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Santa Barbara Public Library Invites the Community to Participate in Summer Reading and Learning!

With schools letting out and the Summer Solstice just around the corner, the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) is launching its 2019 Summer Reading and Learning Program! From now through August 1 all members of the community are invited to participate in this year's program of Choose Adventure. Sign up or view the complete summer guide at

From early readers to adults, there is a reading challenge for everyone this summer, as well as a full slate of classes and activities for all ages and interests.

Children who don’t continue to read when they are out of school during the summer often regress several months or even a full grade level in reading skill. Studies show that reading for 20 minutes a day combats summer learning loss, which is why Santa Barbara Public Library is challenging all kids to read 1,000 minutes over the summer.

Children receive a free book when they register for the reading program, courtesy of The Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library. For every 30 minutes, they spend reading, they are entered into a weekly prize drawing that includes prizes such as Magna-tile® sets, LEGO® Spaceship kits, and more.

Each child who meets the goal of 1,000 minutes over the summer will receive a prize pack including a free child admission to Los Baños Pool, a free child’s admission to LEGO®land, a free family pass to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a free child’s admission to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and an entry for  grand prize drawings that include a bike from BiciCentro, a family whale watching tour from CondorExpress, 4 tickets to Nickelodeon's JoJo Siwa DREAM tour at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and more!

Teens and adults have their own challenges for the summer and can earn entry tickets towards grand prize drawings with each book they finish. Prizes include gift certificates at local restaurants, tickets to Arts and Lectures events and Opera performances, and more!

While the focus of the Summer Reading and Learning Program is enjoying books and reading, the libraries have planned many events for the community to participate in and Choose Adventure.

Every morning Monday through Saturday, parents, and caregivers can spend time learning with children 0-5 at the library in our early literacy classes, including Exploration Stations where young children have the opportunity to engage in sensory play, activities that promote inquiry and learning, Baby & Me classes in English as well as Bilingual classes in English and Spanish, Preschool and Wiggly (toddler) Storytimes, Music and Movement classes, and an extended Stay and Play class where caregivers and children read books, sing songs, play, and enjoy snacks (and coffee for the grownups). See the Library’s calendar for the schedule at each Library location.

The Library also offers programs for school-aged children and families, from reading with therapy dogs or volunteer reading buddies to a full schedule of STEAM activities such as coding with robots, engineering challenges, science experiments, art projects, and more! This summer the Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with special events focused on space exploration, including contacting astronauts on the International Space Station and hosting an evening with NASA engineer Terry Himes to discuss his work on Mars missions at the Jet Propulsion Lab. See the Library’s calendar for the entire schedule of events that are sure to be out of this world!

The Adult Summer Reading Program will kick off with an event at Wine Therapy at 732 State St. on Wednesday, June 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Attendees can take home a blind date with a book, get personalized book recommendations, and more! Everyone over 21 years old is welcome to enjoy geeking out about all things books, reading, library, and wine!

For kids and families, the big opening celebration will be over the weekend, with parties in local parks. Families can sign up for summer reading, enjoy games and activities, giant bubbles, and a performance from world-class juggler David Cousin! Join us at Alameda Kids World Park on Saturday, June 9 from 2:30-4:00 pm.

Teens can attend any number of fun and educational programs this summer, including weekly teen-only activities on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm at Central Library, monthly movie nights, video game tournaments, and creative workshops. In June, teens will have the opportunity to develop their poetry writing and performance skills with Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, Laure-Anne Bosselaar. July brings another opportunity for a creative output with an immersive Teen Drama Workshop in partnership with local dramatic troupe DramaDogs. In addition, a series of hands-on Film Workshops will be held at the Eastside Library in June and July, allowing teens the opportunity to explore various filmmaking techniques.  

The Santa Barbara Public Library is grateful to the myriad local businesses, community partners and the Friends of the Libraries that support the Summer Reading and Learning Program through their donations of prizes and support of programs and events.

The annual Summer Reading Program is a library tradition that instills and maintains a lifelong love of learning by encouraging everyone in the community to read and participate in events over the summer. Sign-up online or visit the Central, Eastside, Montecito and Carpinteria Libraries. Then open a book and participate!


Contact: Molly Wetta, Acting Library Services Manager

Phone: (805) 564-5642




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