Give A Child A Book


Give a Book: Utilizing school and public libraries to bring books into your home

Posted at 9:54 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 00:27:34-04

KSBY has launched the station's first-ever "If You Give a Child a Book" campaign. It's the station's mission to work with the community in getting books in the hands and homes of hundreds of children living on the Central Coast. To donate to the campaign, visit KSBY.Com/GiveABook.

As the school year continues with distance learning, a local librarian is reminding students to make reading a part of their everyday.

Kelci Gonzalez is a library technician at Oceano Elementary School. One way she's kept students engaged with reading is by reading stories and uploading them online every week for students to watch.

Library time looks a little different this school year, but Gonzalez says students and parents can build that bond over reading by picking out books together.

"I think it's just sharing something," Gonzalez said. "School is mostly separate for six hours and so it was neat to see them get to be apart of that whole process and choosing the books together."

Gonzalez emphasized the resources school and local libraries can provide if students don't have books readily available at home.

"We're also just starting a hold and pick-up process," Gonzalez said. "We can't let kids into our library, but we still want to get books to them, so we've taught them how to do online holds and they come through and drive through the little office area and pick up the books that they want."

According to the County of San Luis Obispo, libraries across the county are back open with modified regulations and hours. Atascadero, Cambria, Morro Bay, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Nipomo branches will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour window for patrons who may be elderly or immunocompromised from 9-10 a.m.

In Santa Barbara County, library books can be picked up via a sidewalk service for the Central, Carpinteria, Eastside and Montecito libraries. For details on how to reserve books and hours of operation, click here.

The Lompoc Public Library is offering holds pick-up Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the Santa Maria Public Library is offering sidewalk picked at its Main Street, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, and Cuyama branches. For details on specific times, click here.