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Citizen Science

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Coastal Watershed Council:
Mapping the Health Of our Rivers

Water quality is vital to the environmental health of our community. Learn how the Coastal Watershed Council is trying to keep our rivers healthy. Find out how you can be a citizen scientist and help in the next Watershed Snapshot Day in May, the oldest and largest single-day annual water quality monitoring event in California. The discussion plus Q&A is presented by Alev Bilginsoy, who coordinates CWC’s water quality monitoring and river restoration programs in order to empower citizen scientists and to increase stewardship.

Thursday March 2nd • 6:30 - 8:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other!

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

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Posted by cowend on Feb. 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Veterans Information Center

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Thank You to Our Sponsor

Thank you to all who joined us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Veterans Information Center at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Downtown Branch. Special Thanks are in order for our sponsor Kaiser Permanete, who provided delicious snacks for the celebration.

About the Veterans Information Center:
Our center is staffed with trained Volunteer Benefit Coaches who connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing, health and other available benefits. The Center also features a collection of books, resources, access to computers and a phone. The Veterans Information Center hours are weekly:

  • Mondays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
Librarians are also available for individual appointments.

SCPL also has a web page dedicated to veterans resources, located at santacruzpl.org/veterans. For more information about the Veterans Information Center, or to volunteer as a benefits coach, contact David Addison at (831) 427-7700 ext. 7671 or email vetconnect@santacruzpl.org.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Services, Volunteers, Events
Posted by cowend on Feb. 17, 2017 at 12:30 a.m.

Help Design the New Downtown Library

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Downtown Library
Advisory Committee

The City of Santa Cruz is seeking a diverse group of seven individuals to serve as a Downtown Library Advisory Committee to help with the design of a new library. Members should be active library users or familiar with the operations of public libraries. Appointees will be selected by the Mayor.

The Project:
In 2013, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries created a Facilities Master Plan to evaluate current library structures and make recommendations for improvements. The Master Plan identified the Downtown Library as a critical resource for the entire region since it houses a number of special collections (genealogy, history and music), holds the largest print collection, and maintains the strongest patron use in the system. The Plan recommended an extensive renovation or complete replacement because of deferred maintenance, failing infrastructure and lack of accessibility in the current 44,000 square feet structure. In June 2016, voters approved Measure S, a $67 million library facilities bond measure, of which approximately $23 million is for the Downtown Branch project.

The Committee:
The Downtown Library Advisory Committee will study recently developed public library buildings, review staff input and current use, and examine the broader community's library needs. It will assist the Santa Cruz Public Libraries staff and a selected individual/firm to develop a written building program that outlines the library's space needs at its downtown branch over the next twenty years. The committee will look at the feasibility of co-locating the SCPL administrative offices on site and will evaluate the local options for the branch.

Timeline:
Members will be expected to attend a two-hour meeting every other week. The committee's work is expected to be completed before August 2017.

Applications:
Visit the Advisory Page on the City of Santa Cruz website to view current openings and to download the application form. The application deadline is March 3, 2017

Send applications to:
City Clerk's Department
809 Center St., Room 9
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Posted by cowend on Feb. 14, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

Author Talk: Romantic Haunts of Santa Cruz

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Tales of the Paranormal

Learn about the spookiest love stories in Santa Cruz history. Local Author Maryanne Porter will discuss what she learned while researching into the paranormal for her book "Haunted Santa Cruz."

Saturday • February 11 • 2:00 - 3:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

Porter spent hundreds of hours dedicated to research, examining Santa Cruz legends, criminal cases, historical facts and an abundance of local ghost stories. Though generally thought of as a peaceful coastal city, Santa Cruz has a dark past. Her book covers centuries of history, telling of lynchings, cemetery ghosts, and popular local haunted sites such as Brookdale Lodge and Sunshine Villa. Some of the most poignant stories of paranormal Santa Cruz involve romance, thwarted or otherwise. Read more about the author and the book in this recent article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

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Posted by cowend on Feb. 7, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.

Grand Opening

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You’re Invited:

Please join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Veterans Information Center at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Downtown Branch. Hear from partnering local veteran service organizations, connect with other veterans in our community and enjoy a light lunch.

Grand Opening Celebration
Thursday • February 16 • 12:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Our center is staffed with trained Volunteer Benefit Coaches who connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing, health and other available benefits. The Center also features a collection of books, resources, access to computers and a phone. The Veterans Information Center hours are weekly:

  • Mondays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
Librarians are also available for individual appointments.

SCPL also has a web page dedicated to veterans resources, located at santacruzpl.org/veterans. For more information about the Veterans Information Center, or to volunteer as a benefits coach, contact David Addison at (831) 427-7700 ext. 7671 or email vetconnect@santacruzpl.org.

The Grand Opening event is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Santa Cruz. This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Services, Volunteers, Events
Posted by cowend on Feb. 4, 2017 at 6 a.m.

 

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