Friends of Santa Barbara Public Library
Santa Barbara Public Library
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Your Contributions to SB Library

"Friendship for the Libraries is enlightened self-interest."
                                                             ~ Barbara Tushman

hrough the generous donations, gifts, bequests, and membership dues to the Friends, the Library and community has benefited by having expanded collections and programs that serve the community. Here is a list of the current programs that the Friends fully or partially support. The * indicates programs and services that are fully funded by the Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library.

*Special Programming

Gwen Wagy - Children's Services

Preschool storytimes are in English or Spanish and are intended for 2 ½ - 5 year olds. They are geared toward early exposure to children’s literature through stories in picture book format and finger plays, flannel stories and other activities. The Friends fund truly memorable programs with nationally known storytellers and puppeteers and magicians and musicians, as well as regional and local professional artists.

Dianne Ferlette

*Summer Reading Program

Reach Out and Read Books Santa BarbaraThe Library’s Youth Services Department designs our annual Summer Reading Program to encourage children and teens to read during vacation.

There will be a reading program in the summer of 2012. For the younger children the theme will be "Dream Big, READ!". The first day to sign up is Saturday June 9th, and the program continues through Tuesday July 31st.

When children sign up they receive a reading log. They are invited to return to any of the Library branches to earn prizes when they tell teen volunteers about their favorite books. The libraries also present free weekly family performances featuring guest musicians, magicians, storytellers, animal educators, puppeteers and more.

The teen program gives staff a chance to interact with teens and welcome them to the Library. Teens earn grab bag prizes and chances in a drawing when they keep track of the books they read. They also complete activities like “Take a “dreamy” photo and share it at the Library” or “invite a friend to the Library to sign up for summer reading” that are meant to start conversations and encourage involvement.

Incentives and special programming are funded by the Friends of the Library.
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Adult Literacy

This program provides invaluable one-on-one literacy tutoring to approximately 120 older teens and adults each year from trained volunteers. Participants receive free and confidential tutoring in reading, writing.  The Friends provide teaching materials and high interest, accessible vocabulary books.
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* Indicates programs and services fully funded by Friends of the Library

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