Special Guest Storytime Kicks Off at Goleta Valley Library
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte Launches the Program with “Silly Sally”
The Goleta Valley Library is excited to share its newest program, Special Guest Storytime. The library has collaborated with valued community members to record themselves reading a favorite picture book for the library’s young patrons. New readings will be available every Friday beginning today, May 22, on the Goleta Valley Library website at www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org and via Facebook (@GoletaValleyLibrary). Listeners will hear stories from City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte, members of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Graduate Students in UCSB’s Classics Department, and more. View Mayor Perotte reading “Silly Sally” here: https://youtu.be/3-nHH8Q7LuI.
Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “I absolutely love the library and was thrilled that they would ask me to launch their Special Guest Storytime program. I chose one of my favorite books, “Silly Sally,” by Audrey Wood. I read this book regularly to my daughters growing up, and now to my grandchildren. I am honored to now be able to read it to all of you.”
Allison Gray, Goleta Valley Library Director, said, “It’s been so much fun bringing these stories to life with members of the community. It’s hard not seeing all the smiling faces in the library, but I’m glad we can stay connected in other ways as we continue following the Governor’s stay-at-home guidelines. My staff and I hope these readings will lift spirits through literacy and serve as a reminder that we are all in this together.”
While the Goleta Valley Library is closed due to COVID-19, library staff have been finding ways to continue to virtually serve the community. Storytime is one of the library’s most beloved programs, and while people are staying at home, staff have been offering live and recorded readings to the community on Facebook (@GoletaValleyLibrary) to provide literacy support for area families during these challenging times.
In addition to Storytime’s, there are a number of ways you can stay connected with the Goleta Valley Library during this time. They recently launched Check-In with a Librarian, where patrons who live alone, are feeling lonely, or just need someone new to talk to, can sign up to receive a phone call from one of the friendly Goleta Valley Library staff members. The library is also offering Live Tech Tutoring that enables patrons to receive personalized one-on-one help with their laptop, tablet, cell phone, smart TV, etc. Patrons of the Goleta, Buellton, and Solvang libraries can also sign up to receive free craft kits for kids that will be mailed to your home up to two times per month.
Stay busy with the library’s “Ideas to Keep Busy at Home for all Ages” webpage. The page is categorized to make it easy to find what you are looking for, and has numerous resources to keep everyone busy. Categories include nature and animal live streams, brain games, writer’s workshops, teen corner, children’s authors and stories, and many, many more.
Learn more about these programs and more at www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org.
Pictured: Mayor Paula Perotte with the book “Silly Sally”