Cozy Up with Special Guest Storytime

The Goleta Valley Library is excited to share its newest program, Special Guest Storytime. The library has collaborated with valued community members to record themselves reading a favorite picture book for the library’s young patrons. New readings will be available every Friday on the Goleta Valley Library website at and via Facebook (@GoletaValleyLibrary). Listeners will hear stories from City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte, members of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Graduate Students in UCSB’s Classics Department, and more. View the first Special Guest Storytime with Mayor Perotte reading “Silly Sally” here:

Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “I absolutely love the library and was thrilled that they would ask me to launch their Special Guest Storytime program. I chose one of my favorite books, “Silly Sally,” by Audrey Wood. I read this book regularly to my daughters growing up, and now to my grandchildren. I am honored to now be able to read it to all of you.”

Allison Gray, Goleta Valley Library Director, said, “It’s been so much fun bringing these stories to life with members of the community. It’s hard not seeing all the smiling faces in the library, but I’m glad we can stay connected in other ways as we continue following the Governor’s stay-at-home guidelines. My staff and I hope these readings will lift spirits through literacy and serve as a reminder that we are all in this together.”

While the Goleta Valley Library is closed due to COVID-19, library staff have been finding ways to continue to virtually serve the community. Storytime is one of the library’s most beloved programs, and while people are staying at home, staff have been offering live and recorded readings to the community on Facebook (@GoletaValleyLibrary) to provide literacy support for area families during these challenging times. Learn more about the programs currently being offered at

Pictured: Mayor Paula Perotte with the book “Silly Sally”