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SCPL News & Announcements - June 2012 Archive

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Kickstarter Campaign for Participatory Public Art Project


Update: Our Kickstarter campaign was a success! Find out more about our project at

This August during First Friday activities the exterior of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) Downtown Branch will be full of volunteers installing exuberant large-scale black and white portraits of library patrons on the library exterior.

Inspired by a Bella Bathurst quote "Turns out that libraries have nothing at all to do with silence" this participatory public art project – initiated and fully supported by the SCPL – celebrates the Downtown Branch as a vibrant, active part of the community, made relevant by the relationships it fosters.

While distinctly unique to Santa Cruz, the project also links to a global public art project initiated in 2010 by TED Prize winner and street artist JR. The global Inside Out Project transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.

Local public arts activist, Mariah Roberts, is organizing the installation with Janis O’Driscoll, Manager of Programs and Partnerships for the Library. This is not Mariah’s first experience producing Inside Out projects. Last summer Roberts partnered with local photographer Joop Rubens and student photographers to produce an Inside Out project for the Live Oak community, with donated walls from the Live Oak Super and 17th Avenue Studios.

For the library project exhibitions designer Gabriel Harrison and City Arts staff Crystal Birns partnered with the project team and encouraged Roberts to consider printing portraits at a large scale to integrate with the library architecture. Roberts pulled in a few other team members – including local filmmaker Nick Paris, UCSC photography students, Live Oak students and photographer Joop Rubens – and launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the cost of printing large-scale.

The Museum of Art and History also extended a hand and plans to host a voting booth and interactive component to the project if sufficient funds are raised.

A funding platform for creative projects, Kickstarter has been used successfully by a number of local artists, makers, inventors and other creative types. Every Kickstarter project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding, and supported by friends, fans, and the public. Supporters can pledge as little as $1 or as much as they’d like. The fundraising goal for this project is $5000, and with 16 more days to go, $3980 has already been raised.

Inside Out Libraries portraits by Joop Rubens are online at Read more about the project in this week's Good Times article Inside Out and Larger Than Life.

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Posted by teeterj on June 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

Update: Library Email Notices

Starting in April, patrons may have noticed problems with the delivery of library email notices for overdue materials, holds ready for pickup, and fines. As of May 29th, there was a complete failure of the email notices delivery system.

The majority of these notices delivery problems were resolved on June 12th. The remaining problems, as far as we now know, were confined to borrowers with, and email addresses and these problems were resolved as of the morning of June 17th.

Although it should not be necessary, it is probably good practice for our patrons to whitelist the library notices email address and library mail server domain names.

The library notices email address is and our mail server domain names are:

Please check with your email service for specific instructions on how to whitelist. Generally speaking, this involves adding our notices email address to your contacts list and/or creating rules or filters that prevent email from our library domains from being sent to your Spam folder or being rejected as Spam. There are some specific instructions for patrons with Gmail addresses and a link to general instructions for many other email services included at the bottom of this page.

Although library email service problems have been resolved, there are many other situations that can prevent you from receiving email. If for any reason you discover you are having problems receiving our email notices as of June 18th, please do the following:

  1. check your Spam folder - if our email notice is there, mark it as "Not Spam"
  2. check that your mailbox is not full
  3. whitelist our email notices address and domain names
  4. confirm with us that your email address is correct and current in your borrower account

If these steps do not resolve your problem, please send email to with the details of the problem.

Keep in mind that if you are having temporary email receipt problems, you can still keep current with your library account status in these ways:

  1. use the online catalog "My Account" feature at
  2. call Telephone Reference during Downtown open hours at 831-427-7713
  3. call or visit any branch library - phone numbers and hours can be found at

We would like to thank all of our patrons for being so patient during this period of time. If you have any questions or concerns about fines assessed in the past 8 weeks, please talk to staff at your branch library.

We would also like to say a special thank you to those patrons who gave us detailed information that helped us to trouble-shoot these problems.


There are many helpful web sites that discuss whitelisting, but here is one to get you started:

How to "whitelist" in gmail by creating a filter:

Step 1: In Gmail, go to Settings, Filters, Create a New Filter.

Step 2: In the From: field, enter the library notices domain names which are and .

Step 3: Once your filter is ready, click Next and select “Never Send it to Spam.”

That’s it! Now messages that match the above criteria should be delivered to your Inbox and should not be marked as spam.

View similarly tagged posts: Services, Library Automation System
Posted by teeterj on June 18, 2012 at 10 a.m.

It's Time for Summer Reading!


Signups begin today for Summer Reading 2012! Summer is a great time to read. Keep track of all your books and join us for tons of fun events here at the library. A list of events can be found on the Summer Reading Calendar and on our library events calendar.

Teens and kids can sign up to earn Summer Reading Dollars by tracking each hour they spend reading on their reading log. Summer Reading Dollars can be spent at any of our participating merchants before September 30th. Adults are encouraged to visit the library website to write reviews of the books they've read or listened to.

Everyone is invited to join us at the Festival of the Book at Harvey West Park from 1pm - 4pm on July 29th. We'll have a picnic lunch, musical entertainment, and more -- plus the Kids Only Booksale!

Dream Big -- Read!

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Posted by teeterj on June 11, 2012 at 8 a.m.

Summer Reading is coming soon!


Sign-ups for this year's Summer Reading Program start next week on Monday, June 11! Children, teens, and adults are encouraged to track their reading and attend programs at library branches. Children and teens will record the amount of time spent reading and earn summer reading dollars, which can be spent at the stores of participating merchants. And don't miss the Kids Only Booksale on July 29th!

For those in need of a little pre-reading entertainment, some of our local friends made a video about Summer Reading and the Reading Dollars program! You can see Ice Cream Fluster on YouTube, and we'll be featuring it on our Summer Reading page. The video will also be featured on Community Television of Santa Cruz County -- see the web schedule for channels 25/71 and 27/73 and look for Ice Cream Fluster!

View similarly tagged posts: Kids, Services, Summer Reading
Posted by teeterj on June 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.


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