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Thursday, October 18 — Today!

  • (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-11:30 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).
  • (10:00 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!
  • (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Suggested ages 3-6.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Members of the the Santa Cruz Police Lower Eastside Neighborhood Policing Team (NPT) invite the public for a meet & greet at the Branciforte Library. They want to hear from you about the problems in your neighborhood and also to answer any questions you have regarding crime, traffic and quality of life issues.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Please join us every third Thursday of the month at 11:00 am when we discuss the book of the month, watch short videos highlighting authors and interesting side notes about the current book, and share personal insights. Book Club titles are available at the Boulder Creek Library.
    Note: We will discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • (12:10 PM-12:50 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Munching With Mozart and Friends is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Music Teachers' Association. It is a monthly series of free noon-time concerts at the Downtown Branch meeting room. Your are welcome to bring your lunch, but please no crunchy food items. For more information about the series, to make a reservation for your class or other large group, or to inquire about performing, contact Carol Panofsky • 831-426-3238 • panofsky@cruzio.com
    Note: Ben Dorfan, piano
  • (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. No advanced registration. Ages 7 to 17.
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 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! 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.
    Additional 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: Garfield Park Branch
    Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's. During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. 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: 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.
    Note: CANCELLED
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Have you already competed in Robo Sumo at least once at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries? Have you built Lego robots and programmed them using LEGO MINDSTORMS? If so, this program might be for you. Come challenge yourself to enter the next step, Robo X Games. Work in teams and complete 3 challenges designed by Lego Steve. 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 is open now. Class runs from Thursday, September 27 through Thursday, December 20. Every Thursday except Thanksgiving.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a Spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners. Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month. For more information, contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7702
  • (5:00 PM-6:30 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Learn safe online habits from experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.
  • (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company
    Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a weekly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
    Additional Information
  • (6:30 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Kids and their parents are invited to learn more about this travel opportunity at this free one hour presentation. The Sister Cities Committee of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications from local 8th-10th graders who have a strong interest in Japan and would like to be a part of a 10-day student ambassador delegation in Spring, 2019. Participants spend about a week living with a Japanese host family and visiting local points of interest in our Japanese Sister City of Shingu this Spring! The online application deadline is November 16th, 2018. Questions? Call Gayle McCallum, Shingu Subcommittee Chair, at 831 460-0675.
    Additional Information

Friday, October 19

  • (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-11:00 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join us at the Aptos Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Suggested ages 3-6.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Kris Younggren is Santa Cruz's Downtown Outreach Worker. She is on the job solving problems in the downtown corridor almost every day. Drop-in for a confidential check-in at the Downtown Library in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Kris 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 search 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.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Capitola Branch
    Join us this afternoon to make something creative or make a new discovery! We are partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program through the fall. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds. Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 8. We provide materials to explore their creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes we will be reusing the equipment, and they will be building something for that day only.
  • (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.
  • (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, October 20

  • (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 October 20 and runs through May.
    Note: The ABC's of Health Insurance
  • (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-12:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon. • Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts. • Bird Watching • Examine microscopic creatures • Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading. Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.
  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies! Featuring authors Eve Bunting, Eric Hoffman, Diane Landy, and Kathy Ellen Davis. For more info, see: adventureswithzap.com/bookparty
    Note: Upstairs Meeting Room
    Additional Information
  • (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! 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!
  • (12:15 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    AUTHOR Q&A FORUM for EDUCATORS (12:15p -1:00p) featuring authors Eve Bunting, Eric Hoffman, Diane Landy, and Kathy Ellen Davis. Let's talk about books, writing, & superpower play in the classroom. Bring questions & leave inspired. 15% of book sales will be donated to the Friends of the SC Public Libraries. Seating will be limited, so come early! For more info, see: adventureswithzap.com/bookparty
    Note: Upstairs Meeting Room
    Additional Information
  • (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-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.
  • (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 21

  • (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.
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Come learn to fold origami out of recycled paper or just come to hone your skills with Drew Glover and Origami Master Nathaniel Kennedy. Folding instruction will be centered around the crane, but other styles will be available for people to learn once they master the crane fold. Join community members the first and third Sundays of the month as we gather to share our intentions of compassion, unity and peace in our world. This event is all ages and free to the public
    Note: Adult first floor

Monday, October 22

  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Join us for an interactive demo at the library as we create 360° video using smart phones and virtual reality equipment. We hope to see you at this exciting exploration of 360° video technology.
  • (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
    October's workshop in this series is CANCELLED and rescheduled for April 2019 // 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: CANCELLED, Session 2 - Counting Your Marbles: Spending Plans
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Simpkins Swim Center Community Room, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    Planning for the Live Oak Library Annex at Simpkins Swim and Community Center has begun! You are invited to attend a community workshop on visioning and needs assessment for the project. Attend these meetings to help guide the preparation of a conceptual design to create a new learning center.
    Note: Meeting #2
    Additional Information
  • (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    All Candidates have been invited. Each will give an introductory speech, answer 2-3 prepared questions posed by the sponsoring organizations, then answer questions submitted by the audience. The moderated event is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Environmental Committee (WILPF). All members of the public are welcome. Free admission with no requests for candidate donations or endorsements to be made. Information: 831-685-2915

Tuesday, October 23

  • (9:00 AM-10:30 AM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Learn safe online habits from experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.
  • (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
    Kris Younggren, is Santa Cruz's Downtown Outreach Worker. She is on the job solving problems in the downtown corridor almost every day. Drop-in for a confidential check-in at the Downtown Library in the downstairs small meeting room (behind the computer area). Kris 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 search or job applications, connection to County benefits or Mental Health Services, 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.
    Note: 10/23/18 CANCELLED
  • (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-6:00 PM)
    Location: 120 Russell Ave, Felton, CA 95018
    SCPL's book bike, Kermit, will make an appearance at the Felton Farmer's Market. Kermit is a library on wheels offering a small browsing collection, plus information about upcoming SCPL programs and services. Come chat with SCPL staff, try our scavenger hunt and get a peek at our green library machine!
    Additional Information
  • (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-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: Boulder Creek 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: 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
  • (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: Introduction and Overview

Wednesday, October 24

  • (10:30 AM-12:30 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Come gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Talking about death can affirm what’s important about life. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support group or counseling session, just some folks getting together to eat cake and talk about death. Learn more at deathcafe.com. This free community event is hosted by Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more information, contact Vanessa at 831-430-3047
  • (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!
  • (1:30 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 11 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: 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
  • (3:30 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.
  • (4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Do you know how to access eAudiobooks? Your public library provides access to thousands of popular titles in digital audio format. Join us for an overview of eAudiobooks and learn how to get these titles for your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
  • (5:30 PM-7:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    ¡Únase con nosotros para una introducción a computación para adultos hispanohablantes! Esta es una colaboración de la Biblioteca con el Programa de Alfabetización del Centro de Voluntarios de Santa Cruz. La instrucción será en español. El espacio es limitado. Por favor llame para hacer una reservación: 831-427-7717 // Join us for introduction to computers for Spanish speaking adults! This is a Library collaboration with the Literacy Program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz. Instruction will be in Spanish. Space is limited. Please call to make a reservation for one or all sessions: 831-427-7717
    Note: Introducción al teclado y uso de Microsoft Word
  • (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 October is Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear.

Thursday, October 25

  • (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: Downtown Branch
    Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Suggested ages 3-6.
  • (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).
  • (10:00 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!
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 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! 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.
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  • (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!
  • (3:00 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. No advanced registration. Ages 7 to 17.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Have you already competed in Robo Sumo at least once at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries? Have you built Lego robots and programmed them using LEGO MINDSTORMS? If so, this program might be for you. Come challenge yourself to enter the next step, Robo X Games. Work in teams and complete 3 challenges designed by Lego Steve. 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 is open now. Class runs from Thursday, September 27 through Thursday, December 20. Every Thursday except Thanksgiving.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's. During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.
  • (5:30 PM-7:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    All Candidates have been invited. Each will give an introductory speech, answer 1-2 prepared questions posed by the Local 3535 Firefighter Union and Santa Cruz County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leadership, then answer questions submitted by the audience. The moderated event is free and all members of the public are welcome. No requests for Candidate donations or endorsements will be made. Information: 831-685-2915
  • (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company
    Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a weekly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
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  • (6:30 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Mystery Writers of America NorCal Chapter celebrates mystery week with an exciting panel discussion about their work. Presenting a variety of sub-genres, panelists include Laurie R. King, Sandra Balzo, Leslie Karst, and Alan Jacobson. Laurie Sheehan moderates. Enjoy terrifying treats and a glass of wine as we solve the case of the mystery panel. Costumes are welcome! Each author's books will be available for purchase at this free event.
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  • (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 book about a discovery or invention that benefited mankind.