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!

Northside Library Day at Rivermark

With just a couple of weeks to go before it’s Grand Opening, every dollar counts to fill the library with an exceptional collection of books and media, family events, parenting workshops, computer training and much more.

Shop Wednesday, July 23rd at:

PROLIFIC OVEN:  donating 10% of sales for customers mentioning the Northside Library

YAN CAN:  $.25 for each drink sold for customers mentioning the Northside Library

KEYPOINT CREDIT UNION:  Stop by to learn about their promotion for Friends of the Northside Library

JUST BREATHE YOGA:  Total proceeds from Kids Yoga Class on Thursday, July 24th and Thursday, July 31st at 4:30pm Thank you in advance for “eating out” that night in support of the Northside Library!

JERSEY MIKE’S will also be supporting the library through a special coupon drive – we’ll announce on the Facebook page when and where coupons will be given out.

Check Out This Video From Today’s Animated Videos Program

One of our talented kids shows his creation!

Click here:

Animated Movies Program

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.

The Donor Tree Branches have been installed in the Northside library branch!

In preparation for the opening later this summer, the donor tree itself has been installed in the Santa Clara Northside Library.  Donors who pledged $500 or $1000 (or more) will be honored in perpetuity with a leaf on this tree with their name.  The leaves themselves are being made and will be ready and installed (for everyone who has contributed to the north-side library campaign and asked to be recognized) by the grand opening.

And, although it’s too late to make a donation and get your name up on this tree for the grand opening, we do still have a couple additional spots available, so if you’d like to get your name, or business, listed here as helping get this library off the ground, the time is now.  Click here or on the “Northside Library / Donate Online” link above.

 

The Donor Tree at the northside library branch

New shelving being installed in Northside Branch library

The shelving is being installed this week in the Santa Clara Northside Library, as we and the city work towards the goal of having it open by August of 2014!  Later this summer!  Woo!

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Northside Library tops capital improvements for this year

As the Santa Clara Weekly reports, the north side Santa Clara City Library branch opening up this August is among the largest expenses for this year.  Everyone here is just excited to see this is still on track and happening, after so many years!

Summer Reading Kicks off with great performance from the Alphabet Rockers

It’s officially summer again; and that means Monday night should be spent in Central Park Pavillion at the Summer Reading Family Fun Night!

Tonight, at our opening event, Keypoint Credit Union presented a check for $15,000 to the Santa Clara Library Foundation to provide the funding for many of the Summer Reading programs.  And, then, several hundred adults, teens, and children enjoyed a program from the Alphabet Rockers!  A really cool toddler mosh pit of dancers formed at the front of the stage!

Next Monday, June 16th at 7pm will be Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks.  Be there or be, well, less entertained!

 

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Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks!

Author Talk: California’s Great America [Images of Modern America]

Date:  6/9/2014

Time:  6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Great America BookIn May 1972, actor Fess Parker of Davy Crockett fame announced plans for a huge theme park complex in Santa Clara. Eventually, the Marriott Corporation joined the effort.  Parker later departed, while Marriott pressed on.  Marriott’s Great America opened its gates on March 20, 1976. It featured a variety of family and thrill rides on a grand scale plus live entertainment.  From Marriott Corporation to the park’s current owner, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Great America has entertained and continues to entertain millions of guests.  Author Steven W. Wilson, the Northern California regional representative of the American Coaster Enthusiasts and creator of the website: GREAT AMERICA parks will discuss the stories, archives and photo collections he explored in the process of researching this book.

Sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library, this lecture is free and open to the public.  The book will be for sale and the author will sign books following the presentation.