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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.

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 teeterj on Nov. 20, 2014 at 9 p.m.

Unbroken Web

Mother and daughter weavers Ellen and Lucy Begay spent their lives in the enchanting land of the Diné, or Navaho, people in northeastern Arizona. Weaving is deeply rooted in the Diné culture, part of the rhythm of daily life.

The Begays textiles are beautiful and complex, balancing diverse design elements to approach the harmony the Diné call hozho.

Gary Beaudoin has been a collector of their work for 20 years, and his book Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen and Lucy Begay, Traditional Navaho Weavers is the subject of an author talk at the Downtown Branch on Tuesday, November 25. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

The author will field questions and sign books. Twenty percent of each sale will be donated to the Friends.

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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Citizen Science: Sea Otter Relatives


Learn about ongoing research
Participate in a life-sized sea otter board game!

Join the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery and researcher Max Tarjan in the next event in our Citizen Science Series.

Thursday November 20, 2014
7:00 PM Downtown Branch Meeting Room
224 Church St. Santa Cruz

Max Tarjan is a PhD student at Long Marine Laboratory. She studies sea otter behavior and ecology in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UC Santa Cruz. For her research, she follows sea otter movements in Monterey Bay and uses genetics to determine how local sea otters are related to each other.

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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 13, 2014 at 7 a.m.

Fall Book Sale


Come shop from THOUSANDS of books at the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries annual Fall Book Sale!

November 14 — Friends Members Only
5:30 - 8:30 pm

November 15 — General Public
10 am - 12:30 pm and 1 pm - 5pm

We are emptying our storage and will have fiction, non-fiction, DVD’s, CD’s books on cd, and childrens books. This is a popular event so come early.

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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.


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