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SCPL News & Announcements - May 2013 Archive

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SCPL Friends Present: Wine in the Stacks


To grow support for our libraries' tutoring program, Poet Laureate David Swanger invites you to an after-hours mixer with drinks and appetizers at the Branciforte Library.

Wine in the Stacks
Friday, June 7th
6 pm to 8 pm; Branciforte Library
230 Gault St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

A small grant provides funding for tutors at 7 of our library branches. We need your donations to keep the libraries open, lit, staffed and supplied for students needing our tutors' help.

Help give future students a place to keep the conversation going.

Minimum donation requested: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Purchase tickets now!

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Posted by teeterj on May 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

New App Features SCPL Local History Photos


Santa Cruz-based company Mobile Ranger has created a new iPhone/iPad app offering a mobile tour of West Cliff Drive and the north Coast of Santa Cruz. The tour allows users to learn about the natural and human history of Santa Cruz landscapes.

App developer Julia Gaudinski used photographs from Santa Cruz Public Library's Local History collection to illustrate the tour. Library staff are excited about the opportunity to partner with members of the community in new ways to share our local resources.

The app contains both a walking and a driving tour. The walking tour is a 28-stop exploration of Santa Cruz’s West Cliff Drive from Natural Bridges State Beach to the end of the Municipal Wharf. The five-stop driving tour goes up the coast from Long Marine Lab to the Davenport Cement Plant. For each, an interactive map shows the user’s location relative to the tour stops. Rich with photos and text, each stop tells a story.

The "Mobile Ranger-Santa Cruz" app is currently available in the iTunes App Store. It will be out for Android phones within the next few months. SCPL's Local History collection is always available at

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Posted by ann on May 30, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Homebound and Book Buddy Services


Would you or someone you know benefit from home delivery of library materials? Our Book Buddy Outreach service does just that.

For more information contact:
Jeanne O’Grady 831 427 7700 ext. 7655

To volunteer as a Book Buddy contact:
Volunteer Services 831 427 7700 ext. 7615

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Posted by teeterj on May 16, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

Fun in the Sun at the Spring Book Sale


The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to join us at our Spring Book Sale -- this year we'll be in the great outdoors!

The sale will have a variety of quality books and a special selection of children's books. Enjoy refreshments from Penny Ice Creamery and Pleasure Pizza. Coffee Zombie Collective will also play lively music!

Downtown Library - 224 Church Street
Right outside the Library
Saturday, May 18th 2013
Noon- 5PM

Also at the Book Sale -- don't miss the Pop Up Museum called Altered Books, hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. A Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. Bring a book you've altered in some way-- painted, sculpted, re-written, reshaped, or more -- and share it at the Pop Up Museum.

Photo at right: Friends of the Library book sale in front of the Library building on Center Street in 1966. From the Local History Photograph Collection.

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Posted by teeterj on May 12, 2013 at 11 a.m.

What do you want to read next?


If you're a reader who is always on the lookout for something new, our new NextReads e-newsletter service is for you!

Each newsletter is based on a genre or theme (mysteries, historical fiction, etc.). Sign up for the topics that interest you to receive regular messages featuring newly released items as well as existing works in that theme or genre. The email will include cover art, a brief discription, and a direct link to the book in our catalog.

A sample message is pictured to the right -- find a theme that interests you and try it out today!

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Posted by teeterj on May 2, 2013 at 9 a.m.

April Showers Bring Musical Flowers

From a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to flowers in bloom, the SCPL sheet music collection has it all... including "April Showers", performed here by staff member Howie Kimel. The music was written by Louis Silvers and the words by B. G. DeSylva.

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 May 1, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Author talk on Faith and Theology in Crime Fiction


Join us Tuesday May 14th, 7pm at the Downtown Branch for the third installment of the King Lecture series. This year's Lecture also incorporates the interests of his wife, crime writer Laurie R. King, in conversation with three other award-winning crime writers:

  • Zoe Ferraris -- Finding Nouf, City of Veils
  • Sharan Newman -- The Outcast Dove, Strong as Death
  • Julia Spencer-Fleming -- In the Bleak Midwinter, Out of the Deep I Cry

Higher Mysteries: Faith and Theology in Crime Fiction is sponsored by UCSC's Noel Q. King Memorial and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Books will be sold at the free event by Bookshop Santa Cruz, and refreshments served thanks to the Friends of the Library.

The King Lecture series, preserving the work of UCSC History and Comparative Religion professor Noel Q. King, promotes and explores the dialogue between faiths. For more information please contact

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


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