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Drink Beer to Support Your Library!


Support Your Library
at Discretion Brewing!

Discretion Brewing will donate 20% of their beer sales to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries on February 9th as part of their Love Mondays program. So come have some great brews and mingle with Friends! We'll have a few choice deals for book lovers too!

Growlers and kegs are exceptions.

Discretion Brewing
2703 41st Ave.
February 9, 2015
11 am - 9 pm

Don't like beer? You can always support your library by donating to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries online.

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Posted by phippsa on Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:41 a.m.

The Original Selfie:


Artist's Reception

Sunday February 8th 2-5pm
Scotts Valley Library
251 Kings Village Rd., SV

The newest installation of 'Art in the Library' at Scotts Valley brings together 90 Santa Cruz County artists in a self portrait exhibition:

The Origial Selfie
Self Portraits of Santa Cruz County Artists

This ambitious show celebrates and honors the ingenuity, talent, and spirit of artists in Santa Cruz County. We will see the artists as they see themselves in a personal form of self expression.

The show runs from January 24th through March 28th, 2015.

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Posted by phippsa on Jan. 21, 2015 at 8:05 a.m.

Art in the Library


New Art in the Library Installations

The ‘Art in the Library’ program celebrates and honors the ingenuity, talent and spirit of Santa Cruz County artists. Join us at the Downtown and Scotts Valley Libraries for these two new installations running through March. Artist's Receptions at both locations offer an opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their work.

The Original Selfie

An exhibition of self portraits by 80 Santa Cruz County artists, the Original Selfie allows the artists to express themselves in a very personal way. Meet the artists at the reception which features local music by the Minor Thirds Trio and Howie Kimmel. Refreshments are hosted by Laureen Yungmeyer of State Farm.

Artists Reception
Sunday February 8th 2-5pm
Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd., SV

Flower Power

An exhibition of 13 local artists in Painting, Botanical Illustration, Photography, Sculpture, Cabinet Making and Ceramics combines with historical and cultural information in an exploration of flowers through art.

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 6th 5:30-8pm
Downtown Library, 224 Church St., SC.

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Posted by phippsa on Jan. 21, 2015 at 7:57 a.m.

Brown Bag Facebook for Small Business


The 2015 Small Business Brown Bag Series Begins with Facebook for Small Business

Facebook for Small Business
Presented by Lydia Snider
Wednesday February 11th at Noon
Downtown Branch Meeting Room

Lydia Snider, Social Media Advisor from the Small Business Development Center is a speaker, writer and social media strategist. She has worked on a variety of social media projects from Fortune 500 tech companies, to local non-profits, to executive LinkedIn profile makeovers and personal brand development. She has spoken around the country, including twice on the main stage of Surf Expo since she is also an avid kite surfer.

The Small Business Brown Bag Series presents a wonderful 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.

See a list of future seminars and register online

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Posted by phippsa on Jan. 20, 2015 at 11:28 a.m.

Project SCOUT Tax Assistance


Free Tax Help

Tax season is here once again. For links to state and federal tax forms, see our Tax Forms and Information page. Project SCOUT is also available for in-person help at a variety of locations around the County:
Project SCOUT 2015 Tax Prep Schedule.

  • Project SCOUT 1015 will also be at two library branch locations throughout tax season.
  • Sucursales y horarios para Proyecto SCOUT 2015 Asistencia de Impuestos a las Bibliotecas Públicas de Santa Cruz

Aptos Branch
Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM · February 5th through April 9th
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9

Downtown Branch
Tuesdays 3:00 - 6:00 PM · February 3rd through April 14th
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14
Saturdays 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM · February 7th through April 11th (Except 3/21 - NO SESSION)
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 28
April 4, 11

Tax Day session: Wednesday April 15th 3:00 - 6:00 PM

For more information about Project SCOUT, call their Watsonville office at 831-724-2606 or toll-free at 1-877-373-8297, or visit their website at

What To Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards or ITIN for each person on your tax return
  • W-2, 1099, 1098 forms for all jobs held in 2014
  • Child care costs for 2014 and provider info
  • A voided check for direct deposit (optional)
  • Previous year's tax form (not required, but helpful)

Documentos Necessarios

  • Identificación con foto
  • Tarjeta de seguro social o número ITIN para cada persona en su declaración de impuestos
  • Formas W-2, 1099, 1098 de todos los trabajos que tuvo en 2014
  • Información del proveedor y costo total de cuidado de sus hijos
  • Un cheque nulo para deposito directo (opcionales)
  • Copia de sus impuestos del 2013 (opcionales, pero nos ayuda)

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Posted by phippsa on Jan. 15, 2015 at 10:42 a.m.


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