Home & Living
Auto Repair, Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Consumer Info, Gardening
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Consumer & Auto
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California Driving Permit Test In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is proud to offer FREE California Driver Permit practice tests. The tests cover both automobile and motorcycle, and the site contains the Driver Handbook for each.
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Consumer Reports Independent dependable reviews on all kinds of products.
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Consumer Search Easy-to-use guide to hundreds of product reviews.
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EWG Tap Water Database The Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database is currently the only free online consumer resource that analyzes tap water quality purely with respect to human health. Users can search by zip code to find their water utility, see the detected contaminants in their water, and learn how the levels of contaminants in their water compare to state and national averages and health guidelines.
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Kelly Blue Book Trade-in and private party value for used vehicles. Price new cars and compare used and new cars.
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NADA Guides Price guides for cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and classic cars.
DIY (Do-It-Yourself)
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Chilton Complete Chilton auto repair series for most makes and models back to 1940.
Gardening
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National Gardening Association An active community of gardeners who gather to share ideas, information, and pictures about the plants they love. Includes How-To videos and projects.
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Pests in the Home University of California's official guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and non-pesticide alternatives
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Water Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County Sustainable local gardening tips.