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Woodstocks Santa Cruz Public Library Fundraiser


Come join the Friends of the Santa Cruz Libraries at Woodstocks!

When you order, tell them you love your libraries and Woodstocks will donate up to 25% of your bill to support Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Wednesday October 29th
5pm - 9pm
Woodstock’s Pizza at 710 Front Street in Santa Cruz

There will also be a Santa Cruz Chamber Mixer from 5-7pm. Come and mingle! Tickets to the mixer are $5 and include one drink.

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Posted by teeterj on Oct. 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.

All Branches Closed Monday 10/13


All branches of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 13th 2014 in order to make possible an all-staff training day. We will return to regular hours at all branches on Tuesday, October 14th! Thank you for your patience as we work on team building and discuss ways to serve the public better! Have a wonderful holiday!

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Posted by teeterj on Oct. 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

Looking Back at Loma Prieta: What Have We Learned?

Twenty-five years ago Santa Cruz experienced our largest earthquake since 1906. The downtown was in ruins and devastation occurred as far north as San Francisco and Oakland. The damage has been repaired and life has returned to normal but the 25th anniversary is a good opportunity to look back at what we have learned...and what we might expect in the future.

Come to this free lecture, interact with Gary Griggs, and learn about what we should be preparing for next.

Looking Back at Loma Prieta: What Have We Learned?
Thursday, October 16 at 7pm
Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street in Santa Cruz

Gary Griggs is the Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and a Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. He is also the "Our Ocean Backyard" columnist for Santa Cruz Sentinel

Sponsored by the Museum of Discovery and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

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Posted by teeterj on Oct. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Author Visit: Karl Marlantes


Join us for a visit with best selling author Karl Marlantes at 5:30pm October 10th in Seaside to discuss his award winning book What It Is Like to Go to War. Written nearly 40 years after his own tour of duty in Vietnam, What It Is Like to Go to War recounts his experience of going to war and coming home through the lens of time and memory, illuminated by insights drawn from his study of history, literature, psychology, and philosophy. With unflinching honesty Marlantes offers the reader a window into the mind, heart, and soul of a combat veteran, revealing his thoughts and feelings, then and now, about a wide range of topics: the meaning of loyalty, the morality of war, the complexity of truth, the healing power of narrative, the importance of empathy, and the changing nature of justice and war in a globalized era.

Read the book and join the conversation!
Friday, October 10th • 5:30pm
Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Rm 1188, 100 Campus Center, Seaside CA.

Through sharing his own story, Marlantes aims to make his readers, including current and future service members, veterans, civilians, and policy makers, more aware of the human costs of war for individuals, families, and communities, as well as to raise searching questions about the way in which we prepare for war and cope, as individuals and as a society, with its aftermath. What It Is Like to Go to War was named one of the best books of 2011 by The New Yorker, Book-Page, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and The Huffington Post. One Library Journal reviewer called the book, “A gutting look into the psyche of a soldier, adding flesh to the often flat and stereotyped personage. Humanizing, empathetic, and wise, this reading experience will light corners in the human experience often judged dark.”

Photo of Karl Marlantes courtesy of Devon Marlantes.

 War Comes Home Calendar

 War Comes Home Discussion Guide

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Posted by teeterj on Oct. 6, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Moment or Movement


A Community Responds to the Events in Ferguson, MO

In response to a series of community inquiries of the library after the shooting of Michael Brown and public protest in Ferguson MO, this past August; Santa Cruz Public Libraries has been working with community groups on a set of educational events, lectures and screenings to facilitate the opportunity for discussion, learning and action. Watch this page for updates and information that correlate to the themes of Race, Diversity, Policing and Social Change...locally, regionally and nationally. Let's work together to explore these issues as a community; to connect, inspire and inform one another.

A Series of Community Events:

  • Thursday, Oct 2nd, 7:00pm- 9:30pm • Michelle Alexander's Lecture "The New Jim Crow" Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness • Resource Center for Nonviolence • 612 Ocean Street.
  • Tuesday, October 14th 6:30pm • RACE: The Power of An Illusion Part I The Difference Between Us, Discussion to Follow • Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Downtown, Upstairs Meeting Rm, 224 Church St.
  • Tuesday, October 21st 7pm • RACE: The Power of An Illusion Part II The Story We Tell, Discussion to Follow • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Ongoing Exhibit: Manifest Destiny & Beyond: The United States' Race for Empire in 19th Century Political Cartoons
    Opening Reception; October 21st • 4:30pm McHenry Library, Michale and Sally Graden Room, (2nd floor) • McHenry Library, University of California Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street • Opening remarks by Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbors.
  • Tuesday, October 28th 6:30pm • RACE: The Power of An Illusion Part III The House We Live In, Discussion to Follow • Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Downtown, Upstairs Meeting Rm, 224 Church St.

Its Your Library: Moment or Movement is an an iterative experiment of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries working in loose coalition with representatives from a variety of community groups, including but not limited to; Resource Center for Nonviolence; SCCCCOR, Peace United Church, Barrios Unidos, NAACP Santa Cruz, and the The University Library, UCSC. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in individual programs do not necessarily represent those of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries or any of our participating partners. It is the library's intention that this page may host various events that unfold over the coming months exploring these issues in various ways and offering the opportunity for our community to connect, inspire and inform one another.

---We Are Michael Brown, Photo by David Broome, UPI ; Read the story here.

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Posted by teeterj on Sept. 28, 2014 at 8 a.m.


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