April 25, Saturday,10am-6pm
April 26, Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Saratoga Library Community Room
25 cents each on Saturday, or $3 grocery bag full or your cloth bag equivalent on Sunday.
Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) invites you to Be a hero!
This summer, the 2015 Summer Challenge kicks off May 15th and runs through August 15th. This year’s exciting program offers something for everyone; Kids are encouraged with “Every Hero Has a Story”; teens are dared to “Unmask”; and adults have the chance to Escape the Ordinary. The Summer Challenge is about more than just reading. It is a program that encourages all to enjoy library resources, experience enriching and creative programs, and also provides opportunities with our new partners who include:
SC County Parks • County Fire, and the fire departments in the cities of Gilroy, Milpitas and Morgan Hill The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose • The Tech Museum
Teens will get the chance to engineer and invent with Tech Museum staff. Kids can listen to a story from a park ranger and adults have a chance to hear first-hand stories of bravery and determination. This year SCCLD has also expanded the pre-reader (ages 0-5) component to encourage active participation of families to help their little ones get ready to read. The program supports the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative as county libraries continue to provide training and programming in our communities to promote early literacy and the five practices of reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing that help young children get ready to learn.
How does the Summer Challenge work? Using the activity trackers that are available both in paper and online, patrons can earn points by completing suggested activities -- from visiting at a county park, to reading a great book, to downloading a free song. Kids who fill their tracker receive a FREE book. Adults and teens that register online and complete the program can be entered into drawings to receive prizes. Plus, Children’s Discovery Museum is giving out free tickets to all patrons who complete the Summer Challenge. Be a Hero this summer and sign up for the 2015 Summer Challenge.
Teen Summer Challenge
This summer, Santa Clara County Library District invites you to be a hero! The 2015 Summer Challenge kicks off May 15 and runs through August 15. Teens are dared to Unmask. The Summer Challenge is about more than just reading— it is a program that encourages all to enjoy library resources and experience enriching and creative programs. To complete the Summer Challenge, use a Summer Challenge activity tracker that is available both in paper and online. Earn points by completing suggested activities -- from visiting a county park to reading a great book to downloading a free song. Teens receive a free book at sign up and a Starbucks gift card at completion. Teens that register online are entered into a drawing to win new tablets. So, Be a Hero this summer and sign up for the 2015 Summer Challenge!
Adult Summer Challenge
This summer, Santa Clara County Library District invites you to be a hero! The 2015 Summer Challenge kicks off May 15 and runs through August 15. Adults are dared to Escape the Ordinary. The Summer Challenge is about more than just reading— it is a program that encourages all to enjoy library resources and experience enriching and creative programs. To complete the Summer Challenge, use a Summer Challenge activity tracker that is available both in paper and online. Earn points by completing suggested activities -- from visiting a county park to reading a great book to downloading a free song. Adults receive a free book and bag at registration. Adults that register online are entered into a drawing to win new tablets. So, Be a Hero this summer and sign up for the 2015 Summer Challenge.
BookBrowse for the Latest Books at Saratoga Library
Book Lovers-Santa Clara County Library District offers you BookBrowse, which is an online, curated book magazine to introduce the latest popular books. This bi-monthly review offers intelligent, in-depth reviews of recent fiction and nonfiction books and is accompanied by a short essay on the cultural context or relevance of the work. Read-a-likes for each review point you to new discoveries.
It was founded in 1997 by a mom with young children who yearned for the days of leisurely bookstore visits and recently received a Gold Modern Library Award for outstanding library products.
Book clubs will find reading guides, author interviews and even tips on how to deal with that unruly member. Historical fiction fans will appreciate the ability to filter by time periods. Make it your reading discovery tool. Find it at http://www.bookbrowse.com/sccl
Three Local Students Win National Teen Poetry Contest
The Santa Clara County Library District is pleased to recognize three local teens who recently won the prestigious Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) teen poetry contest:
This 2014 national contest attracted more than 140 entries submitted by teens from around the United States. Poetry topics were as diverse as the teens and the geographical areas they represented.
Three of the five winners chosen by VOYA were endorsed and sponsored by the Santa Clara County Library District: Angela L., Redwood Middle School; and Ashley C., Saratoga High School, Saratoga Library; and Ariel B., Milpitas High School, Milpitas Library.
Author Series - City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell
Wednesday, May 6, 10 AM Saratoga Library Community Room
Bo Caldwell is the author of the national bestseller The Distant Land of My Father and former Silicon Valley Reads selection. Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, Story, Epoch and other literary journals. A former Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, she lives in northern California with her husband, novelist Ron Hansen.
The City of Tranquil Light is a powerful novel about a young couple whose marriage and faith are put to the test in Revolutionary China. Told through alternating viewpoints - and inspired by the lives of the author's maternal grandparents - City of Tranquil Light is a tender and elegiac portrait of a young marriage set against the backdrop of a beautiful but torn nation.
Great turnout for Silicon Valley Reads author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner
Berkeley resident Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen shared her insatiable appetite, dishing out food as a metaphor for identity, desire and consumer culture during a book discussion on March 26, 7 p.m., at the Saratoga Library.
"Food is both a daily and a symbolic way of life," Nguyen, author of the memoir "Stealing Buddha's Dinner," explains. "We have to think about food every day, but food also marks our family history. It indicates what we want. Everyone has a food identity."
Nguyen described her years growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as an immigrant from Vietnam and her hunger for a mainstream American identity during the Saratoga event, co-sponsored by Friends of the Saratoga Libraries.
"I love meeting new people and love hearing other people's stories about food immigration," says Nguyen, who has spoken at schools and libraries across the country. "It's so gratifying to me when somebody who has a completely different background from me, when that person tells me, 'I read your work and I felt the exact same way growing up.' I love that moment or I love that feeling because it's truly valuable to be reminded of that--that we do all share more than not."
The talk was one of 140 free public events that have been offered throughout Santa Clara County in February and March as part of Silicon Valley Reads.
Saratoga Library Welcomes Randall Campbell
The Saratoga Library welcomes its new Library Page, Randall Campbell. He lives in Sunnyvale and was formerly employed as a security guard. He is excited to start a new and different job, and he already is proving to be hard-working and extremely energetic. We welcome his positive energy and his great attitude. He is a fabulous addition to our team here at Saratoga Library.
--Andrew Cammisa, Circulation and Accounts Supervisor
May 2015 Newsletter is here!
Our Friends of Saratoga Library May 2015 Newsletter is out.
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