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Make Robots!


Using the WeDo Robotics system, kids will learn about gears, sensors, programming, and design principles by building a robotic animal!

Jun 3rd, Tuesday • 3:30pm – 4:30pm • Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street

Jun 9th, Monday • 3:30pm – 4:30pm • Aptos Branch, 7695 Soquel Drive

These workshops are best for kids 7 and up. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 831-427-7717 or email

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Posted by teeterj on May 28, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Shakespeare to Go

Join us for a wonderful Shakespearean theatrical event the whole family will enjoy! In an ideal setting at the Boulder Creek Branch’s Outdoor Amphitheater, Shakespeare to Go will perform Hamlet. This abridged version has been adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Kimberly Jannarone.

Hamlet performed by Shakespeare to Go
Saturday May 31st, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Boulder Creek Branch Library Outdoor Amphitheater
13390 West Park Avenue

Shakespeare to Go has been performing annually at the Boulder Creek Branch for over 20 years! Performances are always lively, creative, and appealing to a wide audience. Come be part of the tradition.

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Posted by teeterj on May 20, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater

Is there anything as blissful as a dog at play, or as dejected as a "Bad" dog?

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents For The Love of Dog a tribute to man’s best friend featuring poetry and prose excerpts written throughout history and performed for you by four of dog’s best friends. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll stomp your feet! Join us!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 • 7pm Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 • 7pm Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Rd.

Saturday, May 25, 2014 • 2pm Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.

The performance is free! For further info contact

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Posted by teeterj on May 18, 2014 at 7 p.m.

‘California Creatures’ at the Scotts Valley Library

Newest ‘Art in the Library’ Installation Features Talent of Local Artists & Children
Artist Reception May 24

California Creatures are creeping into the Scotts Valley Library! On April 26 the Library’s ‘Art in the Library’ program revealed its newest installation that celebrates the extreme variety of creatures that live in California. The showing features the work of celebrated local artists, as well as the talents of students from the Santa Cruz Children’s School.

The public is invited to meet the artists on Saturday, May 24, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at a reception at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd. in Scotts Valley. Refreshments will be served compliments of Laureen Yungmeyer of State Farm. Music will be provided by Howie Kimel.

Local artists in the spotlight for California Creatures include:

  • Dianne Bollentini
  • John Goldberg
  • Nana Montgomery
  • Micqaela Jones
  • Judy Bingman
  • Linda Lord
  • Jacob Sackin

Additionally, Julia Blyumen will present selected pieces by young artists from the Santa Cruz Children’s School. The arts are a cornerstone of the school’s K-6academic program.

“California has a remarkable diversity of habitats and animal species, and many of us have a very emotional bond with animals and wildlife,” said Valri Peyser, Art in the Library Program Chair. “We invite everyone in the local community to take a look at how our local artists, including budding student artists, celebrate California’s creatures.”

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

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Posted by teeterj on May 16, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Many years from now...

We'll still have a song for you! When I'm Sixty Four (1967) by John Lennon and Paul McCartney is performed by staff members Donna Barber on piano and David Addison on vocals.

Find your song in our sheet music collection at

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 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.

2014 Workshops Continue

The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great seminars!

May 14 Search Engine Optimization —The Basics
presented by Andreas Mueller, Bloofusion, Inc.

June 11 Employee Law —What You Need to Know to Hire and Fire
presented by Carmela Wol, Esquire

July 9 Your Credit —How To Review, Repair and Improve It!
presented by Bay Federal Credit Union

August 13 LinkedIn and Facebook For Small Businesses
presented by Lydia Snider, SBDC Social Media Advisor

September 10 Using Your Ad Dollars Wisely!
presented by Panel of Local Advertisers

October 8 Intellectual Property Protection For Your Business
presented by Patrick Reilly, Esquire

November 12 Selling on eBay—Best Practices to Grow Sales
presented by Barbara Mason, eBay Power Seller

Where: Santa Cruz Downtown Library • Upstairs Meeting Room • 224 Church St.
When: Monthly - 2nd Wednesday • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free of Charge, Pre-registration is required

Register online:

For more information or to register: Call the SBDC at 479-6136

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Posted by teeterj on May 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Pet Food/Supplies for Fines

In celebration of the 2014 Summer Reading Program theme Paws to Read, SCPL is accepting donations of pet food and supplies as payment for overdue library fines up to $20. We will be collecting pet food/supplies for fines beginning on May 12th all the way through May 28th. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Cruz ASPCA.

  • Wish List Items:
    Find out what supplies the SPCA needs and easily buy them online at
  • Donate Money:
    Make a monetary donation online at
  • Donate Gently Used Items:
    Bring used item donations to any branch
  • Bring Your Receipt:
    Present receipts from your donation or purchase at any branch
  • Reduce Your Library Fines:
    Receive a fine reduction for the cash value of your donation of new items or $1 for each used item

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Posted by teeterj on May 6, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

Bringing Home the Condors


Learn about the natural history of this magnificent bird, the California Condor Reintroduction Program and how The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) is involved in the struggle to bring the Condors home.

Bringing Home the Condors
Wednesday May 14th
Downtown Branch
224 Church St., SC
6:00 -8:00 PM

These amazing animals inspired the creation of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. With the population dropping to an all time low of 22 individuals in 1982, there are now over 400, with more than half of them flying free in California, Arizona, and Baja Norte, Mexico. The captive breeding program has slowed as chicks are now being born and raised in the wild, however the species is still struggling for survival in the face of dangers such as lead poisoning.

The Ventana Wildlife Society is the only non-profit in California involved in the restoration of the California condor. Find out more at

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Posted by teeterj on May 2, 2014 at noon


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