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Celebrate Reading


The Festival of the Book

Congratulate the kids, adults, the whole family, and the entire community on an incredible summer designed for reading. The Festival of the Book is our annual celebration of reading and the conclusion of the events portion of our Summer Reading Program! We've had a great time designing, making, and reading all summer long. This year, the Festival of the Book features a Circus of Smiles performance, as well as all the fun crafts and kids activities you love. All kids who have participated in the Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design will receive a free book. Light snacks will be provided.

  • Jugglers
  • Crafts
  • Facepainting
  • Tales to Tails Booth
  • Kids Only Book Sale

Sunday July 30 • 1 - 4 pm
Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St.

There will be no Summer Reading Sign-Outs at the Festival of the Book. The last day for adults and kids to sign out is August 18th. There is still time to register and sign out of the program!

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Posted by cowend on July 20, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

Wireless Printing Now Available!


Wireless printing is now available at the Downtown Branch library. Print from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop and pick up your prints at our self-service print release stations. Visit our new wireless printing page for more information. Please talk to our staff if you have any questions or need assistance.

Wireless printing coming to all Library branches soon!

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Posted by ann on July 18, 2017 at 10:39 a.m.

Free Workshops for Chronic Illness Sufferers


Better Choices, Better Health

Better Choices, Better Health is a 6 week self-management program series provided in partnership with The Health Trust. Workshops are led by trained community leaders and intended for anyone dealing with the challenges of living with chronic or ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or high cholesterol and/or their caretakers. Participants will learn about stress management, dealing with pain & fatigue, weight management, decision making, and more.

Workshops take place every Saturday 10:30am to 1:00pm from August 5th, 2017 through September 9th, 2017 at the Dowqntown Library. Participants are requested to attend each session, and registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 408-961-9877 or email

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Posted by cowend on July 15, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Authors & Editors: Butting Heads or Holding Hands?


Join renowned editor Laurie Gibson as we explore the various levels of editing that contribute to a professional-caliber book. We'll scan the spectrum, ranging from work that can help clarify the author's thinking early in the creation stage (developmental editing), through the important stylistic and mechanical work that helps establish consistency (line editing and copyediting), and then the final polishing pass to ensure quality (proofreading).

We'll also discuss the dynamic between authors and editors, including some of the myths that flutter around the creative heat of conflict and drama. And we'll end on a high note by sharing some funny/embarrassing editing bloopers - and tips for avoiding making these same mistakes in your own writing.

Saturday • July 22 • 11am
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

Presenter Laurie Gibson, has served as editor for more than 150 first-time authors and also edited/proofread 250+ books for numerous publishers, including the 2003 edition of "The Color Purple," as well as the writing of former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and success guru Brian Tracy. For nearly a decade, Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs of both UCSD and UCLA.

Can't make the workshop? Save the Dates: This workshop will also take place at the Aptos Library on September 23rd at 11am and at the Downtown Library on November 7th at 6pm.

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Posted by cowend on July 14, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Social Media Smart Video


The 4Keys to YouTube Savvy
& Facebook LIVE!

Start your own YouTube Channel and broadcast your message Free! Create more buzz and excitement with your friends on Facebook LIVE this Summer!

Thursday • July 20 • 5:30-6:30pm
Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

About Karen KC Carlson
After multiple careers in environmental protection and non-profit organizations, Karen (KC) Carlson's passion for creating video stories fired up five years ago while she was working to protect seabirds and mammals. It was then that she saw the power of visual story telling.

Since then, she has produced every type of video from a "How To" for her rowing club, recording non-profit community events, interviews with local leaders and PSA's for commercial television as well as speaking and social media visuals for entrepreneurs. But she found her true video passion in helping active seniors turn their stories into family keepsakes.

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program: Reading by Design. To learn more or to sign up for the program, visit

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Posted by cowend on July 14, 2017 at 6 a.m.


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