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Monday, December 11 — Today!

  • (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.
  • (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
    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.
  • (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.

Tuesday, December 12

  • (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.
    Note: Winter Break Dec 17, 2017 to Jan 7, 2018
  • (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.
    Note: Happy Holidays! Storytime is taking a break until 2018.
  • (12:30 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown 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.
    Note: CANCELLED
  • (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
    Note: Winter Break Dec 18, 2017 to Jan 22, 2918
  • (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.
    Note: Winter Break Dec 18, 2017 to Jan 22, 2918
  • (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.
  • (3:45 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    A flexible club bringing together a community of young people with mentors and a space to make. Participants work together to design, create, and ultimately exhibit a youth-chosen project , aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. The club is lead by Sasha, a young maker mentor, who has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, September thru December. Registration required. Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
  • (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-7:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown 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.
    Note: CANCELLED

Wednesday, December 13

  • (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley 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.
    Note: CANCELLED
  • (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!
  • (1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!
    Additional Information
  • (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    CPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Registration is required. Email adamsa@santacruzpl.org to register or for more information.
    Note: Cancelled
    Additional Information
  • (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
    Note: Winter Break Dec 18, 2017 to Jan 22, 2918
  • (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.
    Note: Winter Break Dec 18, 2017 to Jan 22, 2918
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Drop in and make a craft. A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kid, and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    Create and motorize devices using simple machines (levers, pulleys, gears & swivels). Participants will also learn how to program motors. 6 week series. No advanced registration. Ages 7 to 17.
  • (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Are you learning English? Are you looking for a place to practice? Every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm the La Selva Beach Library is hosting an ESL conversation group where you can practice and continue developing your English skills. Weekly conversation topics are provided. All levels are welcomed. Please come by and join us!
  • (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Downtown Library Advisory Committee - DLAC

Thursday, December 14

  • (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Work with an information advocate on any information problem, application, resume or access issue of your choice. A library staff member or community volunteer will work with you individually using a laptop computer and access to a free phone calls, prints, scanning and more. Use this time to overcome hurdles to housing, safety, education, health, income or well being. Same day sign-ups during Coffee Talk in front of the Downtown branch library at the corner Church St. & Center St.
    Note: (Upstairs Meeting Rm; 10-11:30am)
  • (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.
    Note: After this week, Todder Time is taking a break for the holidays. See you in 2018.
  • (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!
    Note: Winter Program Break Dec 18 to Jan 7
  • (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Book discussion group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30am. For information on upcoming books to discuss call 831-427-7710
  • (11:00 AM-3:00 PM)
    Location: Live Oak Branch
    Join us for a few hours to get work done in the company of fellow Santa Cruzans. Coworking @ Live Oak is a community of freelancers, independent professionals, remote workers, creatives, startup founders, community organizers, ideators and more. We welcome everyone to cowork with us. Our goal is to provide the collaborative atmosphere of coworking to a broad spectrum of people who can benefit from the relationships, mutual support and connections essential to creating a thriving business. If you have a project or idea and want to spend time working on it, come work with us!
    Additional Information
  • (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Aptos Branch
    The Aptos Library Book Discussion group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 1:00p - 2:30p and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Facilitator: Judy McNeely
    Note: We will be reading River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard in December.
  • (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown 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.
    Note: CANCELLED
  • (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: Boulder Creek Branch
    Join us at the Boulder Creek Library on Thursday afternoons for our Family Crafts program! Our projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Let's get creative together!
  • (3:30 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!
    Additional Information
  • (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.
  • (4:00 PM-5:30 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park Branch
    Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read. Contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.
  • (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Each session we will learn about different functions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students are welcome to work on their own projects along with the class or work toward mastering the new skill first in this safe, no pressure environment. Prerequisite: Basic Mac & Windows, or similar skills.
    Note: CANCELLED

Friday, December 15

  • (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. 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
  • (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
    Note: Special Date!
  • (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: This is the last storytime before the Winter Break. Wishing you all AHappy Holidays!
  • (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.
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 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.
  • (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.
  • (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.

Saturday, December 16

  • (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.
  • (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: The ABC’s of Annuities
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    A free, safe meetup space to learn about social media platforms, set up accounts, learn to take great pictures and create engaging posts, and practice web security. Patrons should bring their internet-capable mobile device.
    Note: CANCELLED
  • (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Join the family fun at the HOLIDAY SURPRISE PUPPET SHOW. The 30 minute program features a busy elf, some monkey business, a shy artist mouse and a caterpillar who identifies as a butterfly. Guaranteed to generate giggles.
  • (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Branciforte Branch
    Drop in with your family and make something fun!
  • (1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
    Location: La Selva Beach Branch
    Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
  • (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Children's chess instruction with full time teacher and master, Gjon Feinstein, for students up to 18 years old. Meets all Saturdays of the month except the first Saturday. Parents and/or other relatives are welcome to participate.
  • (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.
  • (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
    Location: Scotts Valley Branch
    Join the family fun at the HOLIDAY SURPRISE PUPPET SHOW. The 30 minute program features a busy elf, some monkey business, a shy artist mouse and a caterpillar who identifies as a butterfly. Guaranteed to generate giggles.

Sunday, December 17

  • (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, December 18

  • (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.
  • (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.