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Sunday, September 24 — Today!

  • (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.
  • (2:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Come join us at the Felton Library every Sunday as we build community through art and supporting each other in our creative activities. Attendants are encouraged to bring their own portable projects to work on, though something will be provided if you don't bring something. Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!

Monday, September 25

  • (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. 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.
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Drop in and make a craft. A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kid, and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • (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
    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 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, September 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
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft.
  • (11:00 AM-7:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    Did you recently move, turn 18, get married, change your name, or complete probation? If so, you may need to register or re-register to VOTE! On National Voter Registration Day stop by your local branch to register with ease, online or on paper. Join the fun as thousands of libraries and organizations across the nation celebrate democracy by participating in National Voter Registration Day.
    Additional Information
  • (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.
  • (1:30 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.
  • (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.
  • (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

Wednesday, September 27

  • (10:00 AM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    This Small Business Development Center seminar will cover intellectual property, funding, creating the perfect pitch-deck and more. Lunch will be provided and seating is limited, so we ask that you please register in advance by clicking the "Additional Info" link below. This event is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, Santa Cruz Works, the City of Santa Cruz, the County of Santa Cruz, The SBDC Tech Futures Group, and SCPL.
    Note: Hot Topics for Tech Startups: 4 Hour Seminar
    Additional Information
  • (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
    Join us for stories, songs, art, and exploration. All ages welcome.
  • (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-2:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte 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.
  • (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!
    Additional Information
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    CPL'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! Registration is required. Email adamsa@santacruzpl.org to register or for more information.
    Additional Information
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Drop in and make a craft. A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kid, and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley 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 August 1st 2017.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos 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.
  • (5:00 PM-7:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    An on-going film series that highlights the historical context of important films through 1900's-1940's. Every month a film that encapsulates the sociopolitical climate of that decade will be shown and discussed immediately following a screening. Silent, English, and foreign films will be included. Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month for great movies and great conversations.
    Note: This month: Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • (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, reading contemporary books chosen by the members. Copies of each month's book are available at the Felton branch library. Due to the November and December holidays, there is no meeting in November and an alternative meeting date is scheduled for early December. For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch. To be added to our book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.
    Note: THe book for September is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

Thursday, September 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-10:45 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us for songs, stories and a simple craft!
  • (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 a 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.
    Note: (Upstairs Meeting Rm; 10-11:00am)
  • (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-11:00 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-3:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join us for a few hours to get work done in the company of fellow Santa Cruzans. Coworking @ Live Oak is a community of 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
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us at the Boulder Creek Library on Thursday afternoons for our Family Crafts program! Our projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Let's get creative together!
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Create and motorize devices using simple machines (levers, pulleys, gears & swivels). Participants will also learn how to program motors. 7 week series. Space is limited. No advanced registration. Ages 7 to 17.
  • (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.
  • (4:00 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park 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.
  • (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Downtown Library Advisory Committee - DLAC
  • (7:00 PM-8:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    A new book discussion group has formed at the Scotts Valley Library, The Genre Book Club. A different genre will be discussed at each meeting, the genre selected for May is non-fiction. The group meets from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Fireside Meeting Room on the last Thursday of 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.

Friday, September 29

  • (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
  • (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!
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft.
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location:
    Join us this afternoon to make something creative or make a new discovery! We may be inside in the Children's area or outdoors in the play area. Children under 7 will need an adult to help them.

Saturday, September 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-4:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
  • (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, October 1

  • (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.
  • (2:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Come join us at the Felton Library every Sunday as we build community through art and supporting each other in our creative activities. Attendants are encouraged to bring their own portable projects to work on, though something will be provided if you don't bring something. Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!