History of the Friends

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (FSCPL) began as a grassroots organization spearheaded by members of the local American Association of University Women. FSCPL was formally incorporated in the summer of 1979.

Within a few short years, the organization grew to over 500 members, organized book sales and book talks, provided equipment and program support for the Santa Cruz Public Library System  (SCPL), and developed local FSCPL Chapters for many of the branches of SCPL.

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries support the Santa Cruz Public Libraries 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.

FSCPL Board of Directors

The FSCPL Board of Directors provides leadership to and governance of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Janis O’Driscoll: President
Martín Gómez: Vice President
Nora Brink: Secretary
Keith Gudger : Treasurer
Cindy Jackson: Past President
Laura Albrecht
Pete Cullen
Robin Holland
Gail Levine
Michele Mosher
Debby Peronto
Marc Winquist


The following values are key to guiding the Friends in all of its actions and decision making:








Mail: P.O. Box 8472, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

General inquires: friends@fscpl.org

Executive Director: Bruce Cotter – bruce@fscpl.org

Operations Manager: Rebekah Scott – rebekah@fscpl.org

Community Engagement Coordinator: Grant Simmons – grant@fscpl.org

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