Support Federal Library Funding

If you have not yet written your congressional representative about supporting IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services), please do. This funding directly impacts many libraries’ literacy and technology classes and initiatives. Read more from ALA (the American Library Association). Thanks!

Libraries Need You!

We are library lovers, and we know you are too. Please share your love of libraries with your representatives to ensure they are the best they can be. Nationally: Please call your senators and congressperson today!! The President’s proposed budget would eliminate all federal funding for libraries of all kinds. As this ALA press release […]

A quiet place to study can change a life

One of the best parts of my job is learning how the library changes people’s lives. This is a story that’s a couple of years old, but shows how Santa Clara City Library makes a difference, just by existing. The quiet study room upstairs is changing people’s lives. I know an gal, Indian dentist, married […]


A big congratulations to Kathy Watanabe, a former board member, for being named to City Council last week! She’s been a library supporter for a long time, and been involved in the community for even longer. She’s going to do a great job.

STEM Innovation Bowl

STEM Innovation 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, […]

Book Discussion Group Books Announced!

The Library’s Book Discussion group, run by librarian Morgan Pershing, has announced their books for 2016! You can find the full list below, or it’s on the library’s website. January 26 – Memory of Water (Part of Silicon Valley Reads) February 23 – Whistling Season March 22 – Everything I Never Told You April 26 – […]

11 Cocktail Party Worthy Facts about Santa Clara City Library

The library keeps pretty close track of how their facilities get used – they are a public institution, after all! Here are the latest statistics: 1,132,723 people visited the library 26,937 children enjoyed the library 16,039 children borrowed something from the library There were 137,625 sessions on public computers 373 programs were presented to children at […]

Sustainable U has been nominated for a Helen Putnam Award!

Sustainable U has been nominated for a Helen Putnam Award!

The Santa Clara Library has been nominated for a Helen Putnam Award for its Sustainable U initiative! What’s Sustainable U? It’s a set of programs to help Santa Clarans live a healthier lifestyle. It’s things like: The seed library, where you can pick up and drop off seeds Being a delivery point for both CSA (community supported […]

Francisco Jimenez talk!

We are super-excited to let you know that Francisco Jimenez, author of The Circuit, is speaking at the library on Monday evening! He has a new book out, Taking Hold, and he’ll be talking about that book in the Redwood Room at 7pm in the Central Park Library.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet a […]

Honoring our Corporate Foundation Donors!

Honoring our Corporate Foundation Donors!

Last night, at the Santa Clara City Council meeting, the Library Foundation and Friends presented awards to five of our corporate partners.  Through their generosity, and the generosity of our volunteers, donors, and supporters, the Foundation has  supported more than four million dollars worth of programs in our City libraries over the past thirteen years. […]