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Banned Books Week


Celebrate the Freedom to Read
September 24 - September 30

What if your favorite book was banned? Where would you hide it? How would you share it? Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To raise awareness about banned books and censorship and in celebration of our right to read, SCPL has hidden books all over Santa Cruz County for you to discover and share! Here's how it works: between Sunday, September 24 and Saturday, September 30th go in search of hidden books, keep an eye out for clues on SCPL's social media sites or at your local branch. When you locate a book, find out if it has ever been banned or challenged and share with us what you discover. Finally, read and share that book... Words have power!

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

How else can you celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week?

  • Read a Banned Book! Check out the full list of Banned and Challenged books 2016 or get a quick look at the top 10 most challenged.
  • Take a look at our list of Staff Favorite Banned Books
  • Join the discussion online with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek or #WordsHavePower and tag us @SantaCruzPL
  • Enter the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament
  • Attend the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

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    Posted by cowend on Sept. 25, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.

    Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Escape Game

    SCPL News

    Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?

    Kids aged 7 and up are invited to join us for a fun and challenging scavenger hunt, similar to the one depicted in the exciting book, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Kids search for clues in the library and solve the puzzle, then enter your completed puzzle in the raffle drawing at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Scavenger Hunt will be in the upstairs kids room at the Downtown Branch starting October 1st going through October 24th.

    Author Chris Grabenstein will be appearing at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Oct. 24th at 4:00pm, and raffle prize winners will be chosen at the event. Join the fun and meet one of our favorite authors!

    View similarly tagged posts: Kids, Events, Authors
    Posted by cowend on Sept. 25, 2017 at 6 a.m.

    Measure S Building Projects

    SCPL News

    Measure S projects are heating up!

    Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place:

    On February 11, 2016, the SCPL Facilities Financing Authority placed a $67 million bond measure (later designated Measure S) on the June, 2016 ballot. With 70% approval, voters agreed to fund Measure S. These funds are intended to improve each and every facility in the SCPL system, with new buildings slated for Capitola and Felton and a major renovation or new build under consideration for Downtown Santa Cruz.

    We encourage you to keep up to date with these building projects and to participate in the planning process. These are YOUR libraries, so lets imagine the future together.

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    Posted by cowend on Sept. 23, 2017 at 1:35 p.m.

    National Voter Registration Day

    SCPL News

    Celebrate Democracy!

    Did you recently MOVE (change address) • TURN 18 • GET MARRIED (change your name) or COMPLETE PROBATION? If so, you may need to register or re-register to VOTE!

    Get the task done with ease and simplicity (and free of any cost including postage) at your local branch library on Tuesday, September 26th! Join the fun as thousands of libraries and organizations across the nation celebrate democracy by participating in National Voter Registration Day.

    All Branches of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have paper and electronic forms readily available for quick registration.

    Tuesday, Sept 26th • All Branches

    NationalVoterRegistrationDay.Org #CelebrateNVRD
    For Registration Questions Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

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    Posted by cowend on Sept. 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.

    Stop. Think. Connect.

    SCPL News

    Cybersecurity is stronger when we all do our part to keep the internet safe. Whether you are a business owner, a parent, child, teacher, student, or senior, YOU have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.

    Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely. These workshops are a partnership between the national STOP THINK CONNECT initiative and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Our current set of classes are specifically tailored for Older Community Members, Business Owners, Kids, Teens and their parents.

    Cybersecurity in Today's World

    Cybersecurity for Parents

    Cybersecurity for Older Americans

    Cybersecurity for Kids (5 - 10)

    Cybersecurity for Middle Schoolers (11 - 14)

    Cybersecurity for High Schoolers (15 - 18)

    • Friday OCT 6 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
      Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Drive

    Keep Your Business Safe Online

    More resources to keep you secure online are available at

    View similarly tagged posts: Kids, Services, Events, Teens, Electronic Resource
    Posted by ann on Sept. 18, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.


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