Exciting Library News!

The San Benito County Free Library located at 470 5th Street in Hollister is expanding the hours of operation. We are thrilled that starting Saturday, February 4, 2017, the library will be opening on Saturdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

The increase in library hours was made possible through the use of self-check machines that are available to the public. This new library technology was obtained through collaboration between: the County of San Benito, Friends of the Library, and Community Foundation for San Benito County.

Nora Conte
County Librarian

Santa Clause at the Library

Julie 7On evening of December 8th, the San Benito County Free Library (SBCFL) hosted our 10th Annual Holiday Program.  Activities at this year’s celebration included a special guest appearance by Santa Claus, movies, crafts and a free book for every child. Despite the rain families lined up to take their picture with Santa Claus, get an apple and a free book. Others made holiday ornaments or watched Dr. Seuss’ how the Grinch stole Christmas movie before visiting Santa.

We’d like to thank everyone who braved the weather to make this a great event and extend a special thank you to the Friends of the San Benito County Free Library, the Student Nutrition Department for the Hollister School District, Liz Morales Photography and all the volunteers who gave generously of their time and energy so that the Library was able to provide this fun event to San Benito County families.

Happy Holidays and we hope to see you at the library soon!


ABCmouse Free at Our Library


San Benito County Free Library is now offering ABCmouse.com, Early Learning Academy – a high-quality online educational resource for young children, which is available to patrons when they visit the library.

ABCmouse.com is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2-7+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It features more than 5,000 online learning activities, including books, interactive learning activities, games, puzzles, songs, art activities and more.  It is completely child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. Best of all, children love it because they have fun while learning!

Children can access the website in the Children’s computer lab.

Explore eBooks for Kids

Two boys reading a StarWalk Kids book on a tablet.The Library is pleased to announce that we have added the StarWalk Kids Media Digital Streaming Collection to our available resources for both children and their parents. With over 500 titles and growing, the StarWalk Kids Media collection presents quality literature by well-known and respected children’s authors in a digital eBook format that works with almost all electronic devices, including iPads, Android tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and smartphones.

StarWalk Kids Media helps the library provide great fiction and nonfiction eBooks with professional narration by actors and various additional features that compliment the titles’ use in libraries, classrooms and at home. With over 300,00 users in over 800 schools and libraries worldwide using StarWalk Kids Media, San Benito County Free Library is proud to partner with StarWalk Kids Media to exponentially grow the digital and eBook reading and learning opportunities for children within San Benito County.

To get started reading eBooks for kids, login to the StarWalk page with your library card number:

Screenshot of StarWalk Login page.

Library to Host 8th Annual Holiday Program

Image of child visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus.San Benito County Free Library (SBCFL) will host its 8th Annual Holiday Program on Thursday, December 18th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Activities at this year’s celebration include the following:

  • • A Visit with Santa
  • • A Free Book for Every Child
  • • Holiday Stories with Ms. Carol
  • • Crafts

Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras, if they wish to take photos of Santa with their children.

The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library sponsor this event. With their help, the Library is able to provide this fun event to San Benito County families and encourage a love of reading in the home by providing every child in attendance with a free book. The Friends and First 5 of San Benito are also providing books to be given away to children for the purposes of building home libraries in the community and increasing exposure to early literacy.

Connect with SPIN at the Library

San Benito County Free Library and Special Parents Information Network logos.

San Benito County Free Library (SBCFL) and Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) are partnering to provide drop-in style Question & Answer sessions in the the Library for parents with children who have special needs. These Q&A sessions will be on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on the following days: November 3, November 17, December 1, and December 15.

Families can discover the latest information on treatments, interventions, services, supports, and networks available. SPIN describes a person with special needs as someone, “who has a temporary or chronic condition or disability present at birth or due to illness or injury.” There is no age limit for accessing information at the SPIN Q&A Session. Your child can be as young as an infant or as old as an adult.

If you have questions about this family program, you can visit the library at 470 5th Street, in Hollister, call the library at 831-636-4107, or contact the library through its online form.

About Special Parents Information Network

Special Parents Information Network (SPIN), provides outreach services in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties to parents of children with special needs. Children can be any age, including adults. To find out more about SPIN, call 831-722-2800 or visit http://spinsc.org/.

Learn How to Vote

An image of a people voting.The November 2014 election is approaching. Do you know how and where to vote? Do you need more information to help you make your decisions on candidates and ballot measures?

The Registrar of Voters website (http://www.sbcvote.us/) includes information on candidates and specific ballot measures, where your polling place is, how and when to register to vote, and much more.

Discover Bilingual Story Time

Stack of bilingual Spanish-English booksThe Library and First 5 of San Benito are partnering to offer a bilingual story hour on Thursdays at 4 pm. Kids and parents can enjoy stories, songs, and crafts in Spanish and English at the library.

The story time adventure begins in the multipurpose room. Questions about this family program can be answered by visiting the library at 470 5th Street, in Hollister, calling the library at 831-636-4107, or contacting the library online.

This new story hour is a welcome addition to SBCFL’s expanding library programs and services, which include Story Time/Stay & Play on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, Homework Club for grades 1-5 at 3:30 pm, passport processing service available by appointment, special movie and craft days, free one-on-one technology tutorials, and ongoing adult literacy and bookmobile services.

Library at the County Fair

County Fair Ad

Celebrate the 91st year of the fair with the Library at the Library’s Kids’ Corner and the Bookmobile. Free Fair Shuttle is available.

Visit the Library’s Kids’ Corner in the pavilion and the Bookmobile at the San Benito County Fair this weekend in Bolado Park.

On Friday and Sunday, the Kids’ Corner will provide AWE Early Literacy laptops, coloring pages, and picture book stories throughout the day. On Saturday, the Library has an incredible roster of community members who will read picture books to children at the Kids’ Corner. The Bookmobile is offering information and applications for library cards and services.

Free shuttle services (información de transporte gratuito en español) are available to the fair, including a location near the library at the Brigg’s Parking Garage.