By Mayor Marsha McLean
The Santa Clarita Public Library had a busy summer filled with engaging programs and exciting events, including the annual Summer Reading Program which had over 2,500 participants! Now that the long, hot days of summer have faded behind us, it is time to welcome fall. As we transition into a new season, Santa Clarita Public Library will continue to provide residents with informational and enriching programming.
What better way to enjoy the coming cooler weather than cuddling up with a furry friend and a good book? On October 5 and 19, 2019, the Valencia and Old Town Newhall Libraries, will host Read to a Dog events where children can read a story to a gentle, therapy dog from Pet Partners. Bring your little ones to the library to enjoy time with these friendly and well-trained pups!
Teens can keep busy at our local libraries this fall by practicing their costuming skills with Road to FanFest events that will be held at each library branch. Attendees will meet fellow cosplayers and learn about sewing, thermoplastics and more that can be used to create the perfect costume to celebrate their favorite fandom at the Teen FanFest on October 26, 2019.
Fall will also bring festive, Halloween fun to the Santa Clarita Public Library. Halloween Slime Time is coming to the Valencia Library on October 30. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will have the chance to make gooey, spooky slime just in time for Halloween! Teens can have a scary good time by visiting the Old Town Newhall Library on three Tuesdays in October for Movie Spooktacular events. There will be spooky, age-appropriate movies and snacks to enjoy. Then, on October 31, 2019, everyone is invited to the Spooktacular Fun event at the Old Town Newhall Library. Families can dress up in their Halloween best and take part in crafts, storytelling and a scavenger hunt. There won’t be any tricks, but there will be plenty of tasty treats! To view the full events calendar with times, locations and more, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.
In addition to different events and programming, the Santa Clarita Public Library also offers passport services that will help prepare you for your next adventure. With the recent opening of a new Passport Acceptance Facility at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, there are now facilities at each of Santa Clarita Public Library’s three branches. The City is pleased to offer these amenities that make it easier for residents to access services like new adult and minor passports, passport replacements and passport photos. These services are available by appointment only, so be sure to visit santaclaritalibrary.com/passport-services to schedule an appointment and view the facility hours of operations.
The Santa Clarita Public Library is a hub for community services, programs and events for all ages. I hope Santa Clarita residents will enjoy fall weather and take part in everything our libraries have to offer! To stay up-to-date with the Santa Clarita Public Library, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.
Mayor Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at [email protected].