Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Our Summer Calendar

Thanks to the Library, you’ve probably lined up books, ebooks, or audiobooks…but have you read the library calendar? You’ll find that it should be at the top of your list.

The Calendar is the Key 

In this issue we want to tell you about some of the amazing ongoing opportunities for adults in our libraries.  

Book Clubs and Book Discussions

There are book clubs for adults at the Aptos, Boulder Creek, Capitola, Felton, Garfield Park , La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley branches. The Boulder Creek Branch club meets both in-person and by zoom, and Scotts Valley, Capitola, and Aptos branches have book groups that meet virtually. Another book group in Aptos is the Bring Your Own Book Reading and Discussion Group. This innovative program encourages participants to bring along a book of their choice and share their thoughts with fellow readers. Felton’s Lifestyle Medicine Book Club inspires readers to live a healthier and happier life with Dr. Steven Leib, M.D. leading the monthly discussions. And watch Virtual Author Talks live online or as recordings. Sponsored by Capitola Friends, these 2-4 great book readings and discussions each month take questions in advance or during the live conversation.

Games and Gaming

Adults need playtime, too. The Aptos Branch offers Mah Jong Club - Hong Kong Style and welcomes players of all levels. Connect with fellow Mah Jong enthusiasts, exchange tips, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow learners.

Lancelot's Merry Band of Gamers meets at the Capitola Branch Library. Play some new or old favorite tabletop games. Bring your favorite board game or play theirs. For adults 18+ and no prior gaming experience is necessary. Are You Game? hosts board games and more at Felton and Scotts Valley. Capitola also sponsors Dungeons and Dragons for Adults for all who enjoy the world of D&D storytelling. 

The Downtown Branch Library offers Queer Gaming as a safe place for LGBTQ+ folks and allies to gather, play games, and build community.

There are fun Bridge Clubs at La Selva Beach at Aptos that welcomes players at all levels.


Knitters gather at the Live Oak Library, Felton, and Garfield Park. Just bring some yarn and knitting needles. Crochet and cross-stitch are also welcome. Community Crafters meet at Boulder Creek and Live Oak to learn a new craft or art process, and have a space dedicated to work on projects with others every week. Materials are provided for the craft being taught, or bring what you want to work on.

In Felton, The CreateAbility Hour is an hour of inclusive and creative programming for adults with developmental differences. These welcoming programs focus on fun activities and social opportunities for adults and their caregivers. 


There is so much music in the Library! You can check out a ukulele (really!), learn about local musicians in the Soundswell database, attend quarterly free concerts, and make music yourself. The Branciforte Branch has a Branciforte Guitar Club. Bring your guitar and join the club to practice and play any style you want. Some instruction is provided.

The Downtown Branch hosts Munching with Mozart, a popular monthly series of free noon-time concerts. Pieces and performers vary. You are welcome to bring your lunch - please avoid crunchy foods or crinkly packaging. Munching With Mozart is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Music Teachers' Association. 


New Parents' Support Group meets at the Felton Branch. This weekly peer support group for new parents is facilitated by two local postpartum doulas. This program offers a welcoming space to learn from each other, make new friends, get breastfeeding and bottle feeding support, and access to helpful resources. Come in with your questions, concerns, or to meet other parents. Bring your own blanket, snacks, and toys. Please feel free to bring older siblings! 

The Great Expectations Parenting Group for Parents/Caregivers of Neurodivergent Children hosts a parenting group for caregivers raising neurodivergent individuals with behavior challenges and delays from toddlers to teens at the Scotts Valley Branch Library.

The Positive Parenting Series with Triple P and First 5 strengthens families by promoting positive relationships, encouraging the expression of feelings appropriately, building positive outlooks, and managing stressful life events. Triple P meets at the Felton Branch Library.

And there are even more activities for adults at our libraries, including writing groups, film screenings, in-person tech training, community conversations, physical movement activities, English language conversation groups, and genealogy lectures.

Check the calendar!

You can search the calendar by category, audience, or branch. The search box is on the left of the displayed calendar. 

These opportunities keep our libraries vibrant. YOUR support ensures that our libraries reflect our diverse community and our interests. The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries enthusiastically advocates for all library users and the information they need. Thank you for being a Friend and making the SCPL calendar possible.

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