Star Wars and cosplay rule at Santa Clara Library Comic Con

From The Mercury News

” A quiet place normally filled with books turned into a buzzing wonderland of robots and “Star Wars” icons and princesses Saturday at the Santa Clara Library’s second annual Comic Con.The event featured Bay Area artists, comic book shop owners, cosplayers and authors, who all helped to turn make believe into reality for a day. It was an opportunity for hundreds of families to experience a community-based Comic Con event, according to organizers. Attendees bonded with people who, like them, enjoy the wonders of comics.Jin Di Giordano, 28, of Vallejo, dressed up as Padmé Amidala, a fictional human character in the Star Wars franchise who was married to Anakin Skywalker.“I like that strangers will see you and they just know you because they know the character,” said the software developer. “Usually I like to cosplay with people that I relate to on some level. You meet new friends that way.” “And I feel like I look awesome,” she added.”


Santa Clara: ​’Reading by Design’ Comes to Los Altos Libraries

From Los Altos Patch

“With the school year almost at an end, it can be easy to slip into the long, lazy days of summer as soon as the first vacation day arrives. But don’t become too complacent, cautions educators and librarians alike. Summer is a great time to keep the educational momentum going, ensuring readiness for the following school year and beyond.By providing fun summer activities that also promote creativity, exploration and knowledge, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is helping kids, teens and adults stay academically current through a multitude of free programs and events offered throughout the summer.Inspired by the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists, architects and everyone else who has been instrumental in developing a more interesting, livable and beautiful world, SCCLD’s “Reading by Design” summer reading program encourages participants to explore individual creativity while designing new learning opportunities.”

Santa Clara: Library Director Hilary Keith Recognized as Woman of the Year by State Senator Bob Wieckowski

From The Santa Clara Weekly

” t the end of March, State Senator Bob Wieckowski hosted his 2nd Annual Women of the Year Ceremony at the Berryessa Branch Library. One of the three women honored was Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Santa Clara City Libraries (Central Park Library, Mission Library and Northside Library) checked out 2,606,691 items, had 1,013,064 visits, offered programs to 85,931 people, and issued 17,674 new library cards. The library’s Comic Con, STEM Bowl, STEM Central, and summer reading programs are just a few of the many programs Keith supports her staff to organize.”

Saratoga Library hosts only ‘money’ stop in Bay Area

From The Mercury News

” Knowing how to handle money is invaluable. Learning this necessary skill often requires years of practice to form a good relationship with money. From April 1 to May 1, the Saratoga Library is hosting the new exhibit “Thinking Money,” a new traveling exhibition that teaches preteens, teens and the adults in their lives about key financial strategies. The exhibit will cover topics like saving, financing college, housing affordability, spending and avoiding fraud.”

Santa Clara: Graduation Ceremony Honors Participants of Girls Who Code

From The Santa Clara Weekly

“Elysa Lee, 12, says she enjoys learning to code with friends through the Santa Clara City Library’s Girls Who Code program because she could turn to familiar faces when she has questions. Also in the same program are Rhea Nair, 12, and Anishka Bhartiya, 12, who both share that the program’s welcoming teachers have nurtured their flourishing coding skills. Amanda Kay, 11, enjoys the program so much she hopes to be a computer programmer someday. These young ladies were among the 40 who attended the local Girls Who Code Graduation Ceremony held at Central Park Library on May 15.”

Santa Clara: Library Hosts Football Themed Winter Reading Program

From Santa Clara Weekly

” In honor of Levi’s Stadium’s first Super Bowl, the Central Park Library’s first floor information booth has a goalpost inviting readers to score a touchdown in Santa Clara City Library’s debut winter reading program. Participants receive a raffle ticket and a paper football. The footballs will be posted near the goal post. The intention is to cover the entire wall with the names of the reading program’s Most Valuable Players.”

Santa Clara’s Library Offers Sustainable Programs to Enrich Community Health

From PublicCEO

“Santa Clara’s library set out several years ago to offer free educational programming built around sustainable living. Through funding from the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the state librarian, the library developed Sustainable U, a series of sustainable programs and resources that partner with local educational institutions, farms, fisheries and other libraries to increase the health, wellness and viability of the community.”