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Tablet Engaged Active Minds


Forgetfulness can be frustrating for those experiencing it and their loved ones. TouchTEAM uses touchscreen tablets to engage the mind and activate memory in a supportive setting. TouchTEAM creates comfortable and engaging social experiences for participants and caregivers through the use of images, games, music and life stories.

Individual volunteer coaches lead "teams" that include an older adult and their family member or caregiver. In these sessions, you can expect to:

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

Mondays • 10:30-11:30 AM • Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd.

This program is free, but pre-registration is required.
Please register in-person at the Scotts Valley Library. iPads are provided. Questions? Call us at 831-427-7713.

*Note: This is not a class on how to use an iPad. For classes about using technology and the library resources available in electronic formats, please visit one of our drop-in eBooks & More classes.

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Posted by phippsa on April 20, 2015 at 8:37 a.m.



Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action." Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the Daily Kos, "explosive" by Kirkus, and "profoundly necessary" by the Miami Herald this work challenges us to think differently about crime, punishment, policing, and the War on Drugs.

This April, SCPL sponsors Book-to-Action, a month-long series of events fostering community dialog and civic engagement with the ideas presented in this best-selling work. If you haven’t had the chance to read this book yet, this program is for you.

Read, Discuss, Act!

  • Fri Apr 3 • 6:30pm • Prison USA • Resource Center for Nonviolence • Kick-off Event • 612 Ocean Street. Tour Barrios Unidos' prison cell model. Pick-up a free copy of the book and stay for a talk by UCSC Sociology Professor Craig Reinarman giving an overview and update on the ideas presented in Michelle Alexander's work.
  • Fri Apr 10 • 6pm • In Her Own Words; Michelle Alexander Speaks on Screen • Inner Light Center • 5630 Soquel Dr • Alexander gives an eloquent overview of the book on-screen, discussion to follow.
  • Sun Apr 12 • 2pm • Book Circle • Downtown Library • Upstairs Meeting Rm • 224 Church St. Come and engage these ideas, whether or not you’ve finished the book! Local community groups will give mini-reports on the work they are involved with in relation to mass incarceration locally and regionally; find out how you can get involved!
  • Sat Apr 18 • 8:30am • Book Circle • Peace United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall • 900 High Street • Three presenters will relate personal experiences with the prison system followed by a discussion of Michelle Alexander's best selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Join the discussion and find out how you can get involved!
  • Tues Apr 21 • 6pm • Book Circle • Aptos Library Meeting Rm • 7695 Soquel Dr. Join the discussion--even if you haven’t yet finished the book! Local community groups will give mini-reports on the work they are involved with in relation to mass incarceration locally and regionally; find out how you can get involved!
  • Sat Apr 25 • 4pm • Book Circle • Live Oak Family Resource Cntr • 1740 17th Ave. Join the discussion! Local community groups will give mini-reports on the work they are involved with in relation to mass incarceration locally and regionally; find out how you can get involved!
  • Wed Apr 29 • 6pm • Tour of SC County Jail • Take a tour of our local county jail • Sign-up in person at one of our events!
  • Sat May 2 • 1pm • Resource Fair & Roundtable Discussion • Downtown Library • 224 Church St • Resource Fair, Roundtable discussion, Action Steps, Writing on the Wall.

Photo citations: Carousel Photo: A-Block at Alcatraz, courtesy of Macinate
Sidebar Info graphic courtesy of The Sentencing Project.

Program Partners Include: Barrios Unidos • Charter for Compassion • Friends Outside • Inner Light Ministries • Live Oak Family Resource Center • NAACP • Peace United Church of Christ • Project Pollinate • Resource Center for Nonviolence • SCCCCOR • Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office • Sin Baras • Unchained • United Way of Santa Cruz County

Book to Action is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Posted by phippsa on April 20, 2015 at 8:36 a.m.

Cuéntame un cuento


¡Acompáñanos cada semana para la hora de los cuentos en español los lunes en la biblioteca de Live Oak a partir de las 5:30 de la tarde y los martes en la biblioteca de Downtown a partir de las 6:00 de la tarde. Cuéntame un cuento* es una amena hora de cuentos, canciones y juegos en español. El objetivo del programa es promover no solo el amor por los libros y la lectura, si no también fomentar el bilingüismo y la alfabetización, así como el orgullo por nuestras raíces hispanas.

*Cuéntame un cuento está basado en un programa similar originado en la ciudad de Columbus, Ohio y que estuvo en existencia entre los años 2001-2007.

Join us every week for Spanish Storytime on Mondays at the Live Oak Branch starting at 5:30pm and Tuesdays at the Downtown Branch starting at 6:00pm. Cuéntame un cuento* is an interactive and lively session of stories, songs and activities in Spanish. The goal of the program is to not only foster a love of reading, but to to encourage a positive environment for bilingual literacy and culture.

*Cuéntame un cuento was inspired by a storytime program from Columbus, Ohio, active from 2001-2007.

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Posted by phippsa on April 20, 2015 at 8:36 a.m.

¡ Día !


¡ Día !

Día de los niños | Día de los libros A special session of Cuéntame un cuento happens Monday, April 27th, at the Live Oak Library. Join us for this annual celebration of children, families and reading. Special guests this year are from Music Together!

Día de los niños | Día de los libros Una sesión extraordinaria de Cuéntame un cuento pasa el lunes, 27 de abril en la biblioteca de Live Oak. Únase a nosotros para esta celebración anual de los niños, las familias y la lectura. Invitados especiales este año son de Music Together!

Monday, April 27 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm • Live Oak Library • 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz

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Posted by phippsa on April 20, 2015 at 8:36 a.m.

Art in the Library: Women, Peace and Power - 100 Years


In honor of the Centennial of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), WILPF Santa Cruz has partnered with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Art in the Library series to present a colorful, engaging exhibit which explores the theme "Women, Peace & Power - 100 Years". The installation runs from April 12 to July 12, 2015. All Events take place at the Downtown Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz.

The exhibit explores the roles of women in changing our attitudes through art and activism. Two floors of inspirational art, soul collage and information are on display, including the work of Carolina McCall, Sara Friedlander, Myra Eastman, Diane Levin, Sarah Jane Morabito, Mary Vidnovic, Charles Berger, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and the Guerrilla Girls.

Opening Reception • April 14 • 7-9 pm
Learn about 100 years of social change & "the most dangerous woman in America", WILPF founder Jane Addams, and how WILPF continues her legacy today.

First Friday Reception • May 1 • 5:30-8 pm
Meet the artists and the activists at SCPL's quarterly First Friday Reception.

Report on WILPF Congress in The Hague • Sunday May 17 • 2-5 pm
Hear stories from WILPF's recent visit to Chicago's Hull House & "On the Train with Jane" adventures.

WILPF members will also be available to meet visitors to the installation:
Friday June 5 • 1-4 pm
Saturday June 13 • 2-5 pm
Sunday June 28 • 2-5 pm

Closing ceremony for the public & press: July 5 • 2-5

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Posted by phippsa on April 20, 2015 at 8:36 a.m.


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