Please join us this Sunday, 4/6 at 11am for a celebration at the Northside Library

As you may or may not have heard, the city council has resolved the funding issues that had stalled progress on the Santa Clara City Northside Library, and give the foundation the go ahead to resume construction and acquisition of media and materials.  The city and foundation are hoping to complete this work and hire new librarians and employees so that the library can open later this summer, 2014.  For more information, see the Santa Clara Weekly article on the city council meeting.

So, please join us for a celebration at the Northside Library, at 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara.  We’ll have a couple speeches and otherwise distribute information about our future plans, we’ll all sign a few “Save Our Northside Library” t-shirts which will get put into a time capsule for the library grand opening, and otherwise celebrate this fabulous progress!

City Council approves plan to get Northside Library back on track!

The Santa Clara City Northside Branch library.At the Santa Clara City Council meeting this evening, the council unanimously approved a motion to essentially allow the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends to resume work on the Santa Clara Northside Library.  By exchanging some money with the city, we can get out from under the potential judicial stay on any money that could be part of the dissolution of California redevelopment agencies and begin the final part of the construction on the building, installing shelving and other interior improvements as well as ordering books and other materials for the library itself.

The actual opening date is still being determined, but the foundation is hoping it could be late summer at this point.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen — the city council members, Santa Clara city staff, various other local county and state staff, our foundation members, and every citizen of Santa Clara and elsewhere who made their hopes and desires known so that a good decision could be arrived at.

Silicon Valley Reads 2014 Comes to Santa Clara Central Park Library

The theme of Silicon Valley Reads 2014 is: Books & Technology: Friends or Foes? One of the books selected for this year’s event is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan. The story revolves around a hole-in-the-wall bookstore in San Francisco, a fraternity of book lovers, and lots of digital technology used to try to solve some mysteries connected to some very special books. Author Robin Sloan will appear in person to talk about his book in the Margie Edinger Room of Santa Clara City Central Park Library from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4th.

Come join us for this fun program which was made possible by the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library.

Last day to register for the Lollapalooza before the price increase!

Today, Friday January 17th, is the last day to register for the Love Our Library Lollapalooza at the $50 ticket price, and tomorrow it goes up to $60/ticket.

You can get information on the event by clicking here; you can purchase tickets from this link.

Local authors Betsy & Tom Franco talk about their book “Naked”

The Santa Clara City Library is sponsoring a talk and  by local author Betsy Franco and her son and illustrator Tom Franco about their new adult book, “Naked”, on January 26th at 2pm in the Redwood Room of Central Library.

“When Jesse Lucas, a troubled, magnetic acting major, touches the sculpture Meditation in Stanford’s Rodin Sculpture Garden, he burns his finger on the bronze. By the time he returns to the garden that night, an eighteen-year old girl has emerged from the statue, naked and disoriented. It is 2008, yet her mind is swimming with vivid, fractured memo- ries of her volatile past in 19th century Paris—of serving as Rodin’s muse, of her passionate affair with the acclaimed artist, and of her own creations.”

Books will be available for purchase and signing.  This program was funded by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

Santa Clara City Library
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 615-2900

A Case Study: The Genealogy of Renee Kaufman

The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Stephen Morse, a frequent lecturer on many aspects of genealogy.  Dr. Morse will present a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.


Born and raised in New York, Stephen Morse developed a strong interest in math and electricity. Dr. Morse went on to earn undergraduate, masters and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, spending his career working in computer science. Dr. Morse is also a well-respected genealogist with expertise in many areas of genealogical research and related fields. He created the invaluable website for genealogists — One Step Webpages: — and has spoken to numerous organizations about many aspects of genealogy.

This event was funded by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

Santa Clara Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Road 
Santa Clara, CA
Redwood Room – 1st Floor
6:00pm refreshments, meeting starts at 6:15pm 

It’s not too late to donate to the library foundation to support our local library!

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THANK YOU to the hundreds of people who have made donations this holiday season to the Library – donate by December 31st for this tax year’s tax deduction.  Hundreds of books and programs happen every year at the Santa Clara City Library because people like you donate.

If you haven’t given yet, or if you’d like to increase your gift, visit our website at:

A rousing time had by all at Holiday Jazz concert in Redwood Room!

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed to an overflowing crowd who danced and clapped along.  The band thanked retiring librarian Jane Botsford for bringing them to the Library.  Jane and her husband worked for Preservation Hall for many years before moving to the Bay Area.

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SCCLFF Board of Directors receives award from statewide library association

Award plaque given by the CPLA to the Santa Clara Library Foundation and Friends board.

We are proud to share that the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends Board of Directors received an award from CPLA (California Public Library Advocates) for their work on the Northside Library.  At the awards luncheon it was shared that:

“Founded in 2001, the Foundation’s role since that time has focused primarily on fundraising and book sales, raising $250K-$350K per year. That dramatically changed in January 2012 when then City Manager Jennifer Sparacino requested that the Foundation take on the fiduciary responsibilities for construction of the new $19M Northside Branch Library. Since that time, the Board of Directors, with the assistance of 1 FTE staff, has taken on fiduciary responsibility for a construction project and launched a fundraising campaign for the new Library, in addition to maintaining all its usual fundraising and advocacy work. When the project was halted on July 26, 2013, due to legal battles between government entities, it launched a massive advocacy campaign. “

Here are the headlines:

  • Eleven-member Board accepts responsibility for $18M”
  • Board appoints a sub-committee to oversee construction process and make swift decisions
  • “Board members launch fundraising campaign for Northside Branch Library”
  • “Remaining board members collaborate to assume the organization’s other responsibilities”
  • “Temporary restraining order halts project, causes legal issues, and increases organization’s advocacy and construction workload”

CPLA is a statewide organization that supports California Libraries’ trustees, foundations, and friends groups.  Congratulations to our volunteer Board Members for this wonderful accomplishment.    The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends Board members are Emily Adorable, Sabiha Chunawala, Barbara Hounslow, Jim Lyons, Martha Hull, Dr. Mohammed Nadeem, Carly Sherman, Keith Stattenfield, Dave Stringer-Calvert, Nancy Toledo, Kirthi Vani, Kathy Watanabe, and Ken Young.

Foundation honors for Julie Passalacqua / Perpetual Children’s section books

A pile of the favorite books selected by Julie Passalacqua and purchased by the Foundation.

The Library is losing a dear friend and champion of literacy when Julie Passalacqua retires as Santa Clara City Librarian at the end of this month.  In honor of Julie’s 38 years of service and her passion for children’s literacy, the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends board is purchasing six sets of Julie’s Top Ten books to be put in Santa Clara City Libraries and the three shelters in Santa Clara that have revolving book bag libraries.   Julie has read thousands and thousands of children’s books over the years, so you know a book has to be special to make it onto her top ten list!  These books are:

Each book will have a special bookplate honoring Julie’s years of service.  Come on by the Library and read some great children’s books!