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Toddler Time is a weekly program for toddlers from 1-3 years old. It includes stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your toddler and you--as well as social time with other toddlers and their caregivers.

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First Friday


Bunka and Nikkei

The Japanese Cultural Fair organization has partenered with SCPL to bring three rotating exhibits to the library. The exhibits highlight Japanese festivals and holidays and popular childhood pastimes. Also exhibiting on the surrounding walls, artists: Carolyn Fitz, Michi Ohira, Genevieve Santos, Akiko Takeshta and Patricia Wakida. In our meeting room, art from the collective art classes at Pacific Collegiate School. The exhibit is on display now through April 2.

First Friday Atist's Reception
February 3 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

The mission of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase its awareness and understanding of the Japanese community in Santa Cruz County as well as Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. We believe that through the arts, craft, and culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.

View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Events, Exhibits
Posted by cowend on Jan. 23, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club


The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make. Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a self-chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18.

Sundays • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
Upstairs Meeting Room
4 week pilot runs through February

  • FEB 5 • Intro to Making: A brief introduction to making and what to expect for the next four weeks, plus a freestyle LED project.
  • FEB 12 • Popsicle Stick Lanterns: Create lanterns with basic materials.
  • FEB 19 • Icosahedron Paper Plate: You won't forget what an icosahedron is after making one!
  • FEB 26 • ArtBots: Make a moving robot with surprising materials.

Our mentor Sasha has participated in the Maker Ed program. She has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Visit the her Santa Cruz Young Makers website at

View similarly tagged posts: Kids, Teens, Citizen Science
Posted by cowend on Jan. 18, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Citizen Science: The Science of Green Building


Midori Haus:
Our Green Home Journey

Chie Kawahara and husband Kurt Hurley created Midori Haus, the first Certified Passive House in Santa Cruz County. Learn how they utilized the cutting edge science of a German engineering application; the Passive House Planning Software to maximize energy and waste efficiency of a 1922 Craftsman style home. Essential Design and Santa Cruz Green Builders helped the couple preserve the original beauty of the Arts and Crafts style design, while transforming interior infrastructure. A question and answer session follows the talk.

Thursday February 2nd • 6:30 - 8:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other!

For more information contact • 831-427-7717

View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Events, Citizen Science
Posted by cowend on Jan. 15, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Ancestry Library Edition Workshop


Discover Your Family History Free
with Ancestry Library Edition

The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County presents a free workshop geared for Begginers to family history research. Learn how to get the most out of this useful and popular tool. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets.

Saturday • February 4th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

Pre-Registration is Required. Call 831-427-7717 or email

View similarly tagged posts: Local History, Services, Electronic Resource, Library Classes, Genealogy
Posted by cowend on Jan. 12, 2017 at 6 a.m.

System Downtime


Library IT is scheduled to perform critical network infrastructure maintenance and upgrades Sunday February 5th and Monday February 6th. Library services and online collections will not be available during the two days of maintenance. All branch libraries and the library website will be affected:

  • Library catalog and "My Account" features
  • eBook, eAudio, streaming movies, and streaming music collections such as Hoopla and Overdrive
  • Research databases
  • The library website
  • Self-Checkout kiosks; all borrowing services must be handled by staff
  • Financial transactions will be disrupted
  • Our mobile app, SCPL on the Go
  • Internet access on public computers

Access to WiFi is expected to remain available during the system upgrade period. We apologize for the inconvenience this disruption in service may cause.

View similarly tagged posts: Library Administration, Website, Services, Branches, Library Automation System, Closures, Electronic Resource
Posted by cowend on Jan. 11, 2017 at 3:10 p.m.


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