Support Summer Reading today!

SVGives

Silicon Valley Gives (or SVGives) is a 24-hour online event that raises money for local non-profits throughout the Bay Area. Make your donation count!

Why donate? To support Summer Reading!

Did you know? Children who read at least 6 books over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills.

Plus, the library’s patrons enjoy Summer Reading! We asked last year’s participants why they join. “Because it is awesome sauce!” said one, echoing many people’s enjoyment of the program.

This is a program that wouldn’t exist without support from our donors. The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends provides the prizes for Summer Reading finishers. We support concerts and programs that bring people into the library over the summer.

All proceeds that we raise today will go to support the Summer Reading program. Please donate today!

Join us for the 3rd Annual Emma Kaliterna Children’s Author Event with Tim Myers

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The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends is proud to support the annual Emma Kaliterna Authors events.

This year, award-winning and New York Times Bestselling author, Tim J. Myers, shares his new book Full of Empty. His other books, Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe, Basho and the Fox, The Furry-Legged Teapot, and Looking For Luna are also favorites. Don’t miss this chance to hear a wonderful storyteller at work!

Please RSVP for this wonderful program on May 3rd – tomorrow! – at 7pm.

Thanks Intel!

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Thanks to all the folks at Intel who came out to record children’s books onto the AnyReader pens! We got many books recorded to help out this wonderful program.

Support Summer Reading!

SVGives

Have you heard of the summer slide? That’s what happens when kids don’t read over the summer – their skills can fall by as much as one grade level.

But children who read at least 6 books over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills.

Our patrons enjoy Summer Reading! We asked last year’s participants why they join. “Because it is awesome sauce!” said one, echoing many people’s enjoyment of the program.

This is a program that wouldn’t exist without support from our donors. The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends provides the prizes for Summer Reading finishers. We support concerts and programs that bring people into the library over the summer.

All proceeds that we raise on May 3rd as part of Silicon Valley Gives will go to support the Summer Reading program. Please donate next Tuesday!

Thank you for your support.

Tomorrow is the April Saturday Sale

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Our April Book Sale is this weekend! We’ll have over 300 boxes of books for sale, full of computer, kids, foreign language, and fiction books for you to peruse.

This month, we got a large donation of DVDs and VCDs in Asian languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese. If you want a movie in one of these languages, this is your chance!

Hours
10am – 11:45am – sales are per item
12pm – 2pm – sales are $5/grocery bag
Doors open at 9am for Friends members. (Not a member? Become one today!)

Location
Margie Edinger Room at Central Park Library

Music for the whole family!

Jan Lieberman

It’s almost time for the first Jan Lieberman concert! It will feature ragtime piano duo Jack and Chris Bradshaw  with two outstanding youth performers, Dara Phung and Sophie Liu, in a concert featuring a blend of ragtime and classical compositions.

This concert series is in honor of Jan Lieberman, former Santa Clara City children’s librarian, mentor, and friend. The concert is Sunday April 17 at 2:00pm in the Redwood Room at Central Park Library.

Please register at: http://sclibraryragtime.eventbrite.com

So… What are our values?

Last week, we posted about getting a new mission statement. As part of that process, we explicitly stated what the Foundation & Friends’ values are. These should come through in what we do – and we thought it was worth sharing with you, our supporters.

They are (in no particular order):

  • Promote Learning
  • Impactful
  • Sustainable
  • Integrity/Transparency
  • Partnership/ Collaboration
  • Equal Access
  • Transformation
  • Advocacy

This whole exercise should help us focus what we do, to make sure we have the biggest impact possible!

How to use LinkedIn

LinkedIn

We were happy to facilitate a session on how to use LinkedIn at the Central Park Library last month! This program showed people how to use LinkedIn to find a job and keep their profiles updated. The majority of folks felt more confident about looking for a job and were appreciative that the LinkedIn representatives left time for Q&A – to get their specific questions answered at the end of the session.

We hope to do more like this in the future!

Inspiring Women at the Library

Assemblymember Kansen Chu honored two of Santa Clara City Library’s best last month. Shanti Bhaskaran and Karen Masada were recognized as Inspirational Women on March 10th.

They are two key people in Read Santa Clara, the library’s adult literacy program. Without them, events like In Our Own Words would not be possible. They do great things to make Santa Clara and Silicon Valley a better, more welcoming place.

Congratulations to them!

You can read about the ceremony at Santa Clara Weekly.

Reading books to kids virtually

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Have you heard of Franklin’s AnyBook Readers? These are amazing little devices that allow low-literacy families to read books together.

We put special stickers on each page in a book. A volunteer touches the Reader to each sticker and records the text on that page. Then, a child comes along and touches the Reader to the sticker, and the recording for that page is played back. Instant reading!

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We are partnering with Read Santa Clara, Intel, and the Santa Clara Unified School District to have Intel employees record a number of books (including Harry the Dirty Dog, Green Eggs and Ham, Mouse Paint, and more) later this month for the SCUSD’s Migrant Education program at Scott Lane Preschool.

We’re proud to facilitate this program to help all our families!