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Sunday, April 19 — Today!

  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Let a computer coach help you get familiar with tech basics! Our volunteer computer wizard will help you navigate such unfamiliar 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. A sign-up sheet will be available at 1:00 on Sunday.

Monday, April 20

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Play and learn together! Music, stories, fingerplays and playtime for ages 0-3.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Join us at the Garfield Park 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: 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.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at 5 branches. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. For more information, call the Programs Office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join us 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.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Random and ever changing crafts for all ages; those under three will need parental assistance.
  • (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, April 21

  • (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 children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play!
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Join us for great books and a simple craft! For ages 3-6.
  • (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
    Join us at the La Selva Beach branch to discuss current films -- a new one each month! Call the branch for next month's movie selection at 831.427.7710.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    The Friends of the La Selva Beach Library and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at the library. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. Homework help is also available at the Boulder Creek, Garfield Park, Scotts Valley and Downtown Libraries. For more information, call the Programs office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at 5 branches. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. For more information, call the Programs Office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    For ages 6 and up. Meets on Tuesday afternoons.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Random and ever changing crafts for all ages; those under three will need parental assistance.
  • (6:00 PM-7:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for a Spanish Storytime. This program is for children ages 0-8 and their families. Únase a nosotros en la Biblioteca Central para escuchar cuentos en español. Este programa es para niños de 0-8 y sus familias.
  • (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join this public discussion about Michelle Alexander's best selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; even if you haven’t yet finished the book! Local community groups will give mini-reports on the work they do in relation to mass incarceration locally and regionally; find out how you can get involved!
  • (7:00 PM-9:00 PM)
    Location:
    Santa Cruz resident Jamie Bianchini will be giving free multimedia talks about his epic intercultural, open-invitation cycling expedition around the world. He’ll share photos, videos, music and stories of inspiration and philanthropy from the amazing 8-year, 81-country trip––riding the front seat of a tandem bike and inviting strangers to join him in the back along the journey.

Wednesday, April 22

  • (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-12:00 PM)
    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-2:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us on Wednesday afternoons for some building fun! Children learn through play and blocks provide a wonderful link between structure, patterns and imagination. Let's build and learn together!
  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Join the fun on Wednesday between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm! There will be a different craft available each Wednesday from Feb. 4 through May 20th.
  • (1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Teens In Action: Featuring a variety of activities including photography, video and crafts. For Middle and High School students. Scotts Valley Early Out Wed. 1:30 - 4:30pm
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at 5 branches. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. For more information, call the Programs Office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at 5 branches. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. 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
    Learn about different careers that don't require attending a university and the things you can do right now to prepare for your life after High School. In this session, participants will explore basic construction and get hands on experience building a catapult.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn how to find and use resources, build, and survive in the world of Minecraft. Open to ages 8 to 18. Sorry, this program is full. Call Programs for information about other Minecraft programs 831.427.7717
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (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.
  • (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.

Thursday, April 23

  • (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
    The La Selva Beach Library Passionate Readers book group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30am. For information on upcoming books to discuss call 831-427-7710.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Make elaborate creations using simple machines -- gears, levers, swivels, and pulleys. 10 week series. No preregistration required. Ages 8 to 18. Questions? Call 427.7717 or Email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (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-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at 5 branches. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. 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
    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.

Friday, April 24

  • (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.
  • (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Bring your lunch and join us for a movie. Call 831.427.7710 for this month's movie selection
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Join us and make or explore this afternoon. Check out our craft at the branch through the week. Children under 7 will need an adult to help them.

Saturday, April 25

  • (9:00 AM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join our newly formed Friends of the Aptos Library for their first event! All proceeds from the Aptos Library Book Sale will benefit the Aptos Library. Find thousands of gently used titles in paperback, hardcover, CD, DVD, and audiobook. There is surely something for everyone at this huge sale! Want to join the Friends of the Aptos Library, donate or volunteer? Email friendsoftheaptoslibrary@gmail.com.
  • (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!
  • (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.
  • (4:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.
    Join this public discussion about Michelle Alexander's best selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Facilitation by Fiends Outside. Local community groups will give mini-reports on the work they are involved with in relation to mass incarceration locally and regionally; find out how you can get involved!

Sunday, April 26

  • (1:30 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! Our volunteer computer wizard will help you navigate such unfamiliar 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. A sign-up sheet will be available at 1:00 on Sunday.