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City of Santa Barbara

735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, US




What is T.A.B.?

Teen Advisory Board combines community service and youth development, underlining the value of teen involvement towards the success of the Santa Barbara Public Library and the Santa Barbara community at large. The program gives high school students positive ways to discover their voice, develop leadership skills, and create lasting change within their community. Teens will identify community needs, create projects to support those needs, and help shape the library's teen services, programs, and collections. 


T.A.B. meetings will be held twice a month, January through June 2024, once a month in July and August, and resume meeting twice a month September through December. T.A.B. members will receive community service hours for attending T.A.B. meetings and events, and additional volunteer opportunities and team building activities will be offered on a weekly basis.


Mission Statement:

T.A.B. encourages teenagers to take an active role in their community and to become leaders through job skills training, peer to peer learning, and mentorship. As active ambassadors of SBPL, teens participate in the development and implementation of library programs and events for youth and other community members.



Be a High school student and have permission to participate from guardians.

Attend scheduled T.A.B. meetings

Actively Participate in T.A.B.-planned programs for teens & youth


Member Guidelines:

  • Attendance will be kept for meetings and events to record volunteer hours. 
  • Members must respect each other, staff, and library property. 
  • Be a responsible library user and a role model at T.A.B. and other library functions: act in a way that reflects positively on Santa Barbara Public Library. 
  • Be an advocate for SBPL.
  • Promote reading and library use. 






Community Service


Want to join? Fill out the application below & our questionnaire so we can learn more about you!

Student's Full Name:

Guardian's Full Name:

Tell us about who you are!