Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."


from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

Reader's Link - Book Kits


SCPL Book Discussion Kit

To help your book discussion group, we've gathered a collection of popular paperback titles and sorted them into kits. We can send a kit to you upon request. Each kit is put into a canvas bag and contains paperback copies of the selected title, information about the author and a list of possible discussion topics.

The Kits

There are at least 5 copies of the book in each kit. At this time, we have over a hundred kits for you to choose from.

To Obtain a Kit

Once your book group has decided on a title, you can obtain a kit by placing a request on it through our online catalog, or by calling our Telephone Reference service at 427-7713. The kit will be checked out on the card of the person who requested it. The person checking out the kit may choose a due date for the kit — up to 3 months from the day they check it out. Kits can be sent to any library branch in the Santa Cruz Public Library system.

If a Book is Lost

If your group happens to lose a book, we ask that you replace it with another paperback copy of the book, new or second hand, that is clean and readable.

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