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SCPL News & Announcements - November 2012 Archive
Books on Parade
We're starting December off with a bang! We've got not one but two great booksales going on Saturday December 1st. The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Holiday Booksale will be happening at the Downtown Branch from 11am to 3pm, and The Scotts Valley Friends of the Library Booksale will at the Scotts Valley Branch in the Fireside room from 10am to 4pm. Both sales will showcase a great selection of books, perfect for gift-giving. The Downtown sale will also feature a craft table, where recycled books can be turned into paper wreaths, cards, paper snowflakes, and more.
And if that weren't enough excitement, Saturday is also the Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade. The Santa Cruz Public Library Precision Book Cart Drill Team will be performing alongside floats, marching bands, fire trucks, horses, and classic cars. The fun starts at 10am on Pacific Avenue and lasts until noon. Enjoy the parade, and you'll still have plenty of time to walk over to the Downtown Branch before the Booksale ends!
Zinio Digital Magazines
We're now offering electronic access to a variety of magazines through Zinio, so you can browse and read from home. Zinio is a service that allows you to read and search magazines online, using a computer or a device such as an iPad or Android phone.
To use Zinio, you'll need to create an account using your email address and library card number, and then create a separate Zinio account in order to access the collection. Want to learn more? Take a look at the watch the step-by-step video tutorial or read the Zinio User Guide.
SCPL Catalog Update
We've just upgraded our catalog software -- the new version should be faster and easier to use than ever before.
If you have bookmarks to pages inside the old catalog, please update them to take advantage of all the new catalog has to offer.
Some of the My Account functions have changed as part of this software update. If you're wondering what's new or feeling a bit lost, we've put together a My Account Tutorial that will tell you how to manage your holds, renew your items, create book lists, and more.
We're also happy to announce that the New Items Lists are looking great. The Lists now show up directly in the catalog. They are searchable, sortable, and the author's names now appear directly in the list. In addition, those of you using Chrome or Safari web browsers will find them much easier to use.
You may see ongoing changes to the catalog and website as staff work on some outstanding issues. We're working hard to make this transition as smooth as possible. Thank you for your patience, and have fun exploring the new catalog!
Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday
Daylight Savings time is over at 2am this Sunday, November 4th. Don't get caught by surprise -- roll your clocks back! For more information about Daylight Savings Time, try the following articles:
- Daylight Saving Time 2012: Why and When Does It End? from National Geographic Daily News
- Daylight Savings Time from Infoplease
In addition, this Sunday our catalog and account features will be down while we work on a software upgrade. Home access to online databases will also be affected -- so don't forget to do your research ahead of time. The Downtown and Live Oak branches will be open as usual.
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Posted by teeterj on Nov. 2, 2012 at 10 a.m.