are in the news: plans for a new Library in Felton,
opening of new libraries in Live Oak and Watsonville, efforts
to ensure longterm stable funding. All over the county
local residents are showing that they want to maintain
and strengthen library services in their communities.
Click on the links below to see what's being
said about libraries and Measure R.
Permanent Funding Stream for Libraries
to be Decided in June
The Mid County Post, 5/12/08
"The fate of Santa Cruz County's public libraries will
be known on June 3 when voters decide whether or not they
want to permanently share a quarter-cent in sales tax to
subsidize the operation of a dozen branch libraries beyond
How Will Measure R Help Build the Felton
The Valley Post, 5/6/08
"Backers of Measure R say that renewing the tax is essential
to Felton having a new library, or for that matter keeping
open branches anywhere in Santa Cruz ...."
SLV Forum to Offer Election Preview
Scotts Valley Press Banner, 5/2/08
"An election forum in Felton on Wednesday, May 7, will provide
an advance public look at local candidates and a library
tax measure appearing on the June 3 primary election ballot."
As We See It: Vote yes on Measure R
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/25/08
"The Santa Cruz County libraries are healthy and growing
and should keep the library systems in Santa Cruz County
strong by approving Measure R on the June 3 ballot."
Keep Our Libraries Strong
Good Times, 4/24/08.
"Santa Cruz County residents love and use their libraries.
Thanks to the hard work of library advocates and the past
support of local voters, today we enjoy a superb network
of library services throughout Santa Cruz County."
Grants Could Help Fund Felton Library
Press Banner, 4/17/08.
"Felton Library Friends has targeted about two-dozen sources
of private funding that could help build and equip a new
library when the countywide library system finds money for
New Watsonville Main Library a Hit
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/16/08
"It's wonderful. I am so thrilled," (Lori) Wood said. "This
is the library for the rest of my life."
Her reaction was hardly unique as patrons took their first
jaw-dropping look at the $9 million, two-story city library.
As We See It: Watsonville's Fabulous
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 04/15/08
"Watsonville's $9 million library opened Monday and was an
immediate hit...It sets the standard for public libraries
not just in Santa Cruz County but anywhere."
Membership Grows at New Live Oak Library
Santa Cruz Sentinel news story 4/13/2008
"Linda Carman ... says she is impressed with the size, up-to-date
equipment and overall look of the recently expanded Live
Oak branch at 2380 Portola Drive."
Hundreds Turn Out for Book Brigade
at Watsonville Library Santa Cruz Sentinel news
""It takes 7 minutes, 19 seconds for a picture book to be
passed hand-to-hand along a human chain from the old city
library at 310 Union St. to the new one at 375 Main St"
Supporting our Public Library System
Opinion by Supervisor Jan Beautz, Mid-County Post, 3/18/08.
"How we provide free and broad-based information to our citizens
is indeed one gauge of our society as a whole."
New Chapter Opens for Felton Library
Valley Post news story 3/11/08
"For more than two decades now, San Lorenzo Valley residents
have been patiently waiting for a more accessible and functional
library in Felton..."
Library Board Decides Felton Branch
Should Go on Verutti Property Santa Cruz Sentinel
news story 1/15/2008
"The board decision, though an incremental action in the
long process, was a positive first step, said Felton resident
Nancy Gerdt, a member of the county library oversight board."
Permanent Library Tax Seems Sensible
Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial, "As We See It" 12/16/07
"The current tax has kept the library solvent over the decade
and kept branches open and staffers helping the public...
Passing a permanent tax would allow the library to plan future
Library's Fate is up to Voters
Santa Cruz Sentinel news story 12/09/2007
"Voters across the county will shape the future of the public
library system when asked in June to approve a permanent
extension of a temporary sales tax that raises about $8.3
million per year."
Library Seeks Sales Tax Extension in
Santa Cruz Sentinel news story 10/16/2007
"The City-County Library Joint Powers Authority board wants
to secure the tax funding in 2008 to ensure library services
and new capital projects are sustained for the long term."