History

A Timeline of our New Felton Library

Felton Library History

July 1893—Dedication of First Presbyterian Church of Felton.

June 1942—Felton Branch library established in former coat closet at Community Hall.

January 1955—Presbyterian church moves to new location. Old building purchased by Nick and Faye Belardi who plan to build a home on the site.

July 1955—Facing threat of closure, Felton residents rally to save library and church. Nick Belardi offers to sell historic building for $1000 on condition that it be moved to former school property.

September 1955—After his wife dies in an auto accident, Nick donates church and land site for “Faye G. Belardi Memorial Library.”

April 15, 1956—Opening of Belardi Library.

January 1999—Library board sets two-year deadline for renovation or replacement.

April 2000—Verutti family offers land on Gushee Street as site for new library.

May 2, 2005—Local residents successfully protest proposed “temporary” closure.

May 23, 2005—Felton Library Friends formed to actively advocate for new library.

March 2008—Joint Powers Board prioritizes Felton branch.

June 7, 2016—Measure S passes–$67 million library bond with $10 million earmarked for Felton.

September 21, 2018–Groundbreaking for new Felton library.

  

In the News: A Vision Realized

By Christina Wise, Press Banner. Photo credit: Christina Wise Strolling through the interior of Felton’s new library, one is struck by the openness, warmth and hominess of the building. Butterflies flit across the check-out desk and children’s area as walls patterned...

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New Chapter for Felton Library

Thank you to reporter Katie Evans at the Press Banner for her write up on our February Grand Opening. From the article: On February 22nd, a dream, decades in the making, came to fruition.  This past Saturday spirits were high for the opening of the Felton Public...

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Grand Opening February 22!

The San Lorenzo Valley is about to gain a fabulous new public space! Santa Cruz Public Libraries has informed Felton Library Friends that the grand opening celebration of the new Felton Branch Library will be Saturday, February 22.  Speakers involved in the...

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