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SCPL News & Announcements - July 2013 Archive

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Libraries Inside Out 2013


More than 250 people have participated in this year's Libraries Inside Out project by submitting their art/poetry/musings about HOME. Join us this Friday, August 2nd, at 5:30pm at the Downtown Branch to see their work. You'll have a chance to hear more about the project, meet artist Bridget Henry, and get a close look at the way community response influenced the images that Bridget created.

Following on the success of 2012's photography installation, "YOU", City Arts, SCPL, MAH and Friends of SCPL collaborated to bring us another round of this popular Public Art project. Local Printmaker Bridget Henry won the Commission for 2013's Libraries Inside Out for her project "HOME".

If you can't make it to the gala, swing by the Downtown Branch anytime to see the woodcut prints on the outside of the building. "The Faces of the Library," our latest 3-month exhibit inside the building, can be viewed during open hours.

Find out more about Libraries Inside Out and the HOME exhibit on

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Posted by teeterj on July 30, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Language Learning for Kids


Little Pim is an award-winning multimedia program that introduces children to foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Try learning Spanish, French, German--or even Russian or Chinese! Create an account, if you like, or click the "Start Learning" button to jump in immediately. Take a look!

Little Pim is geared towards younger children. Teens and adults can get the same great language instruction from Mango Languages. You can access either service from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection and a library account and PIN.

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Posted by teeterj on July 27, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Teen Lock-In


Want to play in the library after the doors are locked? Join us for the 2nd National Teen Lock-In on August 2 at the Scotts Valley Library! From 6pm until midnight teens ages 13-18 can compete with other teens all over the U.S. Talks are also scheduled with these authors: Marie Lu, Legend Trilogy; Andrew Smith, Winger; Dan Krokos, The False series; Bennett Madison; Jessica Brody, Karma Club; and Colleen Houck, Tiger Saga.

Permission forms must be signed by parent/guardian and returned to your local Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ branch in advance by Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Once permission forms are received, attendees can Pre-Register for the lock-in.

For more information, ask your local library staff or call Sandi at 831-427-7706 x7665.

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Posted by teeterj on July 23, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

Drink Beer to Support Your Library!


Discretion Brewing will donate 20% of their beer sales to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries on Monday July 29. Come have some great brews and mingle with Friends! We'll have a few choice deals for book lovers too. Discretion Brewing is a family-owned company dedicated to producing handcrafted organic beer of consistent high quality.

Discretion Brewing is located at 2703 41st Ave. Ste A Soquel, CA 95073. Visit their website at They are open 11:30am until 9:00pm, so come in and have a cold one!

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Posted by teeterj on July 22, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Last Week of Summer Reading


Summer Reading is almost over, and we're going out with a bang!

If you've been filling out a reading log, it's time to collect your Dollars. Bring your completed reading log to any Branch immediately after any Summer Reading Program, or you can leave your reading log at a Branch anytime during open hours and pick up your Dollars the following week.

Get in a last round of storytelling with Bob & Liz:

  • Monday July 22: they'll be at the Live Oak Branch @ 10:30am and at the Garfield Park Branch @ 2pm.
  • Tuesday July 23: they'll be at the La Selva Beach Branch at 10:30am and at the Felton Branch at 1:30pm.

Our Food for Thought Film Series is drawing to a close:

  • In "No Impact Man," a Manhattan family attempts to reduce their environmental impact to zero for a year, primarily through diet, energy use, and no garbage. July 23rd at 7pm at the Downtown Branch.
  • "The Corporation" shows how a short-term profit model for corporations encourages good people to do bad things, and how we can control our dollars and elect officials to provide a counterbalance. July 27th at 3pm at the Aptos Branch.
  • "A Place at the Table" is an investigation of hunger in America, where 1 in 6 Americans don't have enough food, and 80% of people on food stamps are working. July 30th at 7pm at the Downtown Branch.

Join the Teen Tech Tasters one last time, and Join with Robin Macomber from the Digital Media Factory and show your movie on the big screen at the Scotts Valley Branch, from 3-5pm on July 24th.

Finally, join us on July 28th at Harvey West Park for the Festival of the Book. We'll have crafts, costumes, performers, and the Kids Only Booksale. This is your last chance to redeem your booklets for Summer Reading Dollars, so don't miss out!

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Posted by teeterj on July 21, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Battle of the Bands & More


This week's Summer Reading events culminate in a fantastic music show by local teen bands! Here are some of the highlights for this week.

July 16th

  • The Surfing Magician will be at La Selva Beach @ 10:30 on Tuesday.
  • Bring your stuffed animal friend for the Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Branciforte Branch! We'll have a bedtime storytime and make nametags for your special friend at 4:30pm. After you leave, what will those animals do? Come back on Thursday, July 18th at 10:30 to find out and to take your friend back home.
  • Come watch "Vegucated" at 7:00PM at the Downtown Branch; it's part of the Food for Thought! 2013 Summer Film Series. Three New Yorkers answer a craigslist ad and try a vegan diet for six weeks. A comedic look at their journey and an overview of the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits.

July 17th

  • Make Movies with Teen Tech Tasters from 3-5pm at Scotts Valley. Join with Robin Macomber from the Digital Media Factory and show your movie on the big screen. Robin will add more skills this week; some video knowledge assumed for this class.

July 20th

  • On Saturday, come watch local teen talent storm the stage at the Downtown Library during the Teen Battle of the Bands from 1-4pm. Bring your sunscreen!
  • If you can't make it into Santa Cruz, watch the Battle of the Bands live streaming at Scotts Valley Library!

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Posted by teeterj on July 14, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Summer Reading Highlights - July 7-13


Keep on readin'! Here are some event highlights for this week.

July 9th:

  • Learn how to make your own kites for flying on the beach. We'll meet at the Downtown branch at 2pm.
  • Watch the movie "King Corn" at the Aptos branch at 7:00PM -- part of our "Food for Thought" film series.

July 10th:

  • Make Movies! Here's another chance to take the introductory class with Teen Tech Tasters, at 3pm at the Scotts Valley Branch. Sign up to join the group. Join with Robin Macomber from the Digital Media Factory and show your movie on the big screen! Plus, Robin will add more skills for those who wish to learn more.

July 13th:

  • Build a Castle at Boulder Creek at 1pm. Join us making castles with dragons. Children under 8 will need an adult to help them.
  • Join us for the "Food for Thought" film series. "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. Showing at 3pm at the Scotts Valley

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Posted by teeterj on July 7, 2013 at 8 a.m.


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