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Hidden Gems Film Club


The Birth of Saké

This is not your ordinary film club! Come and enjoy those "hidden gems" of foreign films, documentaries, independents and even perhaps some mainstream movies that you might have missed! The club meets on the 1st Sunday of each month, depending upon holidays observed. BYOL***You are welcome to BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH while enjoying the film!

Sunday • October 2 • 1:00 - 4:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
Upstairs Meeting Room

This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV:
The Birth of Saké offers up an intimate portrait of an age-old tradition, revealing the creative struggles and triumphs that the characters must undergo in the process, demystifying the unseen into the clear and comprehensible. We've seen that the film stirs compassion for the workers internal struggles and shows that sakés existence and its continuance in this old-fashioned way is a unique victory for the underrepresented. For those of us who are now living in industrialized worlds, we hope that the film elicits solemn and profound introspection about our place in the history of making and consuming, and about our relationships with our own work and with those with whom we work. We hope The Birth of Saké leaves a lasting impression about the venerable fortitude of the old ways.

Running Time: 90 minutes, with discussion afterwards

RSVP at Brown Paper Tickets (FREE) or our Facebook Event Page and share with your friends!

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Posted by cowend on Sept. 26, 2016 at 4:02 p.m.

Banned Books Week


Celebrate the Freedom to Read
September 25 - October 1

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

What can you do to celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week?

  • Read a Banned Book! Check out the full list of Banned and Challenged books 2015
  • Take a look at our list of Staff Favorite Banned Books
  • Join the discussion online with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek and share your favorites with us @SantaCruzPL
  • Attend the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. You can also watch celebrity videos for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out.

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    Posted by cowend on Sept. 25, 2016 at 6 a.m.

    Sister Cities Teen Delegation Presentation

    SCPL News

    Teens interested in traveling to Shingu, Japan in Spring of 2017 are invited to this informational presentation by the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee. The presentation is open to ALL TEENS and their families living in Santa Cruz County.

    Saturday • October 1 • 1 - 2:30pm
    Downtown Library, 224 Church St., SC

    Sister Cities International has helped to link many U.S. cities and towns with localities abroad. These city to city affiliations provide the opportunity to build friendships, learn about other cultures, and foster international understanding. Each spring, students from Santa Cruz are selected to visit Shingu to soak in the culture, lifestyle and natural beauty of our sister city of more than 40 years

    For more information, contact the programs department at 831-427-7717 or

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    Posted by cowend on Sept. 21, 2016 at 6 a.m.

    Santa Cruz World Arts Festival Family Day Workshops

    SCPL News

    The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center is once again bringing the experience of the Santa Cruz World Arts Festival to libraries throughout the county. Learn dance, music, history and culture from around the world with the Festival Artists. These free Family Day Workshops take place on Saturdays from September 10th through October 1st, leading up to the Festival on October 8th.

    Last Family Festival Day Workshop

    Raízes do Brasil (Roots of Brazil)
    Saturday • October 1 • 11am-12pm • Capitola Library

    Play your way to strength, coordination and flexibility while singing in Portuguese! Capoeira blends martial arts, music, dance, culture and camaraderie! Circle up! Join the roda and play capoeira in this fun and fantastic workshop for kids of all ages.

    The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center is excited to bring you the 2016 Santa Cruz World Arts Festival! Experience a full day of free Outdoor World Dance and Music Performances at the Tannery Arts Center from 11:00am - 4:00pm on October 8th, and a full day of free master classes with world dance artists for adults and children at the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center from 10:00am to 5:00pm on October 9th. This year features a ticketed event on October 8th at 7:30pm: an Evening-length Performance with featured World Artists in the Colligan Theater at the Tannery. The festival takes place at the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, 1060 River St. #111.

    View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Kids, Events, Performances
    Posted by cowend on Sept. 19, 2016 at 9:23 a.m.

    National Voter Registration Day

    SCPL News

    Celebrate Democracy!

    Did you recently MOVE (change address) • TURN 18 • GET MARRIED (change your name) or COMPLETE PROBATION? If so, you may need to register or re-register to VOTE!

    Get the task done with ease and simplicity (and free of any cost including postage) at your local branch library on Tuesday, September 27th! Join the fun as thousands of libraries and organizations across the nation celebrate democracy by participating in National Voter Registration Day.

    All Branches of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have paper and electronic forms readily available for quick registration. For those who need more help, the Aptos, Captiola, Downtown, and Scotts Valley Branches will have volunteers on-site all day to assist you.

    Tuesday, Sept 27th • All Branches

    NationalVoterRegistrationDay.Org #CelebrateNVRD
    For Registration Questions Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

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    Posted by cowend on Sept. 17, 2016 at 6 a.m.


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