Sign up for the winter reading program!

winter reading program

The  Foundation & Friends is proud to support Santa Clara City Library’s first ever winter reading program!

Sign-up is super-easy: just grab a form the next time you’re in the Central Park library. Adults & teens, read or listen to two or more books; kids & families, read (or listen) to ten or more books! Bring your completed log into the library to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 Amazon gift cards of a football signed by San Francisco 49er Reggie Bush. Winners will be announced on February 7th at the library’s Super Bowl Tailgate Party!

Read more on the library’s website.

STEM Innovation Bowl

STEM bowl

The Santa Clara City Library is hosting a STEM Innovation Bowl on January 30! This event is going to have some awesome and fun things like:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality stations
  • Telepresence Robots
  • 3D Gaming
  • Creating Mosaics
  • Building with Blocks and Straws
  • and more!

The program is recommended for children in grades 6 and up, but younger children are welcome to explore with a parent. Sign up for your free tickets today!

Book Sale this weekend!

This is not our used book sale, but a similar one.

This is not our used book sale, but a similar one.

Our monthly book sale is this Saturday, January 16th from 10am – 2pm at the Central Park Library. We’ll have hundreds of books to help you meet your new year’s resolutions, be it learning a new language or eating better or whatever your resolutions are.

Are you a Friends member? If so, the sale will open at 9am for you. Not a Friends member? You can purchase your Friends membership at the sale before you shop, in-person at the Friends bookstore in the Central Park Library, or on our website. It’s just $15 per person or $25 for a family membership.

We’ll see you Saturday!

Book Discussion Group Books Announced!

The Library’s Book Discussion group, run by librarian Morgan Pershing, has announced their books for 2016! You can find the full list below, or it’s on the library’s website.

January 26 – Memory of Water (Part of Silicon Valley Reads)
February 23 – Whistling Season
March 22 – Everything I Never Told You
April 26 – A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka
May 24 – Maisie Dobbs
June 28 – Plainsong
July 26 – The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
August 23 – The Boys in the Boat
September 27 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
October 25 – Crow Fair
November 22 – Swift Justice

Personal aside: I’ve already read Everything I Never Told You (March’s selection) and it was amazing. I highly recommend that one. I’m sure all of these are great!

I’d be remiss in pointing out that, if you cannot find these books in the library, you should also take a look in the Friends bookstore or our Amazon store. No guarantees (we can only sell what y’all donate to us!), but it’s worth a look.

11 Cocktail Party Worthy Facts about Santa Clara City Library

The library keeps pretty close track of how their facilities get used – they are a public institution, after all! Here are the latest statistics:

  1. 1,132,723 people visited the library
  2. 26,937 children enjoyed the library
  3. 16,039 children borrowed something from the library
  4. There were 137,625 sessions on public computers
  5. 373 programs were presented to children at the library
  6. There were 1,474,277 “virtual” visits to the library’s website
  7. Reference librarians answered 150,192 questions
  8. 21,071 pre-schoolers attended library programs
  9. 2,491,553 items circulated
  10. 82,006 foreign-language books were checked out
  11. The library was open 55 hours per week

We serve a big community, and y’all are very active library users!

All statistics are for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Help expand our community of life-long learners

donations

You’ve helped make 2015 an amazing year at the Santa Clara City Library. We celebrated Northside Library’s first year and Mission Library’s 60th! The library hosted over 300 programs and circulated almost 2.5 million items. None of that would have happened without you.

Your donation to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends will continue to make the library a center of life-long learning in 2016. Help us make our 2015 donation drive goal and continue to provide a high level of support to Santa Clara City Library.

Your gift at any level will is appreciated! A gift of $200 could buy a Kindle filled with classic titles and popular genres. Your gift of $500 could pay for laptops to support the Girls Who Code clubs. Your gift of $1000 would support an entire year of ESL book club.

Donate today to create brighter futures for everyone who uses the Santa Clara City Library!

Thank you!

Sustainable U has been nominated for a Helen Putnam Award!

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The Santa Clara Library has been nominated for a Helen Putnam Award for its Sustainable U initiative! What’s Sustainable U? It’s a set of programs to help Santa Clarans live a healthier lifestyle. It’s things like:

  • The seed library, where you can pick up and drop off seeds
  • Being a delivery point for both CSA (community supported agriculture) and CSF (community supported fishery) deliveries
  • Hosting programs about home cooking, like bread making
  • Hosting a volunteer fair to get people involved in their communities
  • Being a stop for the Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour, to raise awareness about public transportation

The Helen Putnam Award recognizes programs run by California cities to improve the quality of life in their communities. We’re proud to support Sustainable U!

Year-end donations

It is year-end donation season! Your donation to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends helps make the library a center of life-long learning.

Your gift at any level will be appreciated! A gift of $200 could buy a Kindle filled with classic titles and popular genres. Your gift of $500 could pay for laptops to support the Girls Who Code clubs. Your gift of $1000 would support an entire year of ESL book club.

Donate today to create brighter futures!

Dear Santa…

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Read Santa Clara and the Mission Library have a display of letters to Santa in the trophy case at City Hall. It is adorable!

It includes this gem:

SantaLetter

And this one, which might put a little dust in your eye:

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Donate today so we can help more kids write letters to Santa!

Liberated in the Library

Santa Clara City Library

 

Liberated in the Library
by Pat Bustamente, a poet

To be welcomed is to feel esteemed…
That warm feeling of highlights high-beamed…
This is a place that for sure some good books
Will fit the mood perfectly if one really looks.
And the guardians of these treasures
Certainly add to the pleasures…
Polite, understanding, patient and kind —
What you may look for, they work hard to find.
For me it’s the quiet mood, freedom of mind…
I work in the “real world”, need to rest and pretend
I’ll one day reach Heaven. Here for practice I ascend!