Enjoy the Comic Con Video

Check out the wrap-up video for Comic Con this year! Ken from Bay Tiger Video did a great job, as always with it. Take a watch!

Patio Sale Sunday

Thanksgiving is in less than a week! Which means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday shopping – let us help you! We’re selling fabulous quality books Sunday November 19 from 1pm – 4pm in front of the Central Park Library. We should have a wide selection of children’s books, cookbooks, history books, and more. We hope to see you there!

Book sale tomorrow!


Our last book sale of the year is tomorrow! Come to the Central Park Library from 10am – 2pm on Saturday November 11 to browse our selection of over 2000 books, DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes for sale. So far, during set up today, I have seen:

I’m sure there are other treasures as well. (Keep an eye on our Instagram account – I may post more this afternoon).

This is a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

I heard through the grapevine that the Day of the Dead storytime at Northside was a success, so I reached out to the librarian who ran it. Her story of the day is beautiful.

The Friday we held the Day of the Dead Storytime, I had a patron later that afternoon who said she really appreciated the ofrenda (altar).

She said she puts one up at home every year and was glad to see this beautiful tradition being incorporated to the community. She also said her family loved the stories we read. That same day, I had a lot of questions about the significance of my calaverita (sugar skull) make-up. As for the ofrenda itself, we had several patrons at the desk asking about its purpose and many families took pictures of or in front of it.

I even received a few phone inquiries about the holiday itself.

We also got some adorable attendees at our storytime, one of them was even dressed as a skull for the event. After the storytime, kids were able to decorate their own sugar skulls.

Parents were impressed that we were able to do the storytime in English and Spanish simultaneously, and asked that we do bilingual storytimes more often. Even our non Spanish-speaking parents loved learning new Spanish words!

The ofrenda and the storytime were very appreciated by the community, and Northside staff was so happy to see that many people were interested to learn more. This is a beautiful holiday celebrated in my native country, and a tradition that I hold very close to my heart. To have been able to share it with others was a beautiful experience.

The Foundation & Friends is proud to support all the cultures in our community!

Having Fun, Raising Money

We had a great time at the fundraising event for the Mission City Community Fund last Saturday! MCCF, as they are known around these parts, donates money to the Foundation & Friends for both the Summer Reading and Family Literacy programs. So we are more than happy to help them raise money and celebrate all the wonderful things they do. Thanks to them and everyone who supports them!

Join Winter Reading Bingo!

The Foundation & Friends is sponsoring the Library’s Winter Reading Bingo this holiday season. Pick up your age-appropriate bingo card at a reference desk today! You can complete a card by reading four different books or doing different activities before January 14. It’s that easy!

There are various prizes for different age groups, and everyone who participates will get a coupon for a free regular-priced item at our bookstore.

Thanks for playing this fun game, and keep your reading up over the holiday season!

Support the Youth Services Department

Clockwise from top left: a child holds a violin for the first time, a family having fun at the Mother’s Day Tea Party, a teen making a pizza slice piñata, elementary school students learning about archaeology, and parent-child yoga classes.

If you keep up with the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends, you know how much the library does for its customers. The Youth Services (aka Children’s) department does an especially great job reaching out to the families of Silicon Valley. They host storytimes, music classes, science events, summer reading, and so much more!

You can help the youth services department! Please make a donation today specifically to help the children’s department keep up the quality programs you know and love.

Thank you!

Our children’s librarians are awesome

Stories from happy library customers are the best!

I found the librarians in the youth section extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I had many conversations and questions with them regarding what to do. They always impressed me with their answers. For example, [r]ecently,  my son was working on a mystery book report. I was helping him to get the book that he had in mind, which he had read in the summer. Unfortunately,  all copies were gone. I didn’t know what to do. As usual, I turned to your staff for help. To my very surprise,  librarian Allen told me that the book that my son chose was not the right book for mystery book report. Instead,  he pointed me to a different selection. I was a little worry that my son might not be willing to read a different book in a short period of time. In fact,  he finished the whole book in one breath and we returned to get the whole series the next week.

Making Steps 4 Success a hit

Each fall, for the past eighteen years, Read Santa Clara has partnered with the Rotary Club at Steps for Success events in elementary schools, allowing children from low-income families to get new shoes and great children’s books to take home.  This year, 314 children received gift books at fun events at Scott Lane and Montague Schools. Kudos to Hilda for coordinating this successful event and thanks to Amber, Charity, the teens and the literacy volunteers who assisted!

This is a photo of the poster a Rotary Club member made to say thank you to the Library and the Foundation for all their efforts.

Come one, come all to a Grand Show at the Mission Library

Join us at 4pm on Saturday November 11th at the Mission Library to see the World Premier Theatrical Production of Elixir of Life. What is it about? I’m glad you asked!

COME WITH US TO PORT PROMISE, CALIFORNIA, a late-Victorian outpost where mysteries are part of the fabric of life and an old-fashioned tonic might do a body good. When a traveling Snake-Oil Seller comes to town with an Elixir full of promises, each of the Port Promise townsfolk come face to face with the prospect of a miraculous second chance.

It’s going to be fun!

If you, like me, are curious about the inspiration behind the show, you can find more information on their website, IdiotString.org.