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Oliver the Parrot


Meet Oliver!

All ages are invited to enjoy parrot stories, songs, facts about parrots, and make a parrot craft while meeting Oliver and his human.

THU • June 6 • 11am
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

THU • June 15 • 1pm
Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

TUE • June 20 • 2pm
Felton Library • 6299 Gushee St.

THU • June 22 • 4pm
Boulder Creek Library • 13390 West Park Ave.

MON • June 26 • 5:30pm
Live Oak Library • 2380 Portola Rd.

TUE • June 27 • 10:30am
La Selva Beach Library • 113 Estrella Ave.

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 May 26, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Summer Reading


Reading By Design

The 2017 Summer Reading Program begins June 1st!
Reading by Design is a summer library program for everyone. Little ones through kids age 17 may register to read or listen and earn Book Books to spend at participating businesses. Adults 18 and older may play LIBRARY BINGO for a chance at some great raffle prizes!

Sign-ups begin June 1st online at:
or in person at any Branch Library

Earn Book Bucks!
One hour of reading = 1 Book Buck. You can earn up to 20 Book Bucks. Track your reading time by filling in the circles on your Reading Log. When you’ve read as much as you’d like, collect your Book Bucks by bringing your Reading Log to any SCPL branch library by August 18.

Collect your Book Bucks at any Branch Library by August 18th

Spend Your Book Bucks!
Santa Cruz County businesses that will honor your Book Bucks are listed on the back of your Reading Log. Please bring your Reading Log and Book Bucks to the store with you when you shop so the merchant can see your participation and record what you spend. And, please thank our generous local businesses who support reading and learning by donating the goods and services you ‘purchase’ with your Book Bucks. It is through their generosity that this incentive program is possible.

Book Bucks EXPIRE on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Or Enter the Raffle with your Bucks!
1 Book Buck = 1 Raffle Ticket. Trade in your Book Bucks for the chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses. The raffle is open to ALL participants in the Summer Reading Program. Winners will be drawn the third week of August. No need to be present, we will contact the winners. Enter the raffle at any branch library when you collect your book bucks by August 18.

Enjoy Programs! Enjoy programs for all ages at all library branches this summer. Check our Summer Reading program calendar at Check for schedule changes and watch for Pop-Up Programs not listed on print materials, happening at several branches this summer. Watch for special adult programs this summer!

The Festival of the Book!
Harvey West Park on Sunday July 30, 2017 • 1-4pm
Join us for a celebration of reading with light snacks, acrobats, face painting, a Tales to Tails therapy dog, and a chance for kids to shop our Festival Bookstore! All participants receive 1 free book at the Kids Only Book Sale. See you there!

Share your summer at the library by following @SantaCruzPL and using #ReadingByDesign

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

Find Yourself in the Library


Find your Community...

Expand and deepen your community in the library!

Programs for Adults

  • Join one of our many Book Clubs at branches throughout the county.
  • Check out our Community Poetry Circles at Downtown, Scotts Valley, or Aptos.
  • Share your love of movies at the Hidden Gems Film Club Downtown, the La Selva Beach Brown Bag Movie, and the Aptos Movie Matinee.
  • Find like minded adults through our Citizen Science Series, Knitting Clubs, Adult Coloring Programs, and Armchair Travel program.

Programs for Teens

  • Join Teens in Action for fun activities like filmmaking, movie watching, cosplay or gaming.
  • Book lovers unite at The Teen Reader's Guild hosted monthly at Felton.
  • Teens can get their play on at Lego Clubs, Chess Clubs, and Minecraft.Edu games at many of our branches.

Programs for Families

  • Meet other parents, caregivers, and playmates for your kids at Toddler and Preschool Storytimes held at branches weekly throughout the county.
  • Move the mess out of the house and get to a Family Craft program happening weekly at branches throughout the county.
  • Cuéntame un cuento, or Spanish Storytime brings families with children ages 0-8 together for stories, songs, and crafts in Spanish.

Find Yourself in the Library

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Posted by cowend on May 22, 2017 at 3:19 p.m.

Citizen Science


The Science of Roads

After the record-breaking weather this winter the County Public Works Department has an enormous task ahead of them. Join us for interesting insight into the Science and Engineering challenges to infrastructure maintenance in Santa Cruz County. County Public Works Director John Presleigh presents.

Thursday June 1st • 6:30 - 8:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

County of Santa Cruz Public Works Director John Presleigh is a graduate of Cal Poly, UCDavis and SJSU. He is currently President for the County Engineers Association of California & Manager of the Highway 1 Construction Authority.

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other!

For more information contact • 831-427-7717

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Posted by cowend on May 22, 2017 at 1:58 p.m.

Book Sale


Friends of the Library

The Spring Book Sale at the Civic is here! Shop from tens of thousands of books while supporting your Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Most books are $1 - $3. After 2:00 PM, $5 per bag.

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church St.

Friday May 26 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Members Only Night: Annual donors of $50 and above get first access to the sale. Become a member at

Saturday May 27th • 10:00am - 4:00pm Open to the Public. The sale closes between 1:30pm - 2:00pm when bags of "mystery books" are sold at $5 per bag.

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Posted by cowend on May 15, 2017 at 6:05 p.m.


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