Happy Lunar New Year!

Yan Can Bistro in Rivermark is one of our Lollapalooza sponsors this year, and they are featured in this video celebrating and explaining the food of Lunar New Year.


Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

Join us for Community Conversations

Community Conversations

The Community Conversations series is a monthly event where local experts come to the library to share their knowledge. This is a new series, covering an interesting mix of subjects. The first one is this upcoming Monday, and it’s titled Under-Represented Populations in Elite Sport. It features Kelly Crowley, A Paralympic medalist and Marlene Bjornsrud, a female professional soccer coach. This should be fascinating!

Upcoming speakers include:

This should be a fabulous series. We look forward to seeing you Monday!

Are you busy on Feb 27th?


We’ve been talking about the upcoming Lollapalooza a lot around here! It’s coming up soon – on Februrary 27. However, as we’ve been talking to people, some of them are busy that weekend. They still want to support the library, but they can’t come to the event. What to do?

Well, it’s more fun if you come to the event – with food and music and games – but if you can’t make it, then you can still make a donation! Just head over to our donation page, and give us a little something.

Making Northside Better

One of the bigger checks we’ve recently written has been for new lounge furniture and a door at Northside. Check out this fabulous new space!


This looks like a great place for people to hang out!


Another improvement up at Northside is a simple door. Sometimes teenagers gather at the library to do their homework or just hang out. Sometimes, groups of teenagers can be loud. This door allows them to hang out together and not bother the patrons who might like things to be a little quieter.



These are the kinds of things your donations allow us to do for the library!


Reading the world

reading the world

This was a great TED talk about how finding books from around the world brought out the best in people. If you’re trying to find a book, translated into English, to read from Indonesia or Nigeria or Sao Tome (a small Portugese-speaking island off the coast of Africa), where do you start looking?

This sounds like a great project, and one I’m slightly jealous of. I would love to find the time to read a book from 192 different countries!

Great Gatsby Costumes!

great gatsby costume

Photo from bunnybaubles.wordpress.com

Did you know that the third annual Love Our Library Lollapalooza has a Great Gatsby theme? It’s true! The music will be jazz, there will be champagne flowing, and we are having lots of fun finding Great Gatsby-themed décor.

But you know what would make it even more Great Gatsby-eqsue? If you, our guests, would dress up! It’s not a requirement, of course, but, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out all the wonderful options that show up when you search for “great Gatsby costume” on pinterest. Things like: how to make a simple flapper dress or an example couples costume for Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.

In short: register for Lollapalooza and then figure out your costume! It can be as simple as getting a long strand of beads for your dress or it could be putting your all into it. We can’t wait to see how you look on Feb 27th!

Silicon Valley Reads

silicon valley reads

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends is proud to be one of the sponsors for Silicon Valley Reads!

The books this year are The Memory of Water and Sherwood Nation. We hope you can read along and attend some of the events over the next few months.

Lollapalooza registration is open!

2016 LOLL Save the Date

Registration is open for the Love our Library Lollapalooza! Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, and fundraising. We are proud to honor the Mission City Community Fund, who have been so wonderful about helping the library in so many ways!

Santa Clara Vanguard will be providing music and Mission College Culinary Arts program is catering the party.

We look forward to seeing you on February 27!

Sign up for the winter reading program!

winter reading program

The  Foundation & Friends is proud to support Santa Clara City Library’s first ever winter reading program!

Sign-up is super-easy: just grab a form the next time you’re in the Central Park library. Adults & teens, read or listen to two or more books; kids & families, read (or listen) to ten or more books! Bring your completed log into the library to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 Amazon gift cards of a football signed by San Francisco 49er Reggie Bush. Winners will be announced on February 7th at the library’s Super Bowl Tailgate Party!

Read more on the library’s website.

STEM Innovation Bowl

STEM bowl

The Santa Clara City Library is hosting a STEM Innovation Bowl on January 30! This event is going to have some awesome and fun things like:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality stations
  • Telepresence Robots
  • 3D Gaming
  • Creating Mosaics
  • Building with Blocks and Straws
  • and more!

The program is recommended for children in grades 6 and up, but younger children are welcome to explore with a parent. Sign up for your free tickets today!