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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Tuesday: 11:00-1:00

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.

fresh evergreen branches

Centerpiece Making
Come and make a seasonal centerpiece with evergreen sprigs and greenery. We will have bases, clay, and greenery. If you can, please bring some seasonal greenery from your yard to share (small pine cones, red berry clusters, flowers, leaves, etc.).

Friday, December 4th: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Activity Rating:  Mellow
Leader: Heddi

Materials fee: $1.50 ($.75 if you bring your own taper candle)

craft fair

Boys and Girls Club Holiday Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz
543 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Every year the DLC rents tables at the Boys and Girls Club Holiday Craft Fair. This year we have three tables available for a total of nine participants. 

Each participant will have about 2.5 square feet of display space. We recommend participants bring a cloth or scarf to help define their area on the shared tables.

Each participant is responsible for their own sales. This event is free to the public. The DLC offers families space at our tables at no charge.

If your child would like to sell something at our DLC tables, please contact us at to reserve a spot.

For more information about the Boys and Girls Club Craft Fair, please visit:

Adult Classes & Support Groups

Charity Stitch and Chat
to support the Homeless Garden Project

Date: Monday, November 23rd 
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Leader: Heddi

Please join us for an adult event to support the Homeless Garden Project Holiday Store by creating some simple knitted, crocheted, papercrafted, or other handcrafted items to donate to the store.

We will provide patterns to knit or crochet simple holiday ornaments and other crafts that can be completed in an evening, or bring your own pattern or small project.

To stitch our patterns, please bring the materials listed for the patterns linked in this event on our calendar. (We will have some extra, too) 

This is a great way to use up some extra yarn, support the HGP, and have a fun evening with other homeschooling parents.

Homeschool Parent Support Group

Welcome to a new homeschool year!  This parent support group especially for homeschooling families takes place on the second Monday of every month.  It is an adult and babies in arms event where we talk about both the joys and the challenges of homeschooling in a supportive environment.  Both new and experienced homeschoolers are welcome to attend.  Tea, chocolate, and a good dose of empathy are provided! :-)

Questions about the support group?  Please contact Heddi at

Monday, December 14th: 7-9 pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms

Making Turkey masks at the early childhood co-op

One of our little homeschoolers making a turkey mask at the early childhood co-op.

This Week At the DLC

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Discovery Learning Center. We are grateful for all of our parent volunteers who teach our classes, run our resource center, clean our space, organize our events, and manage all the administrative duties that allow us to succeed as a non-profit, volunteer-led, co-op!

Most of our regular classes are taking a week off for Thanksgiving. Enjoy your holiday, and we'll see you next week!

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.


No Monday classes at this time.


History Through Literature

Each month we will read a different fictional novel based in early modern or modern times.  We will learn about the history of that time, share our own research, and discuss the book.  Ages 12-15.  See more details on our class web page:

Tuesdays: 12-1pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow

Suggested donation: $2-5/family, free to supporting members. Materials fee for some classes

No Wednesday classes this week.

No Thursday classes this week.


No Friday classes this week.

Upcoming Classes & Clubs

Homeschool Book Club

The Homeschool Book Club will be meeting once a month, on the first Thursday of the month. 

Details about our meetings are shared in this yahoo group and we ask that you join that group before attending. 

The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club is a book club for homeschooled kids. Our groups include:

Bookworms: Each month we explore a book through discussion, projects and active play.   A chance to share a love of books without having to sit quietly for long periods.   Readers between the approximate ages of  6 and 10.   It's fine if the kids listen to the books read to them. 

First Thursdays: 10am-12 noon
Activity Rating:  Spicy
Leader: Melody Panttaja

Bibliophiles:  Exuberant readers  approximate ages of 10-14.  We read one middle grade novel each month and come together to discuss and experience the book through a variety of multi-sensory activities. Activities are selected to encourage thought about the key cultural, historical and literary elements of each book. Kids are encouraged to participate in the discussion of the chosen book and need to be able to focus on a variety of activities throughout the three hour club time. 

First Thursdays: 9:30am-12:30 pm
Activity Rating: Mellow

Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

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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