January 24, Saturday,10am-6pm
January 25, Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Saratoga Library Community Room
25 cents each, or $3 grocery bag full or your cloth bag equivalent.
Silicon Valley Reads 2015
Kick Off Event at The Heritage Theater in Campbell on Feb 4th
Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking, and discussing the topic.
The 2015 theme, “Homeland and Home: The Immigrant Experience”, will find common ground among residents of the region. Silicon Valley Reads offers a trio of books originating from three different continents: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo; The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez; and Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen.
Companion books for young people that relate to the “Homeland and Home” theme have also been selected: My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits (ages 4—-8); Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarett (ages 8-12); and Something About America by Maria Testa (ages 12 and up).
"Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience" will include more than 100 free events throughout February and March, leading with the kick off event at the Heritage Theater in Campbell on Feb. 4 at 7:30 pm that will bring together all three authors! Doors open at 6:45 pm. The following Silicon Valley Reads events will take place at the Saratoga Library:
Feb 3 at 7 pm - Film “Citizen USA,”
February 21 at 3:00 p.m. – Silicon Valley Reads author, Maria Testa
Older youth, grades 5 and up along with their friends and families will hear an interesting talk and presentation from the author of “Something About America” – a children’s/youth Silicon Valley Reads selection.
February 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Celebrity Storytime with Emily Lo
Emily Lo, a Saratoga City Council member and former mayor of Saratoga will join our Family Storytime and read “My Name is Yoon” – a children’s Silicon Valley Reads book.
Monday, March 2, 7:30 pm, - Bich Minh Nguyen discusses her memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner.
Friday, March 13, 4 to 5 pm - International Candy Testing for Teens
Teens will sample sweet treats from around the world and guess where each is from. Whoever correctly identifies the most will win a tasty treat.
Monday, March 23, 7 pm - We All Have a Family Story To Tell
This special presentation by representatives of Imigrant Nation Project includes three short films and audience participation in a storytelling platform that will collect their personal stories and share them in a compelling way. The films are The Caretaker, The Mayor, and The Runner. For more information on the films and the Immigrant Nation Project, please go to immigrant-nation.com.
We are pleased to welcome Pat Oey, who is Saratoga Library’s newest staff member. She is our new part-time children’s librarian. Pat currently also works for Santa Clara City Library. She previously worked at South San Francisco Public Library and at Atherton Library. Other jobs have included working as a DJ at KFJC, as an editor at the Computer Curriculum Corporation, and as a Bookseller II at Linden Tree Children’s Books. Pat’s education includes a B.A. from Amherst College and Master’s Degrees both from Harvard Graduate School of Education and from San Jose State School of Library and Information Science. Pat is very positive, enthusiastic, and well-read. We are fortunate that Pat is joining the Saratoga Library team.
Peggy Baker, Children’s Supervising Librarian
Collaboration Station at Saratoga Library
Come use the new Collaboration Station at Saratoga Library! Up to four persons’ laptops and/or mobile devices can be connected to the television. The VGA cable that connects to one’s laptop or mobile device also contains a round “puck”. Click the puck to display what is on your device’s screen on the television’s screen. Each person has a puck. (Adaptors are available for Apple devices.)
Persons of all ages are invited to work on collaborative projects using the Collaboration Station. An audio jack is available for playing sound from one’s computer/device through the television’s speakers. The Collaboration Station is located in the library’s Small Meeting Room. The Small Meeting Room is for groups of 2-6 persons and is available on a first come, first served basis for two hours daily.
The Collaboration Station prevents persons from having to group around small screens in order to work on projects together. Instead, use the Collaboration Station to send what is on your screen to the big monitor for all members of the group to easily see. Others in your group can do the same, so that everyone can more easily create a presentation, write a report, or work on other projects collaboratively.
Thank you to Friends for the Silicon Valley Reads Donation!
I am sincerely thankful to the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries for their generous grant of $2,000 for the Silicon Valley Reads Program. Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events for all ages throughout Santa Clara County to engage community members in reading, thinking, and discussion. Silicon Valley Reads promotes literacy and community engagement. The complete events booklet is available at www.siliconvalleyreads.org.
Allison D. Lew, M.L.I.S., Community Librarian Saratoga Library
Holiday Open House
The Friends Holiday Open House was a great success! The event featured the beautiful music of the Saratoga High School Chamber Choir singers! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this a fun event!
February 2015 Newsletter is here!
Our Friends of Saratoga Library February 2015 Newsletter is out.
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