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Sunday, May 27 — Today!

  • (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-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
  • (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.

Monday, May 28

  • (10:00 AM-8:00 PM)
    Location: All Branches
    All branches will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Tuesday, May 29

  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for seniors. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide mature drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer. Topics will include: How to tune up driving skills, refreshing knowledge of the rules of the road, learning about normal, age related physical changes and how to adjust them, when it may be time to limit or stop driving. Age Well, Drive Smart classes are free. Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511.
  • (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.

Wednesday, May 30

  • (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.
    Note: No Program today
  • (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-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
  • (4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    The Internet: from the beginning! Join us for these hands-on workshops and learn to use the Internet for research, work, social interaction and more. Each week we explore new topics, such as Browsers, Searching, Email, and Google Docs. No registration required.
  • (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    It's never too late to start at the beginning! Join us for an introduction to using computers. Learn the basic skills needed to navigate the keyboard, mouse, and computer system. You will have an opportunity to receive a nationally recognized credential at the end of the workshop. No registration required.

Thursday, May 31

  • (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).
  • (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
    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 book by or about Native Americans

Friday, June 1

  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (5:30 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Virginia Becker is a professional photographer and the Founder of The Family Album Project; a non-profit organization that provides free professional portraiture to the most vulnerable members of our community. The Blue Tarp project is a dignity based exhibit combining professional photography with local data and informational posters, to tell the story of homelessness specific to Santa Cruz, in a visual way; dedicated to creating compassion and a more sophisticated understanding of this complex systems issue.

Saturday, June 2

  • (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 1st Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.
    Note: Downstairs Meeting Room
  • (10:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Gently used books, CDs, and DVDs will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the Scotts Valley Library.
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Aptos 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.
  • (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Tannery Art Center, 1010 River St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    SCPL's book bike, Kermit, will make an appearance at the Ebb & Flow River Arts Project. Kermit is a library on wheels offering a small browsing collection, plus information about upcoming SCPL programs and services. Come chat with SCPL staff and get a peek at our green library machine!
    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 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.
  • (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Calling Origami enthusiasts of all ages! Join our monthly get together to make beautiful creations in this ancient oriental art of paper folding. We will also demonstrate more contemporary arts of book folding and 3-D modular origami. Origami Club will meet on the 1st Saturday of the month from 1:00-3:00p.

Sunday, June 3

  • (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.