Join us for an afternoon of jazz delights!

Pianist Andy Lagunoff will take us through the history of jazz by playing ragtime, dixieland, swing, an the blues. We’ll hear familiar tunes by Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and more. Introduce your whole family to this fabulous music genre!

The concert will be Sunday April 23rd at 3pm in the Redwood Room at Central Park Library in Santa Clara. We hope to see you there!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Makes a Difference!

I love this story, from one of our Children’s librarians:

A mom came up to the desk with her toddler after storytime this morning to get their 400 BOOKS achivement sticker for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. She said that keeping track of their books over the last few months has gotten her 2 yr old son in the habit of reading–now he asks her to read!

We’re so happy to support this wonderful program! And we couldn’t do it without you donating and buying books at our sales and from our bookstore.

Thank you!

Learn about Life on Mars

We are excited to have Pascal Lee speak at STEM Central, the Library’s day-long event covering all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He’ll talk about humans traveling to Mars and all the things we need to do to make that happen. It should be exciting!

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Join us at the In Our Own Words book launch on April 22

Please join us at the In Our Own Words book launch event at the Mission Center for the Performing Arts on April 22nd at 2pm. This is a wonderfully moving occasion, where you get to see people making a real difference in their lives.

Family and friends are welcome, and there will be desserts served following the program. We hope to see you there!

The kids are all right

Teen Thanks

The Youth Services, which covers both children and teens, librarians found this lovely letter from the 49ers SLI students in the library last week. We’re glad the library was able to help them with their Robotics Competitions!

Easter Egg Hunt

We were happy to support a family Easter Egg hunt on April 4th at Mission Library. Over 550 people showed up to find 1000 hidden eggs inside the library. It looks like everyone had a great time!

Learning the three Vs of personal branding

Northside Library continued its year of soft skills classes with a session on personal branding with Anthony Lee. His emphasis was on introductions. His advice was: don’t say what you do, communicate your values, your vision of the world, and your vows (what people can count on you for).

If you’re interested in learning more about soft skills to help you in the business world, check out Northside’s classes and events.

Emma Kaliterna Author Event: Meet Ying Chang Compestine

Join us at the 4th Annual Emma Kaliterna Author Event!

Ying Chang Compestine

Meet Ying Chang Compestine, author of several children’s picture books, youth and teen novels, and cookbooks for adults! Her award-winning stories for children are whimsical, educational, and convey cultural traditions. A copy of one of her books will be given to the first 40 families in attendance.

Ying’s books include: The Runaway Rice Cake, The Story of Chopsticks, The Story of Paper, The Story of Noodles, The Story of Kites, D is for Dragon Dance, The Real Story of Stone Soup, Boy Dumplings, Crouching Tiger, The Runaway Wok, Revolution is Not A Dinner Party, Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier, A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, Cooking With An Asian Accent, Ying’s Best One-Dish Meals, Cooking With Green Tea, and Secrets of Fat-Free Chinese Cooking

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Congratulations to Hilary Keith!

Hilary Keith, our City Librarian, was honored at Senator Bob Wieckowski’s Second Annual Women of the Year Ceremony on March 30. The ceremony “honor(s) courageous women who continue to make a positive impact in our community.” We know she’s a credit to the community, and we’re happy to share that knowledge with the rest of the world!

Support Federal Library Funding

If you have not yet written your congressional representative about supporting IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services), please do. This funding directly impacts many libraries’ literacy and technology classes and initiatives. Read more from ALA (the American Library Association).