Santa Cruz Public Libraries Seeks Community Input on Strategic Plan


Susan Nemitz

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Seeks Community Input on Strategic Plan
Community Meetings to be Held at each of 10 Branch Libraries
October 6, 2016—SANTA CRUZ, CA—The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL), a network of 10 neighborhood library branches throughout Santa Cruz County, today announced a series of meetings to be held at each branch library to obtain community input on an updated strategic plan.
“In current public library research and practice, we have found that the most effective strategic plans begin with the community, not in the library,” stated Janis O’Driscoll, Manager of System Services. The community meetings will be facilitated by Library Director Susan Nemitz as roundtable conversations with community members to determine shared priorities, passions, and values with an eye toward where the library fits in. O’Driscoll continues, “That’s why we really hope the entire community around each branch will attend the meetings, whether they use the library or not.”
The process of garnering input for the library’s Strategic Plan will take a “Community First” approach. The Strategic Plan will be a roadmap for library decision-making about what services, programs, and activities to focus on over the next 3 years. Library Director Susan Nemitz says, “In June 2016, the voters gave their support to the improvement of each of SCPL’s ten physical branches. We are very grateful for that support- and we owe it to the voters to create spaces that support services and programs that are relevant to our communities’ values, needs, and goals. We need a plan.”

Community Meeting Schedule:
Wednesday, October 19th    2:30 pm      Branciforte Library, 230 Gault St. SC
Thursday, October 20th         4:00 pm      Garfield Park Library, 705 Woodrow Ave. SC
Tuesday, October 25th          7:00 pm      La Selva Beach Library, 316 Estrella Ave. LSB
Wednesday, October 26th        7:00 pm        Boulder Creek Library, 13390 West Park Ave. BC
Thursday, October 27th         6:00 pm      Aptos Library, 7695 Aoquel Dr. Aptos
Tuesday, November 1st        7:00 pm      Capitola Library, 2005 Wharf Rd. CAP
Saturday, November 5th       10:00 am    Downtown Library, 224 Church St. SC
Sunday, November 6th         2:00 pm      Live Oak Library, 2380 Portola Ave. SC
Wednesday, November 9th  7:00 pm      Felton Library, 6299 Gushee, FEL
Thursday, November 10th    7:00 pm      Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd. SV

In addition to each of these Branch Meetings, library staff are also participating in conversations with individuals, groups, and organizations to gain input. This information, combined with benchmarking studies against other California Libraries, demographic and other data analytics, will be analyzed in preparation for the written plan. The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is expected to be complete in January.

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) system delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery. Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

3rd Annual "The Essence of Scotts Valley” Photography Contest

The Photo Show
Saturday, September 10th

These images are the winning entries in the Third Annual  “The Essence of Scotts Valley” Photography Contest, a competition sponsored by the Scotts Valley Arts Commission, Jesse Gabriel Photography and Bay Photo of Scotts Valley. Open to photographers of all ages, this event is designed to pay photographic tribute to the uniqueness of Scotts Valley.  While categories for submitting work are not absolute, suggestions for participants were Scotts Valley people, events, landscapes, city scenes and wildlife.

For Info on this exhibit contact: Cher Roberts at:

Jim Bourne

K. Osborn

Margaret Murray

P. Webber

Book Publishing 1 - 2 - 3

Free Workshop!
By presenter Laurie Gibson

Saturday, July 30th
Scotts Valley Skypark
11:00AM - 12PM

• Learn the book business
• Find literary agents & editors
• Improve your craft
• Connect with readers!

BMX Stuntmasters!

Pro Rider John Parker
& his freestyle team!

Wednesday, July 27th
Scotts Valley Skypark
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Puppet Theater Special Events

Puppet Theater Special Events

Friday • July 1st
Three Billy Goats Gruff
at the SCOTTS VALLEY Library
251 Kings Village Rd.,
Scotts Valley

Friday • July 1st
Three Little Pigs
at the CAPITOLA Library
2005 Wharf Rd.,

3-D Printing 101

3-D Printing 101

A 3-D modeling & printing class for teens!
Ages 14+ Priority
Limited to 12 Participants
Please register by emailing

Fridays in July!
8th, 15th and the 22nd
10am-12 noon.

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Chicks in the City Hens in the Hood

Chicks in the City
Hens in the Hood

Join Master Gardener Candice McLaren and learn about the joys of keeping chickens without annoying your neighbors. Find out what the best breed is for you and your family, the beautiful options there are for your birds and eggs, and if raising chicks or rescuing from Animal Services is right for you. You’ll also get great ideas about how to design and place a chicken coop and how to transition baby chicks to the coop.

Saturday, July 2nd
11am-12 noon.

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Interpretations of Land & Sea - The Santa Cruz Oil Painters

The Santa Cruz Oil Painters (SCOP) are a group of Santa Cruz area artists at all levels. Organized by painters working in the oil medium, membership has been opened to artists working in other mediums as well.
SCOP is dedicated to providing opportunities to gather, network and benefit from each others’ painting experiences and to grow artistically. Weekly plein air painting outings are arranged in Santa Cruz, Monterey and other Bay Area counties. Members have access to an extensive and growing library of instructional DVDs. Art workshops and retreats are arranged to further their memberships’ art education.

The Friends of the Library invite the public to an Artists’ reception on
June 26th from 2 - 4pm.

June 11 – September 25, 2016

Herbs: Cook, Grow, Enjoy!

Herbs: Cook, Grow, Enjoy!

Make Herbs part of your low-water garden.
Join Master Gardener Susan Brown and learn how to grow,
preserve and cook with herbs.

Saturday, June 18th
11am-12 noon.

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Genre Book Club

A new book discussion group is forming at the Scotts Valley Library!

A different genre will be discussed at each meeting.

Bring your favorite or most recently read book to share at the first meeting!

Thursday, April 28

The last Thursday of each month

The Abstracters

The Abstracters
The public is invited to join us for an Artists' reception on Sunday April 3rd from 2-4 for our new art installation "THE ABSTRACTERS" featuring Parick Appleby, Melody Overstreet, Mimi Cahalan, J. A. Cowan, Beth Shields, Daniella Woolf, Fanne Fernow, Blaise Rosenthal, Mike McClellan, Robynn Smith, Chris Moran and Joshua Mitchell.

Quest For Flight

Join us at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Saturday, March 19 at 2:00PM. Learn how Santa Cruz County was once the “Kitty Hawk of the West”. Author Craig Harwood discusses his research & ancestral connection to "Quest for Flight".  A great event for everyone in the family!

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Scott's Valley Library a chapter of FSCPL.

Roxanne's Ribbonry

The Friends have agreed to sponsor a new quilting group at the library! It's the Ribbon Guild Class and will meet the 1st & 3rd Wed. 11am-12:30pm beginning Feb. 3.
They will meet in the Fireside room.

Roxanne's Ribbonry