Literacy

Elizabeth Morris, Mireya Calderon, Steve Bono, Betsy Megas, and Tracy Wingrove at the 49ers Community Quarterback Lunch celebration.

Congrats to Betsy Megas!

We are incredibly proud to announce that the 49ers selected Betsy Megas, long time literacy tutor with Read Santa Clara and former head of the Library Board of Trustees, as a winner of the Community Quarterback award! Betsy has done valuable and fabulous work tutoring adult English-language learners, supporting the library, as well as lots […]

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, […]

Celebrating New Readers

Celebrating New Readers

It was so heartwarming to see all the new adult readers perform on Saturday afternoon – to read things that they’ve written. We are so proud of them and all their hard work!  

In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words

  Publishing In Our Own Words every year is almost a rite of passage. We fund it every year through your donations. What is it? Read Santa Clara is the library’s Adult Literacy Program. In Our Own Words is a book of short works written by people who are in the program. We’ll celebrate the […]

Reading the world

Reading the world

This was a great TED talk about how finding books from around the world brought out the best in people. If you’re trying to find a book, translated into English, to read from Indonesia or Nigeria or Sao Tome (a small Portugese-speaking island off the coast of Africa), where do you start looking? This sounds like a […]

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa…

Read Santa Clara and the Mission Library have a display of letters to Santa in the trophy case at City Hall. It is adorable! It includes this gem: And this one, which might put a little dust in your eye: Donate today so we can help more kids write letters to Santa!

Anish Saha (2nd - HS), Jacqueline He (1st- HS), Sofia Kritikopoulos (3rd-HS), Ziana Deen (Grand Prize), Emma Mustovic (3rd _MS), Jamie Dy (1st -MS), Brandon Yan (2nd -MS), and Akshitha Venguideshe (Honorable Mention-MS). Alisha Khieu (Honorable Mention-HS) is not pictured.

Congratulations to the Teen Writing Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners of the library’s teen writing contest! Our Teen librarians put this contest together as part of Teen Read Week, and the Friends & Foundation provided the prizes. You can read the winning stories here. We’re proud to support the library and all their programs. This is one of the many […]