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Friday, April 20 — Today!

  • (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
  • (10:00 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-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.
  • (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.
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    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.
    Note: Airplanes
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Felton 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.

Saturday, April 21

  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown 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.
  • (10:00 AM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children’s books, audio books to CD’s. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations. The Aptos FSCPL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.
    Note: Trusts, Wills, and Estate Plans
  • (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.
  • (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: Boulder Creek Branch
    Board in the Library expands to the San Lorenzo Valley! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.
  • (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.
  • (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.

Sunday, April 22

  • (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.
  • (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-2:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Green Golly Presents: Will Real Rumpelstiltskin Puleeze Stand Up! Who was Rumpelstiltskin? Could he really spin straw into gold? Was the king a good king or a bad king? These seemingly complex questions will probably go unanswered but all attending -- young and old alike -- will have a marvelous time!
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Steven Harrison and Kris Younggren 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
  • (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, April 23

  • (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.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    What is the most elemental piece of the human experience? What keeps us moving forward? What makes waking up in the morning worthwhile? The ability to renew, to see things newly. One of the simplest most profound ways to renew life is via creativity. The creative aging workshop has participants look at the stories that are central to their life experience and turn them into song. Through guided imagination exercises, exploration of the senses, free writing and group collaboration we rediscover our creative urge and blossom again. Not only does this highly interactive experience assist participants in accessing their creativity it also empowers them in other areas of their lives leading them to greater awareness and satisfaction.
  • (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 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.
  • (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
    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.
  • (6:00 PM-7:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Grab a pen and join us for this lively, inspiring class—we’ll peek at today’s book business (including self-publishing), share ideas for connecting with agents and editors, suggest how writers can improve their craft, and wrap up with a few simple tips on marketing and promotion. Other highlights: Q&A; writing prompts to help stretch creativity; four-page handout; quick case study using “Tracking Gobi Grizzlies” to show how a rumor about the world’s rarest animal became an online article and then an award-winning work of nonfiction.

Tuesday, April 24

  • (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.
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn about the applications, benefits and concerns related to Virtual Reality technology and explore the HTC Vive VR system to experience it for yourself. Participants must be 13 years or older.
  • (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.
  • (3:00 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: 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.
  • (3:30 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, April 25

  • (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!
  • (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Become a Lagoon Scientist! This is a hands-on program lead by local experts. Participants will learn about the environment and wildlife of Corcoran Lagoon. We'll take water samples, examine microscopic creatures, record weather measurements and learn how to identify birds and plants then upload our findings to our blog.
  • (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
  • (2:30 PM-3:30 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.
  • (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
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Free homework assistance for students grade 12 and under. Bilingual assistance available. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the Programs Office at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Create and motorize devices using simple machines (levers, pulleys, gears & swivels). Participants will also learn how to program motors. 8 week series. No advanced registration. Ages 7 to 17.
  • (4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Internet: from the beginning! Join us for a hands-on guide to using the Internet for research, work, education, social interaction and more. Each week we explore new topics. You can choose to take an assessment after class for a nationally recognized credential.
  • (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.
    Note: The book for this month is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Thursday, April 26

  • (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: 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!
  • (10:00 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).
  • (10:30 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.
  • (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: Aptos 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!
    Note: This program is sponsored by the Best Buy Foundation. Registration is closed for this session.
    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.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 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.
  • (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 mystery

Friday, April 27

  • (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: 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
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Bring a snack and join us for a movie. Call 831.427.7710 for this month's movie selection
  • (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.
  • (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.
    Note: Last Preschool Storytime at Capitola Library. We will be starting storytimes at the Porter Memorial Library in June.
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    The Green Golly Project presents Life in the MIDDLE ages: a musical memoire about becoming an adult! Barbara Siesel, flutist, producer, educator and entrepreneur, has pioneered the promotion of new music, new technology and the music of women composers through her work as artistic director of Art Culture & Technology and founder and artistic director of The Storm King Music Festival. In 2004 Barbara decided to turn her attention to promoting classical music and music education for children and co-founded the Parents Choice Gold/Family Choice award winning The Green Golly Project. Siesel is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a BM and MM. Keith Torgan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, author, teacher and storyteller; a multi-talented artist with more than twenty years of experience in children’s music who has appeared at hundreds of theaters, cabarets, universities, museums, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. He has written a multitude of songs and is the author of all the Green Golly Project stories including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award/Family Choice Award Winning Green Golly & Her Golden Flute.
    Note: at Branciforte
  • (2:30 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    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.
    Note: Last program at Capitola Library - Mystery project!
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Green Golly presents: Tower-trapped heroine, who is so inspired by life she can’t help but make music.
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Green Golly presents: Tower-trapped heroine, who is so inspired by life she can’t help but make music.