How is Edson Smith Saving Santa Barbara?
Hope Ranch Golfers
 Hope Ranch Golfers
Historic Photo Project Underway
Over the course of his life, Santa Barbara-born Edson Smith collected more than 1,000 local, historic photos, dating from the 1870's to the 1940's. The collection includes photos from the 1925 earthquake, cultural landmarks, scenes from daily life, historic adobes, and Fiesta.

Until recently, these photos sat in storage at the Central Library. Now, thanks to a generous gift from John Woodward, donated
Central Library 1925 Post Earthquak
Central Library after the 1925 earthquake.
through the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, the entire collection will be identified, digitized and uploaded to the regional Black Gold Library Catalog system for our enjoyment. Ultimately, the photos will be uploaded to the Digital Public Library of America, where they will be available to everyone!

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Lisa Lunsford, Digitizing & Metadata Technician, and  Jace Turner, Librarian, at work identifying photos. 
Would you like to see additional photos from the collection? Follow this link to see the more than 300 photos already added to the catalog!

The Library Goes to Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf
KidZone Fun Before the Concert
On Saturday, November 26, the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts will present Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated by the wonderful Michael Katz. Be sure to check out the library's booth in the KidZone inside the Granada Theatre prior to the concert, where you can engage in Peter and the Wolf themed activities, learn how to take Peter and his friends home with you (in book or audio form), as well as more about upcoming events at the library! Representatives from the Symphony's Music Van, SB Zoo and MOXI will also be on hand.

The perfect post-Thanksgiving treat for your children or visiting grandchildren, this performance is specially priced to be available to everyone!

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The new Children's Library is a resounding success, with positive reviews from adults and children, and a 33% increase in children's book checkouts and attendance at homework help over last year. That's 69,000 additional children's books checked out!

Help to propel the success of the Children's Library into the future. Donate to the Children's Library Endowment Fund today! And thank you.
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