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 Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa of Mountain Community Resources; 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  www.feltonlibraryfriends.org, 335-1135, feltonlibraryfriends@gmail.com


Felton Library Friends
A chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
335-1235
P.O. Box 1135, Felton CA 95018

Monday, February 2, 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, 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

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

 



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Calling All Poets!

Calling All Poets for the 2015 SLV Poetry Reading



Felton Library Friends invites submissions of poems on the topic of "What I Have Lost?" for the 11th Annual SLV Poetry Reading.

Poems must be submitted by March 8, 2015 to slvpoetryreading@gmail.com. One poem per poet please. Poems will be selected from each of four age categories for reading by their authors at the Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. The age groups are: 4-8 years (dictation OK), 9-12, 13-17, and Adult. Include name, age category, and phone number with your submission.

An excellent series of questions and suggestions to inspire poets,
has been prepared by this year's poet/reader Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz County Poetry Laureate.


What Have You Lost?

We all lose many things as we go through life. Some we miss dearly. Some we're glad to be done with. Some are physical and tangible. Some are people or pets. Some are feelings or beliefs or states of being. Life is a series of losses and new discoveries and experiences. 

*Is there some object you once had that you've lost? Describe it in detail (using the senses--sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell) and as you do, allow yourself to remember the time you had it and any feelings from then or now. If there is another person connected to this object, you can include them too.

*Is there a feeling or a state of being that you have lost? Describe that feeling or state and as you do, try to make it as specific as possible, avoiding too many abstract words and generalities. Maybe talk about a time when you still had that feeling or state of being and use sensory detail there too. It could be a feeling or a state of being that you wish you still had or it could be one that you're glad to be rid of. Sometimes when we lose something, we gain something as well, so that might also be a part of your poem--what has come to you in place of what you lost?

*Have you lost someone dear to you--through an argument, moving away, or growing in different directions? Or have you lost someone you loved through illness or death? Write about them in a way that makes room for you to describe that person so we can know them too. And you can include your feelings, thoughts and memories, your grief or longing or anger or feeling of release or relief.

*Have you ever gotten lost? You could write about that. Again, using specific sensory detail and description. Where were you? Describe the location, what was around you, how you felt. Did you discover anything through being lost? Did you find anything?

*Sometimes we go through a time in our lives when we feel lost. If you've ever gone through a time like that, write about it. Again, use specific sensory detail and description. 

*We live in a world where there are also losses larger than our own personal lives. War and violence, poverty and homelessness, racism and sexism--all these come with their losses. You might want to write about what you have lost that is not directly about your own life, but that affects you deeply. If so, try to be as detailed and specific here as you would if you were writing about your own life.

*We've also had many losses environmentally. We've lost ice in the Arctic, many species (with others endangered), farm land, forests, etc. You might want to write about these larger losses as well. And, as always, remember that one of your greatest tools as a poet is attention to specific, sensory detail and description.

*You may have another idea about what you've lost that isn't included here. Feel free to interpret this suggestion in any way you choose. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Read-A-Thon October 15

Wednesday, October 15
4:00-6:00 P.M., Felton Public Library

COMMUNITY READERS

4:00 Joni Martin-Hansen -excerpt from “In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson

4:10 Unhae Langis - Excerpt from her original writing

4:20 Georgie Purtscher – Excerpt from John Muth’s “Zen Shorts”

4:30 Cast members from SLVHS Drama Department performing  excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

4:45 Karen Van Putten - Excerpt from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”

5:00 Tandy Beal – Poetry Plus

5:15 Cast members from “Spamalot” currently playing at Mountain Theatre in Ben Lomond

5:30 SLV High School Students – original writing

5:45 Doug Morris – excerpt from author Lydia Davis

Drop by anytime!

Sponsored by Felton Library Friends, a Chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

www.feltonlibraryfriends.org

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer Children's Programs

STARTING THIS TUESDAY
SUMMER CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS 
AT THE FELTON BRANCH LIBRARY
 Tuesdays at 3:00 except as noted.

Family Crafts -- Tuesdays 3-4 pm -- Ages 3 to 100.
Join us on Tuesdays for a drop-in family craft time. We will get messy so wear proper attire for painting & other fun stuff! Crafts are subject to change...

Tuesday, June 10, 3:00 Pet Placemats

Friday, June 13, 2:00 Coventry & Kaluza
Coventry & Kaluza are devoted to the art of clown and circus. With a decade of collaboration, they have more acts than you can count on your fingers with various skills for your enjoyment and education. Coventry & Kaluza have made audiences laugh in schools, festivals, nightclubs, variety houses, private houses, circus tents, churches, conference rooms, elder care facilities, juvenile hall, on the street, and even in a castle! They’ve performed in the United States, Canada and the UK, France, Spain and Japan, by themselves and with: Circus Bella, Flynn Creek Circus, Cosmic Fools, Circus of Sound, One Thought Theatre, The Clown Cabaret, Sweet Can Productions, New Pickle Circus, Sun & Moon Ensemble, Vegetable Circus, The NY Clown Festival and more! They have also performed in seven and co-written two seasons of the Pickle Circus School Tour (produced by the SF Circus Center). Partners both onstage and off, they bring chemistry and devotion to every performance.

Tuesday, June 17, 3:00 Book bags

Friday, June 20, 2:30 Brian Scott --Magician
Brian Scott got interested in magic at a young age and was lucky enough to study with some of the top leading magicians as he grew as a performer, helping form him into an entertainer who is now one of the leading names in his business. Over the years, Brian has been hired to use his magic not only to entertain but also to promote movies and consult theatrical productions. In addition, Brian Scott writes for trade journals for the magic community and has had his ideas manufactured and marketed to other magicians for use in their own shows.Being described as a mix of one part Elvis impersonation, two parts goof, and the facial expressions of Jim Carrey, Brian Scott has traveled across the country entertaining audiences with his unique blend of magic and his down-to-earth yet mysterious personality.

Tues. June 24 3:00 Pet rocks
Tues. July 1 3:00 Foil painting
Tues. July 8 3:00 Fun with beads
Tues. July 15 3:00 Suncatchers
Tues. July 22 3:00 Clay art