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We are wagging our tails for all those who have helped us make the Paws to Read 2014 summer reading program a great success! This year over 3,400 youth registered for the program and tracked the time they spent reading! Kids who completed the program logged a total of 29,530 hours of reading and earned as many Book Bucks as incentives!

Don't forget to spend your Book Bucks at participating businesses by September 30th! Bring your reading log with you to verify participation. Or did you win something in the teen raffle? Don't forget to pick up your prize! And please do THANK our generous participating businesses; the items you "purchase" with Book Bucks or won in the raffle were donated to support reading and learning in Santa Cruz!

Our end of the summer Festival of the Book on July 27th at Harvey West Park couldn’t have happened without the support and effort of many wonderful volunteers. We salute your commitment to children and books! THANK YOU!

With participation from every branch, we also collected teddy bears and other stuffed animal friends for Teddy Bears with Heart. This regional non-profit organization sends bears into the hands of children or adults experiencing stress, loss, grief or trauma. Many thanks to all who donated bears! As you can see above we were able to send a lovable army for those in need!

Summer Reading Program Donors

These local businesses have generously DONATED goods and services to support the Paws to Read 2014 summer reading program! The Santa Cruz Public Libraries would like to say THANK YOU!

Another Bike Shop • 2361 Mission St, SC •
Arrow Surf & Sport Shop • 2324 Mission St, SC •
Atlantis Fantasyworld • 1020 Cedar St, SC •
The Bagelry • 320 Cedar St. Ste A, SC •
The Bagelry • 4763 Soquel Dr, Soquel •
The Bagelry • 1636 Seabright Ave, SC •
The Bay Tree Bookstore (@UCSC) • 1156 High St, SC •
Bed Bath & Beyond • 3555 Clares Ave •
Big 5 • 1600 41st Ave •
Bill’s Wheels Skateshop • 1240 Soquel Ave, SC •
Blind Pilot Jewelers • 13120 Hwy. 9 BC
Boulder Creek Pizza • 13200 Central Ave, BC •
Buttercup Cakes • 109 Locust St •
Cali Style • 235C Mt. Hermon Rd, SV •
Comicopolis • 829 Front St, SC •
Dharma’s Restaurant • 4250 Capitola Rd •
Erik’s DeliCafé • 155 Walnut Ave •
Family Cycling Center • 914 41st Ave, SC •
Ferrell's Donuts • 5520 Scotts Valley Dr •
Friends of the SC Libraries Book Store • Downtown Library 224 Church St, SC •
Jamba Juice • 1550 Pacific Ave •
Jelli Beanz, Toys, Books, Clothes • 2555 Soquel Dr, SC • (* books only)
Kianti’s Pizza • 1100 Pacific Ave •
Lenz Arts • 142 River St, SC •
Level Up • 113 Locust St, SC • (*used games only)
Logos Books & Records • 1117 Pacific Ave, SC •
Marianne’s Ice Cream • 1020 Ocean St •
Mission Hill Creamery • 1101 Pacific Ave, SC •
Noah’s Bagels • 1411 Pacific Ave, SC •
O’Neill Surf Shop • Capitola, 1115 41st Ave, Capitola •
O’Neill Surf Shop • Beach Boardwalk Store 400 Beach St, SC •
O’Neill Surf Shop • Downtown, 110 Cooper St, SC •
Pacific Edge Rock Climbing • 104 Bronson St, SC •
Palace Arts & Office Supply • 1407 Pacific Ave, SC
Palace Arts & Office Supply • 1501 41st Ave, Capitola •
Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza • 245 #T Mt. Herman Rd, SV •
Peet’s Coffee and Tea • 1409 Pacific Ave •
Penny Ice Creamery • 913 Cedar St, SC •
Penny Ice Creamery • Kiosk 1520 K2 Pacific Ave, SC •
Penny Ice Creamery • 840 41st Ave, SC •
Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge • 125 Walnut Ave, SC •
Pizza My Heart • 1116 Pacific Ave •
Play It Again Sports • 4770 Soquel Dr, Soquel •
Roaring Camp Railroad • 5401 Graham Hill Rd •
Round Table Pizza • Scotts Valley, 245 Mt Hermon Rd, SV •
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk • 400 Beach St •
Santa Cruz Pottery • 1642 Mission St, SC •
Santa Cruz Roller Palladium • 1606 Seabright Ave, SC (*admission only)
Scotts Valley Cycle Sport • 203 Mt. Hermon Rd, SV •
Skateworks • 131 Center St, SC •
Starbucks Captiola • 1855 41st Ave •

View similarly tagged posts: Summer Reading, Volunteers
Posted by teeterj on Aug. 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, and more

Did you know? Library Board Member and County Supervisor Zach Friend recently wrote "What's (Digitally) New at the Library?", featuring some of the great digital content available at SCPL.

With your library card, you can check out:

Find out more about these resources and other sites you can browse in Download Books or the Internet Resources area, under eBooks, Movies/TV/Theater, and Music. As always, those who prefer to check out DVDs, CDs and paper books can check the SCPL catalog.

Your library card also gives you access to a number of great online resources, whether you want to learn a language (try Mango Languages or Rosetta Stone), get homework help (see Online Learning for a variety of options), or find legal forms or information (LawDepot and the Legal Information Reference Center). Browse our Internet Resources area -- you'll be amazed at the variety of information you can find using just your library card and PIN!

New to digital materials?

The library is offering eBook and Audiobook classes in September and October!

  • eBooks
    • September 10th, 9am at the Scotts Valley Branch
    • September 18th, 2pm at the Downtown Branch
    • October 22nd, 9am at the Aptos Branch
    • October 30th, 2pm at the Downtown Branch
  • Audiobooks
    • September 4th, 9am at the Scotts Valley Branch
    • October 9th, 1pm at the Scotts Valley Branch

Check the calendar for the latest info on events and availability.

Too many options to decide? Here are some handy comparison charts:

 Audiobook Comparison Chart

 eBook Comparison Chart

 Streaming Video Comparison Chart

View similarly tagged posts: Circulation, Website, Services, Events
Posted by teeterj on Aug. 19, 2014 at 2 p.m.

End of Summer Book Sale


Come to the End of Summer Book Sale at the Aptos Branch, hosted by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

End of Summer Book Sale
August 23rd
11am - 3pm

We will have fiction, mysteries, classic literature, histories, nature and science books and more. Come find great deals on great books.

View similarly tagged posts: SCPL Friends, Events
Posted by teeterj on Aug. 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.

New Business Brownbag

Join us for the next seminar, presented by Lydia Snider, SBDC Social Media Advisor, on Wednesday August 13th.

LinkedIn isn't just for job seekers anymore. Now all kinds of people are using it to do all kinds of business. Learn how to utilize this now dynamic community for your business. Facebook has made significant changes in how business pages are shown in the newsfeed. Learn how to adapt your page to these changes.

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.

Small Business Brown Bag Seminars are an ongoing series:

Where: Santa Cruz Downtown Library • Upstairs Meeting Room • 224 Church St.
When: Every 2nd Wednesday: 12:00 pm
Cost: Free of Charge, pre-registration is required

For more information or to register: Call the SBDC at 831-479-6136

To see a list of future seminars and to register online:

View similarly tagged posts: Business, Events
Posted by teeterj on Aug. 1, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 27th 1-4pm


Join us for this final fun-filled event in the Paws to Read summer reading program! Enjoy food, music, the kid's book barn, our read-to-me therapy dogs and other animals, marionettes, face painting and more! Free lunch and a free book for those who have completed reading logs (while supplies last!)

This will be your last chance to redeem book bucks earned with your summer reading program participation---redeem at any branch now--or at the festival!

Sunday, July 27th 1-4pm
Harvey West Park

Don't miss this final chance to woof, wag, yowl, howl and stomp! See you there!

View similarly tagged posts: Summer Reading, Events
Posted by teeterj on July 25, 2014 at 7 a.m.


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