Read Santa Clara

Giving out backpacks and school supplies

Giving out backpacks and school supplies

Every year, the Family Literacy program gives out backpacks, school supplies, and books to children who need them. This year we were able to partner with Family Giving Tree to continue with the program. These adorable girls got books.   She got a backpack and supplies for her children.   She is all ready for […]

Learning to read

So much of what we do goes toward literacy, especially family literacy. The above video shows how not being able to read affects someone’s life. That’s why Read Santa Clara is so important. September is National Literacy Month – help us celebrate everyone’s ability to read.

Join us at the In Our Own Words book launch on April 22

Join us at the In Our Own Words book launch on April 22

Please join us at the In Our Own Words book launch event at the Mission Center for the Performing Arts on April 22nd at 2pm. This is a wonderfully moving occasion, where you get to see people making a real difference in their lives. Family and friends are welcome, and there will be desserts served […]

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Read Santa Clara co-hosted a celebration of Ruth Colvin to help promote adult literacy in mid-March. It was a wonderful event – so heartwarming! Ruth is 100 and is an impressive woman. “Being brought up in a one-parent family during tough times, she taught me that all jobs big and small must be done in […]

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Come and celebrate Ruth Colvin on Saturday March 18th at the Santa Clara Senior Center! Ruth is an amazing woman who has had a huge impact on the adult literacy movement. She’s the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is a member of the National Women’s Hall […]

Happy Birthday Ruth Colvin!

Happy Birthday Ruth Colvin!

Ruth Colvin, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, was a speaker at Read Santa Clara’s last book launch event. She turned 100 years old on December 16! Read Santa Clara’s learners and tutors will be participating in a book discussion of her book, “Off the Beaten Path- Stories from Around the World” in Jan/Feb. […]

Family literacy activities at the HomeSafe Domestic Shelter

Ellin Klor, literacy volunteer extraordinaire, wrote up a piece about her work at the HomeSafe domestic violence shelter and their October activity. But, it is during dinner that the real high point of the evening occurs. We have brought our apple peeler corer slicer tools, and everyone gets to peel their own apple. It’s old […]

Jim Lentz (Toyota, CEO of Toyota Motor North America); Sonia Manzano (Maria from Sesame Street); Jean Fahey (Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, South Shore Hospital); Sharon Darling (NCFL President/Founder); Ellin Klor; Mike Goss (Toyota, VP External Affairs & Communications)

Congratulations Ellin

Ellin was so lucky to be the runner up for the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year! This is a photo of her at the award ceremony (look at how happy she is!), and this is from her co-attendee, Shanti Bhaskaran: Ellin received her award on October 18 at an inspiring celebration at the Families […]

Congratulations to Ellin Klor

Congratulations to Ellin Klor

This is so exciting! Ellin Klor, family literacy librarian with Read Santa Clara, has been named runner-up for the 2016 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award! With the award comes a $5,000 grant to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends to support Read Santa Clara, the Santa Clara City Library’s adult […]

Where the money goes

Where the money goes

Have you ever wondered what we do with the money we make at our book sales? We take it, and twice a year, we grant out part of it to the librarians for some amazing programs and projects. Below is what the librarians asked for this spring.   None of these would be funded without […]