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Join a community project, "We Have Stories To Tell" which unites children with family members, senior citizens and library staff to encourage the development of literacy skills through story telling. Children have the opportunity to make their own books in which they portray the story they are telling with illustrations of their own design.

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Cyber Security Workshops


Learn to Stay Safe Online

Stop. Think. Connect.

Cybersecurity is stronger when we all do our part to keep the internet safe. Whether you are a business owner, a parent, a child, a teacher, a student, or a senior, YOU have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.

Join Library IT Manager Lynne Sansevero in one of four cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely. Each class is approximately 45 minutes in length, with additional time for questions and answers. These classes are specifically tailored for Parents & Educators, Kids & Teens, Older Community Members & Seniors, and Small Business Owners. Anyone is welcome to come to any session, however.

Stop. Think. Connect. Parents and Educators
Wednesday January 7th • 7:00 PM • Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos

Parents, families, and educators learn how create a safe environment for kids online. Develop the skills and get resources to teach young people to become more vigilant about practicing safe online habits and to view internet safety as a shared responsibility.

Stop. Think. Connect. Kids 8-15 (and their parents)
Sunday January 11th • 2:00 PM • Downtown Branch Library,224 Church St., SC

Kids sometimes don't realize that their actions online might put them, their families and even our country at risk. Learning about the dangers online and taking action to protect ourselves is the first step in making the Internet a safer place.

Stop. Think. Connect. Older Community Members and Seniors
Wednesday January 21st • 4:00 PM • Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St., SC

Did you know that 53% of Americans age 65 and older use the Internet or email? Email, instant messaging, and personal websites now provide easy ways for everyone to stay connected, informed, and involved with family and friends. However, many scammers target Americans ages 65 and older via emails and websites for charitable donations, online dating services, online auctions, buyer’s clubs, health insurance, prescription medications, and healthcare. Learn to protect yourself from these scams and stay connected online safely.

Stop. Think. Connect. Small Business
Wednesday January 28th • 7:00 PM • Scotts Valley Branch, 251 Kings Village Rd., SV

In 2012, 50% of all targeted cyber attacks were aimed at businesses with fewer than 2,500 employees.Consumers are taking notice of how businesses secure their data and are more willing to trust and reward businesses for good security practices. With cybercriminals now targeting small businesses more than ever before, it's important to remind the consumer that your business is cyber safe.

Stop.Think.Connect.™ is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

Visit for more information on how to get involved with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign.

 Cybersecurity Facts & Tips

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Posted by teeterj on Dec. 9, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Stream free movies from SCPL!


Stream thousands of great films

We've got something for everyone, and something you've never seen before!

Watch movies on any internet enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can also watch on your TV with Roku, xBox, and Apple TV. Check out our handy guide at the bottom of the page listing the different streaming collections and how you can access them.

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IndieFlix provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can't get anywhere else.

  • Film-festival hits: View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
  • Find the right film for you: Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
  • Support filmmakers: Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them

Access Video on Demand

Enjoy instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent films, and helpful instructional videos. All you need is Internet access and a valid library card number! iPad, Android, PC and Mac friendly.

  • Featured Producers - American Experience, BBC, Frontline, History channel, National Geographic, Nova, PBS, Scientific American Frontiers, and many more.
  • Diverse Content - Watch anything from Rick Steve's Europe to the ASE Auto Technician Certification Series.
  • Just for Fun - Enjoy Independent and Classic Films such as A Christmas Carol, Anna Karenina, and Bobby Fischer Live.
  • Find out what new titles have been added to your favorite subject areas by signing up for email notifications. Visit the My Preferences page, select subjects of interest, and check off "I would like to receive emails about new titles added within these subject areas."


With over 1,200 films, is the largest online catalog made up of classical music programs. It features the greatest artists and composers, and associates with great orchestras and concert halls around the world in order to broadcast live and free of charge some of the greatest musical events.

  • Stream classical music concerts and operas live. In partnership with the world's top orchestras and the best concert halls, broadcasts major events on the current music scene.
  • Plácido Domingo, Yuja Wang, Daniel Barenboim, Joshua Bell, Anna Netrebko, Gustavo Dudamel, Janine Jansen, Jonas Kaufmann, Sir Simon Rattle, Renaud Capuçon, Steve Reich, Alan Gilbert, Rolando Villazón, and many more.
  • Recent live performances include: Legendary pianist Grigory Sokolov Berlin Recital, Anne-Sophie Mutter leads the Mutter Virtuosi Live at Carnegi Hall, and Viva Verdi - Celebrating 200 years of Giuseppe Verdi.

Hoopla Digital

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling authors and artists, you're sure to find something you'll enjoy. But it's not just the latest titles - we also have an extensive catalog of educational materials, children's titles, foreign films, and other hard-to-find content not offered anywhere else.

  • Borrow movies, music, and audiobooks for instant streaming, or download to your device for later.
  • Timely curated collections - such as the Holidays with Heart holiday film collection.

 Handy Guide to Streaming Services

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Posted by teeterj on Dec. 8, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.

Willing Suspension


Willing Suspension Armchair Theater Presents:
Beloved Christmas Stories

Children of all ages will enjoy this funny and heartfelt Willing Suspension Armchair Theater seasonal presentation of poetry and prose. A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Gift of the Magi, poems by Robert Frost, and Ogden Nash, and a letter to Santa from Mark Twain will all be included in the performance.

Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm Scotts Valley Library
251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley

Directed by Susan Forrest, the readers include Sarah Albertson, Lauren Crux, Martha Rabin, Suzanne Schrag, and three young students from West Performing Arts.

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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 28, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Holiday Book Sale


Join us at the Downtown Branch to get your holiday shopping done early! Find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life at the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale.

December 6, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
Downtown Branch

Kids will enjoy the Santa Cruz Holiday Parade, and then can come down to our sale and enjoy holiday crafts just for them. Free gift wrapping provided.

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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 26, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Veterans History Project


Your Story Matters...
Are you a US Veteran? We'd like to hear your story. Consider participating in the Veteran's History project through the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

What is the Veterans History Project?
The Veteran's History Project, is a program of the Library of Congress. It's mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Santa Cruz Public Libraries is participating in this project, along with many public libraries across the country.

Tell your story at your library...
Santa Cruz Public Libraries is making equipment and technical expertise available to help you tell your story. If you’re a US Veteran, from any conflict, consider documenting your story. Alternatively if you are a civilian who actively supported the war effort, such as a war industry worker, flight instructor, medical volunteer, or USO worker, consider being interviewed. You’ll be contributing to both the national archive and your local community. We’ll record a conversation about your military experiences for 30 minutes or more. We’ll provide the interviewing space, supplies and equipment. There is no charge for this service. With your permission, a copy of your materials will be sent to the Library of Congress archive and will also remain in the Santa Cruz Public Libraries local collection. You may choose to submit to both collections, just one, or neither. You may choose to receive free copies of your interview for yourself or family members alone. Its your story, and its up to you.

How do I get started?
If you are interested in participating, contact our project coordinator directly: Jennifer Cockerill at 831-427-7700 ext 7668 or email at

Download the Veterans History Project Brochure for more information or to share with others.

 Veterans History Project Brochure

 Veterans History Project Informational Slideshow

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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 25, 2014 at 8:21 a.m.


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