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Thanks Intel!

Thanks Intel!

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!

Support Summer Reading!

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 […]

Tomorrow is the April Saturday Sale

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 […]

Music for the whole family!

Music for the whole family!

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, […]

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 […]

How to use LinkedIn

How to use 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 […]

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 […]

Reading books to kids virtually

Reading books to kids virtually

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, […]

New Mission Statement!

New Mission Statement!

If you don’t zealously check our website every day, you may not have noticed that we have a new mission statement! The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends strengthens the Library as a pillar of our diverse and thriving community through philanthropic funding, inspired advocacy and active partnership. We’re not doing anything differently – […]