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Board in the Library

Saturday, January 22 (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

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


Chess Club with Gjon

Saturday, January 22 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Downtown

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

Downtown Library 224 Church St.

In the upstairs meeting room

Professional chess instruction with Chess Master Gjon Feinstein.

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


In-Person Tech Help @ Downtown

Sunday, January 23 (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!


Dungeons & Dragons

Sunday, January 23 (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Attention 12-16yr-olds -- Adventure awaits! A friendly introduction to Dungeons & Dragons 5E for players of all experience levels, led by an accomplished D&D Dungeon Master. Held every Sunday from 1:30-3:30 pm, our Winter Campaign lasts from January 16th - April 3rd for a total of 12 sessions.

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. This is a game in which we foster teamwork, responsibility, and friendships.  If you've been curious but unsure how to start, it's time to roll the dice and join this campaign.  All the necessary materials & manuals will be provided using the D&D Beyond web app.  Players are required to provide their own computers with internet access to the D&D Beyond website and capable of running Zoom. A personal or family email address is also required.

Because Dungeons & Dragons relies upon consistent player attendance, please check your schedule to make sure you can attend the sessions before you sign up. We completely understand when things like dentist appointments and such crop up, we know you have lives.

Parents: Please be prepared to briefly meet our volunteer who leads the program. Zoom Link will be emailed the day of the event  - January 16th please register in advance so that we know who and how many to expect, Thank you!

Register Now!


Pickwick Book Club (online)

Sunday, January 23 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Santa Cruz Pickwick Club & the Santa Cruz Dickens Fellowship present Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

Join us on the 4th Sundays of the month at 2pm  for a lively discussion of Bleak House.
Sept 26: Ch 1-16
Oct 24: Ch 17-32
Nov 28: Ch 33-49
Jan 23: Ch 50-67

The January event will be a virtual event on the UCSC Dickens Project's Zoom platform. There will not be an in-person meeting at the Downtown Library.
For virtual participation, register directly with the Dickens project here: https://bit.ly/bleak-house

Questions? dpj@ucsc.edu or (831) 459- 2103


In-Person Tech Help @ Felton

Monday, January 24 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Teen Multipurpose Room

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!


Knitting at the Library @ Felton

Monday, January 24 (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 24 (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


Kids Create STEAM: Make a Paper Fidget Spinner (In Person)

Monday, January 24 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Community Room
Kids can get a great, hands-on example of Newton’s laws of motion when making their own fidget spinner. 

This program is only for ages 6 and up.  Parental assistance may be needed for some children.

There will be enough supplies available for 20 kids, first come, first serve.

This is an in person program at the Downtown Branch Library Upstairs Meeting Room. Masks are required for all participants. 


Library Advisory Commission (via Zoom only)

Monday, January 24 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Due to the Omicron spike, this meeting will be held via Zoom only. The Library Advisory Commission is intended to be a voice of the community to provide advice and feedback to the Governing Board and the Director of Libraries.

Lindsay Bass, Chair

Rena Dubin, Vice-Chair

Mary Ripma, Commissioner

Tricia Wynne, Commissioner

Jennifer Mount, Commissioner

Mike Termini, Commissioner 

Pamela Woll, Commissioner

 

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To listen without Zoom, this meeting is streamed live to Youtube

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

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To join by Zoom:

Topic: Library Advisory Commission (LAC)

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In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, January 25 (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 25 (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.


Homework Help @ La Selva Beach

Tuesday, January 25 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

Bring your assignments to one of our FREE drop-in Homework Help sessions. Tuesdays from 3:00p to 5:00p. Students to grade 12.  Call 831.427.7713 for more information.


Homework Help @ Downtown

Tuesday, January 25 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

Bring your assignments to one of our FREE drop-in Homework Help sessions. Tuesdays from 3:00p to 5:00p. Students to grade 12.  Call 831.427.7713 for more information.


Homework Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, January 25 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Barbara Gorson Multiuse Room

Bring your assignments to one of our FREE drop-in Homework Help sessions. Tuesdays from 3:00p to 5:00p. Students to grade 12.  Call 831.427.7713 for more information.


Homework Help @ Felton

Tuesday, January 25 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Bring your assignments to one of our FREE drop-in Homework Help sessions. Tuesdays from 3:00p to 5:00p. Students to grade 12.  Call 831.427.7713 for more information.


CANCELLED: Aptos/Capitola Youth Chess Club @ Capitola

Tuesday, January 25 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Ow Family Community Room

Aptos/Capitola Youth Chess Club will begin February 1st.

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


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


Homeless Garden Project Open Office Hours

Wednesday, January 26 (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) and Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) are partnering together to provide the HGP office hours at the Downtown Santa Cruz Branch Library.  The HGP open office hours provides people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to learn more about HGP services and programs.  Additionally, this partnership will make library spaces available for the HGP to meet with clients, service providers, community organizations, and others to support a thriving and inclusive community, workforce, and local food system. 


STEAM @ Home Kits: Make a Rattle Drum

Wednesday, January 26 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
We provide the materials and directions - you pick them up and make them at home! Create a rattle drum out of paper plates as you learn about sound waves and explore the science of acoustics. Make some noise to ring in the Lunar/Chinese New Year! 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 January 26th. 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 (choking hazard).  Adult assistance may be required. 

Required Materials:

Provided in Kit:

Beads Dowel 2 paper plates Yarn or ribbon

Needed from Home:

Markers Stapler or tape

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


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

Wednesday, January 26 (2:45 PM - 5:15 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. Wednesdays from 3:00p to 5:00p. 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

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