will be presented by a professional artist who has worked on The Simpsons and is sure to engage and inspire.
For adults there are also a number of programs to participate in at the Central Library. Tuesday the Central Library is host to the monthly Favorite Poem Readings at 5:15pm, on Wednesday at 5:30pm the book club YA for Grownups meets (this month's book is the award winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz), and Thursday at 6:30pm all are welcome at the hiking series talk which this month is exploring Where to Find Mushrooms.
Come to the Library all week and enjoy fresh air, fun, and learning!
The Santa Barbara Public Library System is open for regular business hours at Central Library, and Buellton, Carpinteria, Eastside, Goleta, and Solvang Libraries.
Montecito Branch will be closed until further notice due to the Thomas Fire mandatory evacuations.
Central Library Schedule of Events 12/16 - 12/22
Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at SBPLibrary.org for information about library hours, locations, programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Contact: Molly Wetta, Senior Librarian for Youth Services
Phone: (805) 564-5642