Congratulations to the Santa Clara City Library for their STEMBowl


Last month, the California Library Association awarded our library an award for its marketing and PR work for the STEM Bowl they hosted last winter. Some of the committee members’ comments were:

“WOW. What a fantastic campaign and program. Although I can tell this took an immense amount of work, the dividends were immense. Great logo, website, and marketing materials. Bravo!”

“Fantastic idea, project, design and execution! The tie in to the Super Bowl was fantastic!”

“Very comprehensive project and PR with prominent library logo. Huge attendance and collaboration with other agencies and schools.”

“This project obviously entailed a lot of work, thought and coordination by the library. Very interesting and timely.”

Congratulations all!


Thanks Bandai Namco!

Bandai Namco Entertainment

We are so happy to have brought on another sponsor for summer reading: Bandai Namco Entertainment! They publish a ton of anime and games (eg Tekken, Warhammer), and are, we think, a great fit with our TeenRead Summer Reading program.

Bandai Namco Prizes

Bandai Namco is offering two gift baskets for prizes (pictured above) and a grand prize of a pizza party at their Santa Clara offices, with a chance to play some unreleased video games!

This is a wonderful set of prizes, and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board.

Thank you Keypoint Credit Union

Keypoint SRP Check 2016

Doron Noyman, Paul Sims, Keith Stattenfield, and Kate Degelau-Pierce at the presentation of the Summer Reading Program check from Keypoint Credit Union.

It’s big check time!

We’d like to say thanks to Keypoint Credit Union for their continued support of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Doron Noyman officially presented the check to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends at the first Monday night summer reading concert on June 13.

Thanks so much to Keypoint for sponsoring such a great program.


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 the Summer Reading Kickoff. we do hold them throughout the year on Saturdays and Sundays, but there is no regular schedule as of now. We do also hold occasional patio sales at the Northside library as well.

We are currently looking for a few more volunteers to help out with these sales. So if you like people and books and have free time on the weekends, please fill out our volunteer form.

Happy first day of summer reading!

The Santa Clara City Library’s Summer Reading Program starts today. This is a program we are always proud to support. It keeps students’ reading levels up over the summer, and is a great way for you and your child to earn fun prizes.

You can sign up for the summer reading program at any of the branches or online at:

Thanks to Keypoint Credit Union for sponsoring and Bandai Namco for offering some great teen prizes!

Book Sale Tomorrow!

Our May book sale is tomorrow, May 21. Please join us:

  • in the Redwood Room, where we will have 300+ boxes of books, from 10am – 2pm.
    • From 10am – 11:45am, books, movies, and music are individually priced
    • From 12pm – 2pm, all items are $5 per grocery bag.
    • Doors open at 9am if you’re a friends member (you can sign up online!)
  • in the Sycamore Room, where we will have children’s books and music and movies from 10am – 1pm.
  • on the patio in front of the library, with 12 carts of fabulous items from 10am – 4pm.

We had a huge donation this month, along with all y’all who’ve been doing your spring cleaning! (thank you for all your book donations!) There will be a great selection of high-quality used books for sale, so if you’re a teacher looking to refresh your classroom library; a parent gearing up for summer reading; staging a house for sale and need some books to make it cozier; or just looking for some great books to read, this is a great opportunity.

Congratulations Angela!

Congratulations to Angela Ocana, one of the amazing librarians at Northside! She is the first-ever recipient of the California Library Association’s Young Adult Services Award. She won because (these are her manager’s words):

She exceeds the criteria through her out-of-the-box programs including Teen Chopped Champions, Cupcake Wars, STEM Bowl, and epic nerf war battles. She is passionate about libraries and it shows through her ability to be the “embedded librarian” in our Teen Room everyday in the afternoon when the teens come to the library. Trust me, the staff and I know names, faces, and who is dating whom through Angela. She is our TMZ to the teens! She makes it look easy but we know she’s got a difficult job.

We are proud that she was recognized for her above-and-beyond contribution. The next time you’re at Northside, congratulate her!

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.

Spring 2016 Grants


None of these would be funded without you coming to buy books from us. Thank you so much for your suppport!

Thank you!


To all who donated yesterday as part of #SVGives, thank you! We appreciate your support, and we couldn’t do this without our wonderful donors.

Support Summer Reading today!


Silicon Valley Gives (or SVGives) is a 24-hour online event that raises money for local non-profits throughout the Bay Area. Make your donation count!

Why donate? To support Summer Reading!

Did you know? Children who read at least 6 books over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills.

Plus, the library’s patrons enjoy Summer Reading! We asked last year’s participants why they join. “Because it is awesome sauce!” said one, echoing many people’s enjoyment of the program.

This is a program that wouldn’t exist without support from our donors. The Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends provides the prizes for Summer Reading finishers. We support concerts and programs that bring people into the library over the summer.

All proceeds that we raise today will go to support the Summer Reading program. Please donate today!