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Tuesday, November 21 — Today!

  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    An absolute beginner's guide to using desktop, laptop, and mobile computers using Windows and Macintosh operating systems, all in a safe, no pressure environment.
  • (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.
  • (12:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Are you a movie lover? Join our group to discuss films currently in the theaters. Call the branch for next month's movie selections at 831.427.7710.
  • (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-6:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (3:15 PM-4:45 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Directed Lego construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme. First and Third Tuesday of every month.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
  • (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.
  • (7:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Tuesday Talks is an ongoing discussion series bringing local experts and community members together to explore issues important to Boulder Creek and the San Lorenzo Valley. Join us at 7:00pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
    Note: Boulder Creek's Lost Railroad: The Twilight Years of the Boulder Creek Branch, 1906 – 1934 presented by Derek Whaley

Wednesday, November 22

  • (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Each session we will troubleshoot individual email issues from any company, and explore a different functionality of G Suites. Patrons are welcome to work on their own projects or follow along with the class to master a particular skill in this safe, no pressure environment. Prerequisites: Basic Mac & Windows and Basic Internet, or similar skills.
  • (10:30 AM-1:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (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!
  • (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.
    Note: This program is sponsored by the Best Buy Foundation
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  • (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.
    Note: This program is sponsored by the Best Buy Foundation
  • (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.
  • (4:00 PM-6:00 PM)
    Location: Felton Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (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: CANCELLED--All the President's Men

Thursday, November 23

  • (12:00 AM-11:59 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Friday, November 24

  • (12:00 AM-11:59 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Saturday, November 25

  • (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-1:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Geared toward home-based workers and entrepreneurs, this series will focus on various digital tools available for low or no cost to help your business run efficiently and profitably.
  • (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.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join our poetry writing group led by local poet, Magdalena Montagne. Create your poems in a friendly supportive atmosphere. This free workshop meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month. No registration required. All are welcome.
  • (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, November 26

  • (1:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 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. If you or someone you know is in crisis and doesn't know where to turn, talking with Steven or Kris may help. Speak with Steven or Kris, about housing or wellness or connecting with social services. Drop-in for a confidential check-in during office hours at the Downtown library, in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Kris or Steven can help with; a fee free California ID application, a homeward bound bus ticket, a mailing address via the Homeless Services Center (HSC), registration for the HSC campus, connection to Homeless Persons Health Project, housing or job applications, connection to County benefits or Mental Health Services, and more.
    Additional Information
  • (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, November 27

  • (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.
  • (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-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (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, November 28

  • (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!
  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    A beginner's guide to using the web for research, work, learning, social interaction and more, all in a safe, no pressure environment. Prerequisite: Basic Mac & Windows or similar skill level.
  • (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.
  • (12:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (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-6:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Won't you come write with us? Join fellow NaNoWriMo participants for story and idea sharing, workshopping, or come just to have a quiet, free space in which to write.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    In conjunction with the Friends of the La Selva Beach Library, 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: 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
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
  • (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.
  • (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!
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