Empowering World Change Holds Book Drive for Us

book drive

Thank you to all of the volunteers at Empowering World Change!  They held a book drive for us and collected more than 1,000 books.  Woo hoo!  Sales of the books will raise funds for programs, collections and events here at the Library.

Family Literacy Coordinator Wins 2015 Public School Week Award

Priya Mascarenhas

Congratulations to Priya Mascarenhas, our Family Literacy Coordinator.  She has been selected by the Santa Clara Unified District Board of Education to receive  a 2015 Public School Week Award for her outstanding service to the school community.  Priya was nominated for the award by the teachers of the Young Parents’ Center of Wilson High School for the family literacy services provided to teen moms.  It is an honor richly deserved for all her family literacy outreach work over the past seven years.  She is also a Project Cornerstone volunteer at Don Callejon School.


Foundation & Friends Grants more than $100,000 to Library

At the Chocolate Party, we celebrate money granted for Library projects.  We are very excited to share some of them:

  • Large Print Collection Enhancement
  • Language Learning Collection Enhancement
  • World Languages Enhancement
  • Easy Readers/Juvenile Paperbacks Enhancement
  • ESL Newspapers & Supplies
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Seed Share Library
  • iPad Minis for Teen Read Awards
  • iPad Minis for Library Staff Use
  • AV Equipment
  • Pre-Loaded Kindles for Circulation
  • Digital Camera for Library Staff Use
  • Book Scanner for History/Genealogy
  • DVD Collection Enhancement
  • Authors’ Series
  • Art Trays for Children’s Programs
  • Library Lock-in Teen Program
  • Silicon Valley Reads Sponsorship
  • Children’s Performers
  • CineFEST
  • ScienceFlix Subscription
  • Discover & Go Subscription

It was like, tubular! 80’s Prom Rocks!

Partying Like it's 1984 at Northside

Partying Like it’s 1984 at Northside

Everyone had a gnarly time at the 80’s prom fundraiser.  Thanks to all who came out!IMG_9456


Chocolate Party Celebrates Volunteers

Volunteers enjoying the goodies.

Volunteers enjoying the goodies.

Each year, the volunteers and Friends of the Foundation & Friends gather to celebrate the results of their hard work.  The Foundation & Friends is more than 100 volunteers strong who give more than 6,000 each year.  The money they raise by selling donated books funds innovative Library programs and collections.   Library staff joined the volunteers at the party to share their excitement about the impact the funds make.

Read Santa Clara Honors the Foundation & Friends

In Our Own Words

Read Santa Clara recognized long time supporters the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends and the Mission City Community Fund at their 20th anniversary.  The Foundation & Friends sponsors the publication of “In Our Own Words:  A Book of Learner Writings” each year.  Congratulations to Read Santa Clara on their anniversary!

In Our Unity Donates Time and Funds


IOU Kids Present Foundation & Friends with $350

IOU Kids Present Foundation & Friends with $350

Thank you to the kids of In Our Unity!   They donated $350 to the Library Foundation & Friends in support of the teen area.

These kids really know how to give back to their community.  They recycled bottles and cans and held various sales to raise the funds.  In addition to this gift, the teens help clean up the Friends’ monthly book sale every month.  That’s dedication for you!

Party Like it’s 1984 – Get Your Tickets Now!

Like, oh my God!  There’s going to be an adult prom this Saturday, April 25 from 7-10pm at the Northside Library in Santa Clara.  Party with 80’s music, video games and movies.  Beer and wine will be served and tickets are only $5 with a library card and $10 if not. Ages 21 & up.  It’s a fundraiser for the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends.

Get your tickets before they’re gone at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/80s-prom-tickets-16062887529.  It will be rad!

Please “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1568748613376738/ and tell your friends.

Mission: Mars Author Headlines Emma Kaliterna Author Event During Children’s Book Week

Author & NASA Scientist Pascal Lee

Author & NASA Scientist Pascal Lee

D. Pascal Lee will discuss progress being made around the world, from the Arctic to Antarctica, from basement labs to the International Space Station, to achieve the first human voyage to Mars. He will examine in turn the what, why, how, when, and who of the first human mission to Mars.

Copies of Mission:  Mars will be given to each family in attendance.

When:  May 4, 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Where:  Central Park Library Redwood Room

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Sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends

Surfing Magician Comes to Northside

Surfing Magician

Surfing Magician Doug Hofkins will perform at the Northside Library on Saturday, April 11 at 2pm.  Join us!


This performance sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends.