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    Welcome to the DLC!

    The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, nonprofit 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.

    The Discovery Learning Center
    Come on in! On any given day, you will find parents browsing our shelves and asking for advice on curriculum. You will find a club of avid readers sitting in a circle and passionately discussing l
    iterature. You will find young children exploring paint colors, or older children learning to paint in the style of van Gogh. You’ll find a mom leading a discussion of history or a professional teacher doing hands-on science experiments.

    The DLC is there for you: explore our website to learn about our library, classes, clubs, and events.

     Fun at the DLC

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    This Week's Lending Library Hours

    Monday: 12:30-2:30
    Wednesday closed
    Friday: 10:30-12:30
    Saturday: 10-12

    Join the DLC

    It's time to sign up for fall memberships!
    A DLC membership also makes a great eco-friendly gift!
    Click on Join to sign up for a lending library or supporting membership.

    Coming Events


    Cells, starts Sept. 22 

    Using the book Cells: An Introduction to the Anatomy and Physiology of Animal Cells by Ellen McHenry 
    students age 10-15 will read the book and do the chapter activities at home, then join the class at the DLC for group activities to increase understanding.  Class size is limited, please preregister with Heather at
    Monday: 10-12
    Leader: Heather
    Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy
    One time materials fee

    Sewing and Storytelling, starts Sept 22 

    We will design and sew doll clothes or stuffed animals. I will bring needles, thread, and fabric and teach basic hand-sewing skills.  Then we can tell stories featuring the dolls and animals through acting, filming, and/or written stories. Parent participation needed, especially with threading needles and writing. Ages 5-9
    Monday: 10-12
    Leader: Melody
    Activity rating: Tangy

    Playground Games, starts Sept. 24

    Come learn and playground games from around the world, including classics such as kickball, four square, tag, Red Rover, Simon Says, and many more.  Bring a bottle of water!
    Ages 6 and up.

    Wednesday: 12:30-1:30
    Leader: Cecily
    Activity Rating: Spicy

    Early Modern Times History Club, starts Sept. 24

    Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 7-10 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 3, Early Modern Times as our guide and we request that you purchase or borrow the book and read the indicated chapters as noted on our class page before attending if possible. At each meeting, we will spend 10-20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty. 

    Wednesday: 1:30-2:30
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Leader: Heddi
    Material Fee: $1-2:00 per child, depending on the weekly activity

    * DLC Current News *

    Workshops This Week   September 15-21

    Our workshops are free to supporting members. A 
    $2-5 donation per class day requested of others to support the DLC.

    History Through Literature  

    Each month we will read a different fictional novel based in ancient times or the middle ages.  We will learn about the history of that time, share our own research, and discuss the book.  Ages 10-14.  See more details on our class web page.
    Monday: 1-2pm
    Leader: Heddi
    Activity Rating: Mellow

    Crazy 8s Math Club

    Join Crazy 8s, a brand new, over-the-top club designed to get kids fired up about math! Kids ages 9-12+ will create instruments, become certified spies, and accomplish other incredible feats. Zany activities include Bouncy Dice Explosion, Glow in the Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics! Math will never be the same after you go Crazy 8s! There will be a one-time materials fee of $3-5 per child. Sponsored by Bedtime Math.  Please RSVP to participate!
    Monday: 2:30-3:30pm
    Leader: Michelle
    Activity Rating: Tangy

    DLC Monthly Board Meeting

    The DLC Board meets at the DLC on the third Monday of each month.  Interested parent are welcome to attend!
    Monday: 7-8:30pm

    The Elements (Ingredients of the Universe)  

    Using Ellen McHenry's course, The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe (, this is a basic introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry but with the interest level of the text and activities geared to students who still like to play while they learn.  Space is limited so you must preregister for this class.  This class is currently FULL.
    Activity Rating: Tangy 
    Leader: Heather
    Thursday:  10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Location: Fireside Room

    Minecraft Club

    This club is open to all ages. Participants should have Minecraft pre-loaded on their computer and a valid Minecraft license. The iPad app won't work with the full version, so children using the app will not be able to share worlds with laptop users, though they can share with each other. Visit for information.
    Thursday: 2-4pm
    Leader: Heather
    Activity Rating: Tangy 

    Preschool Mornings

    Explore the alphabet, sing songs, messy crafts, story time, and other preschool experiences, including lots of free play.  Especially for ages 2-5 and their younger siblings.  
    Friday: 10:30-12
    Leaders: Rebecca and Barbara
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Materials fee: $1 per class day

    Paid Classes

    IEW Writing Classes

    Following Narnia
    10:30am –12:00pm Thursday
    28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)

    Student Writing Intensive – Level A

    12:30pm – 1:30pm Thursday
    28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)

    Contact Kelly Clawson at to register.

    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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