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. 

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 

Felton Branch Storytime Survey

Felton Branch Storytime Survey

Dear Felton Library Friend —

The Programming Team of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is conducting a survey to learn the preferences of our families for Felton Library Storytime.

Copies of the survey are available at the Felton branch and can be returned to any branch or mailed in. The survey below can also be printed and mailed to: SCPL, 117 Union St., Santa Cruz CA 95060

Another option is to copy and paste the survey below into an email, add your preferences, and email to: The deadline for survey responses is March 24.

(Beginning of survey)

Felton Library Storytime
Your Opinion Counts: Storytime Preferences!
Please return this survey by March 24th so we can provide better service to your community.

The information requested is as follows, with 1=best and 5=least.

Rank the days listed below in order of your preference:
Monday          ___________
Wednesday  _________ 
Thursday     __________
Friday         _________
Please select the time range that would best suit your needs:
10 a.m. — 12 p.m.  _________ 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.    _________ 
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.    _________ 
Other    _________ 
Please select the type of storytime you would prefer:
Baby Storytime (ages 0-1) _________ 
Toddler Storytime (ages 1-3) _________ 
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) _________ 
School Age Storytime (ages 5-10) _________ 
Family Storytime (ages 3-10) _________ 
Please return this survey by March 24th to any library branch or to 117 Union St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
(End of survey)
Felton Library Friends looks forward to the completion of the survey and scheduling of a storytime that will work better for SLV families.

Felton Library Friends
P.O. Box 1135, Felton CA 95018