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Going on a long driving trip? Have to commute over Highway 17 every day? Borrow an audiobook to make the journey more enjoyable. We have books for children, young adults and adults in downloadable eAudio, CD, MP3, playaways, and special Read-along-kits for children.

See our Calendar, Online Catalog or Branch pages for more details and contact information.

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Are you a U.S. Veteran?

We'd like to hear your story. Consider participating in the Veteran's History project.

What is the Veterans History Project?
The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. VHP’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Santa Cruz Public Libraries is participating in this project, along with many public libraries across the country.

Tell your story at your library...
Santa Cruz Public Libraries is making equipment and technical expertise available to help you tell your story. If you’re a US Veteran, from any conflict, consider documenting your story with the library. Alternatively if you are a civilian who actively supported the war effort, such as a war industry worker, flight instructor, medical volunteer, or USO worker, consider being interviewed. You’ll be contributing to both the national archive and your local community. We’ll record a conversation about your military experiences for 30 minutes or more. We’ll provide the interviewing space, supplies and equipment. There is no charge for this service. We’ll provide you with a copy of your interview and we will submit the original and any accompanying materials to the VHP project at the Library of Congress. With your permission, a copy of your materials will also remain in the Santa Cruz Public Libraries local collection.

What can you contribute?
You may contribute a video or audio interview 30 minutes or longer (Santa Cruz Public Libraries can help you create this). Additional contributions are optional and may include: 10 or more original photographs • Two-dimensional artwork • Letters • Official military documents • 20 pages or more of original unpublished memoirs, diaries or journals.

What Happens to the interview and donated items?
After you receive a copy, your original interview and all donated items (pictures, letters etc.) will be submitted on your behalf to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. You maintain the copyright and your contributions will be housed in a preservation environment within the permanent collections of the Library of Congress. Within a six-month processing period, all donated materials are available to researchers, scholars, students, Congress, authors, filmmakers, and anyone else visiting the Library or viewing the collections online.

How do I get started?
If you are interested in participating, contact our project coordinator directly: Jennifer Cockerill at 831-427-7700 ext 7668 or email at

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Posted by teeterj on March 23, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Ongoing Classes @your library

eBooks & More. . .

Need help checking out materials for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Android, or other device? Bring your library card, all device passwords & account info (eg. Apple ID, Adobe ID, account info.)

  • Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street      Mar 20th, Thursday • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive      Mar 24th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Scotts Valley Branch, 251 Kings Village Rd      Apr 7th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive      Apr 28th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive      May 12th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive      May 19th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Beginning iPad

Do you need help learning how to use your iPad? We will cover the basics. Please bring your library card, iPad and Apple ID.

  • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive      Apr 14th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street      May 22nd, Thursday • 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Learn how to download audiobooks to your mobile device or computer! Bring your library card, and all device passwords!

  • Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street      Apr 24th, Thursday • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive      May 5th, Monday • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

View similarly tagged posts: Services, Events
Posted by teeterj on March 19, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Birds in Your Own Backyard!


Bring your family for a free afternoon of bird fun! Learn about backyard habitats and the birds that nest in Santa Cruz County. Find out what you can do to get involved in citizen science and become a researcher in your own backyard!

Birds in Your Own Backyard!
Sunday, March 23 from 1:30-2:30 pm
at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library

Presented by the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, an emerging museum, and Rhiannon Crain, ornithologist and leader of the YardMap Network Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

This event is free and suitable for children ages 3 and up! For more information or to volunteer, email

View similarly tagged posts: Santa Cruz, Kids, Events, Citizen Science
Posted by phippsa on March 17, 2014 at 9 a.m.

System Downtime

Thanks for your patience while we work on library infrastructure. Library catalog and accounts, streaming and download services, branch phones and telephone reference, on-site computers, and wi-fi will be unavailable starting at 7pm on Wednesday March 12 until 10am on Saturday, March 15th.

Library branches will be open during their usual hours. Please bring your library card if you wish to check out or renew materials, as staff will not be able to look up your account information. Please do not return library materials during this time.

What's happening: Technovation2014

Technovation 2014 is a year long initiative to leverage technology to make everything you do at the library easier. In order to lay the foundation for these enhancements, the library must enact periodic short term shut-downs of our current technology infrastructure.

During Technovation system downtime, physical branch libraries will remain open during their regular hours. The Virtual Branch (website) and many library services in brick and mortar branches will not be available.

Services that will not be available include:

  • Access to the library catalog
  • Telephone reference and library branch phone numbers
  • Access to library accounts for renewing and placing holds
  • Access to library research databases
  • Access to most streaming and downloadable content such as eBooks, eAudio, and video
  • Internet access computers at all branches
  • WiFi at all branches

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive will remain available. To access OverDrive while our systems are down, you may need to visit the Northern California Digital Library collection directly at F35AFF38B1B1/10/50/en/Default.htm or by going to and entering your zip code in the For Readers / Find a Library section on the lower right.

Items from Hoopla will also be available. To visit Hoopla directly, go to

What can you expect from Technovation2014?

Over the course of 2014, we'll be rolling out updates that enable you:

  • Take care of business with new computers and multi-function printers.
  • Manage your account with ease- and do more- all while easily finding the books, movies, and music you love with our new catalog and online services.
  • Use our smart meeting rooms to connect with the community on important issues.
  • Get in and out faster with improved self-service.
  • Find people when you need help. Our new technology ambassadors will be out and about to help you use the library with ease.

Technovation doesn’t happen overnight! We’ll be rolling out improvements all year long. More information, a timeline, and system downtimes necessary to make the improvements will continue to be posted on the website- so stay tuned!

View similarly tagged posts: Library Administration, Services, Library Automation System
Posted by teeterj on March 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.


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