Support Santa Clara City Library by making your tax-deductible year-end donation

As 2016 winds to a close, you can still make a difference with your tax-deductible donation to Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends.

Santa Clara City Library has done some amazing things this year. Things like:

  • Hosted our first-ever Comic Con
  • Installed Bike Fix-it Stations
  • Run a fabulous Summer Reading Program
  • Celebrated cultural events
  • Added wi-fi hotspots to the collection

This is, of course, in addition to all the regular programs at the library: children’s storytimes, ESL book clubs, and more!

Thank you for your continued support. You

None of what the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends does could happen without you.

We wish you and yours health and happiness in 2017!

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.

ruth birthday

Ruth recalls that in the 1962, when she began her work out of the garage in her home in Syracuse, NY, she stored the literacy books in a broken refrigerator! On 12/11, Read Santa Clara’s learners and tutors collected their copies of the book for the Book Discussion (shrink wrapped) from the Mission library refrigerator and sent their birthday wishes to Ruth!

ruth fridge

We hope this video of Ruth inspires you as much as it did us.

Support Santa Clara City Library by making your year-end donation

Libraries are awesome! They are places where you can:

  • access enormous amounts of information
  • meet other people who like the same things you do
  • broaden your horizons
  • entertain yourself

Santa Clara City Library

Thank you for all of your support throughout the year. You donate books and movies and music, you shop at our book sales, you come to Librarypalooza, you use the library, and you donate. None of what the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends does could happen without you.

Please make your year-end donation if you haven’t already. Your gift of $200 could buy craft supplies for up to four events. Your gift of $500 would support the ukulele club. Your gift of $1000 would supply the manga and graphic novels collection.

We couldn’t do any of this without your support. Thank you.

Happy ESL Holidays

The ESL Group had their holiday celebration today!

Santa showed up, there were carolers. some delicious food, and plenty of time to talk with their classmates.

We are so happy to be able to support this wonderful group! The librarians who run it are great at coming up with creative and fun activities for the ESL folks.

Happy holidays to them (and you)!

Being grateful for mom and libraries and robots and turkeys

Youth Services encouraged the kids who come through at Central Park Library to write down what they’re thankful for on paper feathers during November. Then, they put this turkey together, so everyone can see! It’s a great project, and it reminds me how important it is to be grateful.

If you can’t read the feathers, here’s a sample of what the kids wrote:

  • I am thankful for my parents
  • Everyone and robots
  • I am thankful for Librarys (smiley face)
  • I am thankful for my parents, health, school, everything
  • Everything in my home and in my life
  • For Being capable of moving from Jordon
  • I’m thankful for a roof over my head (heart)
  • I’m thankful for my mom always there for me
  • I am thankful for having a little brother.
  • I’m thankful for turkeys

Happy holidays, all!

Enjoy some holiday cheer at Mission Library

Please join us for a night of Holiday Cheer at Mission Library!

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends is hosting an evening open house at the Mission Branch Library and City Plaza Park Gazebo on December 21st from 5pm – 7pm.


We’ll serve hot chocolate to keep you warm, and rumor is that Santa may make a special appearance!


Come and experience festive, small-town Santa Clara with us!

Announcing: Childcare for Librarypalooza!

One of the awesome things we’re able to do this year for the first time is to offer offsite childcare during the Librarypalooza gala on February 4th. We’ve teamed up with the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation department to host Kids Rock – a Saturday night activity for kids in Kindergarten – 6th grade. Your children can have fun at their own event!

Kids Rock will be held at the Youth Activity Center at 2450 Cabrillo Ave; they’ll enjoy a special night of activities that include bounce house, arts and crafts, recreation games, pizza and punch, and YAC fun!! Athletic shoes and good attitudes are required! Pre-registration is required.

Register through the City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Class Registration Site. If you do not have an account, you must create one on the site. Once on the site, you can find the correct activity through a search of the activity number (8378) or a keyword search (kids rock).

Online registration goes live on December 6 for City of Santa Clara residents. Non-residents online registration starts on December 8.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this great opportunity!

You’re cordially invited…


Please join us for the 2017 Librarypalooza, honoring Judy and Jerome Nadler.

We’ll have live music, fun, a live auction (we’re adding items as it gets closer!), drinks, and delicious food provided by the Mission College Culinary Arts Program.

Date and Time:
February 4, 2017
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Santa Clara City Library
2635 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95051

$50 per person on or before January 20, 2017
$60 per person after January 20, 2017

Register today!


Congratulations to the winner of the Teen Read Week Book Cover Contest!

Teen Read Week Book Cover Contest Finalists

Congratulations to Erika Hamauchi, an eighth grader, for her artistic cover of Rainbow Rowell’s book, Eleanor and Park! Erika won the grand prize, a $100 Visa Gift Card. She was one of seven middle and high school prize winners; everyone received a certificate of achievement and gift card.

The Book Cover Contest was held during Teen Read Week (October 9-15). The purpose of Teen Read Week is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. For the contest, teens designed covers for their favorite books. Winners were announced at a reception held on Wednesday, November 16th. Entries were both hand drawn and digitally created. All were creative and original. The gift cards and reception were funded by an anonymous Friend of the Library.

Grand Prize Winner

Winning covers will be on display in Teen Central at Central Park Library through the month of December.

Frans Vischer visits the library

Frans Vischer signs a childs book - photo from Santa Clara Weekly

Frans Vischer signs a childs book – photo from Santa Clara Weekly

We’d like to thank Frans Vischer for coming to the library last month! The librarians and kids had a great time as he showed off his drawing talents, and, thanks to your donations, were able to give the first 35 attendees free copies of his books!

The Santa Clara Weekly wrote about his visit, including a short interview. You should read it, he’s lead a fascinating life.

We’re always happy to support author visits and other events.