Visit a Branch!

You Can Do That @ the Library?!

Research Family History

At the Downtown Library, there's a genealogical section that will get you started and answer a lot of your questions.


See our Calendar, Online Catalog or Branch pages for more details and contact information.

Support SCPL

Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Volunteer

SCPL Friends

Donate


SCPL News & Announcements - September 2013 Archive



RSS Feeds

Hops & Harvest Celebration

SCPL News

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library invites the local community to "Hops & Harvest," a celebration featuring live music with pairings of food and drink from local microbreweries and restaurants on October 5th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Scotts Valley Library. All proceeds will go toward supporting library programs, materials and supplies that benefit the entire community.

The evening will showcase great local craft beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works, Seabright Brewery and Discretion Brewing. Brewers will be on hand to discuss their craft and recommend food pairings. Attendees will also enjoy edible delights from local restaurants including Bruno’s BBQ, Mollie’s Country Cafe, and Santa Cruz Ale Works. Guests will be entertained by live music provided by local musician Howie Kimel.

Those in attendance have a chance to win raffle and auction prizes featuring autographed 49er memorabilia, a Weekend Golf Escape package, a Beach Getaway package, a movie poster signed by the original Star Wars cast and the biggest prize of all, a slumber party at the library! Dozens of additional prizes have been donated by our generous local business community, including gift certificates from Otoro’s, Chocolate Visions, Papa Murphy’s, Eric’s DeliCafe, Kao Sook, Starbucks, Round Table Pizza, Jia Tella’s, Café Carbonero.

Come and enjoy our area’s beautiful fall weather on the Library’s award-winning outdoor patio! Tickets to Hops & Harvest are $25, and may be purchased in advance or at the door at the Scotts Valley Library. Please join what promises to be a great evening for the whole community!

For more information on the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, please go to: http://www.fsvpl.org/.

Thank you!

A generous thank you to all that donated to Hops and Harvest, the fundraiser given by Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, October 5th. Many fantastic vendors contributed items in support of our local library. Please think of these businesses and thank them by enjoying their goods and services.

Local Breweries: Discretion Brewery, Santa Cruz Ale Works and Seabright Brewery were delightful and delicious. A very special thanks for the fabulous food donated by Bruno’s BBQ, Mollie’s Country Café and Tony and Alba’s. Generous gift certificates were given by: Cafe Carbonero , Carl's Jr., Chocolate Visions, Cutsey Cupcakes, Eric’s Deli, Heart of the Mountain Winery, Jamba Juice, Jia Tella's, Kao Sook, Malones, Otoro’s Sushi, Papa Murphy's, Peets Coffee, Round Table, Starbucks and Surf City Coffee.

View similarly tagged posts: Fundraiser, SCPL Friends, Events
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 29, 2013 at 1 a.m.

Get the Most out of the Library

Have you seen the article on SantaCruz.com, How to Get the Most out of the Library? It gives a nice overview of some of our technology services.

The digital age has reshaped how people access information, and libraries have adjusted their services accordingly, offering ebooks, hands-on computer help and expanded research assistance. In addition to calling or going into the library to talk to research librarians, you can email them, chat electronically with them or text them. There’s even a Santa Cruz Public Library app. Rather than competing with technology, libraries utilize it.    -- Read more at the SantaCruz.com website

Library usage is on the rise, and we're striving to meet the needs of our community. What's your favorite thing to do at the library? How can we help? You can always contact us and let us know what you think.

View similarly tagged posts: Services, Branches
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 20, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Overdrive and iOS 7

SCPL News

Apple released iOS 7 yesterday and many of you may have already upgraded your device(s) or are planning to do so soon.

Please be aware that this update has caused some problems with the OverDrive Media Console (OMC). If you have this app installed to read ebooks from the library, it may fail when you try to open a DRM-protected eBook after upgrading to iOS 7. New or first time users of OMC will not be affected.

OverDrive is working to resolve the problem as quickly as they can. In the meantime, they suggest the following immediate fixes:

  1. Re-authenticate the app with their existing or a new Adobe ID. Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance. (Recommended)
  2. Uninstall and re-install OMC which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user's bookshelf, history, and app settings.

Audiobook users won't notice that anything is different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks they already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. A user will receive an error message informing them to download the title again.

You can follow OverDrive's Digital Library Blog for the latest updates.

View similarly tagged posts: Services
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 19, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater

SCPL News

Come celebrate the work of acclaimed fantasy and science fiction writer Ray Bradbury!

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents Flights of the Imagination. Performances will be at 7pm this Tuesday the 17th at the Downtown Branch, Wednesday the 18th at the Aptos Branch, and Thursday the 19th at the Scotts Valley Branch.

Selections for the evening will include short stories and excerpts from Bradbury's novels with the intention of providing a glimpse into the varied work of this pioneer of science fiction including some details from his life and the influence he has had on fiction, the film industry and modern culture. The presentation is directed by Davis Banta and the readers include Davis Banta, Benjamin Canant, Jaye Wolfe, and Jessica Buckley.

View similarly tagged posts: Events
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 17, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Website Updates

SCPL News

Over the course of the week, we'll be making some changes to our website.

Nothing is going away! We're making some cosmetic changes to our homepage and to the menu areas of the site. While this work is going on, there are going to be some areas that are in transition, and things may look a little strange. We're working as fast as we can to get things settled. Thanks for your patience!

View similarly tagged posts: Website
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 12, 2013 at 7 a.m.

Talk Like a Pirate on Sept 19th

SCPL News

Avast, ye hearties! Did you know September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day? If you're feeling the need to brush up on your pirate-speak, Mango Languages offers a course in Basic Pirate.

Mango Languages also offers lessons in more traditional languages. It's only one of the many great sites you can access through the Internet Resources section of our website. Browse around -- you never know what treasures you might find!

View similarly tagged posts: Website, Services
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Family Place Classes

Family Place Update

In response to feedback from families, we are making a few changes.

  1. Registration will not be required
  2. The program will be from 10 - 11 am

Some things will not change:

  1. Attendance will be limited to 30 children and their parents or caregivers
  2. There will be a full hour of play, music, art, and stories.
  3. Programs will continue thru December 20 at the locations listed below

A child's work is play and this program offers a fairly unstructured opportunity for very young children and their parents or caregivers to explore art and music, to play with age appropriate toys, and to experience group activities like storytime.

Family Place

Starting in September, we'll be offering special classes for families with children ages 0 - 3 years old.

Family Place Libraries ™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Expanding the traditional role of children's library services, Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children's growth and development.

What are Family Place Classes?

Classes are weekly 90 minute gatherings of no more than 30 children and their parents or caregivers. The gatherings include literacy development, movement activities, manipulative activities, socialization activities, and parent discussion time in an informal environment. Occasionally community resource guests will be available. There will be no structured craft.

Family Place emphasizes "process NOT product." Our Family Place classes will encourage parents and caregivers to play with their children while exploring the environment set up in the library. Parents and caregivers will be encouraged to build connections and share resources with each other.

SCPL Family Place classes for September-December 2013

Family Place classes will begin the week of September 9 in the following locations:

  • Live Oak - Monday
  • Aptos - Tuesday
  • Boulder Creek - Wednesday
  • Scotts Valley - Thursday
  • Downtown - Friday

All programs will be 90 minutes from 10am -11:30am in meeting rooms where available. Register for the first series of classes the week of September 9. Second series begins the week of October 28.

For more information please contact the Program Team at pro@santacruzpl.or or (831) 427-7717.

View similarly tagged posts: Kids, Services, Events
Posted by teeterj on Sept. 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Archives Home