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Goleta Valley Library's Reading Corner - October 2019

Post Date:10/09/2019 4:46 PM

Read the October issue of the Goleta Valley Library Reading Corner here!

Do you enjoy e-books?  Then join a nationwide reading experience!  Goleta Valley, Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez Libraries will be offering unlimited e-book copies of “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag. “After the Flood” is the first selection of the Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program, which offers access to the same book at the same time through public libraries.
“After the Flood” will be available for download October 7—21, 2019 , through the Libby App.  There will be no waitlists or holds for the title. Only a library card and the Libby app are needed to download the e-book.
The selection of “After the Flood” was made in consultation with experts at Booklist, the book review magazine of the American Library Association.
The Libraries Transform Book Pick is brought to you by the American Library Association and OverDrive. For additional information about the program and e-book and additional resources like a discussion guide, please visit
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B. Allison Gray
Goleta Valley Library Director


October is Star Wars Month at Goleta Valley Library

Do you love the Star Wars movies? Then come to the Goleta Valley Library throughout the month of October. There will be light and dark side decorations, craft classes, and movies and books available to check out. View the Calendar of Events for more information, or call the Library at 805-964-7878.

Free Homework Help

New this year, the Goleta Valley Library will be offering free Intergenerational Afterschool Homework Help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. starting October 15, for children in Kindergarten – 5th grade. Volunteer tutors and Library staff will be on hand to help kids with their homework along with the assistance of an online product called Brainfuse HelpNow, which provides access to live tutors who can help answer problematic questions. No reservations are needed, this is a drop-in program. The Library will try to pair up the same tutor with the same student so that they can build a relationship that goes beyond homework help. For more information, or if you are a senior citizen and would like to volunteer to be a tutor, please call the Library at 805-964-7878.

Brainfuse HelpNow can also be accessed here on the Library’s website (have your library card number handy). Live online tutoring is available from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. daily.


Ghost Story Challenge

The Solvang Library is challenging its adult and young writer (6th grade and up) patrons to write their very own Ghost Story, just in time for Halloween. Stories must be 500 words or less, scary or mysterious, and involve the supernatural (no crime stories). Submit your story in the body of an email (no attachments) to by end of day, Friday, October 25. Your email must include your name, phone, and age category, either Adult (18 and older) or Teen (6th -12th grades). Winners will be announced and stories read aloud at Solvang Library’s Ghost StoryTelling event on Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Casa Cassara (1607 Mission Drive #112, Solvang).

On the Campaign Trail with President Lincoln

Meet President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, and hear about the issues and difficulties of his Senate and Presidential campaigns in a deeply divided 1860's America.  The evening will feature acclaimed Lincoln historian John Voehl as Lincoln himself, and his wife Pamela Voehl as Mrs. Lincoln.  Their presentation will include a Q&A session followed by a reception. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley, with the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, the FREE event will take place on October 22 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Parks-Janeway Carriage House located at 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez. Seating is limited, please reserve your spot ahead of time either online or by phone to the Solvang Library (805 688-4214).


Preschool Storytime Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

Join us at the Buellton Library for Preschool Storytime every Monday at 11:00 a.m. where we read, sing, and play together. Build your child's early literacy skills by stopping by and listening to a book, a song or a rhyme. To celebrate Halloween, the October 28 story time will have a spooky theme.

Tail Waggin' Tutors

Meet Poppy! She is a trained therapy dog at the Buellton Library that loves to have people read to her, from picture books to chapter books. Come by the Buellton Library on Wednesday October 9 and 23 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. to say "Hi" to our adorable friend, whose passion for reading matches her passion for affection. This non-judgmental listener is great for emerging readers. All ages and abilities are welcome!

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