Big Step Towards a New Felton Branch Library

Big Step Towards a New Felton Branch Library


The County Board of Supervisors voted on May 22 to begin the process of County
acquisition of the Verutti property next to the Felton Post Office. This decision is a huge step towards a new Felton branch library and real cause for celebration by all of us who have worked so hard on this issue for the past seven years.

The proposal by Supervisor Mark Stone was that the County draw up a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Verutti family that allows final tests, planning approval, and legal documents to be completed and transfer of the property to the county to occur.  You can see the detailed proposal by Supervisor Stone at

Felton Library Friends is extremely grateful for the patience and continuing generosity of the Veruttis, who first suggested donating their property more than ten years ago.  We are also grateful to Supervisor Stone, architect Teal Messer (who has contributed to the project in countless ways), and to FLF’s “citizen member” of the Joint Powers Board, Nancy Gerdt, who has worked closely with all parties to bring about this decision.

FLF members have ample reason to feel optimistic and proud of our long fight for the Felton branch and for other community branches. In the coming months, FLF will begin exploring, in collaboration with the County, library administrators and the community, how a new library building on the property will be funded. FLF anticipates that the acquisition of this property will open new doors for grants and donations, and will provide impetus to a library system that has deemed a new Felton branch to be its highest priority capital project. 

8th Annual SLV Poetry Reading — 2012

8th  Annual SLV Poetry Reading
April 26, 2012
Theme: “Taking a Stand”
Poems selected for reading
by SC Poet Laureate David Swanger

Ages 4-8

Cade Martin-Hansen Taking a Stand in the Town Hall

Ages 9-13

Rowan Nolan     Will You Come with Me?

Julia Poetzinger The Lonely

Paris Shewfelt      Mother Earth v. Fossil Fuel    

Ages 14-17

Sam Wylie    Wrath of the Norsemen

Jordan Martinez    Family Matters

Leila Brandt      A Reflection of Humanity and Science
Zoe Webb My, Myself and I Versus the World  

Christian Mark Earth
Walker Robustelli What Emissions?

Nancy Hoffman     Insouciance
Susan Raineri      When I Die

“ A Favorite Poem”

  • Judy Anderson, Liberty Bank
  • Jeff Calden, SLV Middle School
  • Sheila DeLany, The Blind Pilot
  • Beth Hollenbeck, Musician/Music Educator 
  • Jason McCluskey. Felton Library
  • Matt McMillan, SLV Middle School

Sponsored by Felton Library Friends A chapter of Friends of the
Santa Cruz  Public Libraries

Steering Committee Meeting April 24, 2012

Present: Nancy, Phyllis, Edna, Anita, Bob, Paul, April, Lucy.
County report: Nancy reported on progress regarding the County and the Verutti property.  She reviewed projected costs for various tests and reports.
Poetry Reading: Members reviewed preparations and supplies and volunteered to bring refreshments.



You are invited!

Eighth Annual San Lorenzo Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 26, 7-8  p.m.
Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton
Free Admission

David Swanger, 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 “Taking a Stand,”  from entries in four
age categories.  In addition, favorite poems will be read by Judy
Anderson (Liberty Bank), Jason McCluskey (Felton Branch Library),
Sheila DeLany (The Blind Pilot Jewlery), Matt McMillan and Jeff Calden
(San Lorenzo Valley Middle School), and Beth Hollenbeck
(Musician/Music Educator)

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 group of
San Lorenzo Valley residents dedicated to excellent public library
services for Felton and surrounding areas.

New Storytime Schedule

New Storytime Schedule

Dear Felton Library Friends —

We are pleased to pass on this announcement from the programming team at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.  Thanks to all who participated in the recent survey.  There was a tremendous show of support for children’s programming at the branch.

We Heard You Felton! 
New Storytime: Starting Thursday, April 12 
Preschool Storytime at Felton 10:15 
Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities 
For more information call 831-427-7717 or