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Enjoy free monthly lunchtime concerts in the Meeting Room of the Downtown Branch Library. The programming varies but the music is always guaranteed to be good. Bring your own lunch!

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SCPL News & Announcements - February 2013 Archive

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Multimedia Market on March 3rd


Never before have we attempted it: a library benefit sale devoted entirely to electronic media. From music to movies to audiobooks, you'll find all your favorites at incredible prices. Let's watch, listen and of course, rock & roll!

Sunday, March 3rd; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Library; Upstairs Meeting Room
224 Church Street

Proceeds from the Multimedia Market will go to help support the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

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Posted by teeterj on Feb. 28, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Big Read Kickoff


We're all set to kick off THE BIG READ: The Grapes of Wrath at the Museum of Art and History this Wednesday, February 27th. Join us at 5:30pm to munch and mingle with other Steinbeck enthusiasts. At 6:00pm, SCPL Director Teresa Landers will make introductions and proclamations with Mayor Hilary Bryant.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater and Loose Cannon Theater will also make an appearance. Susan Shillinglaw, director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University, will then make a keynote address and host a Q&A. Bring your questions!

This is just the beginning of BIG READ: The Grapes of Wrath. The next month will be filled with great events -- visit the BIG READ events page to find out more.

We thank the MAH, one of our Santa Cruz Reads project partners, for the use of the space.

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Posted by teeterj on Feb. 25, 2013 at 1 p.m.

A Song for Valentine's Day

The Library wishes you all a Happy Valentine's day with another great selection from our sheet music database. Library Board Chair Sam Storey performs "A Pretty Girl is Like A Memory," written by Irving Berlin in 1919.

The SCPL 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 Feb. 14, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Volunteer Opportunities for Photography Lovers


The NEA sponsored Big Read celebration of John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath starts on February 27th, the 111th anniversary of Steinbeck's birth. We have a series of fantastic discussions and events going on, and you can help!

If you love photographs, we have some great opportunities for you: 

We need history-loving volunteers to help explain the Visualizing the Great Depression photo exhibit to the public. The work of Dorothea Lange and other contemporary photographers will be on display in the upstairs meeting room of the Downtown Branch. We're looking for docent help on March 6th from 10am - 4pm, March 7th from 5pm - 8:30pm, March 8th from 5pm - 8:30pm, and March 9th from 1pm - 4pm. Docents work in 2 hour shifts, helping to explain the exhibit (what it's about, who the photographers were, the different subjects in the photos, etc.) and encouraging people to walk amongst the photos. No previous docent experience is required; we'll help teach you everything you need to know to help share our history with the community. 

We're also looking for people who love to take their own photos. We have 30 scheduled events taking place as part of Big Read, and we'd love your help capturing the action as it happens!

If you are interested in these opportunities, contact our Volunteer office at (831) 427-7700 x7615 or by email at

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Posted by teeterj on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Help for Tax Time

Tax season is here once again. For links to state and federal tax forms, see our Tax Forms and Information page. Project SCOUT is also available for in-person help at a variety of locations around the County: Project SCOUT 2013 Tax Prep Schedule. Remember to read the "What To Bring" section before you arrive.

Project SCOUT will be at the Downtown branch on Tuesdays from 3pm - 6pm from February 5 - April 9 They will also be at Downtown on Monday April 15th from 1pm - 5pm, and every other Saturday starting February 2nd from 11am - 1pm, ending on April 6th.

Project SCOUT will be at the Aptos branch on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm from February 7 - April 11.

For more information about Project SCOUT, call their Watsonville office at 831-724-2606 or toll-free at 1-877-373-8297, or visit their website at

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Posted by teeterj on Feb. 3, 2013 at 8 a.m.


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