See all 34 Spring 2017 Grants to the Library

Every six months, we donate the money we raise to the library for specific classes and events through a grant process. Our spring grant process is complete!

What are we funding this year? The list is long, so look carefully to see what you might be interested in attending.

Adult Classes & Events

  • Seed Library Replenishment
  • Thursday Night Socials
  • Monthly Bike Fix-it Expert
  • ESL Conversation Club Materials
  • ESL Book Club Supplies
  • 3D Printer Presenters
  • Art after Dark Supplies
  • Library Outreach
  • Trivia Nights
  • Pathways to Citizenship

Children’s Classes & Events

  • Summer Reading
  • Family Birdwatching
  • Protective Covers for Speakers
  • Back to school Concert/Dance Party
  • Children’s Poetry Contest
  • Children/Teen/Adult Yoga Classes
  • Chamber Music by the Bay & Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Plant a Flower Mother’s Day Program
  • Mother’s Day Tea Party

Northside Classes & Events

  • ESL at Northside
  • Accent Reduction at Northside
  • Northside Teen Walk Down Memory Lane
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Northside Summer Concert Series
  • Business Professional Development
  • Bob Ross Paint Night
  • Higher Level Education
  • Entrepreneurial Kids
  • Parenting Programs
  • Northside Mock Trials
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Improv Program
  • Auto Repair

We hope to see you at some of these wonderful programs. And please, keep shopping at the bookstore, online, and at our monthly book sales. The money we make means we can keep our library amazing!

The library has a yarn spinner (aka yarn swift)!

Pictured above: a yarn spinner.

Internet searches for a yarn spinner will bring you back information about storytellers, a programming language, spinning wheels, and Etsy listings. But this particular yarn spinner (also known as a yarn swift) will take your yarn skeins and hanks and turn them into balls of yarn. And it will do it quickly, so that you’re not spending your time making yarn balls instead of knitting.

(This website has a useful explanation of why you might want to use one.)

Come to the next knitting social on Thursday May 25th to see it in action and maybe use it yourself.

Check out the new STEM Central Video

Did you come to STEM Central on April 29? We hope you did and hope you had a great time!

The Library turned itself into a hands-on science and technology center for the day. Attendees got to see R2D2, hear from a NASA Astronaut, learn about going to Mars, build structures, and so, so much more. Check out the above video for an overview.

Thanks for coming!

A bit of library history

Check out this old article that was returned in a book last month! From the librarian who scanned it in:

The attached newspaper article from March 5, 1955 was returned inside a library book today. Frances Klune, Santa Clara’s first City Librarian is in the photo along with an 83 year library user and a young mom with her son. The library is described as being at City Hall, so this must have been before Mission Library opened later that year. The young woman in the photo is described as “Mrs. Harry McGuire, an Australian War Bride”. Interestingly, the toddler in the photo is now in his sixties and still has a library account here. The article was apparently written to promote “California Library Week.”

how sweet! It’s always great to learn a bit more about the library.

Thanks to Ying Compestine!

A huge thanks to Ying Compestine for her amazing talk on Monday evening. She’s lead a fascinating life, and she’s a great speaker. There was a good, interested crowd, and she’s a dynamic speaker.

Emma Kaliterna was also on hand for this author series in her name; she’s a beloved former librarian and has just turned 98 years young!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to this author talk, and we hope to see you next year!

Countdown to Summer Reading

It’s May, and you know what that means: it’s almost time for Summer Reading!

Youth services in the Central Library have started their Countdown to Summer Reading. Pick up a game board at the youth services desk, complete the daily challenges. Any challenge can be completed on any day (except for the superhero hunts) – which means that it’s never too late to pick up your game board. The goal? To complete the entire board.

So stop by youth services and play today!

Join us tonight to meet Ying Chang Compestine

Ying Chang Compestine

Join us at the 4th annual Emma Kaliterna Author Event tonight at 7pm in the Redwood Room! Award-winning author Ying Chang Compestine will be here. Her books include:

This should be a great experience and we encourage you all to come!

Book sale on the patio today!

Come and find us this afternoon, selling books in front of Central Park Library! We have a great selection of books, from children’s books to history to classics to cookbooks. We hope to see you there!

Join us at STEM Central tomorrow!

STEM Central is an all-day, family-friendly event celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the heart of Silicon Valley. Visitors will come face to face with every manner of technology, from printing presses and glassblowing to virtual reality, robots, and drones. A full day of speakers includes panels from women in STEM fields, wildlife experts, and a planetary scientist from SETI. Younger visitors will get hands-on at interactive Innovation Stations throughout the library, where children and adults can work together to build circuits, learn to write code, and launch their very own rocket. Santa Clara City Library has partnered with local tech companies to create an experience that will inspire our students and community. STEM Central will take place at Central Park Library from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 29th (tomorrow!). Get more information about this exciting upcoming event and reserve your free tickets at

Learn to play guitar at STEM Central!

Did you know that two of our librarians learned to play the guitar in 5 minutes? Well, they did, and the innovators that helped them, Magic Instruments, will be at STEM Central with guitars to unleash your inner rock star!

Sign up for STEM Central at It’s this Saturday, April 29th from 10am – 4pm. We hope to see you there!