The Santa Barbara Public Library is reaching out to local businesses to become destinations in a summer scavenger hunt for all ages. Each year the library runs Summer Reading to encourage reading, learning, and community engagement for residents during the summer months. This year, the Library is announcing a call for participation in a community-wide scavenger hunt to celebrate 2021’s program: On the Same Page.
Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpinteria’s local business communities have generously supported the Summer Reading Program for many years by donating gift certificates to create reading incentives for children, teens, and adults. This year, library staff want to invite readers to support local businesses while engaging in a fun, free, community-based activity. To participate, local business owners will simply need to choose their favorite summer read and post an 8 ½ x 11 sign in their windows where members of the public can see it.
“Local businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, so we wanted to use every opportunity to highlight them. The scavenger hunt will not only celebrate reading, but hopefully spark conversations and help everyone get to know our neighbors who run these shops and restaurants,” said Library Director Jessica Cadiente.
Partnering institutions will be promoted in the weekly Library Newsletter (with more than 40,000 subscribers) and on all of the Library’s social media platforms. The library will provide laminated, custom-made signs for each Scavenger Hunt destination, and can offer suggestions for highlighted summer reads for interested parties. Businesses and organizations should email YouthServices@SantaBarbaraCA.gov by 3/31/2021 to participate.