From EDHAT Santa Barbara

“A man who refers to himself online as “Johnny Five O” was arrested on Monday afternoon for refusing to leave the Santa Barbara Public Library.According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, staff of the library contacted the department for a man who was videotaping in their library violating their rules of conduct and refused to leave. Johnny Five O admits he had been videotaping for more than an hour before police arrived, as stated in his video.The Santa Barbara City Library rules of conduct state “recording, photographing, or filming persons in the library without prior consent from the Library Director or designee and from the person(s) being recorded, photographed, or filmed” will result in the offender being asked to leave the premises immediately. It goes on to state that those who fail to comply may be forcibly removed resulting in a citation or arrest.The video was being live-streamed on social media causing an influx of views and comments from people throughout the U.S. with some prompting calls to the library and police department. It currently has over 36,000 views.”

Santa Barbara: Feed Appetite For Action With Central Library’s Push to End Food Insecurity

From Noozhawk

“Throughout May, during the Santa Barbara Central Library’s Book to Action programming, the library is partnering with local organizations and leaders to invite the community to learn about food insecurity in Santa Barbara through reading, discussions and actions.Santa Barbara is often framed as a paradise, and there are many things to be celebrated about the region, but not all community members have equal opportunities and access to resources.According to the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, 21 percent of Santa Barbara County residents reported experiencing food insecurity in the past year.”

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With Santa Barbara Public Libraries

From Noozhawk

“Community members can join the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL), Sept. 15-Oct. 15, in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the nation, society and local community.National Hispanic Heritage Month will celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.While a split month of celebration and recognition might seem odd, Sept. 15-Oct. 15 encompasses several important dates.Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, also falls within the 30-day period.”

Santa Barbara: The Santa Ynez Library has a rich history

From Santa Maria Times

” Learning about the history of our local libraries gives us better insight and appreciation for all that our ancestors did to ensure the Santa Ynez Valley would continue to grow and prosper.The town of Santa Ynez was founded in 1882 when Bishop Francis Mora received congressional approval to sell the College Ranch; the land had been given to the Catholic Church by the Mexican government in 1843. Bishop Mora gave each settler one free lot in town if the settler bought an additional lot. According to historians, the bishop felt it was better for the farmers to live in town rather than out on their far-flung ranches. In the 1880’s Santa Ynez became the commercial center of the valley with saloons, blacksmith shops, general mercantile stores, a pharmacy, a feed store, millinery and barber shops and real estate agents.On Nov. 15, 1910, a Santa Barbara Branch public library was established in the College Hotel, which was built in 1889 to house the new settlers as their homes were being built. The Hotel also housed the post office and a Wells Fargo office.”

Santa Barbara: Getting kids to embrace reading is only part of the fun

From Education Dive

“Library summer reading programs have grown beyond the book checklists of years past. Instead, public libraries are digging deep into the creativity bag to stitch some maker experience, contests and even — in one case — a rock & roll bowling event.While getting kids to read during the summer months is a focus for parents and educators alike, librarians know the key to getting books into children’s hands is to get them into the library in the first place.”

Santa Barbara : Unlocking the ‘power’ of your library card

From Santa Ynez Valley News

” Imagine having access to a world of unlimited resources, expansive knowledge and the keys to unlocking wormholes of imagination: it exists; it’s available to everyone; and it’s free.Here’s a clue: It’s not the internet.The misconception is that everything is on the “net”. This simply isn’t true given there are volumes of published material not available online, nor always free — and if it is, the overwhelming consumption of information can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Enter the library card.With this special piece of all-knowing plastic, one can do more than just borrow books, DVD’s and CD’s from the library.With its special “powers,” and librarians as its gatekeepers, the public has free access to many additional services that some may be totally unaware of.”

Santa Barbara: Suicide prevention and awareness discussed during weeknight workshop at public library


” The Santa Barbara Public Library hosted a teen, parent workshop on suicide and more on Wednesday night.The popular novel and series “Thirteen Reasons Why” helped spark some deep discussions.Like the novel and film adaptation, the workshop dealt with dating violence, sexual assault, and bullying, too.Organizers said there have been at least six suicides in the Santa Barbara County in the past six months.It is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 16 and 25.”