Panel reviews concepts for downtown Santa Cruz library renovation

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” A regional citizens library advisory panel this week weighed in on controversy-laden plans to modernize Santa Cruz’s aging downtown library.The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Library Advisory Commission on Monday reviewed draft-level concepts first publicized by the Jayson Architecture firm last month on how the City of Santa Cruz might be able to spend $27 million of a 2016 taxpayer’s library facilities bond on the primary of the city’s three library branches.Abraham Jayson, a principal with the firm, explained that “the main takeaway on the building is that the facility has reached the end of its usable life in pretty much every way,” summarized Jessica Goodman, regional manager for Santa Cruz’s three library branches. The firm showed that a project renovating the seismically sound 30,000-square-foot core of the existing 42,000-square-foot Church Street library property would nearly fall within budget, while a complete rebuild would result in just a 19,000-square-foot library.”

Panel reviews concepts for downtown Santa Cruz library renovation

Santa Cruz brings virtual view to climate

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

“The tide is changing when it comes to the conversation about climate change, and Tim Robbins had a virtual bird’s eye view of the issue Monday.Robbins, who lives outdoors, already has had more of a run-in than he cared for with the fickle whims of Mother Nature. In September 2013, he was forced to move from Colorado after monsoon-level heavy rains flooded him out of the mountains and his former home. Robbins said he pays close attention to the climate change discussion, and how most people think only in terms of regional warming instead of global warming.Which was why it took little prompting for Robbins to sit himself down at a table newly set up near the entrance to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Downtown branch and strap on a high-tech Oculus Quest wireless headset and goggles at the newly-launched Virtual Reality Sea Level Rise Explorer exhibit.Robbins said afterward that he had never used a virtual reality device before Monday and that the experience was fun.”

Santa Cruz brings virtual view to climate change conversation

Santa Cruz: Life Literacies Center Open House

From Santa Cruz Patch

“The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are excited to announce the opening of The Life Literacies Center at the Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA.This new center will provide programs and services that support job readiness, service connections for people experiencing homelessness, housing navigation, access to County benefits, and support from Encompass Social Services. Some services will be provided in Spanish.”

Santa Cruz: Virtual Reality and Public Library Tech

From State Tech

“The city of Santa Cruz, Calif., hugs the Pacific Ocean and sits around 60 miles south of San Francisco. It is on the front lines of climate change and will be one of the places in California where expected rising sea levels will have their most immediate impact.The city has partnered with Santa Cruz Public Libraries to give residents and other visitors a virtual reality view of the city’s current coastline and what it would look like with a projected 2.4 feet of sea level rise in combination with a 100-year storm, as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies reports.Bjorn Jones, digital learning librarian with Santa Cruz Public Libraries, says the library system partners with the city’s Resilient Coast Santa Cruz initiative, and the VR demo is a stop on one of the initiative’s experiences.”

Capitola Looks to the Future With 21st Century Library

From Goodtimes

” When the beloved Capitola Book Café closed its doors five years ago, Gayle Ortiz—the namesake master baker and entrepreneur behind Gayle’s Bakery, and a former mayor—was, like many of her neighbors, distraught. Looking for something from the bookstore to save, she zeroed in on the paintings on the wall. She proposed a deal with the Book Café’s owners about the art.“I told them, ‘If I could guarantee you that it would go into the new Capitola Library, whenever it’s built, would you give it to the city of Capitola?’” remembers Ortiz. “And they said, ‘If we can be guaranteed that, sure.’” Sometime in the summer of 2020, Ortiz is poised to deliver on her promise. The paintings from the Book Café are now part of the renderings of the new Capitola Library, which means that from the first day of its opening next summer, the new library will already contain meaningful cultural DNA linking it to its community.

Capitola Looks to the Future With 21st Century Library

Santa Cruz: Library Champion, Capitola Treasure

From Aptos Times

“As we try to absorb the day-to-day flow of news, it can be challenging to remember that the world is full of good people doing good things. Barbara Gorson, who died January 5, was one of those good people whose life is well worth knowing about.Barbara was a lifelong learner whose interests were diverse. A national merit scholar in high school, she went on to earn her BA, eventually finding her way to Los Angeles with her beloved husband, Billy Gorson. In LA she worked for six years as chief of staff and personal assistant to Bob Dylan. During that time, she enrolled at UCLA in the School of Management and earned an MBA. This accomplishment led her to Silicon Valley and a series of increasingly responsible positions at Intel, where she worked for 16 years, spending two of those years in Hong Kong before retiring and moving to Capitola.”

Santa Cruz: Breaking new ground, Capitola embarks on library project

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” Were history any indication, Friday’s groundbreaking for a new permanent Capitola library branch would be interrupted by the economy, political infighting, disagreements about size and location or some new hurdle.Instead, this week’s ceremony marks what is the first step toward the putting the city library in a brick-and-mortar space of its own. Not since 1981 has the city library been hosted in a permanent space as it was, across from Capitola City Hall since 1953. That early 80s marked the city’s last-gasp effort to self-fund its own library branch after the library system withdrew backing, as with at several other branches, due to system budget deficits the previous year.Thanks in large part to voters’ support of the 2016 Measure S bond measure and related parcel tax, libraries projects in Capitola and across the county are moving forward in refurbishing, updating and building new facilities. If construction proceeds as planned, Capitola’s new branch could open its doors by winter 2019.”