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Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, April 15 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

Wings Homeless Advocates offers open office hours at the corner of Center and Locusts streets, outside of the Downtown Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness.

Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leaving a voicemail at 831-291-5096 No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate

Walk up appointments are accepted as time allows


Virtual Boulder Creek Book Group

Thursday, April 15 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek
Room: Online

Please join us every third Thursday of the month at 11:00 am when we discuss the book of the month, watch short videos highlighting authors and interesting side notes about the current book, and share personal insights. Book Club titles are available at the Boulder Creek Library.

Register Now!


Tech Talks: iPhone 101

Thursday, April 15 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Know the basic features and settings to get the most from your device.

Ready for a review of the basic features and settings of your iPhone?  We will share our favorite features and tips.  We hope you will join us and share with us too.

This event will be taking place online using Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link immediately upon registering for the event.

For more information on accessing Zoom, visit our website here:

Using Zoom

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

Register Now!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Thursday, April 15 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 2:00 -4:00 PM, at the corner of Center and Church Streets outside of the Downtown Library for anyone with questions regarding connecting to social services, county mental health, addiction recovery options, housing applications, the Homeward Bound bus ticket program, obtaining a PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more. For more info contact SCPL staff Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


Interactive Preschool Storytime on Zoom

Friday, April 16 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Join us online for an Interactive Preschool Storytime using Zoom. We'll read books and sing songs in a safe environment. Designed for 3-5 year olds. Tales to Tails follows directly after.

This storytime will be taking place on the online Zoom meeting platform.  Registrants will receive Zoom meeting instructions via email prior to the event.  Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. 

Register Now!


Tales to Tails Early Childhood Literacy Program

Friday, April 16 (10:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Tales to Tails brings a fun, neutral, and accessible way for children of all ages to build literacy and confidence. Bring some books, a stuffed animal or your own pet, and come read with us! Children can read to a therapy dog, a robot, (or even a special guest from the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter) 1:1 in a Zoom breakout room with a certified therapy dog and their handler or they can read to the whole group of kids. Some kids show us a toy, some sing a song, some read a book. They have so much fun.

This event will piggyback on Interactive Preschool Storytime which starts at 10am so if you come for Storytime, stay for Tales to Tails!

Register Now!


Cuentos y Experimentos: Videos en español sobre experimentos sencillos de ciencia (Simple STEM videos in Spanish)

Friday, April 16 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library

Cuentos y Experimentos es parte de los programas en español ofrecidos por las bibliotecas públicas de Santa Cruz. En este espacio hacemos experimentos y leemos cuentos con niñas y niños hispanohablantes entre los 0 y 8 años y sus familias. 

 ¡Vea el estreno de este video!

En el video de hoy leemos el libro “Sopa de Verdura” de la autora Lois Ehlert. Empezamos plantando semillas, cuidando las plantitas, cosechando y cocinando la sopa.

Podemos leer este libro gracias a los permisos otorgados por la editorial Harcourt Brace & Company.


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Monday, April 19 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 2:00 -4:00 PM, at the corner of Center and Church Streets outside of the Downtown Library for anyone with questions regarding connecting to social services, county mental health, addiction recovery options, housing applications, the Homeward Bound bus ticket program, obtaining a PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more. For more info contact SCPL staff Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


Cuéntame un Cuento @ Online

Monday, April 19 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Acompáñanos para una hora de cuentos, actividades y canciones en español. Este programa es para niños de 0-8 y sus familias. La hora será lunes - 5:30PM. Será una reunión virtual en vivo de Zoom.

Es necesario registrarse para este evento. Los registrantes recibirán un correo electrónico 24 horas y 1 hora antes del programa con un enlace Zoom e instrucciones para iniciar sesión.

 

Join us for Spanish Storytime, Mondays @ 5:30. It's going to be a live Zoom meeting.

Registration is required for this event. Registrants will receive an email 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the program with a Zoom link and instructions for logging in.

Register Now!


Library Advisory Commission

Monday, April 19 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

The Library Advisory Commission is intended to be a voice of the community to provide advice and feedback to the Governing Board and the Director of Libraries.

Commission Members: Rena Dubin, Mary Ripma, Jim Landreth, Lindsay Bass, Tricia Wynne, and Bruce Cotter

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To listen without Zoom, this meeting is streamed live to Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/user/santacruzpl/videos

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To join by Zoom:

When: Apr 19, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: The Library Advisory Commission

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/98969525756
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,98969525756#  or +12532158782,,98969525756#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0282 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 989 6952 5756
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aoRbNgOQI

 

 


Virtual Zoom Toddler Time by Julie

Tuesday, April 20 (10:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Virtual Library

Toddler Time is a weekly early literacy program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs are a fun way for your child to learn. You must register for this event in order to receive the Zoom link by email. Let's play and learn together!

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JavaScript Coding

Wednesday, April 21 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

This program will follow the curriculum from Khan Academy called “Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation”. It covers fundamental ideas of computer science, and helps students learn one of the most popular programming languages right now, JavaScript. The curriculum has 18 modules, each with a few videos, short readings, and hands-on activities. Notable modules include Drawing Basics, Variables, Functions, Looping, and Objects. Students are free to work at their own pace; for students who finish quickly, an advanced Khan Academy course is available. No prior programming experience is required.

About the instructor: Saashin is a local high school student. He's always been passionate about computer programming and technology. His first experience with coding was in 4th Grade, when he completed the introductory Khan Academy course on JavaScript. Since then, he's completed online courses in Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript from University of Michigan, UC Davis and Hong Kong Institute of Technology. He's volunteered with CodeCombat and is currently at doing a internship with a local company.

This class is open to students 8-18 years old. 

For more information please contact Julie Soto at sotoj@santacruzpl.org

Register Now!


In Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Wednesday, April 21 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Join community members across California and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to discuss How to Be An Antiracist, a 2021 Book to Action selection and the 2020-2021 Book in Common at Chico State. Dr. Kendi will participate in a conversation on April 21 from 5:30-6:30pm, moderated by Dr. Kim Jaxon, Professor of English at Chico State, and Bre Holbert, Associated Students’ President and Agricultural Science and Education major. Dr. Kendi will be introduced by Beatriz Preciado of OC Public Libraries. The conversation will situate the central themes of the book, including definitions and examples of antiracism and racism, and discuss how to move from reflection to meaningful action on issues of racial equity.  

Participants can ask questions for Dr. Kendi in advance using this form.

Kendi’s concept of antiracism reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. As antiracist leader Ijeoma Oluo notes, “Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s sociopolitical climate. As a society, we need to start treating antiracism as action, not emotion – and Kendi is helping us to do that.”

One of America’s foremost historians, Kendi is a leader among antiracist scholars, and a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is also the 2020-21 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Kendi’s most recent book is Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, co-edited with Keisha N. Blain, which engages eighty different contributors to tell the history of the 400 years since the first African slave ship, the White Lion, arrived in the colony of Virginia.  

The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. How to Be an Antiracist was adopted as the Book in Common by Chico State, the City of Chico, the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, and Butte College. The conversation with Dr. Kendi caps off a year of events and programming on this year’s Book in Common. Visit www.csuchico.edu/bic for additional resources related to the Book in Common, as well as recorded webinars, including last fall’s featured presentation by Dr. Nandi Sojourner Crosby, “Walking the Talk: Anti-Racist Work in Our Everyday Lives.” Also, free of cost, please consider joining Chico State and Butte College students, faculty, and staff as they continue to meet on Zoom to discuss specific chapters from How to Be an Antiracist. Details can be found on the Book in Common website.  

This event is made possible through partnerships with the Book to Action initiative from California Center for the Book and California Library Association; OC Public Libraries; Butte College’s Diversity Committee; and the Office of the President and the Division of Academic Affairs at Chico State.  

Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The Big 3 themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are EquitySustainability, and Health. SCPL is partnering with the Watsonville Public Library for a Book to Action Summer Reading Program around the book "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumeneted Citizen" by Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas will be in conversation with us in June. Stay tuned!

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part 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.

OC Public Libraries is a network of community libraries in Orange County, California. With 32 public branches, virtual programs, literacy services, hotspot internet lending, and a collection of millions of materials in various languages, OC Public Libraries aims to empower and enrich its communities. Visit ocpl.org for more information.

Event Information April 21, 5:30pm-6:30pm PT Cost: Free Registration link: https://csuchicoboxoffice.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F4P00000OrszMUAR Participants may submit questions in advance for Dr. Kendi: https://forms.gle/Cb4nJDSYioisFj3k8  


Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group @ La Selva Beach

Thursday, April 22 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: La Selva Beach

The LSB Adult Book Discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30a to 12:00p.  During the branch remodel, the group will meet virtually via Zoom.   All adults are welcome. Registration required. 

 

Register Now!


Wings Birth Certificate Office Hours

Thursday, April 22 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

Wings Homeless Advocates offers open office hours at the corner of Center and Locusts streets, outside of the Downtown Library on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm. Wings provides free birth certificates and notary services for people experiencing homelessness.

Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Wings at id@wingsadvocacy.org or leaving a voicemail at 831-291-5096 No other services will be available at this time Physical distancing and masks (or face coverings) will be required to participate

Walk up appointments are accepted as time allows


Tech Talks: Password Management (Apple)

Thursday, April 22 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Are passwords driving you crazy?

Join us as we explore ways to create and store strong passwords using Apple Keychain and other third-party password managers.

This event will be taking place online using Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link immediately upon registering for the event.

For more information on accessing Zoom, visit our website here:

Using Zoom

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

Register Now!


Encompass Downtown Outreach Worker Office Hours

Thursday, April 22 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Location: Downtown

An Encompass Outreach worker will be available on a drop-in basis, 2:00 -4:00 PM, at the corner of Center and Church Streets outside of the Downtown Library for anyone with questions regarding connecting to social services, county mental health, addiction recovery options, housing applications, the Homeward Bound bus ticket program, obtaining a PO Box, clearing camping tickets, obtaining a fee-free DMV CA Identification application and more. For more info contact SCPL staff Jesse at silvaj@santacruzpl.org or Encompass staff Kris at kris.younggren@encompasscs.org or Meredith at meredith.flores@encompasscs.org.

 

 

 


A Conversation with Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground

Thursday, April 22 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Please join us for a very special conversation with Josh Tickell, environmental thought leader and award winning director and author of Kiss the Ground. The event will explore ways Californians can come together and make both individual and collective change for a more sustainable future. Plan to join us on Earth Day.

Community members will be welcomed by Greg Lucas, California State Librarian. Josh Tickell will be joined in conversation by Stan Wang of OC Public Libraries and Stefanie Ulate of Monrovia Public Library. Chat will be moderated by Armando Rivera of San Leandro Public Library and Elaine Tai of Burlingame Public Library.

Registration is now open to all California library and community members. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation where you can manage your registration. This Book to Action event will be held via Zoom Webinar and will feature live captioning. If you need additional accommodations please email hmacriss@calbook.org at least two weeks in advance of the event. Register Here.

Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The Big 3 themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are Equity, Sustainability, and Health. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is partnering with the Watsonville Public Library and many community partners to bring an equity focused Book to Action program this summer. We will read Dear America: Notes of an undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. Stay tuned and ACT!

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part 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.

#BookToAction


Interactive Preschool Storytime on Zoom

Friday, April 23 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Join us online for an Interactive Preschool Storytime using Zoom. We'll read books and sing songs in a safe environment. Designed for 3-5 year olds. Tales to Tails follows directly after.

This storytime will be taking place on the online Zoom meeting platform.  Registrants will receive Zoom meeting instructions via email prior to the event.  Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. 

Register Now!


Tales to Tails Early Childhood Literacy Program

Friday, April 23 (10:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Tales to Tails brings a fun, neutral, and accessible way for children of all ages to build literacy and confidence. Bring some books, a stuffed animal or your own pet, and come read with us! Children can read to a therapy dog, a robot, (or even a special guest from the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter) 1:1 in a Zoom breakout room with a certified therapy dog and their handler or they can read to the whole group of kids. Some kids show us a toy, some sing a song, some read a book. They have so much fun.

This event will piggyback on Interactive Preschool Storytime which starts at 10am so if you come for Storytime, stay for Tales to Tails!

Register Now!

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