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Spring Book Sale

Spring into summer with some new books!

Summer is fast approaching, which means spending lots of time soaking up the warm weather at one of Santa Cruz’s beaches. But what goes great with laying under an umbrella in the sand? The perfect summer beach read, of course!

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If you’re looking to stock up on books to add to your beach bag, come to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (FSCPL) spring book sale. In addition to the perfect summer book, we will also have books on crafts, cooking, history, reference, and much much more.

Taking place on Saturday, May 17th from 10 am to 5 pm, the spring book sale will be held in the parking lot next to the library. It’s open to FSCPL members from 10 am to 11 am and the general public from 11 am to 3 pm. From 3 pm to 5 pm, there will also be a bag sale — all you can fit in a standard grocery bag for $5.

On top of buying books, there will be a DJ and a kids craft table, where kids can make their own books. Parents, this means you can leave your kids entertained within sight while you shop!

After you’re done shopping, head across the street to enjoy some delicious food at the Greek Festival. Better yet, there will be a coupon exchange with the Greek Festival —  go to one event, then enjoy a discount at the other!

Prices are: $3 hardcover, $2 all trade paperback & hardcover fiction, $1 mass market (or $2 for 3).

Kids’ books, prices are: $2 for hardcover, $1 paperback.



10 am – 11 am Members only

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11 am – 3 pm open to the public

3 pm – 5 pm bag sale

Introducing Anna and Sydney — Getting to Know Two New (Awesome) Interns

As promised, here are short introductions to the new blog writers Anna and Sydney! Remember to check back every Monday and Thursday for posts.


Sydney’s post:

Hi everyone! My name is Sydney and I’m a new Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries intern. I have been interning and volunteering at the library for a little over a month now and I’ve already had the opportunity to meet great people and become involved with a myriad of different projects the Friends of the Library has in the works. From sorting books, to working at the bookstore, to collaborating with the other Friends of the Library interns, I’ve learned a great deal not only about the operation of the library, but also about the wonderful people who staff and support the libraries.

Outside of my work with the library, I am also a UC Santa Cruz third-year Literature major. My literature concentration is English-language, stemming from my passion for 18th and 19th century english novels, particularly the works of Charles Dickens. As well, I am a Campus News editor at City on a Hill Press, which has allowed me to not only get write weekly, but has also afforded me the opportunity to speak with and learn from a number of different people at UCSC. When not at school or the library, I enjoy reading, riding my bike, and watching everything and anything on Netflix.

I hope to combine this love of journalism and my growing appreciation for the library in order to bring some interesting posts to the blog! I look forward to sitting down and speaking with various members and supporters of the libraries, allowing their voices to be heard through these posts. In the coming months, I endeavour to give blog readers a glimpse of the various programs and events run through the library, and how you can support them.

Anna’s Post: 


My name is Anna and I’m also a new Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries intern. I’m extremely excited to be helping write for this blog and tell you about all the cool things I’ve discovered (and have yet to discover) about the library.

I am currently a UC Santa Cruz second-year, hoping to major in Literature and Language Studies, with an emphasis in Spanish. I am a copy editor for City on a Hill Press, meaning I edit articles for grammar, sensitivity issues, and general coherence. In my free time, I like to try different restaurants in Santa Cruz, play air hockey at the Boardwalk arcade, and watch midnight movies at Del Mar.

I will be covering the many amazing current and future events and programs put on by the library. Expect to see lots of book reviews, fun facts, and learn about hidden gems the library has to offer! If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know what you would like to read about.

Cell Phone Donations

Donating Cell Phones to the Friends

Donation Location:

All Santa Cruz Public Libraries branches accept donations of cell phones (in the clear cylinders set out on the library floor).

eReader Donations

Donating eReaders to the Friends

Donation Location:

Library staff at the front desk at all Santa Cruz Public Libraries branches are happy to accept eReader donations to the Friends. We also accept eReader donations at the Friends Office in the Downtown Library Branch.

We Accept:

All brands of eReaders (with or without original packaging)

Book Donations

Donating Books and Media to the Friends

Books and media (including video and audio) donated to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is sold in the Friends Bookstore and in Friends Book Sales to raise money to support the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

If you have between 2 and 6 Boxes of Books…

Donate them at the Downtown Library Branch. To donate large quantities at the Downtown Branch or to get help with unloading donations, please tell a staff person at the front desk that you would like a hand unloading book donations. They will direct you to the back of the library (Locust Street) where a library aide will meet you.

If you have more than 6 boxes of books, please break up your donations to multiple trips so that library staff can accommodate the amount.

If you have 1 Box of Books (or just a few)…

You can donate them at any SCPL library branch! Donate at the front desk of the library branch during open hours.

We Accept:

Books in good condition
DVD’s and CD’s in their packaging
VHS tapes and audio tapes in their packaging

We Do Not Accept:

Damaged, moldy, torn or smelly books
Out of date travel guides
Out of date computer manuals (more than 2 years old)
Out of date textbooks (more than 2 years old)
Records or LPs
DVD’s and CD’s without packaging
VHS tapes and audio tapes without packaging

All donations are tax-deductible.

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