Donate your books!

We need your books! Our book selling operation depends on getting book donations from you, our supporters. So if you’re in the Santa Clara area and you’re looking to get rid of a few, we’ll take your books. We’ll even take your textbooks.

Visit this page to see the ins and outs of bringing your books, movies, or music to the library!

Dedicating Arielle’s Reading Corner

Last month, we were very proud to unveil the new Arielle’s Reading Corner, courtesy of Judy and Jerry Nadler. This is a wonderful little nook in the Children’s area full of Caldecott-winning books and bright cheery furntiure to curl up and read in.

Lots of people turned out for our unveiling ceremony, right before Saturday storytime.

Judy Nadler gave a short, moving speech. Thanks to the Weekly for writing it up!

We are so happy to have this be part of our Library!

Thank YOU!!

On February 4, 2017, you were part of a tremendous event that makes our mission possible: to make the library stronger through your philanthropy and support. We hosted over 150 people and raised $40,000 (and counting) from your generous support at Librarypalooza.

On behalf of everyone who uses the Santa Clara City Library: THANK YOU.

See all our Librarypalooza photos on our Facebook page!

Please buy a bookplate to support Librarypalooza and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation.

Thank You. We couldn’t do this without you.

Book sale tomorrow

Our monthly book sale is tomorrow! Stop by the library between 10am – 2pm, and take a look for a good story to curl up with during the rain.

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations Dev!


You may remember us talking about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, a program to encourage kids and parents to read together before the children start school.

A couple of weeks ago, we had our first finisher. Dev and his family met the goal of reading 1000 books and he’s only 3! Think of how many more books he’ll have under his belt by the time he gets to kindergarten. Congratulations to Dev!

The Sauce of Life

The Art of Cooking Sauces

These classes look amazing, and I bet you’re going to not only learn how to make delicious sauces, but you’ll also get to eat them.

We’re proud to support all kinds of programs here at the Santa Clara City Library!

Librarypalooza is tomorrow!

It’s almost here! Librarypalooza is tomorrow! We’ve been showing you decorations:

And talking up our auction items from two tickets to Hamilton to a winery tour to a virtual reality experience right here at the library.

Prodding you about costumes:

And asking if you’ve read the book:

And it’s almost here! You can still register for this gala fundraising event benefiting the Santa Clara City Library. It’s going to be so much fun!

Get a sneak peak!

If you’re a tech person heading to Librarypalooza, you may be interested in this auction item. Our librarians are offering you and a friend a sneak peak of our upcoming virtual reality (VR) lab pilot program from AMD. This is a great way to try out some cutting edge technology and experience how VR can be used in libraries.

Register today to come to Librarypalooza to bid on this and other items. We hope to see you on February 4th!

What’s on the menu?

“I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.” -Truman Capote

We’ve been working to finalize the Librarypalooza menu, and we’re so happy that it gets to be breakfast-themed! There will be champagne (of course!), along with mini potato pancakes, small waffles, deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket (for the breakfast sausage), mini-quiches, along with other finger food.

Librarypalooza is this Saturday. If you haven’t registered, now’s your chance!

Tour Hall Wineries

Librarypalooza 2017 is happening this weekend! We’ll have a small live auction, and you can see all the auction items listed on our website.

One of the items we have for auction is a Tour for 4 at Hall Wineries in St Helena. From their website:

Start our signature tour with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a beautiful stroll around the grounds. Our experienced wine educators will share stories about the Hall vision, the history of the property, guide you through the beautifully restored historic Bergfeld building, touch on some of the pieces in the extensive art collection, and explain the Hall philosophy of precision grape growing and wine making. The tour concludes in one of our private salons with a seated tasting of four of our award winning artisan wines.

We hope to see you on Saturday!