Santa Clara: County Librarian Retiring After A Quarter Century of Service

From Patch Gilroy

“County Librarian and Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) Nancy Howe is retiring on Friday, March 27. Howe, who has served as County Librarian since 2012, will be leaving the Library District in an excellent economic and structural position, with a recent ranking by the Library Journal as the #7 library system in the country with expenditures of over $30 million, as well as numerous service awards.”I am proud and grateful to have been a part of nearly one quarter of the Library District’s journey alongside our wonderful staff, supporters, and volunteers,” said Howe. “Together, we have made great strides in eliminating barriers for every resident and patron of the County of Santa Clara, especially our children and vulnerable populations.”Howe began her career with the Santa Clara County Library, as it was known then, in 1995 as a substitute librarian.”

Santa Clara County libraries close as strike enters 10th day

From Mercury News

” The Santa Clara County union workers strike entered its 10th day Saturday, affecting several public libraries throughout the county.Workers at libraries in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas and Saratoga participated in the work stoppage, resulting in their closure for the day. Picketing workers instead gathered at the Cupertino Library to protest what they say are unfair labor practices. They also criticized the county for worker shortages and failure to hire and keep new staff.“Many in our community depend on the services our libraries have to offer but don’t always realize that we the workers do not have the resources we need,” Lucia Leblanc, a library assistant in Cupertino, said in a prepared statement. “Too many of our co-workers are taking on extra work that doesn’t always reflect our job duties to meet the staffing shortages and it is not sustainable.” Leblanc said in a Saturday interview that she expects library service to resume tomorrow.”

Santa Clara County libraries close as rolling strikes enter 10th day

Summer’s Great Time To Read, Win With Santa Clara Co. Library

From Patch Gilroy

“It’s that time of wispy settings with a good book in the sand on the beach or lounging in a hammock in the yard — or maybe in your local library branch.Yes, the Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the San Francisco 49ers and The Tech Interactive (formerly the Tech Museum of Innovation) for the 2019 Summer Reading Program called “It’s Showtime at Your Library.”Last year’s program brought out record participation among children, teens and adults. Nearly 33,000 people embraced more than 178,000 books collectively, surpassing the target reader goal.”

New Interactive ‘Light Wall’ Dazzles At Milpitas Library

From Milpitas Patch

“An Everbright wall display, recently installed at the Milpitas library, is proving educational and entertaining, according to the Santa Clara County Library District.The high-tech light wall, approximately 4 feet by 8 feet, has 476 dials and allows users to create images by adjusting each dial to whatever color they choose — making the design possibilities nearly endless, staff said.”This new community interactive wall allows our patrons to create designs in every color of the rainbow – plus the hues in-between,” said Nancy Howe, county librarian. “As a library system based in Silicon Valley, we strive to bring the latest technology to our libraries. Everbright promotes fun, learning and imagination, allowing our patrons to discover their creative side.”Everbright also makes an engaging, educational tool for young children as they touch and see color changes and pattern formations, and it is easy to use.”

Santa Clara City Library’s New Bookmobile is a Library on Wheels

From Santa Clara Weekly

” Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library, was excited to point out the colorful new library cards, bookmarks, and flyers with paper cut outs that can be folded into 3D bookmobiles available at Santa Clara City Library’s new bookmobile. Now making its way around town, the bookmobile is a traveling library intended to serve those who live, work and play in the City of Santa Clara. At the bookmobile, people can check out books, return books, pick up books on hold, pay fines and apply for new library cards.“The bookmobile service provides critical access to books and resources that promote early childhood literacy, will enrich the lives of our seniors and be a gateway for low income residents and new immigrants to a world of reading, learning and information,” said Paul Sims, Assistant City Librarian for the Santa Clara City Library.According to Sims, the bookmobile is 32 feet wide, 11 feet high and under 25,000 pounds. An estimated 2,500 items, including books, DVDs, audio books and materials for all ages, currently sit in the vehicle.”

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.”