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Santa Barbara Public Library and Girls Rock Santa Barbara Partner to Offer Musical Instruments for Checkout and Guitar Classes at the Library

Santa Barbara Public Library is expanding the types of items you can borrow and classes you can take from the Library through a partnership with Girls Rock of Santa Barbara. 

In addition to the traditional books and audiobooks, you can already borrow nontraditional items, like internet hotspots, from the Library. While many visit the Library regularly for storytimes or book clubs, the Library also offers popular programs like coding clubs or 3D printing classes. In addition to hosting rockstar authors, the Library has hosted rock bands, both local and those visiting on tour. 

Soon, there will be even more opportunities to rock out in the Library. Through the collaboration with Girls Rock of Santa Barbara, the Library will circulate electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, amps, and ukuleles. The collection of 10 instruments will be available beginning in early October. 

In addition to borrowing instruments, patrons can also take beginning guitar classes at the Library. Two fall sessions of 7 classes will be offered on Mondays beginning October 14th. Classes will be held in the Central Library’s Tech Lab, and taught by Girls Rock instructor Jena Douglas. Class will be at 4:30 for junior high school students, and 5:30 pm for high school students. Enrollment is limited to eight participants in each session, open to all genders, and attendance at all 7 sessions is required. Enrollment opens on October 1st. On December 16, at 6:30 pm, classes will wrap up with a concert for friends, family, and the public in the Faulkner Gallery. 

Another session of classes is planned for the spring. 

This collaboration offers Girls Rock the opportunity to expand its reach in the community, and the Library the chance to further diversity the programming it offers. 

“From the very beginning of starting Girls Rock, I have imagined a musical instrument library. It is so exciting to be partnering with the Santa Barbara Public Library in this endeavor. Girls Rock remains committed to making access to music as equitable as possible for our community,” said Jen Baron, Executive Director of Girls Rock Santa Barbara. 

“The Library can offer its expertise by providing a way for students to borrow musical instruments, and Girls Rock can make classes available to the public at the library.  We’re excited to offer this new collection and new type of class to expand opportunities for education in our community,” said Library Director Jessica Cadiente.

The Santa Barbara Public Library is dedicated to supporting education for all ages through classes and events, building a community of readers, empowering individuals with free access to information, and connecting people to community resources. 

Girls Rock’s vision is to provide a safe, diverse and inclusive space to youth. We envision an equitable world that celebrates creativity, embraces authenticity, and values all voices.

Jena Douglas has been a singer/songwriter for over 30 years, has an AA in music from Santa Barbara City College and a BA from University California Santa Barbara in music. She teaches voice, songwriting, guitar, piano, bass, drums, performance and uses her skills as a seasoned musician and parent to teach girls for the non-profit called, Girls Rock SB. 

To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with more 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 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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