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Community Open House
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map

 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

    Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

 

All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

 

Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

 

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.

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Robo Sumo Finale Event
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See what the kids created and root for your favorite robots!
Date: 08/29/2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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For the last 12 weeks, kids have been working hard to create robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS.

 

Now they're ready to show off what their 'bots can do at the Grand Finale Robo Sumo Wrestling Event!

 

See what the kids created and root for your favorite robots!


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Author Talk with Local Mystery Writer: Leslie Karst
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Author Talk with Local Mystery Writer: Leslie Karst
Date: 09/08/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Library_DeathAlFresco.jpgAcclaimed novelist Leslie Karst puts a sensational spin on the culinary cozy caper with her latest mystery, Death al Fresco. In Death al Fresco, lawyer-turned-restaurateur protagonist Sally Solari faces a catastrophic culinary conundrum. When her father is fingered for murder, it's up to Sally to serve up the real killer before their family restaurant's reputation goes up in smoke.

Sponsored by LSB Friends of the Library. Copies will be available for purchase, and 15 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the La Selva Beach Friends.

 

 

"The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts-ideal ingredients for a mystery story. She now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries (Dying for a Taste, A Measure of Murder, Death al Fresco), a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California. An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts.

 

First, that I've been in Santa Cruz, where my mysteries are set, since 1974. I moved here to attend college and, after one look at the towering redwoods marching down to the spectacular seaside cliffs, I knew it was where I wanted to live long term. I think of the Sally Solari series as a sort of love letter to the place." Read more of this interview by Misterio Press.


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
National Voter Registration Day
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National Voter Registration Day
Date: 09/25/2018 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free

SCPL has partnered with the SC County Elections Department again this year to promote and make voter registration cards available in print and online registration at all library branches. Since 2012, over 1.4 million people have registered to vote or update their registration as part of National Voter Registration Day, celebrated annually on the 4th Tuesday in September. National Voter Registration Day is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors.


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Citizen Science: Musical Glass
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Explore the art and science of acoustics
Date: 10/04/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_MusicalGlass.jpgMusical Glass!

Join April Zilber and Martin Gaskell for a fascinating evening exploring the art and science of Acoustics. Follow the intellectual process of developing tuned Bell Plates made from fused glass - a first! We will discuss relevant physics of music, challenges of the project, Chladni figures and your questions. There will be plenty of time to play some glass bell plates as well.

SCPL is partnering with the Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), and UCSC to present a science series for adults and teens. Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday every month 6:30pm to 8pm at the Downtown Library.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Oct 6)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

This year the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center celebrates the African Diaspora during the 2018 World Arts Festival on October 13th & 14th. Once again, we are lucky to have Festival artists join us at the library for free Family Festival Days workshops. All ages are invited to these free workshops.

Saturday, September 22nd / 11:30-12:30PM (Haitian Dance w/ Shawn Merriman Roberts)

Saturday, September 29th / 10:30-11:30AM (Congolese Dance w/ Vivien Boussamina)

Saturday, October 6th / 11:30-12:30PM (Senegalese Dance w/ Oumou Faye)


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Reach for the Stars
Date: 10/09/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
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Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
Date: 10/11/2018 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_HitchcockSilhouette.jpgJoin UCSC Professor Shelley Stamp for an evening of photographs and a lecture on famed director Alfred Hitchcock's time as a Scotts Valley resident and how it influenced his illustrious career.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Zine Fronteras: Submissions Wanted! Contribuya al proyecto!
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Zine Fronteras: Submissions Wanted! Contribuya al proyecto!
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Oct 12)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Call-out to the Santa Cruz Community! Submissions Wanted! Zine Fronteras is looking to collect submissions of original writings, short memoirs, essays, poetry, photographs and art that reflects on and highlights immigrant experiences.

 

All content contributors will receive a free copy of the published book! Zine Fronteras seeks to create a safe space for artistic and intellectual expression encapsulating the stories and experiences of immigrant communities in Santa Cruz.

 

We believe that sharing one's individual and community experiences can be acts of self-empowerment, thus creating a positive atmosphere for cultural appreciation, political consciousness, and empathy building for our entire community.


Submission Deadlines

Art/Photo due Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by 6pm.

Written due Friday, October 12, 2018 at 5pm.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Hitchcock Tales
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An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley
Date: 10/13/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $25 in advance or $30 at the door

(0 A September 2018) Library_HitchcockTales.jpgPlease Join us for a FUN Evening!!!

HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock

 

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will host HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley.

 

Alfred Hitchcock lived in Scotts Valley for more than 30 years and many of his most famous films were inspired by this place.

 

Activities include a noir movie costume contest, a green screen photo booth, a trivia quiz, lots of great gift baskets to bid on, a silent auction, yummy food, a cash bar (wine, Hitchcocktails & mocktails, pinot flight tasting), movie-watching, button-making, and more.

 

Adults only. Tickets: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale at the Scotts Valley Library, at Mollie's Country Café, and through members of the SV Friends. Guests who come in a Hitchcock-inspired costume will be entered in a special drawing.


Location: Friends of Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Retirement Planning and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages
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Learn about the pros and cons of today's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages
Date: 10/16/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Learn about the pros and cons of today's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages with local mortgage loan originator, Marina Watts.

 

This free workshop will focus on educating homeowners on the most recent updates and products available for folks 60+ in reverse mortgages. Discover what your benefit may look like with a reverse mortgage and the different ways you can utilize funds to increase cash flow in retirement. Forty-five minute presentation followed by Q & A.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Claiming Decision
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Claiming Decision
Date: 10/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Learn best strategies for optimizing your Social Security claiming age with local, registered Social Security analyst and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Martha Shedden. This free workshop will help retirees and pre-retirees understand Social Security's rules in order to maximize their benefit. Married couples will learn why it is so important to coordinate your Social Security income election with your spouse, and divorced people will find out if ex-spousal benefits may be an option for you. Discover how much money you may gain by waiting past age 62 to claim your benefit.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Santa Cruz Sister City Visit Presentation: Shingu, Japan
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Santa Cruz Sister City Visit Presentation: Shingu, Japan
Date: 10/18/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Kids and their parents are invited to learn more about this travel opportunity at this free one hour presentation. The Sister Cities Committee of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications from local 8th-10th graders who have a strong interest in Japan and would like to be a part of a 10-day student ambassador delegation in Spring, 2019. Participants spend about a week living with a Japanese host family and visiting local points of interest in our Japanese Sister City of Shingu this Spring! The online application deadline is November 16th, 2018. Questions? Call Gayle McCallum, Shingu Subcommittee Chair, at 831 460-0675.


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Kid's Book Party & Author Forum
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BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies!

Followed by Q&A FORUM for EDUCATORS (12:15p -1:00p) featuring authors Eve Bunting, Eric Hoffman, Diane Landy, and Kathy Ellen Davis. Let's talk about books, writing, & superpower play in the classroom. Bring questions & leave inspired.

15% of book sales will be donated to the Friends of the SC Public Libraries. Seating will be limited, so come early! For more info, see: adventureswithzap.com/bookparty


Location: The Friends of the Santa Cruz Pu, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tech Talks
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Tech Talks: 10/15 - Health, 10/29 - Smart Homes
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 15-Oct 29) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults

Special guest, Philip King, shares his favorite tech tools and tips that can enrich your life. Join as we explore and discuss the following topics. Free coffee provided!

10/15 - Health
10/29 - Smart Homes


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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7th Annual Day of the Dead Watsonville Library
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Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/25/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT REPEATS AT THE FREEDOM BRANCH OCT 27 2018, 1:00-3:00


Location: Watsonville Public Library Commu, 275 Main Street, Watsonville Map
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Free Pumpkin Carving
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Free Pumpkin Carving
Date: 10/27/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Childre of All Ages Welcomed Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_PumpkinCarving.jpgCome join us for free pumpkin carving! The pumpkins are provided by the Boulder Creek Chapter of the Friends of the Library.

 

Space and tools are provided as well.

 

Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public!


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Pros and Cons of the November State Ballot Measures
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Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 6, 2018 General Ele
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 6, 2018 General Election and pick up a copy of the League's Easy Voter Guide. This event is free and open to the public. Event sponsored by the Santa Cruz County League of Women Voters.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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7th Annual Day of the Dead Freedom Library
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Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT IS ALSO AT THE MAIN WATSONVILLE LIBRARY OCT 25 2018, 6:00-8:00


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Novel Writing Workshop
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Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: 10/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

 

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Novel Writing Workshop
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Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teen and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
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Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) MurderMystery22.jpgHave you ever played the board game clue?

Come to the MAH and play a live action version for a thrilling and riddle-packed Murder Mystery Game Day. Unravel who murdered notorious Santa Cruz private investigator Harlow Lindsay through a series of clues and activities. The clues will lead you to the weapon of choice, the location of the crime, and the murderer.

This is a free, drop in event for all ages created with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries & Editor of Santa Cruz Noir, Susie Bright.


Location: MAH, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
Date: 10/29/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 3 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: We will get messy so dress accordingly.

Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!

 

Additional Seasonal Kids Craft Days on Monday November 19th and Monday December 17th.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Cyber Security Workshop
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Cyber Security Workshops
Date: Every Mon, Tues and Th (Oct 1-Oct 30)
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See events, times, locations

October is Cybersecurity Month. For this annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of safe online behavior, your library has partnered with National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you learn safe cyber security practices.

Learn safe online habits with experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.


Class Schedule:


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Novel Writing Workshop
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Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: 11/03/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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SLV Chili Cook off
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Felton Library Friends Fundraiser: 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook off
Date: 11/04/2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A October 2018) ChiliCookoff_SLV_Nov3.jpgFelton Library Friends join forces with the 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook-Off in a fundraiser for the new Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park.

The 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook off is a fun, family friendly and festive event for all! Tastings of 14 great chilis cooked on site will culminate in prizes awarded by a panel of judges. Attendees will choose Most Tasted and People's Choice. Best Booth is chosen by our committee & Best Booth. There will be live music, local beers and wine, and a huge raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and several Bay Area sports teams!


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Advisory Council of Teens (ACT), East Region
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Initial focus will be the remodeling of Teen areas, redesign of the SCPL Teen website, and filming public service announcements
Date: 11/04/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Teens ages 12-18 Admission Fees: n/a

Advisory Council of Teens (ACT) is the SCPL young adult advisory group. ACT, East is open to all young adults, ages 12-18 in the Live Oak, Soquel, Capitola, Aptos and La Selva Beach areas. Initial focus will be the remodeling of Teen areas, redesign of the SCPL Teen website, and filming public service announcements for library programs.

 

This is a good opportunity for students to fulfill community service credits, obtain job skills, develop leadership abilities, and acquire college extracurricular experience.

 

Meetings: 1st Sunday of the month, 2:00-4:00p at the Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Acompáñenos a celebrar la memoria de nuestros queridos. Tendremos cuentos, música, pinta-caritas, manualidades y un altar comunitario al cual puede añadir artículos.

Join us as we celebrate the memory of y[our] loved ones. We will have stories, music, face painting, crafts, and a community altar that you are welcomed to add items to.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Buffalo Bill & California
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A dynamic lecture with vintage posters and photographs illuminating the remarkable legacy of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody - fr
Date: 11/08/2018 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Writer and historian Gregory Hinton will present a a dynamic lecture with vintage posters and photographs illuminating the remarkable legacy of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody - frontiersman, scout and world famous showman. Hinton's talk will underscore Cody's deep ties to the Golden State.

 

(0 A November 2018) Library_BuffaloBill.jpgFrom 1877 through 1916 Cody's bond with California was strong, including statewide tours in multiple cities stretching from Oakland to San Diego. Buffalo Bill visited Santa Cruz in 1910, 1914 and 1915. This program is offered courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in Cody, Wyoming. It was created in celebration of the 2017 Buffalo Bill Centennial.

ABOUT GREGORY HINTON
Gregory Hinton is a writer, historian and lecturer. Hinton consults with among this nation's finest western museums and historical institutions and lectures around the country. Hinton holds a 2009 Residency at Wyoming's Ucross Foundation and a 2011 Buffalo Bill Center of the West Resident Fellowship.

 

His play, Waiting for a Chinook, received its world premiere at the 2013 Snowy Range Summer Theatre Festival in Laramie. In 2015, Hinton was appointed Associate Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody for his abstract, "Out West with Buffalo Bill." Gregory Hinton was honored to offer the keynote at the General Assembly of the 2016 Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

 

Gregory has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, multiple NPR affiliates, and metro and community newspapers throughout the West. A proud Wyoming son, Hinton takes equal pride in his adopted state of California, dividing his efforts between both.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families.
Date: 11/13/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
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Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) LaSelvaBeachHolidayGiftSale.jpgDon't miss this year's La Selva Beach Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 17! The event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse.

 

Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, clothing and more. Find great bargains for gifts or winter fireside reading at the giant Friends of the Library Book Sale. Enjoy a delicious Bake Sale treat and with no guilt - you're helping fund our La Selva Library projects!


Enjoy lunch or take away food from two local food trucks: Rogue Pye and G's Tacos. Kids' crafts at 1 pm in the Library. Buy raffle tickets to win great deals while supporting Friends of the Library.

For questions contact: cinjack6860@gmail.com


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Celebrate Veterans and Poetry
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Celebrate Veterans and Poetry
Date: 11/17/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

On November 17, celebrate veterans and the poetry they have created with Travis DeYoung and the Veteran's Poetry Circle. Hear poets from the group read their work and listen to veterans and featured readers, Stan Rushworth and Richard Guthrie read from their forthcoming books. The event is sponsored by the Veterans Connect @ the Library center and will be hosted by David Addison, Travis DeYoung, and Magdalena Montagne.

Everyone from the community is invited to attend this free event. Together, let's acknowledge veterans and the power of speaking our stories as we approach Veteran's Day.


Location: 224 Church Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
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Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts!
Date: 11/19/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 3 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: We will get messy so dress accordingly.

Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!

 

Additional Seasonal Kids Craft Days on Monday November 19th and Monday December 17th.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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World Chess Championship Watch Parties
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World Chess Championship Watch Party
Date: Every day (Nov 10-Nov 26) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying times, dates

(0 A November 2018) WorldChessMatch2018.jpgTwo players will compete for the official chess world championship: the defending world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and the challenger, Fabiano Caruana of the United States. Caruana is the first American player to qualify for a shot at the uncontested world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972.

You are invited to the Aptos Branch Library watch party on

Saturday, 11/10;

Friday 11/16;

Saturday 11/24;

Monday 11/26 from 10AM to noon.

 

Live broadcast from London, with commentary by local masters Dana Mackenzie and Gjon Feinstein. Please note that 11/24 and 11/26 are the dates for the last two games of a scheduled 12-game match. If the match is decided earlier, then one or both of those games may be canceled. All the events are open to the general public with no age limitations and no fees charged.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgGet great deals on gently used books and media for you and your friends this holiday season. Reading is a wonderful gift, and you'll have an opportunity to find just the right book for the right person! You'll find children's books, popular fiction, vintage books, holiday themes, and more! Catch the Holiday Parade then head over to the Book Sale! Free gift wrap!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
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Books, Gifts, Great Prices, Fundraiser, Public Library
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free Admission

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgGet great deals on gently used books and media for the holiday season. Reading is a wonderful gift, and you'll find just the right book for the at the Friends Holiday Sale. We have children's books, popular fiction, vintage books, holiday themes, and more! Catch the Holiday Parade then head over to the Book Sale at the Downtown Library! Free gift wrapping! The Friends of the Library book sale proceeds benefit the library.


Location: Santa Cruz Public Library, Downt, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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"I Am Jazz" Community Reading
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TransFamily Support Group of Santa Cruz
Family-friendly book reading to support transgender youth
Date: 12/07/2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Join the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, TransFamily Support Group of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries for an all-ages reading of this life-affirming book by Jazz Jennings about growing up transgender. The reading will be followed by fun age-appropriate games and discussions.


Location: Library Central, 224 Church Street, Santa cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Sesquicentennial Celebration
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Sesquicentennial Celebration
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Save the date for the biggest bash of the year! SCPL is celebrating 150 years as a library system!

 

Live music with Joshua Lowe & the Juncos, a very special cake from Edith Meyer, mulled cider, memorabilia, and the work of local artists. celebrating the written word. This is your First Friday destination. As part of the birthday celebration, we've invited local artists and the Museum of Art and History to exhibit work that celebrates libraries, words, stories, and writers.

 

Artists include Jody Alexander (book arts), Felicia Rice (Moving Parts Press), Bridget Henry (woodblock prints), Linda Craighead (prints and photographs), and members of Printmakers @ the Tannery: Johanna Atkinson, Margy Baron, Leah Belair, Julie Erreca, Jane Gregorius, Cindy Haug, Andree LeBourveau, Lu Lee, Ann Miya, Mary Neater, Janis O'Driscoll, Bob Rocco, Lynne Simpson, and Frank Trueba.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
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Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: 12/08/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgLooking for the perfect gift? Who wouldn't love a book for the holidays?

Gently used children young adult, and adult books, including some really nice children and young adult book sets, antiquarian books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families.
Date: 12/11/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Family Lagoon Watch
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Library Live Oak
A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: Every Sa (Sep 15-Dec 15) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon.

• Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts.
• Bird Watching
• Examine microscopic creatures
• Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading.

Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Medicare Explained Series
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If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your qu
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month (Aug 20-Dec 17) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Medicare-Options-Logo.jpgEverything you need to know about Medicare. Manfred Luedge of Health Markets in Santa Cruz will explain and simplify all things Medicare, from the basics to Medicare supplemental insurance to Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare savings plans, and outpatient services.

 

If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your questions. The five months of the program will correspond to the open enrollment period to choose plans.

This series will be offered on the 3rd Monday of each month, August - December 2018

August 20 - Understanding Medicare: The Basics
September 17 - Choosing a MediGap Plan: Medicare Supplements
October 15 - Finding help with prescription drug costs
November 19 - How do Medicare Savings Plans (MSP's) Work?
December 17 - Medicare and Outpatient Services


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
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Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts!
Date: 12/17/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 3 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: We will get messy so dress accordingly.

Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!

 

Additional Seasonal Kids Craft Days on Monday November 19th and Monday December 17th.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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