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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 limited. Lost and damage fees still apply.

We are now filling requests for items placed on hold

See our Grab & Go page for the latest details on where and when this service is available.

Upcoming Virtual Events
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Interactive Preschool Storytime on Zoom

Friday, February 26 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Join us online for an Interactive Preschool Storytime using Zoom. We'll read books and sing songs in a safe environment. Designed for 3-5 year olds. Tales to Tails follows directly after.

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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Tales to Tails Early Childhood Literacy Program

Friday, February 26 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Tales to Tails brings a fun, neutral, and accessible way for children of all ages to build literacy and confidence. Bring some books, a stuffed animal or your own pet, and come read with us! Children can read to a dog 1:1 in a Zoom breakout room with a certified therapy dog and their handler or they can read to the whole group of kids. Some kids show us a toy, some sing a song, some read a book. They have so much fun.

This event will piggyback on Interactive Preschool Storytime which starts at 10am so if you come for Storytime, stay for Tales to Tails!

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Cuentos y Experimentos: Videos en español sobre experimentos sencillos de ciencia (Simple STEM videos in Spanish)

Friday, February 26 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Cuentos y Experimentos es parte de los programas en español ofrecidos por las bibliotecas públicas de Santa Cruz. En este espacio hacemos experimentos y leemos cuentos con niñas y niños hispanohablantes entre los 0 y 8 años y sus familias. ¡Vea el estreno de este video!

Nube en una jarra

En el video de hoy realizamos un experimento para ver como la lluvia cae desde las nubes. Vamos a observar a la fuerza de gravedad en acción al atraer la lluvia hacia abajo y hacerla caer en la superficie.

Necesitaremos:

Jarra transparente

Agua

Espuma de afeitar

Colorante de comida o pintura tempera

Vocabulario:

Lluvia

Densidad

Gravedad


LATINOS MODELOS CONFERENCIA VIRTUAL 2021 | LATINO ROLE MODELS 2021 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Saturday, February 27 (9:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
Room: Online

Un evento anual gratuito para estudiantes del condado de Santa Cruz desde el sexto grado a la universidad y sus familias, con profesionales latinos, estudiantes universitarios y talleres de información. Esta conferencia sera en espanol con interpretaci6n al ingles. Asistentes elegibles para premios. Distinguido profesor de Sociologfa y Estudios Estadounidenses y Etnia en la Universidad del Sur de California (USC), donde dirige el lnstituto de lnvestigaci6n de Equidad de la USC. 

Se require inscribirse: tinyurl.com/latinosmodelos 

PRESENTADO POR 
Cabrillo College; Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County; Consulado General de Mexico en San Jose; 
Greater Opportunities for Adult Learning (GOAL); Live Oak School District, Pajaro Valley Unified School District; Santa Cruz City Schools; Santa Cruz County Office of Education; Santa Cruz County College Commitment; Senderos; Soquel Union Elementary School District; UC Santa Cruz: The Humanities Institute/ Institute for Social Transformation 
(831) 854-7740 • info@SCSenderos.org • SCSenderos.org 

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This free event is focused on Santa Cruz County students in sixth grade-college and is presented in Spanish (with English translation) with the goal of inspiring students to achieve their dreams for college and career. 

REGISTRATION is required: https://tinyurl.com/latinosmodelos

Keynote speaker, USC Professor Manuel Pastor (former of UCSC Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community) will speak on the topic: Racial Justice: Education as a Tool for Liberation.

The conference will also feature professionals and college students sharing their education pathways, as well as workshops on related topics presented by Cabrillo staff and community partners.

More information can be found HERE.

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Aliens: Escape from Earth!

Saturday, February 27 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth - but it's not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and soon find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, the kids must risk everything to rescue the aliens and help them... Escape from Earth! Throughout this amazing intergalactic story, we will use science experiments to bring the story to life! Don't miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It's totally out of this world! Brought to you by Talewise.

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Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, March 1 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 2:00 -4:00 PM, at the corner of Center and Church Streets outside of 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 SCPL staff Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


Cuéntame un Cuento @ Online

Monday, March 1 (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.

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Virtual Zoom Toddler Time by Julie

Tuesday, March 2 (10:30 AM - 11:00 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. 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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Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County Lecture Series: How Your Hard Work Can Conquer All At The Sutro Library, speaker Dvorah Lewis

Tuesday, March 2 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Room: Online

Sutro Library, the California State Library branch located in San Francisco, has one of the largest genealogy collections west of Salt Lake City. Sutro Library is not just a physical hub for the genealogy community, it is also a virtual hub. Come learn about the highlights of the genealogy collection, how to search online, and how to access on-site once the Library reopens. 

Dvorah Lewis joined the California State Library in June of 2017 as the Genealogy & Local History Library at the Sutro Library. She earned her Master’s in Library & Information Science at UCLA. Her passion forarchives and genealogy was inspired by an interview with her great Aunt Essie, the then-eldest member of her family. She is excited to help researchers learn how to navigate the State Library’s extraordinary collections and resources. Dvorah feels that by preserving the past we can understand the present and bring positive change to the future.

Registration is required. Please click the blue "Begin Registration" button below to reserve your spot today!

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Capitola Book Discussion Group on Zoom

Wednesday, March 3 (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 The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.

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JavaScript Coding

Wednesday, March 3 (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!


Teen Expo II: Homegrown Careers

Wednesday, March 3 (4:00 PM - 5:15 PM)
Room: Online

Our first Teen Expo was such a hit, we're back with the next installment. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Your Future Is Our Business presents Teen Expo II: Homegrown Careers, a show-and-tell virtual event showcasing successful Santa Cruz County creators, makers, entrepreneurs, and leaders that will inspire and empower teens to embrace the possibilities of turning their interests and talents into careers.

Martine Watkins, Expo Moderator, City of Santa Cruz Councilmember
Cindi Busenhart, Founder & CEO, Merge4
Scotty Greathouse, Artist, Ideas for Walls
Gabriel Medina, Senior Manager - Program Planning and Logistics, DigitalNest
Maura O’Connell, Owner & Electrician, Lucky Electric

Please scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the blue 'Begin Registration' button

More about our Panelists:

Gabriel Medina, DigitalNEST & Calavera Media

https://digitalnest.org/

https://calavera.media/

Gabriel was born and raised in Watsonville, CA and attended UCLA to study Filmmaking and Chicana/o studies. While at UCLA, Gabriel interned for Pantelion where he helped market films such as From Prada to Nada, Cinco De Mayo, and Casa de Mi Padre. After graduating, Gabriel returned to the area where he worked for KSBW as a Production Assistant for the morning segment and as an independent film producer.

Gabriel is now working at the DigitalNEST as the Digital Arts + Technology Manager where he helps to support the growth of youth interested in filmmaking, graphic design, and podcasting.  In addition, Gabriel is still making films with his production company, Calvera Media. Click here to see a collection of work. (he/him)

 

Cindi Busenhart, Merge4

https://merge4.com/

Cindi Busenhart is Founder and CEO of MERGE4 - a sock company. MERGE4 is a certified B Corporation which balances purpose and profit while using business as a force for good.

Cindi is a San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Honoree. Her past company was awarded the San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Philanthropy Impact award and was featured on the cover of the magazine. She has been an International Business CEO Forum Panelist with a focus on Asia business for the San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal

Cindi was former owner and President of Sessions and ESTE. These brands had quality, innovative products with a primary focus in the snowboard, ski and skateboard industry. She is a past Board Vice Chair of Snowsports Industries of America – a $7.4B industry when she left.

Community involvement includes Founder and Chair of the Tim Brauch Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports skateboard park development and athletic scholarships. She is a former Director of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, former Committee member of Tannery Arts Center and former Board Member of the Red Cross Santa Cruz Chapter. 

Cindy grew up here in Santa Cruz in both the Pleasure Point area and then Santa Cruz Gardens. She went to Green Acres, Live Oak, Santa Cruz Gardens, Capitola (Now New Brighton), Soquel High, Cabrillo College and took some extension classes at UCSC. 

 

Scotty Greathouse, IdeasForWalls

ideasforwalls.com

IG:  @scottygreathouseart

Scotty Greathouse is a full-time artist. He was born at Dominican Hospital in 1974 and graduated from Harbor High school in 1992. Skateboard graphics and airbrush designs on surfboards are what hooked him on art. Scotty’s art has found itself on skateboards, surfboards, canvases, large scale walls and merge4 socks.

To see an impressive collection of Scotty’s work, including murals for corporate clients and local non-profits, as well as fine art, click here

  Maura O'Connell, Lucky Electric

https://www.facebook.com/LuckyElectric

Maura O’Connell moved to Santa Cruz in 1996 after graduating from Hoftra University in Hempstead, where she earned a degree in Fine Art while on a basketball scholarship. Maura’s journey as an electrician began when she was given an opportunity to become an electrical apprentice with no experience in 1997.

She began learning the trade with wiring new homes in Santa Cruz County, from there her skills grew to re-wiring homes, troubleshooting electrical issues, lighting design to project management. Starting Lucky Electric was a natural progression to form a company where she gets to lead by example and bring pride in workmanship to every project. Maura started Lucky Electric in 2006 with just herself as the only electrician today she has the privilege of employing eight workers. 

“I grew up with a basketball in my hand since I was big enough to hold one. For me running Lucky Electric is the same as being a point guard on a basketball team. It is my job to attach every project like we are heading towards the final four. Every project is an opportunity for us to show the world what we are made of, to gain customers for life and to continue to offer quality electrical work no matter how big or small the project”

Martine Watkins, Santa Cruz City Council

Martine Watkins grew up in Santa Cruz and is the daughter of two dedicated educators, Michael, the former Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, and the first African American elected to that position in the State of California, and Anne Watkins, a former Santa Cruz and Harbor High School history teacher. Martine and her husband Brandon, also a teacher, are raising their daughters here. 

Martine received her Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies from UCSC, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute of Public Policy at CSU Monterey Bay. She has spent her career serving the public in education and on the Santa Cruz City Council.

Martine has served on numerous Council committees including: the Santa Cruz Housing Blueprint Recommendations, the 2x2 Homelessness City/County Coordination Committee, the City/City Schools Committee, the Community Programs Committee, and the Health in All Policies Committee.

Martine is a strong advocate for climate adaptation and represented the City of Santa Cruz at the United States Conference of Mayors in 2019,  where she and the Honorable Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond, co-sponsored a resolution for formal adoption that supports cities’ rights and efforts to mitigate damage from climate change and protect taxpayers from related costs.

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Virtual Writers' Open Mic Night

Wednesday, March 3 (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.

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Stories for Bedtime

Wednesday, March 3 (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.

Watch the Premiere!

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


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, March 4 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

Wings Homeless Advocates offers open office hours at the corner of Center and Locusts streets, outside of the Downtown Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides 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


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Thursday, March 4 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 2:00 -4:00 PM, at the corner of Center and Church Streets outside of 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 SCPL staff Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


LFFA & LJPA Board Meetings

Thursday, March 4 (5:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Room: Online

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

Panelists are: Martin Bernal, Chair; Tina Friend, Vice Chair; Carlos Palacios, Director; Jamie Goldstein, Director. Library Staff: Susan Nemitz, Director; and Eric Howard, Assistant Director; Helga Smith - Board Clerk

When: Mar 4, 2021 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: LFFA & LJPA Board Meetings

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/97916760188
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,97916760188#  or +12532158782,,97916760188#
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 +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  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: 979 1676 0188
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abpnuVH0v0

 


Our Community Reads: Pandemics, Politics, and Public Health

Thursday, March 4 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Room: Online

Dr. Ronald P. Hattis, MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Past President and current Secretary of the Beyond AIDS Foundation. In this interactive talk he will discuss his long history in the fight against HIV/AIDS beginning in the early ‘80s. He will tie that struggle with what he calls a “slow moving pandemic” to our current fight with a much faster moving pandemic, COVID-19.

This event is part of Our Community Reads 2021, which is an annual event of the Friends of the Aptos Branch Library, in partnership with Friends Chapters from Capitola, La Selva Beach, and for the first time, Felton, bringing people together to read a book, chosen by community members, and offers a series of related events to the public. The events aim to create a shared experience that will increase appreciation for our community libraries and for our local bookstores; foster pride in the varied experiences that our area offers; and the enrichment –– culturally, intellectually, and emotionally –– that comes from the joy of reading! All events are hosted online by the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and are free and open to the public.   Registration is required using the blue 'Begin Registration' button found in the section below. Please visit Our Community Reads website page for more information. Register Now!


Cuentos y Experimentos: Videos en español sobre experimentos sencillos de ciencia (Simple STEM videos in Spanish)

Friday, March 5 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Cuentos y Experimentos es parte de los programas en español ofrecidos por las bibliotecas públicas de Santa Cruz. En este espacio hacemos experimentos y leemos cuentos con niñas y niños hispanohablantes entre los 0 y 8 años y sus familias. 


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, March 8 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 2:00 -4:00 PM, at the corner of Center and Church Streets outside of 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 SCPL staff Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 

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Essential Services & Community Resources

Servicios en español

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 limited. Lost and damage fees still apply.

We are now filling requests for items placed on hold

See our Grab & Go page for the latest details on where and when this service is available.

View full calendar