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Popular punctuation mark “tiny libraries” to be on display across Santa Barbara County

Tiny Libraries on the Move
Six outdoor sculptural libraries will be on display. (Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The punctuation mark-shaped "tiny libraries" that were a huge hit on State Street will soon be on display in other locations across Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture announced the "Tiny Libraries on Tour" project Tuesday.

Six outdoor sculptural libraries created by artist Douglas Lochner will be on display at public libraries in Goleta, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, New Cuyama, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria from mid-January through April.

The libraries are shaped as life-sized punctuation marks and were on display along State Street in Santa Barbara last summer. They will return to State Street later this year.

"We hope the Tiny Libraries enjoy the same popularity they had on State Street, and serve as a reminder that the Public Library is a gateway to even more books, as well as community education classes, digital content, and more that spark curiosity and further learning," said Jessica Cadiente, Library Director for Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria.

The books in the libraries are free to the public. People can also choose to leave books in the library for other people to take.

To learn more about the tiny library program, click here.

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