PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 26, 2015

Unleash Your Imagination at Laguna Blanca School’s Story Time

Santa Barbara, CA (October 20, 2015) – Laguna Blanca Story Time returns to Laguna Blanca School with a series of fun and interactive reading opportunities for children at the Lower School campus.

Taking place this fall and winter, the four-part thematic Saturday Story Time events are free and open to the entire community, providing an opportunity for children to gain valuable reading skills and for families to learn about the school’s curriculum. “Storytelling is a powerful way to activate young brains,” said Laguna Blanca Head of Lower School Andy Surber.

This series of special reading opportunities is geared toward children ages 3–8, however, children of all ages are welcome to attend and enjoy. Each Story Time will have a different theme, and Laguna Blanca’s gregarious Librarian, Meredith Brace, will impart an age-appropriate lesson in addition to reading books.

Laguna Blanca Story Times will occur on the following dates with the following themes:

Saturday, November 7, 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Up with Dirt – Butterflies and Gardening
Saturday, December 12, 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Special Guest Storyteller Michael Katz
Saturday, January 30, 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Legos at Laguna (a free-building Lego session—reservations are required!)
Saturday, February 20, 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Art Workshop

At the November 7 Story Time, Ms. Brace will share the book, Fly, Fly Butterfly, by former Laguna Blanca parent and UCSB professor, Diego H. Pedreros Velasquez. She will also read Butterfly Beach, by local author Peggy Bookwalter. Science Instructor Clara Svedlund will follow-up with a planting of the monarch caterpillar’s favorite snack—milkweed!

On December 12, Laguna Blanca is proud to host renowned storyteller Michael Katz for a very special Story Time. Michael tells stories, which weave together both the comic and the profound, using his own highly energetic, animated, and interactive style of storytelling. He has performed at theaters, concert halls, festivals, school assemblies, and libraries throughout the U.S., including the openings of both the Los Angeles Getty Center and the Disney Concert Hall. He is also the host of radio storytelling program Katz Pajamas heard on NPR station KCBX FM, and is one of the founding members of the national touring theatre company, BOXTALES.

Laguna Blanca Story Time events will be held in the library at the Laguna Blanca Lower School campus, located at 260 San Ysidro Road in Montecito. For more information and to RSVP, please email or call 805.695.8143.

Laguna Blanca School is an Early K-12 co-educational, college preparatory day school. Building upon its 80-year tradition of academic excellence with new and innovative teaching methods and programs, Laguna Blanca provides students with a supportive community that promotes deeper learning, and values student balance and well-being. With its thriving experiential learning, LEGO, STEM, and arts programs, competitive athletics, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, the school offers a variety of ways that students can succeed. For more information, please visit


Melissa Walker, Communications Coordinator
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