Thursday, November 29, 2007

Adult New Reader

The library has a special collection of high interest easy to read materials for adults who are seeking to improve their basic reading and writing skills. The collection called Adult New Reader has both fiction and non-fiction books on diverse topics as well as audio books and special newspapers written for adults learning to read, such as News for YOU. The books have colored dots on their spines to indicate their readability level.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Blue Ribbon Fiction

Our new first floor display features award winning fiction. Selected works of authors awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature are also included. Reread an old favorite or browse serendipitously; you might just discover a hidden gem.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Free hands on computer class Thursday

Join us for our free Internet class Thursday, November 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Technology Center. Searching methods and tips, finding maps and businesses, and finding reliable medical information are some of the topics to be explored.Sign up by calling (408) 615-2900 or stop by at the Technology Center or 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Serial killer with a heart

Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, and Dexter in the Dark are a series of suspense novels by Jeffry Lindsay featuring a killer who has his own way of seeing that justice is served. Dexter works analyzing blood for Miami-Dade Police Dept. but stalks killers who slip through the system and stops them. Dexter is devoted to his own moral code. Darkly Dreaming Dexter was dramatized on Showtime in 2006.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Want to dress up your photos?

And don’t have Photoshop or Picasa? There are some online programs that can let you fix the most common issues like, cropping, image size, exposure, red eye, and many more. Here are just a few:

Read more about some of the above online photo editing programs at:

Large Print

The library offers a collection of popular titles in large print to help visually impaired patrons who find it difficult to read books printed in small font sizes. There are collections of large print titles at both the Central Park Library and the Mission Library Family Reading Center. Click here for a list of the titles in large print available at both libraries.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

You’ve searched the library’s catalog, and the book you want is not available. Select the button “Repeat Search in Link+” and you may be just one click away from locating that elusive book. Link+ is a union catalog of contributed titles from participating academic and public libraries in California and Nevada. Santa Clara City Library members may borrow books listed as "available" in the union catalog. For more information, please click on Link+ Requesting.

Monday, November 19, 2007

National Book Awards Announced

Interested in reading fine literature by American writers? The 2007 National Book Award winners were announced on Tuesday, November 14:

The National Book Awards, given to writers by writers, were established in 1950 to recognize literary excellence in American literature and to raise the public’s awareness of great writing by fellow Americans. To learn more about the awards and see a complete list of finalists, click on the link above.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

History at your fingertips

The Carmelite Monastery in the 1930's and other pictures of Silicon Valley of long ago are available at your fingertips through Silicon Valley History Online.

Santa Clara City Library contributed more than 100 photos in 2005 and recently added several more including the one at left.

Postcards, maps, letters and other items can be found in the database. The California History Center at DeAnza College, History San Jose, Intel Corporation Museum, The California Room at San Jose Public Library, San Jose State University Special Collections, Santa Clara University Archives also contribute materials.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Native American Drums

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!
Ages 5 through adult. Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. Central Park Library Redwood Room. Native American drum group, Swift-Cloud, performs traditional songs and drumming accompanied by Native American dancers. Learn about the songs and dances of some of our nation's First Peoples. Seating is limited. Please arrive early. No registration required. For more information, please call (408) 615-2916.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Did you know there are an estimated 93 million adults nationwide who struggle with everyday tasks that require reading and writing? (National Assessment of Adult Literacy)

These adults have limited literacy skills due to a variety of reasons. Many suffer from a learning disability, such as dyslexia. What makes the dyslexic brain different? What methods hold out hope for dyslexics to improve their reading and writing skills? Overcoming Dyslexia: a new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level by Sally Shaywitz, explains how neuro-imaging techniques have helped researchers answer these questions. Click here for a list of resources in the library about dyslexia.

Need a list of companies?

Try our ReferenceUSA database.

To learn to create company lists try searching for retail grocers in Santa Clara. Go to our Research Databases page. Select ReferenceUSA. Select the U.S. Businesses Database then click on the Custom Search tab. Check the YP (Yellow Page) Heading or SIC and City, State check boxes, then click on the Create Search Form button.

Did you find fifty-five retail grocers in the city of Santa Clara?

If you need further assistance, call a reference librarian at 408-615-2900.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Find your Cherokee ancestors

Discover your Cherokee heritage at a free genealogy workshop Saturday, November 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Cedar Room, on the first floor in the library. You will explore the Eastern and Western Tribal rolls, and Indian applications as well as books on Cherokee research from the library's genealogy collection. Presented by the Cherokee Community of the Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Foundation and Friends Booksale November 17

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Visit the Foundation and Friends booksale on November 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Redwood Room. Over 5,000 books will be available for purchase and all are reasonably priced at just $5.00 per bag of books. Proceeds from the booksale benefit the Library.

Variety is ...

... the spice of life. Check out a variety of material from the library: magazines, books , CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Members may have a maximum of forty items checked out at any one time. Magazines, CD-ROMs, and videos have specific limits of five each, and it is a maximum of three when borrowing DVDs.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Free class on the basics of the Internet Thursday

Learn to find information on the Internet by using exact URLs and search engines, like Google. There are plenty of computers so students can learn by doing. Come to the Technology Center this Thursday, November 15 from 10 a.m. -11 a.m.

Spread the word to those you know who would like to learn the basics of the Internet or find a friendly place to ask questions. Let us know who is coming by signing up in the Technology Center or at the 2nd floor Reference Desk or by calling (408) 615-2900.

It is helpful if students know how to operate a computer mouse. If someone needs practice, try this practice program, Mousing Around.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Have a USB Flash Drive?

A Centennial Software study found that 66% of owners of USB Flash/thumbdrives report losing them. Additionally 60% of those reporting loss say that the drive stored private data.

Here are simple solutions to protect the data on the lost media:

1. Some newer flash drives have built-in encryption. Windows users should look into using something like TrueCrypt(
2. Password protect sensitive documents
3. Put it on a lanyard or key chain
4. Create a document that will have your email contact
5. Check new products coming out with PIN's such as Corsair' Flash Padlock (

Friday, November 9, 2007

Looking for magazine articles?

Do you need information before buying a mattress? Are you writing a paper on stem cell research, the Iraq war or the current situation in Pakistan? Are you looking for a review for your book club?

Gale General OneFile, an online collection of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles is available free from the Library's Web site. More than 11,000 journal and magazines are indexed and the full text of the article is available for over 6,000 of them. Find OneFile from the Library's Web site, by choosing Research Databases, find Magazines and Newspapers and selecting General OneFile.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Reading Edge

Mission Library has a machine called "The Reading Edge" which can scan and read aloud books, newspapers or periodicals that are placed on it. This machine is helpful for those who are visually impaired or learning disabled.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Four out of five stars?

On a scale of one to five stars, how would you rate the last book or movie you checked-out? A new feature allows members to rate items in the library’s catalog, including books, movies, CDs, and magazines. You may change or delete your ratings by clicking on the My Ratings button offered on your library account page. Get started today by clicking on this link: Ratings Help.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Library Staff Favorites!

Have you ever wondered what books the library staff are reading? We love to share our favorite titles each month in the Staff Favorites list! Check out some of our November picks!

If you see a book you'd like to know more about in our catalog, click the "More Information Button." Often summaries, book reviews, and first chapters will be available!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bay Area Most Energetic

Sperling’s Best Places ranks the Bay Area as the most energetic of U.S. cities. Bay area residents rank in the 90th percentiles for both walking and cycling to work, moderate and vigorous exercising, and were near the top when it came to feeling generally healthy. Residents had the study's lowest body mass index (BMI) scores. The Bay Area ranked as the top spot when it came to recreation opportunities too, having the highest scores in natural resources and fitness facilities. Sperling’s book Cities Ranked and Rated is part of the library’s reference collection.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Finding Biographical Information

Do you want to find out more about a famous artist, scientist, world leader, or sports star? Our Biography Resource Center electronic resource contains brief biographies, narrative biographies, magazine articles, and websites on well-known people. Here you will find information on famous individuals living today and also from throughout history.

Search for Claude Monet or someone else you have always wanted to know more about. See if you can find out about Steve Young’s experiences as a freshman college football player. Steve was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Read Santa Clara

Our library is not only a place where patrons come to "read to learn" but also to "learn to read." Read Santa Clara is the library's adult and family literacy program serving English speaking adults who wish to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. The literacy program's trained volunteer tutors provide over 3000 hours of free literacy instruction to 100 adult learners each year helping them achieve goals as diverse as helping their children with schoolwork, filling out job applications, reading health information or writing letters.