Qualcomm Interns Pitch In at the Foundation & Friends

Qualcomm1 Qualcomm2 Qualcomm3 Qualcomm4Thank you Qualcomm interns!  You made a big difference at the Foundation & Friends during your Servapalooza day!

Struggling Readers in Santa Clara Benefit from Re(a)d Zone Grant from Super Bowl 50 Funds

A $15,000 Re(a)d Zone grant was awarded to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends from the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. The grant funds are supporting literacy outreach this summer for needy kids in Santa Clara.  The City of Santa Clara is home of Levi’s Stadium, the home of Super Bowl 50.

Read Santa Clara’s family literacy outreach team is putting this grant funding to work, conducting literacy programs in local shelters and for families in the Santa Clara Unified School District’s Migrant Education program.  In just under a month, 100 children from low-income families have signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program.  The literacy programs encourage families to take on the challenge of reading books together and to keep a log of the books they read.  Since many of these families are not familiar with online resources, the team is teaching parents how to access online books and giving access to assistive technology and devices.  One of the assistive devices plays back a recording of a book as the user touches a pen to the pages. “A child from a refugee family whose mother doesn’t speak English used the pen.  He picked up the technology right away and was so excited to hear the book read to him!  He is still learning to read and write, so the pen was a revelation for him,” said Shanti Bhaskaran, Literacy Librarian at Read Santa Clara, a City of Santa Clara Library program.

The Foundation & Friends of the Santa Clara City Library is grateful to the 50 Fund for their support of summer reading, a program serving an important community need.

Thank you Mission City Community Fund!


Mission City Community Fund Board Member Raj Chahal, Foundation Executive Director Tracy Wingrove and Foundation Volunteer Lee Broughman are all smiles at the Mission City Bar-B-Que

The Mission City Community Fund (MCCF) granted $5,000 to sponsor this year’s Summer Reading Program.  Thank you to all those who raise money for the MCCF and for your long-time support of this valuable program.

MCCF Main Logo clear


Thank you KeyPoint Credit Union!

We are grateful to KeyPoint Credit Union for generously sponsoring this year’s Summer Reading Program!

L to R:  Tracy Wingrove, Executive Director, Library Foundation & Friends, C.J. McCarthy, Board Member, Library Foundation & Friends, Keith Stattenfield, Board President, Library Foundation & Friends, Helen Grays Jones, Senior Vice President, KeyPoint Credit Union, Elena Culver, Business Development Manager, Keypoint Credit Union, & Hilary Keith, City Librarian

L to R: Tracy Wingrove, Executive Director, Library Foundation & Friends; C.J. McCarthy, Board Member, Library Foundation & Friends; Keith Stattenfield, Board President, Library Foundation & Friends; Helen Grays Jones, Senior Vice President, KeyPoint Credit Union; Elena Culver, Business Development Manager, Keypoint Credit Union; & Hilary Keith, City Librarian

Did you know that 100 extra calories a day can increase your weight by 10 pounds in a year?

To learn more, stop by the Healthy Eating display sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in the Central Park Library lobby.

Healthy Eating Front

Find out what’s in your snack

  • 480 calories in 3 ounces of Lay’s potato chips – Yikes!
  • 125 calories in 1 hard-boiled egg and 1 cup of snap peas – Yum!

Northside Librarian Cheryl Lee Profiled in Santa Clara Weekly

Check out this great article about Northside Branch Manager Cheryl Lee!

Nora Roberts Reflects on the Gift of Literacy

Like us, well-known author Nora Roberts believes in the power of literacy.  Check out her post at Nora Roberts on Literacy

We are passionate about adult literacy.  The Foundation & Friends is a major funder of Read Santa Clara, our Library’s adult literacy program.  For more information about Read Santa Clara, see Read Santa Clara.  Read Santa Clara can use your support.  Make a gift to Read Santa Clara on our website at Donate.

Disneyland, McDonalds and the Mission Library…


Do the three have anything in common?

All born in 1955 and still going strong…

Stop by the West Wing of City Hall and see the eye-catching display in the trophy case honoring Mission Library!  It has striking pictures of the library  over the years, including Ms. Klune, the first City Librarian, and nuggets of information about life in the 1950s that will delight trivia buffs. Here’s a sampling:

  • How much did it cost to build Mission Library in 1955?
  • Which movie won the Oscar for best picture in 1955?
  • How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1955?

Answers: $87,626 (lowest bidder); On the Waterfront (starring Marlon Brando): 23 cents/gallon  


Thanks to the talented Bob Byrd for putting together this great display and to Mary Boyle and Mary Hanel for the historical  photos and information

Home Organization Seminars a Hit – Join Us Tonight for Organization for Families

The home organization seminars sponsored by the Foundation & Friends have been a big hit.  “Thanks again for scheduling the organization classes.  It motivated me to work with my 3 kids on organizing their toys.  I had them gather every piece of toy in the house (they didn’t realize they had so many).  We sorted, donated and disposed.  Thanks for the lesson and inspiration!  We’re so much happier at home with less toys (most of which was not even played with) :), ” said Diana, who attended one of the sessions earlier this month.

Join us tonight at the Northside Library for “Organization for Families” from 7-8:30pmChildren help or hinder home organization. Learn techniques and strategies on how to teach kids how to properly place toys, clothing, and school work. It takes a “family” to organize the home. This seminar is geared towards parents only (please refrain from bringing children to the program).  

Central Studio Reception Brings out the Artist in Everyone

Enjoying the Central Studio Reception

Enjoying the Central Studio Reception

The Central Park Library proudly opened its Central Studio to a crowd of about 80.  This new Library feature offers a creative space for patrons of all ages.  Guests explored the space, drawing and working on crafts.  There was also an art exhibit from Santa Clara Adult Education students .  Foundation Board member CJ McCarthy said, “It was a lovely event and well attended!”

Librarian Ellen Paul explained:

For the past hundred years or so public libraries have had a one-way relationship with our library patrons. Public Libraries have been places where people have come to find information, to consume information and librarians have been purveyors of that information. And after that single transaction, the interaction is complete.

With this new Central Studio we’re turning the concept of a traditional library on its head. With this space we are saying to the public that we want a reciprocal relationship with you. We don’t want you to come here and simply consume, we want you to create. And so this space is here to inspire the creative side of all of us.

The Library will also be offering a series of art classes and programs.  See the Library calendar for more details; the first three are on May 23, May 30, and June 6th as described below.


The Foundation & Friends sponsored the reception and the accompanying book collection.