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Support the Next Steps

On this Giving Tuesday, during the Central Library's centennial year, please consider making a once-in-a-century gift to the Santa Barbara Public Library! Giving is quick and easy online, and gives you a chance to see the beginnings of the foundation's beautiful new website!
It's been a banner year for the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation. Our first fundraiser, "Cocktails & Culture: A Centennial Celebration" (more below) raised $150,000 in support of the foundation's Next Steps Projects at the Central Library. If you have already given this year we thank you; if you wish to give again we thank you even more. If you haven't had a chance to give, we hope that you will do so today. Our goal: to raise $50,000 more by year's end for a strong start in supporting the library for the next 100 years! 
Please give today to support these critical projects at the Central Library:  
  • The Teen Center
    The tympanum over the original entrance doors on Anapamu Street.
  • Re-opening the Second Floor Patio
  • Restoring the artwork over the Central Library and Faulkner Gallery's original entrance doors
  • The Library Plaza Project
  • Fulfilling the Children's Library endowment

Thank you!

"Glitterati & Literati" Meet at Centennial Celebration  
"Cocktails & Culture: A Centennial Celebration" on November 4, was the foundation's first gala and a rousing success! 300 guests entered through the specially lit, original entrance doors on Anapamu Street to enjoy
The Central Library's original entrance was opened for the occasion.
luscious,  literary-themed hors d'ouevres, cocktails and dessert, and gourmet hot dogs, local beer and wine.  
Librarians shared information on a 22-foot History Board, introduced a robot in the Tech
The library awaits its guests.  
Lab, and created a Digital Petting Zoo in the Children's Library. Guests could tour the library and fill out their Library Passport, then receive a custom-designed bookplate to place in a library book as a memento of the evening.
Sally Reeder with her completed Library Passport, and John Romo.
Party goers were welcomed by Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation Board President Anne Howard, learned about the services a 21st century library provides from Library Director Jessica Cadiente, in conversation with the first Library Director, Frances Linn (as portrayed by Senior Librarian Jody Thomas), enjoyed a poetry reading by former Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle, details about the foundation's Next Steps Projects from Foundation Director, Ellen Pasternack, and responded enthusiastically to Geoff Green's paddle raise requests. Mayor Helene Schneider, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Monique Limon's representative, and Congressmember Salud Carbajal, all presented resolutions in honor of the Central Library's centennial! 
Many thanks to the Centennial Gala committee, Zora Charles, Chair, Katie Szopa and Dianne Duva, Co-Chairs, and the library staff, for working so hard to put this enjoyable evening together.  
And a very special thank you to all of our
Gala Chair Zora Charles, Foundation Board President Anne Howard, Past President and new City Councilmember Eric Friedman. 
guests! Your participation made the foundation's first fundraiser a grand, memorable success.     
For more information about the Next Steps Projects, or about how you can volunteer to help the library, please contact Ellen Pasternack, Foundation Director, at 689.2448 or directorsbplf@gmail.com.  
Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation