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Family Festival Days
2018 World Arts Festival Comes to the Library

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 workshops.

All workshops take place at:
Downtown Library, 224 Church St., Upstairs.

Saturday • September 22 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Shawn Merriman-Roberts: Haitian Folkloric
Shawn was first called to the Haitian Drums in 1992. Since then he has been student, performer, and instructor with a variety of companies. Shawn is newly turning to the excitement of choreography.

Saturday • September 29 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Vivien Boussamina: Congolese
Vivien is an accomplished dancer and teacher from Congo Brazaville, Africa. He believes dance is in everything around us from the ocean waves, to a tree’s limbs in the wind, a sulking dog... everything... and thus inspiration arrives. His mission is to share the traditional dance of Congo Brazzavillle, as well as contemporary dance with the world through powerful performance!

Saturday • October 6 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Oumou Faye: Senegalese
Oumou is a highly-acclaimed dancer and teacher from Senegal who lives in Santa Cruz. Her classes are a high-energy, joyful exploration of traditional Senegalese dance and incredibly uplifting, transmitting the dance without flaw in regards to her tradition.

The Diaspora Performance Project supports our community of Artists of the African Diaspora and provides opportunity for the development of new work, deep and meaningful connection to our community, and performances. For more information about the 2018 World Arts Festival, visit

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Financial Literacy
3 Free Classes

SCPL is delighted to offer 3 new program series focusing on financial literacy. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

Financial Fridays
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
Every 2nd Friday • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Money Mondays
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
Every 4th Monday • 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek
Boulder Creek Library • 13390 West Park Ave.
Every 2nd Friday • 10:30am

Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge. We hope you can join us.

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Banned Books Week
September 24 - 29, 2018

Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community: librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Be on the lookout on our Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube pages for people you know in your community and their favorite Banned Books. Post your own favorite banned book and tag us @santacruzpl!

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