So… What are our values?

Last week, we posted about getting a new mission statement. As part of that process, we explicitly stated what the Foundation & Friends’ values are. These should come through in what we do – and we thought it was worth sharing with you, our supporters.

They are (in no particular order):

  • Promote Learning
  • Impactful
  • Sustainable
  • Integrity/Transparency
  • Partnership/ Collaboration
  • Equal Access
  • Transformation
  • Advocacy

This whole exercise should help us focus what we do, to make sure we have the biggest impact possible!

How to use LinkedIn


We were happy to facilitate a session on how to use LinkedIn at the Central Park Library last month! This program showed people how to use LinkedIn to find a job and keep their profiles updated. The majority of folks felt more confident about looking for a job and were appreciative that the LinkedIn representatives left time for Q&A – to get their specific questions answered at the end of the session.

We hope to do more like this in the future!

Inspiring Women at the Library

Assemblymember Kansen Chu honored two of Santa Clara City Library’s best last month. Shanti Bhaskaran and Karen Masada were recognized as Inspirational Women on March 10th.

They are two key people in Read Santa Clara, the library’s adult literacy program. Without them, events like In Our Own Words would not be possible. They do great things to make Santa Clara and Silicon Valley a better, more welcoming place.

Congratulations to them!

You can read about the ceremony at Santa Clara Weekly.

Reading books to kids virtually


Have you heard of Franklin’s AnyBook Readers? These are amazing little devices that allow low-literacy families to read books together.

We put special stickers on each page in a book. A volunteer touches the Reader to each sticker and records the text on that page. Then, a child comes along and touches the Reader to the sticker, and the recording for that page is played back. Instant reading!


We are partnering with Read Santa Clara, Intel, and the Santa Clara Unified School District to have Intel employees record a number of books (including Harry the Dirty Dog, Green Eggs and Ham, Mouse Paint, and more) later this month for the SCUSD’s Migrant Education program at Scott Lane Preschool.

We’re proud to facilitate this program to help all our families!

New Mission Statement!

If you don’t zealously check our website every day, you may not have noticed that we have a new mission statement!

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends strengthens the Library as a pillar of our diverse and thriving community through philanthropic funding, inspired advocacy and active partnership.

We’re not doing anything differently – we’ll continue to raise money to support the library, advocate for it and its programs, and partner with them in their day-to-day operations. But it’s always good to have it said well!

Introducing the Jan Lieberman Concert Series


We are proud to announce the inaugural Jan Lieberman concert! Jan is a retired librarian, and her friends and family have created a fund so the library can host a series of family-friendly concerts. The first one will be on Sunday April 17 at 2pm. It will feature duo pianists, Jack and Chris Bradshaw, performing classic and contemporary ragtime pieces.

Register today via Eventbrite, and we hope to see you there!

Celebrating New Readers

It was so heartwarming to see all the new adult readers perform on Saturday afternoon – to read things that they’ve written. We are so proud of them and all their hard work!

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Winner of the writing contest, Robert H, Sr, as he read his prize-winning letter.

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All of the new readers and authors!


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Teresa O’Neill, vice-mayor; Shanti Bhaskaran; Kate Degelau-Pierce; Carly Sherman; and Crystal Scheel receiving their copies of In Our Own Words


A big congratulations to Kathy Watanabe, a former board member, for being named to City Council last week! She’s been a library supporter for a long time, and been involved in the community for even longer. She’s going to do a great job.

Book Sale Saturday



It’s time for our March Saturday Sale! This Saturday, we’ll have around 300 boxes of books for sale, including children’s books, foreign language books, and all kinds of music and movies. All proceeds go to support programs at the Santa Clara City Libraries!

We hope to see you there!

Our partner, helping literacy

Open Book

Y’all donate a lot of books to us. Thank you! We do our best to get every single book to a good home: either in the library or to another book lover outside the library. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, we’re unable to match that book with a buyer.

That’s where Better World Books comes in. We send them books that we can’t sell but still need a good place to be.

This short profile in Mother Earth News highlights the awesome thing about Better World: it exists to promote literacy around the world. They take books from over 900 libraries and 1600 colleges & universities, resell them, and then they use the proceeds to donate to over 80 literacy and education non-profits all over the world.

Because they sell all over the world online, they can usually sell the books we can’t. Kudos to Better World!