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The California Moray Eel:
Its Role in the Underwater Ecosystem

Thursday, December 3rd • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd., SV
Fireside Meeting Room

Ben Higgins is entering his 4th year in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a functional ecologist, Ben studies the interactions between species, and how these interactions shape the overall ecosystem. His research focuses on the California moray eel, and he spends his summers SCUBA diving in the kelp forests of Santa Catalina Island, located off the coast of Southern California. He aims to begin to unravel the mysteries tied to this cryptic and elusive fish, which has managed to remain unstudied while living in one of the most well-studied ecosystems in the ocean.

Join us every first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm to hear from local experts and researchers in an exploration of the science relevant to the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay region. The series is made possible through a joint partnership with the the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, and UC Santa Cruz.

in partnership with:
the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery UC Santa Cruz

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Posted by phippsa on Dec. 1, 2015 at 8:03 a.m.

Libros Nuevos! New Books!


Libros Nuevos! New Books!

En los próximos meses SCPL va a recibir una maravillosa variedad de nuevos títulos en español. Estos son títulos publicados en España este año y comprados en la Feria Internacional del Libro (LIBER) en Madrid. Algunos de los temas para nuestras colecciones para adultos incluyen la homeopatía, el yoga, finanzas personales, entrenamiento del perro, costura, novelas románticas, chicklit, y erótica, la nutrición y la cocina sana, estrellas del fútbol y el surf. También habrá una gran selección de libros ilustrados, novelas gráficas y ficción y no ficción para niños y adolescentes.

In the next few months SCPL will be receiving a wonderful assortment of new titles in Spanish. These are titles published in Spain this year and purchased at the LIBER International Book Fair (LIBER) in Madrid. Some of the topics for our Adult collections include homeopathy, yoga, personal finance, dog training, sewing, romance novels, chicklit and erotica, nutrition and healthy cooking, soccer stars and surfing. There will also be a great selection of picture books, graphic novels and fiction and nonfiction for children and teens.

Search our catalog for Spanish Language titles or ask a staff member for help!

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Posted by phippsa on Dec. 1, 2015 at 8:03 a.m.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret


This is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today - and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Sunday, December 6 • 2:00 - 4:45pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

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Posted by phippsa on Dec. 1, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.

Step Into Nature


A Journaling Workshop with Patrice Vecchione

Nobody can write what you will, or make the art you’re inclined to, because you’re the only one with your stories, your unfolding images. If you don’t tell your stories— in whatever form— they go untold. Local poet, author and artist Patrice Vecchione believes the world is made of stories, so that makes discovering and telling ours is pretty important. The process of engaging the imagination is an enlightening and surprising one. Join Patrice and discover all you have to say in this two-part journaling workshop series.

Downtown Library, 224 Church St.

  • DEC 3 • Book talk, 7-8 p.m.
  • DEC 10 • Journal making & writing workshop, 7-9 p.m.

For more information contact the Programming Team at: • 831.427.7717

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Posted by phippsa on Dec. 1, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.

New Print/Braile Children's Books!


Santa Cruz Public Libraries has a new collection of 46 print/braille children’s books. These are picture books, board books and early readers that have transparent raised braille inserts added to the pages so both blind and sighted people can read them.

You can find them by searching for “braille” as a keyword in our library catalog at A keyword search will bring up everything that is associated with Braille in our collection. Then use the faceted links to the left of your search results to select by Type of Material; Braille to see only those items that contain the Braille text as well as the printed text.

These books are already out and circulating through the collection. If they are not at your branch consider requesting the title through our online system and we can email you as soon as we have the item on hold for you at the branch of your choice!

If you know a child who is blind you may also enjoy this link about enjoying your library from the National Braille Press.

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Posted by phippsa on Dec. 1, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.


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