Reading is a Gift: Join the December Library Fun

Book Giveaway and Festive Activities this Month at the Goleta & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

There is lots of fun in store at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries this holiday season! Patrons can pick up a free copy of The Polar Express by two-time Caldecott medalist Chris Van Allsburg at the Goleta, Buellton, and Solvang Libraries, while supplies last. These books were generously provided by Monroe Elementary in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Our hope is that families will enjoy reading this classic Christmas story, as well as the many other books at the library that celebrate winter holidays around the world.

At Goleta Valley Library and Solvang Library, young patrons can enjoy searching for the Elf on the Shelf as he mischievously moves around the library each week in December. Anyone who spots him will receive a prize.

Also at Goleta Valley Library, children can complete a Scavenger Hunt for festive clues posted around the children’s area of the library and turn in their completed card to receive a prize. There is also a station to create greeting cards for residents of local nursing homes; library staff will deliver the cards near the end of December.

At Buellton Library, children have the opportunity to write Letters to Santa and receive a reply from the North Pole! Special stationery is available to use at the library. Come back after January 15th to pick up Santa’s response. You can also stop by the library all month long to grab a Gingerbread craft kit for your little one.

We look forward to sharing the gift of reading with you throughout December and beyond at the library. See you soon!

For more information on programs and services at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries, visit

Find the Elf on the Shelf at the Solvang and Goleta Libraries and win a prize

Write your own letter to Santa at the Buellton Library