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We Run on Volunteer Energy!
Are you interested in helping as a volunteer? Even if you cannot make a commitment to serve every week, we still need alternates to cover for sick days and travel. You will earn credit towards membership to the DLC, you can bring your kids, and you will support our county's volunteer-led nonprofit for homeschoolers! For details, email

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday: 10:00 - 2:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 2:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 2:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 2:00
Friday: 10:00 - 2:00

The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that provides learning resources to preschool, homeschool, and traditionally schooled families. The core of our mission is to provide a location and resources for pre-K through 8th grade family learning.

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Fall classes start September 6th.
Browse our online catalog and register online."We have partnered with CourseStorm to bring you online registration and easy pay-ahead options for our exciting line up of classes and clubs. Register today!

We are accepting proposals for fall and spring events and classes!

The sooner you can get your class proposal submitted, the better. You don't have to be a professional teacher, just someone who is passionate about a particular topic and willing to share your curiosity and expertise with the next generation.

You can lead a one day, one week, or all semester long activity this fall. 

Submit your class, event, activity, or workshop proposal today!

Special Events

Ornament Making Workshop
This workshop is for all ages, but children under six will need adult assistance.

Friday, December 9th, 10:00 - 12:00

Book Club Poetry Party
Join us December 15th for a Poetry Party! We'll be coming together to have some fun with poems. Choose a favorite poem to share with the group. If you like to write, you can share one of your own poems. The poem can be read by the child or parent. Some families read the poem togetehr. It does not need to be memorized unless the child prefers. Some kids like to do a dramatic reading. We'll do some choral poetry and share treats, tea, and hot apple cider. We will meet in the Fireside Room at the DLC.

Thursday, December 15th, 10:00-12:30
Facilitator: Charlotte McManus
If possible, please RSVP to

Adult Classes & Support Groups

Homeschool Parent Support Group

Join this supportive group of homeschooling parents where we share the joys and challenges of homeschooling over tea, coffee, and (always) chocolate! New and prospective homeschoolers area always welcome!

Questions about the support group?  Please contact Heddi at

Monday, December 12th, 7-9 pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms

Volunteer Opportunities

DLC Board Meeting

Our board meetings are always open to anyone who would like to get involved. Do you have an idea about how the DLC could better support local homeschoolers? Come share it with the board!

Monday, December 19th: 7-9 p.m.

Deck the halls with handmade ornaments, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!

Ornament Making Workshop
Come down to the DLC this Friday, December 9th from 10:00-12:00 and create some ornaments for your tree! This workshop is for all ages, but children under six will need adult assistance.

Holiday Closure Dates
The lending library will be closed from December 17th - January 1st.

New Spring Classes
Take a look at what we are offering in January. Course titles are linked to course catalog pages with detailed descriptions and registration. Year-long classes also continuing :-)

For the Younger Crowd:

For Middles:

    Just for Teens:

    • Teen Lit (ages 13+) 
      This course is broken into 6 separate classes (6 weeks ea.). Register separately for ea. class/book.
      • Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:30
        • Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (January 24th - February 28th)

    Current Classes & Clubs

    Our workshops are free to supporting members.  We request a $2-$5 (sliding scale based on what you're comfortable with) donation per family for each class day of all others to help support the DLC.  Some classes have an additional materials fee listed in the class description.

    NOTE: The DLC is not a drop off program. If you wish to leave the DLC campus while your child is participating in a class, activity, or club, then you must arrange for another parent or caregiver who will be staying on campus to supervise your child.


    Starting out in Latin with Minimus
    Join us for this lively introduction to the Latin language and culture of Roman Britain. Students will learn basic grammar and Latin vocabulary through stories featuring a real family who lived in Roman times. Minimus the mouse guides students through learning about first and second declension nouns and present tense verbs through short comics and a variety of activities.

    Students will need to purchase a copy of the Minimus Starting out in Latin Pupil Book by Barbara Bell (used copies can be purchased on Amazon) for this 24 week class. They will have some homework each week from the text.

    Parents are encourages to participate, especially if they haven't studied Latin themselves.

    Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00, beginning  Nov. 28th

    Age Range: 8-12
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Rebecca Paten

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    About the volunteer instructor: Rebecca has worked together with other families to introduce their children to other languages including sign language and French.

    Chemistry for Kids
    Join us for some chemistry fun! Each week students will engage in various kid-friendly experiments that introduce them to the science of chemical reactions. Remember: the most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes, so please dress for some hands-on science exploration.

    Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00, beginning  Nov. 28th

    Age Range: 6-12 (flexible, siblings ok)
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Nicole Bargagliotti

    Cost: $56 to be paid to the guest teacher at the first class plus the $10 registration fee. Nicole will offer a 25% discount on her teacher fee to siblings.

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    About guest teacher: I am the mom of three fun-loving, inquisitive boys who inspire me every day. I spent 10 years as a classroom teacher before we began our homeschool adventure three years ago. I have always loved science, and especially appreciate the way science lessons can be adapted to met a variety of learning styles. For more information about the class, contact me at:


    Big History

    Big History brings to life an audacious idea—a single course that covers the complete history of people and the Universe. By sharing the big picture and challenging students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in. We will be using the Big History Project ( as our main source of material.

    Tuesdays: 12:00 - 1:00
    Age Range: 13 and up
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Instructor: Heddi Craft

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Beginning Spanish

    This will be a continuation Spanish class from last year, open to new students. We will continue to conjugate verbs, structure sentences, and conversation, explore culture and current topics. This class is highly interactive, engaging and has developed into more of a group structure where students assist one another and develop new methods to learn and understand Spanish.

    Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00
    Age Range: 11 and up
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Connie Corona-Falls

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


    World Geography

    Join us on a geographic journey around the world through all seven continents. We’ll be mapping, using an atlas, researching areas of interest, while learning about the culture and landscape of countries around the world. During the 26 week class, students will create their own customized Geography Notebook. This class will include some homework in the form of weekly geography questions and some independent research.

    Wednesdays:  10:30 - 11:30
    Age Range: 9-12
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Heddi Craft

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


    Writing and Bookmaking Workshop

    Kids will have fun writing and learn how to support each other. Each session will include a quiet writing time and a sharing session. We'll also play games, do writing explorations and look closely at literature examples to see how different authors practice their craft. We'll continue to explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking to computer options. There will be plenty of social time. Kids will be expected to do some writing between sessions and to share. Kids choose what they write. Any genre is fine, fiction or nonfiction.

    Open to interested writers 11 and up. (Younger if highly motivated). Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary. Kids should plan to attend regularly.

    Six twice-monthy sessions: 9/15 and 29, 10/13 and 27, 11/10 and 12/8

    Alternating Thursdays: 9:30-12:30
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Check out some of the previous writing from this workshop at


    Ornament Making Workshop
    This workshop is for all ages, but children under six will need adult assistance.

    Friday, December 9th, 10:00 - 12:00


    Chess Club

    Scholastic chess team for committed players during which kids train to play in tournaments and develop various critical thinking skills. Classes are social in nature and we have lots of fun along the way.

    This is a fee based class organized by the instructor and not by the DLC.

    Sundays: 10:00 - 12:15
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Leader: Gjon Feinstein

    For more information, contact Gjon Feinstein at or call (831) 425-7835.

    Upcoming Classes & Clubs:

    Thursday Early Childhood Co-op 
    Parent co-op hosted by the Discovery Learning Center for families with children ages 2-6. 

    Thursday group now forming. You may register and find more details at:

    December Meetings: 
    Thursdays: 12/1, 12/15 10:30-12:30

    Activity Rating: Tangy

    Friday Early Childhood Co-op

    Parent co-op hosted by the Discovery Learning Center for families with children ages 2-6. Friday Co-op is currently full.

    December Meetings: 
    12/2, 12/16: 10:30-12:30
    Activity Rating: Tangy

    DLC Activity Ratings

    Mellow- this activity is calm and tends to be focused and/or structured, good for sensitive kids

    Tangy- this activity is a mix of calm and high energy periods, good for kids who can focus for short periods of time but also like to get up and move around

    Spicy- this activity is high energy with a lot going on, good for kids who like to be busy and active

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