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Sunday, July 31 — Today!

  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
    Note: Don't forget to check out the Festival of the Book today at Harvey West Park from 1-4!
  • (1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St., Santa Cruz
    Come celebrate books, reading, and the end of Summer Reading. Join us for a fun afternoon of food, music, and books! Featuring "Circus of Smiles", jugglers, Tales to Tails booths, Kids Only Book Sale, facepainting, crafts, the new bookmobile and more!

Monday, August 1

  • (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.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for a special craft day!
  • (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.
  • (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.

Tuesday, August 2

  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
  • (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.

Wednesday, August 3

  • (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 The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. We will be starting to read....
  • (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-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for a special craft day!
  • (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.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Come to the Scotts Valley Library for a pop up program created for teen chess enthusiasts. Through August, classes will be offered for teens up to 18 years old with USCF National Master, Gjon Feinstein. Classes will offer instruction followed by supervised free play. Feel free to email Gjon with questions at: coach@santacruzchess.com. Every Wednesday in August from 3:30pm-5:00pm.

Thursday, August 4

  • (6:00 AM-12:00 AM)
    Location: Online
    SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week. Teens can text syncya to 25827 to get text alerts about the featured titles or sign up for the SYNC Newsletter at www.audiobooksync.com. Titles are provided through Overdrive, and the app must be downloaded before hand. Visit santacruzpl.org/ematerials for the app. Titles are available for one week from the date listed.
    Note: The Book of Unknown Americans & Most Dangerous
    Additional Information
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for seniors. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide mature drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer. Topics will include: How to tune up driving skills, refreshing knowledge of the rules of the road, learning about normal, age related physical changes and how to adjust them, when it may be time to limit or stop driving. Age Well, Drive Smart classes are free. Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511.
  • (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: This month's adventure is to Peru
  • (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.
  • (6:30 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    SCPL is partnering with the Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), The Natural History Museum and UCSC to present a science series for adults. Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday every month at 6:30pm at one of the branch libraries.
    Note: Bioluminescence : Jellyfish Lights & Flashing Neurons with Darrin Schultz. Rescheduled from April.

Friday, August 5

  • (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.
  • (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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (5:30 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    ART OPENING: Multiple exhibits will have their opening tonight! First; MATCHBOX DIARIES opens tonight with a chance to meet Paul Fleischman! Inspired by Fleishcman, local 6th & 7th grade Watershed Rangers will display their conservationist art alongside their special guest Paul Fleischman. Also on display TREES: featuring works by local artists in a number of media. Also on display: Santa Cruz Gem & Mineral Society: The Art of Polishing as well as The Butterflies of Nichola Karma. And in our upstairs galleries and meeting room is WORKING FOR DIGNITY, featuring multi-media portraits of low-wage workers across the Santa Cruz County. A chance to reflect on working people and the meaning of low-wage work locally. This exhibits opens tonight and will be followed up with a panel discussion with guests from the Day Worker Center on August 18th!
    Note: Meet Paul Fleischman and view multiple exhibits opening tonight!

Saturday, August 6

  • (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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!

Sunday, August 7

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