Outreach during the Silicon Valley BBQ Championships

The Library had a team out at the Silicon Valley BBQ championships last week. They had over 830 patrons come visit their booth. Patrons enjoyed playing plinko and making rainbow scratch bookmarks. Forty-three people signed up for summer reading, even!

SCCLFF is proud to support the library’s efforts to reach out to even more people in Silicon Valley.

ESL Potluck

Last week, Central Library’s ESL Book Club had a potluck lunch to bid farewell to one of their long-term volunteers. She graduated college and is starting her full time career!

Look at these bright, shining faces.

Everyone loves cake!

The focus is on the salad, but look at those egg rolls. Mmm, egg rolls….

Potato salad: everyone’s favorite.

We are proud to support the ESL Book Club, the language skills it gives its members, and the community it creates. A huge thanks to Jenny, the librarian who makes it all happen!

Book Sale Sunday!

We’re having a small book sale on Sunday June 25 from 1-3:30pm. Come over to central Park Library to take a look at our latest books on the front patio! We’ll have 11 carts of cookbooks, children’s books, business books, and so much more.

Come over and check it out!

Are you a Friends Member?

Did you know that we sell Friends memberships? It’s true! For a small fee, you can get early access to our monthly book sales and 10% off book sales in the Friends Book Store at Central Park Library, the Book Nook at Northside Library, or the shelf at Mission Library. This is a great deal if you or someone in your family is a big reader!

Head over to our Friends Membership page to sign up today!

Thanks to Union Pacific Foundation!

We don’t have photos of this one, but we’re so happy to announce that we received $5000 from Union Pacific Foundation to help fund literacy outreach programs at Scott Lane Preschool. This wouldn’t have happened without all the excellent work our literacy folks have already done; we’re so happy they’re allowing us to continue and expand the work. So thanks!

Thanks to Keypoint Credit Union

Kate Degelau-Pierce, Sabiha Chunawala, Elena Culver, Taj Chunawala, Paul Sims

A big thanks to Keypoint Credit Union for their continued support of our Summer Reading Program. They really help make Summer Reading the best it can be. This photo was taken after the check presentation at the Monday Family Fun night kick-off last week. Thanks to Elena from Keypoint, to Sabiha (our Board president) and her son, and Paul from the library for being there. It’s always nice to celebrate!

It’s a Different World…

The library has recently acquired a VR setup, thanks to AMD. They’re being judicious with scheduling time on it at the moment, so you have to pay close attention for when you have an opportunity to try it out. (STEM Central was one such opportunity.) We got a great letter from one patron who was lucky enough to experience it. She writes:

Imagine traveling inside your own blood – through your platelets, white blood cells and other tiny – nay infentesimal – parts of your insides immediately after having taken a trip to the bottom of the sea. Following these by flying with Buzz Aldrich into space.

OK, so you think I’ve lost my mind and are living in a fantasy world. Not so! I had the most awesome experience with virtual reality all while sitting in a chair that rolled and swiveled at the Homestead Ave. Branch of the Santa Clara Library.

It was the most incredible two plus hours I’ve spent in a very long time. Had the wonderful IT staff at the Library not had other commitments, I might have stayed for hours longer.

First I went to the bottom of the sea. The colors were spectacular. I could see fish and anemones and other sea creatures moving around me just as though I were physically there with them. I love color! Thus for me, this was the best of the three events I experienced. Going inside my own body, I could clearly see the benefits to all biology students to be able to experience so clearly what they are learning abstractly. WOW!

Finally, as my rocket ship took off, I looked to my right and was sitting in the cockpit (I think it’s called a cockpit) next to two very handsome astronauts. Lucky for me and for them – I didn’t have to handle the controls because when I tried I steered us off course. My fellow pilots took over and got us safely into space.

The three experiences were quite different. Each was spectacular in its own way. Each made me feel as though I were actually there – actually in the experience, not merely observing it.

There are more – and I will be back at another time to experience these other adventures as well.

I highly recommend visiting the Virtual Reality section of the library and having one or more experiences yourselves. First though, be sure to make an appointment.

Do keep an eye out for when you can give it a try!

Monthly Book Sale Tomorrow

Come to our June Book Sale tomorrow! We’ll have 200 boxes of books for you to browse through, from good summer beach reads to tech books to help you learn a new skill this summer. The sale is from 10am – 2pm in the Margie Edinger Room.

We hope to see you there!

Summer Reading Kickoff, aka Adorable Children

A huge thanks to everyone who came to Central Park Library last Saturday afternoon for the official kickoff of the 2017 Summer Reading Program! Look at those children flying through the air and turning into the Hulk.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to keep your reading up over the busy summer months.

Happy Pride Month!

The Library always puts such bright and shiny displays together for LGBTQ Pride month. They’re so much fun. Please head over to this display if you’re looking for any LGBTQ books or movies at the Library.