Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
January 2022 Newsletter
Thanks to you, we met our goal!
We did it! Thanks to the generosity of over 500 donors, we have surpassed our Realizing the Promise capital campaign goal of $1,000,000 for Garfield Park, Branciforte, and Aptos Branch Libraries. A very bright future lies ahead as these 3 libraries come on line. And we'll keep you posted every step of the way!

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries support the Santa Cruz City-County Library System through fundraising, volunteer services, and advocacy. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization since 1979, FSCPL has supported the libraries’ role in serving underserved communities, county residents, students, families, and lifelong learners. We support the library through fundraising, advocacy, and promoting volunteerism. Our priorities are fundraising for the library system, support for our chapters, fostering local involvement for branches without Chapters, and accessible and diverse library programs.

The Friends is sustained with the support of donors like you, including primarily public contributions, book sales, and foundation grants.

Branciforte Library
Progress is visible at the new Branciforte Branch on Gault Street in Santa Cruz. Renovations build on the character of this iconic mid-century (1967) building - refreshing the 6,800 sf interior for improved flexibility, function and accessibility with areas for adult reading, children, and teens, community room and outdoor patio, electrical and telecommunications upgrades.

Follow the progress on Facebook and Instagram.
A Word from the Executive Director
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your holidays were filled with the presence of family and friends and filled with joy. Ours were certainly exciting around here! We reached our goal of raising $1,000,000 for the Realizing the Promise campaign to help renovate and furnish the branch libraries at Aptos, Branciforte, and Garfield Park. We are so pleased that we were able to accomplish this by our target date of year end. In fact, the gift that took us over the top came in on Christmas Eve! As of today, we have exceeded that million by almost $34,000!

We could not have done this without your generous support of our libraries and all they mean to the people of Santa Cruz County, and we are so grateful for that support. I am also pleased to be able to tell you that we made the individual goals for each of the three branches, as well as for the community naming opportunities in memory of Allison Endert and in honor of Mike Rotkin. 

So again, thanks very much to each and everyone of you who supported this campaign with your time and your financial generosity. Every gift makes a difference, and every one made it possible for us to celebrate this success and we are grateful for all of them. There is much left to do, and we will be continuing, with your help, our work of supporting all the wonderful public libraries in the City and County of Santa Cruz. In this endeavor, we will be joined by Yolande Wilburn, our amazing new Library Director, who joined us on January 4th. Please join me in welcoming her to Santa Cruz.

This year will be an exciting time for all of us, as we start to see the next wave of branches reopen across the city and county. This will start in Spring with Garfield Park and Boulder Creek, followed by Branciforte, Live Oak, and Scotts Valley later in the year.  I expect to be celebrating each of these openings as they happen and look forward to meeting as many of you as I possibly can and having the opportunity to thank you personally for all you have done to support the Library and the Friends this year!  

Thank you again for your support, and best wishes for a Happy New Year!!!
Bruce Cotter
Executive Director

For more information about donor recognition, please email [email protected] or call 831.427.7716
Chapter Updates
Want to find out what's going on with our chapters? Learn about Aptos, Capitola, Felton, La Selva Beach, and Scotts Valley, all on our news page!
We proudly support: