Smoke Gets in your Eyes

The library will be using Smoke Gets in Your Eyes as a basis for a series of classes and sessions about death acceptance and end-of-life issues in late March and early April. This is a fun book about a heavy topic. Right now, the library has a small number of copies to give away! Just go up to the reference or customer service desks at Central Park Library and ask. I’m not sure how long they’ll last.

The classes currently on the Library’s event calendar include:

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore an important subject.

Math with grapes and cards and dominos

Our family literacy classes aren’t always focused on reading. Sometimes, we teach math skills too.

Our family literacy librarian and others are explaining the activity. Really, this photo is for the sign in the background: Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Bold

Batman is determined to count all those dots.

Shapes with grapes!

How many spades are on these playing cards?

Yay! She did it!

At the end of the class, we always have books for the kids to take home. Math programs are no different – helping build a home library is important.

A huge thanks to the Read Zone grant that makes these classes possible.

Central Park Library is looking for lego donations

The Central Park library is starting a monthly Lego Club for school-aged children, and is looking for donations of used Legos to get their collection started. Many families with grown children have lots of Legos lying around, and this would be a great opportunity to help the library and reduce clutter at the same time! They are looking for mixed pieces from any sets other than Technic, just to have bins of pieces available for free building. Legos can be dropped off in the special Lego donation bin at the Central Park Library during open hours.

Thanks for helping out the library with your gently used Legos and spreading the love of building!

Profiling Yu-Lan Chou, our Technical Services Librarian

Ingram profiled our very own Yu-Lan Chao, Santa Clara City Library’s Program Coordinator for Technical Services. She’s a great asset to the library.

Q: What do you wish your patrons knew that your library offers?

Many people don’t know that Santa Clara City Library has a joint program with Silicon Valley Power and offers many tools for check-out. For example, the EMF meter (aka ghost detector) is an item that people can check out for their home improvement projects or ghost hunting tours. We also offer Fitbits for fitness and Hotspot devices for connecting to the internet. Usually, the loan period lasts at least a week.

Read the whole interview here!

Harry Potter Prom (not the Yule Ball)

Last week, the Santa Clara City Library Central Park Teen Librarians held a Harry Potter Prom! Despite all the rain, over 90 high schoolers attended.

They feasted, made wands and potions, answered trivia, and had their fortunes told.

They even dressed up!

Everyone had a magical time. Thanks teen librarians!

A community knitting circle

We are super-excited that there was a knitting social at the library last week!

Everyone said they had a great time, and look at the concentration on those faces.

The library will be hosting these monthly socials for new and experienced knitters alike.

We hope to see you next month!

You’re getting sleepy….

A big thanks to Kaiser for coming out to give this well-attended program about sleep! Sleeping soundly is something everyone could use a little help with, and this was a great talk to help us all learn about circadian rhythms and tricks we can use to make us more tired at night.

Donate your books!

We need your books! Our book selling operation depends on getting book donations from you, our supporters. So if you’re in the Santa Clara area and you’re looking to get rid of a few, we’ll take your books. We’ll even take your textbooks.

Visit this page to see the ins and outs of bringing your books, movies, or music to the library!

Dedicating Arielle’s Reading Corner

Last month, we were very proud to unveil the new Arielle’s Reading Corner, courtesy of Judy and Jerry Nadler. This is a wonderful little nook in the Children’s area full of Caldecott-winning books and bright cheery furntiure to curl up and read in.

Lots of people turned out for our unveiling ceremony, right before Saturday storytime.

Judy Nadler gave a short, moving speech. Thanks to the Weekly for writing it up!

We are so happy to have this be part of our Library!

Thank YOU!!

On February 4, 2017, you were part of a tremendous event that makes our mission possible: to make the library stronger through your philanthropy and support. We hosted over 150 people and raised $40,000 (and counting) from your generous support at Librarypalooza.

On behalf of everyone who uses the Santa Clara City Library: THANK YOU.

See all our Librarypalooza photos on our Facebook page!

Please buy a bookplate to support Librarypalooza and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation.

Thank You. We couldn’t do this without you.