Holiday Craft Faire Applications Available

The Foundation and Friends Holiday Craft Faire will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014.   Applications are available now at the Library and online at under the heading Events.  If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact us at

It's Adult Literacy Awareness Month!

It’s Adult Literacy Awareness Month!

It is a gift we often take for granted- the gift of reading. Can you imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have it? It is not just that the world of books would be closed to us- what about menus, forms, medicine labels, birthday cards, or notes from a child’s teacher?  It […]

Summer Reading Kicks off with great performance from the Alphabet Rockers

Summer Reading Kicks off with great performance from the Alphabet Rockers

It’s officially summer again; and that means Monday night should be spent in Central Park Pavillion at the Summer Reading Family Fun Night! Tonight, at our opening event, Keypoint Credit Union presented a check for $15,000 to the Santa Clara Library Foundation to provide the funding for many of the Summer Reading programs.  And, then, […]

Author Talk: California's Great America [Images of Modern America]

Author Talk: California’s Great America [Images of Modern America]

Date:  6/9/2014 Time:  6:30 PM – 7:45 PM In May 1972, actor Fess Parker of Davy Crockett fame announced plans for a huge theme park complex in Santa Clara. Eventually, the Marriott Corporation joined the effort.  Parker later departed, while Marriott pressed on.  Marriott’s Great America opened its gates on March 20, 1976. It featured […]

Summer Reading is Here!

Summer Reading is Here!

Summer Reading starts this Sunday, June 1st, and the Kickoff Party is Saturday, June 7 from 1pm -4pm. You can sign up online to receive your reading logs.  Reading logs for children, teens and adults will also be given out at the Youth Services & Reference desks.   Go to sign up for Summer Reading! […]

Upcoming Book Talk on Mary Bennett Love

Author Talk: Quite Contrary by David J. Langum, Sr. The Story of Mary Bennett Love, a 19th Century Santa Claran   Date:  6/24/2014 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM Cost:  Free and Open to the Public Location:  Central Park Library Margie Edinger Room Mary Bennett Love was a legendary and colorful character who settled in Santa […]

Mystery St. Christopher Medal from WWII Solved Using New Digital Microfilm Scanner in Heritage Pavilion

Mystery St. Christopher Medal from WWII Solved Using New Digital Microfilm Scanner in Heritage Pavilion

What do you do when you find an old St. Christopher medal mounted on a plaque reading “Presented by the City of Santa Clara” in a box of WWII momentos?  A resourceful woman from Oregon in this situation contacted local history librarian Mary Hanel.  Mary and volunteer Josie LeRoy did some research on St. Christopher’s […]

Look What Your Donations Do!

Look What Your Donations Do!

Your donations and purchases make a big difference! This month, they funded: New Spinning Racks for the Paperback Collection (Which Will Soon be Filled with New Paperbacks) 200 New Children’s DVD’s Adult Summer Reading Materials Easy English Times – our ESL Conversation Club Newspaper A Portable Sound System

Emma Kaliterna, seated on left, with Librarian Mary Hanel, on right

Emma Kaliterna Honored

Emma Kaliterna was recently honored at the Library for her years of service to Santa Clara.  She is an inspiration to many, including an anonymous donor who funded the naming of the Yearbooks Case after Emma as well as an annual children’s author series. We presented Emma with a scrapbook, a transcription of the oral […]

Local authors Betsy & Tom Franco talk about their book “Naked”

The Santa Clara City Library is sponsoring a talk and  by local author Betsy Franco and her son and illustrator Tom Franco about their new adult book, “Naked”, on January 26th at 2pm in the Redwood Room of Central Library. “When Jesse Lucas, a troubled, magnetic acting major, touches the sculpture Meditation in Stanford’s Rodin […]