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Veterans Connect @ the Library

Tuesday, August 9 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Veteran's Information Center

You served. You earned. Check out your benefits. Your library, in collaboration with our community's veteran service organiztions, is working to improve the quality of life for veterans. The Veterans Information Center provides a trained volunteer to connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing and health. Books, online resources and access to a computer for research and applications are also available at the center.


In-Person Tech Help @ Capitola

Tuesday, August 9 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Brad Mcdonald Conference Room

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!


In-person Tech Help (Felton)

Tuesday, August 9 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Felton

Are you stuck with a technology question?

Our tech savvy 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!


Volunteer Housing Navigators

Tuesday, August 9 (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.


Diverse Youth Meet Up

Tuesday, August 9 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

In partnership with The Diversity Center, the library is hosting Diverse Youth Meet Up Groups to bring queer, trans, and ally youth together for support, community, and leadership opportunities. All youth ages 12-18 are welcome to join, regardless of gender or sexuality.

 


Aptos/Capitola Youth Chess Club @ Capitola

Tuesday, August 9 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Ow Family Community Room

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!


Veterans Connect @ the Library

Wednesday, August 10 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Veteran's Information Center

You served. You earned. Check out your benefits. Your library, in collaboration with our community's veteran service organiztions, is working to improve the quality of life for veterans. The Veterans Information Center provides a trained volunteer to connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing and health. Books, online resources and access to a computer for research and applications are also available at the center.


CANCELLED : Homeless Garden Project Open Office Hours

Wednesday, August 10 (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. 

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis


Gardening Basics Presented by Scarborough Gardens: Vegetable, Fruits and Herbs Gardening

Wednesday, August 10 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Are you interested in gardening? 

Look no further, your local Felton Library Branch is providing three FREE gardening workshops for teens and adults! The awesome thing is that a local gardener and nursery manager at Scarborough Gardens, Jet Van Ausdall, will be leading the workshops.

August workshop we will learn about the best time to plant fruit trees, cool season / warm season veggies, how to amend your soil and other ways to make your edible garden successful. 

The program is for teens and adults. Ages from 12 yrs old and up. The workshops are totally free!

Registration is required. Maximum of 75 People. Waitlist is available. The waitlist does not guarentee a spot in the workshop. 

Special thanks to Scarborough Gardens and Jet Van Ausdall for making these workshops happen.

Question? Please contact, Iván Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7700 ext 7752

We will meet every second Wednesday of the month starting in August 2022 and ending October 2022.

Register Now!


Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 10 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley
Room: Conference Room

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library meetings is temporarily moved to the Felton Library during the closure. 


Veterans Connect @ the Library

Thursday, August 11 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Veteran's Information Center

You served. You earned. Check out your benefits. Your library, in collaboration with our community's veteran service organiztions, is working to improve the quality of life for veterans. The Veterans Information Center provides a trained volunteer to connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing and health. Books, online resources and access to a computer for research and applications are also available at the center.


Adult Book Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach

Thursday, August 11 (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.  All adults are welcome. 

 


Wings Birth Certificate & Notary Services

Thursday, August 11 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

Wings Homeless Advocates provides office hours inside the Life Literacies Center, located in the Downtown Santa Cruz Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness. For more information about this service, contact Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leave a voicemail at 831-291-5096.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis


Virtual Aptos Book Discussion Group

Thursday, August 11 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

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.

April Read is Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif

May Read is Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

June Read is  How to Change your Mind by Pollan

July Read is Guncle by Steven Rowley

August  Read is I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter… by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda

September Read is There is Nothing for You Here by Fiona Hill

Register Now!


Encompass Outreach Worker Office Hours

Friday, August 12 (1:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Life Literacies Center

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 1:00 - 3:30 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.

Walk-ins welcome, everyone served on a first come, first served basis


Live Oak Book Group @ Capitola & Zoom

Friday, August 12 (1:45 PM - 3:15 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: Online

The Live Oak Book Group will be meeting in person at the community room at Capitola Library and on Zoom. The group votes on each book the month prior to the meeting. This month's selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  For more information send an email to Julie Soto (sotoj@santacruzpl.org). 

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Board in the Library

Saturday, August 13 (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+. 


Community Poetry Circle

Saturday, August 13 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Capitola
Room: McBroom Family Porch

Join the circle and write a poem in a creative and supportive  environment. No experience necessary. Open to all ages and levels of poets.

Facilitated by poet-teacher Magdalena Montagne. Pre-registration required.

Questions: Call Magdalena at 831-252-5776 or email her at magdamontagne@gmail.com.

Register Now!


Chess Club with Gjon

Saturday, August 13 (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


Coding Basics: Scratch 101 (Coding for Tweens)

Sunday, August 14 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Felton
Room: Felton Community Room

Are you looking to learn how to code? 

Now is your chance to learn to code with Scratch! Scratch is a free online coding program. This fun and interactive course will show you the basics of coding, with the end purpose of creating a simple platformer game! 

Course Instructor: Amir Vered (ACT Member and SCPL Volunteer)

The course is totally free! Age Range (8yrs to 12yrs).

Registration is required to attend the whole course. Space is limited to 10 participants. THE CLASS IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. Please email Iván Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl for more info, or questions. 

We will meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, from 11am to 12pm at the Felton Library Community Room. Due to this program being before open hours, please enter through the Patio entrance at the far end of the parking lot (near the EV Charging Stations).

For any questions, please email Iván Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org

 

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