Thursday, June 25, 2015

We Own It!

On June 23 the Board of Supervisors officially accepted the generous land donation by the Verutti family As a bonus, the County purchased the adjacent parcel, creating 2.03 acres for the project next to the Post Office . The additional parcel will allow for outdoor activities in conjunction with the public library. 

Felton Library Friends thanks County officials for their unwavering support and commitment to this project, including former and current Supervisors Mark Stone and Bruce McPherson for their strong advocacy on behalf of the citizens of the Valley. It's been a very long process driven by FLF leaders and Library Board citizen members past and present, Nancy Gerdt and Jim Mosher. 

What's next? 

In the near future, plans for funding this much-anticipated branch will be proposed, and FLF will begin meeting regularly again.

Also, we're hard at work on relaunching our website and entering the world of social media. Stay tuned for more announcements soon!

— Felton Library Friends

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Felton branch summer programs for children

Summer Programs for Kids at Felton

Greetings Felton Library Friends!

Join other SLV families at the Felton branch library for weekly storytime, weekly crafts time, and four special events.
  • Felton Summer Storytime - Thursdays, 10:00 There will be songs, stories, fingerplays and a simple craft. Siblings are welcome to join in the fun! Let's play and learn together! This series runs June 4 to July July 30.
  • Family Craft time Tuesdays 2:30-4.
Special Summer programs:
  • Friday June 19th2pm -- The Great Blindini (magic)
  • Friday July 10th, 3pm --  Puppet Theater
  • Friday July 17, 2pm  -- Make a Book
  • Thursday, July 23, 11am. -- Circus of Smiles

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What is happening with the new Felton branch library?

FLF formed in 2005 to oppose closure of the Felton branch library, and our group has successfully fought off three closure attempts. At the same time we have worked to bring to Felton a larger, modern, library facility that can serve the San Lorenzo Valley for the next fifty years as a community hub and lifelong learning center.

Our efforts on behalf of a new facility have been two-pronged -- the property and funding. We have worked with County and Library officials, as well as with members of the Verutti family, to render the property adjacent to the Felton post office "shovel ready" for construction. Plans for a 9300 square-foot facility, Planning Department approvals, and environmental reports, are all either completed or well-developed. FLF is confident that, when funding exists, construction of the Felton branch will be ready to start.

Regarding funding, while fundraisers, bequests, donations, and grants have helped our effort tremendously over the years, construction of a facility that will cost more than nine million dollars will be possible only with public funding. All branches in the ten-branch Santa Cruz library system need facilities funding, whether for entirely new buildings, major upgrades, or relatively minor renovations, and for this reason the agencies that comprise our system (SC County, and the cities of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Capitola) currently plan to ask County voters to approve a parcel tax to fund facilities work, probably in 2016 (previous plans were for a 2015 vote). Assuming that the tax measure adequately addresses SLV's need for improved library services, FLF members expect to work on behalf of passage.

The Library system is currently engaged in discussions and negotiations regarding governance, finances, and allocation of resources. In addition, with the departure of the current Director this June, recruitment will commence for a new Library Director. FLF is committed to keeping SLV residents informed of all developments in the system that may affect library services to the Valley. In addition FLF intends to resume regular group meetings and activities later in 2015, especially if a ballot measure looks imminent. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poetry Reading April 9

You are invited!

Eleventh Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 9, 7-8  p.m.
Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton
Free Admission

The public is invited to the Eleventh Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate, will read from her own poetry and then introduce local poets to read original poems she has selected, on the theme of "What Have You Lost?" from entries in three age categories. In addition, favorite poems will be read by Dr. Laurie Bruton, SLVUSD Superintendent; Gene Ratcliffe, SLVWD director; and Emily Thomas from The Cremer House.

The reading, described by a previous attendee  as "a wonderful, heartwarming event," is free to the public and will include refreshments. It is sponsored by Felton Library Friends, a group of San Lorenzo Valley residents dedicated to excellent public library services for Felton and surrounding areas.  For more information, contact, 335-1135,

Felton Library Friends
A chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
P.O. Box 1135, Felton CA 95018

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Art Reception January 22

You Are Invited

to an Art Reception at the Felton Branch Library
January 22, 2015, 3:30-4:30

Gourd Animal Art
Recycled Men's Ties
and Book Quotes illustrated by 8 Local Artists