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July Newsletter

Announcing SB Reads 2021

SB Reads is the Santa Barbara Public Library’s annual community read program. SB Reads 2021 features An American Sunrise, a collection of poems by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States. The book explores Indigenous pasts, presents, and potential futures in the U.S., and prompts readers to unpack the impact of America's colonial history.

The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation is supporting the SB Reads program for the fourth year running. Your generous donation will support this captivating program that unites our community around the power of the written word. Save the date for this important program that will run from
November 1st - December 15th.

Please support SB Reads and the Library by donating today!
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Library On the Go Kicks-Off Summer

The New Library on the Go Van made its debut at the Summer Reading Program at Alameda Kids World Park. Activities included book browsing, kite making, screen printing, and celebrating families reading all summer! 

Kids participating in the Summer Reading program receive a free book and can track their reading on a custom coloring sheet, with a cool paper chain reading log. This year the Library is making it easier than ever to participate. Visit the Library website here for more details.

Teens and adults can participate and are also eligible for a free book. 

The Library on the Go Van is an extension of the Library and allows Library staff to take books and materials to all corners of Santa Barbara along with our other programs and services to meet people where they are. 

Check the Library Event Calendar to find out when the Library on the Go Van will visit a location near you!
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New Library Plaza Fencing

The NEW Library Plaza fencing is here! Visit the Library today to view the new screened vinyl on the construction security fencing surrounding the Santa Barbara Central Library. The new fencing features photos and quotes about the Library Plaza Campaign. 

Generations of Santa Barbara residents will benefit from the future Library Plaza. The renovation will create an open space to gather, an accessible place to learn, and a welcoming “front porch” that invites every Santa Barbara resident and visitor to grow.

Visit our website sblibraryfoundation.org to learn more about the Library Plaza Campaign and how you can help!
NEW Library Plaza project fencing design featuring renderings.

We Open Doors to...Summer Beach Reads

Every month we bring you suggested books to inspire your next read! Recommendations are brought to you by librarian Molly Wetta.

What makes a great beach read? A book so engrossing that you almost forget to reapply your sunscreen while laying out reading on a hot summer afternoon. Here are some recent favorites that also happen to be set in beachy locales. 
Malibu Rising
by Taylor Jenkins Reid 


Most Popular author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest book is at the top of the must-read books of the summer. Readers looking for a soapy, dramatic family saga will not be disappointed. Following two generations of Rivas from the 50s to the 80s, we experience their highs of fame and fortune and the lows of alcoholism, cheating, and abandonment. . Come for the melodrama, stay for fun pop culture references across all the decades. 
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See


Lisa See is known for her historical fiction that explores the relationships between women.  In her most recent novel, she reaches new depths exploring the matrifocal haenyeo society in Korea, where women divers provide for their families. Over decades, two women who bond over their love of the sea have their relationship tested as occupation and wars upend their country. A fascinating and mesmerizing story about forgiveness and the ties that bind us, as well as an illuminating look at a little-known culture. While the backdrop to the setting is unique, the core story of the strength of women and the bonds of friendship is universal. 
Sharks in the Time of Saviors
by Kawai Strong Washburn 


Washburn’s novel brings Hawaii to life in such surprising and inventive ways, was such a perfect balance between lyrical and gritty, with just the right hint of magic and mystique, it was disappointing to realize it was his debut novel -- I wanted to immediately meet more of his characters. Augie and Malia and their children, sons Dean and Nainoa and daughter Kaui, all had such unique voices and perspectives, and each tell a part of this family tale of hope, survival, and the power of place. 
Create Your Legacy with the Library!
 
Planned giving plays a critical role in ensuring that our Library’s place in the community – open
and free – remains steadfast for generations to come.

For more information about making a planned gift please contact 
director@sblibraryfoundation.org
Note from Lauren Trujillo, Foundation Director
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.”- Sidney Sheldon

I am proud of the way our Santa Barbara Public Library has never stopped engaging the community and helping to improve lives!

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