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SCPL is currently not charging late fees for any items

We recognize the hardship that this crisis is having on many in our community and want library fines to be one less worry right now. Additionally, our ability to accept your library materials is also limited. Lost and damage fees still apply.

We are now filling requests for items placed on hold

See our Curbside Pickup and Returns page for the latest details on where and when this service is available.

Census 2020 Information

Upcoming Virtual Events
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Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne

Thursday, October 1 (10:00 AM - 10:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Stories will be released every Thursday at 10 am on Facebook and Youtube. Librarian Jeanne will read stories and sing songs in this weekly recorded storytime event.

Watch the premire on Youtube.


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, October 1 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Wings Homeless Advocates will be holding office hours at the corner of Center and Locusts streets, outside of the Downtown Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings will be providing free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness.

Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leaving a voicemail at 831-291-5096 No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate

Walk up appointments are accepted as time allows


Tech Talks: Exploring Your Library’s App (Apple/Android)

Thursday, October 1 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Know the benefits of using the library’s mobile app.

Join us as we share our screen and take a tour of the library's new mobile app. We will discuss our favorite features and answer your questions about this exciting new resource.

 

 

 

Tech Talks are not your typical computer class.  These are hands-on workshops that help us better understand our mobile devices.

This event will be taking place online using Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link immediately upon registering for the event.

For more information on accessing Zoom, visit our website here:

Using Zoom

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

Register Now!


Virtual Trivia on Tap

Thursday, October 1 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Trivia on Tap is back! This beloved library program is now available from the comfort of your home so grab a cold (or warm) beverage, a pencil, and a sheet of paper, and let's do some trivia!

This program will run every Thursday at 6 pm until the Shelter in Place is lifted.

If you wish to work with a group of your choice please make sure each participant is logged in 5-10 minutes before the program begins and tell the host who you'd like in your team. Teams can have no more than 4 people.

The room will be locked 10 minutes after 6 pm.

Individuals who do not follow the rules will be removed from the room. 

Register Now!


Libraries Facilities Financing Authority (LFFA) and Library Joint Powers Authority (LJPA) Board meetings

Thursday, October 1 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Libraries Facilities Financing Authority (LFFA) and Library Joint Powers Authority (LJPA) Board meetings. Directors: Jamie Goldstein, Chair; Martin Bernal, Vice Chair; Tina Friend, Director; Carlos Palacios, Director; Nicole Coburn, Alternate Director for Carlos Palacios. Library Staff include: Susan Nemitz, Director and Eric Howard, Assistant Director Helga Smith - Board Clerk

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To join in listen-only mode this meeting is streamed live to Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/user/santacruzpl/videos

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Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/98510837296?pwd=cmFFczVNakN6RUN4YlBiU2VjY1V2Zz09
Passcode: 967245
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,98510837296#,,,,,,0#,,967245#  or +12532158782,,98510837296#,,,,,,0#,,967245#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0282 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 985 1083 7296
Passcode: 967245
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/athnSceZx


Storytime with Mel @ Online

Friday, October 2 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Storytime is temporarily moving online due the cancellation of library events caused by COVID-19. 

Join us online for a Preschool Storytime. We'll read books and sing songs. For 3-6 year olds.

This storytime will be taking place on the online Zoom meeting platform.  Registrants will receive Zoom meeting instructions via email prior to the event.  Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. 

Register Now!


Virtual Zoom Toddler Time by Julie

Monday, October 5 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Toddler Time is a weekly early literacy program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs are a fun way for your child to learn while spending valuable social time with other children and their caregivers. You must register for this event in order to receive the Zoom link by email. Let's play and learn together!

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Tales to Tails goes virtual

Monday, October 5 (3:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Tales to Tails goes virtual to create a comfortable, neutral, and fun reading experience. Bring some books, a stuffed animal or your own pet, and come read with us! This is a YouTube livestream event so you might be reading to up to six animals at once. Woo hoo! Readers focus on quiet reading for 12min, take a 5min break where we learn something new, and then focus on another 12min of quiet reading.

Caregivers - You can post your child’s first name and city in the comments section, along with the book they are reading, and we’ll read off as many of those names as we can, live, during the break we need to give the dogs. 

Each week you register we’ll send you a doggie bone activity. These will be dated dog bones your child can color and email to us. You can even email it to tales2tails@santacruzpl.org and we’ll display them live on the feed.

Find us every week at https://www.youtube.com/user/SantaCruzPL (you may need to click on videos >> live)

This will also be recorded so if you can’t make it live, the dogs will still be there for you. Tales to Tails YouTube playlist

 

Register Now!


Cuéntame un Cuento @ Online

Monday, October 5 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Acompáñanos para una hora de cuentos, actividades y canciones en español. Este programa es para niños de 0-8 y sus familias. La hora será lunes - 5:30PM. Será una reunión virtual en vivo de Zoom.

Es necesario registrarse para este evento. Los registrantes recibirán un correo electrónico 24 horas y 1 hora antes del programa con un enlace Zoom e instrucciones para iniciar sesión.

 

Join us for Spanish Storytime, Mondays @ 5:30. It's going to be a live Zoom meeting.

Registration is required for this event. Registrants will receive an email 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the program with a Zoom link and instructions for logging in.

Register Now!


A new Aptos Branch Library is on the way! Aptos Branch Library - Virtual Open House/:

Monday, October 5 (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

RSVP Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewAptosBranchLibrary

Reserva: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AptosSRC

A new Aptos Branch Library is on the way!

The Santa Cruz Public Library, County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works, Anderson Brule Architects (ABA), Bogard Construction and Second District Supervisor Zach Friend invite you to the Aptos Branch Library Virtual Open House. Learn about the design, ask questions and share comments.

The Aptos Branch of the Santa Cruz County Public Library System has outgrown its current facilities. The County has completed a feasibility study, selected a design-build team, and begun the design process. The design concept has been developed based on input gathered from four community meetings during the study. Bogard Construction and ABA, the design-build team, is now ready to share the design concept, answer questions, and hear your comments.

Come see the exciting results of the hard work and collaboration of the community and the County at a virtual open house event. The discussions will focus on:

Site and Architecture Interior Layout

RSVP Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewAptosBranchLibrary

Reserva: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AptosSRC

Casa abierta virtual de la sucursal de la biblioteca de Aptos

La sucursal de Aptos del sistema de bibliotecas públicas del condado de Santa Cruz ha completado el estudio de viabilidad, ha seleccionado un equipo de diseño y construcción y ha comenzado el proceso de diseño. El concepto de diseño se ha desarrollado ha base de la información obtenida en las cuatro reuniones comunitarias durante el estudio.  Bogard Construction y ABA, el equipo de diseño y construcción, ya están listos para compartir el concepto de diseño, responder preguntas y escuchar sus comentarios.

Vengan a ver los emocionantes resultados del arduo trabajo y la colaboración de la comunidad y el condado en un evento virtual de puertas abiertas.  Las discusiones se centrarán en:

Sitio y arquitectura Distribución interior

La casa abierta virtual será el lunes 5 de octubre
Puede entrar a cualquier momento durante las horas de 5:30pm a 7:30pm.


Aptos Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, October 6 (3:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online
 

Attention tweens and teens --  Adventure awaits!

A friendly introduction to Dungeons & Dragons for players of all experience levels, led by an experienced player. Held every Tuesday from 3:30-6:30pm. Our New quest will BEGIN on NOVEMBER 3rd and end on FEBRUARY 23rd.

Form a party, hunt for ancient treasures, and use your wits, magic, or brute force to battle kobolds, dragons, and more. Dungeons & Dragons is a game of adventure, imagination and near-limitless possibilities. If you've been curious but unsure how to start, it's time to roll the dice and join this campaign. An experienced D&Der will guide you, and all the necessary materials & manuals will be provided.

Parents: Please be prepared to briefly meet our volunteer who leads the program. Zoom Link will be emailed the day of the event  - NOVEMBER 3rd  please register in advance so that we know who and how many to expect, Thank you!

Register Now!


Capitola Book Discussion Group on Zoom

Wednesday, October 7 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Room: Online

The Capitola Book Discussion Group meets every 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:00am. Formerly held at Aptos Library due to the Capitola closure we have now moved to Zoom. Registration is required. All adults are welcome. 

This month's title is How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

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Virtual Writers' Open Mic Night

Wednesday, October 7 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Writers' Open Mic Night offers you an environment to read your works aloud every first Wednesday of the month. Poets, novelists, short story writers, scriptwriters, essayists, writers of memoir, nonfiction, and children’s storybooks--plus friends, fans, and readers who want to hear something new--are all welcome! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

 

This program requires registration for Zoom access link.

Register Now!


Tell Me a Story/Stories for Bedtime

Wednesday, October 7 (7:00 PM - 7:45 PM)

Join us on Facebook for Bedtime Stories presented by SCPL Librarians Jackie and Jeanne. On alternating weeks, Jackie will read a story and Jeanne will tell a story and also help families to tell their own stories. New programs will be available every Wednesday at 7:30 pm and on the library's YouTube Channel after that.

Here is the Youtube Watch Page.

For more fun, please visit our Storytimes for Children playlist.


Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne

Thursday, October 8 (10:00 AM - 10:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Stories will be released every Thursday at 10 am on Facebook and Youtube. Librarian Jeanne will read stories and sing songs in this weekly recorded storytime event.

Watch the premire: https://youtu.be/R1IUap7o2RI


Adult Book Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach

Thursday, October 8 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

The LSB Adult Book Discussion group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10:30a to 12:00p.  The group will meet virtually via Zoom during the remodel.  All adults are welcome.  Registration required.

Register Now!


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, October 8 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Wings Homeless Advocates will be holding office hours at the corner of Center and Locusts streets, outside of the Downtown Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings will be providing free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness.

Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leaving a voicemail at 831-291-5096 No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate

Walk up appointments are accepted as time allows


Tech Talks: Mobile Device Security (Apple/Android)

Thursday, October 8 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

 

Protect yourself from theft, scams, hacking and malware.

 

Join us for a discussion about the tactics used to trick us into giving away access to our accounts and devices.  We will review the best practices and strategies for staying safe.

 

 

 

Tech Talks are not your typical computer class.  These are hands-on workshops that help us better understand our mobile devices.

This event will be taking place online using Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link immediately upon registering for the event.

For more information on accessing Zoom, visit our website here:

Using Zoom

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

Register Now!


Virtual Trivia on Tap

Thursday, October 8 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Trivia on Tap is back! This beloved library program is now available from the comfort of your home so grab a cold (or warm) beverage, a pencil, and a sheet of paper, and let's do some trivia!

This program will run every Thursday at 6 pm until the Shelter in Place is lifted.

If you wish to work with a group of your choice please make sure each participant is logged in 5-10 minutes before the program begins and tell the host who you'd like in your team. Teams can have no more than 4 people.

The room will be locked 10 minutes after 6 pm.

Individuals who do not follow the rules will be removed from the room. 

Register Now!


Storytime with Mel @ Online

Friday, October 9 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Storytime is temporarily moving online due the cancellation of library events caused by COVID-19. 

Join us online for a Preschool Storytime. We'll read books and sing songs. For 3-6 year olds.

This storytime will be taking place on the online Zoom meeting platform.  Registrants will receive Zoom meeting instructions via email prior to the event.  Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. 

Register Now!

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Essential Services & Community Resources

Connect with Local Government Decision Makers
Additional Resources

Free Downloadable Content!

SCPL is currently not charging late fees for any items

We recognize the hardship that this crisis is having on many in our community and want library fines to be one less worry right now. Additionally, our ability to accept your library materials is also limited. Lost and damage fees still apply.

We are now filling requests for items placed on hold

See our Curbside Pickup and Returns page for the latest details on where and when this service is available.

Census 2020 Information

View full calendar