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SCPL News & Announcements - May 2014 Archive
SoundSwell Local Music Collection
SoundSwell is a new online database of local music that library cardholders can download for FREE. It also establishes an archive of local music that people can listen to for years to come. SoundSwell was created in partnership with Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios. The database is scheduled to go live on June 3, 2014.
To find the SoundSwell Local Music Collection online, visit the library home page or go directly to scmusic.santacruzpl.org. For people without internet access, there is a physical collection of CDs that can be checked out at the Downtown Branch.
Anyone can find and listen to the SoundSwell streaming Local Music Collection. Library cardholders can download songs with active license agreements for free with their card number and PIN or Password. All songs in the collection currently have an active license agreement. All music in the collection is produced by Santa Cruz County musicians.
This project has the potential to bring listeners and the musical community together where public dialog happens— at the library. SCPL wants to help the creators of our local culture connect with each other, connect with the community, disseminate their art, and contribute to the historical record of Santa Cruz while receiving fair compensation for their work. By helping musicians to grow their fan base locally, SoundSwell can have a positive impact on local venue attendance. Ultimately, we hope the library will play a big role in supporting the artistic musical identity of our community. We are dedicated to supporting local musicians and building a collection that celebrates the richness and talent that makes our community so unique. What a fantastic way to explore new music and discover the creative pulse of Santa Cruz.
The SoundSwell project was supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Each artist was compensated $50 - $100 per album (depending on number of tracks) for inclusion in the collection.
Local musicians interested in participating in SoundSwell should contact Diane Cowen, Virtual Services Librarian: by mail at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, 117 Union St. SC, 95060; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 831-427-7706 x 7763.
Using the WeDo Robotics system, kids will learn about gears, sensors, programming, and design principles by building a robotic animal!
Jun 3rd, Tuesday • 3:30pm – 4:30pm • Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street
Jun 9th, Monday • 3:30pm – 4:30pm • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive
These workshops are best for kids 7 and up. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 831-427-7717 or email email@example.com.
Shakespeare to Go
Join us for a wonderful Shakespearean theatrical event the whole family will enjoy! In an ideal setting at the Boulder Creek Branch’s Outdoor Amphitheater, Shakespeare to Go will perform Hamlet. This abridged version has been adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Kimberly Jannarone.
Hamlet performed by Shakespeare to Go
Saturday May 31st, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Boulder Creek Branch Library Outdoor Amphitheater
13390 West Park Avenue
Shakespeare to Go has been performing annually at the Boulder Creek Branch for over 20 years! Performances are always lively, creative, and appealing to a wide audience. Come be part of the tradition.
Willing Suspension Armchair Theater
Is there anything as blissful as a dog at play, or as dejected as a "Bad" dog?
Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents For The Love of Dog a tribute to man’s best friend featuring poetry and prose excerpts written throughout history and performed for you by four of dog’s best friends. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll stomp your feet! Join us!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 • 7pm Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 • 7pm Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Rd.
Saturday, May 25, 2014 • 2pm Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.
The performance is free! For further info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘California Creatures’ at the Scotts Valley Library
Newest ‘Art in the Library’ Installation Features Talent of Local Artists & Children
Artist Reception May 24
California Creatures are creeping into the Scotts Valley Library! On April 26 the Library’s ‘Art in the Library’ program revealed its newest installation that celebrates the extreme variety of creatures that live in California. The showing features the work of celebrated local artists, as well as the talents of students from the Santa Cruz Children’s School.
The public is invited to meet the artists on Saturday, May 24, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at a reception at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd. in Scotts Valley. Refreshments will be served compliments of Laureen Yungmeyer of State Farm. Music will be provided by Howie Kimel.
Local artists in the spotlight for California Creatures include:
- Dianne Bollentini
- John Goldberg
- Nana Montgomery
- Micqaela Jones
- Judy Bingman
- Linda Lord
- Jacob Sackin
Additionally, Julia Blyumen will present selected pieces by young artists from the Santa Cruz Children’s School. The arts are a cornerstone of the school’s K-6academic program.
“California has a remarkable diversity of habitats and animal species, and many of us have a very emotional bond with animals and wildlife,” said Valri Peyser, Art in the Library Program Chair. “We invite everyone in the local community to take a look at how our local artists, including budding student artists, celebrate California’s creatures.”
For more information on the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library and the Library’s ‘Art in the Library’ program please visit: http://www.fsvpl.org/.
Many years from now...
We'll still have a song for you! When I'm Sixty Four (1967) by John Lennon and Paul McCartney is performed by staff members Donna Barber on piano and David Addison on vocals.
Find your song in our sheet music collection at http://sheetmusic.santacruzpl.org/.
The SCPL sheet music collection is housed at the Downtown Branch Library Reference Department. This collection is available for reference use and for viewing and/or copying.
2014 Workshops Continue
The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great seminars!
May 14 Search Engine Optimization —The Basics
presented by Andreas Mueller, Bloofusion, Inc.
June 11 Employee Law —What You Need to Know to Hire and Fire
presented by Carmela Wol, Esquire
July 9 Your Credit —How To Review, Repair and Improve It!
presented by Bay Federal Credit Union
August 13 LinkedIn and Facebook For Small Businesses
presented by Lydia Snider, SBDC Social Media Advisor
September 10 Using Your Ad Dollars Wisely!
presented by Panel of Local Advertisers
October 8 Intellectual Property Protection For Your Business
presented by Patrick Reilly, Esquire
November 12 Selling on eBay—Best Practices to Grow Sales
presented by Barbara Mason, eBay Power Seller
Where: Santa Cruz Downtown Library • Upstairs Meeting Room • 224 Church St.
When: Monthly - 2nd Wednesday • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free of Charge, Pre-registration is required
Register online: www.santacruzpl.org/brownbags/registration
For more information or to register: Call the SBDC at 479-6136
Pet Food/Supplies for Fines
In celebration of the 2014 Summer Reading Program theme Paws to Read, SCPL is accepting donations of pet food and supplies as payment for overdue library fines up to $20. We will be collecting pet food/supplies for fines beginning on May 12th all the way through May 28th. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Cruz ASPCA.
- Wish List Items:
Find out what supplies the SPCA needs and easily buy them online at bit.ly/spca-wish
- Donate Money:
Make a monetary donation online at bit.ly/spca-donate
- Donate Gently Used Items:
Bring used item donations to any branch
- Bring Your Receipt:
Present receipts from your donation or purchase at any branch
- Reduce Your Library Fines:
Receive a fine reduction for the cash value of your donation of new items or $1 for each used item
Bringing Home the Condors
Learn about the natural history of this magnificent bird, the California Condor Reintroduction Program and how The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) is involved in the struggle to bring the Condors home.
Bringing Home the Condors
Wednesday May 14th
224 Church St., SC
6:00 -8:00 PM
These amazing animals inspired the creation of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. With the population dropping to an all time low of 22 individuals in 1982, there are now over 400, with more than half of them flying free in California, Arizona, and Baja Norte, Mexico. The captive breeding program has slowed as chicks are now being born and raised in the wild, however the species is still struggling for survival in the face of dangers such as lead poisoning.
The Ventana Wildlife Society is the only non-profit in California involved in the restoration of the California condor. Find out more at www.ventanaws.org.