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Friday, February 12 — Today!

  • (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
    Learn all about about chocolate and how it is made at this free event sponsored by the Friends of the Felton Library. Local culinary educator Patricia Davis from Quail Hollow Kitchens presents.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Join us and make something this afternoon. We may be inside or outdoors in the play area. Children under 7 will need an adult to help them.

Saturday, February 13

  • (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 PRO@santacruzpl.org to make an appointment.
  • (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-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, February 14

  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Let a computer coach help you get familiar with tech basics! A volunteer will help you navigate such territory as learning how to set up an email account, creating passwords, searching the internet, completing online applications and more. Drop-in help available in 20 minute increments.

Monday, February 15

  • (10:00 AM-7:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Monday, February 15 for the President's Day Holiday.
  • (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 and no instruction given.

Tuesday, February 16

  • (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.
  • (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: 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: 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
    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-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Let a computer coach help you get familiar with tech basics! Library staff will help you navigate such territory as learning how to set up an email account, creating passwords, searching the internet, completing online applications and more. Drop-in help available in 20 minute increments. Asistencia disponible en espanol.
  • (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
    random and ever changing crafts for kids - those three and under will need adult assistance.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek 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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.

Wednesday, February 17

  • (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-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
  • (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.
    Note: Special storytime about dog etiquette - learn how to meet and greet dogs.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us on Wednesday afternoons for some building fun with Legos or Duplos! Children learn through play and blocks provide a wonderful link between structure, patterns and imagination. Let's build and learn together!
  • (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 Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
  • (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park 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 10 PLAYERS.
  • (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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Activities will rotate through the month. Ist -Film Critics Society, 2nd -Film-Making 101, 3rd -Cosplay League, 4th -Gamers Guild. The media wall will be available for videos and there will be a variety of craft materials. If you have ideas for activities, please contact Brenda McIlroy (mcilroyb@santacruzpl.org) Ages 12-18yrs.
    Note: 3rd Wed of the month is Cosplay League. Take your costuming to the next level. Bring your ideas! We will have cardboard, paints, felt, sewing machine, etc.
  • (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.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn how to survive in the world of Minecraft. Ages 8 to 18. Space is limited. No advance registration. First-come, first-served basis.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte 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 every Wednesday at the Branciforte branch and every Thursday at the Live Oak branch, 5:30-6:30.

Thursday, February 18

  • (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.
  • (10:00 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!
  • (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 Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit. A few copies are still 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. 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: This month enjoy Tatiana Rekow on saxophone and clarinet.
  • (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 February book selection is The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell.
  • (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. 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!
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Book club for teens! Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, from 3:30-4:30 at the Felton Branch. Open to teens 13-18.
  • (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-5:30 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park 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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak 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 every Wednesday at the Branciforte branch and every Thursday at the Live Oak branch, 5:30-6:30.

Friday, February 19

  • (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
    Join us and make something this afternoon. We may be inside or outdoors in the play area. Children under 7 will need an adult to help them.
  • (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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.