Call (831) 636-4107 for more information

 Movie Day!

Movie: Despicable Me 3

Date: Thursday, Feb 8th & 22nd

Time: 4:00pm – 5:45pm

Where: Library’s Barbara Room

Girl Scouts Activities:

Book Clubs, Science Experiements,
Songs, Games, Arts, Crafts, & More!

Come Join the Fun! FREE for girls ages 5-17!

5:00pm – 6:00pm

February 13,20,27
& March 6,13,20,27

If you have any questions call: Myrna Arriaga (831) 632-9767

Pirates! Princesses! Monsters! Oh, My!


Halloween Story time and parade team: (left to right) Julia Soto, Youth Services Librarian, Milagros Delcid (Library Assistant), and special thanks to our volunteer Joann.

Our spook-tacular story time and parade was a success.

Children gathered for a short story time followed arts and crafts. The real fun began when the children were given bells, cymbals, drums and other noise makers and we clanged and clashed our way through the library. The children received a standing ovation as they took a bow from library staff and patrons before heading out to the front of the library for gifts and snacks.





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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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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

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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/.

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.