Events

May

Every Monday in May

  • Mahalo Monday @ Hula’s Island Grill – Every Monday in May, Hula’s in Santa Cruz will donate part of their of their sales to the Friends. See their website here.

May 1st

  • Ribbon Arts Guild @ Scotts Valley Branch (10am – 1pm) – Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 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.

May 1st

  • Board in the Library @ Scotts Valley Branch (6:30pm – 8:30pm) – Adults need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library’s many games. No prior gaming experience is necessary. Every first and third Wednesday. Sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends!

May 2nd

  • Friends Monthly Meeting @ Aptos Branch (5pm – 6pm)Friends of the Aptos Library — public welcome. Aptos Branch Meeting Room. 

May 3rd

  • The MAKE Lab @ Scotts Valley Branch (10am – 5pm) – Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ very own makerspace—The MAKE Lab—is opened! 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 for some of the tools. 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. Held on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month.

May 4th

  • Adult Arts & Crafts Workshop @ Scotts Valley Branch (2pm – 4pm) – 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. 1st Saturday of each month. This month: Enjoy a two hour workshop with Carolyn Fitz learning how to do quick, expressive sketches of everyday experiences …any subject at all. Using a wide edge calligraphy pen, with water soluble ink, learn how to pull out ink values with a wet brush. Very fun /very freeing and expressive! No experience necessary! Participants MUST register due to class size limits. Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register.

May 8th

  • Friends Monthly Meeting @ Scotts Valley Branch  (6:30pm – 7:30pm) – The Scotts Valley Friends meet on the 2nd Wednesday every month in the Library Fireside Room. If you are interested in helping your local Scotts Valley Library, come to the meeting and learn how you can make a difference in your community. All are welcome.

May 11th

  • Board in the Library @ Scotts Valley Branch (12pm – 5pm) – Adults need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library’s many games. No prior gaming experience is necessary. Every second and fourth Saturday. Sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends!

May 15th

  • Ribbon Arts Guild @ Scotts Valley Branch (10am – 1pm) – Join Roxanne Langan for ribbon work and hand sewing from 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. 

May 15th

  • Board in the Library @ Scotts Valley Branch (6:30pm – 8:30pm) – Adults need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library’s many games. No prior gaming experience is necessary. Every first and third Wednesday. Sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends!

May 16th

  • The MAKE Lab @ Scotts Valley Branch (10am – 5pm) – Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ very own makerspace—The MAKE Lab—is opened! 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 for some of the tools. 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. Held on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month.

May 16th

  • Munching with Mozart @ Downtown Branch (12:10 – 12:50pm) – A monthly series of free noon-time concerts at the Downtown Branch meeting room, feel free to bring your quiet lunch! This month features UCSC Opera Department – Menotti, “Amahl” and Gilbert & Sullivan, “Pirates of Penzance”.

May 18th

  • Capitola Library Friends Meeting @ Capitola City Hall Community Room (10am – 11am) – Location: 420 Capitola Ave. Held every other month on the 3rd Saturday. Come find out more about the rebuilding of the library. Public Welcome!

May 18th

  • Book Sale @ Aptos Branch (10am – 3pm) – Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction and non-fiction to children’s books, audio books to CDs. Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from January through October.

May 20th

  • Friends Monthly Meeting @ La Selva Beach Branch  (3pm) – Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, in the Boardroom of the LSB Clubhouse. All are welcome.

May 22nd 

  • Writer’s Open Mic Night @ Scotts Valley Branch (6:30pm – 8:00pm) – Calling all writers! This open mic night offers you an environment to read your works aloud either just to have them heard or to receive critiquing from your peers. Poets, novelists, short story writers, scriptwriters, essayists, writers of memoir, nonfiction, and children’s storybooks — plus friends, fans, and readers who want to hear something new — are all welcome! Writers can sign up for a 5 or 10 minute reading slot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Extra time can be requested for critiquing.

May 24th & May 25th 

  • FSCPL BIG Spring Book Sale! @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (Friday, 2pm – 8pm, & Saturday, 10am – 6pm  ~ See below for details!) – The Friends of the SCPL are having our 2-day Big Book Sale at the SC Civic Auditorium! We’ll have over 10,000 gently used books of all kinds. Most books for $1 – $3. Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz.
    • On Friday, May 24th:
      From 2 – 4pm is for Library Friends Members Only.
      & From 4 – 8pm, Open to Everyone.
    • On Saturday, May 25th: 
      We’ll be Open to Everyone, All Day from 10am – 6pm
      and from 3 – 6pm: $5/ Bag or $10/ 3 Bags. (* Bag sale does NOT include children’s books. Children’s books will be same very reasonable prices as the rest of the day.)

May 25th

  • Board in the Library @ Scotts Valley Branch (12pm – 5pm) – Adults need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library’s many games. No prior gaming experience is necessary. Every second and fourth Saturday. Sponsored by the Scotts Valley Friends!

May 29th

  • FSCPL: Free Book GiveAway! @ Downtown Branch (12:00pm – 1:30pm) – Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries — We Appreciate Your Support! Location: Outside to the right of the Santa Cruz Library Downtown Branch entrance. FREE books from Friends of SCPL! * Weather Permitting*

May 30th

  • Scotts Valley Genre Book Discussion Club @ Scotts Valley Branch (7:00pm – 8:30pm) – 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. 

Every weekend in May

  • Book Sales: Continuing, for Capitola Branch @ Capitola Mall – Our storefront Book Sale is at the Capitola Mall again this month! Lots of used books, CDs & DVDs! Where: Capitola Mall, between Macy’s and the Food Court. (Note: this is a new location.) Proceeds benefit the Capitola Branch Library, and held by the Friends of the Capitol Branch Library.
    Hours for the bookstore:
    Every Friday 12-4
    Every Saturday 10-4
    Every Sunday 12-4.