Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give to this campaign?
The Felton Branch Library and Nature Discovery Park campaign is a one-time initiative to secure an important, permanent resource for the communities of the San Lorenzo Valley and Bonny Doon. We are asking our community members to “stretch” in making a one-time gift to support a project that will serve our greater community for many years to come.

What benefits will I receive if I contribute?
The most important benefit: you will be creating your legacy in your community, bringing to life a unique educational, cultural, and environmental resource that will serve people of all ages, interests, and abilities now and into the future. Donors at every level will be gratefully acknowledged for their tax-deductible gifts. The campaign’s Donor Gift Levels and Recognition document explains in detail the many benefits of giving, which include significant permanent public recognition for major gifts. Naming opportunities remain at several giving levels for library rooms and areas, and there are numerous sponsorship opportunities for features in the park.

Who is involved in the campaign?
The project is led by Felton Library Friends and an Advisory Committee that includes members of community organizations, representatives of County Parks and the Santa Cruz County Public Library, elected officials, educators, business owners, and community leaders. The campaign leadership team and the professionals, and community volunteers involved in the project bring many voices and varieties of expertise, giving us confidence that this new cultural and environmental resource will reflect the very best thinking in our community.

Which public agencies are helping to create the library and park?
Santa Cruz County Public Libraries, Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation, and San Lorenzo Valley Water District are all contributing and playing key roles. Many others have endorsed the project, including San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District and UC Cooperative Extension.

What will happen to the old library building? 
The former library will become a local history museum curated and operated by the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. The newly named Faye G. Belardi Gallery, will feature local history and exhibits. The museum in Boulder Creek will continue to operate along side of the new Felton location. 

Aren’t we already paying for the library through our property taxes? Why this campaign?
The tax for the 2016 Library Bond is $49.50 per year, per parcel, for 30 years. It generated $63 million to pay for improvements and construction in all ten branches systemwide. Additional funding for the Felton library and park comes from State grants and a 2018 state budget allocation, and donations from community members making gifts large and small. But Important building enhancements, park improvements, and programs are not yet funded. This campaign will allow us to open the doors to our 21st century library with state-of-the-art technology, special book collections, additional park features, and programs and learning materials that will integrate park and library programming.

How may gifts and pledges to the project be paid?
Gifts may be made in cash or appreciated assets and may be paid over a period of from one to three years. Other means of giving include stocks, mutual funds, IRA charitable rollovers or required minimum distributions, or donor-advised funds through community foundations or charitable trusts. When you are ready to make your gift you may send a check, donate securely online at the Felton Library Friends website,, or request a Letter of Intent, in which you may specify the donation schedule and payment method that is best for you.

What are the tax advantages of giving?
Gifts made to this project are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Felton Library Friends is under the fiscal sponsorship of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID #94-2612557. Individuals who wish to make gifts now from their IRA required minimum distribution, appreciated stock, or estate may find incentives. A tax or legal advisor can help you determine how to give most advantageously.

Nature Discovery Park Sponsorship Opportunities

Visit our Felton Discovery Park page for information on sponsoring garden areas, watershed learning areas, environmental education components, play areas, and commemorative benches and trees.  

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