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AmeriCorps Team at the Library Site–How You Can Help Out

The restoration of the library site will get a huge boost from six days of work in late January and early February by an AmeriCorps team of 12 young adults. The team will work on clearing the land of invasive plant species under the leadership of Linda Skeff, Co-leader of the Felton Library Friends Restoration Team. How you can help out: Community members will be invited to join the team for some hands-on work. Stay tuned for specific dates in a future FLF email. Donations of food (or gift certificates to New Leaf), tools such as shovels and picks, and supplies for the Team’s residence would be greatly appreciated. The team also needs gently used twin beds and linens and some sitting room furniture. Contact Linda Skeff: redwoodduff@gmail.com   Background information: The Valley Women’s Club, San Lorenzo Valley Restoration Project, and Santa Cruz County Parks Collaborated to bring the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team this January through March 2017.  The team will engage in an ongoing effort to clear invasive flora to help heal riparian habitat throughout San Lorenzo Valley, including the Felton library site, Highlands Park and Quail Hollow Ranch. AmeriCorps NCCC is a national program that enlists young adults from across the country who spend 10 months serving communities and developing leadership skills through direct, team-based national and community service. Their work focuses on disaster relief, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship, energy conservation, and urban and rural...

FLF Quarterly meeting minutes, December 7, 2016

Felton Library Friends Meeting December 7, 2016 Approx. 24 people in attendance Opening remarks, history, where we are now. Nancy Gerdt opened the meeting with introductions at 7:00 PM. She mentioned that prior to the Measure S campaign, Felton Library Friends was fairly inactive due to due to changes in the library system and uncertainty regarding the future of the Felton library. During that period, an executive committee met as needed. But with the passage of Measure S funding for the new library, FLF is reinstating meetings and recruiting new members and leadership.   Building a Library and Community Involvement The County is the project manager for the library. Recent CCC crew work will allow for additional survey work. The architect and his team, including an arborist, civil engineer, landscape architect and others, are working towards a site plan. In January or February the County will host a community meeting to present the work to date and will answer questions and listen to comments from the public.   Projected Timeline CEQA and discretionary permit reviews and approval – August 2017 Final design and construction approvals – January 2018 Begin Construction – April 15, 2018 Construction complete Spring 2019 Interior furnishing Spring 2019 Open – Summer 2019   Grants & fundraising for restoration of land Jim Mosher, team leader, reported on progress made by the Grants and Fundraising team.  The first priority is the removal of invasives from the property, which has already begun with CCC teams working on the land.  Additional funding is needed to complete the process.   This would be the first step in the restoration of the...

FLF Meets Wed Dec. 7 at Felton Firehouse

Please come  to a meeting of Felton Library Friends Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7-8 p.m. Felton Firehouse meeting room on Gushee Street.  7-8 pm. Be a part of shaping our new Felton branch library for San Lorenzo Valley. Hear about exciting progress from our teams for land restoration, grants/fundraising, events, art, and media and a report from the Library Strategic Plan meeting on what our community would  like in the new library.      Bring your ideas and energy– join other community members in positive local action that will contribute to the well being of people of all ages in...

Library Strategic Planning Meeting Nov 9 in Felton

Your Presence is Requested Felton Library Strategic Plan Meeting Wednesday, November 9 – 7:00 pm  at the Felton Community Hall Meeting Room on Kirby Street.   What do you want to happen in the new Felton Branch? Santa Cruz Library staff wants to know your priorities, passions, values and experiences with the library so they can shape a library future that serves our SLV community. Come for a roundtable conversation with Library staff and the New Director, Susan Nemitz. What are the strengths and challenges our community faces? What programs and services of the library can help meet those challenges and build on those strengths? Can’t attend? Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourLibrary2017 to complete a brief online survey before Nov....

Fall events

You Are Invited! Tour of the Felton Library Land Saturday, October 29th – 10 am, on the library land next  to the Felton Post Office. Join Linda Skeff,  Director of the Valley Women’s Club SLV Restoration Project, to walk the land, talk about future work plans for restoring the riparian corridor, and discuss how FLF members can help. Felton Library Strategic Plan Meeting Wednesday, November 9 – 7:00 pm  at the Felton Community Hall Meeting Room on Kirby Street.   What do you want to happen in the new Felton Branch? Santa Cruz Library staff wants to know your priorities, passions, values and experiences with the library so they can shape a library future that serves our SLV community. Come for a roundtable conversation with Library staff and the New Director, Susan Nemitz. What are the strengths and challenges our community faces? What programs and services of the library can help meet those challenges and build on those strengths? Can’t attend? Go to http://www.santacruzpl.org to complete a brief online survey before Nov. 1.   Felton Library Friends meeting Wednesday, December 7- 7:00 pm at the Firehouse meeting room. We will hear from our teams, take a look at the new website, and discuss our goals for...

Minutes of FLF Meeting, September 21, 2016

Felton Library Friends Meeting September 21, 2016 at Felton Community Hall Approx. 35 people in attendance Opening remarks, history, where we are now. Nancy Gerdt opened the meeting with introduction at 7:05 p.m.  and gave some history of the Felton Library project. Building a Library and Community Involvement Susan Nemitz, new  Library Director, discussed her past experiences building/remodeling libraries. Susan also said that it is more cost effective to have libraries all set up the same, but that our different communities are unique enough to have different types of libraries. Measure “S” and will not cover the costs of everything at the new library. It will mostly cover the building, fixtures, furniture and some art. Outside area is not included in Measure S funds.  Fundraising will need to be done to finish what is not covered. Not sure how much money will needed to be raised yet. Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, our 501c-3 umbrella organization, has hired Vivian Rogers as a fund raiser. Strategic Plan The ten branches in the Santa Cruz Library system are embarking on a series of community meetings at the site of each branch for the purposes of updating the system’s Strategic Plan. Felton’s Strategic Plan community meeting will be November 9. Community members attending this meeting will have the opportunity to say how they would like to use the library. What kinds of programs do people see happening there? Results of these meetings will assist staff in designing space and future programs. In the Felton branch, inside library space will be designed to be flexible in order to easily respond to...

We passed Measure S — What’s Next?

Felton Library Friends Meeting When: Wednesday, September 21 2016  7:00-8:15 pm Where: Community Room, Felton Community Hall Hear from our new Library Director, Susan Nemitz, about the process of building a library and how the community can help; Learn about preliminary plans for both the building design and the outdoor education area; Get  involved with the planning process– contribute your ideas, talents and expertise. Felton Library Friends (FLF) invites you to attend its first meeting since the passage of the Measure S library facilities bond, which includes $10 million for the construction of a new Felton library.  It will be located next to the Post Office on Gushee Street and includes a one acre parcel across Bull Creek that will be dedicated to outdoor education. FLF will be working with the library system and the County agencies responsible for construction of the new branch and outdoor area to make this exciting new community resource a reality. Community involvement  will be critical to the process, and FLF encourages everyone to get involved....

We Did It!

We Did It!

Felton Library Friends, along with library supporters throughout the County, worked hard for passage of Measure S. Now that it has passed, we’re eager for building to begin, at long last, on a new Felton branch library building!

Felton Library Friends met for the first time on May 23, 2005, a full eleven years ago! Some of you may enjoy these selected excerpts from the minutes of that meeting:

Vote Yes on S for Felton and all of our libraries

Dear Felton Library Friends, In the 10 years since Felton Library Friends began, our goal has been singular: to build a 21st century library in the town of Felton. We are now standing on the threshold of attaining that goal with Measure S on the June ballot. Our valley is long overdue for a better facility to serve citizens of all ages. Because of the small size of the current branch, the SCPL program staff has been unable to hold programs that other parts of the county have been enjoying for many years. It’s our time but we all have to do our part in the next two weeks. Here’s what you can do: Vote YES either with your absentee ballot or at  your polling place. If you or someone you know is not registered to vote or has MOVED since last voting, people can still register TODAY, May 23 at the County registration site. Today is the last day to register. Reach out to your fellow supporters, family, neighbors, and friends to make sure they get to their vote in. Sometimes people forget to mail their ballot or attend the polls on voting day. Make sure that doesn’t happen. Let’s get this done so we can start building our new facility in 2017. Thanks, Nancy Gerdt Felton Library...

It’s time to vote!

It’s time to vote! If you vote by mail, you should have received your ballot. If not, don’t forget to vote at your polling place on June 7th! If you’d like more info on Measure S, check out http://www.ourlibrariesourfuture.org/....