Downtown Branch Library – Santa Cruz Public Libraries Sesquicentennial Celebration: Libraries, Words, Stories, and Writers

224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, 95060
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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Sesquicentennial Celebration

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) cordially invites you to celebrate 150 years of service at our Sesquicentennial Birthday Party! This First Friday event features live music by Joshua Lowe and The Juncos who will play with the amazing Patti Maxine and her steel guitar. We'll also have light refreshments, cake made by Edith Meyer, and homemade spiced cider. A fun photo booth will also be there to help commemorate the occasion.

As part of this milestone celebration, SCPL has invited local artists and the Museum of Art and History to exhibit work in the Downtown Branch that celebrates libraries, words, stories, and writers. Artists include Jody Alexander(book arts), Felicia Rice (Moving Parts Press), Bridget Henry (woodblock prints), Linda Craighead (prints and photographs), and members of Printmakers @ the Tannery: Johanna Atkinson, Margy Baron, Leah Belair, Julie Erreca, Jane Gregorius, Cindy Haug, Andree LeBourveau, Lu Lee, Ann Miya, Mary Neater, Janis O'Driscoll, Bob Rocco, Lynne Simpson, and Frank Trueba. Join us in celebrating the past and looking toward the future.

According to "The History of the Santa Cruz Public Library System," written by former long-time employee Margaret Souza, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries had its origins early in 1868 when interested citizens resolved to provide books and magazines to participating members. A key personality of this group was Frank Cooper, who gathered twenty signatures to incorporate the Association that was to become "The Santa Cruz Library." In celebration of this milestone, we've spent the year presenting special programs that reflect upon our history and tradition as a library, and that harken the exciting and dynamic future of library services, programs, and facilities. As the year closes, we are delighted to celebrate with our community.