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This event is in the "Teen (High School)" group.
This event is in the "Teen (Junior High)" group.

Teen Volunteer Time

11:00am - 12:30pm
Eastside
Library Branch: Eastside
Age Group: Teen (High School), Teen (Junior High)
Program Type: Civic Engagement, Spanish
Details/Detalles:
Teens are welcome to come and earn 90 mins of community service time every week at the Eastside Library. Teens will be helping with finding books, organizing library materials, preparing arts and crafts activities and other tasks. No registration ...
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.
This event is in the "Teen (High School)" group.

Exploradores de senderos

11:45am - 4:00pm
Central
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades 3-6), Teen (High School)
Program Type: Spanish, STEAM & Maker, Sustainably SBPL
Details/Detalles:
This event is in Spanish. Invitamos a todos aquellos a quienes les gusta explorar senderos a acompañarnos en una excursión en el Jardín Botánico de Santa Bárbara y participar en un taller especial de siembra designado para jóvenes de 9 a 14 años d...
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.
This event is in the "Teen (High School)" group.

Pathfinders in the Garden

11:45am - 4:00pm
Central
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades 3-6), Teen (High School)
Program Type: STEAM & Maker, Sustainably SBPL
Details/Detalles:
Calling all Pathfinders! Take a field trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and join a special planting workshop for 9-14 year olds. Pathfinders will engage in a seed exploration, flower dissection, and planting session, while adults enjoy a ...
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades K-2)" group.
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.

Library Lab

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades K-2), School-aged children (Grades 3-6)
Program Type: Spanish, STEAM & Maker

Ready for hands-on science learning? Children of all ages are invited to play and learn together in this drop in event. Library staff will have STEAM activities for both older and younger children to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math in fun, interactive ways. All ages are welcome to interact with all activities, but an adult assistant may be necessary for younger children. Activities rotate weekly.

 

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Dungeons & Dragons for Adults

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Central
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Registration
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery West
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture
Registration Required
Details/Detalles:
Are you interested in learning about Dungeons & Dragons? Do you want to join a session of the role-playing tabletop game without the commitment of a long-term campaign? This introductory session for up to 8 participants will be led by a local exp...
This event is in the "Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)" group.

Wiggly Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: All Faulkner Galleries
Age Group: Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Early Literacy
Details/Detalles:

This storytime engages children and their caregivers with short stories, action rhymes, and songs. Your toddler will learn sounds, letter recognition, new words, listening skills, and motor skills that will help them grow into pre-readers, all while having fun. This class is designed for toddlers ages 14 months - 3 years.

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

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This event is in the "Adults" group.

LOTG | Samarkand

10:30am - 11:30am
Library on the Go (LOTG)
Library Branch: Library on the Go (LOTG)
Room: In the Community
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library on the Go, Spanish
Details/Detalles:
The Library on the Go will be in front of the administration building at the Samarkand retirement community loaded with adult materials like large type, fiction, nonfiction, and Spanish language materials. Disclaimer(s): Participants in this ev...
This event is in the "Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)" group.

Bilingual Songs & Stories for Kids

11:00am - 11:30am
Eastside
Library Branch: Eastside
Room: Eastside Patio
Age Group: Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Early Literacy, Spanish

This class focuses on developing your child’s literacy skills with action rhymes, a short story, and songs in both English and Spanish. Your child will practice language skills, social skills, motor skills, and you’ll have the chance to connect with other caregivers.

This class is best for children 0-5 years of age and their caregivers.

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.

Chess Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades 3-6)
Program Type: STEAM & Maker
Details/Detalles:
Open chess hour for youth learning and building skills in chess. 8 to 11 year olds are invited to drop in and see all that chess has to offer! Come learn about the old art of battle strategy whether you are new to chess or a seasoned player. This is ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

LOTG | State St. near the Farmer's Market

4:00pm - 6:30pm
Library on the Go (LOTG)
Library Branch: Library on the Go (LOTG)
Room: In the Community
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library on the Go
Details/Detalles:
The Library on the Go will be just outside the entrance to the Farmer’s Market on State and Canon Perdido Streets. We will be stocked with mostly adult items, but we’ll have some children’s items too. Stop by to get a library card, get books, return ...
This event is in the "Teen (High School)" group.
This event is in the "Teen (Junior High)" group.

Teen Advisory Board

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery West
Age Group: Teen (High School), Teen (Junior High)
Program Type: Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board combines community service and youth development, underlining the value of teen involvement towards the success of the Santa Barbara Public Library and the Santa Barbara community at large. The program gives high school students positive ways to discover their voice, develop leadership skills, and create lasting change within their community. Teens will identify community needs, create projects to support those needs, and help shape the library's teen services, programs, and collections. 

T.A.B. meetings will be held twice a month, January through June 2024, once a month in July and August, and resume meeting twice a month September through December. T.A.B. members will receive community service hours for attending T.A.B. meetings and events, and additional volunteer opportunities and team building activities will be offered on a weekly basis.

T.A.B. has reached capacity for the 2023-2024 school year. Please contact us if you would like to express your interest in joining T.A.B. at a future date!

Email our Teen Services Librarian for questions: KSaffie@santabarbaraca.gov

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Registration Required
Details/Detalles:
  UCSB History Associates presents, "Beyond Bookselling: How Queer Bookstores Shaped the Gay Liberation Movement," with doctoral candidate Sarah Dunne in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library. This event is free and open to the pu...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

LOTG | Alameda Park

10:00am - 12:00pm
Library on the Go (LOTG)
Library Branch: Library on the Go (LOTG)
Room: Alameda Park
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library on the Go

Visit Library on the Go! We'll have a mix of adult and children's materials along with WiFi access. 

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.
 

In case of inclement weather, outdoor activities may be canceled. For the most up to date information, please contact the library with any questions or concerns before traveling to library events.

This event is in the "Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)" group.

Bilingual Music & Movement

10:15am - 10:45am
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: All Faulkner Galleries
Age Group: Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Early Literacy, Spanish

All-singing, all-dancing morning of stories and fun! In this class, children and their caregivers learn how to develop early literacy skills through music, dancing, and creative play in English and Spanish. These sessions are designed for children ages 2 - 5, but children of all ages are welcome.

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

This event is in the "Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)" group.

Baby & Me

11:00am - 11:30am
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: All Faulkner Galleries
Age Group: Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Early Literacy

Baby & Me focuses on developing your baby’s pre-literacy skills. In this thirty-minute program, our storyteller will lead the group in songs, rhymes, reading, and sensory play time to develop language skills, social skills, motor skills, and community building. Please bring your own blanket.

This class is best for babies 0-14 months and their caregivers.

Disclaimer(s) 

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Digital Library Hour

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery West
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Tech Skills
Details/Detalles:
Have questions about Santa Barbara Public Library’s Digital Resources? Drop in virtually or in person every Wednesday at 12PM to learn about library apps, digital collections, and online databases available for free with your library card. SBPL libra...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

LOTG | Harding School

12:30pm - 2:00pm
Library on the Go (LOTG)
Library Branch: Library on the Go (LOTG)
Room: In the Community
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library on the Go, Spanish
Details/Detalles:
The Library on the Go will be at Harding School with a ton of children's materials. Come on by to load up on books, get a library card, return items, or just to say hello and have a walk in the neighborhood. We'll be parked on the Mountain Ave side o...
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades K-2)" group.
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.
This event is in the "Family" group.

Creator's Club

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastside
Library Branch: Eastside
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades K-2), School-aged children (Grades 3-6), Family
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Books & Reading, STEAM & Maker
Details/Detalles:
Looking for a fun and creative after-school activity? Join us at the Eastside Library for a weekly STEAM activity inspired by children’s literature. Bilingual Spanish and English speaking staff will be present. Disclaimer(s): Participants in th...
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.

Read to a Dog

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Eastside
Library Branch: Eastside
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades 3-6)
Program Type: Books & Reading, Early Literacy, Spanish

Practice your reading with our furry friend, Smith! Sign up at the desk for a 10-15 minute reading session, first come, first serve. Reluctant readers, emergent readers, and dog-loving readers are welcome! Our volunteer therapy dog team is certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

 

Disclaimer(s):

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Family" group.
Library Branch: Eastside
Room: MLK Jr.
Age Group: Adults, Family
Program Type: Civic Engagement
Details/Detalles:
Need help with taxes this year? The VITA program is a free tax preparation service for local Santa Barbara County residents who make $67,000 or less a year. IRS-certified volunteers prepare and electronically file tax returns for qualified individual...
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades K-2)" group.
This event is in the "School-aged children (Grades 3-6)" group.
This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

LOTG | Harding School

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Library on the Go (LOTG)
Library Branch: Library on the Go (LOTG)
Room: Harding School
Age Group: School-aged children (Grades K-2), School-aged children (Grades 3-6), Family, All Ages
Program Type: Library on the Go
Details/Detalles:
Visit Library on the Go! We'll have a mix of adult and children's materials along with WiFi access.  This event is part of the Santa Barbara Unified and City of Santa Barbara Open Campuses Initiative. Disclaimer(s): Participants in this...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Central
Room: Faulkner Gallery West
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Adult Literacy
Registration Required
Details/Detalles:
Join our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Class for Beginning to early Intermediate learners to practice everyday vocabulary and basic grammar as we focus on the topics of family and home. This course will help you build confidence and ...
This event is in the "Teen (High School)" group.
This event is in the "Teen (Junior High)" group.

Teen Volunteer Time

4:15pm - 5:45pm
Central
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Central
Room: Upper Level
Age Group: Teen (High School), Teen (Junior High)
Program Type: Civic Engagement, Spanish
Registration Required
Details/Detalles:
Teens are welcome to come and earn 90 mins of community service time every week at the Central Library. Teens will be helping with finding books, organizing library materials, preparing arts and crafts activities and other tasks. Due to high volum...
This event is in the "Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)" group.

Baby & Me

5:00pm - 5:30pm
Central
Library Branch: Central
Room: All Faulkner Galleries
Age Group: Early Childhood (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Early Literacy

Baby & Me focuses on developing your baby’s pre-literacy skills. In this thirty-minute program, our storyteller will lead the group in songs, rhymes, reading, and sensory play time to develop language skills, social skills, motor skills, and community building. Please bring your own blanket.

This class is best for babies 0-14 months and their caregivers.

Disclaimer(s) 

Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.