The Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) has launched a new discussion group led by staff from all SBPL branches. TED & Joe in the Morning will offer learning and conversations on almost anything. This series aims to bring the community together to participate in thinking, conversing and helping people stay connected. Each session will be a different topic for which two to four TED Talks will be posted for participants to view beforehand. The group will then get together on the scheduled day to discuss and share with each other. Scheduled topics currently include “What does home mean?,” “Sleep,” “Misfit Beauty,” “Women in Leadership,” “Solving Online Toxicity,” “Robots,” and “Expanding Representation in Literature and Film.”

SBPL hopes to bring individuals from different backgrounds together and particularly to interact with those who may find themselves more isolated in these current times. Understanding that not everyone might have the tools and access to join virtual programs, SBPL offers laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots that can be checked out to enable this connectivity. Participants can check out an Acer Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot or a Lenovo Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot or just a Wi-Fi hotspot from the library.

TED & Joe in the Morning will be the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Registration is currently open for February through May. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at for information about programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.




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