Mission 

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.

History

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.

Over the course of the next 40+ years, the Friends have continued to work on our role as the best possible advocate, fundraiser, partner, and champion for our local library system. Neighborhood chapters give special support and attention to their local branches, while the Board and headquarters seeks to support all the branches and the community. If you love libraries and their potential, please join us!

Values

Innovation/Creativity

Transparency

Community-Centeredness

Systems-Orientation

Results-Orientation

Collaboration

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

DEI is a foundational element for our community and the Friends of the SCPL. The Board is committed to making DEI a core strength of the FSCPL. We intend to foster in all our endeavors, internally and with our partners, an environment that reflects our community, and to promote inclusion in building our teams and serving our partners. We will strive to build a culture of equity in which every person can contribute their different ideas, express their opinions, and have a voice. We aim to support diversity in all forms including but not limited to age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, religion, economic circumstances and different abilities.

FSCPL Board of Directors

Janis O’Driscoll, President

Martín Gómez, Vice President

Nora Brink, Secretary

Keith Gudger, Treasurer

Cindy Jackson, Past President

Laura Albrecht

Sarah Clark

Pete Cullen

Robin Holland

Gail Levine

Lynn Marcus-Wyner

Jill Mitsch

Michele Mosher

Debby Peronto

Marc Winquist

Contact us

Call us! 831-427-7716

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

Email: friends@fscpl.org

Executive Director: Bruce Cotter – bruce@fscpl.org

Operations Manager: Rebekah Scott – rebekah@fscpl.org

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