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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Enter the Cowboy Poetry Contest
 Enter the Cowboy Poetry Contest
Tuesday, May. 1
All Locations
Submit an original cowboy poem with an entry form attached to any branch of the Santa Maria Public Library, by May 4, 2018. Poems may be about cowboys or cowgirls and their work, life on the range, the land, or the west, Each poet may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be attached to a ...read more
Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, May. 1Mouse 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: April 10 to May 29 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
*Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story time parti...read more
Computer Basics Workshop - Email
1:00 to 2:00 PM
Computer Basics Workshop - Email
Tuesday, May 1, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Learning Center
The Santa Maria Library is pleased to announce a free workshop on Computer Basics, Email, on May 1, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The workshop will be presented in the Learning Center, located on the first floor of the Library.
The workshop is intended for individuals ...read more
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Enter the Cowboy Poetry Contest
 Enter the Cowboy Poetry Contest
Wednesday, May. 2
All Locations
Submit an original cowboy poem with an entry form attached to any branch of the Santa Maria Public Library, by May 4, 2018. Poems may be about cowboys or cowgirls and their work, life on the range, the land, or the west, Each poet may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be attached to a ...read more
Private Event
10:00 am - 11:00 am
 Private Event
Wednesday, May 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Care Mapping Training
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 Care Mapping Training
Wednesday, May 2, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
World in a Jar
3:30pm
 World in a Jar
Wednesday, May 2, 3:30pmWorld in a Jar
Orcutt Branch Library

Celebrate spring with a hands-on craft project at the Library. Kids will learn all about the water cycle and make their...read more

Private Event
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Private Event
Wednesday, May. 2, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
(Wednesdays, May 2, 16, 23 & 30, 7:00 pm)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Enter the Cowboy Poetry Contest
 Enter the Cowboy Poetry Contest
Thursday, May. 3
All Locations
Submit an original cowboy poem with an entry form attached to any branch of the Santa Maria Public Library, by May 4, 2018. Poems may be about cowboys or cowgirls and their work, life on the range, the land, or the west, Each poet may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be attached to a ...read more
Private Event
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
 Private Event
Thursday, May 3, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Let’s Blow Off Some STEAM
4:00pm
 Let’s Blow Off Some STEAM
Thursday, May. 3, 4:00pmLet’s Blow Off
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Curious preschoolers and caregivers, join us for a special story time filled with exploration and discovery, designed just for your preschooler aged 3-5. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themes will be explored through stories, and then discovered through hands-on act...read more

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Author Talk and Book Signing
4:00 to 5:00 PM
 Author Talk and Book Signing
Friday, May 4, 4:00 to 5:00 PMAuthor Talk and Book
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Join us Friday , May 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Shepard Hall for a discussion with author and historian Jeffrey Geiger about his book, German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California.
 
The book comes on the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in North Africa in May 1943, and the firs...read more
May the 4th Be with You: A Star Wars Story Time
4:00pm
May the 4th Be with You: A Star Wars Story Time
Friday, May 4, 4:00pmMay the 4th Be with
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Join us as we journey to a galaxy far, far away for a Star Wars themed story time. This event will include a family oriented story time, a Star Wars craft, and some photogenic special gues...read more
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Spring Maker Event
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Spring Maker Event
Saturday, May. 5, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Spring Maker Event
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. - 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Center.
May 5:
  • Plastic Egg Maracas
  • Duct Tape
  • Lego/Erector Building
May 12:
  • 3D Printing Dem
...read more
Orcutt Book Sale
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 Orcutt Book Sale
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Orcutt Branch Library
Please come to the Orcutt Friends of the Library booksale on Saturday, May 5 at the Orcutt Library, 175 S. Broadway, in Old Town Orcutt, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Look for signs directing you to the sale entry.  Please come and support the Friends of the Library by buying a book!
Free Comic Book Day
11:00am - 4:00pm
 Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 5, 11:00am - 4:00pmFree Comic Book Day
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Join us as we celebrate National Free Comic Book Day at the Library. We will have super hero crafts and activities for all. Participate in our Super Hero Art Contest! Create and bring your...read more
Bullitt: From Script to Screen
1:00-4:30
 Bullitt: From Script to Screen
Saturday, May 5, 1:00-4:30
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
The Santa Maria Public Library will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Event for the motion picture "Bullitt," starring Steve McQueen.
Tony Piazza will give a "PowerPoint" presentation of "Bullitt from Script to Screen." share some personal stories, movies, and photos o...read more
Private Event
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Private Event
Saturday, May 5, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Private Event
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Private Event
Monday, May 7, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, May. 8Mouse 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: April 10 to May 29 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
*Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story time parti...read more
World in a Jar
3::30pm
 World in a Jar
Tuesday, May 8, 3::30pmWorld in a Jar
Los Alamos Branch Library

Celebrate spring with a hands-on craft project at the Library. Kids will learn all about the water cycle and make their own jar gardens to take home with them. Adults MUST ac...read more

Private Event
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Private Event
Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Private Event
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
 Private Event
Wednesday, May 9, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Adult Coloring Program
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
 Adult Coloring Program
Wednesday, May. 9, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
(Apr 11, Apr 25, May 9, May 23, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 22, 1:00 PM 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
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Private Event
10:00 am - 11:30 am
 Private Event
Thursday, May 10, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Tutor Training
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
 Tutor Training
Thursday, May 10, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Let’s Blow Off Some STEAM
4:00pm
 Let’s Blow Off Some STEAM
Thursday, May. 10, 4:00pmLet’s Blow Off
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Curious preschoolers and caregivers, join us for a special story time filled with exploration and discovery, designed just for your preschooler aged 3-5. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themes will be explored through stories, and then discovered through hands-on act...read more

Private Event
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 Private Event
Thursday, May 10, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court Graduation
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court Graduation
Friday, May 11, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Teens: Otaku Club
4:00pm - 5:30pm
 Teens: Otaku Club
Friday, May 11, 4:00pm - 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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Spring Maker Event
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Spring Maker Event
Saturday, May. 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Spring Maker Event
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. - 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Center.
May 5:
  • Plastic Egg Maracas
  • Duct Tape
  • Lego/Erector Building
May 12:
  • 3D Printing Dem
...read more
Teens: Board of Library Teens (BOLT)
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Teens: Board of Library Teens (BOLT)
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am - 10:45 amTeens: Board of Libr
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Are you a teen who loves your Library? Join the Board of Library Teens (BOLT)! BOLT meets one Saturday per month to decide on upcoming teen program plans, help select materials to order for the teen collection, create a vision for the...read more
Celebrate Mother’s Day
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
 Celebrate Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Orcutt Branch Library
Celebrate Mother's Day at the Orcutt Library with a special story time and crafts.
Presented by the Righetti
ASTRA...read more
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Movie Nght - Kubo and the Two Strings
5:00 PM
Movie Nght - Kubo and the Two Strings
Monday, May 14, 5:00 PM
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Theme: Animation, PG, (2016), 101 minutes.

A young boy named Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small village until a vengeful spirit from the past turns his life upside down. In order to survive, Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warr...read more
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Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, May. 15Mouse 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: April 10 to May 29 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
*Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story time parti...read more
Private Event
8:30 am - 9:30 am
 Private Event
Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Dorothea Nelson Conference Room
Computer Basics Workshop - Email level 2
1:00 to 2:00 PM
Computer Basics Workshop - Email level 2
Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Learning Center
The Santa Maria Library is pleased to announce a free workshop on Computer Basics, Email level 2, on May 15, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The workshop will be presented in the Learning Center, located on the first floor of the Library.
The workshop is intended for ind...read more
Fair Housing Presentation
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
 Fair Housing Presentation
Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Afternoon Art Time
4:00pm
 Afternoon Art Time
Wednesday, May 16, 4:00pmAfternoon Art Time
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Join us at the Library as local artists from the Valley Art Gallery teach this workshop. Caregivers are welcome to assist their children with their art projects. Pre-registration for this program is required, and may be completed in person, online through our library events calendar, or by p...read more

Game Night
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
 Game Night
Wednesday, May. 16, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
(May 16, Jun 20, Jul 18, Aug 15 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
The Santa Maria Public Library invites people of all ages for an evening of games on May 16, June 20, July 18, and August 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library.
 
The Library will provide a variety of games, inc...read more
Private Event
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Private Event
Wednesday, May. 16, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
(Wednesdays, May 2, 16, 23 & 30, 7:00 pm)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Let’s Blow Off Some STEAM
4:00pm
 Let’s Blow Off Some STEAM
Thursday, May. 17, 4:00pmLet’s Blow Off
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Curious preschoolers and caregivers, join us for a special story time filled with exploration and discovery, designed just for your preschooler aged 3-5. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themes will be explored through stories, and then discovered through hands-on act...read more

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World in a Jar
3:30pm
 World in a Jar
Friday, May 18, 3:30pmWorld in a Jar
Guadalupe Branch Library

Celebrate spring with a hands-on craft project at the Library. Kids will learn all about the water cycle and make their own jar gardens to take home with them. Adults MUST ac...read more

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Spring Maker Event
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Spring Maker Event
Saturday, May. 19, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Spring Maker Event
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. - 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Center.
May 5:
  • Plastic Egg Maracas
  • Duct Tape
  • Lego/Erector Building
May 12:
  • 3D Printing Dem
...read more
Mental Health Resource Fair
10-2
 Mental Health Resource Fair
Saturday, May 19, 10-2
Santa Maria Public Library - Lavagnino Plaza

Many local Mental Health community agencies will be providing information on a variety of topics.  We will also offer stress-relieving activities. We want to educate the com...read more

Cowboy Poetry Contest
2:00 p.m.
 Cowboy Poetry Contest
Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m.Cowboy Poetry Contes
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Prizes for entries in each grade category will be presented at our Cowboy Poetry Event held at the Santa Maria Public Library on May 19, 2018 at 2:00pm in Sheapard Hall. 

Grade Categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12
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Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, May. 22Mouse 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: April 10 to May 29 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
*Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story time parti...read more
Valley Reads Book Club
11:00 to 12:30 PM
 Valley Reads Book Club
Tuesday, May. 22, 11:00 to 12:30 PM
(Tuesdays; May 22, Jun 26, Jul 28, Aug 28, Sep 25, Oct 23; 11:00 to 12:30 PM)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public LibraryTuesday; May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25; October 23 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 ...read more
Night Light Theater: Coco
6:00pm
 Night Light Theater: Coco
Tuesday, May 22, 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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Adult Coloring Program
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
 Adult Coloring Program
Wednesday, May. 23, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
(Apr 11, Apr 25, May 9, May 23, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 22, 1:00 PM 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
Binary Bracelets
4:00pm
 Binary Bracelets
Wednesday, May 23, 4:00pmBinary Bracelets
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library
Want to learn to write in code and send secret messages to your friends? In this program we will learn about computers and their binary language. Then you’ll have a chance to make a bracelet or necklace spelling your name in code. ...read more

Private Event
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Private Event
Wednesday, May. 23, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
(Wednesdays, May 2, 16, 23 & 30, 7:00 pm)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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BiLingo
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
 BiLingo
Thursday, May. 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
(Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 26, May 24, 6:00 - 7:30 pm)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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Teen Gaming Fridays: Tabletop Gaming
4:00pm -5:30pm
Teen Gaming Fridays: Tabletop Gaming
Friday, May 25, 4:00pm -5:30pmTeen Gaming Fridays:
Altrusa Theater - Santa Maria Public Library

Need a chance to unwind and relax? Join us on select Fridays for an afternoon of gaming. Play against your friends, or just sit back and watch the action on our large screen. Light snacks will be provided. Gamin...read more

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Spring Maker Event
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Spring Maker Event
Saturday, May. 26, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Spring Maker Event
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. - 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Center.
May 5:
  • Plastic Egg Maracas
  • Duct Tape
  • Lego/Erector Building
May 12:
  • 3D Printing Dem
...read more
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Library Closed
 Library Closed
Monday, May 28, Library Closed
All Locations
The library will be closed Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day)
Cerrado Lunes, 28 de Mayo (Para el Dia Memorial)
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Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Mouse Tales Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, May. 29Mouse 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: April 10 to May 29 on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am
*Please Note: Early entry will begin for the 10:15am ONLY for story time parti...read more
Computer Basics Workshop - Word Basic
1:00 to 2:00 PM
Computer Basics Workshop - Word Basic
Tuesday, May 29, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Learning Center
The Santa Maria Library is pleased to announce a free workshop on Computer Basics, Word, on May 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The workshop will be presented in the Learning Center, located on the first floor of the Library.
The workshop is intended for individ...read more
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Private Event
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
 Private Event
Wednesday, May 30, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
Private Event
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Private Event
Wednesday, May. 30, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
(Wednesdays, May 2, 16, 23 & 30, 7:00 pm)

Shepard Hall - Santa Maria Public Library
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