Family Storytime

We’re so happy to announce that Ellin Klor and Julie Passalaqua are offering a family story time for our Librarypalooza auction this year!

It will be for 10-12 preschool or primary grade aged children and their parents, including a story and craft, to one lucky bidder. It would take place at the purchaser’s location of choice. This would be a great item for a family gathering or birthday party!

Please join us at Librarypalooza so you can get your chance at this great offer.

Let yourself shine

Have you heard of Shine Theory? It’s the idea that surrounding yourself with amazing, successful people will help you also be amazing and successful.

How else can you make yourself shine? Well, our librarians have pulled a ton of relevant books to help you become the best version of yourself. And our resident designer has done a fabulous job calling attention to those books. Check this out:

It has an inspiring quote, too:

“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

So colorful and bright!

Get to the library to discover this and more awesome ways to let yourself shine!

Thanks to Kaiser for making this and other health and wellness information at the library possible.

Have you read Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a famous Audrey Hepburn movie, but did you know that it was based on a book? It’s true! The ending is different, but it’s still a fabulous read.

The library has it in print and as an audiobook. They also have the movie on DVD and a book about making the movie that looks fascinating.

So if you’re curious to learn more before our Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed Librarypalooza, the library can help you out!

Decor Sneak Peak!

We are thrilled to show you a small sneak peak of the decor that will be on hand for the Librarypalooza. It’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed this year, so expect lots of pearls and glitter and shine!

Register today to celebrate the Santa Clara City Library and all its awesomeness!

Lion Dancers for Lunar New Year

2017 Lion Dancers

A huge thanks to the Lion Dancers for coming out to the library on Sunday! It was part of our Lunar New Year celebration at Central Park, and it was a success (even with the rain). Thanks if you came out, and we hope you had a great time too!

I am not throwing away my shot!


Two of our wonderful, awesome librarians bought two tickets to Hamilton and donated them to our Librarypalooza auction. If you come to Librarypalooza, you will have a chance to win these two tickets to see Hamilton in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 28 at 8pm.

Hamilton! To quote the New York Times review: “Yes, it really is that good.”

So come to Librarypalooza on February 4th and enter the bidding! Don’t miss the chance to be in the room where it happens. (Don’t worry, I’m groaning for you. If you don’t understand why you should groan, head over to Spotify to find out.)

Announcing Golden Paddle Raffle Tickets

golden paddle

Once again, we’re selling raffle tickets for the Golden Paddle!

What’s the Golden Paddle, you ask?
It’s a $500 credit good during our live auction.

How does it work?
Well, if you’re lucky enough to win the Golden Paddle, say there’s an item you want in our live auction. Bidding is up to $600. You can bid $700, win that item, and then you only have to pay $200 for it because you have the Golden Paddle. (This is an example, of course. But the $500 credit holds.)

That’s great! Can I use it again on the next auction item?
Alas, the Golden Paddle is a one-time-use only.

Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase when you register for Librarypalooza. They’ll also be for sale at the event.

The banner was hung by the entrance with care…

Librarypalooza banner

The Librarypalooza banner has been hung! Please take a look up the next time you walk into the Central Park Library.

Register today for Librarypalooza!

We have a plan!

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends spent a fair bit of time last year revisiting our mission and what our organizational priorities should be. It was time for that periodic check-in: who are we? what do we do? why are we doing it?

We have a full organizational plan with goals and priorities and objectives and more. We wanted to share the high-level version with all of our supporters. This should help you understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. So take a look!

Santa came to the Mission Library’s Holiday Open House

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Mission Library’s Open House last week! And thanks to the Santa Clara Weekly for writing it up. We’re so happy that everyone enjoys the Mission Library and seems to have a great time at these events.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!