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SCPL News & Announcements - March 2013 Archive

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Homework Help on Spring Break


Just a quick reminder that there will be no Homework Help sessions during spring break, which is the first week of April. Homework Help will resume on Monday, April 8th.

To find out what is happening at the library, during spring break or anytime, take a look at our calendar.

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Posted by teeterj on March 25, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Mobile Updates


Our technical partners have published updates recently for mobile devices. Check them out!

OverDrive Next Generation

Overdrive recently updated their website with new features such as one-step checkout, browser-based eBooks called OverDrive Read, and navigation improvements to make it more friendly for mobile devices. We've updated our step-by-step Kindle guide (PDF) to help you get familiar with the changes.

Access My Library from Gale

Reference publisher Gale has released an app called AccessMyLibrary. It uses GPS to find libraries -- including SCPL -- within a 10-mile radius of your location, then gives you free, unlimited access to their Gale online resources without any need to log in.

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Posted by teeterj on March 21, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

Santa Cruz Reads


We're thrilled with the response so far to this year's NEA Sponsored Big Read! We're continuing to delve into the work of John Steinbeck all month, culminating in a big celebration at The Museum of Art & History on Wednesday, March 27.

This week, we have a book discussion Downtown, a film showing "Of Mice and Men" at Aptos, a performance of the Willing Suspension Armchair Theater Downtown, and a book discussion at Bookshop Santa Cruz. For more information, brochures are available at all branches or you can always check for more details.

In addition to all the great events, look for Big Read related displays at your local branch. Pictured at right is the current book display from the Aptos Branch.

This week at the Downtown Branch, we have a new photo exhibit created by UCSC student, Natalia Banaszczyk. Her show is called "The Joads by Another Name" and it features the work, portraits and settings of Santa Cruz artists without homes. Natalia's aim is to draw parallels between the times of Steinbeck's novel and 2013. She has been working with members of an art therapy class at the local shelter. A reception for the exhibit will be held at the branch next Monday, March 18 from 2-4pm.

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Posted by teeterj on March 16, 2013 at 9 a.m.

More Tunes from the Sheet Music Database

Here is another great selection from our sheet music database. Enjoy "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", beautifully performed by Librarian Heather Norquist. The music was written by Harry Carroll and the words by Joseph McCarthy.

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 March 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Visualizing the Depression Photo Exhibit


Visualizing the Depression, a Depression Era Photo Exhibit is going on now at the Downtown Branch as part of Santa Cruz Reads. The exhibit is curated by Lance Sprague and the late Don Rothman, who selected photos from the Library of Congress Collection of 166,000 images. Photographers include Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans and other government-sponsored photographers.

The exhibit opens March 7th and runs through March 9th in the Downtown Branch meeting room. It runs Friday until 8pm and Saturday from 1pm - 4pm. There will be docents on hand to answer any questions you may have about the exhibit. Don't miss out on this powerful look at American history.

The next photo exhibit in the Downtown meeting room is The Joads by Another Name, which runs from March 12 - 30th.

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

Honor Our Fallen Officers


On Feb. 26, 2013 in the City of Santa Cruz, Sgt. Butch Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler were killed in the line of duty. In the wake of this devastating tragedy, community members have asked what they can do to express their condolences and support for the families involved, members of the Santa Cruz Police Department, and other first responders.

Out of respect for our fallen officers, all branches of the Santa Cruz Public Library System will be open 3-7pm on Thursday, March 7th. Programs scheduled prior to 3pm are either canceled or will be rescheduled, and Bookmobile will not be making its usual stops. Most city offices will also be closed; see the City of Santa Cruz website for more information.

We've created a Honor Our Fallen Resources page with information on how you can help, information about the memorial service, and resources to help loved ones cope with this tragedy.

For more information on the memorial and alternate viewing options, please see the Santa Cruz Police Department Blog.

A procession of law enforcement and emergency response vehicles will depart for the memorial at 8:45am from the Boardwalk and proceed down Ocean Street to Highway 17 traveling at 30 miles per hour. Vehicles will not be allowed to pass the procession while traveling over Highway 17. There will be no parking on Ocean Street prior to and during the procession. To minimize traffic impacts, those attending the memorial or commuting to jobs over the hill are advised to leave no later than 7:45am before the procession begins. For more information, see's information page.

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Posted by teeterj on March 4, 2013 at 8:15 a.m.


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