Holiday Information

Please note Library programs including homework help, preschool and toddler story times will not run between December 23, 2013 until January 3, 2014.

The Friends of the Library would like to wish you all Happy Holidays!!

The Friends Annual Holiday Book Sale - Sat, Dec 7

Join the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library  for our annual Holiday Book Sale:

When - Saturday, December 7
Where - Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley
Times - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm  (To enter the library before 11am use the patio door!)

You'll find fabulous gently used books - fiction, non-fiction, children's books, DVD's, CD's, plus a huge selection of audio books on cassette donated from the Santa Cruz Library system.

Proceeds from previous book sales have funded extra summer programs at the Scotts Valley Library. Proceeds from this sale will pay for future library programs as well as expenses toward finishing and furnishing the library’s award-winning outdoor patio area.

It's not too late to donate gently used books for the book sale either.  Drop off books before Dec 6!  ( Please: no textbooks or manuals )

Thank you for your support. Mark your calendar!

Bleak House Reading by Local Actors - Dec 12, 7pm

Local actors with the Willing Suspension Armchair Theater will read selected passages from "Bleak House" forming a narrative on the indifference of Victorian-era institutions on the plight of its poorest and most vulnerable people.

Readers: Megan Parle, Frank Widman, Martha Rabin,Jessica Buckley, and Jaye Wolfe. Edwin Eigner, a founder of the Dickens Universe, is the director and will also be a reader.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Scotts Valley Branch Library at 7pm.

Performances are free.

For more information:

Edwin Eigner

Karen Schamberg

The Great Outdoors - New Art Exhibit

The Scotts Valley Library’s popular “Art in the Library” program presents a new show celebrating “The Great Outdoors.” Featuring the work of seven local artists, “The Great Outdoors” showcases their interpretations of the physical natural world, with particular focus on plants and landscape images. The installation includes oil and acrylic paintings, photography, and live plant sculpture, and will run November 2 through January 25, 2014.

Local State Farm Agent Laureen Yungmeyer is hosting a special reception at the library on Saturday, November 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm; the public is invited to meet the artists and view their work. Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by local musician jRj Rauche.

See the local Artists participating in “The Great Outdoors” here.

Local Author Visit June Pace - Sat. Nov. 16, 3pm

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library is hosting local author June Pace, who will present and discuss her book “Benjamin McTish and The Door Through the Grandfather Tree”, the first in the series of McTish novels for YA and older (New Adult). The event will be held Saturday, November 16 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Scotts Valley Library, and the public is invited.

Described as Harry Potter meets the Celestine Prophecy, book critiques agree, Pace matches Potter in creating a world of adventure and magic, while maintaining her own fabulous story.

The McTish Series is an explosive adventure through a dimensional Gateway into another world, Coranim, a land of insight, thought and possibilities, that sits beneath the enchanted Gilley Forest.

One day Benjamin watches as a mysterious little woman steps out of a taxi and as their eyes lock a series of visual snippets unfold in his mind’s vision. His razor sharp sixth sense allows him the freedom to explore the extrasensory messages coming at him like a derailed freight train. And when Benjamin finds a peculiar relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed he could never know his world was about to change forever.

The second book in the series, “Benjamin McTish and the Wizards of Coranim” will be published Autumn/Winter of 2013.

Join us at the Scotts Valley Library and June Pace enjoy some refreshments. Gift packages go out to the first 15 guests who purchase the book at the discounted event rate.

About June Pace
June lives in Santa Cruz with her husband Ray, her stepson, two dogs, five chickens and two ducks. She spends her days writing and also painting her well-known series of Rock-n-Roll icons. Her McTish series books are published by Pressed Leaf Publishing and available in paperback through Amazon, or order directly from Pressed Leaf (hardbound available soon), and all ebook formats available on Smashwords, or Kindle version on Amazon.

Hops & Harvest Celebration - Saturday, October 5

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library invite you to our "Hops & Harvest" celebration and fundrasier!

Join us on October 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.

- Beer & Food Pairings
- Live Music
- Live Auction & Raffle

Tickets - $25, available at the Scotts Valley Library 

The evening will showcase great local craft beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works, Seabright Brewery and Discretion Brewing.

Get the full scoop here!

Save the Date - Saturday October 5th

Be sure to save the date for the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library's Annual fundraising and social - "Hops & Harvest".   Please join us for a fun evening of beer pairing and some edible delights, as we celebrate our community and the season!

More details coming sooooonnn....

Artist Reception this Saturday - Scotts Valley Library

Art by: Brent Jensen
Join us this Saturday and celebrate the new art exhibit at the Scotts Valley Libary - "My Favorite Photos", it is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists. 

When:  2:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Scotts Valley Library

The event is generously hosted by State Farm Laureen Yungmeyer!

Author Craig Harwood - SV Library, Aug. 17!

Come to the Scotts Valley Library on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00pm and meet Craig Harwood, author of "Quest for Flight".

Quest for Flight is a biography of a prolific scientific inventor and the principal aviation pioneer in the  merican west at the turn of the nineteenth century. At a time when many grappled with the seemingly impossible "problem of aerial navigation" John. J. Montgomery independently solved the problem of human controlled flight and served as unofficial dean to a community of California based aviation pioneers at that critical tipping point in the race to conquer the skies. Santa Cruz County served as an important locale for a pivotal point in the story and represents a Kitty Hawk of the west.

Gary F. Kurutz, Principal Librarian, Special Collections, California State Library says, "In this beautifully written and thoroughly researched comprehensive biography of John J. Montgomery, Harwood and Fogel not only debunk many of the myths surrounding Montgomery and the Wrights but also provide a history of pioneer aviation in the West."

Kevin Starr - author of "California: A History" wrote - "Informed and vividly written, Quest for Flight revises the chronology of aviation in America decades prior to 1903, and in terms of geography, locates its emergence on a far, far shore from Kitty Hawk."

Quest for Flight has received honorable mention in the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival (History Award category) and has been a best seller at the Published in three different periods.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to meet Craig and hear more about this fascinating period in American History, a great event for all members of the family!

New Art Exhibit Arriving August 17!

Brent Jensen
"My Favorite Photos" is the new art exhibit opening at the Scotts Valley Library Aug. 17 to Nov. 2.

To celebrate the new exhibit there will be an Artist Reception on August 24th from 2-5pm hosted by State Farm Laureen Yungmeyer.  Come join us and meet the artist.

"My Favorite Photos" features 8 diverse, local, well-traveled artists:

Sheryl Germany
  • Sheryl began her photographic journey simply as a way to document the lives and activities of her 4 children. Beginning with a small point and shoot camera, the journey began and a passion was born. Sheryl gathered most of her photographic knowledge through books and self-teaching, as well as plenty of practice.
John Goldberg 
  • Captured the incredible beauty of our environment in his images for many years. His photographs showcase our deserts, mountains, forests and coastlines along with the plants, insects and animals that inhabit them. In recent years, he has included the California coastal urban environment in his work. John’s work has been published by newspapers, magazines, companies and non-profits and his images have been used for the cover of several magazines. 
Brent Jensen 
  • Captures photographs of the scenery, flowers, and wildlife that he finds in nature. His Hummingbird Project was the first project where he had a specific goal in mind. Brent realized that he had this wonderful resource close by -- the Hummingbird Gardens at the UCSC Arboretum so he thought it would be wonderful to enlarge pictures of hummingbirds to put them on a human scale so we could more easily appreciate them and their environment. To learn more visit:
Keith Kelsen 
  • Often struck by the beauty of an overlooked slice of the world, that when the composition is attuned, the world is transformed into something remarkably salient. Born a native. As a global traveler, Keith has circumvented the world 26 times, visited 411 cities on all continents, and still going. His life’s work represents over 50 fine art images that he considers a striking chapter of the world around us. All of his prints are limited editions of 100. See more at
Anne LaBrie
  • Creates expressive abstract digital art. The technical process begins with a simple photograph of everyday objects, shapes and spontaneous organic forms. The photograph is transformed with special filters that, at times, reveal unusual expressions or metaphors. The endless possibilities from these methods inspire her. To see more visit:

Conner Quinto
  • A Photographer from Santa Cruz California. He studied photography at Cabrillo College and UCSC where he started out in the darkroom developing pictures the old-fashioned way, before transferring that knowledge into the digital realm. Conner specializes in Landscape and Macro photography, working in the real and the abstract.  Conner also offers portrait and product photographic services.

Petcharee Tamawong 
  • A native of Thailand Petcharee not only photographs her unique carvings but also focuses on macro photography of flowers, landscape, commercial photography of jewelry and collections, portraits of people, birds and animal photography and wedding photography. In December 2012, as a First Place Winner, Tamawong-Benjamin won a trip to Thailand in the National Geographic Photo Contest of “My Thailand, My Story” for her Thai temple photography. 
Colin Wojno 
  • Colin is relatively new to photography, but has been an artist for most of his life. He loves using what he has learned from the art world to help him compose interesting shots in the photography world. Colin is always looking for new angles, new locations and new subjects to challenge him. Fortunately, he does not have to go very far in California! View his latest photos at:

Library Class: eBooks and More

Do you need help checking out materials for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, or other device? Come to our eBooks and More class and we’ll show you how it’s done! All ages and knowledge levels welcome. 

When: August 5, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where: Scotts Valley Library

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Movie Time - "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

Join us for the classic movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", starring Gene Wilder. A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.

When:  July 27, 2013 
From: 3:00 PM-4:45 PM
Where: Scotts Valley Branch

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Live Stream of Battle of the Bands - Sat. July 20!

Can't make it into Santa Cruz? Then watch a live stream of the Battle of the Bands at the Scotts Valley Library!

When:  Saturday, July 20, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Location: Scotts Valley Library

For more information about Battle of the Bands.

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National Teen Lock-in at the Scotts Valley Library

Here's a rare opportunity to play and hang out in Scotts Valley Library after the doors are locked!!

What: National Teen Lock-in
When: August 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM-12:00 AM
Where: Scotts Valley Library

Registration is required. To register you will first need to enroll in our Summer Reading Program if you aren't already:

  1. Enroll in the Summer Reading Program - you will be given a Summer Reading number, make a note of it, you'll need it for the next step.
  2. Register for the event.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Teens

Watch "Queen of the Sun" Movie at the Scotts Valley Library

Join us at the Scotts Valley Library on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM-4:30 PM to watch:

"Queen of the Sun" Movie  -- An award-winning exploration of colony collapse disorder in bees, what’s causing it, and the sometimes quirky bee keepers trying to keep their hives alive. 

The movie is part of the Food for Thought! 2013 Summer Film Series.
See additional information about the movie.
View similar upcoming events: Films, Programs for Adults, Summer Reading for Adults

Beginning iPad Class

Want to learn how to use an iPad - come to the Scotts Valley Library for our beginning iPad class:

When:  Monday, July 8 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where: Location: Scotts Valley Branch

The class will cover the basics of using your iPad, such as why you need an Apple ID, what the buttons do, what an app is, how to connect to wireless Internet, and how to change your notifications.

To find other classes and adult programs happening at the Santa Cruz libraries in July visit:

Teen Tech Tasters - Every Wednesday in July

Join us for Teen Tech Tasters - a series of activities and talks about electronic music, video and gaming.

Time:  3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: Wednesday - July 3, 10, 17, 24
Where: Scotts Valley Library

View all the Santa Cruz library teen summer programs for July here.

Come see the show - Cowgirl Tricks!

Come down to the Scotts Valley Library on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 3:30pm and watch the show:

Cowgirl Tricks 
It's a unique fun-filled Vaudeville-style Western Comedy Act complete with Trick Roping, Whip Cracking, Music and Lots of Surprises! Summer fun for the family!

Performance will start at 3:30pm. 
Audience limit - 70.

Don't forget Saturday, June 29 - the Busy Bee Dog Show, starts at 2pm!

Summer Program: The Busy Bee Dog Show

Mark your calendar - bring the family down for a free show at the Scotts Valley Library:

: Busy Bee Dogs

When: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Where: Scotts Valley Library at 2pm

Who: The entire family will love these pooches

A troupe of formerly homeless dogs have gone into show business and travel the Bay Area amazing and educating audiences with all the things they have learned to do.

Meet them at the Library!

The show is free.

For more information, email or call (831)427-7717.

Summer Program: Free Digital Media Workshop

What: Teen Tech Tasters:
Free Digital Media Workshop

Who: Young People Ages 10-18

When: June 19th and June 26th 3-4:30 pm

Where: Scotts Valley Branch Library

Working in pairs and groups, kids aged 10-18 learn about the language of video and how to make movies in this 2 part digital media workshop.

Robin Macomber from the Digital Media Factory will lead the workshop. Show your movie on the big screen!

Equipment is provided, and participants are invited to bring equipment such as cameras or tablets if they have it.

Registration is required. To register you will first need to enroll in our Summer Reading Program:

  1. Enroll in the Summer Reading Program - you will be given a Summer Reading number, make a note of it, you'll need it for the next step.
  2. Sign up for the workshop.

Sessions will be repeated in July.

Have questions or need more info: Email or call (831)427-7717

Book Sale a Huge Success!! Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came down to the Scotts Valley Library on Saturday for our Used Book Sale, and to all those who donated books for it. The book sale was a huge success - our goal was to raise $1500 to pay for summer programs and we are thrilled to say that we surpassed this goal!!  

A huge thank you goes to Ellen Campos who organizes the book sale, and the book donations for the Friends!  

Next book sale will be early December - watch the web site for more details, and keep the book donations coming!

Don't Miss the Book Sale - Saturday, June 8

Join the Friends at the Scotts Valley Library for our Semi-Annual Book Sale!

Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 4pm / Fireside Room
(To enter the library before 11am come in through the patio!)

As always, a fabulous selection of  books will be available - a perfect way to kick off your summer reading and get a stack of books for the kids!!

Remember, it's not too late to donate gently used books for the book sale either.  Drop off books before June 6!  ( Please: no textbooks or manuals :) )

And while you're at the Library take the opportunity to check out the new recently opened Patio.

Mark your calendar - come down and support the Scotts Valley Library, we look forward to seeing you there!

Redesigned Patio Now Open At the Scotts Valley Library

The “Friends of the Scotts Valley Library” are pleased to announce that the new patio of the Scotts Valley Library is now ready for your enjoyment. The patio’s completion was a community effort, funded by generous community donations including substantial gifts from Laura and Terry LaPorte and the late Dorothy Hale.

“The library patio is a wonderful sanctuary where you can escape to read a book”, notes Derek Timm, President of the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library. Further, he envisions, “community groups hosting gatherings, performances and events on the patio in the future.”

The patio is the result of efforts that began with a bidding process in April 2012. After design firm Janecki & Associates was selected and presented the project to the Scotts Valley City Council, the Friends of the Library awarded the project to local Scotts Valley landscaper, Coastal Evergreen. “Working with Coastal Evergreen to execute the entire patio, made for a better cohesive end-result,” says Amy West, Janecki & Associates principal and lead for the project. “This project is a reflection of our community and we stand committed to enhancing and connecting with our community.”

The process was a collaborative effort and a confluence of local expertise and generosity. Coastal Evergreen was responsible for the execution of the patio and went above and beyond to create a patio within a budget. They sourced local, donated reclaimed wood for the fence and reconfigured the existing irrigation. Larry Bush of Los Animas Concrete, donated boulders to the patio landscape, followed by local Central Home Supply who offered their time and equipment to pick up the rocks and transport them. Posts were reused and the old fencing was given to the city. The concrete was stained, lighting added and drainage hardware installed.

Not only was structural integrity important to the project, but aesthetic value was also a priority. The scale of the patio is compatible with the size of the industrial building in order to reflect as an extension of the library. Lines on the patio pick up the pattern inside the library of strong vertical and horizontal banding. Plants and colorful furniture connect with the vibrant hues as library patrons look outward through the glass panels.

The brightly colored furniture was also made possible by generous donations to the library and is just one of the sponsorship opportunities at the busy library, that sees over 15,000 patrons monthly. Business and personal donors can have their name engraved on decking planks, purchase furniture, or their family names displayed on colorful ceramic leaves created by local artist Beth Allison Gripenstraw. For more details about sponsorship or donation opportunitions, visit our fundraising page or contact Derek Timm at 831/239-9203. With the expertise of Janecki & Associates, Coastal Evergreen and countless patrons from the community, the library patio is now available as a peaceful outdoor resource that further beautifies our popular library and makes it an enjoyable place to visit.  See you on the patio!

Parent Support Event - Asperger Syndrome / May 20th at 6pm

Join the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library and the Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) for a Parent Support Event on Asperger Syndrome.

On:  Monday May 20th / 6:00-8:00 pm 
At: Scotts Valley Library Media Room

This event is for parents and caregivers of children, teens, and young adults who have Asperger Syndrome (and those with similar challenges).

The event will be hosted by Nancy Winans.  There will be mentors, who are parents of teens and adults, who will speak about their experiences raising a child with AS, plus there will be time for parents to ask questions and break into small groups to share together.

Donate Your Gently Used Books

Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Summer Book Sale - Saturday, June 8 starting at 10am.

Support the library and donate your gently used books.  From fiction to non-fiction, children's books and more, Spring clean your bookshelves and bring them to the Scotts Valley Library before June 6!

New Art Exhibit!

“Sharing the Vision, Spiritually Inspired Art” is an exhibition showcasing the work of 12 local artists
highlighting their exploration of the art-spirituality connection. Spanning many mediums, the artists tap into current sentiments and present a wide array of individual interpretations of the different ways of seeing religion or spirituality.  The exhibit will run until August 17th.

We invite you to join us at the artists’ reception May 4th from 2pm - 4pm, meet the artists, and share their personal and collective experiences of the spiritual aspect of life through the arts.

Showing: Ivan Chan, Belinda Clements, Gary Geyer, Tatiana Grant, Bruce Harmon, John Johnson, Kumar Lama, Theresa Mallen, Shane’ Mann, Ruth Poe, Jen Raynes, Tom Wolver

The Scotts Valley Library's a Hive of Activity!!

There's so much happening at the Scotts Valley Library. Are you sure you're not missing it?

  • Every Monday afternoon from 3pm until 4pm come join us for Knitting - all skill levels are welcome.

  • Every Tuesday at 10:30pm bring your 3-6 year olds for Preschool Storytimes

  • Every other Tuesday from 4pm - 5pm bring your young readers to "Tales to Tails", a literacy program where children sign up for a private twenty-minute slot to read to an attentive certified therapy dog. To register for a time slot, contact the programming team (831) 427-7717 /

  • Every Thursdays at 10:30pm bring your 1-3 year olds for Toddler Storytimes

  • Every Thursday from 3pm until 5pm students (up to grade 12) can get Homework Help supervised by a California-certified teacher.

  • Every third Saturday of the month from 2pm until 4pm join us for our Community Poetry Circle, and bring out the poet within.

  • Plus - there are a lot of great programs happening in other branches - check out the calendar of events.  If you own a small business don't miss the Downtown monthly "Small Business Brown Bag Series" - view upcoming discussion topics here.

New Sponsorship Opportunity

Would you like to help Scotts Valley Friends of the Library complete the back patio project? The patio will open in the Spring, and we are currently raising money to buy patio furniture.

For just $50, you could buy a beautiful ceramic leaf. These custom, colorful ceramic leaves, hand-lettered and created by local artist Beth Gripenstraw, will make a lasting impression.  A perfect way to recognize any member of your family or a friend. The leaves will be installed as decorative art on the back patio fence.  Order forms are at the library, or downloaded it here.

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available - check them all out on our fundraising page.  See you at the Library!

New Art Exhibit, ‘About Face’ opens January 19

Alison by Richard Bennett
The next exhibit, ‘About Face’ begins January 19 and will be celebrated with an artist reception hosted by local State Farm insurance agent Laureen Yungmeyer on Saturday, January 26, from 2-4pm. The show will run through April 27.

About Face” is an exhibition bringing together 8 local artists focusing on faces and how they communicate personality and aspects of character. The subject matter is presented in various styles of art including painting, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. Faces are a fascinating subject in the world of art. Every face has history with a story behind it. This show explores the different methods and stories the artists choose to express.

Exhibiting Artists:  Sefla Joseph, Susan Hancey, Katharina Short, Richard Bennett, Liz Crain, Mary Altier, Dee Hooker, June Pace.

Scotts Valley Friends Welcome Derek Timm

We are happy to announce that the Friends of the Library Scotts Valley Chapter has a new president, Scotts Valley resident Derek Timm. He takes the reins from Elizabeth Walch, who has presided over our organization since its beginning. Under Elizabeth's leadership we have raised over $250,000 to fund capital improvements to outfit the new library.

Elizabeth remains a member of the Friends and will focus on the Special Needs Resource Center which she was instrumental in establishing.

We look forward to our continued success with Derek at the helm as we continue our fundraising efforts to complete an outdoor patio and build new programs at the library. This is a great time to be a 'Friend', we invite you to get involved, join us at our next Friends meeting on January 17th.

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