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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Friends of SCPL

Organization Mission

Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries promotes literacy and a thriving, informed community by supporting the Santa Cruz City-County Library System through advocacy, fundraising and volunteer services.

The Big Idea:
Guarantee Another 150 Years of Community and Freedom in Santa Cruz!

Local historian Geoffrey Dunn said it well:  “Even in the Age of the Internet—and perhaps because of the Internet—libraries remain a cornerstone of civilized society. They are at once democratic and collective institutions that feed and support civic goals and values. Libraries are power. Libraries are freedom. Libraries are strength. Libraries are community.”

In honor of Santa Cruz’s 150th birthday, please consider becoming a Friend of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries to guarantee a wealth of cultural and educational programs at your favorite County branch, for today and into the future.

Libraries have evolved to meet changing needs. Attendance is up, and your support is needed to enhance programs. This year, we ask that you help to:

  • Foster a library system that builds community:

New parents connect at story-time hours held at each branch and this year branches will host story hours held in Spanish as well as English. Writers who are patrons of the Aptos, Central and Scotts Valley branches will also meet and work with fellow writers through our monthly poetry workshops.

  • Foster library branches that are centers for the arts:

Your donation will ensure free art classes for children and adults alike through craft programs, creative writing workshops, and monthly free classical music concerts. For example, at the La Selva Beach Library a sand castle expert helps kids discover their own architectural flair.

  • Build a library system that is a free university for many:

Support programs that promote discussion, such as monthly book club meetings and frequent author talks — or hands-on courses such as a class on how to become a music composer, or how to use your latest digital device.

  • Nourish a library system that champions youth:

Help the library become an important partner in child development. From toddler story time and craft hours to the teen “Battle of the Bands” and other programs at our Teen Centers, your donation  will encourage youth to explore, interact, and imagine.

My neighborhood library was the source of endless hours of enjoyment as a child, so I’m pleased to support a group that provides such terrific programming for our community.

— Cindy J, La Selva Beach