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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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Book Sales

July 30th, Saturday,10am-6pm
July 31th, Sunday, 1pm-4pm

Saratoga Library Community Room

25 cents each on Saturday, or $3 grocery bag full or your cloth bag equivalent on Sunday.


Summer Reading Challenge Begins June 1: Read for the Win!

Studies have shown that children and teens who read at least five books over the summer can prevent learning loss. To combat the “summer slide,” sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and attend fun and educational events. Adults are also invited! Participants read at least 5 books between June 1 and July 31 and record the titles in a log, then turn in the completed log to receive prizes. You could win a new Kindle Fire! Sign up at the library or online at www.sccl.org. Log your books online or use the paper log available at the library. Books, eBooks, audio books and graphic novels all count toward your total.

Children ages 6-12 who complete the program will receive a prize goody bag and will pick out a brand new book to keep. Teens ages 13-17 will receive a free book and a tote bag when they sign up and a gift card when they complete the challenge. Adults will receive a tote bag, a book and a $2 gift certificate for chocolates. Adults and teens will be entered in a grand-prize drawing for a Kindle Fire. Pre-readers age 0-5 can complete a set of early literacy activities to earn a book. Prizes for all ages also include gift certificates for the Book-Go-Round used bookstore and a free pass to the Children’s Discovery Museum. Prizes available while supplies last. The Summer Reading Challenge is generously funded by the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries.

Many additional programs and special events for all ages will be offered throughout the summer, including book clubs, family movie nights, musicians, gardening, magicians, arts and crafts, animal programs, storytelling, trivia, puppets, bubble magic, teen lock-in after-hours, stop-motion animation, Chocolate Olympics, and more! Details about summer programs for all ages will be posted to the www.sccl.org/Locations/Saratoga page, in the Events section. Santa Clara County Library District’s summer program partners this year are the Children’s Discovery Museum and Santa Clara County Parks. SCC Park Rangers will be presenting a variety of programs at libraries throughout the district.


Authors’ Faire Coming May 9th

The Authors’ Faire is here! Join us on Monday, May 9 at 7:00 pm for an evening of presentations and conversation with multiple Bay Area authors, including Jan Eby, Laurie Mobilio, Lynne Noel and Cindy Summers - the popular quartet behind The Grammie Guide; Isabelle Gecils, the author of Leaving Shangrila; and Ruchira Khanna, who wrote Voyagers into the Unknown. Go to www.fslonline.org for the latest list of participating authors and come to the Saratoga Library Community Room on May 9 for what promises to be a lively evening. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.


Satellite Bookstore Receives Heavy Foot Traffic

Since the installation of the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries’ satellite bookstore, located in the lounge of the Joan Pisani Community Center, recreation staff has noticed lots of participants passing through to peruse the selection of books. From tots to seniors, it appears leisurely reading is still in vogue. Come check it out!


Thank You to our Outstanding 2015-2016 Friends Volunteers!


With over 160 active volunteers, the Friends is a thriving and vibrant organization and we are fortunate to have the talents of so many who love our library and our community. Many of our dedicated volunteers have been contributing for 10 years or more - an amazing commitment to our group! We value each and every one of the phenomenal people who give their time and energy to support the Friends. As I reflect on our 2015-2016 fiscal year, I'd like to give special thanks to our Board of Directors and Key Volunteers for their past year of service and leadership:

Board of Directors Members: Pat Russell (Treasurer), Alice Patrick (Membership), Susan Freeman (Community Events and Hospitality), Liz Guy (Publicity), Laura Tillett (Secretary), Kristin Gragnola (Programs), Mary Murphy (Newsletter), Debbie Jensen (Assistant Treasurer), Terrie Creamer (Immediate Past President), and Bobbi Stek (Retail Operations Manager).

Key Volunteers: Jean Hsu (Webmaster), Cynthia Lee (Membership Correspondence), Sophie Qian and Lyn Clawson (Mailing Coordinators), Claire Campodonico (Hospitality), Mary Swentzel (Paperback Sales Coordinator), Cathy Foscato (Sorting Room Manager), Jan Barisich and Carol Lazzarino (Volunteer Coordinators), Anne Cunningham (Book-Go-Round Website and Newsletter), and Sharon Andres (Book Spine, Tile, and Brick Sales).

I am also very grateful for our collaboration with Saratoga Community Librarian Allison Lew. She is an outstanding asset to our community!

Lisa Finley, President



English Conversation Club

The weekly English Conversation Club at the Saratoga Library has successfully completed its first year of operation. It was started early last year to meet the needs of Saratoga's growing population of nonnative English speakers. Attendance has grown from 20 to about 35 learners.

Participants come from a variety of countries including France, Finland, China, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Russia, Syria, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Italy! Attendees self-identify their English proficiency levels and can choose to sit at tables for Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, or High Advanced conversation levels. The club is organized by library staff but community volunteers play a big part as facilitators to guide conversations at each table. Many participants view this not only as an opportunity to become more proficient in English but also to learn about American culture and to make friends.

Please join us if you are looking for a friendly and supportive setting to improve your English listening and speaking skills, learn about American idioms, traditions and other cultures, and discuss current events and local news.

The club is free and open to all levels of English language learners. It is held weekly on Thursdays from 11:00 am to noon. Participation is on a drop-in basis. Fluent English-speakers are also needed to help facilitate conversations. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Liu at lliu@sccl.org.


Virtual Library Resource of the Month: Zinio for Libraries

The Santa Clara County Library District offers 159 digital magazines for all ages free through Zinio for Libraries. Zinio offers e-magazines that you can read online or download onto your desktop or mobile devices. Enjoy National Geographic, The New Yorker, Astronomy, Audubon, Better Homes and Gardens, Cook’s Illustrated, Elle, Discover, Highlights, Cricket, and the latest issues of many more magazines. All you need is an Internet connection, your library card number and your PIN to get started.

To access Zinio, please visit www.sccl.org/zinio. Register for an account and begin browsing magazine titles or search for your favorites, clicking the plus button to add them to your collection. Download the Zinio for Libraries App to your mobile device to access your collection on your device. You will gain complete, full-color, digital copies of your favorite magazines that you can read wherever you like, even when there is no Internet connection. Zinio lets you read the whole magazine, cover to cover.

For even more online articles available to library cardholders, click on “Magazines” at www.sccl.org/Research/Categories.


Read, Play, Grow – a Santa Clara County Library District Board Book for Young Children

Thanks to the support of the Read Zone (a Super Bowl initiative for early literacy) and the Pacific Library Partnership, the Santa Clara County Library District has published our own Read, Play, Grow rhyming board book. The book was developed for children, parents, and caregivers by the staff and communities of the Santa Clara County Library District to promote helping children to get ready to read before kindergarten. In this book you will find some of our favorite rhymes and finger plays. The books will be given to families and are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.


Famous Science Fiction Author to Speak at Saratoga Library

Acclaimed science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will visit Santa Clara County Library District with an event at the Saratoga Library on Wednesday, May 11, at 7pm. Robinson, the award-winning author of 19 novels and numerous short stories, will talk about “The Power of Imagining,” discussing how fiction can help readers envision the future and explore new ideas. Robinson is well known for such works as the eco-novel Green Earth, a new version of the Science in the Capital series, The Years of Rice and Salt and the Mars Trilogy. His work has been honored with more than 20 awards including the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Award. Audience Q&A will follow Mr. Robinson’s talk and he will be available for book signing after the event. The program is free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations needed.


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!


May 2016 Newsletter is here!

Our Friends of Saratoga Library May 2016 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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