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Discover Your Neighborhood

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Sesquicentennial Celebration programs celebrate the history of our neighborhoods. Also part of our Summer Reading Program for adults this year, learn more at

Join us for the last 2 discussions plus Q & A with local historians from YOUR neighborhood at these free events!

Live Oak History with Norman Poitevin
Live Oak Library • 2380 Portola Dr.
Saturday • July 14th • 1pm

Eastside Santa Cruz History with Judy Steen & Joe Michalak
Branciforte Library • 230 Gault St.
Saturday • July 28th • 11am
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Climate Action
Film & Discussion

Different from mitigation, adaptation to climate change means adjusting natural and human systems in response to actual or expected climate related activities and their effects, with the intention to mitigate harm or exploit opportunities. We need both mitigation and adaptation to weather upcoming changes (pun intended). Join us for a film and discussion with local expert Dr. Tiffany Wise-West about these issues and we can and are doing locally to meet the challenge.

Saturday • July 21
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Garfield Park Library • 705 Woodrow Ave.

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20th Annual

Please join us for the 20th Annual Festival of the Book!
A celebration of reading and summer, this all ages festival is free and fun for the whole family.  Local band Kuzanga Marimba plays the music of Zimbabwe's Shona people at 1:30pm, and Silicon Valley's favorite Magician, Dan Chan, performs some of his award winning magic at 3:00pm. We'll also have crafts, stories, facepainting, a dress-up booth, and a kids-only book sale. Each child who has participated in our summer reading program will receive a free book!
Sunday • July 29
Harvey West Park
326 Evergreen St.
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Reach for the Stars
Comets & Asteroids

Calling all stargazers! Explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy. 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!

Comets & Asteroids
Tuesday • July 17 • 6:30-8:30pm
Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

In conjunction with the Reach for the Stars program series, we're launching a new service so you can check out a telescope with your library card!

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Author Talk

Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven on Earth

Part true crime and part memoir, Pure Land tells the story of the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history. It forges a connection between two women in search of their true nature, who found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing.

Author Annette McGivney is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and a Journalism professor at Northern Arizona University.

Sunday • July 22nd • 1:30-3:00pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Books will be available for sale by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

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