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SCPL News & Announcements - January 2014 Archive

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Support SCPL Friends at Discretion Brewing

Today Discretion Brewing is supporting the SCPL Friends during Love Mondays. It was so much fun last time that we are back today from 11:30am - 9pm. Come join us for a brew!

Discretion Brewing will donate 20% of their beer sales (excluding kegs and growlers) to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Discretion Brewing is located at 2703 41st Ave, Soquel CA. For more information about the brewery, visit their website:

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 27, 2014 at 11 a.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 2015 Tax Prep Schedule.

Project SCOUT will also be at two library branch locations throughout tax season:

Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos
Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM February 5th through April 9th

> February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9

Downtown Branch, 224 Church St.. Santa Cruz
Tuesdays 3:00 - 6:00 PM February 3rd through April 14th
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14

Saturdays 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM February 7th through April 11th (Except 3/21 - NO SESSION)
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 28
April 4, 11

The Downtown Branch will host one Tax Day session on Wednesday April 15th 3:00 - 6:00 PM

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

What To Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards or ITIN for each person on your tax return
  • W-2, 1099, 1098 forms for all jobs held in 2013
  • Child care costs for 2013 and provider info
  • A voided check for direct deposit (optional)
  • Previous year's tax form (not required, but helpful)

Documentos Necessarios

  • Identificación con foto
  • Tarjeta de seguro social o número ITIN para cada persona en su declaración de impuestos
  • Formas W-2, 1099, 1098 de todos los trabajos que tuvo en 2013
  • Información del proveedor y costo total de cuidado de sus hijos
  • Un cheque nulo para deposito directo (opcionales)
  • Copia de sus impuestos del 2011 (opcionales, pero nos ayuda)

View similarly tagged posts: Taxes, Branches, Events
Posted by phippsa on Jan. 24, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Library Joint Powers Board Seeks Citizen Member

The Library Joint Powers Board for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries has an opening for a Citizen Member who is a registered voter and resides in Library District 3. Library District 3 is defined as the City of Capitola, Supervisorial District 2 (less the City of Watsonville), Supervisorial District 4 (less the City of Watsonville) and Supervisorial District 1 in Live Oak south of Capitola Road and east of 17th Avenue. Specific addresses can be confirmed by contacting Library Administration.

The SCPL Joint Powers Board (LJPB) is a governing board whose broad duties are outlined by the Joint Powers Agreement. The Board is responsible for financial oversight, passing a balanced annual budget, setting strategy and policy for the library to achieve its mission, and establishing criteria for success and evaluating library service. The Board ensures that quality library services are provided to meet the needs of a diverse community. The Board represents the public and is accountable to the public.

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

More information and application materials are available in the documents below or by calling 427-7706.

Applications must be received via mail or e-mail by 5pm Monday March 31, 2014.

 Citizen Member Application Cover Letter

 Citizen Member Application for Appointment

 Citizen Member Information Packet

 Library District Map

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 23, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Art in the Library


This February, we have two very different art programs showing at our Scotts Valley and Downtown Branches.

Flower Power is the latest exhibit in the Scotts Valley Branch's Art in the Library program. The program will celebrate the powerful influence flowers have on our lives. The public is invited to meet the artists at a special reception. Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by jRj Rauche, a multi-instrumentalist with special focus on Chapman Stick, Guitar and Handpan.

Flower Power -- Meet the Artist Reception
Saturday, February 1st
2:00 – 4:00pm

Artists: Heather Richman – Fused Glass, Tamara Cucchiara-Sitka – Live plants, Ron Meadow – Acrylic, Linda Nadeau – Mosaic, Margaret Stanton Murray – Photography, Lynn Larson – Watercolor, Bill Tucker – Glass sculpture, Pat Towery – Watercolor, Lynn Jaye – Acrylic, Lance Simms – Acrylic, Sally Bookman – Watercolor, Samantha Sommer - Decoupage.

For more information on the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library and the Art in the Library program please visit

Santa Cruz Originals celebrates the creative foundation of the underground Santa Cruz Skate/tattoo culture at the Downtown Branch. Join us for art and music during the First Friday reception, or come to the branch anytime during open hours -- the art will be on display until March 29th.

Santa Cruz Originals -- First Friday Reception
Saturday, February 7th
5:30 - 8:00pm

Artists: Lucas Musgrave, Mike Espinosa, Flip Hayes, Jordan Norrbom, Jimbo Phillips, Adrian Jimenez, Selena Zontos, Jesse Rochlin, Andrew Willis, Skan Arts, Dustin Graham, Anthony Moss.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Look, Learn, Lend A Hand


Did you know that the Santa Cruz Public Libraries helps you learn about local plants and animals that are endangered or threatened? Find the Endangered Species page under Local Information> Endangered Species.

Consider making a difference by joining the upcoming Willow Creek Habitat Restoration, hosted by the Watershed Stewards Project and the the Resource Conservation District. Help restore critical habitat for the Long-toed Salamander on this interpretive walk to a section of the Aptos watershed normally closed to the public.

Williow Creek Habitat Restoration
January 25th • 9am - 1pm
Meet at Rio Del Mar Elementary

Plant native species, build exclusion fencing, remove invasive species, and learn about the watershed! All ages welcome! Snacks and drinks provided. Bring gloves (if you have them), wear long sleeves, and covered shoes. RAIN CANCELS EVENT.

For further information contact the Watershed Stewards Project at 831-464-2950 ext 24.

View similarly tagged posts: Website, Santa Cruz, Events
Posted by teeterj on Jan. 17, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

Garfield Park Branch


UPDATE 1/21: All services restored! The book drop is once again functional.

UPDATE 1/16: All services restored except the book drop.

The Garfield Park Branch maintenance is nearly complete. The library collection is now available, as well as computers and internet access. However, the book drop is not currently usable -- please make your returns inside the library or at another branch until further notice.

UPDATE 1/14: Access to Garfield Park Limited Until Thursday January 16th

Window repairs and painting at the Garfield Park Branch will continue into the week due to unexpected circumstances. Garfield Park Library users will be able to pick up their holds only. The book collection and computers are not available.

Garfield Park will re-open with full service on Thursday January 16th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 13, 2014 at 6 a.m.

Food for Life Free Health Lectures

Sandi Rechenmacher, NC HHP, of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and Food for Life will present two free health and wellness lectures in January.

Kickstart into a Vegan Lifestyle

Aptos Branch Library Wednesday January 15th 6:00-7:30 PM
Sandi will discuss Dr. Neal Barnard’s (PBS notable) cutting-edge science featuring disease PREVENTION as a lifestyle. Learn of a delicious style of eating and living designed by nature for optimum health and weight-loss. Sandi will discuss Nutrition’s wild ride over the past 100 years, revealing myths, assumptions, and urban legends that are leading Americans towards otherwise avoidable chronic diseases, pains, and untimely deaths. Join others and glean new recipes, resources, and materials on creating YOUR next healthy step towards joyful and vibrant living your WHOLE life.

Getting to Know Your Gut Microbiome

Scotts Valley Branch Thursday January 16th 6:00-7:30 PM
Sandi will discuss the 600 trillion bugs/bacteria community that inhabits your gut. Learn about foods that weaken these colonies and foods that keep these bugs happily balanced, bolstering your immune defenses. Find out how to deliciously strengthen this vital symbiotic relationship between your body and your bugs. Don’t miss the live sauerkraut/fermented food making demonstration.

Kickstart Into a Vegan Lifestyle will also be presented at the Downtown Branch on February 26th from 6:00-7:30PM.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Library Network Down for Maintenance

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries will be undergoing network maintenance starting at 10am on Monday, January 6th.

The SCPL catalog and website will be unavailable during this time. Inside the branches, access to our wireless network will also be affected. Please plan your library usage accordingly!

View similarly tagged posts: Library Administration, Website, Library Automation System
Posted by teeterj on Jan. 4, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Add Your Photos to the Archive!


Your photos can become part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Local History Photo Gallery. Let’s tell the world the unique story of our local and regional history!

SnapShot Stories Community Scanning Event
Saturday, January 11th 2014, 11am-3pm
Live Oak Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95062

Bring your family’s historical snapshots (from long ago or just last week) to our next Snapshot Stories event at Live Oak Library. We are especially seeking images of the Live Oak area; people, places, events. However, photos from all regions in are welcome! Your photos will be scanned and returned to you along with a USB flash drive containing an electronic copy of the image.

For more information contact the Program Team at or (831) 427-7717.

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Posted by teeterj on Jan. 2, 2014 at 10 a.m.

The Power of Our Stories: The Fight for Civil Liberties

Join us for an exploration of California’s civil liberties history from the days of slavery to the post 9/11 era, highlighting courageous Californians whose battles in courts, classrooms and streets shaped the rights we have today.

The Power of Our Stories:
The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Japanese American Community and Beyond
Downtown Branch Meeting Room
Sunday, January 5th
2pm - 4pm

Special guest Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, (co-author of Farewell to Manzanar, Laurel Leaf, 1973) will join Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (authors of Wherever There’s A Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, Heyday, 2009) and poet Brian Komei Dempster (author of Topaz, Four Way Books, 2013) for a panel discussion.

Also view the banner exhibition Wherever There’s A Fight; The Fight for Civil Liberties in California
For more info contact the programming team at or 831-427-7717.

Event co-sponsored by:
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
American Civil Liberties Union, Santa Cruz Chapter
Japanese American Citizens League, Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter
Heyday Books

View similarly tagged posts: Local History, Events
Posted by teeterj on Jan. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.


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