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The HOMEGROWN benefit brings together two stellar local bands to help raise awareness of the the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Soundswell Local Music Collection.

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men
Sugar by the Pound.

Special Guest Emcee Kim Luke will be handing out some great raffle prizes with the help of some Santa Cruz Derby Girls!

Sunday June 14th • Doors at 6:30 show at 7pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Tickets are $17.00 available at Brown Paper Tickets
Each ticket purchased for the event entitles attendee to a raffle ticket, and all proceeds benefit the SoundSwell Local Music Collection.

Visit to find your new favorite song! Or donate to the project:

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men

Sugar by the Pound

The SoundSwell project is one of kind in California, allowing library patrons to download and stream free local music with their library cards. This win/win project not only introduces Santa Cruz residents to their new favorite song, it also fairly compensates bands for their music and talent, and serves as a historical local music archive. The SoundSwell Local Music Collection is a Parntnership between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios.

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Posted by cowend on May 20, 2015 at 9:16 a.m.

Summer Reading Program


Read to the Rhythm!

Our annual Summer Reading Program gets started June 1st! Kids (infant thru age 18) may sign-up to read (or listen) and earn incentive prizes in our unique program meant to foster learning and fun!

Attend an incredible line-up of summer events that include magic shows, circus acts, puppet theater, crafts, and even a live animal petting zoo! Participants set their own reading goal and earn "Book Bucks" they may spend at participating businesses. Or participate in the raffle for the chance to win larger incentive prizes! The raffle is open to all age groups this year 0-18. Kids may record reading that begins just after school lets out. Obtain a reading log and calendar of summer events at any Santa Cruz branch library starting June 1st!

And don't miss the Festival of the Book, Sunday, July 26th in Harvey West Park! Kids who complete their own reading goal and "sign-out" at the library will receive a free lunch coupon and free book at the Festival! See you there!

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Posted by phippsa on May 20, 2015 at 8:55 a.m.



Do you have images in your family's collection showing any part of the old West Side of Santa Cruz, the coast, neighborhoods, landmarks or especially Garfield Park branch library? If so, please consider adding them to our local history archive!

Bring them to the Garfield Park Library at 705 Woodrow Ave in Santa Cruz, Thursday afternoon, and we will handle them carefully, scan them, and return them to you along with a USB flash drive with an electronic copy of your photos. Your photos will become part of the local history archive and we will utilize them this summer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our own Carnegie branch library!

Garfield Park Library, built with a $3,000 Carnegie grant, marks its 100th birthday this July. The images collected on May 14 may be displayed during the Garfield Park Birthday Celebration, a free community event slated for July 11th.

Bring your photos and MAKE HISTORY! Thursday, May 14th • 3-5pm • Garfield Park Library • 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz

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Posted by phippsa on May 14, 2015 at 7:32 a.m.



Come join the fun at our annual Youth Chess Tournament, Saturday May 16th hosted by our resident Master Dana MacKenzie. Dana teaches our weekly chess club every Tuesday afternoon at Aptos. All tournament participants will receive a certificate, medals will be awarded to the top three finalists, and light snacks will be provided. All ages 6-18 are welcome -- no need to have participated in the weekly chess clubs. Participants play 3 games with no eliminations. Check-in time is 12:00pm -12:30pm with the tournament starting promptly at 1:00pm.

Pre-registration is required! Call the Aptos Branch at 831-427-7702 to register.

Youth Chess Tournament (Ages 6-18)
Saturday, May 16th 2015 12:00pm -12:30pm Check-In
1:00pm - 4:00pm Tournament

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Posted by phippsa on May 14, 2015 at 7:32 a.m.

Small Business Brown Bag


Search Engine Optimization:
The Basics

Increasing the visibility of your business and bringing traffic to your website is important. Learn the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) at this free seminar. Andreas Mueller, co-founder and strategist at Bloofusion Inc. will present.

Wednesday May 13th • 12:00 PM
Downtown Branch Meeting Room

The Small Business Brown Bag Series presents a monthly line-up of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch every 2nd Wednesday of the month and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great noontime seminars.

To see a list of future seminars and to register online:

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Posted by phippsa on May 4, 2015 at 9:16 a.m.


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