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Santa Barbara Public Library to Lead Monthly Book Club at the New Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

The Santa Barbara Public Library is excited to announce a new partnership with the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic. 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, located at 540 W. Pueblo Street in the new Cancer Center Resource Library. The Book Club will meet on the 4th Thursday of the month, from 2:00—3:00pm, with the first meeting to be held on February 22nd. Copies of the first book, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker are available to check-out at the Cancer Center Resource Library or any of the Santa Barbara Public Libraries. 

Staff at the Cancer Center Resource Library stated, “We are so excited to be partnering with the Santa Barbara Public Library to bring a book club to our patients and their caregivers. It is a wonderful opportunity for patients to set cancer aside for a bit and explore new places, step into another life, and immerse themselves in all that a good book has to offer. We also recognize that our patient’s life experiences help shape their perspective. Being in a book club with other cancer survivors is a unique opportunity to explore a story with other readers who may view the world through a similar lens.”

The partnership with the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center is one of many that the Santa Barbara Public Library has formed to bring a wide range of free classes, programs, workshops, and events to the community. “The Library has been actively reaching out to a variety of groups in the community to either partner with library programing or bring library programs to them,” stated Santa Barbara Public Library Director, Jessica Cadiente. “It’s an amazing opportunity for the library to deliver materials and programming expertise to patients, survivors, and caregivers at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.”

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Book Club joins a host of other library-led monthly books clubs, including a History Book Club, YA for Grownups Book Club, Crime Book Club, Fiction Book Club, BYO Book Club (Bring Your Own Book), Theatre Book Club (in partnership with Ensemble Theatre Company), and the Garden Court Book Club (held at Garden Court on De la Vina).

Information about library book clubs and other library programs is available at All Library programs are free and open to the public.


Contact: Jace Turner, Community Relations Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5611


Contact: Youngmi An, Resource Library and Education Coordinator

Phone: 805-879-5648


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