Author spotlight: Kim Crail

Kim is the Branch Lead of the Montecito Library. Questions or comments? Contact her: kcrail@santabarbaraca.gov

At Your (Sidewalk) Service
By Kim Crail   |   July 16, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Sidewalk Service is in full effect at Montecito Library. You can request items using our online catalog (SBPLibrary.org/catalog) or please give us a call to request items with the help of staff (805-969-5063). Once your items are ready, you will be notified via email or phone. You are able […]

The Case for Hope
By Kim Crail   |   June 25, 2020

One of the many challenging parts of the library being closed to the public is not being able to have our monthly book discussions. With all of the turmoil people are facing these days, it would feel good to be face to face and get a chance to have civil discourse as well as comfort […]

On the Same Page
By Kim Crail   |   June 25, 2020

This summer, our amazing Youth Services team working out of Central created a new Summer Reading Program (SRP), making the most of reading at home and still providing lots of incentives and virtual programs for kids. Now you can get a library card for yourself and your family to use digital resources this summer while […]

Baby Steps
By Kim Crail   |   June 25, 2020

The burning question on everyone’s mind is, “When is the library going to open?” Currently, our book drops are open to accept returns on Mondays from 2:30-5:30 pm. We will be rolling out Sidewalk Service to check out holds at this location in early July. This service is currently available at the Central Library for […]

Picking a Winner
By Kim Crail   |   May 21, 2020

“What do you recommend? What should I read next?” At the library, it is easy to see what’s new and in demand, hear rave reviews or scathing critiques. I feel like I’m in the know, surrounded by booklovers. With this lengthy library closure, I thought it might be useful to share some “from home” tricks […]

The Books Miss You!
By Kim Crail   |   April 16, 2020

In the absence of open hours and programs, our branch activity has come to a standstill. The Montecito Library has been closed to the public since March 13. That said, you can still access important library services including help with job search, applying for unemployment, answers to your reference questions, book delivery, digital services, and […]

Resources to Use While the Library is Closed
By Kim Crail   |   March 19, 2020

Montecito Library staff take the well being of our beloved community seriously. You are our people! For now, the Montecito Library is closed through April 5, encouraging social distancing and keeping spirits up. Here are some cheery photos taken recently at the library. We will miss seeing you. We are also passing along information that […]

Montecito Library Book Club
By Kim Crail   |   February 13, 2020

Our discussion of Normal People by Sally Rooney last Saturday had no shortage of topics to unpack. Attendee Chris noted how well the book “exemplified the complexities of relationships between young adults” and Pat Musarra noted that it was a good study of “the growth of the two main characters and how they matured” over […]

Native American Storytelling
By Kim Crail   |   February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 20 at 4 pm, we are hosting a presentation by Chumash and Tataviam Elder and proud California Native American Alan Salazar. Learn about traditional paddling of tomol (canoes) and more about tribal history and culture. Salazar has been a preschool teacher, juvenile institutions officer, Native American consultant/monitor, spiritual advisor and member of the […]

Library Learners: They’re just like us!
By Kim Crail   |   February 13, 2020

The library scene is thriving these days. Here are a few examples of the groups that are breezing through on a daily basis: Babies, toddlers, and school-age kids love the library, from rolling up (literally) in strollers to attending Preschool Storytime with their doting caregivers. The older kids stun us with their independence, hunger for […]

Good Neighbors
By Kim Crail   |   January 16, 2020

Saying hello, bumping into someone in line, knowing the cashier’s name, seeing people and being seen – these are all components of social infrastructure, studied by sociologist Eric Klinenberg and fleshed out in his book Palaces for the People. These everyday affinities are part of what makes public library life so vital, keeping us civil […]

Come One, Come All!
By Kim Crail   |   December 26, 2019

Oh, December. How you push us to extremes! The library is here to help everybody survive those trying times, hopefully bookended by stellar ones. As 2019 draws to a close, we’d like to thank our patrons for making our library work so interesting and wonderful. In return, here’s two tips that we’d like to share. […]