Celebrate Historic Santa Clara

Our honoree, Bob Byrd, is not only a huge supporter of the library, he’s also very involved with local history and the Harris Lass House. Which makes this auction item perfect for celebrating Bob!

Enjoy a tour of historic Santa Clara focused on the Harris Lass house for 4-6 people, led by retired librarian and local historian Mary Hanel! Her walking tours have been popular auction items in the past, and we’re happy to be able to offer this beloved item again.

Register today, and check out our other auction items!

Does your child need a mini-Tesla?

Isn’t this adorable?? Does your child need one? You could win it for them in our upcoming Librarypalooza auction!

Every Tesla Model S for Kids is a battery powered ride on that comes equipped with high-end features to recreate the ultimate Tesla experience. Comes with front trunk, working horn and headlights, and more! Designed for ages 3-8, with a weight capacity of 81 lbs.

Register today, and check out our other auction items!

Meet our Librarypalooza honoree, Bob Byrd

Bob Byrd loves the library!  He discovered his passion when he received his first library card during the WWII years at a Carnegie Public Library in Richmond, California.

At Fresno State College, he worked in the library for 90 cents an hour, along with his twin brother (who is also a librarian), to escape picking fruit or working in the fields.  After all, it’s hot in Fresno.

After graduating from college, he worked as a journalist and then returned to San Jose State College to earn his master’s degree in Librarianship.  On the first day, he met one of our library icons, Jan Lieberman, who taught some of his classes.

After working as a school librarian for more than 30 years, he retired but didn’t slow down.  He served on the Santa Clara Library Board of Trustees for 10 years and was chair when the new Central Park Library was dedicated in 2004.  He was one of the founding volunteers of the Foundation & Friends, working in the bookstore and helping to set up the sorting room.  You can see his skills on display today in the Heritage Pavilion’s exhibit cases.  He has been creating new displays for 12 years.

Most recently, he helped create the Jan Lieberman Concert Fund and served on the Planning Committee for the Mission Library Renovation Campaign.  When Bob isn’t at the Library, you can find him at the Harris-Lass House working for historic preservation in Santa Clara.  Bob and his wife Shirley have also been generous donors to the Santa Clara Library Foundation & Friends.

We are thrilled to be honoring Bob at the 2018 Librarypalooza!

Bond. James Bond. (aka, what are you wearing?)

Casino Royale is the very first James Bond book, our introduction to the character. We all know James Bond from the movies, and the dashing and elegant world he inhabits. So: what are you going to wear to the party?

If you’re a man, finding a tux or a well-fitted suit is easy enough. But how to find an appropriate dress? One that you’ll wear again and isn’t too expensive? Personally, I’m using this as an excuse to try Rent the Runway. You get a designer item mailed to you and you keep it for 4-8 days and then return it. They have some lovely cocktail dresses and their ball gowns are major.

I can’t wait to see what y’all are going to wear!

Register today for Librarypalooza!

Win a Champagne & Contemporary Art tour at the Librarypalooza Auction!

This would be a great item to bid for a group! Are you and a bunch of friends coming to Librarypalooza? Consider going in together on this amazing opportunity! (Or: buy it for your friend who loves art and food.)

Join certified sommelier and San Jose Museum of Art docent Nicolette St Angel for a private tour of the San Jose Museum of Art, followed by lunch and champagne in the museum’s Café Too! for ten adults (must be 21 or over).

Register today, and check out our other auction items!


Register today for Librarypalooza!

Registration is open for Librarypalooza 2018! Taking place on Saturday February 3rd at 6:30pm, our theme this year is Casino Royale, and we’ll be honoring long-time library supporter Bob Byrd.

Enjoy a fun evening with music provided by Vanguard, a live auction, and delicious appetizers provided by the Mission College Culinary Arts Program. Offsite childcare will be provided by the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department.

Registration is $60 per person on or before January 19, and $80 after.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Bake N Book Sale tomorrow!

The awesome teen group up at the Northside Library is hosting a bake ‘n book sale for us tomorrow! Stop into the Northside Library between 10am – 2pm to buy a delicious treat and look through some books for sale.

Tip: We’re sending up a great donation of comic books, all in bags, looking brand new. If you’re into comics, definitely stop by and take a look!

New Year, New You

The library is here to help you with your New Year’s Resolutions! There are classes all month long to help you keep your resolutions; there’s also a special display of books to help you with your health-related resolutions.

This is near the park-side entrance to the library – check out those bobbleheads! One of our librarians is an amazing graphic artist as well. These are the adorable healthy characters he created.

We are here to help you meet your resolutions!

What about the Fall grants?

In the better late than never category, we funded some grants last fall! What were they? (Hint, you’ve probably seen some of them already!) Well…

  • Children’s Reading Patio Upgrades
  • Renew your love at the Library
  • VR Mural Artists Demonstration
  • ESL Book Club
  • Adult Trivia Nights
  • Repair Cafe & Sustainability Fair
  • Winter Reading Bingo
  • Art After Dark/Drawn to the Night
  • Escape Room Prizes
  • Murder Mystery October
  • Children’s Short Fiction Contest
  • Girls Who Code T-shirts
  • Teen Outreach
  • Early Literacy Parenting Programs
  • Games Collection
  • Classic Board Game Event
  • Mission Branch Programs
  • Cultural Enrichment, including Spanish language
  • Art for Northside’s Children’s Area
  • Northside Outreach
  • Cook Book Club
  • Northside Night of Illusions
  • Higher Level Educational Programs
  • Parenting Programs at Northside
  • Teen Art Wall
  • Book-athalon and Mental-athalon
  • New Wireless Hotspots

These events, classes, and resources are all made possible from the money we raise by selling books! So please keep your book donations coming, and especially keep shopping at our bookstore, monthly book sale, and patio sales!

Thank you!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated books, time, or dollars in 2017, especially during our year-end donation drive. Your generosity allows the library to make an even bigger difference in the lives of everyone who lives in Santa Clara and Silicon Valley.  We truly could not do this without you.