Summer Reading Programs
updated: Jun 10, 2014, 2:22 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Public Library System's annual Summer Reading Program is
designed to encourage young people to read during summer vacation. This year's
theme is "FIZZ BOOM READ" for children and "Spark a Reaction" for teens. Both
programs begin Tuesday, June 10, at all the branches of the Library System, and
continue through July 31. To participate, children and teens sign up at their
For the children's program, children are invited to any of the Library Branches
to earn prizes when they talk about their favorite books. Through the support of
the Friends of the Library, all libraries present free weekly family
performances featuring guest musicians, magicians, storytellers, balloon
artists, puppeteers and more. The more a child reads, the more prizes they earn.
Children of all ages can get their own library card with parental signature.
The Teen Program welcomes middle and high school students to "read, visit the
library, complete fun activities, earn prizes, repeat." Teens earn grab bag
prizes and chances in a drawing, when they keep track of the books they read and
complete activities. Such activities include "suggest a good book to a friend"
or "be a maker: create something," that are meant to start conversations and
encourage participation. There are also teen events and activities at most
Branches through the summer.
Community Service hours may be earned by teens when they volunteer and assist
staff with the children's summer reading program. Teen volunteer opportunities
are available at all public libraries.
Teens from age 13 to age 17 do not need parental signature to get a library
card. Many new young adult titles have been added to the book collections to
keep teen readers supplied with new and classic books. Additionally, free
ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and music can be downloaded from the library
system's website, SBPLibrary.org, from any computer with an internet connection,
or by using a smart phone, and a library card.
For further information about the kids' and teens summer reading programs, visit
SBPLibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public. Incentives
and special programming are funded by the Friends of the Library groups and
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