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Wednesday, November 21 — Today!

  • (10:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 10:00am-1:00pn on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Scotts Valley Library. This program is sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends of the Library. For more information, phone the library at 427-7712.
  • (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.
    Note: No Meeting this month. See you January 16, 2019
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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!
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Aptos Library Writing Group is a peer-led, community-based, on-going writing group. Those interested in: sharing their writing; improving and developing their writing; or trying their hand at writing for the first time, are welcome. No experience is necessary and all writing formats are considered, from poetry to short stories, from memoirs to fiction. Each session begins with a 10 minute writing exercise, followed by a read-aloud (sharing is optional). Next, participants take turns reading aloud from a current writing project. Assistance with editing on current writing projects is provided; please bring additional copies if interested in editorial support. This group assembles on the third Wednesday of each month from 1pm-3pm in the meeting room of the Aptos branch library.
  • (1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    The Branciforte Book Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30-2:30. Please try to arrive on time!
    Note: We are reading The Gate at the Stairs, by Laurie Moore.
  • (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches how to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! This event is open to youth 8 to 18 yrs
    Additional Information
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    This is a program for elementary-school-aged kids. This is an 8-week introduction to building and programming Lego robots using the Lego NXT Mindstorms software. Do your kids like Legos? This is the introduction that allows kids to learn the basics to go on to Robo Sumo or Robo X Games. Registration required. (No class on Halloween)
  • (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.
    Note: Email: Discuss email best practices and practice sending attachments.

Thursday, November 22

  • (12:00 AM-11:59 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Friday, November 23

  • (12:00 AM-11:59 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Saturday, November 24

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Who says wellness has to cost an arm and a leg? Join us the 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month for some gentle yin yoga and stretches. BYO yoga mat or towel. Good for all ages and abilities.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    World Championship chess match watch party. From November 9 to 26, two players will compete for the official chess world championship: the defending world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and the challenger, Fabiano Caruana of the United States. Caruana is the first American player to qualify for a shot at the uncontested world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Live broadcast from London, with commentary by local masters Dana Mackenzie and Gjon Feinstein.
    Note: If match is decided earlier, this date will be canceled.
    Additional Information
  • (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (12:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.
    Note: changed date for this month only
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Are you experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz? Consider completing a Smart Path Assessment with a qualified community volunteer or outreach worker. No appointment is necessary. This 30-question survey to ascertain your individual vulnerability and need, forms the backbone of Santa Cruz County’s coordinated entry system, dedicated to allocating limited housing resources according to highest need. A compassionate community member or qualified social worker will help you take this first step toward housing, healthcare and wellness. (You can also complete a Smart Path Assessment at the downtown library during the Working Together program on Thursdays, during Downtown Outreach worker office hours on Tuesdays or Fridays.) On Saturdays work with a trained Wings Homeless Advocacy Volunteer. Click on additional info below for a list of all public access points for walk-in Smart Path assessments county-wide.
    Additional Information
  • (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, November 25

  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    One of our tech savvy librarians will help you with a variety of technology services during weekly drop-in 20-30 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.

Monday, November 26

  • (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-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    World Championship chess match watch party. From November 9 to 26, two players will compete for the official chess world championship: the defending world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and the challenger, Fabiano Caruana of the United States. Caruana is the first American player to qualify for a shot at the uncontested world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Live broadcast from London, with commentary by local masters Dana Mackenzie and Gjon Feinstein.
    Note: If match is decided earlier, this date will be canceled.
    Additional Information
  • (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.
  • (11:15 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.
  • (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.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.
  • (4:00 PM-5:15 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! And to do that, she believes understanding of your personal money mindset, as well as a basic understanding of financial planning, credit, insurance, and education on the various ways in which money can work FOR you are critical for the takeover! No Sign-up required!
    Note: Session 3 - Other People’s Money: Credit and Your Credit Score
    Additional Information
  • (4:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    One of our tech savvy librarians will help you with a variety of technology services during weekly drop-in 20-30 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.
  • (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.
  • (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.

Tuesday, November 27

  • (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
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Jordan Boyer is one of our Downtown Outreach Workers. She is on the job solving problems in the downtown corridor Friday through Tuesday. Drop-in for a confidential check-in at the Downtown Library in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Jordan can help with; connecting you or someone in need to 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, housing search job application and more.
    Additional Information
  • (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.
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Time to get crafty. A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids! Children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at the library. Homework Help is supervised by a California-credentialed teacher. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at the library. Homework Help is supervised by a California-credentialed teacher. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under. Bilingual assistance available.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are offering free homework assistance at the library. Homework Help is supervised by a California-credentialed teacher. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grade 12 and under.
  • (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: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
  • (5:00 PM-7:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    NaNoWriMo novel writing session. Due to the Fireside Meeting Room being used as a polling place, the NaNoWriMo write-in on Tuesday, November 6, will be held in the larger glass-walled meeting room, Room B. NaNoWriMo has the fireside meeting room reserved for the other Tuesday evenings in November from 5-7 p.m.
    Note: In the Fireside Meeting Room
    Additional Information
  • (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    A free monthly series for youth (14-25) focusing on employment strategies presented by Patricia Greenway or Access2Employment. the first program will be an introduction and overview of the series. Subsequent programs will focus on Job Applications, Effective Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Job Search Techniques, and Acing the Interview. Workshops will be the 4th Tuesday of the month October thru March skipping December.
    Note: Job Applications
  • (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
  • (7:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Charles Dickens just wants to talk about his book, A Christmas Carol, but what happens when Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas Present show up? Chaos, confusion, conflict, and complaints, just like a normal holiday gathering. Willing Suspension Armchair Theater and the Dickens Project (UCSC) present an original piece written by JoAnna Rottke and directed by Karen Schamberg. Readers will be; Brian Spencer, Frank Widman, Martha Rabin, Susan Forrest and Jim Schultz. JoAnna Rottke spent her best years as Assistant Director of the Dickens Project, a research program at UCSC devoted to the life and works of Charles Dickens. She knows more about Dickens than she’d like to admit. This event is free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated. There will be refreshments as well as time at the end to ask questions and interact with the author, director and readers.
    Note: Upstairs Meeting Room

Wednesday, November 28

  • (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: 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!
  • (12:30 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Are you currently experiencing homelessness? Work with a compassionate and effective community volunteer or "housing navigator," who can help you set goals, overcome barriers, access documents and search for opportunities, helping you to transition back into housing, health and wellness.
    Additional Information
  • (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches how to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! This event is open to youth 8 to 18 yrs
    Additional Information
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.
    Additional Information
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    This is a program for elementary-school-aged kids. This is an 8-week introduction to building and programming Lego robots using the Lego NXT Mindstorms software. Do your kids like Legos? This is the introduction that allows kids to learn the basics to go on to Robo Sumo or Robo X Games. Registration required. (No class on Halloween)
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required. For more information or to schedule a 25 minute session, contact Programs 831.427.7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Hosted by the Downtown Streets Team and the non-profit organization onRoute22, this ongoing workshop for women experiencing homelessness gives participants tools to more effectively navigate daily life. While this workshop is designed especially for graduates of "Finding our Way,” it is open to all. Participants learn skills to build a network of healthy relationships, become your own best advocate, explore your creative talents, and navigate emotions. If you are interested in learning more or participating with this group, please email brooke@streetsteam.org
    Additional Information
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required. For more information or to schedule a 25 minute session, contact Programs 831.427.7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org
  • (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.
    Note: Google Docs: Learn how to create and format a Google Doc.