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Library Facilities Revenue Measure S


To modernize, upgrade and repair local libraries the Santa Cruz Libraries Facilities Financing Authority Community Facilities District No. 2016-1 seeks approval from the voters to levy a special tax annually on parcels within the Community Facilities District; establish an initial appropriations limit; and assure mandatory accountability in the June 7, 2016 election.

Ballot Language for Library Facilities Revenue Measure S:

"To modernize, upgrade and repair local libraries in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Live Oak, Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek, Capitola, Felton and La Selva Beach---replace failing roofs, outdated bathrooms, electrical systems/structurally damaged facilities; support growing use by children, seniors, veterans and others; expand access to modern technology; and construct/expand facilities where necessary; shall Santa Cruz Libraries Facilities Financing Authority issue $67,000,000 in bonds for Santa Cruz Facilities Financing Authority Community Facilities District No. 2016-1; levy a special tax annually on parcels within the Community Facilities District; establish an initial appropriations limit; and assure mandatory accountability?"

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Posted by phippsa on May 23, 2016 at 7:55 a.m.

Summer Reading Program


Game On: READ!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program begins June 1st!
Game On: READ is a summer library program for everyone. Little ones through age 18 may register to read or listen and earn Book Books to spend at participating businesses. Are you 18 or older? Play LIBRARY BINGO for a chance at some great raffle prizes!

Sign-ups begin June 1st online at:
or in person at any Branch Library

Earn Book Bucks!
One hour of reading = 1 Book Buck. You can earn up to 20 Book Bucks. Track your reading time by filling in the circles on your Reading Log. When you’ve read as much as you’d like, collect your Book Bucks by bringing your Reading Log to any SCPL branch library by August 14.

Collect your Book Bucks at any Branch Library by August 14th

Spend Your Book Bucks!
Santa Cruz County businesses that will honor your Book Bucks are listed on the back of your Reading Log. Please bring your Reading Log and Book Bucks to the store with you when you shop so the merchant can see your participation and record what you spend. And, please thank our generous local businesses who support reading and learning by donating the goods and services you ‘purchase’ with your Book Bucks. It is through their generosity that this incentive program is possible.

Book Bucks EXPIRE on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Or Enter the Raffle with your Bucks!
1 Book Buck = 1 Raffle Ticket. Trade in your Book Bucks for the chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses. The raffle is open to ALL participants in the Summer Reading Program. Winners will be drawn the third week of August. No need to be present, we will contact the winners. Enter the raffle at any branch library when you collect your book bucks by August 14.

Enjoy Programs! Enjoy programs for all ages at all library branches this summer. Check our Summer Reading program calendar at Check for schedule changes and watch for Pop-Up Programs not listed on print materials, happening at several branches this summer.

The Festival of the Book!
Harvey West Park on Sunday July 31, 2016 • 1-4pm
Join us for a celebration of reading with food, jugglers, face painting, our Tales to Tails therapy dogs and a chance for kids to shop our Festival Bookstore! See you there!

Share your summer at the library by following @SantaCruzPL and using #GameOnSCPL

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Posted by phippsa on May 23, 2016 at 7:50 a.m.

Citizen Science


Mapping the Birds in Your Backyard

Join us for a talk plus Q&A about this Citizen Science project that is transforming landscapes. YardMap is a socially networked habitat mapping project using crowdsourcing to further conservation practices in backyards, on farms, in parks, and on public lands. Learn how to get your yard on the map!

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

Presenter Rhiannon Crain received her Ph.D. in Informal Science Education from UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Informal Learning in Science. She works with Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology as a local leader on the YardMap project.

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL); 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 • 831-427-7717

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Posted by phippsa on May 23, 2016 at 6 a.m.

Kids Chess Tournament


All chess enthusiasts aged 6-18 are invited to participate in the Aptos Library Kids Chess Tournament. This annual tradition, now in its 14th year, is hosted by Resident Chess Master Dana McKenzie, who also instructs kids at the Aptos Library weekly chess club.

Saturday • May 28 • 12:00-4:00pm
Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

  • Sign-ins 12:00-12:30pm
  • Rounds at 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00pm
  • Prize Ceremony at 4:00pm
  • Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Aptos Library

Advance registration is requested; stop by or call the Aptos Library at 427-7702.

Weekly chess clubs for kids ages 6-18 are held at the Aptos Library Tuesdays 3:30-4:30p.m. Weekly chess clubs are also held at the Downtown Library every Saturday except the 1st Saturday of the month from 2:00-3:30p.m. The Downtown Chess Club is led by Chess Master Gjon Feinstein. Check t

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Posted by phippsa on May 16, 2016 at 7:41 a.m.

Step Right Up for Free Tickets!


Discover & the
Art Smart Saturday Family Concert Series

Tandy Beal and Company is once again offering library cardholders free admission to their Art Smart Family Concert Series through Discover & Go.

Step Right Up! • Circus and other Magic
Final show in the series!
Saturday • May 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
846 Front St. Santa Cruz

How to reserve a pass:

The number of free admission passes are limited, so don't delay! To get your pass, visit and log in with your library card number and PIN or password. Search for Tandy Beal & Company in the venue list, or by date. Print your pass, which grants free admission to one adult and one child.

Discover & Go is a library service that provides instant online access to free and low-cost tickets to museums, science centers, zoos, theatres and other fun local cultural venues.

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Posted by cowend on May 12, 2016 at 2:26 p.m.


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