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  www.feltonlibraryfriends.org, 335-1135, feltonlibraryfriends@gmail.com

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


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


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