Honoring our Corporate Foundation Donors!

Last night, at the Santa Clara City Council meeting, the Library Foundation and Friends presented awards to five of our corporate partners.  Through their generosity, and the generosity of our volunteers, donors, and supporters, the Foundation has  supported more than four million dollars worth of programs in our City libraries over the past thirteen years.

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Left to right, Keith Stattenfield, Foundation President. Doron Noyman, Director of Sales and Development, Keypoint Credit Union.  Helen Jones Grays, Senior Vice President, Keypoint Credit Union.  Michael Kirsch, Foundation volunteer and former board member.  Chris Boyd, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permenante Santa Clara Medical Center.  Steve Rainbolt, President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara.  Steve Ricossa, Mission City Community Fund Board member.

Holiday Craft Faire Applications Available

The Foundation and Friends Holiday Craft Faire will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014.   Applications are available now at the Library and online at lovethelibrary.org under the heading Events.  If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact us at  holidaycraftfaire@yahoo.com.

Northside Time Capsule Dedication

Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 11am – 12pm

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Join us as we put the finishing touches on the Northside Library time capsule which will be opened in fifty years. See what it contains and add your own wishes for the library’s future. Light refreshments will be served.

A “Wonder-ful” Storytime!

A special guest greeted families at Saturday’s Story Time.  Wonder Dog, Read Santa Clara’s genial mascot, paid a surprise visit to remind families that reading together is wonderful and no matter how old you are, it is never too late to learn!

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He had quite a following as he handed out bookmaking kits and information about our 0-to-6 website.

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.

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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-
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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.