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Going on a long driving trip? Have to commute over Highway 17 every day? Borrow an audiobook to make the journey more enjoyable. We have books for children, young adults and adults in downloadable eAudio, CD, MP3, playaways, and special Read-along-kits for children.

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SCPL and the Freinds of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries would like to thank Plantronics for their generous support of STEM/STEAM children's programs at the library.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) are an applied, integrated approach to teaching these subjects and use project-based teaching and learning to underscore the relevancy of these subjects in life. STEM/STEAM education fosters self-directed learning and critical thinking skills, and is an important compnent in preparing today's students for tomorrow's jobs.

Check the library calendar for these STEM/STEAM based programs at a branch near you:

  • Citizen Science
  • Lego Clubs
  • Lego Not So Simple Machines
  • Lego Simple Machines
  • Minecraft
  • Robo Sumo
  • Santa Cruz Young Makers

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Posted by cowend on March 25, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Friends of the Library Book Sale


Don't miss this special cookbook and vintage book sale! Most of these old treasures are $2 or less. All books are hand selected from donations. Proceeds support your Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Saturday • April 8
10:00am - 1:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
Upstairs Meeting Room

Find out more about the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries at

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Posted by cowend on March 23, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Author Talk: Jill Cody


America Abandoned

Still trying to understand the results of our most recent national election? Local author, Jill Cody conducted research to establish a timeline of corporate takeover, voter suppression and other trends that surfaced during this election cycle. Her work has resulted in her book, America Abandoned, The Secret Velvet Coup that Cost Us Our Democracy. Jill has a 31-year career in public service and is a professional speaker.

Thursday • April 6
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Park Hall Community Center
9400 Mill St. • Ben Lomond

Sponsored by the Friends of the Felton and Boulder Creek Libraries.

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Posted by cowend on March 22, 2017 at 6 a.m.



National Screening of 1984

On April 4, 2017, independent movie theaters in over 80 cities across 35 states will be screening 1984 (dir. Michael Radford, 1984), the film based on George Orwell's best-selling novel. In solidarity with these theaters in their stand for free speech, respect for human rights, and promulgation of factual news, the Scotts Valley Library will be participating in this nation-wide screening and community conversation. Come and watch, talk, and learn about this chillingly-relevant story of a man escaping from an overwhelmingly oppressive regime. This film is rated R.

Tuesday • April 4th
Scotts Valley Library
251 Kings Village Rd. SV
5:00pm - 7:00pm

For more information visit

This event will kick off a 5-month films series called "Movies that Matter."

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Posted by cowend on March 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Citizen Science: Cool it, Earth!


There IS a Practical Way to Hold
Global Warming to 1.5°C (or even lower)

Learn how OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) can generate clean energy and directly decrease the Earth’s Surface Air Temperature by setting off a climate feedback loop. Presenter Alan Miller, PhD has been a professor and Senior Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation. He was technical lead and Principal Investigator developing the Cold Water Pipe for Lockheed’s venture into Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). He discovered the Cool it, Earth! approach in early 2015, and Founded Cool it, Earth! to pursue it.

Thursday April 6th • 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 • 831-427-7717

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


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