Donate by doing your shopping



The new Santa Clara Whole Foods Market is donating 5% of their net sales on Wednesday September 14th to us, the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends. So plan on doing your grocery shopping at Whole Foods on September 14!

Teen Scavenger Hunt at Northside

We were happy to provide the prizes for Northside’s Geocache and Scavenger Hunt last week. It sounds like it was both fun and educational:

“A clue from our scavenger hunt only took teams to the location. Then people had to scour the location for a hidden envelope,” Ocana says. “There were three teams with seven kids on each team. The envelope they’d find at the given location, such as Smashurger, would have a secret word. None of the clues were hidden inside the building. They were all hidden outside the building. Some of the clues were in a tree, in an exterior wall or in a plant.”

Congrats to the winners, and it sounds like everyone had a great time.

Thanks Chick-fil-a!

We just learned that Chick-fil-a has generously donated a large number of gift cards to the Summer Reading Program! These will be given out as prizes for our Summer Reading finishers. I know how much everyone loves a Chick-fil-a sandwich – so I’m sure these will be popular!

You can still sign up online for Summer Reading (until July 23). Prizes will be awarded to finishers through August.

Join us at the Santa Clara Whole Foods Market Preview Party!

Whole Foods

Get a sneak peek of the Whole Foods Market Santa Clara location on Saturday, July 23 from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy food demonstrations, local vendors, music, raffle prizes and more! We’re going to be there, and I’m personally looking forward to it.

$5 donation requested to benefit Santa Clara Vanguard. They are a leader in providing music and movement education for young people in Silicon Valley. Vanguard has provided the music for past Love our Library Lollapaloozas – it’s a great organization.

Reserve your tickets for the Whole Foods Market Preview Party at


Come to Santa Clara City Library’s Comic Con!

Comic Con

We are proud to support the library’s Comic Con. On Saturday, September 24th, Central Park Library will be filled with people cosplaying, panels, crafts for kids and adults, and more. Take a look at the full list of activities and panels and sign up for your free tickets today!

Books for school summer reading


If you have a child in middle or high school, they probably have a list of suggested – or required – books to read over the summer.

We reach out to the local middle and high schools to get those lists; then we put those books on their own cart just outside the bookstore door at the Central Park Library. That way you and your child will be able to find them!

Whole Foods is coming!

Michelle Fry (Whole Foods Market) and Kate Degelau-Pierce (SCCLFF) get together to talk marketing.

Michelle Fry (Whole Foods Market) and Kate Degelau-Pierce (SCCLFF) get together to talk marketing.

You may have heard that there’s a new Whole Foods coming to Santa Clara. This is exciting for the city and all the people who work and live near the new location. They’re going to be able to get delicious lunches and groceries before the summer is out.

We are excited because this store has chosen us for their first community giving day! That’s a day when the store donates 5% of their net sales to a local non-profit. We’ll be the recipient of their net sales on September 14.

Which is why we got together last week – to meet each other and to talk about how this all works. And of course take this photo together. We’re looking forward to working with the Whole Foods Market team!

We’re on LinkedIn now!

You may already follow the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends on Facebook and Twitter. We try to keep things different and interesting on those pages too – highlighting book recommendations and library activities and other interesting things going on in the community.

But now we have another way to keep in touch with the Foundation & Friends: LinkedIn. Please give us a follow over there. We’re looking forward to using this new (to us) platform to communicate with everyone!