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SCPL News & Announcements - January 2013 Archive

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Art Exhibits and First Friday

Join us as we celebrate local artists at our Downtown and Scotts Valley Branches.

First Friday is coming to the Downtown Branch on February 1st with a reception for “No Place Like Home,” a dynamic mix of artwork by eight local artists. Milton Barber, Russell Brutsche, Beth Gripenstraw, Greg Fetler, Barbara Lawrence, Richard Merrill, Winnie Mucklow, and Neil Simmons each exhibit a recent series of work inspired by their home, California. The resulting selection demonstrates the many ways California artists are influenced and inspired by their home environments. The exhibit will be up at the Downtown Branch through March 30th.

The Friends Bookstore will remain open during the First Friday Artist's Reception. To celebrate the Artists' Reception, the selections will be expanded with books united by the No Place Like Home theme. Keep an eye out for books by Steinbeck, the focus of the upcoming Big Read!

At the Scotts Valley Branch, “About Face” is an exhibition bringing together 8 local artists focusing on faces and how they communicate personality and aspects of character. The subject matter is presented in various styles of art including painting, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. Faces are a fascinating subject in the world of art. Every face has history with a story behind it. This show explores the different methods and stories the artists choose to express. Artists include: Selfa Joseph, Susan Hancey, Katharina Short, Richard Bennett, Liz Crain, Mary Altier, Dee Hooker, and June Pace. "About Face" will be at the Scotts Valley Branch until April 27th.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

New and Noteworthy for January


It may be cold in California, but there's plenty of activity at the library to keep us warm!

Grant from Target for Cuéntame un Cuento (Read me a Story)
In recognition of the efforts of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries to encourage early childhood literacy, Target has awarded us a grant that will support the library in expanding story time offerings to include a one-hour Spanish-language story time program at the Live Oak Branch on Mondays at 5:30pm.

Book Discussion Kits
We've improved access to our Book Discussion Kits. The 350 kits are now searchable by author, keyword, or title. You can also browse all kits by genre or by alphabatized by title. Take a look at the new and improved Book Kits Page.

We've also got some great events coming up before the end of the month:

Jan 24 -- Retired UCSC Professor of Education and Creative Writing David Swanger is the Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate for 2012-2014. He will talk about the process he uses to write and read his poetry at the La Selva Beach Branch on Thursday, January 24th at 10:30am. Admission is free, and all are welcome! Presented by the Friends of the La Selva Beach Library.

Jan 27 -- It's Not About the Bully: Family Strategies for Empowerment and Growth is a series of talks designed to help provide social and personal empowerment strategies for young people and their families to mitigate the effects of bullying. The workshops are hosted by Dr. Yvonne D. Vermillion, PSY. D., LMFT. Sessions take place on the fourth Sunday of the month from January to May 2013, from 2-3:30pm.

Jan 31 -- Do you need help checking out materials for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, or other device? Come to our eBooks and More class and we’ll show you how it’s done! eBooks and More is an ongoing series -- the January 31st session will be held at the Aptos branch from 3-4pm. All ages and knowledge levels welcome.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Coat Drive through January 19th


The library is participating in a coat drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Help spread Dr. King’s civic spirit by donating your new or gently used coats, blankets, scarves, gloves, socks and new toiletries and hygiene products to local non-profit organizations.

Donations can be dropped off at the Scotts Valley, Live Oak, and Downtown branches during regular open hours. Items can also be donated at the Staff of Life, The Santa Cruz Volunteer Center, and College 10 at UCSC.

No coats to give? Donate your time! Volunteers are needed to sort donations on January 21. Call (831)-427-5078 or email to sign up.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Boulder Creek Branch Closed January 18-19

The Boulder Creek Branch will be closed on Friday January 18th and Saturday January 19th for necessary building maintenance. The branch will reopen at the usual time (11am) on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Thanks for your patience.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3 p.m.

New in the Catalog


Next time you're looking at a book in our catalog, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find more information about the title.

Click the blue bar that says "Awards, Reviews, Series & Suggested Reads" to find new bonus content from Novelist Select. You'll find things like series information, book discussion guides, awards, reader ratings from Goodreads, and reading recommendations for similar books you may enjoy.

If you haven't clicked around in this area before, open up the other blue sections to find summaries, book reviews, and more. Content from Novelist is geared towards books, but summaries and the shelf browser are available for most materials. Happy hunting!

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 8, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Applications for new Citizen Member due January 7th

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. Visit the official announcement for links to the application documents and more information.

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

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

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 1, 2013 at 9 a.m.


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