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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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Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, November 30 (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, November 30 (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!


Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, December 1 (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!

Register Now!


Genealogy Lecture: The Polish Connection Research, Planning, and Serendipity: Tracing the Origins of my Orphaned Mother

Tuesday, December 1 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Guest Speaker Gary Nolan will discuss his efforts to recover the family history of his Polish immigrant ancestors. His maternal grandmother, Anastasia (Gemborys) Kolasa, died in April 1925 - seven days after the birth of her last child. Gary’s mother Helen Anastasia Kolasa was 5 years old when her mother died. She and her siblings were subsequently scattered to an orphanage, or to the homes of relatives or friends, because their father deserted his children. All knowledge of Helen’s Polish heritage died with her mother, and it remained hidden for almost 100 years.  This presentation is the story of how Gary put his family heritage back together, culminating with a trip to the home villages in Poland of Gary’s grandparents, where he met some of his long-lost cousins.

Please RSVP to staff@scgensoc.org. Everyone who RSVPs will be sent a link to the meeting.

Gary has had three careers: as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army in West Germany (1967-1970); in the Environmental Management Department for IBM in San Jose (1970-1993); and assisting small businesses’ compliance with environmental regulations for the County of Santa Clara (1993-2002). He retired for the final time in 2002 and now enjoys volunteering his time to help care for his grandchildren, working on his small family orchard in Corralitos, and writing about his family history discoveries. He is a member of GSSCC. Gary launched his Polish genealogical research in 2016, after attending a family reunion where he found out he knew more than his 27 1st cousins, but he wanted to
know more.


Capitola Book Discussion Group on Zoom

Wednesday, December 2 (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 Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.

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JavaScript Coding

Wednesday, December 2 (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

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Virtual Writers' Open Mic Night

Wednesday, December 2 (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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Reading in the Redwoods @Felton - Virtual Book Discussion

Wednesday, December 2 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Online

The book for December is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Reading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 6:00 pm, except during the fall holidays there is no meeting in Nov. Instead we meet on the 1st Wednesday of December.  Registration is required to get the Zoom invite.

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Tell Me a Story/Stories for Bedtime

Wednesday, December 2 (7:00 PM - 7:45 PM)

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.


LFFA & LJPA Board Meetings

Thursday, December 3 (9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Room: Online

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

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

When: Dec 3, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: LFFA & LJPA Board Meetings

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/99226555978
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,99226555978#  or +12532158782,,99226555978#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Webinar ID: 992 2655 5978
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aesQzmPcDE

 


Preschool Storytime with Librarian Jeanne

Thursday, December 3 (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.

Watch the premire: https://youtu.be/R1IUap7o2RI


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, December 3 (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


Tech Talks: Android 101

Thursday, December 3 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

 

Know the basic features and settings to get the most from your device.

 

Ready for a review of the basic features and settings of your Android?  We will share our favorite features and tips.  We hope you will join us and share with us too.

 

 

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, December 3 (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.

 

 

 


Preschool Storytime @ Online

Friday, December 4 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

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!


Tales to Tails Early Childhood Literacy Program

Friday, December 4 (10:30 AM - 11:00 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 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, December 7 (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, December 7 (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!


Shelter in Faith: Holidays edition

Tuesday, December 8 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

The popular virtual series, Shelter in Faith, is back with a special Holidays Edition. Learn from local faith leaders representing diverse spiritual traditions about different holiday customs, celebrations, and their deeper meanings. Hear their thoughtful perspectives, relevant experience, and practical solutions for navigating the stresses of the holiday season. There will also be time for Q&A to get your unique questions answered. Panelists for this presentation are:   Aisha Charves, Member & Sunday School teacher Islamic Center Santa Cruz (ICSC), Fulbright Fellow Rabbi Eli Cohen, Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal of Santa Cruz Rev Jay Shinseki, Watsonville Buddhist Temple Mother Tracy Wells Miller, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Aptos

The prior four Shelter in Faith programs can be found on our YouTube channel

Register Now!


Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, December 8 (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!

Register Now!

Contact Us

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Fri-Sat 10am-5pm

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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