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Frank Ferry: Libraries are a powerful resource

Posted: January 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.

As a principal and former teacher, I put great stock in the power of education. The city of Santa Clarita shares this value and makes a point to provide quality educational programs for the entire community.

Our local Santa Clarita Public Library branches play a crucial role in this mission by promoting literacy, the arts and enrichment through high-caliber facilities, classes and amenities.

In addition to browsing thousands of books, patrons can check out laptops and conduct research on public computers — all free of charge.

Several complimentary classes and programs are also available, helping encourage residents to explore new interests, skills and topics.

For example, community members can stop by any of the Santa Clarita Public Library branches this year for freeDigital Drop-In assistance, which shows attendees how to navigate their ebook readers, tablets and laptops.

This service is now available weekly on select days at the Newhall and Valencia branches and will be available at the Canyon Country branch beginning Jan. 17.

The Santa Clarita Public Library will also welcome the return of the hugely popular Summer Reading Program this year, and the Friends of Santa Clarita Library will host talented author visits at each branch.

Scheduled visits include celebrated Mexican-American author and poet Gary Soto on Feb. 8 at Savia in downtown Newhall and New York Times mega best-selling author Jamie Ford on March 28 at the Newhall branch.

The Canyon Country branch will also welcome local SCV authors on Jan. 18 for the first Local Authors Celebration, which will bring 32 authors and the community together for readings, a panel and reception.

The branch will also continue its exceptional Science Club on the last Wednesday of every month, offer an Adaptive Adult Reading Program every Friday in February, and expand the branch’s popular Storytime program with additional readings.

Teens can continue to enjoy their favorite programs like video gaming and art classes throughout the year.

Updates are on tap for the Valencia branch, as well. Computer training labs will alternate with Digital Drop-In assistance on Fridays, and patrons can also take training classes on the library’s electronic database.

Many special one-time classes will be offered, including a home movie workshop on Jan. 11 showing attendees how to convert old movies into digital files.

Local teens can match minds at a new Youth Chess Club on the fourth Thursday of every month, and movie buffs can watch screenings of Academy Award-wining films on Feb. 11, 18 and 25 in anticipation of the Oscars.

The Newhall branch will also welcome fantastic new and returning programs this year. Community teens can stop by for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Design classes on the second Wednesday of every month, Movie Madness on first and third Wednesdays, and ARTree classes on first and second Fridays.

The library will also provide a Developing Strategies for Successful Living series and a Career Workshop series offering resume and cover letter classes, as well as interview coaching.

Patrons of all ages can also update their tech skills with several new computer training classes.

In addition to these and many more updates, the Santa Clarita Public Library promotes discussion and welcomes residents to meet for book clubs, purchase discounted titles, or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends and neighbors.

Whatever your passion, I encourage you to visit each of our local branches to see what’s new in 2014.
To view a schedule of events for each branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library, please visit For more information about the Friends of Santa Clarita Library, visit

Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at



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