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.
Ugly Sweater Group Photo

Harry Potter Trivia Night!

teen-volunteer-outreach-flyer-10-13-16by Richard James Salta Lopez

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