Preservation Hall Jazz Band Concert, December 15th at 2pm in the Redwood Room

Photo credit Shannon Brinkman

The Library is hosting the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, direct from the New Orleans French Quarter. Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to nurture, perpetuate, and promote the traditional New Orleans jazz art form. The legendary players are long gone now, but the Hall is still in business and the Band continues to tour world-wide. The founding artists passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation of musicians who now follow in their footsteps. New blood, however, is being injected into the touring band, as is exemplified in the recent Preservation Hall CD, “That’s It.” Join us in the holiday season for this New Orleans music, which embodies a joyful, timeless spirit!

You can see and hear one of the songs off their new album

Thank you to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends for making this afternoon holiday concert possible. Following this event, the Band will perform at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco at 8:00 p.m.

Date: 12/15/2013 2:00 PM
Location: Central Park Library Redwood Room
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, California 95051

Northside Library: STILL NO NEWS, Kids’ Summer Reading becoming less likely

lib-012.jpgWhile we are able to confirm that the City, County, State and other taxing entities are still in negotiations about the Northside Library, the parties have not yet reached an agreement. It will take five months to fill the library with furniture, books and computers: if the parties donít settle by the end of the month, it is unlikely the library would be able to open by summer.

What you can do:

Sign a petition created by Moms from Rivermark, and repost the petition to your Facebook page.

Call or email the following politicians and ask them to work quickly to get the Northside settled!

  • County Supervisors:
    Ken Yeager, President
  • Mayor of Santa Clara Jamie Matthews:

    Telephone (office): (408) 615-2250
  • State Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
    Tel: (510) 440-9030
  • State Department of Finance Staff Member Justyn Howard, Asst. Program Budget Manager
    (916) 445-1546

A big thanks to all of our donors at this time of year

including, most recently, Teresa O’Neill, for the gift of a four HP laptops and a color laser-printer to our Read Santa Clara adult literacy program.

Four Hewlett Packard laptops and a printer donated by Teresa O'Neill.


If you’d like to make a donation, you can do it online by clicking here, or by sending in a check to “Santa Clara Library Foundation”, to 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA  95051.

Love Our Library Lollapalooza

Library’s first ever LOLL event February 8th will raise funds to support Santa Clara City Libraries

Attend the Library’s first LOLL – Love Our Library Lollapalooza – to support programs and collections at all Santa Clara City Libraries to be held on Saturday, February 8th, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Central Park Library presented by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends. Enjoy delicious appetizers provided by the wonderful culinary program at Mission College, beer or wine, live entertainment, a short live auction, and recognition of outstanding volunteers Kathy Watanabe and Estela and Roger Ramirez. Tickets are $50 per person before January 17, 2014 and $60 per person afterward.

Register by clicking here.

Please sign up for the Santa Clara Historic Homes Tour, Friday December 6th

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The historic Franck Mansion, on Washington Street in Santa Clara, is one of the homes on the tour this year.

The Santa Clara City Library  has often been one of the Santa Clara non-profits that benefits from  the annual Santa Clara Historic Home Tour proceeds.  Tickets for this year’s Home Tour, to be held Friday Dec. 6 , 6-10 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 7, Noon-5 p.m., are now on sale. For those that purchase Early Bird tickets, available during the month of October, there is $10 discount on General admission tickets and a $5 discount on Senior and Student tickets, see:

The homes on this year’s tour will include two 1905 Colonial Revivals, an 1868 Pioneer style with American Colonial, Greek Revival and Italianate details and a modified 1920s era Craftsman Bungalow. One of the Colonial Revivals is the beautiful Franck Mansion which will be charmingly decorated to the theme: “It’s a Zoo Around Here During the Holidays.”  The tour will also include the opportunity to visit the just opened Saint Clare Hook & Ladder Fire Museum.   Each year, the Home Tour brochure is dedicated to the memories of residents long active in the community. This year the dedications will  be in honor of Winnie Hook and Margie Edinger.  The Edinger Family has donated funds, vintage clothing and antiques to the Harris-Lass Museum through the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara which sponsors the home tour.

For more information view the Santa Clara Historic Home Tour website at: or call the Harris Lass Museum message line at 1-408-249-7905.


Dedication of the “Margie Edinger Community Room”

On Sunday, September 29th, at 2pm, the City of Santa Clara dedicated the former Cedar Room in Central Park Library as the new “Margie Edinger Community Room”, in honor of Margie Edinger.

Sign hanging above the Margie Edinger Community Room

At the ceremony, Ray Edinger spoke at length about his wife, Margie, her love of the community and libraries, and her desire to make this a better place for everyone.


Ray Edinger

A plaque and picture celebrating Margie’s life will be hung just inside the door so that everyone using this wonderful room will know about her life and dedication to the community.
Plaque which will hang inside, describing Margie Edinger's life

Mayor Matthews

Mayor Matthews dedicated the room for the city as the “Margie Edinger Community Room”

The Second Annual Holiday Craft Faire

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The second annual Holiday Craft Faire is coming up, so write the date on your calendars so you don’t forget about it or double book it.  If you’re interested in getting a table, contact the Foundation by email at or stop by the office in the Central Park library on the second floor.

Thanks again to all our corporate givers for the past year!

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The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends presented awards to five of our corporate givers for the past year:

  • Cisco Systems, for support for the Northside branch library
  • Keypoint Credit Union, for sponsoring Summer Reading
  • Kaiser Permanente, for sponsoring the Wellness Library
  • Mission City Community Fund, for the support of Adult Literacy
  • Texas Instruments, for the BrainFuse Online Homework help

The latest news about the Northside Library

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends is continuing our efforts to get the Northside Branch library issues before the public and resolved by all the appropriate decision-makers.  Recently, we’ve

  • Set up meetings with Assemblymember Bob Weickowski, Supervisor Ken Yeager, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and others where we and other public members talked about the importance of libraries and this library in particular
  • Coordinated another rally at the Northside Library, on September 4th, where over 200 adults and children came and made their voices heard about the need for this library to open
  • Staffed a booth at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, where we gave out books and let many people know what was happening and how they could help
  • Just today, both Supervisor Yeager and Assemblymember Weickowski released letters to the Oversight Board and others, asking them to declare the library a public asset and take additional steps to get the project back on track

Please join us for the dedication of the Margie Edinger Community Room

Earlier this year the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends received a large donation from Ray Edinger, in honor of his wife, Margie Edignger, who passed away this past April.  Both Ray and Margie were 57-year residents of Santa Clara, and have contributed much to help their community.  Mr. Edinger was a trustee of the Jefferson School District in the 1960s, as well as serving as chair of the construction committee of Santa Clara United Methodist Church when they built Santa Clara’s Liberty Towers, the large senior housing development near Franklin Square.  Mrs. Edinger was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Islam Temple 25 Daughters of the Nile, and heavily involved in the children’s programs at the Methodist Church of Santa Clara.   She was also part of a small group of parents and interested individuals that raised funds and supported the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps during its early years.  They raised three children in Santa Clara.

Please join the for a very special afternoon – the dedication of the Margie Edinger Community Room.  Join us for an open house with music, food, and a celebration of the wonderful legacy of the Edinger gift to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends.  This event will be held on Sunday, September 29th from 2pm until 3pm at the Central Library, at 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara, CA.

Please RSVP by clicking here so we know you’re coming and how many to expect, and we hope to see you there!