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Summer Reading 2019
A Universe of Stories
An Events & Reading Program for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults!
 
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, begins June 1st and runs through August 10th. Our entire program has been revamped this year in order to be more inclusive and to put an even greater focus on reading. Studies have shown that reading just 5 books over the summer can significantly reduce Summer Slide – a term for the learning loss experienced over the summer.
 

This year’s theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. It also celebrates the richness of perspectives that arise when we include stories from diverse people. And finally, we celebrate 50 years of space exploration and the anniversary of the lunar landing.
 

How to Participate
To sign up, visit santacruzpl.org/srp or visit any branch library, the Bookmobile, or a Summer Reading Kickoff event. Signups begin June 1st and participants have until August 10th to sign out of the program and receive their rewards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to read  at least 5 books of their own choosing - library books or your own books, ebooks, audio books, or books that are read aloud.
This year we have a new online platform for families and individuals to track their reading over the summer. The platform allows readers to add reviews and claim rewards and includes a mobile app. Paper reading logs are available to those who prefer to track their reading that way.
 
Upon registration, kids and teens ages 0-18 receive a $10 Atlantis Fantasyworld gift certificate good towards a specially curated collection of comics and graphic novels. They will also receive a coupon for a free book from any Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Book or Lobby Sale. After completing the goal of reading 5 books, kids ages 0-11 receive a brand new free book selected by our librarians for summer reading. Kids ages 0-18 receive a certificate for a free game of bowling at Boardwalk Bowl. In addition to these reading rewards, teens ages 12-18 also receive a raffle entry. After reading 5 books adults receive a coupon for a free book from any Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Book or Lobby Sale. All age groups may choose a sticker or a button after reading 5 books.
 
Local businesses have donated fabulous raffle prizes for the raffles for those who read beyond the 5 book summer goal. Each age group receives a raffle entry after completing an additional 5 books, up to a maximum of 20 books. Raffles will be drawn in July and August.
 
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program is made possible through our partnership with Atlantis Fantasyworld, the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSRP) cslpreads.org  
 
 
We are excited to present 3 SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENTS to celebrate the beginning of the new program:
 
  • A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi
Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and lunches for this free family event on Sunday June 9th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Duck Island Stage in San Lorenzo Park.Nikki Borodi is a performance  artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat! She brings her musical storytelling to Santa Cruz with bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics to delight all ages.
 
  • Coventry & Kalusa
Join us for some fun in the sun and sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Saturday June 15th at Anna Jean Cumming Park (AKA Blueball Park) from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. From 12-1 p.m. enjoy a special performance by award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza. They will be juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more
 
  • Percussion with James Henry
Sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Sunday June 16th from 12 – 3 p.m. at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. From 1 – 2 p.m. enjoy a special performance by James Henry, master percussionist. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!
 
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Play It Forward - An Event for All

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Play It Forward Santa Cruz
A One of a Kind Playshop Festival

Play it Forward Santa Cruz is an all-ages festival of creative playshops, feel-good music and fun experiences demonstrating how play can transform lives and strengthen communities. 

Participate in a series of “playshops” led by local community organizations and enjoy live music with the Coffee Zombie CollectiveKuzanga Marimba, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Honors Band. Discretion Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, and MJA Vineyards will be pouring beer and wine while Food Trucks offer up some tasty bites.

Sunday • May 19th • 12:00 - 4:00pm

Louden Nelson Community Center • 301 Center St. Santa Cruz

Visit the event website for the Playshop Schedule and and other information. More will be added every day!

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Kid's Page, Homework Help, Summer Reading! Oh, My!

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New Kids Page 
 
Check out the newly updated Kids Page https://www.santacruzpl.org/kids/ 
We think it's easier to navigate for you and your students. Easy to use buttons - Birth to 5, Programs for Older Kids, Fun and Games, Find Books & Movies, Homework Help, and Teachers and Parents - and the Fish Cam.

The Teacher and Parent link has an interactive form for scheduling class and group visits. You can still call your local contacts, but if you want to visit a different library or you don't have a local contact, just fill out the form and we will schedule a visit for you and your class or group.
The Fun and Games link has lots of links - Tumblebooks, National Geographic Kids, and PBS Kids among others. There is also a link to Code.org. With all the emphasis on STEAM programming this site has coding and writing activities for kids. Teachers can sign up for an account and get access to lesson plans. Check it out!
 
 
Twenty-five school and public librarians met on Friday, March 15 to learn about the Student Success Initiative and how it is being implemented in Salinas, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. All three libraries are working closely with schools in their jurisdictions to ensure access to public library resources for students through class visits and library cards. Much of the morning was dedicated to discussion of how we can work together to support each other.
And now there is another opportunity for public librarians and local educators to get together to get to know each other and for informal discussions. CLA (California Library Association) Youth Services Interest Group Spring Fling event is a library get-together at Cilantro's in Watsonville on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. All are welcome. 

WHO:  Library Staff in the Tri-County who work in Youth Services (and educators)

WHAT: Casual Gathering of the minds to meet up for conversation and connection

WHEN: Thursday, April 25 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: Cilantro's   1934 Main St.  Watsonville CA 95076

 
Homework Help @ the Library
Free to all students under 18 years of age
Drop-in. No appointment necessary.

Tuesdays 3 pm - 5 pm at Branciforte, La Selva Beach, and Live Oak Branches through May 22, 2019

READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher. Wednesdays, 3pm to 5 pm at Downtown and La Selva Beach Branches through July 25, 2019.
By Appointment only:
831-427-7717 or 
pro@santacruzpl.org

 
 

Almost time for Summer Reading!
2019 - A Universe of Stories

SCPL staff has many exciting programs planned for all ages. There will be special events with very special performers at all our branches, prizes, and lots of reading. We are definitely emphasizing literacy and accessibility this summer. We will ask all participants to count the number of books they read from June 1 - mid August. Readers will receive books as prizes (no more Book Bucks), be eligible for drawings for prizes donated by Santa Cruz County Merchants who support literacy, and they will be able to keep track of their reading online with our new program called Beanstack. Sign-ups go live on June 1.
 
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