The Santa Barbara Children’s Library will open Friday, November 18

The City of Santa Barbara’s construction projects have progressed to the point where the community will have access to the children’s library starting Friday, November 18.

The children’s library will feature books and materials from all children’s collections that are accessible to browse, furniture and space for families with children to read, collect and study, self-directed learning activities, and educational toys and manipulatives available for use in the library.

Some weekly youth service programs that continued off-site in parks during construction will return to the central library at the Faulkner Gallery in December, including early Wednesday morning literacy classes – Wiggly Storytime at 10:15 a.m. and Baby and Me class at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday morning at 11 a.m., Library Lab moves from the library on the east side to the Central Library Faulkner Gallery. The library staff also adds a weekly Thursday early literacy class, Music and Exercise, at 10 a.m.

The community can view the library’s calendar for full details of classes and events.

The Santa Barbara Public Library has modified its operations to maximize public access to its facilities, collections, and services during construction. In July 2022, three simultaneous projects started, including the renovation of the library plaza, the construction of a new accessible lift in the center of the library and a new modern staff workspace on the ground floor.

New data and telephone lines will be installed in the lower staff workspace to create a modern workplace. Once the downstairs staff room is completed, the public will have access to the upstairs and additional space on the library’s main floor. This is expected to be completed in late spring 2023.

All three projects are expected to be completed in the late summer or fall of 2023.

The Santa Barbara Public Library is located at 40 E. Anapamu Street.

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