Calendar of Events - October 2018



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October 1, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults

(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown 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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Literacy, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(6:00 PM-7:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Come join us at the Aptos Library every 1st Monday 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!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults

October 2, 2018

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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
View similar upcoming events: Health, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(3:15 PM-4:45 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Free build Lego construction for kids and teens. Under 7 requires parental supervision.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12, Summer Reading - Teens

October 3, 2018

(10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Aptos Branch
The Capitola Book Discussion Group meets every 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:00am. We will be meeting at Aptos Library due to Capitola closure. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (831) 427-7702.
Note: We will be reading The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver in October.
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Literacy, Programs for Adults

(10:00 AM-1:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 10:00am-1:00pn on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Scotts Valley Library. This program is sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends of the Library. For more information, phone the library at 427-7712.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, SCPL Friends

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Tech

(1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County presents the 2017-2018 Genealogy Lecture Series. Join us the first Wednesday of each month to learn about a variety of resources, strategies, and tools in the field of family research. All are invited to these free events, and donations are welcome. For more information, please call the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (831) 427-7707 extension 5794.
View similar upcoming events: Genealogy, Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, Veterans Connect

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Tech

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Tech

(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
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Do you use Youtube videos to find answers and learn new things? Ideas and information have never been more accessible, thanks to the millions of videos online. In this workshop we will explore YouTube and practice finding, saving, and sharing videos.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Join us at the La Selva Beach Library for an evening of documentaries, independent and foreign movies. 1st Wednesday of the month. Call the Library for movie title or more information. 831.427.7710
Note: This month's selection is "Won't You Be My Neighbor?
View similar upcoming events: Films, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, Social Issues

(6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Summer Reading - Adults

(7:00 PM-8:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
FREE, no registration and drop-ins welcome. This course introduces the student to the practice of mindfulness in daily life. It is informed by theories and practices that draw from contemplative traditions and the disciplines of medicine, psychology, and education. Six themes will be covered: mindfulness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings; loving kindness and compassion; emotions, and integrating the practices. Each class will follow a similar format: welcome & check-in; short guided meditation; talk by the instructor; mindfulness exercise; processing the exercise (sharing) and Q&A; closing words, homework (not written), and short sit. Instructor: Sue Doherty Email: sue@storiesmatter.com
View similar upcoming events: Health, Library Classes, Programs for Adults

October 4, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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).
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Social Issues

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Local residents sharing their travel adventures. Program includes photos and personal travel logs. Call La Selva (831.427.7710) for more information. All ages.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, SCPL Friends, STEAM

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(5:00 PM-6:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
The Friends of the Aptos Library is a chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (FSCPL), a non-profit organization. The Aptos Friends support the Aptos Library through fundraising and advocacy for our branch. We solicit recommendations for projects from the Aptos community, from library patrons, and from the Aptos Library Staff. The Aptos FSCPL meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 5:00pm. Please consider joining us and supporting the Aptos branch library. Contact us by emailing: friendsoftheaptoslibrary@fscpl.org
Additional Information
View similar upcoming events: Fundraisers, Programs for Adults, SCPL Friends

(6:00 PM-6:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Libraries Facilities Financing Authority (LFFA) meeting
Note: ** PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED **
View similar upcoming events: Board Meetings

(6:00 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Library Joint Powers Board Meeting.
Note: ** PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED **
View similar upcoming events: Board Meetings

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults

(6:30 PM-8:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
SCPL is partnering with the Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), and UCSC to present a science series for adults and teens. Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday every month 6:30pm to 8pm at the Downtown Library
Note: Join April Zilber and Martin Gaskell for a fascinating evening exploring the Art and Science of Acoustics.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, STEAM

October 5, 2018

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, SCPL Friends, STEAM, Summer Reading - Adults, Summer Reading - Teens, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

October 6, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Tales to Tails

(11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(11:30 AM-12:30 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
This year the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center celebrates the African Diaspora during the 2018 World Arts Festival on October 13th & 14th. Once again, we are lucky to have Festival artists join us at the library for free Family Festival Days workshops. All ages are invited to these free workshops.
Note: Senegalese Dance w/ Oumou Faye
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Summer Reading - Adults, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12, Summer Reading - All Ages, Summer Reading - Teens

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
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(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Learn a new style of art or crafting technique from professional artists and crafters. Each month will feature a different artist and attendees get to leave with a new project, a learned skill, and a greater sense of community. All materials and teachers are paid for by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library. Registrants MUST register due to class size limits. Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register.
Note: Paint Nite
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Library Classes, Programs for Adults, SCPL Friends

October 7, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families

(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: Upstairs Meeting Room
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October 8, 2018

(10:00 AM-8:00 PM)
Location: All Branches
All branches of SCPL are closed for an in-service training day for staff.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Closures

October 9, 2018

(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Safe online habits with experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Tech

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12, Summer Reading - Teens

(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.
Note: Topic: New Horizons Mission to Pluto
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October 10, 2018

(10:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Zine Fronteras is looking to collect submissions of original writings, short memoirs, essays, poetry, photographs and art that reflects on and highlights immigrant experiences. All content contributors will receive a free copy of the published book! For Submission guidelines please visit our website. Art/Photo Deadline: October 10 by 6pm and Written Content Deadline: October 12, 2018 at 5pm. /// !Llamado a la comunidad de Santa Cruz! Zine fronteras invita cordialmente a toda la comunidad que están interesadas/os en crear obras artísticas que reflejan la realidad de las comunidades inmigrantes. Zine Fronteras busca recopilar ensayos, escritos originales, memorias cortas, poesía, fotografías o obras de arte que reflejan las experiencias de los inmigrantes. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán una copia gratis! Para formulario de envío, por favor visite nuestra página electrónica. Fecha límite obra de arte/fotografía es Miercoles 10 de octubre del 2018 a las 6 p.m. Fecha límite obra escrita es Viernes 12 de octubre del 2018 a las 5 p.m.
Additional Information
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
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(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!
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(12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Library for these great seminars. Register Now!
Note: Online Reviews, How to Make Them Work for You: presented by Dianthe Harris, Social Media Consultant
Additional Information
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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.
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(4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Have you created spreadsheets online to organize information, forms, and budgets? Our hands-on workshop will help you understand the basic functions of making a spreadsheet with Google Sheets. We will practice by helping you create an example monthly budget that can be customized for your personal use.
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(6:30 PM-7:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
The Scotts Valley Friends meet on the 2nd Wednesday every month at 6:30pm in the Scotts Valley Library Fireside Room. If you are interested in helping your localLibrary, come to the meeting and learn how you can make a difference in your community. All are welcome.
View similar upcoming events: SCPL Friends

(7:00 PM-8:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
FREE, no registration and drop-ins welcome. This course introduces the student to the practice of mindfulness in daily life. It is informed by theories and practices that draw from contemplative traditions and the disciplines of medicine, psychology, and education. Six themes will be covered: mindfulness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings; loving kindness and compassion; emotions, and integrating the practices. Each class will follow a similar format: welcome & check-in; short guided meditation; talk by the instructor; mindfulness exercise; processing the exercise (sharing) and Q&A; closing words, homework (not written), and short sit. Instructor: Sue Doherty Email: sue@storiesmatter.com
View similar upcoming events: Health, Library Classes, Programs for Adults

October 11, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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).
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(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Literacy, Programs for Adults

(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 Saturday by Ian McEwan in October.
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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!
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, SCPL Friends, STEAM

(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
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(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.
Note: Class ends today at 4:30
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(5:00 PM-6:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley 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.
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(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
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(7:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Join UCSC Professor Shelley Stamp for an evening of photographs and a lecture on famed director Alfred Hitchcock's time as a Scotts Valley resident and how it influenced his illustrious career.
View similar upcoming events: Films, Local History, Programs for Adults

October 12, 2018

(10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Zine Fronteras is looking to collect submissions of original writings, short memoirs, essays, poetry, photographs and art that reflects on and highlights immigrant experiences. All content contributors will receive a free copy of the published book! For Submission guidelines please visit our website. Art/Photo Deadline: October 10 by 6pm and Written Content Deadline: October 12, 2018 at 5pm. /// !Llamado a la comunidad de Santa Cruz! Zine fronteras invita cordialmente a toda la comunidad que están interesadas/os en crear obras artísticas que reflejan la realidad de las comunidades inmigrantes. Zine Fronteras busca recopilar ensayos, escritos originales, memorias cortas, poesía, fotografías o obras de arte que reflejan las experiencias de los inmigrantes. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán una copia gratis! Para formulario de envío, por favor visite nuestra página electrónica. Fecha límite obra de arte/fotografía es Miercoles 10 de octubre del 2018 a las 6 p.m. Fecha límite obra escrita es Viernes 12 de octubre del 2018 a las 5 p.m.
Additional Information
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, Social Issues

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
Location: Boulder Creek Branch
This Financial Fridays series will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month, at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor, and takes place at 10:30 a.m. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.
Note: Topic: Retirement by Design
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Social Issues

(1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Jennipher Lommen is a Certified Financial Planner and Enrolled Agent who helps families in Santa Cruz plan for their financial futures. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono committee which is committed to helping consumers make intelligent financial decisions to achieve their life goals.
Note: Topic - Medicare: What you don't know and what it could cost you. Medicare planning is a critical component of retirement planning.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Social Issues

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(2:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Programs for Adults

October 13, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
The League of Women Voters will present the pros and cons of the state ballot measures. Join us
Additional Information
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(11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(12:00 PM-5:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Summer Reading - Adults

(1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Join our poetry writing group led by local poet, Magdalena Montagne. Create your poems in a friendly supportive atmosphere. This free workshop meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month. No registration required. All are welcome.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(2:00 PM-3:00 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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(7:00 PM-10:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will host HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley. The party will take place on Saturday, October 13 from 7 to 10 pm at the Scotts Valley Library. Alfred Hitchcock lived in Scotts Valley for more than 30 years and many of his most famous films were inspired by this place. Tickets on sale at Scotts Valley Library $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Adults only. For more information contact June Langhoff at junelanghoff@gmail.com
Note: Tickets $25 advance/$30 at door. Adults only
View similar upcoming events: Fundraisers, SCPL Friends

October 14, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families

(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.
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October 15, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Drop in for Tech Talks with Philip King as he provides tools & tips for technology enriched living. Free coffee provided!
Note: Session Topic: Health
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(11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Everything you wanted to know about Medicare but were afraid to ask. Manfred Luedge of Health Markets in Santa Cruz will explain and simplify all things Medicare, from the basics to Medicare supplemental insurance to Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare savings plans, and outpatient services. If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your questions. The five months of this educational program will correspond to the open enrollment period to choose plans. 3rd Monday of each month, running August-December.
Note: Topic: Finding help with prescription drug costs
View similar upcoming events: Health, Programs for Adults, Social Issues

(11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown 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.
Note: Upstairs Meeting Room
Additional Information
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(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.
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(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.
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(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
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(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
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October 16, 2018

(10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn about the pros and cons of today’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages with local mortgage loan originator, Marina Watts. This free workshop will focus on educating homeowners on the most recent updates and products available for folks 60+ in reverse mortgages. Discover what your benefit may look like with a reverse mortgage and the different ways you can utilize funds to increase cash flow in retirement. Forty-five minute presentation followed by Q & A.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(11:00 AM-1:00 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek 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.
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(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
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(1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Are you a movie lover? Join our group to discuss films currently in the theaters. Call the branch for next month's movie selections at 831.427.7710.
View similar upcoming events: Films, Programs for Adults

(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: 10/16/18 CANCELLED
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
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(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
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(3:15 PM-4:45 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Free build Lego construction for kids and teens. Under 7 requires parental supervision.
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(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12, Summer Reading - Teens

(6:00 PM-7:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn best strategies for optimizing your Social Security claiming age with local, registered Social Security analyst and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Martha Shedden. This free workshop will help retirees and pre-retirees understand Social Security’s rules in order to maximize their benefit. Married couples will learn why it is so important to coordinate your Social Security income election with your spouse, and divorced people will find out if ex-spousal benefits may be an option for you. Discover how much money you may gain by waiting past age 62 to claim your benefit.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

October 17, 2018

(10:00 AM-1:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 10:00am-1:00pn on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Scotts Valley Library. This program is sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends of the Library. For more information, phone the library at 427-7712.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, SCPL Friends

(10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.
View similar upcoming events: Genealogy, Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
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(1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
The Aptos Library Writing Group is a peer-led, community-based, on-going writing group. Those interested in: sharing their writing; improving and developing their writing; or trying their hand at writing for the first time, are welcome. No experience is necessary and all writing formats are considered, from poetry to short stories, from memoirs to fiction. Each session begins with a 10 minute writing exercise, followed by a read-aloud (sharing is optional). Next, participants take turns reading aloud from a current writing project. Assistance with editing on current writing projects is provided; please bring additional copies if interested in editorial support. This group assembles on the third Wednesday of each month from 1pm-3pm in the meeting room of the Aptos branch library.
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(1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
The Branciforte Book Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30-2:30. Please try to arrive on time!
Note: This month's book will be "The Girl Next Door" by Ruth Rendell. Copies of the book may be available at the Branciforte Library.
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Programs for Adults

(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
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(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
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(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. A new monthly class for kids ages 6-10. Come craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Library Classes, Programs for Kids, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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
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(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
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(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.
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(4:30 PM-5:30 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Are you comfortable using library databases and subject guides? Learn how to access resources such as academic journals, reference materials, and newspapers. Join us for this hands-on introduction to using the library’s databases for research!
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(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: Aprenda vocabulario y navegación de la computadora
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(6:00 PM-7:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Group will discussion current non-fiction books as selected by members. Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm. For information on upcoming book titles call 831-427-7710.
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(6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Summer Reading - Adults

(7:00 PM-8:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
FREE, no registration and drop-ins welcome. This course introduces the student to the practice of mindfulness in daily life. It is informed by theories and practices that draw from contemplative traditions and the disciplines of medicine, psychology, and education. Six themes will be covered: mindfulness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings; loving kindness and compassion; emotions, and integrating the practices. Each class will follow a similar format: welcome & check-in; short guided meditation; talk by the instructor; mindfulness exercise; processing the exercise (sharing) and Q&A; closing words, homework (not written), and short sit. Instructor: Sue Doherty Email: sue@storiesmatter.com
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October 18, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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).
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(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
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Programs for Adults

(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
View similar upcoming events: Music, Programs for Adults, SCPL Friends

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, SCPL Friends, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(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.
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(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
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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
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(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.
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(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
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(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
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October 19, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, SCPL Friends, STEAM, Summer Reading - Adults, Summer Reading - Teens, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

October 20, 2018

(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
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Book Sales, Fundraisers

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, SCPL Friends

(11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(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
View similar upcoming events: Author Talks, Programs for Adults, SCPL Friends

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
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October 21, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families

(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
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October 22, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Literacy, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(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
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(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Board Meetings, Programs for Adults, Social Issues

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Library Strategic Planning Meetings, SCPL Friends

October 23, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens, Tech

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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
View similar upcoming events: Health, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
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(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
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(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12, Summer Reading - Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(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
View similar upcoming events: Films, Programs for Adults

(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
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Teens

October 24, 2018

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Tech

(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
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(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
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(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)
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(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
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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
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(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.
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(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.
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(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
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Programs for Adults, Summer Reading - Adults

October 25, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults

(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).
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, SCPL Friends, STEAM

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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
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(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.
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(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

(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
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(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
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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.
Additional Information
View similar upcoming events: Author Talks, Book Sales, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, SCPL Friends

October 26, 2018

(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Wake up to a great movie. Join us every 4th Friday. Call 831.427.7710 for this month's movie selection
Note: This month's movie is "A Quiet Place"
View similar upcoming events: Films, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(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
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM

October 27, 2018

(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 6, 2018 General Election and pick up a copy of the League's Easy Voter Guide. This event is free and open to the public. Event sponsored by the Santa Cruz County League of Women Voters
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Who says wellness has to cost an arm and a leg? Before you head to the farmers' market join us the 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month for some gentle yin yoga and stretches. BYO yoga mat or towel. Good for all ages and abilities.
View similar upcoming events: Health, Library Classes, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(12:00 PM-5:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Summer Reading - Adults

(1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2-hour plotter/pantser writing workshop. Bring your laptop and your library card. Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write. After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November. Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(2:00 PM-3:00 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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Tales to Tails

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek Branch
Come join us for free pumpkin carving! The pumpkins are provided by the Boulder Creek Chapter of the Friends of the Library. Space and tools are provided as well. Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public!
View similar upcoming events: SCPL Friends

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley Branch
The Beautiful & the Sublime is a very special art installation selected to celebrate the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' 150th Birthday. The installation is a special show of children's books illustrations from Eva Eldridge, Brian Bowes, Julie Bayless, Sara Kahn, Elisa Kleven, Isabella Kung, Lea Lyon, Jane Miller, Teri Sloat, and Diana Toledano. Join us at the reception and enjoy some birthday cake! And don't miss the big Sesquicentennial Bash celebrating 150 years of our library system at the December 7th First Friday in Downtown Santa Cruz. Both installations run through January 2019.
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Arts & Crafts, Exhibits, Programs for Adults

October 28, 2018

(11:00 AM-2:00 PM)
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)
Have you ever played the board game clue? Come to the MAH and play a live action version for a thrilling and riddle-packed Murder Mystery Game Day. Unravel who murdered notorious Santa Cruz private investigator Harlow Lindsay through a series of clues and activities. The clues will lead you to the weapon of choice, the location of the crime, and the murderer. This is a free, drop in event for all ages created with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries & Editor of Santa Cruz Noir, Susie Bright.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2-hour plotter/pantser writing workshop. Bring your laptop and your library card. Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write. After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November. Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens

October 29, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Drop in for Tech Talks with Philip King as he provides tools & tips for technology enriched living. Free coffee provided!
Note: Session Topic: Smart Phones
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults

(12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
Location: Scotts Valley 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.
Note: Meeting Room
Additional Information
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Adults

(3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Join us at the Downtown Library for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Holidays, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Literacy, Programs for Adults

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults

October 30, 2018

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Safe online habits with experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Adults, Tech

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5

(1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch
Local nonprofit Senior Network Services' Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) Forums provide unbiased information about any changes in Medicare benefits and costs for year 2019. If you take medications, one-to-one assistance after presentation is available for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan search to narrow plan choices to those offering the best value for your individual medication needs. No appointment necessary. Contact Senior Network Services HICAP Program for more info at 831-462-5510
Additional Information
View similar upcoming events: Announcements, Health, Programs for Adults

(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
View similar upcoming events: Health, Programs for Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Social Issues, Veterans Connect

(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: 10/30/18 CANCELLED
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 0-5, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Arts & Crafts, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Location: Aptos Branch
Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Summer Reading - Ages 6-12, Summer Reading - Teens

October 31, 2018

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Early Literacy, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Families, Programs for Kids, Storytimes/Laptimes

(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!
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Tech

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Tech

(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
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM, Tech

(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
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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
View similar upcoming events: Literacy, Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

(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.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Tech

(5:30 PM-7:15 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach Branch
Join aspiring musician Miguel as he enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer in the animated Disney movie "Coco". Rated PG
View similar upcoming events: Films, Programs for Families, Programs for Kids

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