Murder In The Stacks

Thanks to all the Volunteers, donors and participants for making this a night to remember. A good time was had by all!


The art world is diverse and complex. From the beginning of time, human beings have felt the need to express themselves, their beliefs and the world around them through artistic endeavors as diverse as the artists themselves.

Mixed Media Art is a concept that was developed in the twentieth century as postmodern artists began to bend the rules of traditional high arts such as painting and sculpture. However, mixed media concepts can be found throughout time as long as one considers any artwork using more than one type of material to be classified as mixed media art.

The Friends of the Library invite the public to an Artists’ reception on
January 17th from 2 - 4pm.

December 19 – March 12, 2016

National Novel Writing Month

Join us in the creative frenzy of NaNoWriMo, the most fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing! Write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in 30 days this November and experience the thrill of a month spent checking out your imagination.

Participants sign up for the national program on the NaNoWriMo website: On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. The website offers great tips and support.z

This year SCPL is participating by hosting a series of Come "Write In" events at libraries throughout the county.

Join our Facebook Event and keep checking back as we continue to add facilitated workshops, meetups, and talks from local authors to fuel your imagination!

Previous Art Installation - AGELESS ART

Hannah Bella Posner

At what age do people hit their stride artistically?  Children’s art is said to defy rules and deal with simplicity rather than subtlety. Senior art often embraces this same freedom in depiction of space and use of color. What happens in the middle?  Why do people even make Art?

  To tell a story
  Express personal thoughts
& feelings
  Explain the unknown
  Create an illusion
  Amuse themselves
  Record a time, person or place
  Make the ordinary extraordinary
  Affect social change
  Heal the sick
  Or most creatively, to do something that no one else can or has yet done.

Our reasons for making art come from different periods in our lives. Art is AGELESS. Our exhibit presents artists from 8 – 98 years old.

September 26    December 19, 2015

Artist reception will be November 15th, 2-4pm

Read the artists bios!

Faye Augustine
Bryson Bost
Edward Ramirez

Previous Art Installation - FRIENDS

"Shaman" by Marie Sarni

Sponsored by The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library invites the public to their new installation ‘FRIENDS’, curated by João de Brito.

July 25th to September 26th
Reception August 15th from 2-5:00PM

251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley



Joining the FRIENDS exhibit will be the participants of the Scotts Valley Photography Contest, sponsored by the Scotts Valley Arts Commission. The purpose of the contest was to honor Scotts Valley through photographic imagery, to create a sense of community and to involve the public through participation.

Kuzanga Marimba Dance Party!

All Ages Dance Party!

With roots in Zimbabwe’s Shona Culture and traditionally used for both trance and dance, Kuzanga Marimba’s interlocking melodies and rhythms hold a multi-generational appeal.

Band members play seven wooden marimbas: sopranos, tenors, baritone, and bass, punctuated by hosho (gourd rattles) and singing. Don’t miss the chance for kids and adults to learn about these unique instruments and experiment with playing them.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

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Spring Book Sale Follow-Up

Huge success at the Spring Book Sale!

We made around $2000 for programs at our branch! Only possible because of our wonderful volunteers!

If you are interested in joining us contact Sylvia or Derek. Meetings are 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30PM in the Fireside Room. Regular attendance at meetings not needed to be a volunteer.

PrIevious Art Installation - "A Hundred Trees"

Joao de Brito

Scotts Valley’s Newest Installation ‘A Hundred Trees’.

Art in the Libraries showcases the remarkable talent of 11 California artists using trees in different media. The installation is available for viewing April 25, 2015 through July 25, 2015 at the Scotts Valley Library. 

The first known depiction of a tree is called the Gua Tewet Tree of Life created on a cave wall 10,000 years ago in Borneo. Scholars tell us it may depict the ties that bind individuals, families, territories, or spirits to one another. Family tree, hanging tree, feeding tree, flowering tree or the tree of life, all have inspired artists around the world.

Peace Paper Project

Peace PaperThe ancient tradition
of making paper by hand.

Pedal Power
Ready to make paper
Laying out paper sheet
Mixing the pulp

You will actually create paper from an article of clothing using the same process which has been practiced for over 2000 years. Peace Paper's process is a vehicle for personal expression and social change. The basic principle is that "one must break something down before it can be transformed into something new and beautiful". With its "portable studio", Peace Paper provides workshops which facilitate healing and incite public action around the world.

Click here or more information.

This was a Free Scotts Valley Friends Sponsored Event!

April 29th
Where Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley
Times - 2:00-6:00PM 

Previous Art Installation "The Original Selfie"

Rhea O'Neill
Scotts Valley’s most recent Installation ‘Art in the Library’ celebrated the original ‘selfies’ – an exhibition of self portraits by 80 Santa Cruz County artists. The installation was available for viewing January 24 through April 25 at the Scotts Valley Library. Additionally, the public was invited to an artist’s reception on: 

The reception was on Sunday, February 8 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the library, located at 251 Kings Village Rd. in Scotts Valley.
There were between 400-500 people in attendance and a fabulous time was had by all !

The artist’s reception was open to the public and provided the opportunity to view the self-portraits and meet all of the artists.