Mission Statement

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries support the Santa Cruz City-County
Library System through fundraising, volunteer services, and advocacy.

FSCPL’s goal is to create stronger neighborhoods and a culturally-enriched county
through accessible and diverse library programs.


History of The Friends

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (FSCPL) began in early 1979 as a
grassroots organization spearheaded by members of the local American Association of
University Women. Their goal was to counteract a strong negative attitude toward the
Library System from a very vocal group of citizens.

FSCPL was formally incorporated in the summer of 1979. Its first fundraising activities included:
• Creating a Founding Members Campaign. Sam Leask III, a long-time library supporter and community leader, asked key community leaders for donations of $100 for the organization’s first membership drive.
• Organizing an Evening at the Library event held in the fall of 1979 and which raised over $6,000. The event featured the president of the San Francisco Public Library Friends.
• Using media to proclaim support for the Library System.

Within a few short years, the organization grew to over 500 members, organized book sales and book talks, purchased needed equipment for the library, hired staff, opened a Friends book cart in the lobby of the Central Branch, and reversed the negative attitude from community members towards the Santa Cruz Public Library System. Today, FSCPL stands as a strong, community organization that operates with a staffed office as well as five branch chapters at Aptos, Capitola, Felton, La Selva Beach, Scotts Valley.


Some examples of Friend’s support:

• Early literacy programs available five days out of the week to families system-wide
• Beautiful, interactive outdoor spaces for environmental education, such as the Nature Discovery Park at the brand new Felton Library
• Summer Reading Program, including free school backpacks with supplies for low-income children enrolled
• STEAM programs like Build-a-Robot where youth learn to code, create, and make friends along the way
• Book sale operations and volunteer management
• Bookmobile programs throughout the county
• Annual ‘Our Community Reads’ event: a very popular community reading event that brings together multiple parts of the county
• Other on-site and off-site author talks and panel discussions, free to the public
• Advocacy that includes the $67 million bond passed by our community to renovate or replace every neighborhood branch library (72% voter approval in 2016) thanks to robust outreach from the Friends.



Feel free to reach us for any reason at all at friends@fscpl.org

Interim Executive Director – Martín Gómez -martin@fscpl.org

President – Cindy Jackson – president@fscpl.org

Phone – (831) 427-7716

All photos used on this site credited to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries unless noted.

Our Tax ID is 94-2612557.