Weekly or bi-weekly:

Preschool StorytimesBringing your preschooler to storytime will help get them ready to read!  Stay for a craft or play session afterward and make a new friend.

Mondays 11 a.m., Buellton Library

Tuesdays 10:30 a.m., Solvang Library


Wiggly Storytime:  Wednesdays 10:30 am, Solvang Library

Short stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Be ready to participate with your child, and spend some time being silly together.


Tail Waggin’ Tutors:   

            Wednesday Oct 10 & 24,  3:30 – 4:30 p.m.,  Buellton

Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Solvang

Practice reading skills with a furry friend!  A great way for young readers to practice: reading aloud to the kindest, least judgmental listeners around. Drop in for a 10-15 minute individual session with a “tutor.”


Coding Club:   GameMakers Workshop    **CLASS FULL**

            Saturday, October 6   11 a.m. – 12 p.m.,  at Buellton Library

            Saturday October 20,  4 – 5 p.m., at Solvang Library.

This class started in September and will run through December 1st. Although the current class is full, if you are interested in a future class, please let library staff know.


One-on-One Tutoring: E and Audiobookson your Mobile Device:Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm, BuelltonLibrary.

Drop in for a free 20 minute session with volunteer Bethany C., and start accessing the library’s free online materials. Bring your device (E-reader, tablet, laptop, or smartphone).


SB Reads:  Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus   This October, the Santa Barbara Public Library is excited to celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s classic as the library’s 2018 selection for our community reading program.  Look for programs all month long!


Special Events for Families, Children, Teens and Adults:


SB Reads: Ghost Story Challenge!  For adults, and for young writers 6thgrade and up.Solvang Library will be receiving entries up through end of day Tuesday October 23.  The challenge: write a story (500 words or less) that is scary or mysterious and involves the supernatural (no crime stories). Submit in the body of an email (no attachments) to Solvanglibrary@santabarbaraCA.gov.  Include your name, phone, and age category Adult (18 and older) or Teen (6th-12thgrades). Questions, call the Solvang library. Winners will be announced at the Solvang Library book discussion October 30!


MakeDo:Frankenstein, Cardboard Fun

Saturday October 6,  2 – 3 p.m.  Buellton Library

Join the MakeDo fun!!! We will be building creatures out of cardboard and household items with our MakeDo building kits!! Ages 7-12, bring your imagination!


Stories of Service and Sacrifice: Three Evenings with Gary Robinson

Wednesday October 10, 7 p.m. – Los Olivos Library/Historic Grange Hall

Part 2: The Language of VictoryA  22 minute video will be followed by Q & A with Robinson. Re-released in 2014, this documentary and accompanying book reveal little known details of American Indian soldiers who used their native languages to send secret U.S. military messages during both World Wars I and II.  Co-sponsored by the Los Olivos Community Organization.


Makers: FrankenZines

Saturday October 13, 2 – 3 p.m.   Solvang Library

Bring your own original, handmade Zine to life, using collage, drawing, simple pop-ups and more! (A zine is a small, self-published magazine) The workshop is for anyone 4th grade and up.  All materials will be provided; please register to ensure a place.


Investors’ Roundtable:  with guest Leslie Garcia of Edward Jones

Saturday October 13, 3 – 4:30 p.m.   Solvang Library

Helping individual investors since 1995, the Investors’ Roundtable welcomes both novice and veteran investors to informal presentations and discussions.


Stories of Service and Sacrifice: Three Evenings with Gary Robinson

Wednesday October 17, 7 p.m. – Los Olivos Library/Historic Grange Hall

Part 3: Healing the Warrior’s Heart:a 56 minute video by Robinson examines ways that the traditional Native American healing and spirituality is being used to heal all veterans suffering from PTSD.  There will be opportunity after the viewing for discussion and Q & A.   Co-sponsored by the Los Olivos Community Organization.


Pokemon Trading Card Club: October 18, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Solvang Library  Trade, battle, win cards! Players of Magic the Gathering welcome also.  Meets monthly on third Thursdays.


Birds of the Channel Islands – Paul Collins a lecture and book signing

Thursday October 18  7 – 8:30 p.m.  Solvang Library (Superior Courtroom)

Paul Collins, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, will provide a visual tour of the rich avifauna of  the California Channel Islands.  Co-Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society.  For adults and students 12 and up.


Buellton Bookworms Book Club 

Friday October 19, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  Buellton Library

Join our monthly discussions!  The October title is Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Copies of the book can be checked out from the service desk.  Meets monthly on third Fridays.


Music Together

Wednesday October 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Solvang Library

A music participation program for you and your baby/toddler/preschooler. Diane Byington of Solvang Conservatory shares songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement in a relaxed, playful setting. Caregiver participation required. Pre-registration guarantees a spot.


The Mythology of Halloween

Wednesday October 24, 6 p.m. – Solvang Library

A special illustrated lecture by Arthur George, cultural historian and scholar of mythology.  George, author of the blog “Mythology Matters” will examine not only the early beginnings of this popular holiday, but the myths which have grown up around it.


Movie:  Frankenstein & Bride of Frankenstein

Saturday October 27, 1 p.m.  Solvang Library

A double bill!   At 1 pm, the original 1931 Frankenstein, with Boris Karloff and, Colin Clive, and Mae Clarke; at 2:30 pm, the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein, with Elsa Lanchester, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and more.  These are the classic James Whale films made at Universal studios. Enjoy them on the large screen! The films are not rated, running times are 71 minutes and 75 minutes.


Costume Storytime; and FrankentoysCraft to follow!

Monday October 29,  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Buellton Library

Dress up your preschool storytimers and bring them in for a fun filled storytime. After storytime join us in creating Frankentoys, creating new toys out of the parts of other toys.


SB Reads Book Discussion:  Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Ghost Story Challenge Winners

Tuesday October 30, 6 p.m. – location TBA

Come to talk about Mary Shelley’s classic book –and hear the winning Ghost Stories from our Challenge read aloud!  (See contest announcement at top of calendar)  Contact the Solvang library for more details and location of event.


All events are free to the public.

Many programs are funded by the Friends of the Library of SYV and Buellton Friends of the Library.