Monday, March 24, 2014

National Book Critics Circle Awards


Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is winner of the National Book Critics Circle fiction prize.  This novel tells the story of a young Nigerian woman in the United States on a university scholarship. Adichie's previous works are Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, and Purple Hibiscus.  Santa Clara City Library readers have given her books high ratings.

Other fiction nominated:  Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being, Alice McDermott's Someone and a work in translation, Javier Marias' The Infatuations.  Find these books following the links but also check other formats like Audio, Large Print, and books from our Browsing collections.  Ask for help at (408) 615-2900.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink won the nonfiction award.

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch won the biography prize.

Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti was the autobiography winner.

Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart won the poetry award.

Distant Reading by Franco Moretti won in the criticism category.  Get this academic book through our Link+ service for free.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra won the inaugural John Leonard for a debut book in any genre.

Join us for a discussion of three of these award-winning books at 10:30 a.m. in the Margie Edinger Room:
Americanah on Tuesday, May 27
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena on Tuesday, July 22
A Tale for the Time Being on Tuesday, November 25

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Celebrate READ Santa Clara's Book of Learner Writings - April 12

      Get your heart warmed and be inspired by the hard working adult learners who write about their journey to learn to read in the newest edition of In Our Words.  It will be released at its Book Launch on Saturday, April 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Mission City Center for the Performing Arts - Wilcox High School located at 3250 Monroe St. in Santa Clara.  Some of the authors will read from this new book.
      The event is free and open to the public.  There will be activities for children and dessert following the program.  Call (408) 615-2956 for more information.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Did you know that March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday? If he were alive today, he would be 110 years old! Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, wrote and illustrated over 60 books. His whimsical rhymes and drawings have made him one of the most beloved authors of young and old alike for generations.
Fun Facts:
  • Seuss is an Austrian name, and is actually pronounced zoyss.
  • For books that Seuss wrote but did not illustrate, he used the pen name "Theo LeSieg." (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backward.)
  • His books have been translated into more than 15 languages.
  • The book And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street was rejected by 27 publishers before being published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Visit our display of Dr. Seuss’ books and DVDs in Youth Services. We will also have nametags available (while supplies last) for children to add to our walls in support of reading!  Also, March 3rd is designated Read Across America Day, so pledge to read at least one book with your child!
Hailey, a young library patron at Santa Clara Central Park Library, likes Dr. Seuss books because they are about "making rhymes and laughing." Stop by the library and check out a dose of laughter for yourself!
For more Dr. Seuss fun, check out Seussville at

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Job Hunter's Toolkit: LinkedIn at Santa Clara City Library

Help for your job search is around the corner at Santa Clara City Library.  Join us for the Job Hunter's Toolkit series beginning with three sessions on using LinkedIn in your jobsearch.

Two LinkedIn workshops taught by professional career advisors from NOVA

Using LinkedIn:  Set Up, Manage and Connect on Tuesday, February 25 from 1:00-2:30 in the Redwood Room and

Using LinkedIn: Find People, Use Groups, and Locate Job Postings on Tuesday, March 11 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Margie Edinger Room.

Following the initial LinkedIn workshop, job hunters can get photos taken and other assistance from library staff in setting up their LinkedIn profiles in a hands-on lab in the Library's Technology Center on Tuesday, March 4 from 10:15-11:45. 

No sign up is necessary and all sessions are free and open to the public.  The Library is located at 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara.  Call 408-615-2900 if you have questions.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Betsy and Tom Franco visit the library!

We were pleased to host Betsy Franco, author of over 80 books for children and young adults, and her son, artist Tom Franco at the library on Sunday afternoon. They talked about Betsy's new adult novel, Naked

Tom interviewed her about the book, and she in turn, interviewed him about his artwork and the illustrations he contributed to the novel. It was like listening in on a mother-son conversation. It was quite fun and we all enjoyed lots of laughs.

Barnes & Noble was on hand to sell books, and Betsy and Tom autographed books after the program.

Big thanks go to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends for sponsoring this wonderful event.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Puppet Art Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk at the Library

I love seeing traditional tales come to life with puppets! Santa Clara City Library not only has movies with puppets (Jim Henson production, The Muppets, and Sesame Street), but we also have on special occasions a live puppet presentation. Kids ages 3 and up were invited to a FREE live puppet performance on December 3rd by the Puppet Art Theatre Company. The Puppet Art Theatre Co. presented their own holiday-style version of “Jack and the Beanstalk” which kids and parents enjoyed. The show was very funny, and the puppets engaged the audience with lots of questions. The puppeteer even showed us some sound effects, tricks, and what supplies she used to make the puppets. When asked what was your favorite part of the show, one boy replied, "when they fall down!"

Join us for more kids’ events by checking out our calendar. Remember, all kids programs, storytimes, and events are FREE at the Santa Clara City Library.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Beautiful Delicious Bread at the Library

      Yesterday Breadmaking for Beginners continued the Sustainable U events at Santa Clara City Library.  Angela Ocana taught more than 50 people how to make their own artisan bread based on recipes from Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson.  Here are photos of two versions of the bread baked at home following the class.

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