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!


Teen Ugly Sweater contest was a success!  

Nina Winner PhotoIs it cute? Is it ugly? Judges puzzle over this year’s Teen’s ugly sweater contest!

Nina Jorgenson was declared the winner of the San Benito County Free Library’s first-ever Ugly Holiday Sweater Design Competition on Friday, December 16, 2016! Using tinsel garlands, ribbons, pom poms, and other assorted holiday decorations provided by the library, contestants munched on pizza while creating the ugliest holiday sweater possible. Nina won a gift card and a nifty holiday hat for her creation above.

Star Saunders from San Benito High School (below, left), Louise Roy of the Hollister Art League (below, second from left), and the library’s own Julie Soto (below, second from right) served as judges during the event.
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Santa Sighting at the San Benito County Free Library

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The San Benito County Free Library (SBCFL) will host its 10th Annual Holiday Program on Thursday, December 8th; from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Activities at this year’s celebration include a special guest appearance by Santa Claus, movies and a free book for every child. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras, if they wish to take photos of Santa with their children.

Through the generous donations from the Friends of the San Benito County Free Library and the Student Nutrition Department for the Hollister School District, 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 and a nutritious snack.

About the Author
Julia Soto is the Youth Service Librarian with the San Benito County Free Library. She’s a recent graduate with her Master’s in Library and Information Technology from San Jose State University.

Harry Potter Trivia Night!

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Join us for Harry Potter Trivia Night on October 28, 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.! Participating Muggles will be sorted into either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, and will work with their houses to defeat the others as their knowledge of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is put to the ultimate test.

This program is designed for ages 11-14, and players are encouraged to come dressed up! Participation in the program will be limited to the first 30 sign-ups.

The library is also looking for teens who would be interested in volunteering for the program.

Individuals interested in participating as players or volunteers are encouraged to visit the library’s front desk, or they can contact us at either (831) 636-4107 or

ABCmouse Free at Our Library


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

September is library card sign-up month


As the school season resumes, the San Benito County Free Library is engaging in community outreach to remind residents about the benefits of owning a library card.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and to celebrate, the San Benito County Free Library is conducting outreach activities throughout San Benito County during the month in order to remind community members of the many benefits one can obtain with a library card. These activities are part of a larger effort among libraries nationwide as well as the American Library Association to highlight the literacy and learning benefits that libraries provide to their communities.

As children head back to school, the library offers a wealth of resources that help promote student success such as computers equipped with early learning software and book collections geared towards children of different reading levels. For young adults, the library also possesses a Teen Space appropriate for studying and lounging that also features Wi-Fi capabilities.

Read more from the original post on by Richard Lopez, YA Librarian

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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Continue Your Education at the Library


The San Benito County Free Library is pleased to announce the debut of Universal Class, an electronic resource presented in partnership with Recorded Books that offers continuing education courses online.  Designed for public library patrons, Universal Class features a catalog of more than 500 courses containing a little something for everyone.

Among the hundreds of offerings included are those in Computers and Technology, Job Assistance, Parenting and Family, Cooking, Home and Garden Care, Homeschooling, Pet and Animal Care, and Exercise and Fitness. These classes are led by real instructors and are video-based, and students can even obtain certificates and continuing education credits for selected courses.

Patrons only need a library card to access Universal Class, and since these classes are offered online, they can be enjoyed from the comforts of one’s own home. Universal Class can be accessed through the library’s Articles & Databases page at, but patrons are also encouraged to speak with the friendly staff at the San Benito County Free Library if they would like more information on this new resource.

Interested patrons can also call the library at (831) 636-4107 or send an email

Originally Posted to by Richard Lopez, Young Adult Services Librarian