Big Book Sale Sept. 25, 2021

Mark your calendars for our next book sale on Saturday, Sept 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at 240 North 9th Street in Grover Beach, one block north of West Grand Avenue.

The sale includes a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, research, coffee table and collectible books.

“Our library parking lot will be covered with tables and boxes of books for sale; there will be something for everybody,” said library representatives. “Come join us and fill your reading library.”

These sales are a chance for people to come together and browse books to their hearts’ content. The event raises funds for the library, provides a fun, free activity for families, and creates community among patrons as they exchange book recommendations with one another and chat with the board and the dedicated library volunteers.

Everyone loves a good deal, and we have some specials. Sign up for our newsletter by Saturday, Sept. 10, and get a coupon for a free book at the sale, The email goes out Sunday morning. Click here

Other highlights:
• Books are sold by the inch, which means you can load up on any genre, hardback or paperback, and pay the same price. The cost is $1 per inch for hard cover and $.50 per inch for paperback.  All CDs and/or videos are the same as hard cover.
• The ever-popular bag sale is scheduled for 2 p.m. Shoppers buy a paper grocery bag for $2 and fill it with books of their choosing.
• Teachers can get free children’s books after 2 p.m.

Vacationers, visitors, avid readers, researchers, collectors and all others are invited to attend the sale and stock up on their favorite reads. For more information, call 805-481-4131.

Kids’ Summer Reading Program Returns!

Kids’ Summer Reading Program Returns!

It wouldn’t be summer without our popular program that brings kids and books together.

Students from 1st grade through middle school take on the challenge to read six books in six weeks. Each year, a special theme helps motivate readers as they make the commitment to pass up “screen time” in favor of books.

This year’s theme is Beach Bingo!

In addition to winning prizes for completing six books in six weeks, participants can earn additional treats by filling out the Beach Bingo game card.

Who: Readers of all ages from first grade through middle school

When: June 12 – July 24, 2021

Where: Register in person at the library or online here. Then read wherever your summer takes you! Stop by the library to update your progress on our Wall of Fame so we can celebrate what an awesome reader you are.

Why: Because reading is fun!!! OK, also because you can win some great prizes!

Did someone say prizes???

Readers who finish 6 grade-level appropriate books in 6 weeks will win a gift certificate to Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab! And… readers who fill out their Beach Bingo playing card by completing the reading activities will win a gift certificate to In-N-Out Burger.

All participants are invited to an awards ceremony at the library on Saturday, July 24 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

>>Register Here

>>Download Your Beach Bingo Card



Library Now Open for Limited Access

We are excited to report that after several weeks of “pick up” only operations, the State of California has decreed that we may open to the public with limited access.

We will keep the same hours as the curbside service of Monday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. allowing our volunteer librarians to comfortably interface with the public under these present circumstances. As conditions determine and demand increases, extended hours will be considered.

Only 5 patrons, including children, may be present in the library at once. All patrons are requested to wear a mask and gloves. Please return books in the outside book drop.

Library Now Open for Curbside Service

The time has finally arrived—we are open for curbside service on Mondays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sorry, no patrons can come inside just yet, but you can call (805) 481-4131 and let us know what your favorite genre is or your favorite author, and let our dedicated volunteer librarians help.

Staff will practice social distancing as well as wear masks and gloves.

One more thing to note, for the safety of our volunteers and that of the community, no book donations will be accepted until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Special Storytime Guest Reader

Meet Heather Houston. Heather was one of our eager readers in the Youth Summer Reading Program, finishing a total of 18 books — 3 times the amount needed to win a prize! Heather then donated the books she read to our library because she wanted other readers to have a chance to enjoy them the way she had.

Recently, at the library’s regular Storytime, Heather took the plunge and read out loud to a group for her first time! Heather is pictured here, with our dedicated children’s librarian Maria Dowdy, finding her voice as she reads to others.

We look forward to helping your child become a library superstar, just like Heather.

Summer Reading Program Successfully Concludes

The Grover Beach Community Library recently completed another successful Summer Reading Program with seventeen youngsters having read a total of 133 books, and those who read six books in six weeks were duly rewarded with a gift certificate from In-N-Out Burger. The youngest reader was five years old and the oldest was 15. A seven-year-old girl had the honor of reading eighteen books, the most of any reader. Barbara Nicolls, Library Volunteer and coordinator of the program said, “Since the beginning of this program in 2010, this summer was the most successful we have ever had. We are so proud of our readers!” Nicolls went on to describe that beginning readers read illustrated books, then books become more difficult for readers depending upon their age: story books, chapter books and for some advanced readers, young adult classics such as Robinson Crusoe.