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Welcome to 2019

On one Saturday in December, 3 branches - Downtown, Scotts Valley, and Aptos welcomed familiar face Mike Della Penna to entertain hundreds of kids and adults with his Winter Magic Show. Mike is a teacher and performer. What a great way to start off Winter Break!
But now ...

Happy New Year!  Happy Back to School after vacation! And Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I hope you are refreshed and ready to jump into the new year and the new semester. Library staff are ready to work with you and your students. Come on in and see what we have to help you and your students make this the best year yet.
This newsletter will focus on one of our least know resources - Brainfuse - and class visits for all grades from preschool to high school.
How the Library Can Help You Help Your Students
Class Visits

The library welcomes teachers to schedule class visits at all our branches.  We welcome children of all ages...preschoolers to teenagers.

  • To schedule a visit call the Program Department at 831-427-7717 or and a staff person will work out the details of your visit with you. 
  • Visits usually range from 40 minutes to an hour. You  might request any of the following: tour, storytime, booktalk, a short class, checking out books, or research assistance on a specific topic.
  • If your group needs library cards, please remember that processing library cards takes more time.
  • Scheduling a visit for your group ahead of time means that there will be library staff expecting you and ready to help you--and that the children will have a successful and fun experience. 

We enjoy showing everyone what the library can offer. So don't hesitate...if you are a homeschooling family, a teacher, or a group leader...we are ready to welcome you.     See you soon!

For more info on class visits go to our website:

Brainfuse HelpNow
  • Can't get to the library?
  • Lots of homework?
  • Try Brainfuse!

Use your library card to set up an account and then you can access live online tutoring, a writing lab, a language lab and much more. 

Brainfuse offers free academic help at all levels, Brainfuse has live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. SAT, ACT, GED, and Citizenship test help is also available. Writing a paper? Send your paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 hours. Job seekers can also get resume and job finding assistance in the Adult Learning Center. Maestros en español disponible.

It's all free with a Santa Cruz Public Library card!
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