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Goleta Valley Library's Reading Corner - February 2019

Post Date:02/06/2019 1:19 PM

Director's Note

Do you love to read?  I do too!  Sometimes I get frustrated because I have read everything that my favorite authors have written.  It can be hard to browse the entire fiction or non-fiction collection.  Because we know that we are not alone in feeling this frustration, Goleta Valley Library staff has prepared descriptive reading lists for adults, teens, and children who are looking for suggestions of great books to read.  You can find these on our website at under “Staff Picks” for adults, “Great Reads for Teens” and “Great Books for Children."  There are also printed versions of these bibliographies at the Library.  Goleta owns all of the books on the lists.  I am certain that you will find some great new authors and books by using this tool.  We update it frequently.  Happy reading!

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B. Allison Gray
Goleta Valley Library Director

Tech Time: Mobile Device Help

Did you get a new phone, tablet or laptop for the holidays?  Don’t know how to use it?  The Goleta Valley Library is here for you!  Drop in Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 4:30 -6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for expert assistance on your device. 

Find Phone Numbers and Addresses

Need to find the phone number of an old friend?  A medical specialist?  A business CEO?  Go to our website at and click on "Find Phone Numbers and Addresses" on the left-hand side to check out our new special reference database on the Goleta Valley Library website.  Just type in your Goleta Valley Library card number and you’ll have access to a huge database of phone numbers and addresses that you won’t be able to find on regular search engines without spending a lot of money.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Studies prove that children who are exposed to lots of vocabulary before starting school have a much higher success rate in their school years.  Reading 1,000 books before Kindergarten helps achieve this goal.  The Goleta Valley Library helps make it easy and enjoyable with prizes, reading sheets to help keep track of how many books you and your child have read, and a really fun graduation party for those who complete the 1,000 books.

Student Success Initiative

The Goleta Valley Library is part of an initiative to make sure that every student in our service area gets a library card.  Since January we have been working with area schools to achieve this goal.  The schools have been enthusiastic partners and therefore, thousands of area children can now check out materials from the Library.  We are very excited that they will be able to take advantage of all the multitude of materials and programs that we offer.

February's Free Films at the Library

Free Films at the Library continues in February. Join us Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room.

  • February 7: “The Bookshop” (Rated PG)
  • February 14: “The Old Man and the Gun” (Rated PG-13)
  • February 21: “Avengers: Infinity War” (Rated PG-13)
  • February 28: “A Star is Born” (Rated R)

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