Tag archives: library

In Support of Measure A
By Montecito Journal   |   March 5, 2024

The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation supports charter amendment (Measure A2024) featured on the March 5th ballot.  In partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library and the City, the Foundation has been working to revitalize the Library Plaza since 2012. After many years of working through the City Hall approval process and completing a successful […]

SBPL Invites You to Our Local Author Book Fair
By Kim Crail   |   November 21, 2023

Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) will be hosting local authors, particularly independent authors, to participate in this year’s Local Author Book Fair, taking place in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library on Saturday, December 2 from 2-4 pm. The public is cordially invited to come, meet the authors, browse a selection of […]

Shooting for the Shelves
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 19, 2023

Local authors who have yet to chalk up sales enough to attract Chaucer’s but want to reach area readers might want to get in touch with the Santa Barbara Public Library, which offers a small display area at the Central Library downtown for Santa Barbara County writers to share their work. Get more details or […]

Tips for an NYC Arts and Culture Summer Vacation
By Joanne A Calitri   |   July 11, 2023

Society News is bringing you insider tips of the New York City arts and culture scene firsthand after spending five days there! A city brimming with things to do, here are some top go-to’s: Connoisseurs of jazz will find A-listers playing at the Blue Note on West 3rd Street in the Village and the historic […]

Summertime, and the Readin’ Is Easy…
By Kim Crail   |   June 6, 2023

We invite all ages to join us for our Summer Reading Challenge, to get you reading up a storm and enjoying programs that bring our community together.  For our youngest patrons, we will have early literacy classes all summer. School age kids are encouraged to keep up their reading habits by getting a free book, […]

Food Trucks are Part of the Real World
By Montecito Journal   |   May 23, 2023

I read in last week’s edition [of MJ] that someone has told the food trucks not to come to Montecito because of complaints. I find this shocking – that someone would complain when the people eating lunch at these trucks are mainly working for them! I am a direct next-door neighbor to the Olive Mill […]

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”
By Montecito Journal   |   May 16, 2023

I am glad that “Robert’s Big Questions” are published regularly in the weekly Montecito Journal. The writer is among my most interesting friends (among other things, he’s the widely grinning high-brow guy cavorting about on his unicycle in parades and events around town), and I find it worthwhile to consider how and what he thinks. […]

Where the Magic Happens…
By Kim Crail   |   May 9, 2023

Each month, Montecito Library holds our regular programs in the Community Hall, which end up creating some of the most enjoyable and deep connections between patrons. Here’s a quick update on what we are doing and we welcome you to join the fun! Stay & Play Tuesday Mornings Starting in March of 2022, we launched […]

Book to Action
By Kim Crail   |   April 11, 2023

Each year, Santa Barbara Public Library chooses a social topic of 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 lives and invest in a more sustainable future. […]

Brain Health as Public Health
By Kim Crail   |   March 7, 2023

Our Montecito public library serves a diverse population of patrons, emphasizing lifelong learning, and acting as a community center providing support and connection. Our new Brain Education Series is offered the fourth Wednesday of the month and teaches all of us how to be more caring and compassionate members of our community.  Our presenter, Kathryn […]

New Storytime on Thursdays
By Kim Crail   |   February 14, 2023

Children between the ages of three and five (and their grownups) are invited to the Montecito Library for a weekly Preschool Storytime starting in February. We will be meeting every Thursday from 10-10:30 am. Come by to meet new friends, read stories, sing songs, and make crafts.  This is a great opportunity to introduce little […]

2022: In Brief
By Kim Crail   |   January 10, 2023

As we welcome the start of a new year, we would like to share some pictures from the Montecito Library from the past year. We are notoriously bad at asking for people to pose (privacy is bedrock for library folks), but are trying to make more of an effort to document some of the joy […]

Lime Creek Christmas
By Kim Crail   |   December 13, 2022

Come enjoy Anthony Zerbe’s stage adaptation of Lime Creek Christmas, a spoken-word and music performance based on Joe Henry’s novel, Lime Creek. With musical accompaniment provided by singer-guitarist Chris Zerbe, the show will take place in the Montecito Community Hall at the Montecito Library on Saturday, December 17 at 1 pm. Please arrive early to […]

Wanted: Green Thumbs
By Kim Crail   |   November 8, 2022

Montecito Library is looking for gardeners, designers, landscape architects, and permaculture experts who might be willing to share some of their knowledge with the community. Starting this spring, we hope to offer gardening programs for children and adults at the Montecito and Eastside libraries.  Some topics that we are interested in covering are gardening basics, […]

Short Cuts
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 25, 2022

On Saturday, October 22, the downtown library’s Make SB Celebration brings three out-of-town rock bands – Pancho & the Wizards (San Luis Obispo), Jacklen Ro (Los Angeles), and Outwest (Ventura) – in a concert event that marks the closing of its speculative-inspired art show “Through Many Windows: A World Reimagined”… The Latin rock band Mezcal […]

Space: The Final Frontier
By Kim Crail   |   October 4, 2022

Local astronomy instructor and former NASA scientist Tom Farr will be teaching kids and families all about space. We will be learning about the sun and its eight planets (plus Pluto!), including our own planet Earth. We’ll also cover the leftovers of the solar system such as asteroids, meteors, and comets before traveling beyond our […]

Local (Movie) History of Montecito
By Kim Crail   |   September 6, 2022

Montecito is fortunate to have a rich history and generous historians who research and share with us through library programs, all open to the public. Historian and author Betsy Green will be giving a presentation on Saturday, September 10 from 1 to 2 pm here at the Montecito Library. Sitting down with Green to hear […]

Santa Barbara Library Foundation
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 30, 2022

The Santa Barbara Library Foundation’s director Lauren Trujillo is in a celebratory mood.  The foundation’s $5.4 million capital campaign to revitalize the historic plaza at the Santa Barbara Library, a once bustling pedestrian thoroughfare that had fallen into disrepair, has been fully funded. The organization raised nearly 60 percent of the dollars from private contributions […]

Ice Cream Social
By Kim Crail   |   August 16, 2022

Library staff have had a grand old time this Summer Reading Program, encouraging the love of stories and books with readers of all ages. We’re going to celebrate the close of summer and the start of the school year with an event meant to share the magic of the library with families in our community. […]

Surf Photography to Honey Bees
By Kim Crail   |   June 7, 2022

Summer is fast approaching and Montecito Library is hosting a Summer Reading Program for folks of all ages. See our calendar at SBPLibrary.org for what’s happening! We are delighted to invite everyone to two library programs in June with professional photographer and beekeeper, Branden Aroyan. Bearing the gift of fresh honey from Hope Ranch beehives, he […]