Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries introduces Recover & Thrive, funding a new library initiative for enhancing learning for Santa Cruz Pre-K through Grade 12 students in 2023

Providing learning opportunities that invite creativity, human connection, and new skills.

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Creativity 𑇐 Connection 𑇐 Life Skills

We’re aiming to raise $50,000 to enhance learning in 2023. Here’s why:

Santa Cruz County’s students, educators, parents, and caregivers experienced new and unexpected challenges from 2020-2022. School closures and shelter-in-place orders had us all adjusting to new ways of learning and socializing. The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries sees a unique opportunity to support learning opportunities for students.

Pre K through 12th grade students need library materials and safe and flexible places to use them. They also need in-person experiences and hands-on learning regardless of language/culture, ability to pay, or access to the internet/computers. The Friends will build on its accomplishments and partnerships to provide opportunities that will allow students to start the 2023 school year as a true continuation of learning. 

The goal of this campaign is to provide support for Santa Cruz Public Libraries leadership and staff to: 

  1. Offer meaningful learning activities during the second half of the 2022-2023 school year. 
  2. Expand the successful Summer Reading Program to a robust Summer Learning Program.

What are the key drivers of this new initiative?

  • Reading remains at the heart of library programs. 
  • Supporting educational goals through homework help and tutoring is a core service.
  • Social-emotional learning, STEAM activities, and creative expression are also components of programming that can open new pathways for students. 

The Friends intends to support SCPL in offering learning opportunities that recognize the intersection of academic, artistic, social, and emotional intelligence. 

Here’s what parents have to say about our library programs’ impact on their students:

“What a wonderful opportunity you all presented for these young people!

Aside from animation… I believe that (my son) specifically learned the value of persistence, hard work, collaboration, getting guidance when necessary and these lessons are truly priceless.”

-Anonymous Parent, Capitola, California

“Marsha is so caring and engaging. Both kids love working with her and both admit they feel she really has helped them with their improvement in reading comprehension. Both my kids were struggling in school on this subject, so the program has been imperative to their development. She goes above and beyond and even suggests things we can do to help at home, which we’ve been doing, and it’s been great for the whole family.”

-Angie Choy, Santa Cruz parent

Please give generously and help us support our county’s families, students and educators!