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JavaScript Coding

Wednesday, April 21 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

This program will follow the curriculum from Khan Academy called “Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation”. It covers fundamental ideas of computer science, and helps students learn one of the most popular programming languages right now, JavaScript. The curriculum has 18 modules, each with a few videos, short readings, and hands-on activities. Notable modules include Drawing Basics, Variables, Functions, Looping, and Objects. Students are free to work at their own pace; for students who finish quickly, an advanced Khan Academy course is available. No prior programming experience is required.

About the instructor: Saashin is a local high school student. He's always been passionate about computer programming and technology. His first experience with coding was in 4th Grade, when he completed the introductory Khan Academy course on JavaScript. Since then, he's completed online courses in Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript from University of Michigan, UC Davis and Hong Kong Institute of Technology. He's volunteered with CodeCombat and is currently at doing a internship with a local company.

This class is open to students 8-18 years old. 

For more information please contact Julie Soto at sotoj@santacruzpl.org

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In Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Wednesday, April 21 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Join community members across California and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to discuss How to Be An Antiracist, a 2021 Book to Action selection and the 2020-2021 Book in Common at Chico State. Dr. Kendi will participate in a conversation on April 21 from 5:30-6:30pm, moderated by Dr. Kim Jaxon, Professor of English at Chico State, and Bre Holbert, Associated Students’ President and Agricultural Science and Education major. Dr. Kendi will be introduced by Beatriz Preciado of OC Public Libraries. The conversation will situate the central themes of the book, including definitions and examples of antiracism and racism, and discuss how to move from reflection to meaningful action on issues of racial equity.  

Participants can ask questions for Dr. Kendi in advance using this form.

Kendi’s concept of antiracism reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. As antiracist leader Ijeoma Oluo notes, “Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s sociopolitical climate. As a society, we need to start treating antiracism as action, not emotion – and Kendi is helping us to do that.”

One of America’s foremost historians, Kendi is a leader among antiracist scholars, and a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is also the 2020-21 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Kendi’s most recent book is Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, co-edited with Keisha N. Blain, which engages eighty different contributors to tell the history of the 400 years since the first African slave ship, the White Lion, arrived in the colony of Virginia.  

The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. How to Be an Antiracist was adopted as the Book in Common by Chico State, the City of Chico, the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, and Butte College. The conversation with Dr. Kendi caps off a year of events and programming on this year’s Book in Common. Visit www.csuchico.edu/bic for additional resources related to the Book in Common, as well as recorded webinars, including last fall’s featured presentation by Dr. Nandi Sojourner Crosby, “Walking the Talk: Anti-Racist Work in Our Everyday Lives.” Also, free of cost, please consider joining Chico State and Butte College students, faculty, and staff as they continue to meet on Zoom to discuss specific chapters from How to Be an Antiracist. Details can be found on the Book in Common website.  

This event is made possible through partnerships with the Book to Action initiative from California Center for the Book and California Library Association; OC Public Libraries; Butte College’s Diversity Committee; and the Office of the President and the Division of Academic Affairs at Chico State.  

Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The Big 3 themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are EquitySustainability, and Health. SCPL is partnering with the Watsonville Public Library for a Book to Action Summer Reading Program around the book "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumeneted Citizen" by Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas will be in conversation with us in June. Stay tuned!

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

OC Public Libraries is a network of community libraries in Orange County, California. With 32 public branches, virtual programs, literacy services, hotspot internet lending, and a collection of millions of materials in various languages, OC Public Libraries aims to empower and enrich its communities. Visit ocpl.org for more information.

Event Information April 21, 5:30pm-6:30pm PT Cost: Free Registration link: https://csuchicoboxoffice.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F4P00000OrszMUAR Participants may submit questions in advance for Dr. Kendi: https://forms.gle/Cb4nJDSYioisFj3k8  


A Conversation with Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground

Thursday, April 22 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

Please join us for a very special conversation with Josh Tickell, environmental thought leader and award winning director and author of Kiss the Ground. The event will explore ways Californians can come together and make both individual and collective change for a more sustainable future. Plan to join us on Earth Day.

Community members will be welcomed by Greg Lucas, California State Librarian. Josh Tickell will be joined in conversation by Stan Wang of OC Public Libraries and Stefanie Ulate of Monrovia Public Library. Chat will be moderated by Armando Rivera of San Leandro Public Library and Elaine Tai of Burlingame Public Library.

Registration is now open to all California library and community members. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation where you can manage your registration. This Book to Action event will be held via Zoom Webinar and will feature live captioning. If you need additional accommodations please email hmacriss@calbook.org at least two weeks in advance of the event. Register Here.

Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The Big 3 themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are Equity, Sustainability, and Health. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is partnering with the Watsonville Public Library and many community partners to bring an equity focused Book to Action program this summer. We will read Dear America: Notes of an undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. Stay tuned and ACT!

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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JavaScript Coding

Wednesday, April 28 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Virtual Library
Room: Online

This program will follow the curriculum from Khan Academy called “Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation”. It covers fundamental ideas of computer science, and helps students learn one of the most popular programming languages right now, JavaScript. The curriculum has 18 modules, each with a few videos, short readings, and hands-on activities. Notable modules include Drawing Basics, Variables, Functions, Looping, and Objects. Students are free to work at their own pace; for students who finish quickly, an advanced Khan Academy course is available. No prior programming experience is required.

About the instructor: Saashin is a local high school student. He's always been passionate about computer programming and technology. His first experience with coding was in 4th Grade, when he completed the introductory Khan Academy course on JavaScript. Since then, he's completed online courses in Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript from University of Michigan, UC Davis and Hong Kong Institute of Technology. He's volunteered with CodeCombat and is currently at doing a internship with a local company.

This class is open to students 8-18 years old. 

For more information please contact Julie Soto at sotoj@santacruzpl.org

Register Now!


Children's Book Week/Semana de libros para niƱos

Monday, May 3 (12:00 AM - 11:59 PM)

Día del Niño (Children's Day) leads our celebration of children and reading as we move into Children's Book Week. 

Children’s Book Week, May 3rd through 9th, is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. 

In celebration of Día del Niño and Children's Book Week , we will be offering a craft kit to make your own mini book. These kits will be available at our Grab & Go locations beginning on April 19th, while supplies last.

For resources and more fun activities to celebrate Children's Book Week, visit the Every Child a Reader Website.

 

El Día del Niño lidera nuestra celebración de los niños y la lectura a la Semana de libros para niños.

La Semana de libros para niños, del 3 al 9 de mayo, es la celebración anual de libros para niños y jóvenes y la alegría de la lectura.

Establecida en 1919, la Semana de libros para niños es la iniciativa nacional de alfabetización más longeva del país.

En celebración del Día del Niño y la Semana de libros para niños, ofreceremos bolsitas con una manualidad para hacer tu propio mini libro. Estas bolsitas estarán disponibles en nuestras sucursales con servicio Recoge y Listo a partir del 19 de abril, hasta agotar existencias.

Para obtener recursos y actividades divertidas para celebrar la Semana de libros para niños, visite el sitio web de Every Child a Reader.