Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SLV Poetry Reading April 24

The public is invited to the Tenth Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall (6191 Highway 9) David Swanger, former Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate, will read from his own poetry and then introduce local poets to read original poems he has selected, on the theme of "Sharing," from entries in four age categories.  

In addition, favorite poems will be read by Shannon Calden (Principal, SLV Elementary), Teresa Landers (Director, Santa Cruz Public Libraries), Brian Largay (Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Safe Passages to Schools), Robin Mustatelli (Chief of Staff for Supervisor McPherson), and David Terrazas (Santa Cruz City Council, Library Joint Powers Board).

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 chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.  For more information, contact, 335-1135,

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Call for Poems -- SLV Poetry Reading

Tenth Annual SLV Poetry Reading

Felton Library Friends invites SLV residents to submit poems on the theme of "Sharing" for the 10th Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading.

Entries must be submitted by March 28 by email to or by mail to Felton Library Friends, PO Box 1245, Felton, CA 95018. One poem per poet may be submitted, accompanied by the poet's name, age category, email address, and phone number. The age categories are 4-8 (dictation OK), 9-12, 13-17, and adult.

Poems, selected from all age categories by former Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate David Swanger, will be read by their authors at the SLV Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. In addition, poems selected for the event will be published in the Press-Banner.

Poets may wish to consider the following questions in approaching this year's theme:

  • Are there things or feelings you share?
  • Are there things or feelings you choose not to share?
  • How do things like the web/facebook/texting affect what we share?
  • What are some important things/ideas/feelings to share?
  • How do we decide with whom we share what?
  • How does a street person with a sign asking for money make you feel?
  • When your family sits around the table at night, what kinds of things do you share? Or not share?
  • In school, in your classroom, how is sharing regarded? How is sharing practiced?
  • When is sharing prohibited? (e.g. when taking a test.). When is it encouraged? (e.g. when working as a team.)
  • Are there humorous situations related to sharing (e.g. when something is shared that is not wanted)?

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Town Meeting with Bruce McPherson

Felton Library Friends urges you to come to an informational meeting with Supervisor Bruce McPherson on the Felton Library project.

The past several years have brought many changes to the Santa Cruz County Public Library system. Come learn about the accomplishments of the system as a whole and plans for its future. Then join a discussion on how the proposed Felton Branch would serve the San Lorenzo Valley.

This is an opportunity, for all of us who want better library services for Felton and surrounding communities, to work with our new supervisor to make that dream come true. 

CLICK HERE  to read a summary of previous community input on the Felton Library design. 

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
Felton Community Hall

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Community Action Day Saturday July 20 -- Please Come


Come Join Felton Library Friends in a day of Community Action! 
On Saturday July 20, starting at 8:30 a.m., we're having a work party on the land of our future library. Please bring gloves, rakes, weed-whacker and pitchforks to rake up brush and load it into trucks. You are welcome to drop by for an hour or more. If you know ahead of time that you will come, please let us know  at
Where: Gushee Street property, next to the Felton Post Office.
When: Saturday, July 20, 8:30 on.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Town Meeting with Supervisor McPherson


Felton Library Friends urges you to attend Thursday's town meeting with Supervisor Bruce McPherson.

Following up on the three town plan meetings held between February and April, Supervisor McPherson and his staff are seeking volunteers to work on issues particular to each town (Felton, Ben Lomond, and Boulder Creek) as well as on two areas of concern throughout the valley: Highway 9 issues and tourism.

A new library for Felton is one of four main issues identified for FeltonFelton Library Friends is already working closely with Supervisor McPherson and the Library Joint Powers Board on this topic; we look forward to the added momentum that these town meetings bring to reaching our goal.

Felton Town Meeting: May 23, 4-6 p.m., Felton Covered Bridge Park (picnic tables near the Bridge).

The meeting for Boulder Creek is June 6, 4:00-6:00, at the BCLibrary Ampitheatre, and the meeting for Ben Lomond is June 11, 4:00-5:30 at BL Park.

Felton Library Friends

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