Honoring Bob Byrd at Librarypalooza 2018

We are thrilled to be honoring Bob Byrd at Librarypalooza this year! Bob is a retired librarian with a long history of serving the Santa Clara City Library. He has served on the Library Board of Trustees, was one of the original founders of the Foundation & Friends, creates displays in the Heritage Pavilion at Central Park Library, works at the Harris-Lass House helping to preserve historic Santa Clara, and has done so much more.

Bob is very generous with his support of both the Library and Santa Clara. Congratulations Bob!

Register today for Librarypalooza.

Librarypalooza is February 3, 2018

Librarypalooza 2018 is coming up on February 3! We’ve been working hard to make this event as as amazing as possible. Join us for
  • Food from Mission College Catering
  • Music from Santa Clara Vanguard
  • Blackjack from Pairadice Casino
  • A live auction
  • and more!

Book Sale Sunday

We’re having a book sale on the patio at Central Park Library on Sunday! This will be our last patio sale of the year and will be a great time to find presents for all your loved ones. We’ll have children’s books and teen books, history books and business books. Fiction, cookbooks, you name it!

We’ll see you on Sunday afternoon at Central Park Library!

Comic books are a gateway…

We got this photo after Comic Con this year, with the caption, “A is up late reading the book he got at Comicon (while camping out inside a pillow fort).  He’s never stayed up late to read a book before!”

It’s always great to see children turning into readers!

One of the Read Santa Clara tutors is now a published author

What does Chicken Soup have to do with Read Santa Clara? Well, we learned that a Read Santa Clara tutor had her story, Back to Basics, published in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book! It’s based on her tutoring experience, and shows how tutoring helps both people learn.

Congratulations to this amazing tutor!

Join us at Mission Library tomorrow!

Renovation Celebration Flyer

Learn and celebrate the renovation of the Mission Library! There will be family activities, a book sale, food, music, and more.

The book sale will be a bag sale – $1 per book, $5 per bag – in the activity room. We can’t wait to see you!

Four reasons to donate to Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends this #GivingTuesday!

Your year-end gift to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends makes for happy, bright shining faces across Santa Clara and Silicon Valley!

  1. These girls have books because of generous donors.


  1. Your support allows the library to host classes that introduce children to music!


  1. The library can host workshops like the repair cafe, where people can come to get their broken items repaired and learn how to repair them themselves, because people like you donate.


  1. The library’s ESL classes and book clubs would not be nearly as successful without donors like you.


There are so many, many more things the library can do when you donate. (Manga book club! Craft classes for families! Short fiction contests! Comic Con!) Please give generously this #GivingTuesday.

We couldn’t do any of this without you! Thank you for your support.

Are you shopping this CyberMonday?

If you’re sneaking in a couple of purchases from Amazon at work today, please use Amazon Smile! It’s a great way to support us and get your holiday shopping done at the same time.

Thank you for your support!

Youth services is holding a short fiction contest

The Children’s Department at Central Public Library is holding a short fiction contest! Turn in your 600-word entries on or before November 30, 2017. Prizes will be announced in mid-December. Check out the webpage for more information.

Need some ideas? Here are a few writing prompts to get you started:

  • A group of children on vacation see an old house. A local tells them the house is haunted.
  • A boy receives a letter from his future self.
  • A student at school disappears, but you are the only one who remembers him.
  • A mermaid is tricked into giving up her magic shell.
  • A boy in ancient Egypt learns a secret about the pharaoh.
  • A teacher finds that someone has stolen the answers to Thursday’s test.
  • An alien lands in your backyard.
  • A class pet decides to escape from his classroom.
  • Your best friend moves away at the beginning of summer break.
  • A musician practices. When she finishes, she hears someone clapping for her, but there is no one in the room.
  • A girl dreams of being a pirate.
  • A boy finds a hidden door in his attic.
  • A dinosaur arrives at the zoo.

Please make a small donation – whatever you can afford is appreciated – to help support this and other children’s classes and events.

Enjoy the Comic Con Video

Check out the wrap-up video for Comic Con this year! Ken from Bay Tiger Video did a great job, as always with it. Take a watch!