Santa Clara Library District Bookmobile Brings the library to you
By the numbers: 37 stop locations on two routes, up to 3500 items on board, 6,000 miles traveled per year, 51,902 items borrowed in 2014.
Janet Cazel, a longtime resident of Saratoga, left a memorial donation to the Friends Of The Saratoga Libraries. Janet served in the Women’s Army Corps in Paris during WWII, returning to have careers in teaching, as the librarian at Campbell High School, and in Gerontology. She was an active volunteer at the Book-Go-Round and the Saratoga Retirement Center.
Through this donation, the Friends are able to donate $50,000 to the Bookmobile, which serves the whole county, from Palo Alto to Gilroy, from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Mt. Hamilton Observatory. It visits all kinds of facilities and neighborhoods, ranging from senior communities, schools, affordable housing, rehabilitation centers and geographically remote locations. It serves people that have difficulty getting to a library. Saratoga stops include Daves Avenue Elementary School, Saratoga Retirement Community, Fellowship Plaza, and Scribbles and Giggles. Scribbles and Giggles provides nursing services in a day care setting to children with special needs.
This grant will provide a more robust 2015 Summer Reading Program including presentations, prizes, and programming to 1,400 children. In addition, 174 first and second grades in San Martin will receive a Reading Maintenance Activity Bag filled with five books of varying degrees of difficulty, a box of crayons, and an activity packet. Children are more susceptible to summer slide, where reading levels can drop a whole grade, when they don’t have access to reading materials.
Our communities are fortunate to have two Bookmobiles to provide service to those who can’t get to our community libraries. We are so grateful for the donation from the Janet Cazel Trust!
Author Series - Hobo Ashes by Steve Sporleder
Wednesday, March 4, 10 AM Saratoga Library Community Room
The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries present the Author Series the first Wednesday of each month, September through May. There is no charge for the event and light refreshments are served.
In Hobo Ashes, veteran writer, Steve Sporleder, takes us on a journey with detective Grady Prescott, who is determined to solve a murder that is close to his heart. In this historical murder mystery, Sporleder draws his experience as a fifth-generation Los Gatan to infuse his writing with local flavor and history that includes meeting post-WWII hoboes in Los Gatos and along the California Coast, who lived by their own well-mannered code, picking up jobs from local homes, all for a chance to ride the rails with a freedom few can imagine. But unexpected violence erupts and over the next few decades, we watch Grady play cat and mouse with a maniacal foe.
This is that rare book that will please history buffs as well as mystery lovers. Steve is a life-long resident of Los Gatos and spent thirty-two years in the fire service. He is the father of two grown children and four grandchildren.
New at the Saratoga Library - Baby Storytime! There will be a series of programs consisting of stories, rhymes and songs for babies - birth to 18 months. Starting March 4 at 10:30 am and continuing every Wednesday through May 27.
New Children’s Librarian - Holly Okamura
I am pleased to welcome Holly Okamura to the Saratoga Library team as a full-time Children’s Librarian. Holly has worked as a Children’s Librarian and as a Teen Librarian at Berkeley Public Library, Mountain View Public Library, and Santa Clara City Library. Holly’s education includes a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from UC Berkeley. Holly is excited about her new venture in children’s librarianship. As for personal interests, Holly is an avid billiards player who enjoys cooking, loves comic books and graphic novels, is fond of her rescue dog Bowie, and she and her husband enjoy traveling internationally.
--Peggy Baker, Children’s Supervising Librarian
Saratoga Library Welcomes: Bianca Garcia
We are pleased to welcome new team member Bianca Garcia. Bianca is a new extra-help library page at Saratoga Library. She recently transferred from West Valley College to San Jose State University and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. She considers herself lucky to be living in California, and she hopes someday to travel and see the rest of the world, as she is eager to see all the beautiful things the world has to offer.
--Andrew Cammisa, Circulation Supervisor
Employee Excellence Award
The County Library has the opportunity to recognize three library staff members each year in February, August, and November through the County of Santa Clara’s Employee Excellence Awards. An outstanding library staff person from Saratoga Library has achieved an Employee Excellence Award in recognition of the ways he exemplifies the best qualities of Santa Clara County Library District employees. The Library’s February 2015 Employee Excellence Award went to Kevin Mayes, janitor at the Saratoga Library. Kevin was recognized at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting February 10, 2015.
Kevin Mayes demonstrates his commitment to providing efficient, effective, high-quality service by ensuring that the library is clean and comfortable, by identifying and resolving challenging building issues affecting community members, and by setting-up for community events. A variety of librarians offer community events multiple times a day in multiple locations of the library. Kevin demonstrates that he highly values the community by ensuring that community events are successful. He does this by tracking the events using an online calendar, by communicating with librarians about their event plans, and by ensuring that community events have the correct equipment, tables, chairs, and furniture arrangements. He exhibits mutual respect by offering to help others before being asked for assistance, and he exhibits respect by assessing building issues and then thoughtfully educating colleagues about complicated matters. Kevin encourages innovation and flexibility by piloting new equipment and providing helpful opinions that influence library system purchasing decisions. His carefully made, thoughtful, recommendations demonstrate his commitment to upholding fiscal responsibility. Kevin is an exemplary role model for others to emulate. His positive spirit and commitment to helping others, to working hard, to teamwork, and to high-quality work make him an impressive role model who produces a top-notch library experience for community members.
--Andrew Cammisa, Circulation Supervisor
Toolkit from Silicon Valley Energy Watch Now Available at local Libraries
The toolkits include an illustrated user guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and water flow rates of appliances and equipment. It also includes instructions on how to install equipment that reduces energy and water consumption. Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a toolkit for up to three weeks from any of the libraries in the Santa Clara Library District. A limited number are available at the libraries, Saratoga has two toolkits available. They cannot be put on hold and you need to go to the Circulation desk to ask for one.
Toolkit users get to keep four compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), three faucet aerators, a low-flow shower head, outlet gaskets, weather stripping and water leak detection tablets. Devices that enable the measurement of energy and water use are to be returned to the library in the toolkit box, and include:
A Kill-A-Watt® Meter for measuring the energy use of appliances and equipment
A thermal detector that checks for heat loss through windows, vents and doors
A special thermometer that helps set refrigerators and freezers to appropriate temperatures
A water flow rate bag that measures the true rate of flow from faucets and shower heads
March 2015 Newsletter is here!
Our Friends of Saratoga Library March 2015 Newsletter is out.
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