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Friday, July 28 — Today!

  • (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-12:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Bring your lunch and join us for a movie. Call 831.427.7710 for this month's movie selection
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Kris Younggren, our community's Downtown Outreach Worker, is on the job solving problems in the downtown corridor every day. If you would like to speak with Kris, about a housing or wellness issue, or connecting with social services, please drop-in to her office hours at the Downtown library, in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Kris can help with; fee free CA ID applications, homeward bound bus tickets, a mailing address via the Homeless Services Center (HSC), registration for the HSC campus, connection to Homeless Persons Health Project, Applications, Connection to County Mental Health Services, and more.
    Additional Information
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. Look out for our special visitors this summer.
    Note: Last Storytime this summer! We'll be back on September 15th, beginning at 10:30am.
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Join us and make something creative this afternoon. We may be inside or outdoors in the play area. Children under 7 will need an adult to help them.
    Note: Design Week - We will make 3D Pictures & Dioramas. This is the last program until September15th.

Saturday, July 29

  • (10:00 AM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    The Friends of the Capitola Library are holding their very first book sale! The sale will take place out on the porch. Stop by and support your library while stocking up on some great end of summer reads!
  • (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-4:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (11:00 AM-12:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    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 only. Coders must register to attend. To register email adamsa@santacruzpl.org.
  • (12:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Tabletop Night expands into the light of day! Adults are welcome to come play contemporary tabletop games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and King of New York. Bring your own favorites or play with ours.
  • (1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (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 30

  • (1:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location:
    Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 3:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.
  • (1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St., Santa Cruz
    Come celebrate books, reading, and the end of Summer Reading. Join us for a fun afternoon of food, music, and books! Featuring "Circus of Smiles", jugglers, Tales to Tails booths, Kids Only Book Sale, facepainting, crafts, the new bookmobile and more!

Monday, July 31

  • (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. Space is limited, please arrive on time.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Acompáñanos para una amena 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. Este programa se llevará a cabo en Abbott Square el segundo lunes del mes de julio a septiembre. /// This program will be held at Abbott Square on the second Monday of the month from July through September.

Tuesday, August 1

  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Special Summer Schedule! 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.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.

Wednesday, August 2

  • (9:00 AM-10:00 AM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    The Capitola Book Discussion Group meets every 1st Wednesday of the month at 9:00am. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (831) 427-7705.
    Note: We will discuss The Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell. We will read ......
  • (10:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Celebrate Kids Week in Downtown Santa Cruz and join us at the Downtown Library for a day of crafts! We will have a variety of crafts available for kids and their families or caregivers. Drop in and expect to get messy as we often use permanent markers and paint that will NOT come off clothes! Come and enjoy the fun!
  • (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 11:00am-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.
  • (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.
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Capitola 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.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak 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 427-7711 or e-mail tales2tails@santacruzpl.org to make an appointment.
  • (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Unplug for a few hours to play new and exciting tabletop (board, card, or dice) games. These aren’t your grandparents’ board games! Games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Exploding Kittens along with many others will be available. This is a program for adults only (ages 21+). Sponsored by Friends of the Scotts Valley Library and Epic Adventure Games. First and Third Wednesdays of each month.

Thursday, August 3

  • (9:00 AM-9:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Libraries Facilities Financing Authority (LFFA) meeting
  • (9:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Library Joint Powers Board Meeting.
  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Work with an information advocate on any information problem, access issue or obstacle of your choice. A library staff member or community volunteer will work with you, using a laptop computer and access to a phone, one-on-one, to help you 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. Connect with Kris Younggren, our Downtown Outreach Worker, make a free phone call, access free printing and scanning, receive help with establishing an email account, performing a housing search, creating a resume, applying for a lifeline telephone and more.
    Note: (NOT in Upstairs MEETING ROOM today; We'll meet at the downstairs tables.)
  • (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Local residents sharing their travel adventures. Program includes photos and personal travel logs. Call La Selva (831.427.7710) for more information. All ages.
  • (10:45 AM-3:15 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join us for a few hours to get work done in the company of fellow Santa Cruzans. Coworking Unbound are freelancers, independent professionals, remote workers, creatives, startup founders, community organizers, ideators and more. We welcome everyone to cowork with us. Our goal is to provide the collaborative atmosphere of coworking to a broad spectrum of people who can benefit from the relationships, mutual support and connections essential to creating a thriving business. If you have a project or idea and want to spend time working on it, come work with us!
    Additional Information
  • (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.
  • (5:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Friends of the Aptos Library is a chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (FSCPL), a non-profit organization. The Aptos Friends support the Aptos Library through fundraising and advocacy for our branch. We solicit recommendations for projects from the Aptos community, from library patrons, and from the Aptos Library Staff. The Aptos FSCPL meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 5:00pm. Please consider joining us and supporting the Aptos branch library.
  • (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company
    Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win.
  • (8:00 PM-9:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood!

Friday, August 4

  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Kris Younggren, our community's Downtown Outreach Worker, is on the job solving problems in the downtown corridor every day. If you would like to speak with Kris, about a housing or wellness issue, or connecting with social services, please drop-in to her office hours at the Downtown library, in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Kris can help with; fee free CA ID applications, homeward bound bus tickets, a mailing address via the Homeless Services Center (HSC), registration for the HSC campus, connection to Homeless Persons Health Project, Applications, Connection to County Mental Health Services, and more.
    Additional Information
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join us for a great movie for all ages. Call Aptos (831.427.7702) for more information.
    Note: This month's movie is: Beauty and the Beast (Live Action)
  • (3:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach 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.
  • (6:30 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    SCPL is partnering with the Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), The Natural History Museum and UCSC to present a science series for adults. Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday every month at 6:30pm at one of the branch libraries.
    Note: CANCELLED!