FLF continues to work with library staff on improvements to our branch. Thanks to our donors, we recently provided funds for items to enhance programs: a podium, wireless speaker, and a whiteboard.
Come share your ideas and energy at an FLF meeting, held the fourth Friday of the month from 3:30–4:45 p.m. in the Community Room. See the February meeting notes here.
Community-Led Learning Event
Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Starting Summer Garden Seeds Indoors Renee Shepherd, Felton resident and Community-Led Learning volunteer, is the founder of Renee’s Garden Seeds. She will give a talk and demonstration on how to start your summer garden indoors and grow fabulous and delicious tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, as well as how to grow them successfully outdoors in our climate for a bountiful harvest. Participants will receive a packet of Renee’s Garden seeds. Registration required here.
Our Community Reads Event
Wednesday, March 22, 6 p.m.
Book discussion: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver, the Our Community Reads book for 2023, led by April Zilber in the Reading in the Redwoods book group. Sponsored by Felton Library Friends.
Saturday, March 25, 3–4 p.m. Off Track in Scotts Valley: Exploring the curious absence of railroads in Scotts Valley. Join Derek R. Whaley, author of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, as he discusses the complicated history of why a railroad never came to Scotts Valley and how it almost did. Sponsored by the SLV Museum, SCPL, and FLF. Books will be available for purchase.
The Felton Library supports our community in times of need. The Community Room and patio served as a Disaster Resource Center in February, with FEMA and other agencies providing assistance to many residents.
Art in the Library
Michael Singer has been passionate about photography since college. He says, “Most of my work as a full-time furniture designer/maker requires a great deal of creative iteration, detailed planning, forethought, and technical deliberateness. Photography gives me a more spontaneous creative outlet as a way to balance all of that left-brain structure.” See more of Michael’s photos here, and his fine furniture here.
Many thanks to all the volunteers providing Community-Led Learning programs in February! If you have an idea for a program in the area of art, environmental science, or local history, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patti Maxine and Alison Steele played songs of the Depression era following a film on Dorothea Lange at the Our Community Reads event February 25.
Gail Mahood discussed the challenges and opportunities of managing SLV water on February 22.
Carolyn Fitz taught classes on travel sketching on February 22 and March 1.
Felton Library Staff
Hello, Friends! My name is Odessa (like the Odyssey), and I am your 20-hour Library Assistant II at Felton. I am originally from the Bay Area, but have been in Santa Cruz since 2012, when I moved here to attend UCSC. Since joining the Felton Library in August, I have spent the last several months growing to love this town and our library community, and I hope to spend many more months to come in their service.
April 1 will be the next garden work party in the Felton Discovery Park, due to the rainy March weather. We hope for a good turnout in April to do spring weeding and light pruning of native plants. It goes by fast and it's a good thing to do for the park!
The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will hold their yearly sale of books for children and young adults on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Scotts Valley Public Library. Books are priced $1–$3 each.
Your library is your paradise. —Henry Ward Beecher