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In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, December 7 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

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!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, December 7 (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.


Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, December 7 (4:00 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Attention 12-16yr olds --  Adventure awaits!

A friendly introduction to Dungeons & Dragons for players of all experience levels, led by an experienced player. Held every Tuesday from 4-6:30pm. Our Campaign lasts from September 21st to December 7th - for a total of 12 sessions. Because this game relies upon the players to move forward, please make sure you can attend the majority of the sessions before you sign up (we completely understand when things like dentist appointments and such crop up, we know you have lives).

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  - September 21st please register in advance so that we know who and how many to expect, Thank you!

Register Now!


Santa Cruz Workforce Collaborative Resume Workshop (in-person and online)

Wednesday, December 8 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Online

Looking for a job, but need help with resume writing? Learn about the different tools to create a professional looking resume and the language you need to make yourself stand out. Join Goodwill Central Coast experts the 2nd Wednesday of each month for resume writing or interview skills workshops. Attend virtually through Zoom or join us in the Downtown Branch Library Community Room to learn in a group setting. Registration is required.

Spanish language resume and and interview workshops take place every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

This event is part of the Santa Cruz County Workforce Collaborative. This Collaborative is a partnership including the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, the Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County, the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Cabrillo College, and Goodwill Central Coast. The Collaborative brings a holistic approach to assist jobseekers at various levels of need by bringing together information about local workforce programs in the library's Navigation Center, creating a roadmap of services, and providing bilingual, 1-on-1, and workshop-based support to individuals in navigating the career development process.

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R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail @ La Selva Beach

Wednesday, December 8 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

R.E.A.D. is one-on-one reading comprehension instruction for readers 2nd through 12th grade. Instructors are California credentialed teachers. Sessions are 25 minutes long. By appointment only.

Register here

Contact SCPL Telephone Information if you have any questions: 831-427-7713 or elibrary@santacruzpl.org

R.E.A.D.: Leer para descubrir es el programa de comprensión y lectura en inglés presentado por las Bibliotecas Públicas de Santa Cruz. El programa es para estudiantes de grados 2-12. Participantes reciben 25 minutos de instrucción individual de un maestro certificado en California. Solo por cita previa.

Registrar aquí

Contactenos si tiene alguna pregunta: 831-427-7713 ó elibrary@santacruzpl.org


R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail @ Capitola

Wednesday, December 8 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Brad Mcdonald Conference Room

R.E.A.D. is one-on-one reading comprehension instruction for readers 2nd through 12th grade. Instructors are California credentialed teachers. Sessions are 25 minutes long. By appointment only.

Register here

Contact SCPL Telephone Information if you have any questions: 831-427-7713 or elibrary@santacruzpl.org

R.E.A.D.: Leer para descubrir es el programa de comprensión y lectura en inglés presentado por las Bibliotecas Públicas de Santa Cruz. El programa es para estudiantes de grados 2-12. Participantes reciben 25 minutos de instrucción individual de un maestro certificado en California. Solo por cita previa.

Registrar aquí

Contactenos si tiene alguna pregunta: 831-427-7713 ó elibrary@santacruzpl.org

 


Wings Birth Certificate & Notary Services

Thursday, December 9 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Wings Homeless Advocates provides office hours inside the Life Literacies Center, located in the Downtown Santa Cruz Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness. For more information about this service, contact Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leave a voicemail at 831-291-5096.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate


Adult Book Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach

Thursday, December 9 (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.  All adults are welcome.

This month's selection is The Personal Librarian by Heather Terrell.


Tech Talks: Online Backups (Apple)

Thursday, December 9 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Know your strategy for backing up your mobile data.

Are you confident that your Apple device is backed up? Join us on Zoom as we review the options and strategies for managing files and keeping backups.

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 Aptos Book Discussion Group

Thursday, December 9 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

The Aptos Library Book Discussion group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 1:00p - 2:30p and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought-provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.

Facilitator: Judy McNeely; judybookdoc@collegepathfinders.com.

December 9th and January 13th we'll be discussing The Overstory by Richard Powers

Register Now!


R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail @ Downtown

Thursday, December 9 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

R.E.A.D. is one-on-one reading comprehension instruction for readers 2nd through 12th grade. Instructors are California credentialed teachers. Sessions are 25 minutes long. By appointment only.

Register here

Contact SCPL Telephone Information if you have any questions: 831-427-7713 or elibrary@santacruzpl.org

R.E.A.D.: Leer para descubrir es el programa de comprensión y lectura en inglés presentado por las Bibliotecas Públicas de Santa Cruz. El programa es para estudiantes de grados 2-12. Participantes reciben 25 minutos de instrucción individual de un maestro certificado en California. Solo por cita previa.

Registrar aquí

Contactenos si tiene alguna pregunta: 831-427-7713 ó elibrary@santacruzpl.org

 


Canceled JavaScript Coding

Thursday, December 9 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

This program will follow the curriculum from Khan Academy called “Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation”. It covers fundamental ideas of computer science, and helps students learn one of the most popular programming languages right now, JavaScript. The curriculum has 18 modules, each with a few videos, short readings, and hands-on activities. Notable modules include Drawing Basics, Variables, Functions, Looping, and Objects. Students are free to work at their own pace; for students who finish quickly, an advanced Khan Academy course is available. No prior programming experience is required.

About the instructor: Saashin is a local high school student. He's always been passionate about computer programming and technology. His first experience with coding was in 4th Grade, when he completed the introductory Khan Academy course on JavaScript. Since then, he's completed online courses in Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript from University of Michigan, UC Davis and Hong Kong Institute of Technology. He's volunteered with CodeCombat and is currently at doing a internship with a local company.

This class is open to students 8-18 years old. 

For more information please contact Julie Soto at sotoj@santacruzpl.org

Register Now!


New Downtown Santa Cruz Library: Community Workshops

Friday, December 10 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Join the Downtown Santa Cruz Library Master Architect team for an online community workshop focused on the preliminary design of the new library and overall site program for the Library Mixed-Use Project. Registration is free, but limited, so please sign up today! Register here: cityofsantacruz.com/mixeduselibrary

The online workshop will be offered at three different times on Friday, December 10th: 9am, 2pm and 5pm.

What is this Project?
The new modern library portion of the project, funded by voter-approved Measure S, will replace the existing Downtown library. The project is located in Downtown Santa Cruz at a city-owned surface parking lot (Lot 4), bounded by Cathcart, Cedar and Lincoln Streets. The weekly Downtown Farmers’ Market that is currently located on Wednesdays at the project site will move to a permanent home in Downtown Santa Cruz.

The City Council-approved Library Mixed Use Project includes:

A modern library with resources for all  At least 100 units of very low income housing  A parking structure that consolidates current surface parking lots and results in a net-zero increase in parking spaces in Downtown Santa Cruz.


In-Person Tech Help @ La Selva Beach

Friday, December 10 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy staff at the La Selva Beach 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/laselva

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!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker

Friday, December 10 (1:00 PM - 4:00 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.


Board in the Library

Saturday, December 11 (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
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+. 


Imagine and Create Your Own Animated Movie

Saturday, December 11 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

Create and bring your stories to life! Work as part of a team and make friends who share your interests as you explore digital animation software. This FREE 6-week course will walk you through story ideas, storyboarding, animation software, and creating your final video. All equipment and training included.

Intended for Santa Cruz County youth, between 12 - 18 years of age.

Class Details: Saturday 10/30, 11/06/ 11/13, 11/20, 12/04, 12/11 from 1:00 - 3:00 at the Capitola Branch Library. 

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

 

Register Now!


Community Poetry Circle

Saturday, December 11 (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!


CANCELLED In-Person Tech Help @ Downtown

Sunday, December 12 (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!


Hidden Gems Film Club @ Capitola

Sunday, December 12 (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!


North County, Advisory Council for Teens (ACT) @ Felton

Sunday, December 12 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Teen Multipurpose Room, Patio

Advisory Council of Teens (ACT) is the SCPL young adult advisory group. ACT is open to all San Lorenzo Valley young adults, ages 12-18. The main focus of the ACT is young adult services, including programs, events, spaces, and policies. This is a good opportunity for students to fulfill community service credits, obtain job skills, develop leadership abilities, and acquire college extracurricular experience. Also, ACT is a great outlet to meet great friends and most importantly, have fun with other like minded individuals. Questions?  Contact Ivan T. Llamas (llamasi@santacruzpl.org)


Knitting at the Library @ Felton

Monday, December 13 (12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every Monday afternoon 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, December 13 (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.

 

For more info, contact:

Encompass staff Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org (831) 713-3088

SCPL staff Susan at nilssons@santacruzpl.org


In-Person Tech Help @ Felton

Monday, December 13 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Felton

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy and bilingual (English/Spanish) 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!


In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, December 14 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

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 @ Capitola

Tuesday, December 14 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

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!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, December 14 (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.


Conversations for Change: Capitalism, Socialism or some of each?

Tuesday, December 14 (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Online

This free event will be happening simultaneously on Zoom AND In-Person at the downtown library's meeting room.  Your choice!  Registration below.

Conservatives love capitalism and liberals love socialism, at least you might think so by reading popular news and social media posts today.  But, what are the *real* definitions, and what do people mean when they use the words in casual conversation?  In this conversation we will examine various definitions used at different points in time and place.  And, we will delve into how the words are used in popular media today, and whether there are aspects of each that might be useful in our modern economy and the country’s future.

Conversations for Change is designed to foster greater understanding among individuals who may have different viewpoints. Participants in these small group conversations, guided by a trained host, practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another.

All in-person attendees must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the face without gaps.  If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms please stay home and recover quickly.

Register Now!


Taller de curriculum laborales en español (en persona y virtualmente)

Wednesday, December 15 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Online

Taller de curriculum laborales presentado por Santa Cruz Workforce Collaborative

¿Estás buscando un trabajo pero necesitas ayuda componiendo tu currículum? Vengan y conozcan las diferentes herramientas para crear un curriculum profesional y aprender el vocabulario esencial para destacarse de los demás. Unase con los expertos de Goodwill de la Costa Central, el tercer miércoles de cada mes para aprender cómo redactar un curriculum profesional y tácticas para realizar entrevistas. Asista a nuestros talleres virtualmente a través de Zoom o únase a nosotros en la sala comunitaria de la biblioteca central en Santa Cruz. Registración es necesaria para atender. Registrarse a continuación. 

Los talleres de curriculum y entrevistas en inglés se llevan a cabo cada segundo miércoles del mes. 
 

Este taller es parte de Santa Cruz Workforce Collaborative. La colaborativa es una asociación que incluye las bibliotecas públicas de Santa Cruz, la fuerza laboral del condado de Santa Cruz, la asociación económica de la Bahía de Monterey, el colegio de Cabrillo y Goodwill de la Costa Central. La colaborativa brinda un enfoque holístico para ayudar a los solicitantes de empleo en varios niveles de necesidad a compilar información sobre programas y recursos de la fuerza laboral local en el centro de navegación de la biblioteca, crear un hoja de ruta de servicios, con apoyo bilingüe individualizado, y proveer talleres para facilitar la navegación del proceso de desarrollo profesional.

Esta proyecto fue apoyada en su totalidad o en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas de EE. UU. según las provisiones del acta de Servicios y Tecnología de Bibliotecas, administrada en California por el Bibliotecario del Estado.

Register Now!


STEAM @ Home Kits: Make a CD Spinner

Wednesday, December 15 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
We provide the materials and directions - you pick them up and make them at home! A limited number of kits will be available at each open branch (Capitola, Downtown, Felton, and La Selva Beach). The kits will be first come first serve, while supplies last. One kit per child limit. Kits will be ready to pick up by 1:00 pm on December 15th. These kits are suggested for children over age 5. This kit contains small pieces and may not be suitable for young children without adult supervision.  Adult assistance may be required. 

Required Materials:

Provided in Kit:

CD String Pattern Beads Blank paper to create your own pattern

Needed from Home:

Scissors Markers Glue

Please email k12@santacruzpl.org if you have any questions.


Stories for Bedtime

Wednesday, December 15 (7:00 PM - 7:45 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Join us on Facebook or Youtube for Bedtime Stories presented by SCPL Librarian Jackie. On alternating weeks, Jackie will read bedtime stories, sing songs, and chant rhymes for families. New programs will be available every other Wednesday at 7:00 pm and on the library's YouTube Channel after that.

Tonight, Jackie reads A Good Day by Kevin Henkes, published by Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Watch the Premiere!

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


Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach SPECIAL DATE & LOCATION

Thursday, December 16 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

The LSB Adult Book Discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30a to 12:00p.    All adults are welcome.

For December, the Passionate Readers meet off site and bring their favorite poem to share. For meeting location, please call the La Selva Beach Branch Library at 831.427.7710.

 


Wings Birth Certificate & Notary Services

Thursday, December 16 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Wings Homeless Advocates provides office hours inside the Life Literacies Center, located in the Downtown Santa Cruz Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness. For more information about this service, contact Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leave a voicemail at 831-291-5096.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis 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, December 16 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek
Room: Online

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.

Register Now!


Tech Talks: Email Optimized (Apple)

Thursday, December 16 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Join us for a tutorial on how to organize your emails and your email account(s) using the Apple Mail app. Learn how to filter and group incoming emails, and reduce spam emails using newly released privacy options-and more!

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!


JavaScript Coding

Thursday, December 16 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

This program will follow the curriculum from Khan Academy called “Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation”. It covers fundamental ideas of computer science, and helps students learn one of the most popular programming languages right now, JavaScript. The curriculum has 18 modules, each with a few videos, short readings, and hands-on activities. Notable modules include Drawing Basics, Variables, Functions, Looping, and Objects. Students are free to work at their own pace; for students who finish quickly, an advanced Khan Academy course is available. No prior programming experience is required.

About the instructor: Saashin is a local high school student. He's always been passionate about computer programming and technology. His first experience with coding was in 4th Grade, when he completed the introductory Khan Academy course on JavaScript. Since then, he's completed online courses in Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript from University of Michigan, UC Davis and Hong Kong Institute of Technology. He's volunteered with CodeCombat and is currently at doing a internship with a local company.

This class is open to students 8-18 years old. 

For more information please contact Julie Soto at sotoj@santacruzpl.org

Register Now!


Trivia on Tap

Thursday, December 16 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Offsite

Trivia on Tap is back! New day, new questions, same great experience! Join Jenn and Victor every 1st and 3rd Thursday at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company for a rollicking good time. Participants can form teams of up to 6 people and will be asked 30 questions on a variety of different topics.

This program takes place at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company, 20 Victor Sq, Scotts Valley. 


Scotts Valley Genre Book Club

Thursday, December 16 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley
Room: Online

The Scotts Valley Genre Book Club meets on the last Thursday of the month from 7:00pm-8:30pm. The group meets virtually to discuss books from a different genre each month. This month: Fantasy. Fantasy books can incorporate dragons, fairies, and mermaids or those with magical abilities. Register for this program to have the access link emailed to you. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

Register Now!


In-Person Tech Help @ La Selva Beach

Friday, December 17 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy staff at the La Selva Beach 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/laselva

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!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker

Friday, December 17 (1:00 PM - 4:00 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.


In-Person Tech Help @ Downtown

Sunday, December 19 (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!


Tai Chi @ the Library

Monday, December 20 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every 1st and 3rd Monday for an hour of gentle body movements with teacher Mary Mulligan. Wear clothes that you can move easily in. This program is free.


Knitting at the Library @ Felton

Monday, December 20 (12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every Monday afternoon 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, December 20 (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.

 

For more info, contact:

Encompass staff Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org (831) 713-3088

SCPL staff Susan at nilssons@santacruzpl.org


In-Person Tech Help @ Felton

Monday, December 20 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Felton

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy and bilingual (English/Spanish) 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!


In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, December 21 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

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!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, December 21 (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.


Wings Birth Certificate & Notary Services

Thursday, December 23 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Wings Homeless Advocates provides office hours inside the Life Literacies Center, located in the Downtown Santa Cruz Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness. For more information about this service, contact Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leave a voicemail at 831-291-5096.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate


Christmas Eve Holiday - All branches are closed

Friday, December 24 (12:00 AM - 11:59 PM)
Location: Systemwide

All branches are closed in observance of Christmas Eve


CANCELLED In-Person Tech Help @ La Selva Beach

Friday, December 24 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy staff at the La Selva Beach 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/laselva

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!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker

Friday, December 24 (1:00 PM - 4:00 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.


Christmas Day Holiday - All branches are closed

Saturday, December 25 (12:00 AM - 11:59 PM)
Location: Systemwide

All branches are closed in observance of Christmas Day


Knitting at the Library @ Felton

Monday, December 27 (12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every Monday afternoon 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, December 27 (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.

 

For more info, contact:

Encompass staff Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org (831) 713-3088

SCPL staff Susan at nilssons@santacruzpl.org


In-Person Tech Help @ Felton

Monday, December 27 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Felton

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy and bilingual (English/Spanish) 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!


In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, December 28 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

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!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, December 28 (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.


CANCELLED: Wings Birth Certificate & Notary Services

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

Wings Homeless Advocates provides office hours inside the Life Literacies Center, located in the Downtown Santa Cruz Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness. For more information about this service, contact Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leave a voicemail at 831-291-5096.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate


New Year's Eve holiday - All branches are closed

Friday, December 31 (12:00 AM - 11:59 PM)
Location: Systemwide

All branches are closed for New Year's Eve.


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker

Friday, December 31 (1:00 PM - 4:00 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.


New Year's Day - All branches are closed

Saturday, January 1 (12:00 AM - 11:59 PM)
Location: Systemwide

All branches are closed for New Year's Day


Tai Chi @ the Library

Monday, January 3 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every 1st and 3rd Monday for an hour of gentle body movements with teacher Mary Mulligan. Wear clothes that you can move easily in. This program is free.


Knitting at the Library @ Felton

Monday, January 3 (12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Join us every Monday afternoon 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, January 3 (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.

 

For more info, contact:

Encompass staff Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org (831) 713-3088

SCPL staff Susan at nilssons@santacruzpl.org


In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, January 4 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola

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!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, January 4 (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.


Genealogy Lectures (GSSCC): Processing the Pandemic, Gail Burk

Tuesday, January 4 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Community Room

Gail Burk will continue GSSCC’s tradition of starting the new year with a genealogically-oriented writing program. As genealogists we not only trace our ancestors, we also document our own history for our descendants. During the past two years, all of us have been living through a world-wide pandemic that has affected everyone in different ways. We will explore various aspects of the Covid 19 experience and write about how the pandemic has affected each of us, and our families, in ways large and small, expected and unexpected. Please bring a notebook and pen, or laptop computer, as we will be writing during the in-person program.

Gail Burk is a long-time member of the Society, and has served in a number of Board positions, including President. Currently, she is a volunteer staffer for the Society. She has delivered a variety of programs over the years, and has also given presentations in the past at the Society’s genealogy seminars. Gail graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in art, and minored in history. She has been an active genealogist for more than 42 years. For many years, Gail has participated in a weekly writing group and a monthly sketching group. During the pandemic, she spent hours during shelter-in-place breaking through one of her genealogical brick walls.


Cruz Gambit Chess Club

Tuesday, January 4 (3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

Got Chess?  Chess is a fun game of strategy which improves focus and problem-solving skills.  Beginneer lessons utilize puzzles, timed play, chess notation, and alternative play format to create a diverse and fun learning environment.  Participants will learn rules of the game and basic approaches for positionally-sound play.  Middle-game concepts such as pins, skewers, and discovered attacks will be introduced.  Camp is free and requires registration in advance scparks.com.  Hurry, space is limited, before its checkmate!

Instructors: Andy Kotik & Aiden Rector


Capitola Book Discussion Group on Zoom

Wednesday, January 5 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
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 The Night Watchman: A Novel by Louise Erdrich.

Register Now!


Movie Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach

Wednesday, January 5 (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

The LSB Movie Discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm. All adults are welcome. We discuss movies and TV series that are currently in the movie theaters or streaming online.  For more information call 831-427-7710

 


Cruz Gambit Chess Club

Wednesday, January 5 (3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

Got Chess?  Chess is a fun game of strategy which improves focus and problem-solving skills.  Beginneer lessons utilize puzzles, timed play, chess notation, and alternative play format to create a diverse and fun learning environment.  Participants will learn rules of the game and basic approaches for positionally-sound play.  Middle-game concepts such as pins, skewers, and discovered attacks will be introduced.  Camp is free and requires registration in advance scparks.com.  Hurry, space is limited, before its checkmate!

Instructors: Andy Kotik & Aiden Rector


Virtual Writers' Open Mic Night

Wednesday, January 5 (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!

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