Northside Librarian Cheryl Lee Profiled in Santa Clara Weekly

Check out this great article about Northside Branch Manager Cheryl Lee!

Nora Roberts Reflects on the Gift of Literacy

Like us, well-known author Nora Roberts believes in the power of literacy.  Check out her post at Nora Roberts on Literacy

We are passionate about adult literacy.  The Foundation & Friends is a major funder of Read Santa Clara, our Library’s adult literacy program.  For more information about Read Santa Clara, see Read Santa Clara.  Read Santa Clara can use your support.  Make a gift to Read Santa Clara on our website at Donate.

Disneyland, McDonalds and the Mission Library…


Do the three have anything in common?

All born in 1955 and still going strong…

Stop by the West Wing of City Hall and see the eye-catching display in the trophy case honoring Mission Library!  It has striking pictures of the library  over the years, including Ms. Klune, the first City Librarian, and nuggets of information about life in the 1950s that will delight trivia buffs. Here’s a sampling:

  • How much did it cost to build Mission Library in 1955?
  • Which movie won the Oscar for best picture in 1955?
  • How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1955?

Answers: $87,626 (lowest bidder); On the Waterfront (starring Marlon Brando): 23 cents/gallon  


Thanks to the talented Bob Byrd for putting together this great display and to Mary Boyle and Mary Hanel for the historical  photos and information

Home Organization Seminars a Hit – Join Us Tonight for Organization for Families

The home organization seminars sponsored by the Foundation & Friends have been a big hit.  “Thanks again for scheduling the organization classes.  It motivated me to work with my 3 kids on organizing their toys.  I had them gather every piece of toy in the house (they didn’t realize they had so many).  We sorted, donated and disposed.  Thanks for the lesson and inspiration!  We’re so much happier at home with less toys (most of which was not even played with) :), ” said Diana, who attended one of the sessions earlier this month.

Join us tonight at the Northside Library for “Organization for Families” from 7-8:30pmChildren help or hinder home organization. Learn techniques and strategies on how to teach kids how to properly place toys, clothing, and school work. It takes a “family” to organize the home. This seminar is geared towards parents only (please refrain from bringing children to the program).  

Central Studio Reception Brings out the Artist in Everyone

Enjoying the Central Studio Reception

Enjoying the Central Studio Reception

The Central Park Library proudly opened its Central Studio to a crowd of about 80.  This new Library feature offers a creative space for patrons of all ages.  Guests explored the space, drawing and working on crafts.  There was also an art exhibit from Santa Clara Adult Education students .  Foundation Board member CJ McCarthy said, “It was a lovely event and well attended!”

Librarian Ellen Paul explained:

For the past hundred years or so public libraries have had a one-way relationship with our library patrons. Public Libraries have been places where people have come to find information, to consume information and librarians have been purveyors of that information. And after that single transaction, the interaction is complete.

With this new Central Studio we’re turning the concept of a traditional library on its head. With this space we are saying to the public that we want a reciprocal relationship with you. We don’t want you to come here and simply consume, we want you to create. And so this space is here to inspire the creative side of all of us.

The Library will also be offering a series of art classes and programs.  See the Library calendar for more details; the first three are on May 23, May 30, and June 6th as described below.


The Foundation & Friends sponsored the reception and the accompanying book collection.

SCCLFF Newsletter for 2015

SCCLFF Newsletter for 2015

Each year, we send out a newsletter to all of the members of the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.  If you’d like to get onto our mailing list and become a member, and get a copy mailed to you, in addition to the other benefits of membership, you can become a member here.

Mars Draws Big Crowd to Emma Kaliterna Author Talk

Emma Kaliterna with Author Pascal Lee

Emma Kaliterna with Author Pascal Lee

It was all about the red planet on Monday night at the Library.  Author Pascal Lee spoke to a large audience about his book Mission:Mars during the second annual Emma Kaliterna Author Series.  The series honors long time Santa Claran and library supporter, 96-year-old Emma Kaliterna.

Pascal spoke about what it will take to send a mission to Mars, how long they will stay, what they will need to survive there, and more.  He said that scientists expect to launch the mission within the next 15 to 20 years.  Several of the younger audience members raised their hands, volunteering to go on the mission.  Emma said she’ll stay on Earth.  :)

Empowering World Change Holds Book Drive for Us

book drive

Thank you to all of the volunteers at Empowering World Change!  They held a book drive for us and collected more than 1,000 books.  Woo hoo!  Sales of the books will raise funds for programs, collections and events here at the Library.

Family Literacy Coordinator Wins 2015 Public School Week Award

Priya Mascarenhas

Congratulations to Priya Mascarenhas, our Family Literacy Coordinator.  She has been selected by the Santa Clara Unified District Board of Education to receive  a 2015 Public School Week Award for her outstanding service to the school community.  Priya was nominated for the award by the teachers of the Young Parents’ Center of Wilson High School for the family literacy services provided to teen moms.  It is an honor richly deserved for all her family literacy outreach work over the past seven years.  She is also a Project Cornerstone volunteer at Don Callejon School.


Foundation & Friends Grants more than $100,000 to Library

At the Chocolate Party, we celebrate money granted for Library projects.  We are very excited to share some of them:

  • Large Print Collection Enhancement
  • Language Learning Collection Enhancement
  • World Languages Enhancement
  • Easy Readers/Juvenile Paperbacks Enhancement
  • ESL Newspapers & Supplies
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Seed Share Library
  • iPad Minis for Teen Read Awards
  • iPad Minis for Library Staff Use
  • AV Equipment
  • Pre-Loaded Kindles for Circulation
  • Digital Camera for Library Staff Use
  • Book Scanner for History/Genealogy
  • DVD Collection Enhancement
  • Authors’ Series
  • Art Trays for Children’s Programs
  • Library Lock-in Teen Program
  • Silicon Valley Reads Sponsorship
  • Children’s Performers
  • CineFEST
  • ScienceFlix Subscription
  • Discover & Go Subscription