Rejoice, children of Santa Barbara (and children who are visiting Santa Barbara)! The new Children's Library is open at last.
If you love reading, then you're going to love this recently renovated addition to the Santa Barbara Public Library.
Parents, grandparents, caretakers and educators will also be thrilled with the 6,300-square-foot space. It's light, bright and packed to the brim with books, games and learning opportunities!
The Santa Barbara Children's Library is a delightful place to learn and play — Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Public Library
This new area within the downtown library is quadruple the size of the previous area set aside for smaller readers. The Children's Library includes computer learning zones, convenient places to read and a dedicated spot for performances and story time.
There are tables and games for little ones and, oh, did we mention there are about a billion books, too?
To view upcoming story times, homework help sessions and interactive programs for children and toddlers, visit the Central Library's events calendar. You'll also find computer coaching sessions, gallery exhibit information and book discussions for more sophisticated readers here.
The Santa Barbara Children's Library was made possible with help from the Junior League of Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara, Friends of the Santa Barbara Central Library and many others.
If you like visiting the library but returning books on time isn't your forte (we've all been there), then try checking out your reading materials by accessing the library's wide range of free downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming videos and digital comics.
A library card is required, but since digitally "checked out" materials are returned automatically, there's no need to worry about pesky late fees!
The downtown library location is home to books for bibliophiles of all ages — Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Public Library
The Santa Barbara Central Library is located at 40 East Anapamu Street and open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There's a parking lot directly behind the building.
Once you've hit your limit for the day, whether that means you're done reading or they're kicking you out for the night, there are plenty of other great things to do in the immediate area surrounding the library. You can easily walk to many of the best restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara, and there are some amazing places to shop within walking distance, too.
If the little ones are ready to run around a little following their quiet time at the library, then you're in luck. Nearby Alameda Park is home to Kid's World, one of the most epic playgrounds of all time. Children love it!