Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Santa Maria Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.

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Winter Maker Event
10:00 to 1:00 PM
 Winter Maker Event
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:00 to 1:00 PM
(Dec 16, Dec 23, Dec 30)

Learning Center
It's time to create, build, explore, and use your imagination at the Library Maker Events. Join us every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Learning Center. Make a holiday craft/ 3-D Printing Demo:
Dec 2:
  • Card making/cardboard art
  • Button making
Dec 16:
    ...read more
    Adult Coloring Program
    10:00 to 11:30 AM
     Adult Coloring Program
    Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
    (Sat. Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7; 10:00 to 11:30 AM)

    Los Alamos Branch Library
    Need a little stress relief?  Come to the Los Alamos Branch Library to take part in the new adult coloring program designed to reduce stress and to express your creative talents. The Adult Coloring Program is offered on the first Saturday of every month beginning on October 7, 2017.&n...read more
    Bilingual Story Time/Hora de Cuentos - NEW
    11:00am
    Bilingual Story Time/Hora de Cuentos - NEW
    Saturday, Dec. 2, 11:00amBilingual Story Time
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    Families, join the Library for our brand new Bilingual Story Time. This story time will be offered on Saturdays at 11:00am. Bilingual Story Time will feature exciting stories, songs and rhymes in both Spanish and English. Perfect for everyone, this story time will help build kids’ language ski...read more
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    Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
    Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
    Tuesday, Dec. 5Mouse Tales Preschoo
    Orcutt Branch Library
    For Preschoolers ages 3-5. Featuring stories, puppets, fingerplays, and songs.
    Please call to pre-register at 805.937.6483
    Story time session: October 31 to December 12 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
    *Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story tim...read more
    Afternoon Story Time
    3:30pm
     Afternoon Story Time
    Tuesday, Dec. 5, 3:30pmAfternoon Story Time
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    Afternoon Story Time is a special afternoon program featuring stories, movies, and a craft open only to children aged 6 and above. This story time is offered on Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Sign-ups are not required, except for groups of six or larger wishing to attend. Space and craft suppl...read more
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    Genealogy Society Assistance
    by appointment only
     Genealogy Society Assistance
    Wednesday, Dec. 6, by appointment only
    Santa Maria Public Library 2nd Floor
    By appointment only a member of the Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society is available to assist with your research on the second floor of the Santa Maria Public Library.
    Woodland Wonders Story Time
    10:30am
     Woodland Wonders Story Time
    Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10:30amWoodland Wonders Sto
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    Preschool Story Time is offered on Wednesdays at 10:30am and features stories, songs, finger plays, digital storytelling, and a book-on-DVD. This story time is open to preschoolers aged 3 to 5 and their families. No ne...read more
    United Health Care Community Meeting
    11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    United Health Care Community Meeting
    Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
    An Afternoon with Abe Lincoln Alive
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    An Afternoon with Abe Lincoln Alive
    Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    10:00am
    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    Thursday, Dec. 7, 10:00amPlay, Move, and Lear
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library

    Join us on Thursdays at 10:00am or 11:30am for an exciting learning experience just for toddlers and their caregivers. Pre-registration for the entire six-week session is required, and may be completed in person, online through our library events calendar, or ...read more


    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    11:30am
    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    Thursday, Dec. 7, 11:30amPlay, Move, and Lear
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library

    Join us on Thursdays at 10:00am or 11:30am for an exciting learning experience just for toddlers and their caregivers. Pre-registration for the entire six-week session is required, and may be completed in person, online through our library events calendar, or ...read more


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    Private Event
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
     Private Event
    Friday, Dec. 8, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
    Teens: Otaku Club
    4:30pm - 5:30pm
     Teens: Otaku Club
    Friday, Dec. 8, 4:30pm - 5:30pmTeens: Otaku Club
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    If you’re a teen who is into anime or manga, you should join the Otaku club! Otaku means “geek” in Japanese, and this is your space to geek out with other fans! We’ll meet once a month to watch anime, discuss manga, try Japanese snacks, or do an activity. New members are alwa...read more
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    Holiday MakerSpace
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     Holiday MakerSpace
    Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Holiday MakerSpace
    Santa Maria Public Library
    Join the Library, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, and Allan Hancock College for a fabulous Holiday MakerSpace. You will have the opportunity to make your own greeting cards, ornaments, gifts, and other holiday treasures!

    December 9, 2017
    10:00 a.m....read more
    Bilingual Story Time/Hora de Cuentos - NEW
    11:00am
    Bilingual Story Time/Hora de Cuentos - NEW
    Saturday, Dec. 9, 11:00amBilingual Story Time
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    Families, join the Library for our brand new Bilingual Story Time. This story time will be offered on Saturdays at 11:00am. Bilingual Story Time will feature exciting stories, songs and rhymes in both Spanish and English. Perfect for everyone, this story time will help build kids’ language ski...read more
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    Private Event
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
     Private Event
    Monday, Dec. 11, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
    Movie Night - March of the Penguins
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Movie Night - March of the Penguins
    Monday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
    Theme: Documentary, G (2005) 80 minutes
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    Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
    Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
    Tuesday, Dec. 12Mouse Tales Preschoo
    Orcutt Branch Library
    For Preschoolers ages 3-5. Featuring stories, puppets, fingerplays, and songs.
    Please call to pre-register at 805.937.6483
    Story time session: October 31 to December 12 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
    *Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story tim...read more
    Life Space Crisis Intervention
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
     Life Space Crisis Intervention
    Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
    Afternoon Story Time
    3:30pm
     Afternoon Story Time
    Tuesday, Dec. 12, 3:30pmAfternoon Story Time
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    Afternoon Story Time is a special afternoon program featuring stories, movies, and a craft open only to children aged 6 and above. This story time is offered on Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Sign-ups are not required, except for groups of six or larger wishing to attend. Space and craft suppl...read more
    Orcutt Academy Information Night
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Orcutt Academy Information Night
    Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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    Genealogy Society Assistance
    by appointment only
     Genealogy Society Assistance
    Wednesday, Dec. 13, by appointment only
    Santa Maria Public Library 2nd Floor
    By appointment only a member of the Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society is available to assist with your research on the second floor of the Santa Maria Public Library.
    Private Event
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
     Private Event
    Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Learning Center
    Woodland Wonders Story Time
    10:30am
     Woodland Wonders Story Time
    Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:30amWoodland Wonders Sto
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
    Preschool Story Time is offered on Wednesdays at 10:30am and features stories, songs, finger plays, digital storytelling, and a book-on-DVD. This story time is open to preschoolers aged 3 to 5 and their families. No ne...read more
    Adult Coloring Program
    1:00 to 2:30 PM
     Adult Coloring Program
    Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1:00 to 2:30 PM
    (Sep 27, Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 & 22, Dec 14, Jan 10 & 24, Feb 14 & 22, March 14 & 28; 1:00 to 2:30 PM )

    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
    The Santa Maria Public Library's popular Adult Coloring Program is a free program designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and artistic outlet for adults of all ages.
    Participants are offered a broad selection of pictures and postcards to color. All materials are provided...read more
    Private Event
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
     Private Event
    Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    10:00am
    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    Thursday, Dec. 14, 10:00amPlay, Move, and Lear
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library

    Join us on Thursdays at 10:00am or 11:30am for an exciting learning experience just for toddlers and their caregivers. Pre-registration for the entire six-week session is required, and may be completed in person, online through our library events calendar, or ...read more


    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    11:30am
    Play, Move, and Learn with Your Toddler
    Thursday, Dec. 14, 11:30amPlay, Move, and Lear
    Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library

    Join us on Thursdays at 10:00am or 11:30am for an exciting learning experience just for toddlers and their caregivers. Pre-registration for the entire six-week session is required, and may be completed in person, online through our library events calendar, or ...read more


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    Winter Maker Event
    10:00 to 1:00 PM
     Winter Maker Event
    Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:00 to 1:00 PM
    (Dec 16, Dec 23, Dec 30)

    Learning Center
    It's time to create, build, explore, and use your imagination at the Library Maker Events. Join us every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Learning Center. Make a holiday craft/ 3-D Printing Demo:
    Dec 2:
    • Card making/cardboard art
    • Button making
    Dec 16:
      ...read more
      Bilingual Story Time/Hora de Cuentos - NEW
      11:00am
      Bilingual Story Time/Hora de Cuentos - NEW
      Saturday, Dec. 16, 11:00amBilingual Story Time
      Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
      Families, join the Library for our brand new Bilingual Story Time. This story time will be offered on Saturdays at 11:00am. Bilingual Story Time will feature exciting stories, songs and rhymes in both Spanish and English. Perfect for everyone, this story time will help build kids’ language ski...read more
      Valley Speaks
      11:00 am - 12:00 pm
       Valley Speaks
      Saturday, Dec. 16, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
      Celebrate Christmas
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
       Celebrate Christmas
      Saturday, Dec. 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Orcutt Branch Library
      Celebrate Christmas at the Orcutt Library with a special story time and crafts.
      Presented by the Righetti ASTRA Club
      Private Event
      6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
       Private Event
      Saturday, Dec. 16, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
      Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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      Night Light Theater: The Santa Clause
      6:00pm
      Night Light Theater: The Santa Clause
      Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6:00pmNight Light Theater:
      Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
      Night Light Theater
      Drop by for a monthly family movie night at the Library! No sign-ups or tickets required. All ages welcome with caregivers. All Night Light Theater evenings are on Tuesdays at 6:00pm in the Altrusa Theater. Sorry, food and drinks are not...read more
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      Genealogy Society Assistance
      by appointment only
       Genealogy Society Assistance
      Wednesday, Dec. 20, by appointment only
      Santa Maria Public Library 2nd Floor
      By appointment only a member of the Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society is available to assist with your research on the second floor of the Santa Maria Public Library.
      Private Event
      12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
       Private Event
      Wednesday, Dec. 20, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
      Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
      Holiday Cupcake Challenge
      4:00pm
       Holiday Cupcake Challenge
      Wednesday, Dec. 20, 4:00pmHoliday Cupcake Chal
      Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
      Do you love to bake and decorate? Join us for this exciting program where you will get some tips on how to frost a beautiful cupcake. Then you’ll be given an opportunity to decorate your own cupcake...read more

      Registration required, begins Dec 13.
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      Private Event
      10:30 am - 11:30 am
       Private Event
      Thursday, Dec. 21, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
      (Thursdays, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 16, Dec 21)

      Dorothea Nelson Conference Room
      Private Event
      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
       Private Event
      Thursday, Dec. 21, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
      Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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      Teens: Gingerbread Experience
      3:00pm - 5:00pm
       Teens: Gingerbread Experience
      Friday, Dec. 22, 3:00pm - 5:00pmTeens: Gingerbread E
      Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
      Want to build a gingerbread house? Here’s your chance. We’ll provide the supplies; you build and decorate while watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory read more

      Registration required, begins Dec 13.
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      Winter Maker Event
      10:00 to 1:00 PM
       Winter Maker Event
      Saturday, Dec. 23, 10:00 to 1:00 PM
      (Dec 16, Dec 23, Dec 30)

      Learning Center
      It's time to create, build, explore, and use your imagination at the Library Maker Events. Join us every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Learning Center. Make a holiday craft/ 3-D Printing Demo:
      Dec 2:
      • Card making/cardboard art
      • Button making
      Dec 16:
        ...read more
        Adult Coloring Program
        11:00 - 12:30 PM
         Adult Coloring Program
        Saturday, Dec. 23, 11:00 - 12:30 PM
        (Saturday, Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28; 11:00 to 12:30 PM)

        Guadalupe Branch Library
        Need a little stress relief?  Come to the Guadalupe Branch Library to take part in the new adult coloring program designed to reduce stress and to express your creative talents. The Adult Coloring Program is offered on the fourth Saturday of every month beginning on August 26, 2017.&n...read more
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        Library Closed
         Library Closed
        Monday, Dec. 25,
        All Locations
        The library will be closed December 25 in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
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        Valley Reads Book Club
        11:00 to 12:30 PM
         Valley Reads Book Club
        Tuesday, Dec. 26, 11:00 to 12:30 PM
        (Tuesdays; Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27; 11:00 to 12:30 PM)

        Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
        Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public LibraryTuesday; Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27; 11:00-12:30 PMThe Santa Maria Public Library facilitates a monthly book club, The Valley Reads, which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month in Shepard Hall from 11:00 a.m...read more
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        Genealogy Society Assistance
        by appointment only
         Genealogy Society Assistance
        Wednesday, Dec. 27, by appointment only
        Santa Maria Public Library 2nd Floor
        By appointment only a member of the Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society is available to assist with your research on the second floor of the Santa Maria Public Library.
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        Teen Movie Fridays: Everything, Everything
        3:45pm
        Teen Movie Fridays: Everything, Everything
        Friday, Dec. 29, 3:45pmTeen Movie Fridays:
        Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
        Need a chance to unwind and relax? Join us on select Fridays to watch some great movies. Light snacks will be provided. Movies start promptly at 4:00pm in the Altrusa Theater, unless otherwise stated. Parental discretion is advised. Children aged 6 to ...read more
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        Winter Maker Event
        10:00 to 1:00 PM
         Winter Maker Event
        Saturday, Dec. 30, 10:00 to 1:00 PM
        (Dec 16, Dec 23, Dec 30)

        Learning Center
        It's time to create, build, explore, and use your imagination at the Library Maker Events. Join us every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Learning Center. Make a holiday craft/ 3-D Printing Demo:
        Dec 2:
        • Card making/cardboard art
        • Button making
        Dec 16:
          ...read more
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