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Plan Estratégica


¡Formemos nuestro futuro!

¡El desarrollo del plan estratégico para las bibliotecas Públicas de Santa Cruz empieza contigo! Queremos conocer tus prioridades, pasiones y experiencias en tu comunidad y con las bibliotecas. Juntos formemos una biblioteca que sirva a todos. La directora de las bibliotecas, Susan Nemitz, va a tener juntas comunitarias en cada sucursal hasta el 15 de noviembre. Acompáñanos en estas juntas que serán en inglés y además te invitamos a la sesión de Live Oak donde habrá interpretación en español.

Si no puede asistir, por favor tome nuestra encuesta online en español:

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Posted by cowend on Oct. 25, 2016 at 2:18 p.m.

Strategic Plan


Community Meetings

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Strategic Planning Process Starts with YOU!

Thank you Santa Cruz County voters for showing your support in June 2016 to fund the improvement of each of SCPL's ten physical branches. This community accomplishment has inspired us to look beyond the brick and mortar and boldly consider how our buildings will be used in the future. We invite you to be a part of the discussion during this exciting time of transition and change.

We know that the most effective strategic plans begin with the community, not in the library. These meetings will therefore be conducted as roundtable conversations with community members to determine shared priorities, passions, and values with an eye toward where the library fits in. We really hope the entire community around each branch will attend the meetings, whether they use the library or not. So please consider coming to one of these informal community conversations to tell us what matters to you...

Community Meeting Schedule:

If you are not able to attend any of the meetings you may provide input via our Online Survey.

In addition to each of these Branch Meetings, library staff are also participating in conversations with individuals, groups, and organizations to gain input. This information, combined with benchmarking studies against other California Libraries, demographic and other data analytics, will be analyzed in preparation for the written plan. The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is expected to be complete in January.

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Posted by cowend on Oct. 25, 2016 at 2:18 p.m.

Citizen Science


Polar Bears:
Behaviors, Energetics, & Declining Sea Ice

Two-thirds of the world’s polar bear populations may be lost by mid-century, primarily due to declining sea ice. Reduced feeding opportunities, increased energy expenditures and increased movement rates are of concern. Anthony Pagano is quantifying the increasing energetic cost in polar bears of compensating for vanishing ice. This study will provide the first measurements of the energetic costs of climate change for polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea.

Thursday November 3rd • 6:30 - 8:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Anthony Pagano is a Ph.D candidate and researcher with the University of California, Santa Cruz Long Marine Laboratory.

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!

For more information contact • 831-427-7717

View similarly tagged posts: Events, Citizen Science
Posted by phippsa on Oct. 23, 2016 at 6 a.m.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale


Get ready to shop until you drop at the Friends of the Libraries 2016 Annual Fall Book Sale! With over 10,000 books and media for only $1-3 each, it's impossible to leave this sale empty-handed!

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium • 307 Church St. SC

  • Friday • OCT 21st • 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Library Supporters Night:
    Friends of the Library Members get first crack on members only night.
  • Saturday • OCT 22nd • 10:00am-4:00pm
    General Admission:
    Open to the public with great deals and $2 bags of books after 4pm.

All proceeds from the sale go to programs, materials, and services at your libraries. To join the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries or any branch Friends Chapter, visit

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Posted by cowend on Oct. 17, 2016 at 6 a.m.

Pop Up Workshops


Learn how to get the most out of our library mobile app, SCPL on the Go. These Pop-Up Workshops will help you download the app to your smartphone, teach you to get the most out of our app's great features, and help you download all the ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, and more available via the app.

Anything Goes with SCPL on the Go!

More Pop-Ups on SCPL on the Go are scheduled for other branch libraries in November & December, so stay tuned!

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Posted by cowend on Oct. 14, 2016 at 6 a.m.


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