The Santa Barbara Public Library is excited to announce this fall’s Santa Barbara Reads program, SB Reads: Create! featuring Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. Free copies of Big Magic, in English and Spanish, will be available to pick up at the Library’s Book Browsing program beginning on Saturday, October 31, and a virtual visit with author Elizabeth Gilbert will be held Wednesday, November 11. The author visit is funded by the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, which supports large-scale library initiatives.
In its 19th year, the SB Reads Program encourages the community to read together in order to spark conversations and share connections. SB Reads: Create! will investigate the creative process, seek to explore creativity and, as Gilbert suggests in Big Magic, encourage community members to embrace “a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear."
In addition to book discussions and the conversation with Gilbert, the Library is excited to offer the opportunity for participants to engage in creative workshops, through the generous support of California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“We’re thrilled to be able to provide the opportunity for community members to read, reflect, and exercise their creativity. The Library has always been a source of inspiration for those seeking a creative life. Santa Barbara Public Library is not only committed to being a repository for culture and ideas, but actively supporting content creation is also central to our mission,” said Library Director Jessica Cadiente.
The Library is working with five local artists to offer participatory virtual workshops via Zoom for teens and adults, including one offered in Spanish. Themes range from printmaking to music to creative writing. Themes include printmaking, music, and creative writing. Registration is limited and will open on Tuesday, October 27, at 10 am. All supplies needed for the workshops will be provided via kits available for pickup at the Central Library. Details can be found on the Library’s website and events calendar.
Art-Making Exploration for Teens with FoundCreate’s Emily Summers and Jason Summers
Journaling to Uncover Our Own Big Magic with Christina Gessler
The DNA of Rock ‘N Roll with Darrell McNeill
Relief Printmaking for Beginners with Oliver Murray
Nichos Workshop with Bany Vargas, presented bilingually in English and Spanish
In addition to the virtual workshops, the Library has partnered with Connecting Thru Sign Language (CTSL), an organization working to bridge the communication gap between the Deaf and hearing communities in Santa Barbara since 2013. Through this collaboration, the Library and CTSL will produce video recordings of original works written and performed by Deaf storytellers Hugo Martinez, Tirzah Farley, Jonathan Reyes, and Emily Grigor. These films will be almost entirely signed with captioning. This project highlights the work of Deaf artists in the community and increases accessibility to the arts for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
Videos will premiere on the Library’s YouTube channel throughout the month of November and into December, and the Library will host a storytelling hour on Facebook Live where artists will share their personal stories of creativity in the style of Moth Story Hour, followed by a live question and answer session on Saturday, November 14. For more information on the Facebook Live event and artist bios head to the events calendar at SBPLibrary.org.
Connecting through Sign Language Programs
The CTSL program series is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.
A Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert
Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 pm
Creative Quest by Questlove
Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected by Nnedi Okorafor
Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
To stay informed as more details become available, individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with more virtual events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at SBPLibrary.org for information about programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.
For the third year in a row, the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation has provided significant financial support to make Santa Barbara Reads possible. Learn more about the Foundation’s fundraising efforts at sblibraryfoundation.org.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.