The South Valley Fleurs Garden Club Presented “Watch-Us-Grow” on June 15!

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The South Valley Fleurs Garden Club presented the Watch Us Grow Workshop for children ages Pre-K to 2nd grade. Participants learned the fundamentals of starting plants before planting them and the different stages for a plant’s life.

Sally Biersdorff presented with Linda Wightman and Rosemary Bridwell as helpers (pictured below). They received 50 growing kits from the California Garden Club as part of their Encouraging Future Gardeners program.

“I was helping the older kids and they were excited,” says Rosemary, “I had a lot of fun watching them work with their seed packets.” Both kids and adults had a great time.

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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:

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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

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

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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.