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Check out a kit for your group. Each kit has at least 5 copies and a discussion guide to get your group reading and enjoying the same book.

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Brown Bag Small Business Workshop


Finding the Money for your Small Business Growth

Come meet the lenders who are actively lending to our community! This seminar will cover how to get "capital ready" to increase your chances of getting that loan. Panel members will include a micro-lender, an SBA lender, and alternate lending sources. This is your chance to meet lenders and explore other resources for expansion and start up capital. Register today!

Wednesday March 11th • 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 Feb. 27, 2015 at 12:30 a.m.

SoundSwell Local Music Collection


Explore Local Music with SoundSwell!

Explore SoundSwell, a local music archive available to you FREE! Stream, download or check out these original albums produced by musicians in Santa Cruz County.

Anyone can find, explore and listen to the SoundSwell streaming local music collection, just go to Stream and listen freely, or download with your library card and password.

Why this project?

Santa Cruz Public Libraries wants to facilitate the creators of our local culture connecting with each other and the community, disseminating art, and contributing to the historical record. By helping musicians to grow their fan base, SoundSwell can have a positive impact on the local music scene. We are dedicated to supporting local musicians and building a collection that celebrates the richness and talent that makes our community so unique.

SoundSwell was created in partnership with Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios. The database has been live since June 3, 2014---Explore, listen and pass it on!

Who is included?

Don't see your favorite local band or musician's work represented? Tell them about this project! Have them contact us at Help us build the archive. Musicians gain exposure and are paid a small license fee for use of their work.

Local musicians interested in participating in SoundSwell should contact Diane Cowen, Virtual Services Librarian: by mail at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, 117 Union St. SC, 95060; by email at or by phone at 831-427-7706 x 7763.

How is it supported?

The SoundSwell project was initiated by our Virtual Services librarian Diane Cowen during the Eureka leadership program and supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Each artist is compensated $50 - $100 per album (depending on number of tracks) for inclusion in the collection.

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Posted by phippsa on Feb. 25, 2015 at 12:57 p.m.

TouchTEAM Memory Workshops


Do you know an older adult, a friend or loved one, experiencing memory loss?

Forgetfulness can be frustrating for both those experiencing it and for their loved ones. Join us in this supportive social setting, for a series of innovative workshops in which we will use touchscreen tablets to engage the mind and activate memory. Individual coaches will be present for each "team."

Ongoing classes start December 1st
Call (831) 427-7700 x7615 for information and to register

You can expect to:

  • Record & share stories
  • Enrich time spent together
  • Boost interest and involvement
  • Use reminiscence to engage and connect

iPads provided • A free program of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

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Posted by phippsa on Feb. 19, 2015 at 9 p.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 phippsa on Feb. 12, 2015 at 12:30 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 phippsa on Feb. 10, 2015 at 12:30 a.m.


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