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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.

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Upcoming Virtual Events
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Tales to Tails goes virtual

Wednesday, July 15 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

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!

Caregivers - You can post your child’s first name (and city if you want) in the comments section, along with the books 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 animals. 

Each week you register we’ll send you your doggie bone. These will be dated dog bones your child can color and email to us. The following week, we’ll display them live on the feed. 

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

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

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Lego Building Challenge

Wednesday, July 15 (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Join our 8 week summer Lego Building Challenge. You will only need common Lego pieces to complete these challenges. To join the fun, register each week via our online calendar, June 10 through July 29 . On Wednesday, you will receive an email with the weekly challenge. If you would like to share your creation, post a photo on our SCPL Lego Build Challenge Facebook Group. Bonus building challenges will be posted there for intermediate level Lego fans.

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People & Stories: Reading Deeply in Community

Wednesday, July 15 (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Offsite

People & Stories is dedicated to opening doors to literature for new audiences.  Through oral readings and rigorous discussions of enduring short stories, we invite participants to find fresh understandings of themselves, of others, and of the world. Please note that some stories contain themes and language of an adult nature. Santa Cruz Public Libraries offers People & Stories regularly in our county jails. We invite you to our special 8 week session on Zoom! Drop in for one or attend all 8 People & Stories sessions!

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First District Supervisor John Leopold hosts community meeting

Wednesday, July 15 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

First District Supervisor John Leopold will hold an online community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a new Slow Streets initiative to create public space and slow traffic during the COVID-19 shelter- in-place health order in the neighborhoods of Pleasure Point and Opal Cliffs. The goal of “Slow Streets” is for residents to more comfortably use their neighborhood streets for physically-distant walking, biking, wheelchair rolling, and jogging. Leopold will be joined by Amelia Conlen from Ecology Action, Gina Cole from Bike Santa Cruz County, and members of the Pleasure Point neighborhood. Audience questions are welcomed.

Use the link: https://zoom.us/j/93890152805. Or Dial: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 Webinar ID: 938 9015 2805


Tell Me a Story/Stories for Bedtime

Wednesday, July 15 (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 7:00 pm and on the library's YouTube Channel after that.

Here is the Youtube watch page: https://youtu.be/SRJDzLwRVUc

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


Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne

Thursday, July 16 (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.

Here is a link to the Watch Page.


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, July 16 (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


Virtual Boulder Creek Book Group

Thursday, July 16 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek

Please join us every third Thursday of the month at 11:00 am when we discuss the book of the month, watch short videos highlighting authors and interesting side notes about the current book, and share personal insights. Book Club titles are available at the Boulder Creek Library.

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Tech Talks: Unlimited Learning (Apple & Android)

Thursday, July 16 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join us as we explore a wide assortment of apps that teach us about languages, new technology, and how to learn just about anything with your smartphone!

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! 

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Digital Privacy: Password Management

Thursday, July 16 (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)

Digital Privacy: Password Management Your privacy online matters, and is critical to your safety and future as a digital citizen. Digital privacy should be something we all protect and manage.

Learn how to protect your passwords by creating stronger passwords and security questions. We will also discuss the pros and cons of password management tools. 

This workshop has been developed and supported by Consumer Reports, an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace

Facilitator: Helen Josephine, Consusmer Reports member and local community workshop organizer

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Slim Chance and the Circus of Possibilities

Thursday, July 16 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Hilarious and inspiring family entertainment, Slim and Squeaky's show is the perfect cocktail of thrills and skills that will delight audiences of all ages. Juggling, unicycle, hula hoop and ridiculous clowning is just some of the fun that awaits you with this circus show!

This performance was previously listed as "Barrel Full of Monkeys." Enjoy the same great show with Slim Chance and the Circus of Possibilities!

 

It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Kids & teens up to age 18 earn an Atlantis Fantasyworld gift certificate good for one item from a special selection of books just for signing up! Keep reading and completing activities to get a chance to win other prizes. The whole family can join in the fun!

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Virtual Trivia on Tap

Thursday, July 16 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

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. 

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Storytime with Mel @ Online

Friday, July 17 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

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. 

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Kids Create STEAM Project

Friday, July 17 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

Series of STEAM programs through the summer for kids of all ages, presented via Facebook and our YouTube channel. Look for new videos on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am through July.

This week: Pizza Math - how do you make sure that everyone gets an equal share of pizza?

Recommended ages 5-10. Adults will need to assist younger children with some parts of this project.

Here is the link to the Watch Page.


Teen Dungeons & Dragons

Friday, July 17 (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Join SCPL for a weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign where you can explore cool worlds, create interesting characters, stretch your imagination, and practice your storytelling skills. Whether you've been playing for a while or are new to the game, there's a place for everyone here. 

This program is for teens age 13-17 and requires registration for access link. We'll be using Zoom as our platform. Registrants should try to make it to every session. 

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Music and Movement with Librarian Kari

Saturday, July 18 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)

We’ll do songs, fingerplays and fun with friends! Bring a shaker if you have one so you can play along. Come join us on Saturday mornings on the library's YouTube and Facebook sites. Let's sing and play together!

Parents, if you'd like me to mention your child's FIRST name, please send it to gunnk@santacruzpl.org and I'll try to use it in a session.

See you soon!

Librarian Kari


Magical Moonshine Theatre presents The Three Little Pigs

Saturday, July 18 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Three pigs set out to seek their fortunes with a bit of house building. Things don't go as planned in this creative retelling of the traditional story; houses collapse, pigs and wolves play together and audience members help the story along with lots of live music, singing, construction and laughter. Presented with traditional Bohemian style marionettes on a tabletop stage.

 

It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Kids & teens up to age 18 earn an Atlantis Fantasyworld gift certificate good for one item from a special selection of books just for signing up! Keep reading and completing activities to get a chance to win other prizes. The whole family can join in the fun!

Register Now!


Magical Moonshine Theatre Presents: Puppylocks and the Three Bears

Saturday, July 18 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

WHAT IF? What if the Three Bears were really Teddy Bears! And What if Goldilocks was not a little girl at all, but a golden, mischievous little dog? That is exactly the case is this very funny retelling of the traditional fairytale. Watch this impish little dog do everything wrong in the Bear's house while the bears are off to the TEDDYBEAR CIRCUS! Puppylocks is presented with traditional Bohemian style marionettes on a tabletop stage.

 

It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Kids & teens up to age 18 earn an Atlantis Fantasyworld gift certificate good for one item from a special selection of books just for signing up! Keep reading and completing activities to get a chance to win other prizes. The whole family can join in the fun!

Register Now!


Virtual Zoom Toddler Time by Julie

Monday, July 20 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

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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Cuéntame un Cuento @ Online

Monday, July 20 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

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.

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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