Youth services is holding a short fiction contest

The Children’s Department at Central Public Library is holding a short fiction contest! Turn in your 600-word entries on or before November 30, 2017. Prizes will be announced in mid-December. Check out the webpage for more information. Need some ideas? Here are a few writing prompts to get you started: A group of children on […]

Join Winter Reading Bingo!

The Foundation & Friends is sponsoring the Library’s Winter Reading Bingo this holiday season. Pick up your age-appropriate bingo card at a reference desk today! You can complete a card by reading four different books or doing different activities before January 14. It’s that easy! There are various prizes for different age groups, and everyone […]

Support the Youth Services Department

If you keep up with the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends, you know how much the library does for its customers. The Youth Services (aka Children’s) department does an especially great job reaching out to the families of Silicon Valley. They host storytimes, music classes, science events, summer reading, and so much more! […]

Our children’s librarians are awesome

Stories from happy library customers are the best! I found the librarians in the youth section extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I had many conversations and questions with them regarding what to do. They always impressed me with their answers. For example, [r]ecently,  my son was working on a mystery book report. I was helping him […]

Teaching children to enjoy and experience classical music

Teaching children to enjoy and experience classical music

On Saturday almost 150 people came to a wonderful program where musicians from Chamber Music by the Bay shared the wonder of music and introduced their instruments.   After a 30 minute program where families learned about what makes music, why people make music, and how music is made, the kids got to try pint-sized […]

Yoga for all ages

Yoga for all ages

Your mind lives in your body, so a healthy body is a healthy mind, right? At least that’s how I convince myself to go running. Our librarians think so too. That’s why they offered Yoga for All Ages classes this summer at the library. This allows the parents to find time to get their exercise […]

Learning about oceans

Learning about oceans

Over the summer, we hosted a huge class aimed at children and their families to teach everyone about the oceans. Oceans Rock is a great program that gives kids hands-on fun and learning about things like sharks and other ocean animals and how oceans work.   They teach kids how to dig for fossils.   […]

Children's Summer Reading Winners!

Children’s Summer Reading Winners!

Reading is their Super Power! A huge thanks to the Library for its Summer Reading Program, which keeps kids reading all summer long. Over 3000 children and 1000 teens signed up for the program this year and they read over 37,000 books! For those of you who are curious, that’s about 9 books per under-18-year-old. […]

Mother's Day Tea Party

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Another program we were able to fund from book sales was a Mother’s Day Tea Party! It’s always nice to honor mothers and all that they do. The presentation was adorable.   Look at how happy this family is!   Thanks so much for shopping at our Friends of the Library Book Store and at […]

Children's Poetry Contest

Children’s Poetry Contest

Check out the bright shining faces of the winners of our Children’s Poetry Contest! This was one of the activities that was funded via book sales and our volunteers. If you’d like to see more activities like this one, shop at the Friends of the Library Book Store in the lobby of the Central Park […]