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June 1, 2020

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Monday, repeating until July 31, 2020



An Events & Reading Program for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults!

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, IMAGINE YOUR STORY, begins June 1st and runs through July 31st. Our entire program has gone virtual! Studies show that reading just 5 books over the summer can significantly reduce Summer Slide – a term for the learning loss experienced over the summer. That’s why summer reading is such an important program for kids over the summer.

This year’s theme, IMAGINE YOUR STORY, was chosen to help inspire readers of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. It also celebrates the richness of perspectives that arise when we include stories from diverse people.

How to Participate

To sign up, visit santacruzpl.org/srp. Those without internet access may call 831-427-7713 or text 831-264-0647 to get the paper reading log and be entered into the program. Signups begin June 1st and participants have until July 31st to sign out of the program and receive their rewards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to read books of their own choosing, listen to audio books, or be read to.

We will again use the Beanstack online platform for families and individuals to track their reading over the summer. The platform allows readers to add reviews and claim rewards and includes a mobile app. Paper reading logs are available to those who prefer to track their reading that way.

Upon registration, kids and teens ages 0-18 receive a $10 Atlantis Fantasyworld gift certificate good towards a specially curated collection of comics and graphic novels. After completing the goal of reading for 5 hours, kids ages 0-11 receive a brand new free book selected by our librarians for summer reading. After reading 5 hours, teens and adults 12 and over will receive a coupon for a free book priced up to $10 from any Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Book or Lobby Sale, except for Capitola. All ages who read for 10, 15, and 20 hours earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes. All ages will earn an additional raffle ticket for completing 5 activities and another for completing 10. Raffle prize winners will be notified at the beginning of August by email or phone.

We also invite the community to our summer reading kickoff event with NorCal Bats via Zoom. NorCal Bats is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats throughout Northern California. Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats that can lead to the destruction of their roosts and colonies. You must register in advance to receive the Zoom link and login information. The event takes place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday May 30th. Register at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/6720981.

One fantastic activity we have planned is a Community Virtual Art Quilt. Adults and children will be invited to submit their art and the library will compile entries into a virtual quilt. More information on this activity will be available after June 1st.

Finally, in addition to our many interesting virtual programs, teens and adults will be delighted to participate in a live, interactive discussion with Award Winning author of The 57 Bus, Dashka Slater. She’ll be discussing her work and process at 10 a.m. Saturday June 13 via Zoom. The event will not be recorded so register as a participant at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/calendar/virtualbranch/Dashka.

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Summer Reading Program is made possible through our partnership with Atlantis Fantasyworld, the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) cslpreads.org.


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