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Sunday, June 24 — Today!

  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    One of our tech savvy librarians will teach you a variety of technology services during weekly drop-in 20 minute appointments. First come first served, appointments are taken in order of appearance. Topics include: creating an email account, creating word documents, attaching files, using premium subscription library resources, downloading and streaming content like movies, books, and audiobooks, and much more! Please bring any devices you use, and have your necessary passwords and library card with you.
  • (1:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Parents and Caregivers are invited to make their own felt stories to share with young children. Materials, patterns and ideas will be provided. The workshops will include mentoring participants in the use of felt stories to engage young children in literature and play. Parent feedback about childhood memories indicates the desire to learn how to make and use felt stories.
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    When our children get upset over the littlest things, it’s easy to lose our temper and wonder what’s the matter with them! In this free talk, we’ll discuss why our children get so emotional and how we can help them get back on track. You'll leave this talk with practical parenting tools you can put to work right away! Rita Mori and Beth Hernandez-Jason will be presenting. Beth is an instructor in training with Hand in Hand Parenting (https://www.handinhandparenting.org/). Rita is Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor and has been using the Hand in Hand listening tools for over 20 years.

Monday, June 25

  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Come meet the officers assigned to the Westside! The Team intends to get to know the residents in our neighborhood better and to share safety tips. They’ll be available for discussion. Lemonade and cookies will be served.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Join us at the Garfield Park Library for our weekly Preschool Storytime. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.
  • (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us for another round of STEAM programming as we use Makey Makey kits and the Internet to turn everyday objects into touchpad controllers! Makey Makey Controller is part of STEAM series followed by a Robotics Intro. The STEAM programs for tweens and teens are being offered on Monday afternoons at the downtown branch library during the Summer Reading season. Registration required. Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join us every Monday afternoon at the Scotts Valley Branch for a knitting party. All you need to do is bring some yarn and knitting needles. All ages are welcome. For more info call 831-427-7712.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    One of our tech savvy librarians will teach you a variety of technology services during weekly drop-in 20 minute appointments. First come first served, appointments are taken in order of appearance. Topics include: creating an email account, creating word documents, attaching files, using premium subscription library resources, downloading and streaming content like movies, books, and audiobooks, and much more! Please bring any devices you use, and have your necessary passwords and library card with you.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We’ll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Meet Oliver the Parrot at Spanish Storytime and enjoy parrot stories, songs, facts about parrots, and make a parrot craft.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Acompáñanos para una hora de cuentos, actividades y canciones en español. Este programa es para niños de 0-8 y sus familias. /// Join us at the Live Oak Library for a Spanish Storytime. This program is for children ages 0-8 and their families.
    Note: CUC con el Loro Oliver
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Any level of English welcome. We'll have discussion topics, games, and other activities to get the conversation rolling. Drop in to the Live Oak Branch Library and enjoy conversation.
    Note: Cancelled

Tuesday, June 26

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    An hour program for families. Join us for stories and a fun craft.
    Note: Theme: Boats. Craft: Floating Boats
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Magic! Songs! Dancing! Laughter! all this and more with Drea Lusion!
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    He's silly, he's funny and he'll make you go WOW! Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Swim with dolphins. Hike Mt. Everest. Step inside 360-degree immersive videos. Create a living work of art. All of these things and more are possible when you adventure in virtual reality. This drop-in experience gives you a taste of what virtual reality can be and introduces you to the world like you've never seen it before. Participants must be 13+.
  • (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Join us on Tuesday afternoons for some building fun with LEGO or DUPLO bricks. Children learn through play and bricks provide a wonderful link between structure, patterns and imagination. Let's build and learn together! Ages 3 and older as the LEGO bricks are very small.
  • (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    He's silly, he's funny and he'll make you go WOW! Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Summertime to get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Directed LEGO construction for kids 6 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join Papiba Godinho this fun and fantastic workshop combining dance and martial arts. All ages. Brought to you by Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center.
  • (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to share, and participate in the discussion!
    Additional Information
  • (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.
    Note: Boulder Creek Library: Star Types & Light Pollution

Wednesday, June 27

  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Stories and songs, art activities, games an dplay for families with children of all ages.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Three pigs set out to seek their fortunes with a bit of house building. Things don't go as planned in this creative retelling of the traditional story; houses collapse, pigs and wolves play together and audience members help the story along with lots of live music, singing, construction and laughter. Presented with traditional Bohemian style marionettes on a tabletop stage. This show runs about 40 minutes and is recommended for ages 3 and up.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join us at the Live Oak Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
  • (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc…) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card! First-come, First-served. FREE!
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited to 20. E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register. For ages 7 to 18. This is a twelve week series. NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM. Registration begins May 1st 2017.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A program for all ages. Writing materials and writing prompts will be provided or you can bring works in progress. There will be time at each session to share your work with other authors if you want.
  • (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Magical Moonshine's newest addition to the Canterbury Collection is Chaucer's Canterbury tale about a rooster who is caught by the flattering fox...but foxes can be fooled as well. Assisting the beloved Chanticleer is a wise ant, as well as the pig, sheep, goat, dog, hen and farmer. Medieval costumes and live, ancient music (including a version of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" from 1710!) make for a delightful and interactive family program. This production is inspired by the Kelmscott Chaucer from the McCune Art and Rare Book Collection, who are sponsors of the project.
  • (4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Internet: from the beginning! Join us for these hands-on workshops and learn to use the Internet for research, work, social interaction and more. Each week we explore new topics, such as Browsers, Searching, Email, and Google Docs. No registration required.
  • (5:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    In this Spanish/English show, audience members get up on stage and play the puppets with Michael and Valerie to tell this exciting Mexican folktale filled with townsfolks, robbers, heros, and lots of laughs.
  • (6:15 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Reading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm. Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library. For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch. To be added to our bookgroup email list, please call 831-427-3151.

Thursday, June 28

  • (9:00 AM-10:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    FREE coffee, FREE talk; social support and information services for all. This program is designed to serve people experiencing homelessness, however it is an open space for all. Please join us in front of the downtown branch library (at the benches on the corner of Church St. and Center St.) every Thursday morning (except major holidays) for a free cup of coffee and the chance to talk, vent, brainstorm and connect with friends, neighbors and service providers. If you so choose, sign-up for Working Together, and work with an individual information advocate one-on-one to help you tackle an information issue of your choice.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A 60 minute program for children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play! Space is limited so come on time.
  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Work with an information advocate on any information problem, application, resume or access issue of your choice. A library staff member or community volunteer will work with you individually using a laptop computer and access to free phone calls, prints, scanning and more. Use this time to overcome hurdles to housing, safety, education, health, income or well being. Same day sign-ups during Coffee Talk in front of the Downtown branch library at the corner Church St. & Center St. Drop-ins also welcome. Look for us in the DOWNSTAIRS Meeting Room (1st floor, behind the computer area).
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Suggested ages 3-6.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly early literacy program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Please arrive on time. Let's play and learn together!
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    The Passionate Readers meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30am. Selections are based on the preferences of individuals in the book group. Join us by dropping by, or call (831) 427-7710 for more information.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Swim with dolphins. Hike Mt. Everest. Step inside 360-degree immersive videos. Create a living work of art. All of these things and more are possible when you adventure in virtual reality. This drop-in experience gives you a taste of what virtual reality can be and introduces you to the world like you've never seen it before. Participants must be 13+.
  • (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    San Francisco magician Perry Yan returns to Santa Cruz! Come enjoy this funny, amazing, and family-friendly performance as part of Summer Reading 2018.
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Live in Aptos? Are you interested in finding out more about the history of this beautiful area? John Hibble of the Aptos History Museum will give an overview of the history of the Aptos area, and Deborah Lipoma, the local history librarian at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, will talk about local history resources at the library. There will be photos and other artifacts of interest.
  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Learn how to survive in the world of Minecraft. Ages 8 to 18. Space is limited to 19 on a first-come basis. No advance registration.
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    San Francisco magician Perry Yan returns to Santa Cruz! Come enjoy this funny, amazing, and family-friendly performance as part of Summer Reading 2018.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Get creative! Join us at the Boulder Creek Library for a Do-It-Yourself craft. Kids, teens and families welcome!
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Come meet the officers assigned to the Westside! The Team intends to get to know the residents in our neighborhood better and to share safety tips. They’ll be available for discussion. Lemonade and cookies will be served.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.
  • (7:00 PM-8:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    The Genre Book Club meets at the Scotts Valley Library in the Fireside Room on the last Thursday of the month from 7:00pm-8:30pm. the group discusses books from a different genre each month. The Scotts Valley Friends of the Library are sponsoring this group. If you have questions, call the Scotts Valley Library at 427-7712.
    Note: Read a ghost story

Friday, June 29

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!
  • (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ very own makerspace—The MAKE Lab—opens for business in 2018! This makerspace will offer a variety of tools for STEAM-based projects including: 3D printers, vinyl cutter, woodburning tool, soldering tool, pinback button machine, book binding machine, and a virtual reality-based sculpting and painting program. Tools are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Kids 13 and under will need parental permission and supervision. Staff will be available to help answer questions and train patrons on more difficult tools. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for seniors. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide mature drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer. Topics will include: How to tune up driving skills, refreshing knowledge of the rules of the road, learning about normal, age related physical changes and how to adjust them, when it may be time to limit or stop driving. Age Well, Drive Smart classes are free. Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Kris Younggren, and Steven Harrison are Santa Cruz's Downtown Outreach Workers. One or both of them are on the job solving problems in the downtown corridor every day. Drop-in for a confidential check-in at the Downtown Library in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Kris or Steven can help with; connecting with health, wellness or housing resources, a fee free California ID application, a homeward bound bus ticket, a mailing address via the Homeless Services Center (HSC), a SmartPATH assessment, connection to Homeless Persons Health Project (HPHP), housing or job applications, connection to County benefits or Mental Health Services, and more.
    Additional Information
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Any level of English welcome. We'll have discussion topics, games, and other activities to get the conversation rolling. Drop in to the Scotts Valley Branch Library and enjoy conversation.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Join us at this special little library for stories, songs and a craft. The program is about 45 minutes, and is most suitable for 2-5 year olds. The Porter Memorial Library is an independent, volunteer-run library. They are keen to welcome new members, both young and old.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Join us this afternoon to make something creative or make a new discovery! We are partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program through June and July. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds. Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 8. We provide materials to explore their creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes we will be reusing the equipment, and they will be building something for that day only.
    Note: Make a Board Game to play with friends

Saturday, June 30

  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Call 427-7717 or e-mail tales2tails@santacruzpl.org to make an appointment.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Join us for a special storytime for preschoolers who love to move! This program integrates stories, songs and dance into an hour of fun and movement. Professional dance instructor Meredith Cabezas from Motion Pacific will incorporate simple dance and movement activities that help children engage and explore words, sounds and text in unique and memorable ways. This free program is for little movers and shakers from 2-6.
  • (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Join Trish Pate and her trusty guitar in the lovely Garfield Park outdoor garden area, for an afternoon of sing-along songs you are sure to know, plus some Santa Cruz originals. All ages welcome!
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Are you interested in finding out more about the history of Boulder Creek and the San Lorenzo Valley? Lisa Robinson from the San Lorenzo Valley Museum will give an overview of the history of the area, and Deborah Lipoma, the local history librarian at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, will talk about local history resources at the library. There will be photos and other artifacts of interest.
  • (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Join us at the Branciforte Library for some fun family crafts! We will get messy so please dress accordingl
    Note: Collage Fun!
  • (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Brooklyn. Chicago. New Orleans: all cities with a shady history. Local author Susie Bright casts a light on the shadows of Santa Cruz with the newest installment of the Akashic Press "Noir" Series with Santa Cruz Noir. Listen to some of the contributing authors talk about their stories, research, and what it means to write a true noir story. Authors will sign copies of their books after the event.
  • (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center presents a series of workshops that introduce Diaspora Performance Project artists to the Santa Cruz community through Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program and the 2018 World Arts Festival’s “Family Days” between June 2018 and October 2018. The Diaspora Performance Project seeks to support our thriving community of Artists of the African Diaspora and provide opportunity for the development of new work, deep and meaningful connection to our community, and performance opportunity. Mandjou Koné was born and raised in West Africa in the countries of Mali and Burkina Faso. Mandjou is a very popular dance educator and has been teaching and performing over the past twenty years throughout the US. In March 2003 in Santa Cruz, CA she was honored with the ‘Calabash Award’ for her excellence in the ethnic arts. Promoting Congolese dance is the focus of Nano Loubayi, dance teacher, choreographer and director of Bitezo Bia Kongo, his Congolese African dance company. Loubayi lives in Santa Cruz, California, frequently teaching traditional Congolese dance. These two interactive workshops are for all ages.
    Note: Nano Loubayi: Congolese African Dance
  • (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Children's chess instruction with full time teacher and master, Gjon Feinstein, for students up to 18 years old. Meets all Saturdays of the month except the first Saturday. Parents and/or other relatives are welcome to participate.

Sunday, July 1

  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    One of our tech savvy librarians will teach you a variety of technology services during weekly drop-in 20 minute appointments. First come first served, appointments are taken in order of appearance. Topics include: creating an email account, creating word documents, attaching files, using premium subscription library resources, downloading and streaming content like movies, books, and audiobooks, and much more! Please bring any devices you use, and have your necessary passwords and library card with you.
  • (1:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.