It’s Adult Literacy Awareness Month!

It is a gift we often take for granted- the gift of reading. Can you imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have it? It is not just that the world of books would be closed to us-
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what about menus, forms, medicine labels, birthday cards, or notes from a child’s teacher?  It is estimated that 23% of adults in California struggle with everyday tasks that involve basic reading and writing.  One of them, Greg Wagner, recalls, “At the age of 13, I had a paper route. Can you believe that? I couldn’t read but I delivered the papers to somebody, so somebody else could read it.”  It is the 30th anniversary of California libraries offering literacy programs to help adults like Greg learn how to read and write better, so they can reach their goals as parents, workers, community members and lifelong learners.
Governor Brown signed a Proclamation today declaring September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month. Last week, the  Santa Clara City Council did the same, recognizing the critical importance of adult literacy and the services Read Santa Clara has provided our community since 1995. 
By Shanti Bhaskaran, Read Santa Clara

Thank You Northside Donors!

ThermometerWe did it!  With your support we raised $167,000 for the Northside Library.  Thank you for your generous support of our newest Library branch.  The community loves their Library and it shows.  We look forward to implementing enhanced programming and collection materials.


It’s open!

Mayor Matthews celebrates after cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Northside Library.

Northside Donor “Sneak Peek” Appreciation Event

Wednesday, August 6th, 4:30pm thru 7:30pm

Are you a Northside Donor of $100 or more? In appreciation of your generosity, you are invited to a “sneak peek” of all your new library has to offer. Enjoy light refreshments with your neighbors and some fun souvenirs. Storytime for kids will be held at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30

RSVP REQUIRED. Fire code limits this event to 400 guests.

To RSVP and for more information, click here.

Summer Reading Makes a Difference

Why do we go to all the trouble of a summer reading program?  Because it makes a difference!  Studies have shown that kids who don’t read lose two months of literacy over the summer and can eventually fall behind two behind their classmates.

Take a look at this recent San Jose Mercury News article which describes the importance of these programs:

Way to go readers!

Summer Reading in Full Swing

Summer Reading is in full swing here at the Library!  You can pick up your award books and prizes here at the Library between July 21 and August 17.

Don’t miss the last family concert next Monday, July 28 at 7:00pm.  Tempos de Outrora will be performing.  The group shares the traditional songs and dances of the Azores, an island archipelago off the coast of Portugal. Celebrate a bit of culture from the country of one of Santa Clara’s Sister Cities-Coimbra, Portugal. 

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and don’t forget a sweater! It can get a little cool. ALL ages are welcome to attend and enjoy!

Northside Library Day at Rivermark

With just a couple of weeks to go before it’s Grand Opening, every dollar counts to fill the library with an exceptional collection of books and media, family events, parenting workshops, computer training and much more.

Shop Wednesday, July 23rd at:

PROLIFIC OVEN:  donating 10% of sales for customers mentioning the Northside Library

YAN CAN:  $.25 for each drink sold for customers mentioning the Northside Library

KEYPOINT CREDIT UNION:  Stop by to learn about their promotion for Friends of the Northside Library

JUST BREATHE YOGA:  Total proceeds from Kids Yoga Class on Thursday, July 24th and Thursday, July 31st at 4:30pm Thank you in advance for “eating out” that night in support of the Northside Library!

JERSEY MIKE’S will also be supporting the library through a special coupon drive – we’ll announce on the Facebook page when and where coupons will be given out.

Check Out This Video From Today’s Animated Videos Program

One of our talented kids shows his creation!

Click here:

Animated Movies Program

The Donor Tree Branches have been installed in the Northside library branch!

In preparation for the opening later this summer, the donor tree itself has been installed in the Santa Clara Northside Library.  Donors who pledged $500 or $1000 (or more) will be honored in perpetuity with a leaf on this tree with their name.  The leaves themselves are being made and will be ready and installed (for everyone who has contributed to the north-side library campaign and asked to be recognized) by the grand opening.

And, although it’s too late to make a donation and get your name up on this tree for the grand opening, we do still have a couple additional spots available, so if you’d like to get your name, or business, listed here as helping get this library off the ground, the time is now.  Click here or on the “Northside Library / Donate Online” link above.


The Donor Tree at the northside library branch

New shelving being installed in Northside Branch library

The shelving is being installed this week in the Santa Clara Northside Library, as we and the city work towards the goal of having it open by August of 2014!  Later this summer!  Woo!