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Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library

224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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August 2018

Free Citizenship Workshop

August 25, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) will offer one-on-one assistance with the citizenship application process at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library on Saturday August 25th from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The event begins with an information session on eligibility requirements for citizenship. Those who are ready to apply can register for a one-on-one workshop where they will complete and file a citizenship application (N-400) and if applicable, submit USCIS fee and language waivers. Register by calling (408) 658-9206 or email [email protected] Talleres…

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September 2018

CodeCombat at Downtown Public Library

September 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 5, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Space…

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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen

September 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Retirement 101: How to plan for a successful retirement This presentation will provide information on what to consider as you plan for retirement: ● What will be your sources of income during retirement? ● How to transition from accumulation to spending of savings? ● What are the tax implications of different types of retirement accounts? ● Which Social Security Strategies might be most beneficial? ● Do you need to make changes to your investment portfolio when you retire? Jennipher Lommen…

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November 2018

Essentials of Advance Directives

November 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Learn how an Advance Directive can help make your wishes known, and how to talk about advance healthcare planning with your loved ones. This engaging presentation from Hospices of Santa Cruz County walks you through the exact steps to take to complete your Advance Directive. For more information contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3047

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Buffalo Bill & California

November 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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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. From 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…

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Advance Directive Individual Sessions

November 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to complete your Advance Directive with support. You’ll meet with a trained advance healthcare planning volunteer from Hospice of Santa Cruz County to complete your form. You can even get your Advance Directive witnessed to make it a legal document. Registration required. Call Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County to schedule your individual appointment at 831-430-3047.

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Celebrate Veterans and Poetry

November 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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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,…

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Death Café

November 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Come gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support group or counseling session, just some folks getting together to eat cake and talk about death. Program provided by Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more information contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3047. Learn more at deathcafe.com

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December 2018

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Get 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.

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National “I Am Jazz” Community Reading

December 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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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.

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Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Sesquicentennial Celebration

December 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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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.…

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Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Sesquicentennial Celebration

December 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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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.…

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January 2019

Pickwick Book Club discussion

January 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 2:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 9, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings. Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

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Legally Speaking series: Immigration Law

January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The first presentation in the series covers Know your Rights in regards to Immigration Law. We will discuss Immigration Law fundamental principles, such as: ways to become a U.S. citizen, main categories of Photo of Jeralineimmigrant, ways to get a green card, the process of naturalization, and the Do’s and Don’ts of Immigration Law. Most importantly, we will discuss the truths and myths about current Immigration Law and Policies. Presented by Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq. Attorney at Law. Born in…

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February 2019

Mad Cow Disease, Prions and Why There’s No Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

February 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Glenn Millhauser, Ph. D., is a distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSC. He uses biophysical methods to study neurological proteins, their cofactors and how misregulation contributes to disease. He will discuss the medical implications of this research on prion protein (PrP). This highly abundant protein of the central nervous system is essential for neuron health and maintenance. “Our findings may lead to new therapeutic approaches for prion and related neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Millhauser. Thursday…

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Becoming a Super Internet Searcher!

February 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Join Google Search Scientist, Dan Russell, for this FREE hands-on class and learn the 10 key things you need to know to be a power Google searcher. Registration is not required to attend. Just drop-in and learn from the best!

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Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness

February 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, repeating until April 1, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This 6-week series of classes introduces you to mindfulness meditation practices. Because the class curriculum builds on itself, please begin the course no later than week 3 (Monday, March 11). Registration is recommended. Register online at: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5019647 Grounded in ancient wisdom traditions and adapted for modern life, mindfulness practice can help us lower psychological and physical stress, communicate more effectively, improve focus, and increase self-awareness and compassion. Topics to be covered include Putting a Pause in Autopilot, Being Right Where…

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March 2019

Financial Fridays: Debt & Credit

March 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Jennipher Lommen from Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) a non-profit organization, wants to help consumers make intelligent financial decisions to achieve their life goals. FPA benefits the public by helping to ensure that financial planning is delivered through competent, ethical financial planners.

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Beginners’ Genealogy Workshop

March 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County is offering an afternoon workshop for those interested in getting started with genealogy. SSCC member Mike Epperson will present an “Introduction to Genealogy”. It is aimed towards beginner researchers or it can serve as a refresher course for those wanting to recharge their basic research skills. Topics will revolve around family research basics such as: -Getting started on your tree -Basic Forms -Free research databases available with your SCPL library card, such as…

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Legally Speaking: Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose

March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This March we will discuss Elder Abuse. Local attorneys Anna M. Penrose-Levig of Penrose Chun & Gorman, LLP, Pamela Simmons of Simmons & Purdy, and Assistant District Attorney William Atkinson will provide information regarding how seniors in our community can protect themselves. The presenters will address a variety of common situations including different examples of financial elder abuse and various types of fraud commonly targeting seniors. The presentation will address legal and practical tools that seniors can use to protect…

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April 2019

Conversations for Change: Tribalism 101

April 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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April Topic: Tribalism 101: Next Door Strangers This Conversation begins with a 15-minute podcast Next Door Strangers. We invite you to listen prior to the Conversation. Tribalism: The behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group. People on the left and right may disagree on many things, but they generally agree that “tribalism” is bad for our politics and our country. Although most people want communities where all people have dignity and respect,…

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Essentials of Advance Directives

April 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Learn how an Advance Directive can help make your wishes known, and how to talk about advance healthcare planning with your loved ones. This engaging presentation from Hospices of Santa Cruz County walks you through the exact steps to take to complete your Advance Directive. For more information contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 831-430-3047.

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Advance Directive Individual Sessions

April 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to complete your Advance Directive with support. You’ll meet with a trained advance healthcare planning volunteer from Hospice of Santa Cruz County to complete your form. You can even get your Advance Directive witnessed to make it a legal document. Registration required. Call Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County to schedule your individual appointment at 831-430-3047.

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Santa Cruz Book Fair For Kids Of All Ages

April 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The second Santa Cruz Book Fair For Kids Of All Ages will be held at the Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church Street, in the Upstairs Meeting Room next to the Young Peoples Room, Sunday, April 28th from 1-3:30 p.m. This year eight local authors are joining Children’s Book Week, the national literacy initiative in celebrating it’s 100th anniversary. Children’s Book Week’s mission is “inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America.” Authors who will be featured…

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May 2019

Citizen Science: The Science Behind Our local Water

May 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Ron Duncan the General Manager from Soquel Water District will present "The Science Behind Our local Water". A lot of science goes into the management and planning of our local water resources to ensure that our community has a reliable water supply. This includes the effort to make sure water transferred from the City of Santa Cruz is compatible with the District’s system and how recycled treated wastewater will be purified to replenish the overdrafted groundwater basin to prevent further…

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May the 4th Be With You @ Downtown Library

May 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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In a library very nearby, young people will dodge Stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters as they explore the STEAM programming offered throughout the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Members of the 501st Legion: Golden Gate Garrison will be attendance, a very special droid will be in town, and cosplaying is encouraged. Hyper-drive over to our partner Atlantis Fantasyworld for more Star Wars fun as they host Free Comic Book Day!

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Tech Talks: Smartphone 101

May 6, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This is not your typical computer class...it's a discussion about optimizing your smartphone! The Smartphone 101 talk coves mobile device settings like saving power, notifications, alarms, downloading apps, display settings, navigation, and more. Tech Talks are always free with no registration required. We hope to see you there!

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Conversations for Change: Tribalism 102

May 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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May Topic: Tribalism 102: Tribalism, Media and Social Media This Conversation takes a look at the relationship between tribalism, news sources, and the public good. At its best, social media strengthens positive ties within social groups (tribes) and facilities the sharing of special life events. But there can be a darker side to the intersection of social media and tribalism. Tribalism is defined by the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s group. While people on the…

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Tech Talks: Privacy & Security

May 13, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This is not your typical computer class...it's a discussion about optimizing your smartphone! The Privacy and Security talk covers configuring settings to protect you from digital scams, hacking and spying. Tech Talks are always free with no registration required. We hope to see you there!

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Imagining and Making a University Campus at Santa Cruz

May 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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What were the creative and political forces behind the new UC campus at Santa Cruz? Frank Zwart will take us behind the scenes to the early days of UCSC. Frank Zwart was UCSC's campus architect from 1988 until his retirement in 2010. He is an alumnus of UCSC (Cowell '71) and of the School of Architecture at Princeton University. This program is sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission and is part of the spring local history…

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June 2019

Friends of the SCPL Kids Book Sale

June 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until June 2, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This 2-day sale is to kick-off the Santa Cruz Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program. A Universe of Stories! Free book to children ages 0 to 18 who sign up for Summer Reading! Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd from 1pm – 4pm at the Downtown Library upstairs meeting room.

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Conversations for Change: Status and Privilege

June 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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June Topic: Status and Privilege We joke about “keeping up with the Joneses” — but there’s real competition in our society for status and the accompanying privilege. How do we decide what we most value and how do we assign status to what we value? While our country seems to value wealth, there are other forms of status and privilege. What privilege do each of us enjoy? And how does that correspond with our status? This conversation examines our own…

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Stars of Poetry

June 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Are you a star of poetry? If not, you can easily become one this summer! Join this free series of workshops to explore poets, poem-making, and performance. In each of these four workshops we will consider the lives of a prestigious poet, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Juan Felipe Herrera, reflecting on how their lives inform their work. We will write poems, receive guidance and feedback from poets in the community and perform our work out loud, sharing our stories…

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Money Mondays

June 25, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 25, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!

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Author Talk: Jill Cody

June 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Former Aptos resident, author, and radio host Jill Cody is the author of the award-winning America Abandoned. Cody's second book Climate Abandoned was published on Earth Day and is already ranked as an Amazon bestseller in 3 categories. Climate Abandoned brings together 22 scientists, environmental experts, millennials and faith leaders in a discussion of the hard truths, causes, and consequences of climate crisis. Along with the urgency of the issues we face, she offers guidance on specific actions you can…

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July 2019

Death Café

July 17, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Come gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support group or counseling session, just some folks getting together to eat cake and talk about death. Space is limited in this popular program, registration is required. Program provided by Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more information contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3047. Register online…

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Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a screening of the 2019 film Apollo 11. Consisting solely of archival footage, this documentary tells the story of the mission to land on the moon in present tense. It includes previously unseen video and unheard audio recordings. After viewing, attendees will have a chance to participate in an informal discussion.

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Fratello Marionettes: Aladdin

July 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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​Using traditional music, intricate costumes, and dramatic staging, we present this magical tale adapted from “The 1,001 Arabian Nights” as it has never been seen before. Friendship and kindness triumph over evil as Aladdin discovers the magical lamp, frees and befriends the powerful genie, thwarts the evil sorcerer, and saves the kingdom. Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.

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August 2019

Friends of SCPL Book Sale at Church Street Fair

August 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until August 4, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have a Book Sale featuring our excess lobby books at very inexpensive prices! Location: Downtown Branch, on the corner near the library entrance on Church Street. 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-only CPR

August 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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American Red Cross and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have teamed up to bring FREE emergency preparedness workshops to our communities. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for a variety of emergencies and natural disasters, what to keep in your emergency bag, and get instruction in hands-only CPR*. This workshop is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project *This is not a CPR certification class.

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Money Mondays

August 26, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 25, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!

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September 2019

Citizen Science

September 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Topic: Spinning - A Verb for Staying Warm Santa Cruz Public Librarian and Master Spinner, Julie Soto presents a talk about the art and science of hand spinning. She will discuss the history and tools of hand spinning, fibers of all kinds, and the basic technology required to produce one’s own yarn. The presentation includes plenty of time for questions and there will be time for a hands on exploration. Julie Soto is an SCPL Librarian at the Live Oak…

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Essentials of Advance Directives

September 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Learn how an Advance Directive can help make your wishes known, and how to talk about advance healthcare planning with your loved ones. This engaging presentation from Hospice of Santa Cruz County walks you through the exact steps to take to complete your Advance Directive. For more information please contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3047.

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CodeCombat Coding Club

September 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn JavaScript and Python. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 10-18. Space…

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Financial Literacy Thursdays

September 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Topic: Small Business Planning Tips Jennipher Lommen from Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) a non-profit organization, wants to help consumers make intelligent financial decisions to achieve their life goals. FPA benefits the public by helping to ensure that financial planning is delivered through competent, ethical financial planners.

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Legally Speaking: Self-Help Litigation

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Representatives from the Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center, the Santa Cruz County Law Library and the Lawyer Referral Service of Santa Cruz, will discuss the services they offer, as well as, legal resources available in our community. The program will address options for individuals interested in representing themselves in legal matters, as well as referrals for those who are looking for legal advice and representation.

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Advance Directive Individual Sessions

September 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to complete your Advance Directive with support. You’ll meet with a trained advance healthcare planning volunteer from Hospice of Santa Cruz County to complete your form. You can even get your Advance Directive witnessed to make it a legal document. Registration required. Call Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County to schedule your individual appointment at 831-430-3047.

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Money Mondays

September 23, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 25, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!

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Bystander Intervention Workshop

September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Join us for an interactive Bystander Intervention training! The training will be led by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area. During the training, participants will learn about the history and principles of nonviolence, and we will practice specific de-escalation techniques as a bystander in a variety of scenarios. We will also learn about widespread organizing in our community and how people can become active. Sign up today at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5716821 or call 831-427-7717. Registration recommended.

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October 2019

“Mothers of Men” : The 1916 Santa Cruz Women’s Suffrage Film

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County presents a screening of this restored silent film with guest speaker local historian Ross Gibson. “Mothers of Men” was filmed almost entirely in Santa Cruz and features striking footage of many local landmarks. The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County presents the 2019-2020 Genealogy Lecture Series. Join us the first Tuesday of each month to learn about a variety of resources, strategies, and tools in the field of family research. All are invited…

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Citizen Science

October 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other! For more information contact [email protected] • 831-427-7717.

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Starting Your Novel with Character and Conflict: A NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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A novel starts with you. Your life views shape the characters in your books. Which life view will be the theme of your next novel? Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in this 3-hour writing workshop. Bring a notebook or a laptop and your library card. Discover how a novel's theme sets up the internal and external plots and establishes the main character's fatal flaw. Explore the relationships of the primary characters in your novel by delving in…

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Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Event

October 17, 2019 @ 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Join us for a 15-second moment of silence at 5:04 PM and watch the unveiling of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' "Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project." Watch stories from Santa Cruz residents, discuss of the earthquake, listen to special lecturers, and enjoy light refreshments.

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Financial Literacy Thursdays

October 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Topic: Student Loans Jennipher Lommen from Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) a non-profit organization, wants to help consumers make intelligent financial decisions to achieve their life goals. FPA benefits the public by helping to ensure that financial planning is delivered through competent, ethical financial planners

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Cyber Security Workshop

October 22, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Cybersecurity means staying safe online. Learn safe online habits from experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.

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Murderous Intent: Secrets of Killer Writers

October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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We are very lucky to once again host one of the many Mystery Writers of America (MWA) NorCal Chapter events scheduled in celebration of Mystery Week October 19 - 26, 2019. In Muderous Intent: Secrets of Killer Writers, you'll get up close and personal with some of the most Killer Writers in Northern California. Our panelists represent a variety of sub-genres, and include Ellison Cooper (Jennifer Dornan-Fish), Mary Feliz, Katherine Bolger Hyde, and Sandra Balzo. Laurie R. King moderates the…

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Money Mondays

October 28, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 25, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!

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November 2019

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Event for National Novel Writing Month

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This is the first day of November, which is the first day to start work on writing 50,000 words of your novel. Lillian Csernica, the Municipal Leader (ML) will host this event to get you going. There will be fun and there will be refreshments and swag. Get inspired to write your novel!

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Citizen Science: How might we reverse engineer a brain?

November 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Computers will one day match our own mental agility; learning, navigating and performing complex interactions all on scant power. But getting to that point will require neuroscientists and engineers to reverse engineer our least understood organ—the brain. In this talk, third-year neuroscience PhD student at Stanford Tyler Benster will describe his dreams, theory, and many failures towards reverse engineering a larval zebrafish brain using machine learning. The discussion will include an overview of cutting-edge methods for whole-brain imaging and stimulation…

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Local authors present: 100 things to do in Santa Cruz before you die

November 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Four local authors: Leslie Chavez, Sara Clevenger, Dede Harrington, and Misty Oliver will talk about their new guide book "100 things to do in Santa Cruz before you Die." The list of places and activities they cover is comprehensive, fun, quirky and celebrates the top ways to connect with Santa Cruz and nearby surroundings.

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Virtual Reality Sea Level Rise Explorer

November 18, 2019 - February 29, 2020
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Santa Cruz Public Library is excited to announce a new (and limited time) opportunity to experience state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) and learn about Santa Cruz's future coastline management plans. We hope you will join us for this unique experience! Please see the following details... Where Downtown Library Branch, 244 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 When The Sea Level Rise Explorer Virtual Reality experience will be available starting November 18, 2019 and running through February 2020. What The Sea Level…

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Financial Literacy Thursdays

November 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Topic: Retirement 101 Jennipher Lommen from Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) a non-profit organization, wants to help consumers make intelligent financial decisions to achieve their life goals. FPA benefits the public by helping to ensure that financial planning is delivered through competent, ethical financial planners.

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Life Literacies Center Open House

November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are excited to announce the opening of The Life Literacies Center at the Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA. This new center will provide programs and services that support job readiness, service connections for people experiencing homelessness, housing navigation, access to County benefits, and support from Encompass Social Services. Some services will be provided in Spanish. The Life Literacies Center partners with community organizations and volunteers to provide transformative and equitable programs…

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Money Mondays

November 25, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:15 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 25, 2019

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!

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December 2019

Citizen Science: GMOs

December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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What are GMO plants and how are they generated? Professor Emeritus Barry Bowman presents GMO plants. Most of the agricultural crop plants grown in the United States are genetically modified organisms (GMO). Many other countries also make extensive use of GMO plants, and we will explore some examples. We will discuss the kinds of crops that are designated as GMO and describe the technology that is used to generate these plants. Thursday • December 5th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm…

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Friends of SCPL Holiday Book Sale

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Our usual very reasonably priced books & media. Avoid the rush — Shop at the Friends Holiday Sale! Free Gift Wrap!

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Feeling Good Workshops

December 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Feeling Good Wellness Center will be offering a panel discussion to give the community the opportunity to ask questions that would help them with their general needs for the information they are looking for. Their goal is to offer free information and psycho-education to the public. Dr. Katie Dashtban is a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist and the founder of Feeling Good Wellness Center in Santa Cruz. The center's mission is to provide quality cognitive behavioral therapy for the advancement of…

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January 2020

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

January 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

January 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Tech Talks: iPhone’s Siri and Control Center

January 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Siri and Control Center are two of the most useful features of the iPhone. You're invited to join us for a hands-on review of your iPhone's Siri and Control Center. Seating is limited, so please register to reserve your spot in this FREE workshop.  The meeting space at this library is limited, so sign-up from the library's calendar to reserve your seat. If you have any questoins about signing up, please call the library at: 831-427-7717. Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/6233268

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Pros and Cons of the State Ballot Measures

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Pros & Cons of the March and November State Ballot Measures. Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 3, 2020 General Election. Pick up a copy of the League's Easy Voter Guide. This event is free and open to the public. Program hosted by the Santa Cruz County League of Women Voters

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Family Literacy Fun Day

January 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Celebrate Positive Parenting Awareness Month 2020 in the library with your family! Learn about other local services and supports for children and families. Every family gets a free book provided by First 5 Santa Cruz County and a chance to win prizes. Get Triple P parenting tips and tools, enjoy story time with librarians, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun activities.

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Death Café

January 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Come gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support group or counseling session, just some folks getting together to eat cake and talk about death. Learn more at deathcafe.com. Program provided by Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more information contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3047.

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US Census Jobs Fair at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country, with more than 2,000 local positions to assist with the 2020 Census count. Positions in Santa Cruz County pay $20-$22 per hour and offer flexible hours. To help those who might be interested in learning more about working for the Census, the Library will host a Census Job Information Fair with Census Recruiting Assistants for Santa Cruz County. Anyone with an interest is…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Tech Talks: iPhone New Year Tune-Up!

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Join us for a hands-on beginning of the year tune-up of your favorite iPhone or iPad! Today we will be reviewing notifications, widgets and storage space. Seating is limited, so please register to reserve your spot in this FREE workshop.  Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/6233447  The meeting space at this library is limited, so sign-up from the library's calendar to reserve your seat. If you have any questions about signing up, please call the library at: 831-427-7717.

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Meet the Artists: Yi Xu, Yifan He, and Weiyan Tao

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Meet artists Yi Xu, Yifan He, and Weiyan Tao, students of local art teacher Rui Li. Rui Lee is a local art teacher here in Santa Cruz. The incredible works of his students are diverse in both media and content. Their work is on display at the Downtown Library through January 31.

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February 2020

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

February 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Black History Month Book Talk by Civil Rights Veteran Maria Gitin

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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We're kicking off our Black History Month celebration with an exciting discussion with Civil Rights author Maria Gitin. The one hour presentation will include a slide show, stories, brief discussion and book signing. United Way CEO Keisha Frost Browder opens with a special introduction. After the successful march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, African American civil rights workers launched an all-out effort to register thousands of new Black voters in the Deep South. A few hundred white youth were…

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Essentials of Advance Directives

February 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Learn how an Advance Directive can help make your wishes known, and how to talk about advance healthcare planning with your loved ones. This engaging presentation from Hospice of Santa Cruz County walks you through the exact steps to take to complete your Advance Directive. For more information please contact Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County 831-430-3047.

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Contemporary Issues in World Historical Perspective

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 11, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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How does the past relate to the present? Join us as we explore the enduring questions that accompany all historical inquiry - how does perspective change when you put contemporary issues and problems in a historical context? Every second Thursday of the month, historian Robert Strayer will present a lecture, followed by discussion, on a different global issue. January – Globalization By the 1990’s, globalization had become a buzzword because it succinctly captured something of the deeply inter-connected world of…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Advance Directive Individual Sessions

February 24 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to complete your Advance Directive with support. You’ll meet with a trained advance healthcare planning volunteer from Hospice of Santa Cruz County to complete your form. You can even get your Advance Directive witnessed to make it a legal document. Registration required. Call Vanessa at Hospice of Santa Cruz County to schedule your individual appointment at 831-430-3047.

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Jazz & Friends National Day of School & Community Readings

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Support transgender and non-binary youth by joining the Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings. Each year communities accross the county show their support by gathering to read "I Am Jazz." I Am Jazz is a first-person account about a transgender girl written by transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, and co-author, Jessica Herthel. Jennings was one of the first transgender children to talk publicly about her identity. Herthel is not transgender, nor does she have any transgender children.…

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March 2020

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Contemporary Issues in World Historical Perspective

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 11, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

How does the past relate to the present? Join us as we explore the enduring questions that accompany all historical inquiry - how does perspective change when you put contemporary issues and problems in a historical context? Every second Thursday of the month, historian Robert Strayer will present a lecture, followed by discussion, on a different global issue. January – Globalization By the 1990’s, globalization had become a buzzword because it succinctly captured something of the deeply inter-connected world of…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Drag Story Time

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Reading together builds communities. Drag Story Time creates a welcoming and festive atmosphere with a window into the diversity of gender expression. Participants will hear stories, enjoy refreshments and coloring pages and have a photo opportunity.

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
+ Google Map
Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

March 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
+ Google Map
Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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April 2020

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

April 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
+ Google Map
Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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Contemporary Issues in World Historical Perspective

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 11, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

How does the past relate to the present? Join us as we explore the enduring questions that accompany all historical inquiry - how does perspective change when you put contemporary issues and problems in a historical context? Every second Thursday of the month, historian Robert Strayer will present a lecture, followed by discussion, on a different global issue. January – Globalization By the 1990’s, globalization had become a buzzword because it succinctly captured something of the deeply inter-connected world of…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
+ Google Map
Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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The Santa Cruz Poetry Project

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 20, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
+ Google Map
Free

The Santa Cruz Poetry Project facilitates poetry and writing workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to bring poetry to those who would not otherwise have access. We do this through our Poetry in the Jails project, which offers poetry workshops to incarcerated men and women. Our new workshop at the downtown library, offered in partnership with the Life Literacies Center, welcomes anyone who would like to establish a writing practice in a safe and encouraging environment. Weekly program…

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May 2020

Contemporary Issues in World Historical Perspective

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 11, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
+ Google Map
Free

How does the past relate to the present? Join us as we explore the enduring questions that accompany all historical inquiry - how does perspective change when you put contemporary issues and problems in a historical context? Every second Thursday of the month, historian Robert Strayer will present a lecture, followed by discussion, on a different global issue. January – Globalization By the 1990’s, globalization had become a buzzword because it succinctly captured something of the deeply inter-connected world of…

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June 2020

Contemporary Issues in World Historical Perspective

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 11, 2020

Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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How does the past relate to the present? Join us as we explore the enduring questions that accompany all historical inquiry - how does perspective change when you put contemporary issues and problems in a historical context? Every second Thursday of the month, historian Robert Strayer will present a lecture, followed by discussion, on a different global issue. January – Globalization By the 1990’s, globalization had become a buzzword because it succinctly captured something of the deeply inter-connected world of…

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