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SCPL News & Announcements - December 2012 Archive

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Holiday and 2013 Event Schedule


The holidays are upon us! All library branches will be closed December 24th and 25th for the Christmas holiday, and on December 31st and January 1st for the New Year. Other than these dates, all branches except Felton and Branciforte will be open on their usual schedules.

The Felton Branch will be closed for painting from Sunday, December 23rd through Thursday, January 3rd. The book drop will also be closed, so any items which need to be returned during this period should be taken to another Santa Cruz Library branch. The Branciforte Branch will be closed on December 26th and 27th due to a building maintenance issue, and resume regular open hours on Friday December 28th.

The new year is coming soon, and it will be full of great events for kids, teens, and adults. The January-May 2013 schedule is already available. Pick up a paper copy in your local branch, or download the pdf version.

Update your calendars now, and we'll see you at the library!

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Posted by teeterj on Dec. 21, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Sheet Music Database

Did you know about the library's extensive sheet music database? Our sheet music collection is housed in the Downtown branch and contains more than 25,000 pieces of popular, traditional, and folk music.

Here's a taste of one treasure to be found:

This video was conceived and created by our staff, featuring Howie Kimel on piano.

The sheet music collection is housed at the Downtown Branch Library Reference Department. This collection is available for reference use and for viewing and/or copying.

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Posted by teeterj on Dec. 18, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Learn More about the Catalog


The updated library catalog that we launched a few weeks ago is working better than ever. Some features have moved or changed in the process, so to help you get re-oriented we've put together some tutorials to help you make the most of the new catalog features.

Our staff have made some great how-to videos, which you can find on our website or our YouTube channel. These focus on renewing items, managing your holds and setting your account preferences. We've also got some written tutorials illustrated with screenshots, for those with lower bandwidth.

For example, here's the video for your account login and renewals:

You can find links to all the tutorials on the Catalog Help and Tutorials page.

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Posted by teeterj on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Library Joint Powers Board Seeks New Citizen Member

The Library Joint Powers Board for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries has an opening for a new Citizen Member who is a registered voter and resides in Library District 1. Library District 1 is defined as The City of Santa Cruz, Supervisorial District 3 and Supervisorial District 1 south of Capitola Road and west of 17th Ave.

The SCPL Joint Powers Board (LJPB) is a governing board whose broad duties are outlined by the Joint Powers Agreement. The Board is responsible for financial oversight, passing a balanced annual budget, setting strategy and policy for the library to achieve its mission, and establishing criteria for success and evaluating library service. The Board ensures that quality library services are provided to meet the needs of a diverse community. The Board represents the public and is accountable to the public.

For more information about the Board, Financial and Planning Documents, and current and past Board agendas and minutes please visit

More information and application materials are available in the documents below or by calling 427-7706.

Applications must be received via mail or e-mail by 5pm on January 7, 2013.

 Citizen Member Information Packet

 Citizen Member Application for Appointment

 Library District Map (jpg)

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Posted by teeterj on Dec. 4, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.


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