Save the Date – February 7, 2015

For the 2nd Annual Love Our Library Lollapalooza!  Last year’s event was described as “whimsical and ritzy” by the Santa Clara Weekly.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

Forever Young – Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Date: 9/23/2014 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Central Park Library Margie Edinger Room
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, California 95051

Cosmetic Dermatologist Ngoc Pham, MD and Esthetician Beverly Saner will share information and demonstrate cosmetic techniques to enhance your natural beauty.  A FREE event for Members and Non-Members.  FREE cosmetic samples provided. No reservations are needed.

Kaiser_InCommunity_logoBlue

Watch the Northside Grand Opening

Now available on YouTube, a video of our Northside Grand Opening.  Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGqrU_17fcs!

Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends Named 2014 Non-Profit of the Year!

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends has been named Assembly member Bob Wieckowski’s 2014 Non-Profit of the Year.  Assembly member Wieckowski will recognize the Foundation & Friends at his upcoming “State of the District” event on Thursday, September 25 from 6-8pm at SanDisk, 951 SanDisk Drive, Milpitas, CA.

According to Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends Board President Keith Stattenfield, “We were thrilled to hear we will be receiving this honor from Assemblymember Wiekowski.  Over 150 volunteers supported the work of the Foundation last year through fundraising, advocating, and selling used books – it is great to see them recognized for their impact in the community.”

It’s Adult Literacy Awareness Month!

It is a gift we often take for granted- the gift of reading. Can you imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have it? It is not just that the world of books would be closed to us-
Read Santa Clara
what about menus, forms, medicine labels, birthday cards, or notes from a child’s teacher?  It is estimated that 23% of adults in California struggle with everyday tasks that involve basic reading and writing.  One of them, Greg Wagner, recalls, “At the age of 13, I had a paper route. Can you believe that? I couldn’t read but I delivered the papers to somebody, so somebody else could read it.”  It is the 30th anniversary of California libraries offering literacy programs to help adults like Greg learn how to read and write better, so they can reach their goals as parents, workers, community members and lifelong learners.
 
Governor Brown signed a Proclamation today declaring September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month. Last week, the  Santa Clara City Council did the same, recognizing the critical importance of adult literacy and the services Read Santa Clara has provided our community since 1995. 
By Shanti Bhaskaran, Read Santa Clara

Thank You Northside Donors!

ThermometerWe did it!  With your support we raised $167,000 for the Northside Library.  Thank you for your generous support of our newest Library branch.  The community loves their Library and it shows.  We look forward to implementing enhanced programming and collection materials.

 

It’s open!

Mayor Matthews celebrates after cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Northside Library.

Northside Donor “Sneak Peek” Appreciation Event

Wednesday, August 6th, 4:30pm thru 7:30pm

Are you a Northside Donor of $100 or more? In appreciation of your generosity, you are invited to a “sneak peek” of all your new library has to offer. Enjoy light refreshments with your neighbors and some fun souvenirs. Storytime for kids will be held at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30

RSVP REQUIRED. Fire code limits this event to 400 guests.

To RSVP and for more information, click here.

Summer Reading Makes a Difference

Why do we go to all the trouble of a summer reading program?  Because it makes a difference!  Studies have shown that kids who don’t read lose two months of literacy over the summer and can eventually fall behind two behind their classmates.

Take a look at this recent San Jose Mercury News article which describes the importance of these programs:

http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_26031121/nancy-howe-and-rosanne-macek-keep-our-kids

Way to go readers!

Summer Reading in Full Swing

Summer Reading is in full swing here at the Library!  You can pick up your award books and prizes here at the Library between July 21 and August 17.

Don’t miss the last family concert next Monday, July 28 at 7:00pm.  Tempos de Outrora will be performing.  The group shares the traditional songs and dances of the Azores, an island archipelago off the coast of Portugal. Celebrate a bit of culture from the country of one of Santa Clara’s Sister Cities-Coimbra, Portugal. 

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and don’t forget a sweater! It can get a little cool. ALL ages are welcome to attend and enjoy!