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CANCELLED : Encompass Outreach Worker Office Hours

Friday, August 12 (1:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 1:00 - 3:30 PM, in the Life Literacies Center at the Downtown Library for anyone with questions regarding connecting to social services, county mental health, addiction recovery options, housing applications, the Homeward Bound bus ticket program, obtaining a PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis


Live Oak Book Group @ Capitola & Zoom

Friday, August 12 (1:45 PM - 3:15 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Online

The Live Oak Book Group will be meeting in person at the community room at Capitola Library and on Zoom. The group votes on each book the month prior to the meeting. This month's selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  For more information send an email to Julie Soto (sotoj@santacruzpl.org). 

Register Now!


Board in the Library

Saturday, August 13 (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Adults need playtime too! Come play some new or old favorite tabletop games. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's games. No prior gaming experience is necessary. This program is for adults 18+. 


Community Poetry Circle

Saturday, August 13 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: McBroom Family Porch

Join the circle and write a poem in a creative and supportive  environment. No experience necessary. Open to all ages and levels of poets.

Facilitated by poet-teacher Magdalena Montagne. Pre-registration required.

Questions: Call Magdalena at 831-252-5776 or email her at magdamontagne@gmail.com.

Register Now!


Chess Club with Gjon

Saturday, August 13 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Downtown

Saturdays 2:00 - 3:30pm (except 1st Saturday of the month)

Downtown Library 224 Church St.

In the upstairs meeting room

Professional chess instruction with Chess Master Gjon Feinstein.

All levels welcome. For ages 6 - 18. If you have never played chess before please contact Gjon before your first session: coach@santacruzchess.com     831-425-7835


Coding Basics: Scratch 101 (Coding for Tweens)

Sunday, August 14 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Are you looking to learn how to code? 

Now is your chance to learn to code with Scratch! Scratch is a free online coding program. This fun and interactive course will show you the basics of coding, with the end purpose of creating a simple platformer game! 

Course Instructor: Amir Vered (ACT Member and SCPL Volunteer)

The course is totally free! Age Range (8yrs to 12yrs).

Registration is required to attend the whole course. Space is limited to 10 participants. THE CLASS IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. Please email Iván Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl for more info, or questions. 

We will meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, from 11am to 12pm at the Felton Library Community Room. Due to this program being before open hours, please enter through the Patio entrance at the far end of the parking lot (near the EV Charging Stations).

For any questions, please email Iván Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org

 


In-Person Tech Help @ Downtown

Sunday, August 14 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy staff at the Downtown Library would like to help you troubleshoot your issue with a 30 minute (or less) appointment. Fixing broken hardware or software is not within our scope. Possible topics may include: creating an email account, creating documents, attaching files, using premium subscription library resources, downloading and streaming content like movies, books, and audiobooks, and more. Please bring any devices you use, and have your necessary passwords and library card with you. 

Make an appointment: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/appointments/downtown

Advance appointments are prioritized. Visit the library's information desk or call telephone information (831-427-7713) for help making an appointment. Arriving later than 5 minutes after scheduled time may result in appointment cancellation. Walk-ins are welcome, when openings are available.

Visit the library's Digital Learning webpage for more opportunites: https://www.santacruzpl.org/digitallearning

We look forward to helping you!


Animate Your Life Story @ Capitola

Sunday, August 14 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Ow Family Community Room

Create a story from your life and then animate it!  A published author who has also written and staged musical theater productions will teach you how to create your own story—including scene, setting, dialog, and narration. After completing your story, you will create an animation to be broadcast on local TV. 

6 week series.  August 14, 21, & 28; September 11,18, & 25 

Note: No class Labor Day weekend.  Sept 11th class will be in the Capitola multiuse room. October 2nd class is optional.

For adults, 18+  Class size is limited to 6.  Registration required.

Program sponsored by Community Television of Santa Cruz and the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Register Now!


CANCELLED: Hidden Gems Film Club @ Capitola

Sunday, August 14 (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Ow Family Community Room

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to share, and participate in the discussion!

For information please visit Hidden Gems Film Club Website!


Bridge Club

Monday, August 15 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Ow Family Community Room

Join us at the Bridge Club, every Monday from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Everyone is welcomed from beginners to social players. Make new friends and sharpen your mind. If you’re interested in playing Bridge, a table is waiting for you.

There will be no meetings on these holiday dates:

Monday, September 5th Labor Day holiday

Bridge club is a partnership between Santa Cruz County Parks and Santa Cruz Public Libraries. 

Please click HERE to register for the event on Santa Cruz County Parks website or in person one the day of the event.

Enjoy playing bridge for recreation, mental stimulation, and companionship at the library!


Knitting at the Library @ Felton

Monday, August 15 (12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every Monday at the Felton Branch for a knitting party. All you need to do is bring some yarn and knitting needles. All ages are welcome.


Encompass Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, August 15 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, in the Life Literacies Center at the Downtown Library for anyone with questions regarding connecting to social services, county mental health, addiction recovery options, housing applications, the Homeward Bound bus ticket program, obtaining a PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis

 

 


Veterans Connect @ the Library

Monday, August 15 (3:30 PM - 5:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Veteran's Information Center

You served. You earned. Check out your benefits. Your library, in collaboration with our community's veteran service organiztions, is working to improve the quality of life for veterans. The Veterans Information Center provides a trained volunteer to connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing and health. Books, online resources and access to a computer for research and applications are also available at the center.


Veterans Connect @ the Library

Tuesday, August 16 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Veteran's Information Center

You served. You earned. Check out your benefits. Your library, in collaboration with our community's veteran service organiztions, is working to improve the quality of life for veterans. The Veterans Information Center provides a trained volunteer to connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing and health. Books, online resources and access to a computer for research and applications are also available at the center.


In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, August 16 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Brad Mcdonald Conference Room

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy staff at the Capitola Library would like to help you troubleshoot your issue with a 30 minute (or less) appointment. Fixing broken hardware or software is not within our scope. Possible topics may include: creating an email account, creating documents, attaching files, using premium subscription library resources, downloading and streaming content like movies, books, and audiobooks, and more. Please bring any devices you use and have your necessary passwords and library card with you.

Make an appointment: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/appointments/capitola

Advance appointments are prioritized. Visit the library's information desk or call telephone information (831-427-7713) for help making an appointment. Arriving later than 5 minutes after scheduled time may result in appointment cancellation. Walk-ins are welcome, when openings are available.

Visit the library's Digital Learning webpage for more opportunites: https://www.santacruzpl.org/digitallearning

We look forward to helping you!


In-person Tech Help (Felton)

Tuesday, August 16 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Felton

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy staff at the Felton Library would like to help you troubleshoot your issue with a 30 minute (or less) appointment. Fixing broken hardware or software is not within our scope. Possible topics may include: creating an email account, creating documents, attaching files, using premium subscription library resources, downloading and streaming content like movies, books, and audiobooks, and more. Please bring any devices you use, and have your necessary passwords and library card with you. 

Make an appointment: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/appointments/felton

Advance appointments are prioritized. Visit the library's information desk or call telephone information (831-427-7713) for help making an appointment. Arriving later than 5 minutes after scheduled time may result in appointment cancellation. Walk-ins are welcome, when openings are available.

Visit the library's Digital Learning webpage for more opportunites: https://www.santacruzpl.org/digitallearning

We look forward to helping you!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, August 16 (12:15 PM - 1:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Volunteer Housing Navigators provides housing navigation services for people experiencing homelessness every Tuesday, 12:15-1:30pm in the Life Literacies Center.


Diverse Youth Meet Up

Tuesday, August 16 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

In partnership with The Diversity Center, the library is hosting Diverse Youth Meet Up Groups to bring queer, trans, and ally youth together for support, community, and leadership opportunities. All youth ages 12-18 are welcome to join, regardless of gender or sexuality.

 


Aptos/Capitola Youth Chess Club @ Capitola

Tuesday, August 16 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Ow Family Community Room

Come and play chess, one of the world’s oldest and most popular games, against other kids! One-hour meetings include 15 minutes of instruction by chess master Dana Mackenzie. For ages 6-18. We welcome all skill levels, but encourage beginners to at least learn the basic rules (how the pieces move) before coming the first time.


Note to parents: Chess is a great way for kids to build sportsmanship, concentration, and reasoning skills, while having a lot of fun!


Strategies for Gardening with Limited Water: Weathering the Drought in California

Tuesday, August 16 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)

Explore beautiful, drought tolerant plants and water wise gardening techniques during this timely and informative webinar presented by UC Master Garders. Irrigation specialist Laurie Palmquist and Landscape Architect/UC Program Coordinator Dawn Kooyumjian will share a veritable buffet of strategies to lower water use and choose plants that make the most of our Mediterranean climate. This event is free and open to all.

Registration is required

This is a UC Master Gardener of Contra Costa County Webinar co-hosted with the CA State Library on their Zoom platform.

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