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Saratoga Library Hours:
Mon: 1 PM to 9 PM
Tues: 1 PM to 9 PM
Wed: 10 AM to 6 PM
Thurs: 10 AM to 6 PM
Fri: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sun: 1 PM to 5 PM


Book-Go-Round Hours:
Sun - Fri: 12 PM - 5 PM
Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM


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Friends of Saratoga Library Holiday Openhouse

December 8th, Tuesday, 6:30pm

Saratoga Library, Reading Room

Desserts and hot coffee will be served along with a delightful performance of songs by the With a Twist quartet!

Bay Area Showcase Chorus is a vibrant, award-winning ensemble of women singers committed to creating musical magic in every performance. They embrace healthy competition and enjoy finding creative ways to share their passion for 4-part harmony in the barbershop style. They are dedicated to continuous improvement in a joyful environment of mutual respect, friendship, and fun. They are a chapter of Sweet Adelines International and have been entertaining the Bay Area with a cappella music since 1956. They are made up of large chorus groups and several quartets. With a twist is one of those quartets who choose their own music and practice on their own time, away from chorus rehearsal.


Friends of Saratoga Libraries Volunteer Opportunities

Do you . . .

Love libraries?

Enjoy being around people who love books?

Then find out more about the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries!

The Friends are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. We have many opportunities to suit your time, talents, and schedule:

  • Staffing the Book Go Round, our used book store (at least 2.5 hours per month)
  • Transporting books
  • Sorting books (2 hours per week at the library)
  • Publicity and outreach
  • Community events
  • Website and social media
  • Administrative projects

For more information about how you can get involved with the Friends, please contact Lisa Finley at president@fslonline.org

We’d love to have you join us!


New Bookstore at the Saratoga Community Center!

The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries is pleased to announce the opening of an additional used bookstore located in the lounge of the Saratoga Community Center! We are offering a constantly-changing inventory of approximately 500 hardcover and paperback books for adults, children, and teens. These are the same high-quality books and great prices also available at our used bookstore the Book-Go-Round in downtown Saratoga and at the Friends Café Bookstore in the library. With one more location now available, you are never far from a friendly used bookstore when you are in Saratoga!

Many thanks to the committed volunteers who helped make this new bookstore possible. Book-Go-Round Manager Bobbi Stek and our wonderful book category volunteers organized, selected books, and priced inventory. Head book mover Don Wilson assembled and installed the beautiful shelving. Michael Taylor and Adam Henig from the City of Saratoga collaborated with us on the vision. We are grateful to have the support of such a dedicated community of Friends!

We hope you will stop by and visit our new bookstore at the Saratoga Community Center soon! All proceeds directly benefit the Saratoga Library. Find a book treasure today at one of our three used bookstore locations!


Saratoga Library Unveils New Tech Toolbar

Free Tutorials on Popular Electronic Devices - Hand-held electronic devices are increasingly popular but using them to download information is not always intuitive. Saratoga Library understands this frustration often felt by new users. In an effort to help residents who may need assistance to successfully download information electronically the library has introduced its innovative Tech ToolBar. This new library service provides residents with an opportunity to try out devices currently available, learn how to use features with the help of a tech-savvy librarian and practice downloading an assortment of materials. “We are very pleased to offer patrons this service. Residents using our Tech ToolBar have the opportunity to learn new skills from a knowledgeable librarian in a comfortable, stress free, quiet environment and experience first-hand how to effectively use the different electronic models. The Tech ToolBar provides valuable practice time in learning how to download materials including free music, numerous educational tutorials and book downloads,” commented Emily Lo, Chairwoman of the Joint Powers Authority of Santa Clara County Library District and member of the Saratoga City Council.

Over 90,000 eBooks and hundreds of additional eResources such as eMagazines and eAudiobooks are available to library patrons 24/7 for free. All it takes is Internet access and a compatible electronic device. Play with the varied devices offered at the Tech ToolBar or bring in your own electronic device for a more personalized tutorial. Currently four devices are available at the library: Apple iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5, Kindle Voyage and Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Residents may drop by the library during the following hours for personalized advice on how to use these devices to download eBooks, eAudiobooks or eMagazines: Mondays and Tuesdays from 2-4 pm, and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm.

You may also schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian or Tech ToolBar coach by calling (408) 867-6126. For additional information and detailed instructions for downloading eResources go to: http://www.sccl.org/Browse/eBooks.



Virtual Library Resource of the Month: StayWell Knowledgebase

The StayWell Knowledgebase is a comprehensive consumer health information portal that can be accessed by library card-holders at the library or from home. It contains articles on Diseases and Conditions, Surgeries and Procedures and has Drug Reference and Herbs, Supplements and Vitamins sections. The Wellness Information area gives you access to articles on common diseases and conditions plus fitness, nutrition, safety, workplace issues and parenting information. Go to www.sccl.org and select Research for Adults under the Research tab. On the next page click on Health & Fitness and then scroll down to find the StayWell Knowledgebase.



1,000 Books Before Six

As part of Santa Clara County Library's goal to increase the early literacy of the communities it serves, SCCLD partnered with First 5 in a “1000 Books Before 6” initiative which began on September 15 at all the branches. Children whose families sign them up receive a book tracker that they can color in each time they hear a book (this includes repetitions, as well as books read during story times at the various branches). For every 50 books the child visits the library and receives 2 stickers, along with larger prizes at 100 (First 5 water bottle), 500 (book bag), and 1000 books (free book and certificate of completion). Studies show that children who have read at least 1000 books before they turn 6 are considerably better prepared for kindergarten than those who have not.



Friends Grant to Library Totals $141,000 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year

Combined income from sales, memberships and donations this past fiscal year have enabled the Friends to grant $141,000 to the Saratoga Library. This includes income from the Book-Go-Round, Cafe Bookstore, Paperback Sales and Auction. These funds make it possible for the library to provide Adult, Teen and Children’s Programs, The Reading Program (Adult Literacy), Enhanced Collections (books, media, misc.) - Best Sellers, and Librarian Outreach. This funding grant would not be possible without each one of our 155 valued volunteers, who are critical to our successful operation. Thanks to all of you for helping to support our wonderful Saratoga Library.


Free and easy way to support the Friends

When you shop on Amazon why not have .5% of your purchase price donated to the Friends? From your Amazon account search for Amazon Smiles, select Friends Of The Saratoga Libraries as your charity, shop through Amazon Smiles, www.smile.amazon.com, and the Friends will receive a check!


Your FRIENDS Membership at Work!


December 2015 Newsletter is here!

Our Friends of Saratoga Library December 2015 Newsletter is out.
Please click here to read now.

Please click here to access the Santa Clara County Library Newsletter.



The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.
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