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Adults Can Choose Adventure at the Santa Barbara Public Library This Summer

When thinking of summer reading programs, it could be forgiven if one thinks only of young children whizzing through books to win prizes at the local library. But the Santa Barbara Public Library is hoping to change that perception this summer with challenges, events, and reading programs for all ages.

The importance of reading goes beyond keeping one's brain sharp, it has also been shown to help reduce stress and increase empathy. Books are also an avenue for exploration and communication that can bring people together. As an organization promoting lifelong learning and literacy, the Santa Barbara Public Library is excited to invite the community to participate in all they have to offer this summer and to discover (or rediscover!) a love of reading.

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. To kick-off everything Adult Summer Reading, the Santa Barbara Public Library is hosting a party at Wine Therapy (732 State St.) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM on Wednesday, June 6th. There will be Blind Date With a Book, postcard writing on vintage typewriters, personalized book recommendations, and general book and reading geekery. 

Special events continue for adults throughout the summer. From writing workshops to explorative panel discussions to escape rooms and murder mystery parties, the Santa Barbara Public Library has something for everyone.

For more information and to see all Summer Reading programs and sign-up, visit the Santa Barbara Public Library's website and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish

Choose Adventure at SBPL Events for Adults…

World Refugee Day Documentary + Panel Discussion @ Central Library

Wednesday 6/20 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Screening of a short documentary from Amnesty International and a discussion panel featuring representatives from International Rescue Committee and Santa Barbara Community Aiding Refugees Effort.


Voices of Queer Women in Comics @ Central Library
Wednesday 6/27  6:30 - 8:00 pm

As part of the American Library Association’s celebration of LGBTQ+ Books during the month of June, this discussion brings together local experts, enthusiasts, and activists to talk about the history and the current state of queer women in the comics industry.


Game Night: Stranger Things Escape Room @ Central Library
Friday 7/6 6:00-8:00 pm

Can you escape the Upside Down? Register a team for a 30 minute escape room slot and enjoy tabletop games while you wait! 


Murder Mystery Party @ secret location
Friday 7/13 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join us for a 1980s themed murder mystery! Register online or at Central Library to receive an email with the location and details on the event! 


Tech Tasting @ Municipal Winemakers (22 Anacapa) 
Tuesday  7/24 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join us at Municipal Winemakers to sample tech "toys" that the Library has to offer - virtual reality, coding robots, and more. Tech paired with food paired with wine!


Pure Land: Discussion with Author Annette McGivney @ Central Library
Wednesday 7/25 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Author Annette McGivney will speak about her book Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth. Outside Magazine wrote that Pure Land is "so gripping, so well reported, and so well told that it deserves space on the bookshelf next to... Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild and Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge."


Volunteer Fair @ Central Library
Saturday 7/28 11:00 am - 1:00 pmSanta Barbara Public Library is hosting its 1st Annual Volunteer Fair and will showcase the numerous volunteer organizations that dedicate their time and services to bettering our community.


BYO Book Club Extravaganza @ SB Public Market (Chapala & Victoria)
Tuesday 8/7 5:30-7:30 pm

Share what you have read throughout the summer and enjoy the company of other book lovers (and great food and beverages).


Choose Adventure Writing Workshops @ Central Library
Central | Saturday 8/11 | 5:00 - 7:00pm 
Poetry, memoir, journaling, and play writing workshops will be held with local experts in their fields. Registration required, if interested email


Choose Adventure Public Readings 
Central | Saturday 8/11 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Participants from the Choose Adventure Writing Workshops will read their newly written pieces for the community to engage and enjoy.


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: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621


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