Staff Report

The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley libraries will be holding their annual bookmark design contests this fall. 

All kids ages 12 and under are eligible to participate. Goleta Valley Library’s theme this year is “Every Book is an Adventure …” and the theme for the Santa Ynez Valley Libraries is “A Friend is …”  There is a limit of one entry per participant, and entrants are encouraged to use their best idea: make it colorful, fun and let your imagination run wild. Entry forms are available on the Goleta Valley Library website and can also be picked up from your home branch the next time you pick up library materials. All entries should be turned in to your local library before the deadline of Sept. 30. There will be boxes for submitting entries outside each library during Sidewalk Service hours from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Entries will be considered in four different age categories: age 3 and under, ages 4-6, ages 7-9, and ages 10-12.  Winners will be announced for both contests on Oct. 13, and winners’ work will be shared via social media and printed for distribution in Sidewalk Service bags during the month of November. Winners will also receive a certificate of participation and a gift card from Blenders in the Grass.

Library staff is excited to run this contest.

“We love seeing the creativity and imagination of these young artists, and so do patrons when they pick up bookmarks after the contest,” said Carey McKinnon, branch supervisor of the Solvang Library. 

The Goleta Valley Library has been running its annual bookmark design contest for many years, and staff is thrilled to be able to continue to offer the contest this year even while the library is closed to the public.

 “During these challenging months, it is so important for children to take time to be creative and to celebrate the special themes of adventure, individuality and friendship,” said Goleta Valley Library Children’s Librarian Elizabeth Saucedo.

The Santa Ynez Valley Libraries’ contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley. Both Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley libraries’ contests are sponsored by Blenders in the Grass.

For more information, or to request an entry form by email, contact your local library at either,, or Information on all programs at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries can be found online at