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Monday, February 8 — Today!

  • (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.
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Do you know an older adult experiencing memory loss? Forgetfulness can be frustrating for those experiencing it, and for their loved ones. Join us in this supportive social setting. We will use touchscreen tablets to engage the mind and activate memory. Individual coaches will be present for each “team,” and older adult and their family member or caregiver. You can expect to: record & share stories; enrich time spent together; boost interest and involvement; use reminiscence to engage and connect. A limited number of "drop-in" slots are available. iPads are provided. Sign-up now in person at the Scotts Valley branch.
  • (11:30 AM-9:00 PM)
    Location: Discretion Brewing, 2703 41st Ave. Soquel, CA
    On February 8th, from 11:30am - 9pm. Discretion Brewing will donate 20% of beer sales to support your libraries! The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will also have books available to browse from, as well as a fun game!
  • (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
    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
    Join us for a great movie for all ages--along with a craft.
    Note: Lunar New Year crafts will be made and the movie Mulan (g) will be shown in the Downtown meeting room.
  • (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, February 9

  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (3:00 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-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.
  • (3:30 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.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley 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.

Wednesday, February 10

  • (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.
  • (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Library for these great seminars. Register Now!
    Note: Combining Today's Tech to Market Your Business
    Additional Information
  • (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!
  • (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.
  • (2:00 PM-3:00 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 pro@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: 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: 2nd Wed of the month is Film Making 101. Learn how to produce your own vines and shorts.
  • (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-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.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    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. Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (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 11

  • (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
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Libraries Facilities Financing Authority (LFFA) meeting. Public Hearing
  • (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-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.
  • (3:30 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 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 12

  • (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.

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.