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Choose Adventure and Support Summer Reading at the Santa Barbara Public Library

Join the Central Library's volunteer team and help us "Choose Adventure" by supporting summer reading!

 The Santa Barbara Public Library System seeks energetic teen and adult volunteers to help with all aspects of the Summer Reading Program. The 2018 program, “Choose Adventure,” begins on June 1 and runs through August 15. Adults and teens interested in welcoming families, explaining the program, enrolling participants, discussing books with children, and awarding prizes can sign up now. The trainings will provide volunteers with a background to the Summer Reading Program and prepare volunteers to engage in these activities with library patrons.

Volunteer training sessions will be conducted at the Buellton, Central, and Solvang Libraries. Volunteers are encouraged to choose and register for one training session at the library at which they plan to volunteer or contact their local branch for more information. Volunteers may reserve their space at a training by registering online or calling (805) 564-5674 for the Central Library, (805) 688-3115 for the Buellton Library, or (805) 688-4214 for the Solvang Library. To volunteer at the Buellton and Solvang Libraries teens must be entering 7th-12th grade, to volunteer at the Central Library teens must be at least 14 years old.

Remaining trainings will take place on: 
• Wednesday, May 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Tech Lab at the Central Library
• Wednesday, May 23, 5:15-6:45 p.m. in the Lower Level Program Room at the Central Library
• Saturday, May 26, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Buellton Library 
• Tuesday, May 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Tech Lab at the Central Library 
• Monday, June 11, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in the Island Room at the Central Library

The annual Summer Reading Program is a library tradition that instills a lifelong love of learning by encouraging children to read and participate in events over the summer. Volunteer outreach efforts are supported by the Friends of the Libraries. Teens earn community service volunteer hours for their efforts. Adults need to complete a City background check to work with children at the libraries. Minimum time commitment of at least 2 hours per week for 5 weeks between June 1 and August 15. Teens earn community service hours. Morning, evening, and weekend shifts are available.

To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Contact: Lisa Gonzales, Senior Library Technician  

Phone: 805-564-5674

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