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  • Virtual Author Talk with Elizabeth Acevedo: Learning the Power of Poetry
    Tue, July 23 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Virtual Library
    Room: Online

    You’re invited to learn about the power of poetry with Elizabeth Acevedo! In this exciting author conversation and Q&A, Acevedo will provide a short reading from her National Book Award winning and New York Times bestselling novel-in-verse, The Poet X serving as the backdrop to this amazing chat!

    The Poet X is about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

    With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

    A virtual author talk you don’t want to miss–come create out loud with Elizabeth Acevedo! Register now!

    Join the conversation and register at https://libraryc.org/santacruzpl/51655.

    For upcoming author talks, visit https://libraryc.org/santacruzpl/upcoming.

    About the Author 

    Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Carnegie medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award. She is also the author of numerous other titles including Family Lore; With the Fire on High, which was named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal; and Clap When You Land, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor book and a Kirkus finalist. Acevedo has been a fellow of Cave Canem, Cantomundo, and a participant in the Callaloo Writer’s Workshops. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC with her husband.

    SCPL's Virtual Author Talks are made possible by the Friends of the Capitola Library.

  • Virtual Author Talk: Graphic Novels are Life! Telling Your Own Story in a Graphic Novel with Dan Santat
    Tue, July 30 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Virtual Library
    Room: Online

    Join this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Dan Santat, as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels. His winning book, A First Time for Everything, is a graphic memoir based on his own awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.

    Dan Santat began drawing as a young boy and although he first studied microbiology, he pursued his passion in illustration. He spent many hours as a child and teenager teaching himself to draw by copying illustrations from comic books until he developed the unique, recognizable style that we see today. His talk will inspire listeners to draw their own story as well as give them practical tips on the creation of graphic novels.

    Join the conversation and register at https://libraryc.org/santacruzpl/51656.

    For upcoming author talks, visit https://libraryc.org/santacruzpl/upcoming.

    About the Author

    Dan Santat is a Caldecott Medal winner, a National Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels. Santat created the animated television show, "The Replacements," as well. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

    SCPL's Virtual Author Talks are made possible by the Friends of the Capitola Library.

  • Virtual Author Talk: Behind the Scenes at the Space Station with Smithsonian Curator Dr. Jennifer Levasseur
    Wed, Aug. 7 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    Location: Virtual Library
    Room: Online

    You’re invited to virtually step inside one of the greatest international achievements with a behind-the-scenes guide to space exploration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Dr. Jennifer Levasseur.

    Revealing a new perspective into the world of space exploration and the daring astronauts who make it possible, Dr. Levasseur will guide you through the Smithsonian’s Behind the Scenes at the Space Station and take you on a once-in-a-lifetime virtual tour of the International Space Station. 

    Register now for your all-access pass to a spectacular home in space!

    About the Author: Dr. Jennifer Levasseur is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (BA, 1999). She received an MA from George Washington University (2002) and a PhD from George Mason University (2014). Her first book, published in 2020, examined the cultural significance of astronaut photography. She is the responsible curator for the Museum's astronaut cameras, chronographs, the Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs. In 22 years at NASM, Jennifer has worked on artifact loans, a biennial museums conference, and numerous digital projects. She curated the 2015 exhibit Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity, co-curated One World Connected, and is lead curator for the forthcoming At Home in Space gallery.

     Jennifer started her Smithsonian career with an internship in the National Portrait Gallery, where she cataloged photographs and developed strategies for recording portrait information in the museum's artifact database.

    Join the conversation and register at https://libraryc.org/santacruzpl/52531.

    For upcoming author talks, visit https://libraryc.org/santacruzpl/upcoming.

    SCPL's Virtual Author Talks are made possible by the Friends of the Capitola Library.

  • Westside Author Talk with Clifford Mae Henderson
    Thu, Aug. 8 (6:15 PM-7:15 PM)
    Location: Garfield Park

    Award-winning author, Clifford Mae Henderson, is delighted to appear at her neighborhood library, Garfield Park. "We are so lucky to have this little gem on the Westside,” she says. Author of six novels, several of which feature Santa Cruz, she considers libraries to be sacred ground. She has been a proud Santa Cruz resident of Santa Cruz since 1979. When not hammering away at a novel, she, along with her wife, runs the Fun Institute, an improv school for grownups, because grownups need to play too. 

    She will read from her latest novel, Bait and Witch, a mystery, and chat with participants about fiction: writing it and reading it. “Just because it’s fiction, doesn't mean there aren’t deep truths in it,” she says. Previous novels have won a ForeWord Book of the Year Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and two Golden Crown Literary Awards.  About Bait and Witch

    Zeddi's cursed with bad luck. A housing shortage in the Bay Area’s Tres Ojos has left her and her nine-year-old daughter, Olive, living in a van. Working as a housekeeper, trying to save money, Zeddi worries about Olive’s welfare. When she finds her friend and housekeeping client, Mags, dead—and something about her death doesn’t sit right—she faces her biggest worry of all.

    Mags’ longtime lover, Ida, confirms her suspicions of foul play, revealing that Mags served as high priestess to a dwindling coven of old witches—who are positive that Mags was murdered. Zeddi owes it to Mags and Ida to uncover the truth, but the more she digs, the more she fears that Mags’ love for Olive may have unintentionally made Olive the killer’s next target.

  • Beekeeping with "The Beekeeper's Apprentice"
    Sat, Aug. 17 (10:30 AM-12:30 PM)
    Location: Capitola
    Room: Ow Family Community Room

    Explore the fascination of bees while celebrating the 30 year anniversary of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, by Laurie R. King. Apiarist Emily Bondor, a full-time beekeeper and educator, will share her knowledge of bees while Laurie shares how they continue to inspire.

    NOTE: Live Bees will be at the event, contained in an observation hive.

    Registration is recommended. Register Below.

    Laurie R. King’s best-selling novels include the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories, from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice to The Lantern’s Dance. She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, is a Baker Street Irregular and a Mystery Writers of America's 2022 Grand Master, and has lived in Santa Cruz most of her life.


    Emily Bondor is a full-time beekeeper and educator. She founded Santa Cruz Bee Company in 2015. Emily has served as the president of the Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild and is still on their board. Recently Emily joined ABBA, the Adaptive Bee Breeders Alliance, a collaboration of a dozen beekeepers and researchers under the direction of Melanie Kirby.

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