Support the local schools by participating in the Firehouse Run!

Support the local schools by participating in the Firehouse Run!

The annual Firehouse Run is coming up on December 10. This is a fun 5k or 10k through Santa Clara, in the neighborhood around the university. The Library often has a large showing – many of the librarians are runners. It’s a fun community event – many families walk the route together – with lots […]

Checking out e-books

Sometimes, you want to read a book, but you can’t get to the library. (I once checked out the next book in a series via ebook from halfway around the world! Sometimes you just can’t wait.) Some of you prefer reading ebooks to paper books. Google has a new tool to help you find an […]

Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month!

The Library always puts such bright and shiny displays together for LGBTQ Pride month. They’re so much fun. Please head over to this display if you’re looking for any LGBTQ books or movies at the Library.

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 […]