Have you bought your Historic Home Tour Tickets yet?

The Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara presents another Historic Home Tour this year. They’ve got a great line up, including Santa Clara University’s Ricard Observatory, which is rarely open to the public.

Head over to their website to buy tickets, or you can purchase them at City Lights Espresso or The Antiques Colony. Ticket prices go up on November 1st, so buy them now! It’s always a fun time, and we hope to see you there.

Comic Con was so much fun!

Comic Con on Saturday was so much fun! There were lots of great activities and loads of people in costumes.

I am always here for a lady Ghostbuster.

 

Thor was keeping us safe!

 

If you couldn’t make it or just want to see more photos, the Mercury News has a lovely write-up of the event.

Comics and graphic novels are a great way to get reluctant readers into stories and reading. I saw so many families enjoying Comic Con and then leaving with a stack of library books. It was wonderful!

Teaching children to enjoy and experience classical music

On Saturday almost 150 people came to a wonderful program where musicians from Chamber Music by the Bay shared the wonder of music and introduced their instruments.

 

After a 30 minute program where families learned about what makes music, why people make music, and how music is made, the kids got to try pint-sized versions of the cello and viola!

 

Everyone had a superb time!

Murder Mystery Week is Coming!

The library is celebrating October and Halloween by hosting a murder mystery game starting on October 17. You pick up a card at the reference desk to get the first clue. This clue will lead you somewhere in the library, to some information and another clue. This keeps going until you’ve solved the mystery. It should take about an hour.

This should be great fun. We hope you’ll play along starting on October 17!

Checking out e-books

Sometimes, you want to read a book, but you can’t get to the library. (I once checked out the next book in a series via ebook from halfway around the world! Sometimes you just can’t wait.) Some of you prefer reading ebooks to paper books.

Google has a new tool to help you find an ebook for checkout. Simply search for a book with their search engine, then go to the “Get Book” tab. In addition to places you can buy the book, they also have libraries with copies of the ebook to check out. Pretty spiffy!

Yoga for all ages

Your mind lives in your body, so a healthy body is a healthy mind, right? At least that’s how I convince myself to go running.

Our librarians think so too. That’s why they offered Yoga for All Ages classes this summer at the library. This allows the parents to find time to get their exercise in and the kids get their wiggles out in a constructive way.

Can you imagine having the weight of your child to help you stretch just a little further?

 

Or reaching out to touch your child whilst balancing on one knee?

 

These classes would not have happened without the money we raise in book sales from the Friends of the Library book store or our monthly book sales. Thank you so much for shopping so we can support this and more at the library!

Learning about oceans

Over the summer, we hosted a huge class aimed at children and their families to teach everyone about the oceans. Oceans Rock is a great program that gives kids hands-on fun and learning about things like sharks and other ocean animals and how oceans work.

 

They teach kids how to dig for fossils.

 

And who doesn’t love shark jaws and starfish?

 

This is just one science class that was funded via our book sales. All proceeds from the Friends of the Library Book Store and our monthly book sales go towards making the Santa Clara City Library an even better place!

Monthly Book Sale Tomorrow

Our September Book Sale is tomorrow in the Margie Edinger, Sycamore, and Friends Rooms at the Central Park Library! We’ll also have books for sale on the patio all weekend while the Art & Wine festival is happening. Please keep an eye out for our red carts!

All proceeds from these sales go towards bringing classes, events, and resources to the Santa Clara City Library. Your shopping makes the library a better place.

Children’s Summer Reading Winners!

Reading is their Super Power! A huge thanks to the Library for its Summer Reading Program, which keeps kids reading all summer long. Over 3000 children and 1000 teens signed up for the program this year and they read over 37,000 books!

For those of you who are curious, that’s about 9 books per under-18-year-old. (Kids who read 6+ books over the summer are less likely to lose reading skills while school is out.) That’s awesome!

Just look at these poised young ladies picking up their reading prizes.

 

And these kids showing off their best power poses!

 

Thanks to KeyPoint Credit Union, Mission City Community Fund, and people like you for contributing to another awesome summer full of books!

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Another program we were able to fund from book sales was a Mother’s Day Tea Party! It’s always nice to honor mothers and all that they do.

The presentation was adorable.

 

Look at how happy this family is!

 

Thanks so much for shopping at our Friends of the Library Book Store and at our monthly Saturday Sales! This is one of the programs that wouldn’t happen without you.