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  • 2023 Book to Action Event Series Examines Housing and Homelessness

    2023 Book to Action Event Series Examines Housing and Homelessness

    Each year, Santa Barbara Public Library chooses a social topic of community interest or challenge that the community is facing and develops a series of programs to explore potential solutions. Through selected readings, presentations, and community engagement, the Library hopes to inspire action in the community to improve their lives and invest in a more sustainable future. 

  • Downtown Children's Library Now Open During Construction

    The Children's Library is now open amid construction at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library Receives $1.4 Million for Facility Improvements

    Santa Barbara Public Library is a recipient of over $1.4 million for a significant investment of funding for infrastructure improvements from the California State Library.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library Expands Hours for Services at Central Library During Construction

    Construction continues at the Central Library but the main level of the Library will be open for holds pick up and browsing collections of physical library materials, including children’s and teen books, fiction, nonfiction, Spanish, DVDs, and special collections.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library Construction Starts Monday

    Starting July 11, access will be limited to the Santa Barbara Central Library due to construction.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library Begins a New Chapter of Services by Forgiving All Outstanding Fines and Fees

    The Santa Barbara City Council approved a proposal to forgive outstanding fines and fees on library accounts in order to facilitate the transition to a new catalog and welcome patrons back to the Library.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library Invites the Community to Celebrate Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month, the Santa Barbara Public Library invites the community to celebrate by participating in a series of programs and resources that includes music education, storytelling, book discussions, and more.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library introduces TED & Joe in the Morning

    Santa Barbara Public Library introduces TED & Joe in the Morning

    As the Santa Barbara community moves into the next phase of the pandemic, the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) continues to bring new programming and ways to engage. On Friday, February 12th at 9:30am, SBPL introduces TED & Joe in the Morning, a discussion group based loosely on TED Circles, but tailored for the greater Santa Barbara community by staff from all SBPL branches.


  • Santa Barbara Public Library Hosts Day of Remembrance Series

    During the month of February, Santa Barbara Public Library will be exploring a painful period in American history with a series of events for the Day of Remembrance. 

  • B.Y.O. Book Extravaganza!

    B.Y.O. Book Extravaganza!

    Celebrate the Adult Summer Reading Program and the joy of reading! Share what you're currently reading and enjoy the company of other book lovers (and great food and beverages) at the Santa Barbara Public Market (Chapala & Victoria).

    We will again have Blind Date With A Book, ~70 copies of recently published or soon to be published books to pick from, but you won't know the author or title, just a brief description of the book And don't miss button making (just for fun) and getting your own book prescription that you can fill at the Library!

  • MakeSB! Music Showcase with Deep Thoughts

    MakeSB! Music Showcase with Deep Thoughts

    MakeSB - a Santa Barbara Public Library initiative committed to making and creating in all forms - brings its musical showcase to a Monday night, featuring Warm Thoughts (Los Angeles, CA), Cave Babies (Thousand Oaks, CA), and Comedown (Santa Barbara, CA).

  • Readings from WriteSB

    Readings from WriteSB

    Participants of the WriteSB workshops will read their works out loud as we invite the public in to hear and share in the creative works and stories of our community.

    Readings will be from the five WriteSB workshops: Creative Correspondence Corner, The Play's the Thing, Poetry Writing, The Power and Healing of Writing, and Writing for Bliss. Pieces will range from letters for family to healing memoirs to staged script readings. Join the Santa Barbara community in supporting the creative artists in our midst and celebrating their various expressions of the written word.

  • Pure Land: An Evening With Author Annette McGivney

    Pure Land: An Evening With Author Annette McGivney

    Author Annette McGivney will speak about her book Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth.

    Registration via the ticket link recommended.

    Outside Magazine wrote that Pure Land is "so gripping, so well reported, and so well told that it deserves space on the bookshelf next to... Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild and Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge."

  • Tech Tasting!

    Tech Tasting!

    Join the Santa Barbara Public Library at Municipal Winery for another fun-filled Summer Reading event for adults! Come choose adventure and sample some of the awesome tech that the Library has to offer, like virtual reality and cubelets.

    Tech paired with food paired with wine!

  • Volunteer Fair

    Volunteer Fair

    Volunteerism is invaluable to our community, nonprofits, and to individuals. Throughout Santa Barbara there are numerous programs, events, projects, and services that only flourish because of the dedication of volunteers. The Volunteer Fair will showcase 25+ local nonprofits and government organizations representing diverse community impact areas — from housing, to education, to the arts, and more.

  • Aging While Female: Discussion with Author Ashton Applewhite

    Aging While Female: Discussion with Author Ashton Applewhite

    What makes aging different for women – and so much harder than it has to be? How does the double impact of ageism and sexism affect women’s health, income, and well-being? And how does competing to “stay young” dig the hole even deeper?

    In this rousing talk, Ashton Applewhite proposes throwing away the shovel, forging cross-generational compacts, and collaborating on new ways of thinking and behaving.

    Co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara Public Library. Part of A&L's Thematic Learning Initiative: Creating A Meaningful Life

  • The Artful Reader

    The Artful Reader

    Know BEFORE You Go! Join the Santa Barbara Public Library and docents from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for an insightful look at the portrayal of the reader in art. This event is part of SBPL's celebration of Poetry Month.

  • A Path Appears

    FILM: A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

    Join the Central Library and UCSB Arts & Lectures for a FREE screening of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's A Path Appears.

    “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” – episode two of the PBS documentary series A Path Appears, based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – explores the stories of children and women in West Virginia, Haiti, and Colombia to see how accessible education and comprehensive intervention are transforming lives. With Jennifer Garner, Alfre Woodard, and Eva Longoria.

  • Socialization in Community and Schools of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Socialization in Community and Schools of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    This ongoing monthly Autism Speaker and Discussion Series is a partnership between Santa Barbara Public Library and the UCSB's Koegel Autism Center.

    It features presentation of the practical application of research by UCSB faculty and graduate students.

    March's topic is: Socialization in Community and Schools of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    This presentation will focus on strategies for providing socialization opportunities for school-aged children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive school and community contexts.

  • Growing Orchids in Santa Barbara

    Growing Orchids in Santa Barbara

    This month's SBPL + UCCE Master Gardener Workshop is all about orchids and growing them in Santa Barbara. Which means this is just in time to learn about what you want to do before heading to the SB International Orchid Show!

    Attendees will learn how to select and easily grow many of the most popular orchids. Basic growing tips including environmental factors such as light levels, watering, planting media, and fertilizing, as well as how to deal with common problems will be presented.

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