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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.

Upcoming Virtual Events
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Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, January 21 (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


Virtual Boulder Creek Book Group

Thursday, January 21 (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: Calendar Management (iPhone & Android)

Thursday, January 21 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Organize your schedule and life with calendar apps.

 

 

Join us as we discuss options for settings, notifications, and syncing with Google Calendar, Calendar, 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!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Thursday, January 21 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Downtown 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 an HSC PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more. For more info contact SCPL staff person Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


Interactive Preschool Storytime on Zoom

Friday, January 22 (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. 

Register Now!


Tales to Tails Early Childhood Literacy Program

Friday, January 22 (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!

Register Now!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, January 25 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Downtown 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 an HSC PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more. For more info contact SCPL staff person 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, January 25 (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.

Register Now!


Library Advisory Commission

Monday, January 25 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

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.

Commission Members: Rena Dubin, Mary Ripma, Jim Landreth, Lindsay Bass, Tricia Wynne, and Bruce Cotter

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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 via Zoom:


When: Jan 25, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: The Library Advisory Commission

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/91716776733
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,91716776733#  or +13462487799,,91716776733#
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: 917 1677 6733
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acX1eNX3mw


Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, January 26 (3:30 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 3:30-6:30pm.

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  - NOVEMBER 3rd  please register in advance so that we know who and how many to expect, Thank you!

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JavaScript Coding

Wednesday, January 27 (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!


Reading in the Redwoods @Felton - Virtual Book Discussion

Wednesday, January 27 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Location: Felton

The book for January is: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 6:00 pm.  Registration is required to get the Zoom invite.

Register Now!


Our Community Reads: "The Great Believers" La Selva Beach Book Discussion Group

Thursday, January 28 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

La Selva Beach Book Discussion Group leader Margie Bowles leads a thought-provoking group discussion about The Great Believers, allowing participants to delve deep into the book’s themes.

This event is part of Our Community Reads 2021, a program of the Friends of the Aptos Library, in which the community selects a book and then comes together for a series of related events. Our Community Reads 2021 virtual events are hosted online by the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. All events 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.

The La Selva Beach "Passionate Readers" Book Discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30a to 12:00p via Zoom.  All adults are welcome. Registration required.

Register Now!


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, January 28 (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


Tech Talks: Exploring Your Library’s App (Apple & Android)

Thursday, January 28 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Know the benefits of using the library’s mobile app.

 

Join us as we tour the library’s mobile app. We will cover how to manage your family’s library accounts, check out books with your phone’s camera, 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!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Thursday, January 28 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Downtown 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 an HSC PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more. For more info contact SCPL staff person Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


Scotts Valley Genre Book Club

Thursday, January 28 (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: Politics and Public Affairs. Register for this program to have the access link emailed to you. 

For recommendations for this month click here: Politics and Public Affairs Recommendations

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

Register Now!


Interactive Preschool Storytime on Zoom

Friday, January 29 (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. 

Register Now!


Tales to Tails Early Childhood Literacy Program

Friday, January 29 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

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!

Register Now!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, February 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.

 

 

 

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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 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.

View full calendar