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Monday, January 16 — Today!

  • (10:00 AM-7:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Monday, January 16 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday.

Tuesday, January 17

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly early literacy 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. Please arrive on time. Let's play and learn together!
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Branciforte 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!
  • (10:30 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.
  • (1:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Join the fun on Tuesday afternoons between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm!
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Are you a movie lover? Join our group to discuss films currently in the theaters. Call the branch for next month's movie selections at 831.427.7710.
  • (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: 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-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.
  • (3:15 PM-4:45 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Directed Lego construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme. First and Third Tuesday of every 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, January 18

  • (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! Space is limited so be sure to arrive on time.
  • (11:00 AM-11:45 AM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join us at the Live Oak Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Aptos Library Writing Group is a peer-led, community-based, on-going writing group. Those interested in: sharing their writing; improving and developing their writing; or trying their hand at writing for the first time, are welcome. No experience is necessary and all writing formats are considered, from poetry to short stories, from memoirs to fiction. Each session begins with a 10 minute writing exercise, followed by a read-aloud (sharing is optional). Next, participants take turns reading aloud from a current writing project. Assistance with editing on current writing projects is provided; please bring additional copies if interested in editorial support. This group assembles on the third Wednesday of each month from 1pm-3pm in the meeting room of the Aptos branch library.(Hiatus in the month of August).
  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    The Branciforte Book Discussion group meets every third Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm. All over 18 years old are welcome. For more information, call (831) 427-7704 x5402.
    Note: This month the group will be reading Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
  • (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: 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
  • (3:00 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.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Create and motorize devices using simple machines (levers, pulleys, gears & swivels). Participants will also learn how to program motors. 8 week series. Space is limited. No advanced registration. Ages 8 to 18.
  • (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.
  • (5:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Felton 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 Wednesdays at the Felton branch.

Thursday, January 19

  • (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! Space is limited so come on time.
  • (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: 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.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us at the Boulder Creek Library! This month's book will be announced soon. Copies will be available at the Boulder Creek Library at a later date.
    Note: This month's book is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Copies are available at the Boulder Creek Library.
  • (12:10 PM-12:50 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Munching With Mozart and Friends is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Music Teachers' Association. It is a monthly series of free noon-time concerts at the Downtown Branch meeting room. Your are welcome to bring your lunch, but please no crunchy food items. For more information about the series, to make a reservation for your class or other large group, or to inquire about performing, contact Carol Panofsky • 831-426-3238 • panofsky@cruzio.com
    Note: Tatyana Rekow on flute
  • (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Bring your lunch and join a lively discussion of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and more. In the Downtown Library Small Conference Room the third Thursday of each month for adults 18 and older. For more information call Julie Richardson, (831) 427-7707x7648.
    Note: The selection for January is Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Drop in for a fun family craft. Children 6 and under will need an adult to help them.
  • (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!
  • (3:30 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.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach 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.

Friday, January 20

  • (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-4:00 PM)
    Location: Felton 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-3:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach 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-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, January 21

  • (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.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 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.
  • (11:00 AM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children’s books, audio books to CD’s. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations. The Aptos Chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.
  • (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, January 22

  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location:
    Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 3:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Art in the Library is delighted to present a new installation of work created by our local 4-H club. The 4-H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in such areas as: the arts, science, health, food prep and agriculture in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Meet these inspiring young artists at the reception and enjoy live music, libation and hors d'oeuvres. The installation runs through March 12.

Monday, January 23

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you. Space is limited, please arrive on time.
  • (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.
  • (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.
  • (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-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Acompáñanos para una amena hora de cuentos, actividades y canciones en español. Este programa es para niños de 0-8 y sus familias. /// Join us at the Live Oak Library for a Spanish Storytime. This program is for children ages 0-8 and their families.
  • (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Library Advisory Commission - LAC