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New Volunteer Opportunities at Santa Barbara Public Library

Santa Barbara Public Library has new volunteer opportunities with trainings in late April and throughout May.


OG Readers Volunteer Tutors

Santa Barbara Public Library is introducing a new program to support reading skills in elementary school students.

Teens and adults are invited to become OG Readers Volunteer Tutors as part of our new reading intervention program for kids. This 8-hour training is based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach of teaching kids who are struggling readers. These techniques employ multisensory learning, phonics-based instruction, and other tools to demystify the process of reading.

Once training is complete, volunteers will work one-on-one with students in 1st - 4th grades. Volunteers and their learners will meet at least once a week at the library after school, in the evenings, or on the weekends. While the training is being held at Central Library, tutors can be matched with learners from anywhere in the Santa Barbara Public Library service area and meet at any branch library.

Volunteers should:

  • Enjoy working with young people and exhibit patience
  • Be 16 years or older, and if over 18, complete a background check
  • Commit to the training sessions and at least one hour of tutoring per week for 6 months
  • Be excited to share a passion for reading!

The first session of training will be held Mondays April 29 and May 7, and Wednesdays May 1 and May 8 from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Island Room at Central Library. Participants can register online or by calling (805) 962-7653.

If you’re interested in learning more about enrolling your child in the program, please contact Cristal Gavilanes at


Service 805

The Central Library has a new community service club for teens! Drop in and earn your community service hours by prepping crafts, cleaning toys and books, and eating snacks. Teens in grades 7-12 are welcome. Bring music to work alone, or chat with other community-minded teens while giving back to your community.

  • Saturday, April 27 @ 10:00-12:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 18 @ 10:00-12:00 pm


Summer Reading Outreach Volunteers

Join library staff as we visit Santa Barbara Unified School District classrooms to promote the 2019 Summer Reading Program, "Choose Adventure-SPACE!" This training prepares adult volunteers to take a 5-minute presentation to K-5th grade students to promote reading and the library during the Library's May school outreach efforts.

Volunteers must be available during school hours and willing to commit to at least 2-3 hours per day on one or more days during May and early June.

Trainings will be held:

  • Thursday, May 8 at 10:30-12:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 14 at 10:30-12:00 pm

Summer Reading Teen Volunteers

Teens ages 14 or older are invited to join the Central Library's volunteer team, earn community service hours, and support summer reading! This training prepares volunteers to explain summer programs to children and families, sign up young readers, and ask children about books they’ve read when they return to the library. Minimum time commitment of at least 2 hours per week for 5 weeks between June 10 and August 8. Teens must be at least 14 years old at the time of their first shift.

Volunteer training sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, May 30 at 4:30-6:00 pm  
  • Saturday, June 1 at 11:00-12:30 pm   
  • Monday, June 10 at 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 11:00-12:30 pm

If you have questions about Service 805 or summer reading volunteers, contact Lisa Gonzalez at


Volunteers at the library support our mission of literacy and learning while giving back to the community. 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: Molly Wetta, Acting Library Services Manager

Phone: (805) 564-5642




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