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100th Anniversary Celebration

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Celebration of Library District’s 100th Anniversary

Saturday, October 11 from 12-4 p.m.

Sincerest thanks to the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries and to the City of Saratoga for their generous grants that funded the community celebration of the Library District’s 100th anniversary that was held on Oct. 11. The event was attended by 2,918 persons. It brought residents of all ages together for an enjoyable day of learning, creating, and connecting. The celebration included presentations as well as hands-on learning opportunities for all ages such as ones regarding: technology, arts-and-crafts, gardening, history, health, the Bookmobile, library resources and services, and more. The event included a magician’s performance, a 3D printing class, a library information presentation, wood laser-engraving and cutting demonstrations, high-speed embroidery machine demonstrations, and a harpist. Hands-on activity tables, spread throughout the library, included: Chabot space and science, rubber band knitting, science of music, robotics with tooth brushes, knitting with circuits, bead necklace making, decorate a “100” poster, postcard making, bath salts making, Ikebana flower arranging, Henna body art, robotics with Legos, balloon art, coffee ground painting, button-making, garden paper-pot making, face painting, and more. Each table included library materials associated with the table’s activity topic, for patrons to check-out and enjoy. Eleven community partners manned tables at the event, and those tables included helpful information and fun activities for attendees. This celebratory event showcased the impressive history of the library system as well as the innovative community center that the library is today in its 100th year. Thank you Friends and City of Saratoga for your generous grants that made this much enjoyed event possible.


Want to know what that old book is worth?

Is there a book on your bookshelf that you think might be valuable? Maybe it's from the 1800's and bound in leather or it's a signed novel by a famous author. The value of used books is really about supply and demand. A book may be very old and even rare but if no one wants it, its value is low. Also, many popular books were printed in large quantities so there are many to be found, driving prices down. Fortunately there are many bookselling websites that can give you information about the value of your particular book.

To determine the value you'll need to examine the book and determine the following:

  • What's the book's condition?
  • How is it bound?
  • Is it a first edition?
  • Is the book signed or inscribed?

Once you have this information you can go to one of the many bookselling websites such as abebooks.com, biblio.com, alibris.com, qbbooks.com etc., use advanced search and find what your book is listing for.

If you are not able to find your book listed on any of the bookselling websites, you can go to the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, abaa.org, and see if a member specializing in your type of book can help you. You can also hire an appraiser if you suspect your book is highly valuable.


Mary Jean Gravkin has retired!

Volunteer Coodinator of the Book Go Round

Recently, Mary Jean Gravkin announced her retirement as the Volunteer Coodinator of the Book Go Round. Thank you Mary Jean for your many years of service in helping the Book Go Round to run so smoothly and efficiently!

“I began my Book-Go-Round career working behind the desk in 1991 after retiring as secretary for Argonaut Elementary School,” says Mary Jeanne Fenn. “In January 1998, we expanded the store hours from five to seven days a week, which meant a need for 32 additional monthly spots to fill!” A daunting task for most, but not our Mary Jean! Betty Loomis said, “In the beginning, her easy and friendly ways helped us learn the mechanics of our assignments. She never seemed frustrated with our repeated questions. And her wonderful smile set a great example for us all! Thank you for helping make the BGR one of the best volunteer jobs in Saratoga!”

From all of us at The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries, our hats go off to Mary Jean!

The new coordinators will be Jan Barisich and Carol Lazzarino.


Saratoga Library welcomes Sarim Yaun !

New Library Clerk

The Saratoga Library is pleased to welcome Sarim Yaun as our new Library Clerk. Born and raised in Cambodia, he moved to the United States in 2001 and attended San Jose State University, where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. He began his first career in 2005, working at De Anza College Bookstore. In 2007, he became an Extra Help Page at Cupertino Library. He transferred to Campbell Library as a Coded Page in 2013. He said he is very happy to be part of the Saratoga Library team and is grateful to work in a place where people are polite, positive, hardworking, and friendly. It helps to bring out the passion for his job. The Saratoga Library is happy to have him as part of their team!


Saratoga Library welcomes Jaiden Williams !

New full-time children’s librarian

We are very pleased to welcome Jaiden Williams as our new full-time children’s librarian at Saratoga Library. Her library experience includes working as a Library Media Technician at the Berkeley Unified School District and as a volunteer/page at the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library. In addition to holding a Master’s in Library and Information Science, Jaiden has a Bachelor’s degree in print journalism. She is passionate about diversity and library services. Her first day at Saratoga Library was Monday, September 29. Welcome Jaiden!


Saratoga Library welcomes Adrienne Apple !

New Coded Page

Adrienne Apple moved to the Bay Area last year from Santa Barbara, where she lived for the past 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and she has worked at the Santa Barbara Public Library. She is currently working toward achieving a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Bryan and their one-year-old son, Kai, traveling, camping, hiking, and walking. Her favorite books are On the Road by Jack Kerouac and The Beach by Alex Garland. We at Saratoga Library are pleased to welcome her to our team as a new Coded Page.


Membership Update

November 1, 2014

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of our library! The Saratoga Library is a part of the Santa Clara County Library System, which is one of the top ranked libraries in the United States. Our Saratoga Library branch enriches life in our community as an increasing number of patrons utilize its services both at the library and by using the online resources.

Through memberships and the Book-Go-Round the Friends made a grant of $143,800 for the 2014 – 2015 fi scal year. This money goes to fund:

  • Purchase of Best Sellers – books and audio
  • Materials for Summer Reading Program
  • Program support for adults, teens, children and families
  • Community outreach

We hope you will continue your commitment to our library by renewing your membership today and please consider raising the level of your membership or making a special gift.

As a member of the Friends of The Saratoga Libraries, we know you value the contribution our library provides to our community. Please renew your membership, volunteer, and be an active member of the Friends. We also encourage you to visit the Book-Go-Round, our used book store, for great fi nds. Enclosed for your convenience is a remittance envelope or you may go online at www.fslonline.org.

Alice Patrick and Lisa Finley, Membership Co-Chair



Monte Sereno City Picnic

September 27 at 11:30 a.m.

The City of Monte Sereno hosted a barbecue lunch for its residents at Vasona County Park’s Circle Picnic Site. Saratoga Library staff members, accompanied by the County Library Bookmobile and a Bookmobile librarian, participated in the event by issuing new library cards and sharing library information with residents. Staff members spoke with over 150 Monte Sereno residents.


Paperback Sales

October 25, Saturday,10am-6pm
October 26, Sunday, 1pm-5pm

Saratoga Library Community Room

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


November 2014 Newsletter is here!

Our November 2014 Newsletter is out.
Please click here to read now.



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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