Congrats Ellin!

The Mercury News reported on Ellin Klor being the runner up for the 2016 Toyota Teacher of the year!

Here is the full press release:

Santa Clara educator named national Family Teacher of the Year runner-up
$5,000 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year grant will expand family literacy outreach program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 13, 2016) — It can take a creative mind to engage and inspire at-risk families to participate in family literacy activities at first, but that’s exactly what Ellin Klor does. She incorporates crafts with everyday materials so that families see that learning comes in a variety of forms and is fun. Because of her efforts, Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) today recognized Klor as 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year runner-up. As runner-up, Klor and the Santa Clara (Calif.) City Library Foundation and Friends will receive a $5,000 grant to expand their literacy outreach efforts through the Read Santa Clara program.

Klor works to reach families struggling with poverty who have limited literacy and/or language skills through the family and adult literacy program at the City of Santa Clara Library. “Teaching parents and caregivers how to nurture the emerging literacy skills of their young children can greatly improve the life of the entire family,” Klor said. She focuses on literacy programs for teen parents, and migrant and homeless families and developed the Santa Clara 0-6 website focusing on early learning, health, nutrition and development, play and parenting.

“Ellin’s innovative strategy and website are helping develop a community of readers,” said Dr. Joshua Cramer, NCFL vice president. “Her efforts empower parents and give them the tools to improve the future academic success of their children. Research is clear that when parents are engaged in their child’s education, student achievement is increased.”

The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award, a national honor now in its 20th year, recognizes that families play a crucial role in the success of children and salutes educators who are exceptional at using intergenerational approaches to engage students and their families in education. Klor and winner Jean Ciborowski Fahey, Ph.D., of Weymouth, Mass., will be recognized for their accomplishments at the annual Families Learning Summit in Detroit on October 18. The Summit convenes the nation’s most progressive experts in education, policy, and family and parent engagement to discuss and share the latest information regarding multigenerational approaches to learning.

“The extraordinary work of both Ellin and Jean in engaging families in their children’s education will pay dividends for these students, their families, their schools and their communities for generations to come,” said Mike Goss, general manager, social innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota is committed to supporting efforts that help people gain the literacy and language skills needed for upward mobility and future success.”

“It is an extraordinary honor that Ellin was selected and the program received the grant funding,” said Hilary Keith, City librarian. “We are proud to have Read Santa Clara as a service of the Santa Clara City Library.”

“It is estimated that one in six adults in Santa Clara County lack basic literacy skills,” said Shanti Bhaskaran, Read Santa Clara’s literacy program supervisor. “Ellin has helped us reach out to families in need in our community, many of whom haven’t used libraries before. We are excited to receive this grant to expand our family literacy outreach to where it is needed the most.”

In addition to creating the website, Klor has created a tutorial showing volunteers how to record themselves reading books to expand access to adaptive reading. She also co-authored a book “From Literacy to Live Skills: Library Services for Teen Parents, which published in 2011.

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing our nation’s literacy challenges by engaging all family members in learning, with a primary focus on parents and children living in poverty. Pioneered by NCFL, the two-generation family literacy approach harnesses the power of parent-child bonds to help those who are most at risk of failing economically, emotionally, and socially reach their full potential. NCFL creates and deploys innovative two-generation programs, strategies, and online learning solutions that support learning, literacy, and family engagement in education. From the classroom to the community to the digital frontier, NCFL collaborates with educators, advocates, and policy-makers to help families construct hotspots for learning wherever they go.
For more information on NCFL’s 27-year track record, visit

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit

Read Santa Clara provides free literacy instruction and support for English-speaking adults in the City of Santa Clara, to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills, enabling them to reach their goals and realize their full potential . The literacy program is an integrated service of the Santa Clara City Library. Other funding for Read Santa Clara is provided by California Library Literacy Services, and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends, with grants from SuperBowl 50 Fund, Mission City Community Fund, Intel Corporation and individual donors. Community partners include the Santa Clara Unified School District, the Bill Wilson Center, NextDoor Solutions and Refugee Transitions.

Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl, 10/22


Did you know that October is American Archives month? To celebrate, the Santa Clara City Library’s Heritage Pavilion will be one of the eleven locations in the Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 22. Discover treasures of the Valley of Heart’s Delight; find out more about our genealogical collection and how to conduct research on your own family history.

Every participant in this year’s Archives Crawl will receive a treasure map of participating archives. Collect stamps from at least three of the eleven host locations on your map and you will receive a prize while supplies last! Visit the webpage above for locations, addresses, and times.

Astronomy and kids. What could be better?


Last spring, we helped the Youth Services department buy 48 Galileoscopes. What’s a Galileoscope? It’s a small mass-produced refractor telescope, designed with the intention of increasing public interest in astronomy and science. But… you have to build it yourself. From a kit.


With 48 scopes, Youth Services will be able to host two family programs. Each family will get to build and take home their scope. We are also planning to hold the program during a time when Jupiter is visible during the evening, so families can actually see the four Galilean moons, just like Galileo observed 500 years ago!

Keep an eye out for these programs!

Girls Who Code Graduation


Both the Central and Northside libraries host Girls Who Code clubs. The Santa Clara Library Foundation & Friends supports these groups as needed – Girls Who Code is a great organization. Last spring, we did something simple: we provided food and decorations for the graduation ceremony for six different Girls Who Code clubs in the area.

Celebrating your achievements is important, and we couldn’t be prouder of these girls!

Congrats to the Read Santa Clara Leaders in Training!


Sixteen adult learners successfully completed Read Santa Clara’s first Leaders in Training (LIT) program held from August 26-28 at the Mission Library. The workshops for adult learners, facilitated by ReJoyce Ross and Marilyn Dippell, included hands-on learning through group activities, and discussion on topics such as self-esteem, leadership, public speaking, goal setting and advocacy. The attendees also heard inspiring talks by guest speakers, Loren Rucker and Faye Coombs, who shared their challenges and how they had overcome them to take on leadership roles in their lives.

Here are some comments from the participants:

“I am a piece of the big puzzle and I can be a voice in my community. It makes me a positive person.”

“I can turn dreams to goals.”

“I will use all I learned from this training in my life, such as a way to communicate with people.”

“The Leaders in Training workshops help you learn more about yourself and builds your self-esteem.”

The workshop was made possible by generous donations to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends (SCCLFF) from Betsy Megas, a literacy tutor and former Library Board of Trustees member, and Suzie Keels, an adult learner and community volunteer.

Save the Date for Librarypalooza 2017


Save the date! The 2017 Librarypalooza will be on February 4th at 6:30pm at the Central Park Library. We hope to see you there.

Santa Clara Historic Home Tour tickets on sale

The Santa Clara Historic Home Tour is coming up the first weekend in December. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the original Santa Clara architecture and get tours of some lovely homes.

We’re proud to announce that the Mission Library has been added to their tour this year! The library will be remodeled next year, and so we’re exploring its historic past. It’s great that the Santa Clara Women’s League is helping us with this.

You can get tickets to the Santa Clara Historic Home Tour at:

Thanks for supporting this tour!

Comic Con 2016 was a success!

This year, SCCLFF sponsored the Santa Clara City Library’s Comic Con! This was a hugely successful event, drawing over 11,000 people from all over Silicon Valley. It featured Dave Filoni, executive producer for Star Wars Rebels (and more!), Lego contests, artists from Pixar, lots of cosplay… it was amazing.

Of course the 101st Legion showed up!

Dave Filoni did a signing for 100 lucky kids.

Deathstroke was here.

The library gave away free family-friendly comics.

There was a lot going on!

It was a great day. We’re so proud to have helped make this happen!

Join us for the Library 2 Library bike ride and check out the new bike fix-it station

Join us October 15 at 10 AM for the unveiling of Santa Clara Public Library’s Bike Fixit Station. The Library’s Bike Fixit Station has a bike stand and a set of attached theft-resistant tools, from Allen wrenches to screwdrivers to tire levers and more. The Fixit Station also includes a heavy duty theft-proof pump that accommodates both Presta and Schrader valves.

Bring your bike, pump up your tires, do a quick safety check and if you are up for a ride, join the annual Library 2 Library Ride that will begin arriving at 10:20 from San Jose Public Library and departing for Sunnyvale Public Library after some quick refreshments, then onto Mountain View Public Library and back to San Jose’s West Valley branch.

For more information about the Library 2 Library Ride visit the Eventbrite page.

Congratulations to Ellin Klor


This is so exciting!

Ellin Klor, family literacy librarian with Read Santa Clara, has been named runner-up for the 2016 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award! With the award comes a $5,000 grant to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends to support Read Santa Clara, the Santa Clara City Library’s adult literacy program. The $5,000 grant will fund new family literacy programs by Read Santa Clara at Scott Lane Elementary School located in Santa Clara.

The Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award is given by the National Center for Families Learning. The award recognizes school or community-based teachers who are passionate about engaging families and who demonstrate exemplary practices. Ellin’s work with Read Santa Clara was recognized for its continuing programs for teen parents, migrant and homeless families, promoting reading and early learning.

Congratulations Ellin! And a huge thanks to Ellin for her continued dedication to spreading literacy in Silicon Valley.