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Share Your Story
Join a community project, "We Have Stories To Tell" which unites children with family members, senior citizens and library staff to encourage the development of literacy skills through story telling. Children have the opportunity to make their own books in which they portray the story they are telling with illustrations of their own design.
SCPL News & Announcements - April 2013 Archive
Shakespeare at the Boulder Creek Branch
Join us this Saturday, May 4th, as the Boulder Creek Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and UCSC’s Shakespeare to Go Troupe proudly present a condensed version of Shakespeare's Henry V.
Don't miss this fun event! Pictured at right are actors from last year's performance.
The show starts at 1 p.m in the Boulder Creek Library Amphitheater. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
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Posted by teeterj on April 30, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Recognizing Library Volunteers
During National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the Santa Cruz Public Library System is honoring the many individuals who donate their gift of service in support of the Library’s mission to "provide vibrant physical and virtual public spaces where people connect, discover, and engage the mind."
Last year, almost 200 community members contributed 7,700 hours across all ten branches in such diverse programs as Tales to Tails, Book Buddies, Dial-a-Story, the Craft Group, the Advisory Council of Teens, The Big Read, and the Summer Reading Program. Volunteers also serve as branch assistants, programming assistants, homework helpers, chess coaches, student interns, computer coaches, technical services support, grounds and maintenance support, and storytime assistants.
According to Teresa Landers, Director of Santa Cruz Public Libraries, "Library volunteers exemplify the tradition of service and are integral members of the Library team."
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 as a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers who provide countless hours of service to civic, non-profit and other causes across the country.
To learn more about volunteering for The Santa Cruz Public Library System, visit the Library's Volunteer page.
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Posted by teeterj on April 21, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
Advocate for Libraries & Food for Fines
Advocate for California Libraries
It's National Library Week -- a great time to write your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to you and about the positive difference libraries make in your community.
Support is important because state governments provide much needed funding for libraries, so they can continue making available all the resources they do (e.g., books, public access to the Internet, homework assistance). Although libraries continue to be busier than ever, many struggle to maintain budgets, staff, and resources. The California Library Association has provided an easy way to write your elected officials to let them know how much you value the libraries in your community. Your message will make a difference!
Food for Fines
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are celebrating National Library Week with our popular Food for Fines event. For each dollar or non-perishable food item donated to to Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, the library will forgive $1.00 worth of overdue fines, up to $20.
Food for Fines runs through April 20th -- make sure to get your donation receipt or food items to the library by Saturday! For more information, visit our Food for Fines Event page.
Streaming Video Available Now
Did you know that the library gives you access to great sources of streaming media?
IndieFlix offers award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries from more than 50 countries. You need a library card and an email address to create an account.
- over 4,500 selections
- directly support filmmakers just by watching Film-festival hits - including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more
- Available on Apple, Android, and all Internet-enabled devices
Enjoy instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent films, and helpful instructional videos.
- new titles rolled out every month
- roughly 600 new films are released every year
- iPad, Android, PC and Mac friendly
These services can be enjoyed from anywhere with a high-speed internet connection and your library card. Get out there and discover something new.
National Library Week Food for Fines Event
Celebrate National Library Week 2013
April 14 - 20th
Santa Cruz Public Libraries Food for Fines Amnesty Event!
Reduce Your Library Fines by Fighting Hunger!
In celebration of National Library Week, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries encourages county residents to make monetary and food donations to Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County. For each dollar or non-perishable food item donated, the library will forgive $1.00 worth of overdue fines, up to $20. Does not include lost or damaged materials fees.
To make a monetary donation: Use the online donation site to purchase a "Ticket" for the amount of your donation. You can always donate another amount to make an even greater contribution to the fight against hunger! Print your ticket and the receipt for your donation and present them at any branch library during the week of April 14-20 to have overdue fees waived from your library account. You can also email the ticket, your receipt, and your library card number to: eLibrary@santacruzpl.org during the week of April 14-20.
To make a donation of food: Bring your non-perishable food item to any branch library during open hours. See the list of branch locations and hours for more info. Some suggestions of food items to be donated include: canned meat, canned fish, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, beans, pasta, rice, cereal and fruit juice.
Even if you don’t have fines, you can bring a donation to put in the barrel or make a monetary donation online!
Thinking about volunteering at the Library? We have a range of opportunities available.
We're currently looking for helpers for the new Adopt-a-Shelf program at the Live Oak Branch. You're a perfect volunteer candidate if you:
- like to set your own schedule
- are organized
- take pride in a job well-done
- like books
After orientation and training, each Adopt-a-Shelf volunteer will be assigned his or own shelf to maintain. Volunteers will ensure that the books are organized, clean, in good repair, and that shelves are dusted. Once a week or every other week... it's up to you and your shelf!