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SBPL Launches All Ages Summer Program: On the Same Page

The Santa Barbara Public Library invites children, teens, and adults to celebrate reading by signing up for the annual Summer Reading Program, “On the Same Page.” Programs begin Tuesday, June 1st at all branches of the library system and continue through mid-August. To participate, children, adults, and teens can sign up on the Library website, at a Library on the Go Van stop, or at their local library.
Be one of the first to pick up summer materials and enjoy socially distanced activities for all ages at the Library's Summer Reading Kick-Off on June 5 at Alameda Park  from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Participants will be able to check out Library materials, sign up for the Summer Reading Program, play games, make bookmarks with Print Power, participate in a Storywalk®, enjoy a free snow cone from Kona Ice, and more. You’ll also have the chance to see the new Library on the Go outreach vehicle. 
Adults can start their summer reading off with a virtual BYO Book and Beverage party! On Thursday, June 10 at 5:30pm, join for a virtual hangout where participants can not only learn how to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, but get book recommendations from our librarians, and share your own favorite book and beverage pairings (for example, we love reading Jane Austen's Emma with a warm cup of Earl Grey tea or a Sarah MacLean romance with a bold red wine). 
There are many ways to participate in the program this summer. All ages are invited to pick up or print out a Scavenger Hunt clue sheet as part of the summer fun. Using the clues on the sheet, community members can hunt for 20 Santa Barbara locations or 13 locations in Carpinteria. When participants find any of the locations, they can write down the clue they find in the business window or at the community landmark. Clue sheets are bilingual, and a helpful scavenger hunt location map is available on the website for difficult clues. All who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a free book of their choice.
Children are encouraged to pick up or print a paper chain book log this year, in which each link represents a book or amount of time read. Children earn special links to add to their chain when they visit any library branch or van stop to discuss their reading or attend a library event. Children can also pick up a coloring sheet log or create an online account to track their reading. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, all participating children will receive a free book of their choice which they can select at any library branch or van stop. 
The Library has received grant funding as well as support from the Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library to offer weekly virtual events, take home activities, and outdoor programs, including monthly Maker Challenges, Storywalks®, STEAM programs, and more. Children can also share their favorite books and STEAM creations on a safe social media platform called Go Bubble. Check the library website for more information and event dates.
The teen and adult programs welcome junior high, high school students, and adults to read, visit the library, and connect as a community. The teen and adult programs have online sign-ups to complete challenges and track books. Teens will earn a free book for signing up and adults earn a free book for participating. Teens will also have the opportunity to join in a number of programs and weekly drawings specifically for them. Challenges for both teens and adults include things like having your own book club, writing a poem, attending a library event, and more.

Keep up to date with news about the Library on the Go by signing up for SBPL’s newsletter at or check the Library calendar to find out when the Library on the Go will stop in your neighborhood.

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