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Wednesday, December 17 — Today!

  • (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
    Read books, sing songs, and make a simple craft! For ages 3-6.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Aptos Library Writing Group is a peer-led, community-based, on-going writing group. Those interested in: sharing their writing; improving and developing their writing; or trying their hand at writing for the first time, are welcome. No experience is necessary and all writing formats are considered, from poetry to short stories, from memoirs to fiction. Each session begins with a 10 minute writing exercise, followed by a read-aloud (sharing is optional). Next, participants take turns reading aloud from a current writing project. Assistance with editing on current writing projects is provided; please bring additional copies if interested in editorial support. This group assembles on the third Wednesday of each month from 1pm-3pm in the meeting room of the Aptos branch library.(Hiatus in the month of August).
  • (1:30 PM-2:30 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. The book selection in December is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
  • (1:30 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!
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Bring drafts of your poems to our workshop, led by local poet, Magdalena Montagne. Develop your ideas in a supportive group. No registration required. No fees. All are welcome.
  • (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: 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: 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-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Students ages 7 and up will learn a variety of computer art programs similar to what a graphic artist would use. Paint with watercolors & oils, and draw with pencils, pastels and charcoal --- all on a computer. Then, create a 3-D virtual art museum to display your computer-created artwork. Class size is limited. Contact Programming at pro@santacruzpl.org or 427-7717 to register.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos 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
  • (4:00 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Do you want to know more about your computer than how to turn it on? On the third Wednesday of each month seniors gather to share what they know, don't know, and want to know about computers. The groups is led by computer instructor, David Shaw, and topics are chosen by the group. Beginners are welcome.

Thursday, December 18

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Play and learn together! Music, stories, fingerplays and playtime for ages 0-3.
  • (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.
  • (12:10 PM-12:50 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Munching with Mozart and Friends is a free monthly noontime concert series at the Downtown Branch sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California.
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Downtown Book Discussion group meets every third Thursday of the month at 1pm. The December book selection is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. All over 18 years old are welcome to attend. We meet in the Small Conference Room on the 1st floor of the library. For more information call Julie Richardson, (831) 427-7707x7648.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 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-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
  • (3:30 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at 5 branches. No appointment necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. For more information, call 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.

Friday, December 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
    Read books, sing songs, and make a simple craft! For ages 3-6.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join us for a great holiday treat, The Muppet Christmas Carol.
  • (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.
  • (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.

Saturday, December 20

  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join our poetry writing group led by local poet, Magdalena Montagne. Create your poems in a friendly supportive atmosphere. No registration required. No fees. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 21

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

Monday, December 22

  • (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.

Tuesday, December 23

  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    For ages 6 and up. Meets on Tuesday afternoons.

Wednesday, December 24

  • (2:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    Some branches may be closed all day - Some branches may close at 2pm, please check with your branch.