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Wednesday, September 28 — Today!

  • (6:00 AM-12:00 AM)
    Location: Libraries, Schools, and Communities Everywhere
    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and celebrates the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year, Banned Books Week focuses on diversity, as so many banned and challenged books or written by or about people of color. Read or re-read a banned or challenged book, snap a photo and share with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (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-7:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    A library card is the most important school supply of all! It may just be the most important card in your wallet. Your library card opens the doors to academic success, lifelong learning, critical skills building, and just plain fun. The month of September is National Library Card Sign Up Month, so visit your local branch with your children and teens and sign up for a library card! Already love your library? Share your story about how you use the library or what the library means to you. Snap a picture with your library card and post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #LibraryCardSignUpMonth hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte 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.
  • (1:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Join the fun on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm!
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us on Wednesday afternoons for some building fun with Lego or Duplo bricks! Children learn through play and bricks provide a wonderful link between structure, patterns and imagination. Let's build and learn together!
  • (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: 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.
  • (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. 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 "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Copies may be available at the Felton Library.

Thursday, September 29

  • (6:00 AM-12:00 AM)
    Location: Libraries, Schools, and Communities Everywhere
    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and celebrates the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year, Banned Books Week focuses on diversity, as so many banned and challenged books or written by or about people of color. Read or re-read a banned or challenged book, snap a photo and share with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (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-7:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    A library card is the most important school supply of all! It may just be the most important card in your wallet. Your library card opens the doors to academic success, lifelong learning, critical skills building, and just plain fun. The month of September is National Library Card Sign Up Month, so visit your local branch with your children and teens and sign up for a library card! Already love your library? Share your story about how you use the library or what the library means to you. Snap a picture with your library card and post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #LibraryCardSignUpMonth hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (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.
  • (3:00 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!
  • (7:00 PM-8:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A new book discussion group has formed at the Scotts Valley Library, The Genre Book Club. A different genre will be discussed at each meeting.. The group meets from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Fireside Meeting Room on the last Thursday of each month. The Scotts Valley Friends of the Library are sponsoring this group. If you have questions, call the Scotts Valley Library at 427-7712.
    Note: Autobiography is the genre for September

Friday, September 30

  • (12:00 AM-11:30 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    Bring your Reading Log and Book Bucks to participating local businesses, and say, "Thanks for supporting reading in Santa Cruz!"
  • (6:00 AM-12:00 AM)
    Location: Libraries, Schools, and Communities Everywhere
    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and celebrates the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year, Banned Books Week focuses on diversity, as so many banned and challenged books or written by or about people of color. Read or re-read a banned or challenged book, snap a photo and share with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (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-7:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    A library card is the most important school supply of all! It may just be the most important card in your wallet. Your library card opens the doors to academic success, lifelong learning, critical skills building, and just plain fun. The month of September is National Library Card Sign Up Month, so visit your local branch with your children and teens and sign up for a library card! Already love your library? Share your story about how you use the library or what the library means to you. Snap a picture with your library card and post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #LibraryCardSignUpMonth hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (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.
    Note: Culture week: Music Makers

Saturday, October 1

  • (6:00 AM-12:00 AM)
    Location: Libraries, Schools, and Communities Everywhere
    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and celebrates the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year, Banned Books Week focuses on diversity, as so many banned and challenged books or written by or about people of color. Read or re-read a banned or challenged book, snap a photo and share with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag and tag us @SantaCruzPL.
    Additional Information
  • (9:30 AM-10:30 AM)
    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.
  • (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: Downtown Branch
    Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 1st Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Capoeira with Raízes do Brasil (Roots of Brazil). Play your way to strength, coordination and flexibility while singing in Portuguese! Capoeira blends martial arts, music, dance, culture and camaraderie! Circle up! Join the roda and play capoeira in this fun and fantastic workshop for kids of all ages! Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center presents the 2016 Santa Cruz World Arts Festival! Free Family Festival Day workshops will take place at libraries weekly on Saturdays starting September 10th and culminating with the Festival on October 8th & 9th.
    Additional Information
  • (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Informational presentation for teens interested in traveling to the SC Sister City, Shingu, Japan in Spring 2017. Open to all Santa Cruz county teens and their families.
  • (1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Sunday, October 2

  • (1:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Come and enjoy those "hidden gems" of foreign films, documentaries, independents and even perhaps some mainstream movies that you might have missed! *****BYOL: You are welcome to BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH while enjoying the films! *****
    Note: http://hiddengemsfilmclubscpl.brownpapertickets.com/
    Additional Information

Monday, October 3

  • (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.
  • (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-11:30 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Learn strong, safe online habits with an expert from Library IT in these targeted workshops designed to help you connect online safely.
    Note: Targeted Workshop: Older Adults
  • (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.
  • (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-7:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    La ciberseguridad significa mantenerse seguro en linea. Aprende hábitos de seguridad en linea con una experta del departamento de Tecnologías de la Información de la biblioteca. /// Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Learn strong, safe online habits with an expert from Library IT in these targeted workshops designed to help you connect online safely.
    Note: Targeted Workshop: Families
  • (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, October 4

  • (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-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: 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-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.
  • (3:00 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: 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.
  • (3:30 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, October 5

  • (9:30 AM-10:30 AM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    The Capitola Book Discussion Group meets every 1st Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (831) 427-7705.
    Note: We will be discussing Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. We will be starting to read .....
  • (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.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us on Wednesday afternoons for some building fun with Lego or Duplo bricks! Children learn through play and bricks provide a wonderful link between structure, patterns and imagination. Let's build and learn together!
  • (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-3:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Learn strong, safe online habits with an expert from Library IT in these targeted workshops designed to help you connect online safely.
    Note: Targeted Workshop: Middle School Age
  • (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-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
  • (3:00 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
    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.
  • (3:30 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: Garfield Park Branch
    Do It Yourself craft for families and independent kids.