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Citizen Science: Bioluminescence


Jellyfish Light & Flashing Neurons

What is Bioluminescence? Why do so many animals glow? This talk will give a broad overview of the enigmatic glowing creatures that are in our very own ocean backyard. You will learn what local and international scientists are doing to use these animals’ genes to study cancer, produce light from natural sources, and understand how our brains work.

Thursday August 4th • 6:30 - 8:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Presenter Darrin Schultz is a PhD student at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and UC Santa Cruz studying marine bioluminescent organisms.

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other!

This much anticipated presentation has been rescheduled from its original date in April 2016.

For more information contact • 831-427-7717

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Posted by ann on July 24, 2016 at 8:24 a.m.

Festival of the Book


Bring the whole family to our annual celebration of reading and the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program! We've had a great time playing, gaming, and reading all summer long. This year, the Festival of the Book features a Circus of Smiles performance, and of course all kids who have participated in the Summer Reading Program, Game On: Read! will receive a free hot dog luch and a free book.

  • Jugglers
  • Crafts
  • Facepainting
  • Tales to Tails Booths
  • Kids Only Book Sale

Sunday July 31 • 1 - 4 pm
Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St.

Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

There will be no Summer Reading Sign-Outs at this year's Festival of the Book. The last day for adults and kids to sign out is August 14th.

View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Kids, SCPL Friends, Summer Reading, Teens
Posted by phippsa on July 18, 2016 at 12:26 p.m.



John Parker & His
Freestyle Team

Join pro rider John Parker and his Freestyle Team from BMX Impact to find out what action sports are all about. All ages will enjoy the daring stunts and positive message. This event is brought to you by SCPL, the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, and Scotts Valley Parks and Recreation.

Wednesday • July 27
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Scotts Valley SKYPark
361 Kings Village Rd.

Staying true to his commitment to turn Positive Thoughts into Purposeful Action, John Parker focuses much of his time and attention on motivating, educating, and inspiring youth.

View similarly tagged posts: Kids, SCPL Friends, Summer Reading, Events, Performances
Posted by phippsa on July 13, 2016 at 12:39 p.m.

Book Publishing 1-2-3


Packed with stories and tips, this lively, popular class will feature a glimpse at today’s dynamic book business- including traditional, electronic, and self-publishing- as well as ideas for finding literary agents and editors, suggestions for improving craft, and connecting with readers. The class will also offer writing prompts, a four-page handout, and time for Q&A.

Saturday • July 30 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

Presenter Laurie Gibson has served more than 150 first-time authors and also edited/proofread 250+ books for numerous publishers, including the 2003 edition of The Color Purple. She also edited for the former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and success guru Brian Tracy. For nearly a decade, Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs of both UCSD and UCLA.

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Posted by phippsa on July 12, 2016 at 4:10 p.m.

Thank You Santa Cruz County!


Measure S passed with 70% of the votes, ahead of the required 2/3 majority! A huge thank you to all members of our community who supported SCPL at the polls. The future of SCPL looks bright, and all of us will benefit.

Ballot Language for Library Facilities Revenue Measure S:

"To modernize, upgrade and repair local libraries in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Live Oak, Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek, Capitola, Felton and La Selva Beach---replace failing roofs, outdated bathrooms, electrical systems/structurally damaged facilities; support growing use by children, seniors, veterans and others; expand access to modern technology; and construct/expand facilities where necessary; shall Santa Cruz Libraries Facilities Financing Authority issue $67,000,000 in bonds for Santa Cruz Facilities Financing Authority Community Facilities District No. 2016-1; levy a special tax annually on parcels within the Community Facilities District; establish an initial appropriations limit; and assure mandatory accountability?"

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Posted by ann on July 12, 2016 at 4:08 p.m.


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