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Sunday, December 4 — Today!

  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!

Monday, December 5

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Join us at the Garfield Park Library for our weekly Preschool Storytime. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    A 60 minute program for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play! Space is limited so please arrive on time.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join us every Monday afternoon at the Scotts Valley Branch for a knitting party. All you need to do is bring some yarn and knitting needles. All ages are welcome. For more info call 831-427-7712.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Do It Yourself craft for families and independent kids.
  • (5:30 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Take time from your busy schedule and spend a relaxing hour in the library coloring. Designs and pencils provided – or take the time to draw your own design. This fun program for adults takes place on Mondays at the Scotts Valley branch, Wednesdays at the Branciforte branch and Thursdays at the Live Oak branch from 5:30-6:30.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join us at the Live Oak Library for a Spanish Storytime. This program is for children ages 0-8 and their families. Únase a nosotros en la Biblioteca de Live Oak para una hora de cuentos en español. Este programa es para niños de 0-8 y sus familias.

Tuesday, December 6

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    A 60 minute program for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play! Space is limited so please arrive on time.
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft.
  • (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Learn how to get the most out of our library mobile app, SCPL on the Go. This Pop-Up Workshop will help you download the app to your smartphone, introduce you to its great features, and help you download ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, and more.
  • (1:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Join the fun on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm!
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Free homework assistance for students grade 12 and under. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the Programs Office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    In conjunction with the Friends of the La Selva Beach Library, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at the library. Homework Help is supervised by a California-credentialed teacher. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required. For more information or to schedule a 30 minute session, contact Programs 831.427.7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    We will have various kits for building houses, bridges, cars, etc. Construct a town together from LEGO® and ERECTOR® sets. We welcome all school aged children who are able to share and play well together. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register. For ages 8 to 18. This is an eleven week series.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.

Wednesday, December 7

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!
  • (11:00 AM-11:45 AM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft.
  • (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 11:00am-1:00pn on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Scotts Valley Library. This program is sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends of the Library. For more information, phone the library at 427-7712.
  • (1:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Join the fun on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm!
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Minecraft with a purpose. Learn how to find and use resources, build, and survive in the world of Minecraft. Open to ages 8 to 18. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 PLAYERS.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Free homework assistance for students grade 12 and under. Bilingual assistance available. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the Programs Office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required. For more information or to schedule a 30 minute session, contact Programs 831.427.7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Do It Yourself craft for families and independent kids.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Call 427-7717 or e-mail tales2tails@santacruzpl.org to make an appointment.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn how to survive in the world of Minecraft. Ages 8 to 18. Space is limited to 14 on a first come basis. No advance registration.
  • (6:15 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Reading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday, reading contemporary books chosen by the members. Copies of each month's book are available at the Felton branch library. Due to the November and December holidays, there is no meeting in November. We will meet instead on Wed. Dec. 7th, from 6:15 - 7:30. We will resume meeting on the 4th Wed. of the month in January. For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch. To be added to our book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.
    Note: This month's selection is "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

Thursday, December 8

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Work with an information advocate on any information problem, access issue or obstacle of your choice. A library staff member or community volunteer will work with you, using a laptop computer and access to a phone, one-on-one for up to one hour, to help you overcome hurdles to housing, safety, education, health, income or well being. Same day sign-ups during Coffee Hour in front of the Downtown branch library at the corner Church St. & Center St. (If you are interested in volunteering as an Information Advocate with this program please contact pro@santacruzpl.org).
    Note: Upstairs Meeting Rm.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A 60 minute program for children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play!
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Book discussion group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30am. For information on upcoming books to discuss call 831-427-7710
  • (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Local residents sharing their travel adventures. Program includes photos and personal travel logs. Call La Selva (831.427.7710) for more information. All ages.
    Note: Special Date!! Travel to Iran
  • (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Aptos library is pleased to announce the formation of an adult book discussion group, all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. The Aptos Library Book Discussion group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 1:00p - 2:30p. Facilitator: Judy McNeely
    Note: We will be reading Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner over the months of December and January.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Create and motorize devices using simple machines (levers, pulleys, gears & swivels). Participants will also learn how to program motors. 5 week series. Space is limited. No advanced registration. Ages 8 to 18.
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us at the Boulder Creek Library on Thursday afternoons for our Family Crafts program! Our projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Let's get creative together!
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Explore art and science with us! We may be inside in the meeting room, or outdoors on the patio. Children 6 and under will need an adult to help them.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.

Friday, December 9

  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Learn basic skills to effectively use computers and connect with the online world. Series of classes cover different topics. All classes meet at the Downtown Library Service Desk.
    Note: Basic Microsoft Word: Learn to format your documents properly so that all of your resumes and business letters have that professional look.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Explore art and science with us! We may be inside or outdoors in the play area. Children 6 and under will need an adult to help them.

Saturday, December 10

  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Call 427-7717 or e-mail tales2tails@santacruzpl.org to make an appointment.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Explore a number of eReaders available on the current market including a Samsung Galaxy Tab S28, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook, an Apple iPad Mini 4, an Asus ZenPad S8, a Google Pixel C 10.1, an Amazon Kindle Voyage, a Kobo Aura H2O, and the Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight. Test drive our devices or bring your own! Our tech savvy librarian will demonstrate free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join our poetry writing group led by local poet, Magdalena Montagne. Create your poems in a friendly supportive atmosphere. This free workshop meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month. No registration required. All are welcome.
  • (1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Children's chess instruction with full time teacher and master, Gjon Feinstein, for students up to 18 years old. Meets all Saturdays of the month except the first Saturday. Parents and/or other relatives are welcome to participate.

Sunday, December 11

  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!