Santa Cruz Public Libraries Newsletter

Sesquicentennial Back-to-School Celebration!
Kids & Teens Books & Media are going FINE-FREE

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) is celebrating 150 years of library service by giving the gift of reading to every child and teen in the county. Starting on September 10th, 2018 all children's and teen's books and media will become fine-free.

It is well documented that access to a library improves student success. One way to improve children's access to library materials is to remove the burden of overdue fees. 

The fine-free status only applies to children's and teen's materials - not accounts. Adult materials will continue to generate overdue fees even if checked out on a child's card. Individuals will continue to be responsible for damaged and lost items -- children's, teen and adult. After a one-time amnesty removal of account charges relating to children's and teen's materials that will occur on September 9th, everyone should be starting with a clean slate. Children's and teen's materials go fine-free on September 10th.

If overdue fees have prevented your child from getting a card or reading more books, now is the time to visit your library. Apply for your free card today and stop by any branch on September 10th (or 11th if your branch is closed Mondays) to make your own sesquicentennial party hat!

More Information
Staff at the old Carnegie Library Downtown survey Library users about what they would like to see in a new Downtown Library. This was 1958, before planning for the current structure began.

Look at more local history photos in our Local History Portal.
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