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Aptos Branch has a chess club for children ages 6 and up that meets Tuesday afternoons at 3:30pm. Downtown has chess instruction with a Master on all Saturdays except the first of the month at 2:00pm.

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STEAM into the Galaxy


Star Wars Day

Beware Vader's fist! In a library very nearby, young people will go on an adventure, exploring possibilities to be found, dodging stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters as they search for missing Jedi Minion Kevin....

STEAM into the Galaxy
Thursday • MAY 4 • 4:00-7:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Members of the Golden Gate Garrison will be invading the downtown library for STEAM into the Galaxy on Star Wars Day, May 4th 2017. At the event:

  • Fun STEAM based activities
  • Star Wars LEGO Mega Brick character displays
  • More activities at Atlantis Fantasyworld
  • Meet Kylo Ren and other characters
  • Cosplay is encouraged!

The Golden Gate Garrison is a unit of the 501st Legion, a group of "Bad Guys Doing Good" volunteers dedicated to re-creating movie-accurate costumes.

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Posted by cowend on April 24, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.

National Volunteer Week


Thank You SCPL Volunteers

Library volunteers help in every one of SCPL’s 10 branches and in various departments offering energy, support, and creativity to staff and patrons alike. Some volunteers work quietly as Adopt-a-Shelf or staff assistants, while others happily engage with energetic toddlers during Story Times. Others deliver materials to homebound patrons. Some volunteer every week while others help at special events. A number of Library volunteers even have multiple assignments! In 2016, volunteers contributed over 13,000 hours of service!

Time and time again, Library volunteers go the extra mile to ensure that our patrons receive the very best possible service. Volunteers are an asset to our organization and are a treasured part of the SCPL library team!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at SCPL, visit our Volunteer Page or contact the Volunteer Office at

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Posted by cowend on April 23, 2017 at 6 a.m.

The True Cost


This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Henry Schwab, CEO/CFO of Synergy Organic Clothing will be talking about their alternative clothing production model after the film. We'll also supply attendees with information about sustainable clothing.

Sunday • April 30th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Downtown Library
224 Church St. SC

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

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Posted by cowend on April 18, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Film Screening & Discussion


Movies That Matter

Join us for thought-provoking discussions of films made from 1900-1940’s. Each month through August we'll screen a film from a different decade and discuss its historical context and significance.

Movies that Matter
4th Wednesdays • 5pm - 7pm
Scotts Valley Library
251 Kings Village Rd.

  • April 26: A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Great Train Robbery (1903), The Haunted House (1908), The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908)
  • May 24: Hearts of the World (1918)
  • June 28: Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
  • July 26: Reefer Madness (1936)
  • August 23: Murderers Among Us (1946)

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Posted by cowend on April 14, 2017 at 12:30 a.m.

Free Admission with Discover & Go


ArtSmart Family Concerts

Tandy Beal & Company presents the final concert in this year’s ArtSmart Family Concert Series: The Magic Carpet - World Rhythms. Get ready for a fun ride as we travel around the globe and get a sneak peek of dance, music and culture from around the world!

ArtSmart Family Concerts:
The Magic Carpet - World Rhythms
Saturday April 22 • 2:00pm
Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Fronst St.

On this year’s Magic Carpet tour, kids and adults will see and hear the amazing footwork and colorful flowing skirts from Jalisco, Mexico with Corazon en Flor, a cacophony of Japanese drums from Watsonville Taiko Ensemble, and the intricate footwork and palmas of flamenco performed by Marianna Mejia of Flamenco Romantico. Be drawn into the ancient spiritual realm of Hawaiian hula with a special presentation of hula ipu heke (ancient double gourd drum) performed by Kuhai Halau O Mehana Pa ‘Olapa Kahiko and get into the rhythm of maculele with Roots of Brazil!

How to reserve a pass:

To get your pass, visit and log in with your library card number and PIN or password. Search for Tandy Beal & Company in the venue list, or by date. Print your pass, which grants free admission to one adult and one child.

A limited number of tickets are Free through Discover & Go. If you'd like to support this series directly, please visit the Tandy Beal ticket site for Group Rates and Discounts on Season Passes.

Tandy Beal & Company is proud to partner with sponsors to make ArtSmart possible: Hewlett Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, California Arts Council, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Downtown Association, NEA and our generous donors and supporters of the arts.

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Posted by cowend on April 12, 2017 at 6 a.m.


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