Felton Library Friends (FLF) formed in May 2005 after residents of the San Lorenzo Valley successfully fought the proposed closure of the Felton branch library. From inception until 2016, FLF members advocated for a new Felton branch, produced community events, and participated in library governance committees and on the board of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. FLF members played crucial roles in protecting the current branch from an additional closure attempt in 2008 and in helping pass Measure R in 2008 and Measure S in 2016
After the passage of Measure S in 2016 insured funding for construction, FLF members worked closely with Library Director Susan Nemitz, County officials, Architect Teall Messer, Parks planners and others on features of the new library and on plans for the adjacent Felton Discovery Park, as well as restoration of riparian areas. FLF produced many fundraising/friendraising events to keep library needs in the community’s consciousness and to raise funds to support an eventual capital campaign.
From 2017-2019, FLF continued these activities and also conducted a successful capital campaign to provide essential enhancements for the library and park and to create a fund to support ongoing programming.
With the 2020 opening of the library and park, Felton Library Friends’ primary focus will be to support the Library and Park on agreed upon projects through volunteering and fundraising.
View the slideshow from our opening day celebration – Felton Library and Discovery Park: Realizing a Community Dream