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

Thursday, August 6 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Libraries Facilities Financing Authority (LFFA) and Library Joint Powers Authority (LJPA) Board meetings are recorded and the meeting will be livestreamed on our Youtube page. To view the meeting, visit youtube.com/santacruzpl at the time of the meeting or use the link below to join as an attendee.

To view the agendas, please visit this page https://www.santacruzpl.org/library_boards/

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/92086520613
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,92086520613#  or +13462487799,,92086520613#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0282 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 920 8652 0613
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ab3ZhlW90H


Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne - August Favorites

Thursday, August 6 (10:00 AM - 10:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Librarian Jeanne is taking a break in August, but don't worry, we are repeating some of her favorite storytimes this month. Todays books are I Really Want To See You Grandma by Taro Gomi, published by Chronicle Books and Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon, illustrated by Miguel Ordonez, published by MacMillan Publishing Group. Watch it on Youtube Now!

Librarian Jeanne will be back in September with new books.

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.


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, August 6 (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

Walk up appointments are accepted as time allows


Virtual Trivia on Tap

Thursday, August 6 (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. 

Register Now!


Storytime with Mel @ Online

Friday, August 7 (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. 

Register Now!


Cuentos y Experimentos (YouTube recorded program in Spanish)

Friday, August 7 (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. Pueden mirar en Facebook o Youtube.

En el video de hoy leemos un clásico, “La Oruga muy hambrienta” de Eric Carle. Un clásico es un libro que ha sido leído por varias generaciones. El cuento de hoy una oruga pasa por un proceso de transformación luego de disfrutar muchos manjares.

Busque en nuestra página de reproducción de Youtube.


At Home Yin Yoga

Saturday, August 8 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

Scotts Valley Library yoga instructor Makiko Niwa has made some of her breathing, meditation, and yin stretches available for Santa Cruz Public Libraries during the shelter-in-place order. Enjoy them from the comfort of your own home here: https://makikoyoga.wixsite.com/california/homepractice


Music and Movement with Librarian Kari

Saturday, August 8 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)

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

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

See you soon! 

Librarian Kari

Here is the Youtube Watch Page.


BC Library Writer's Group @ Felton - Virtual meeting

Saturday, August 8 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Felton

Are you a serious writer looking for a local writers' group?  The Felton branch is hosting the BC Writer's Group while the Boulder Creek branch is undergoing renovation.

The group follows a Milford workshop critique format and is open to all genres of fiction.

You must be 18 or older to join the group.

This will be an on-going writing group. Meetings will take place every second Saturday of the month.

Please email Librarian Jeanne O'Grady ogradyj@santacruzpl.org for more information on joining the BC Writers Group.


Virtual Zoom Toddler Time by Julie

Monday, August 10 (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!

Register Now!


Tales to Tails goes virtual

Monday, August 10 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
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 doggie bone. These are 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.

Register Now!


Cuéntame un Cuento @ Online

Monday, August 10 (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.

Register Now!


Aptos Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, August 11 (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.


Planning and Planting the Fall/Winter Garden with Orin Martin

Tuesday, August 11 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Are you ready to pivot to fall/winter* gardening? In this presentation Orin Martin, local author and manager of the UCSC Chadwick Garden, will give an overview of: what can (and should) be sown and transplanted and when; info on sourcing seeds from seed companies as well as smart seedling shopping at local garden centers and nurseries; and an overview of what varieties to use at this time of year. 

*The term fall-winter gardening refers to the time of harvest, not initiation. As unlikely as it seems, late July-early September is the time to establish a firm foundation for your fall-winter garden (both flowers and vegetables.)

Seats are limited so registration is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom access link upon registering. 

Register Now!


Tell Me a Story/Stories for Bedtime - Worth Repeating

Wednesday, August 12 (7:00 PM - 7:45 PM)

We are taking a break in August and resharing some of our favorite stories. We will be back with new stories and books in September. Tonight's story is Leo: A Ghost Story with Librarian Jackie.

Join us on Facebook for Bedtime Stories presented by SCPL Librarians Jackie and Jeanne. On alternating weeks, Jackie will read a story and Jeanne will tell a story and also help families to tell their own stories. New programs will be available every Wednesday at 7:30 pm and on the library's YouTube Channel after that.

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


Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne - August Favorites

Thursday, August 13 (10:00 AM - 10:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Librarian Jeanne is taking a break in August, but don't worry, we are repeating some of her favorite storytimes this month. Today's books are One Is a Pinata, A Book of Numbers and Round Is a Tortilla, A Book of Shapes. Both books are written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra, and published by Chronicle Books and used with their permission.

Librarian Jeanne will be back in September with new books.

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, August 13 (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. This month's selection is "Say Nothing", by Patrick Radden Keefe.

Register Now!


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, August 13 (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

Walk up appointments are accepted as time allows


Virtual Aptos Book Discussion Group

Thursday, August 13 (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 Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell.

Register Now!


Virtual Trivia on Tap

Thursday, August 13 (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. 

Register Now!

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Essential Services & Community Resources

Connect with Local Government Decision Makers
Additional Resources

Free Downloadable Content!

SCPL is currently not charging late fees for any items

We recognize the hardship that this crisis is having on many in our community and want library fines to be one less worry right now. Additionally, our ability to accept your library materials is also limited. Lost and damage fees still apply.

We are now filling requests for items placed on hold

See our Curbside Pickup and Returns page for the latest details on where and when this service is available.

Census 2020 Information

View full calendar