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These pretzels are making me thirsty.  (Julie)

There's no end in the sky  (Maria)

Cold weather calls for a book  (Briana)

The inspiration for this precious song  (JT)

Old people like me. I read.  (Alyssa)

A spider jumped onto my paper  (Saashin)

No one cares. Oh well.  (Lynda)

I burned down a virtual house  (Chelsea)

This is where the fun begins  (Pakal)

Friends are shocked. I'm cooking vegetables!  (Tish)

I'd love to find out more  (Tish)

Who am I to challenge fate?  (Gill)

Can't fit myself in six words  (Mary)

Friend got a taser. I'm worried.  (Patrice)

For me, there aren't enough books  (Sarah)

Read more! Check out: I can't keep my own secrets

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Title: All The Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Saashin

I really liked how the book provided a unique insight into World War II and had lots of unexpected plot twists.


Title: Fever 1793
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Pakal

Fever is a good book based on the events of the yellow fever epidemic in 1793. It has an engaging plot that follows a young girl Mattie through the events of the epidemic in which she takes up many responsibilities.


Title: Minecraft Redstone Handbook
Author: Nick Falwell
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Aaron

It's a very good book, and it taught me basic functions of redstone in Minecraft.


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Kanopy Streaming Video. Kanopy provides access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable. Users can view 8 films per month with their account. Mobile apps and a Roku channel are available.

The OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library collection has ebooks and eAudiobooks for beginning readers, kids, teens, and adults. OverDrive titles are compatible with most devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and Kindles.

hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, ebooks, audiobooks, and music. Thousands of titles are available for streaming or temporary download to your computer, smart phone or tablet. Check out movies for 3 days, music albums for 7 days and ebooks and audiobooks for 21 days. 5 titles per user per month.

Sometimes it's good to take a break from your homework and give your mind a rest.  Kick back and watch the jellyfish float gracefully across the screen.  Or, who can resist penguin and otters?

National Aquarium. Baltimore is known for its renowned aquarium, and now you can watch jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, and coral reef firsthand thanks to three livestreams. While the livestreams are only available during business hours, views can watch pre-recorded segments at their own convenience during off hours. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium. The MBA has nine Live Cams for you to view: Aviary, Jellyfish, Moon Jelly, Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay, Open Sea, Penguin, Sea Otter, and Shark.  Some of the Cams have narrated feeding.

San Diego Zoo.  The Zoo currently has twelve Live Cams from condor to platypus to tiger.  They also have archived Live Cam footage of the pandas that have been repatriated to the People’s Republic of China in 2019.

Everyone knows the Louvre is the home of Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.  But do you know about these great museums?

The Albertina. This museum in the heart of Vienna, Austria, allows you to view collections by medium, such as chalk, pen, and watercolor. Taking the museum tour allows you to explore the building and view the gorgeously decorated rooms, including statues of Greek gods and more. 

The Benaki Museum. Specializing in Greek art from prehistoric to times, an interactive map allows viewers to navigate from room to room in this Athens museum. Some exhibits also have an audio component. If you'd like to delve a little deeper into the collection, the audio makes that easy and informative.

National Museum of Scotland. This museum, based in Edinburgh, specializes in Scottish antiquities, culture and history. The digital tour takes a little bit of trial and error to navigate, but you  are able to spotlight noteworthy collections as well as offering virtual tours of the building. 

Musée d’Orsay, Paris. You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

Tokyo National Museum. Discover paintings, sculptures, textiles, clay, and ceramics at this renowned art museum, which allows you to wander the rooms as if you were there. As you browse the halls, you can select individual items for an up-close look and more information about specific items. 

Teens created and brought stories to life in a 6-week course.  They learn how to develop story ideas, create storyboards, and learn how to use animation software to create a final video. 

This program was sponsored by Community Television of Santa Cruz and the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Check out some of their movies here.

Turtles are Beautiful Too, by Maggie

The Coffee Shop, by Kash

Pepper! No!, by Orion

Teens created and brought stories to life in a 6-week course.  They learn how to develop story ideas, create storyboards, and learn how to use animation software to create a final video. 

This program was sponsored by Community Television of Santa Cruz and the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

 To see movies, click here

Thank you Myles, Mathis, Taylor and Cole for sharing your movies with us.


2023 Summer Reading Program

  June 1st to July 31st

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Beginning Drawing Workshop

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Downtown Branch Library

226 Church Street, Santa Cruz

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