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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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Virtual Zoom Toddler Time by Julie

Monday, July 6 (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 6 (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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Mike the Magician

Tuesday, July 7 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Magician Mike Della Penna creates WONDER and LAUGHTER with family magic performances that are equal parts PLAYFUL and ASTONISHING! He is a favorite at preschools, libraries and family venues and is known for captivating the 3-to-7-year-old crowd with his fun-filled, participatory magic shows. All of MIke's shows will be a little different from each other!

 

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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Speed Sketching

Tuesday, July 7 (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Come with paper and pencil and try your hand at speed sketching - all are artistic experience is welcome.

Prior to beginning the program, please select an object in your home and place it in view of your computer camera and let’s have fun together and see who can draw the silliest, stylish, true to life, or abstract interpretation of it.

Every Tuesday afternoon at 2, take a break out of your day for some fun!

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Aptos Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, July 7 (3:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
 

A friendly introduction to Dungeons & Dragons for first-timers, led by an experienced player. Held every 2nd & 4th Monday.

Your quest begins at the Aptos Branch! 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 for beginners. An experienced D&Der will guide you, and all the necessary materials & manuals will be provided.

Registration is full.


Kids Create STEAM Project

Tuesday, July 7 (3:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
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.

 


Tales to Tails goes virtual

Wednesday, July 8 (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 in the comments section, along with the book they are reading, and we’ll read off as many of those names as we can, live, during the break we need to give the dogs. 

Each week you register we’ll send you your dog bone "punch cards". 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.

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Lego Building Challenge

Wednesday, July 8 (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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Perry Yan's Magic Show

Wednesday, July 8 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Perry Yan aka “Perry the Magician” is a full time professional kids and family entertainer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Perry has quickly built a name for himself as being one of the top family entertainers in the Bay Area. When not performing for private events, Perry is frequently invited to perform for hundreds of kids in the schools & libraries around the Bay Area. Aside from magic, Perry is also a highly skilled Balloon Artist! His balloon art goes way beyond the standard dogs, and swords. Perry takes multiple balloons and creates masterpieces that will leave both kids and adults amazed.

 

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!


People & Stories: Reading Deeply in Community

Wednesday, July 8 (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 7 week session on Zoom! Drop in for one or attend all 7 People & Stories sessions!

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Tell Me a Story/Stories for Bedtime

Wednesday, July 8 (7:00 PM - 7:45 PM)

Join us 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


Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne

Thursday, July 9 (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.


Adult Book Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach

Thursday, July 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.  The group will meet virtually via Zoom during the remodel.  All adults are welcome.  Registration required.

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Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, July 9 (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


Tech Talks: Own Your Data (Apple/Android)

Thursday, July 9 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Join us as we identify the privacy apps and mobile settings that reduce your digital footprint online.

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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Virtual Aptos Book Discussion Group

Thursday, July 9 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

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.

This month we are reading Straight Man by Richard Russo. There are digital copies availible via Hoopla.

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Virtual Trivia on Tap

Thursday, July 9 (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 10 (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 10 (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: Stomp Rockets

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


Teen Dungeons & Dragons

Friday, July 10 (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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Essential Services & Community Resources

Connect with Local Government Decision Makers
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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

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