Want to volunteer?

Want to volunteer?

We’ve recently updated our volunteer listings! If you have a couple of hours during the week and can safely lift some books, we’d love to have you help us out. Right now, we could really use a couple of people on Tuesday mornings to help us sort books – if you know books, this is […]

Volunteer with us

Have you ever come to the Central Park Library and found that there were a bunch of red carts filled with books for sale out front? Those are our patio sales! We hold the patio sales on weekends, as needed. There will be one, for example, on Saturday June 11 from 1-4pm to coincide with […]

Rotarians Lend a Hand at the Library

Rotarians Lend a Hand at the Library

The Rotary Club of Santa Clara stepped up to help us move 7,500 books to a new location last Saturday! They arrived at the Library on Saturday bright and early and in good spirits, even though the service elevator was broken. They loaded the book carts full of books, moved them to their new location and re-shelved […]

Volunteers enjoying the goodies.

Chocolate Party Celebrates Volunteers

Each year, the volunteers and Friends of the Foundation & Friends gather to celebrate the results of their hard work.  The Foundation & Friends is more than 100 volunteers strong who give more than 6,000 each year.  The money they raise by selling donated books funds innovative Library programs and collections.   Library staff joined the volunteers at the […]

Lead Volunteers Visit the Northside Library

Lead Volunteers Visit the Northside Library

Several of the lead volunteers for the Foundation and Friends visited the under-construction Santa Clara North Side library.  Later this month many of the current donors to the north side will be able to go on short tours of the building as well.

Please help the library bookstore!

The Santa Clara Library Friends would like to sell additional items in the store we have inside the Santa Clara Central library.  Currently we have a wide selection of soft and hard cover books, DVDs, BluRay discs available to the public.  But, we’d also like to be able to sell pencils, paper, and other items […]

It’s Fun! – Reasons to be a Santa Clara Reads Volunteer, #1

“Overall, I find it just plain fun to be a Read Santa Clara tutor. It’s fun to meet and get to know new people – your learner, other tutors, the Read Santa Clara Staff. It’s fun to learn new things in the orientation and training about how to help adults read and write better. It’s […]

“Inspiring & Rewarding” – Reasons to be a Santa Clara Reads Volunteer, #2

“Every adult literacy learner I’ve met or heard about inspires me. They come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. Of course, some are non-native English speakers from other countries. One learner in the program was a physician from China who read and spoke English fluently but had never really learned to write it. […]

“The Joy of Discovery” – Reasons to be a Santa Clara Reads Volunteer, #3

“As mentioned in my previous post, I’m currently using my learner’s resume as one source of word practice for our sessions. In particular, we’re working with a number of regular verbs to understand how the verbs change depending on whether you are talking about something that happens today versus something that happened yesterday. As my […]

“Practical, Learner-Centered Approach” — Reasons to be a Santa Clara Reads Volunteer, #4

“One of the great things about being an literacy tutor is helping other adults reach their literacy goals based on their specific needs and interests. Here are just a FEW examples:  Read labels on over-the-counter and prescription drugs.  Read product names and labels in a supermarket.  Read a recipe.  Read to own children or grandchildren. […]