The Santa Barbara Public Library System has selected Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins to launch its first family- and youth-oriented Santa Barbara Reads program. The classic children’s book and Newbery Medal winner is based on the true story of Juana Maria, the lone woman of San Nicolas Island who was left behind when her tribe abandoned the island and survived alone for 18 years before being found and brought to Santa Barbara. The two-month-long schedule of book-related events includes art projects, book discussions, a visit by a Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History expert, and a presentation by an underwater photographer. Tomorrow (Fri., Mar. 9) at 2 p.m. at the Eastside Library branch, a bilingual family book discussion will take place; on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m., Art from Scrap will host a workshop titled Unnatural Beauty: What’s That in Our Tide Pool? Events continue through April. Call 564-5633 or visit sbplibrary.org for more information.