Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Here’s How We Celebrated Children’s Book Week!

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” –Frank Serafini

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. During the week of May 13-19, 2013, all kinds of libraries from across the country were sharing and hosting their joy of reading with children. Here at the Santa Clara City Library, we celebrated by having a friendly visit from children’s author Tim Myers who read his NEW book Down At the Dino Wash Deluxe!

Check out what The Santa Clara Weekly said about Tim Myers' visit to Santa Clara City Library.

We also had a program for all the young future writers and artists out there, as we invited those up to 6th grade to Make Your Own Book! We had writers from the horror genre, some not-so typical fairytales, and some funny stories. There were also some very talented artists who made creative picture books!

Encourage your children to read. The Summer Reading Program is coming up soon! (June 1st)

Please join us for our Summer Kickoff Party on Saturday, June 8th from 1:00-4:00pm. Festivities will be held behind the library (you can't miss it!)

~posted by gm

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mayor Dedicates DC Quick Charging Station At Central Park Library

Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews dedicates the electric vehicle charging station by cutting a gas hose.  Assisting are Vice Mayor Pat Kolstad, Howard Clearfield Co-Founder of the San Francisco Bay LEAFs and City Council Member Teresa O'Neill.

       A Tesla S, Mitsubishi RAV4, Ford Fusion, two iMEVs, and dozens of Nissan LEAFs were on display for the public at the Library's tail gate party Saturday, May 11.  
       "We are living the future," one electric vehicle owner told me.  Another told me she has owned her Nissan LEAF for only a month but is delighted not to have to pump gas anymore. 
       After the dedication, the San Francisco Bay LEAFs listened to Karen Scholnick from Bay Area Air Quality Management District tell about their projects and plans for electric vehicle infrastructure.  Paul Carreon of PG&E and Larry Owens of Silicon Valley Power explained rate options for charging electric cars.  The group announced the Family and Friends discount for purchasing and leasing Nissan LEAFs.  Join the San Francisco Bay LEAFs and take advantage of the discount.  An Android app that will report the condition of each cell in your car's battery was announced. 

Mary Boyle
Librarian Central Park Library

Monday, May 13, 2013

NASA Program Cancelled

The NASA Missions Update program scheduled for Monday, May13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Central Park Library Redwood Room, has been cancelled due to illness. The program will be re-scheduled for the fall. The Library apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

posted by jb

Friday, May 10, 2013

NASA Missions Update

On Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Central Park Library Redwood Room, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Eric Norris will present another fascinating multi-media program on NASA missions to the planets. Eric will talk about the latest activities of the Curiosity Rover on Mars and future Mars missions, as well as update us on other missions throughout the solar system. Adults and interested students are welcome!

For more information about this free NASA missions program, call Reference at 1-408-615-2900.

posted by jb

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

May is Zombie Awareness Month!

May is Zombie Awareness Month!

According to the Zombie Research Society, the United States comes in at #3 for being one of the safest countries during a zombie attack (http://zombieresearchsociety.com) and the U.S. is also more ready for battle than most. But what is a zombie?

1. A zombie is a relentlessly aggressive human or reanimated human corpse driven by a biological infection.

Since the zombie pandemic is not a matter of if, but a matter of when, I have put together a Zombie Awareness Pathfinder that will provide resources and information to the survival of the human race. If you are interested in living, you can drop by the library to learn about basic zombie survival skills. For all of our zombie patrons, we will be showing the movie Warm Bodies in the summer.

Remember, your best defense against the coming zombie apocalypse is to feed your brain at your local library, which is also something that zombies desire most… your brain.

~posted by gm

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Santa Clara Charging to the Future Learn the Real Story about Electric Vehicles

Jeff Ipsaro charging his Nissan LEAF at Central Park Library.

Join us Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 9 a.m. for a tailgate party in the parking lot where you can see electric vehicles and ask questions.  At 9:15 Mayor Jamie Matthews will dedicate the DC Quick Charging Station.  Silicon Valley Power officials will give an update on City charging stations.  You are invited to join the San Francisco Bay LEAFs, the world's largest Nissan LEAF owners association, who will be meeting in the Redwood Room at 10:00 a.m.  Speakers from PG&E and the Bay Area Air Quality Management group will give updates on plans for electric vehicles and infrastructure.  Any questions, call 1 (408) 615-2900.

posted by mb