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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Organization 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.

The Big Idea 2024:
Boundless Minds: Jail Library Outreach

Our Public Libraries’ mission statement extends to all County residents, including those currently incarcerated, 70% of whom read at 3rd grade level or below, and their families.

Literacy, personal development, family connections, and community engagement are key components to support inmates and their families now, and reduce recidivism in the future. The Boundless Minds program will increase access to books, materials, and programming for the approximately 450 people in the County jail system by providing:

• Books and materials for students enrolled in Rising Scholars, a Cabrillo College program with access to college classes and also to prepare them for future college enrollment
• Library space and the development of a collection for Juvenile Hall
• Bilingual education and workshops focusing on creative expression and skills building
• Special collections for young people, people with low literacy, and Spanish speakers

Attending library programs helps me challenge myself and I’m trying to reverse how I feel about my education and my ability to learn.

Anonymous person incarcerated in the County jail