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August Newsletter
Thank you to all of our donors for your great generosity! The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation appreciates your donation and your support.

Your support helps to further our mission to provide the Santa Barbara Public Library with critical funding. This support is needed now more than ever as the Library faces the impacts of the pandemic. 

We Open Doors!
SBPL Delivers Donors
Kim and Theodore Adelman
Michael and Gail Alan Thompson
Seraphim Albrecht and Geoff Green
Ann and Arthur Ayres
Mindy Bailey
Christina Baglas
Roberta Barnfather
L. Christina Benson
Elizabeth Bent
Brenda Bernu Reheem
Mary L Brown
Steve Boyajian
Susan and Claude Case
Kathryn Clarke
Mark and Amanda Craig
Margaret Crocco
Anna DeVore
Anne Diamond
Joan Domingue
Melinda Douglas
Marianne P Emery
Diane Evans
Hannah and Arturo Ferrer
Gloria Fletcher
Richard Flacks
Christen Foell
Ann Frank
Eric Friedman
Brooks Garcia and  Shilpa Kachgal
Keilani Garcia
Deborah Gibson
Lenore E Gillmon
Jon Glasoe
Lynn Goebel
Lisa Green
Laurie Guitteau
Molly Hamilton Swan
Gail Harling
Sarah Hearon
Lois Holt
Sharon Hoshida
Anne and Randall Howard
Thao Huynh
Cynthia Iliff
Jenni Johnson
John and Mary Johnson
William and Dita Joseph
John and Ellen Kelley
John and Janet Kruger
Jocelyn La Sala
Frank Lazorchik
Linda Le Cam
Leana LeLevier-Joseph
Sheila Lodge
Christine K. Lucadello
Elise and Francisco Malacara
Rohan Malpure
Mac McNeel
William and Martin Meller
John and Theresa Michael
Susan Moore
Christie Moore
Milton Morgan and Claire Liboiron
Pedro Nava
Ronald and Roberta Nye
Seth and Barbara Olitzky
Barbara and David Orth
Butterfli O'Shea
Robert Oshiro
Frank Schmidt
Pantea Rahimian
Amy Ramos
Stephanie and Tres Riordan
Beth Ruben
Diane Rushing
Helen and John Rydell
Dana and Susan Saperstein
Stephen Singleton and Christopher Teasley
Robert and Beth Stoeckly
Cheryl Smith
Bonnie and John Switck
Sherri Lee and Nelson Trichler
Anne and John Wiley
Scott and Kirkley Wilson
Katherine Wolfe
Spring Appeal Donors
Patricia and Doug Aiken
Elizabeth Blake and Burt Romotsky
Lucille Boss
Dr. and Mrs. Peter Brill
David J. Broad
Carol and Alan Brumberger
Dan and Meg Burnham
Jessica Cadiente
Susan and Claude Case
The Cheeryble Foundation
Sheila and James Davidson
Jelinda and Barry DeVorzon
Jeffrey A. and Kathryn Dinkin
Emily and Dan Engel
Cami Ferris-Wong
Fannie Flagg
Ann Frank
Keilani Garcia
Jon Glasoe
Nancy Golden
Melissa and Bill Gough
Anne and Randall Howard
Barbara and Joe Howell
Jim and Chana Jackson
Irene Kelly
Ruth Kyes
Lisa Leka

Dodie Little
Linda Lorenzen
Elizabeth Marchant and Rafael Perez-Torres
Nancy and Michael Martz
Mary Anne and Sydney Marsch
Marni and Sears McGee
Arthur and Carolyn Merovick
Mithun Family Foundation
Judith Otten
Patty Pagan
Nancy and Kurt Ransohoff
Ken and Jo Saxon
Peter Schuyler and Lisa Stratton
Rachel Solomon
Jennifer and Jeremy Stein
Jim and Colleen Sterne
Kay and Frank Stevens
Jennifer Summerset
Angela Valente
Helen Sun Wong
It is not too late to give! You can do your part to support our Library and large-scale initiatives like the Children's Library, SB Reads, SBPL Delivers, and the future Library Plaza!
Women's Book Club Gives Back
The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation would like to express our gratitude to the Women Who Care Book Club! These generous women have come together as a book club to give a collective gift to the future Library-on-the-Go-Van.

Special thanks to the Woman Who Care Book Club Members: 
Danielle Alvarez, Mary Ellen Birkett, Nan Bedford, Susan Case, Gail Elnicky, Angela Foote, Barbara Hauter, Christine Holland, Barbara Kaplan, Sally Tannenbaum, Susie Thomason, Holiday Vaill, and Dale van Mill!

Do you have a book club and want to support the Library? Please contact or make a gift online today!
Join our monthly giving program and become a Page Turner! Your monthly gift is one of the most reliable and efficient ways to donate and Open Doors at the Santa Barbara Public Library. 

As a Page Turner, you can start, change, or cancel your gift at any time. Your contribution is deducted directly from your credit or debit card. You can contribute an amount that works best for your budget.

Those who join at $25 a month will receive a limited edition Page Turner tote and will be featured on our website!
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Best Fall New Releases to Put On Hold Now 
Every month we continue to bring you suggested books to inspire your next read! Recommendations are brought to you by librarian Molly Wetta. 

One of the perks of being a librarian is the opportunity to read books before they are released to the public. These are the best new releases of this fall I can’t wait to talk about with fellow readers. 
Transcendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi 

The follow up to Gyasi’s fantastic debut, Homegoing, follows Gifty, a neuroscience student who is looking to hard science to help her understand her family’s challenges with mental health and addiction but also reckoning with the evangelical faith she was raised in that promised salvation. While Homegoing was a brilliant exploration of how slavery impacted the lives of one family in vastly different ways for generations, this contemporary exploration of a modern Ghanian family living in the American South is equally brilliant, showcasing Gyasi’s range as a writer.
Leave the World Behind
by Rumaan Alam

Alam is hands down one of my favorite writers (even his Twitter feed delights me), so I was eagerly anticipating his third novel. It blew away my expectations. Leave the World Behind starts off with a simple premise -- following a wealthy NYC couple and their teenagers on a quiet vacation in a Long Island luxury rental home. Slowly building into a dark and unsettling and surprising tale, this book bridges the gap between literary and horror, and though written prior to the pandemic, captures the dread and isolation so many of us are feeling in this moment, and I couldn’t put it down. 
by Raven Leilani

Books that follow young characters making dubious decisions is a plot that never gets old to me, but this novel that follows a young, Black artist in New York City felt fresh and modern. Leilani’s voice and style of writing is very mature for a debut author, and the way she bridges the gap between reality and surrealism is bold, unique, and a little bit weird. If you’re interested in contemporary fiction with some thriller elements and stories that navigate racial politics without being about them, this is a startling debut from an author to watch. 

Planning for the Next Generation

Planned gifts represent important funding for the Library, helping to ensure that the Library has the resources it needs to remain a vital and evolving part of the community.

For more information about making a planned gift please contact

Note from Lauren Trujillo, Foundation Director
Though these are challenging times, our Library is responding by tapping into creative potential, and many positive things are on the horizon. The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation is fortunate to every donor and advocate dedicated to the well-being of our Library and community.

On behalf of all of us at the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation thank you for your incredible support and for being an important part of the heart of our community. We wish each of you and your loved one's safety, health, and happiness. We Open Doors!
Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

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