2020 Vision for Library, Here to Help with Your Resolutions

The New Website is LIVE at sccld.org

Come explore our totally redesigned website

To celebrate the New Year, SCCLD is treating our patrons to a brand new, completely transformed website found at sccld.org. Our new site features new pages that have been greatly enhanced to help patrons find, discover and experience the many things SCCLD has to offer. Patrons that are familiar with the online catalog will be happy to find that the online catalog remains the same.

Main areas of the website include Feature Titles, where users can discover great books, music, movies, world collection, magazine, news, and games. Online Library 24/7 gives users access to eBooks, Audiobooks, eMagazines & News, eMovies & eMusic, and dozens of online research services. Learn 24/7 is a great resource to help students and adults with free online tutoring, test prep and online courses. Patrons can discover our libraries’ happenings with a new calendar system under Events. There are also dedicated pages to Kids & Families, as well as Teens. The Services page helps patrons access account information, plus learn about our passport services, English as a Second Language classes, and more. Finally, patrons are encouraged to explore our Connect page to engage with the Library and keep up to date with Library news.

SCCLD has produced a number of video tutorials to help patrons familiarize themselves in navigating the new website. Library district residents who don’t have a library account can get a free digital library card instantly as part of the new online eCard service. We love hearing from our patrons. To share your feedback about the new website, send an email to webmaster@sccl.org.  Make sure you bookmark our new site at https://www.sccld.org.

Making Sure That Everyone is Counted

The Library is assisting with the U.S. Census Count

Starting this month, the County of Santa Clara will be launching its 2020 Census outreach. This decennial effort determines how much federal spending the County receives, as well as how Congressional districts are apportioned between the states. The data collected through the Census provides a snapshot of everyone who lives in this county, as well as demographic information that is useful for local government agencies in determining how to deliver services. An incomplete count means that the voices of every member in our community will not be heard! 

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has made a significant investment toward its Complete County efforts. Over the past year, the County has convened over 150 local partners to discuss ways in which we can empower our community to participate and address their concerns. The goal is to get the word out to as many people as possible. The Census will be mailed out to households around mid-March, a few weeks before Census Day on April 1. Census officials hope to have all responses returned to them by late April. After that, Census officials will visit all residences that have not mailed in their forms.

By law, personal information provided in the 2020 Census will be kept entirely confidential. SCCLD is assisting the County’s efforts and will be hosting Census Questionnaire Assistance Kiosks at each library. These kiosks will offer dedicated connection to the Census Bureau website for a secure response. Library patrons may use any library public computer to answer the Census as well.

Silicon Valley Reads 2020 Kicks off this Month with Special Event

Premiere Literary Event Starts January 23

This year’s theme is Women: Making it Happen, marking the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.

From the tenacious individuals who worked hard to get women the right to vote, to the women and girls in the 21st Century breaking gender barriers to excel in all areas of life, this year’s featured titles include remarkable stories from Julian Guthrie, author of Alpha Girls, and Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse.

A special event kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm at De Anza College’s Visual & Performing Arts Center in Cupertino. Author Julian Guthrie and the four women featured in Alpha Girls – Mary Jane Elmore, Theresia Gouw, Sonja Perkins and Magdalena Yesil, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro.

Alpha Girls is the untold story of pioneering women in Silicon Valley venture capital. Described as "Hidden Figures meets The Social Network," Alpha Girls is the story of the real unicorns of Silicon Valley -- the women who bucked the system and found ways to survive and thrive in this high-stakes, male-dominated world. The book explores the rise of such companies as Facebook, Tesla, Oracle, Trulia, Imperva, F5 Networks, Acme Packet, ForeScout, Salesforce and more – all through the eyes of trailblazing "alpha girls" of Silicon Valley who helped build these companies.  The book is being adapted for a television series by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and TriStar.

Doors open at 6:45 pm. No tickets or reservations are required for this free event, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is free parking in Lot A starting at 5 pm. The campus bookstore will sell copies of the book before and after the program, with Guthrie and the “Alphas” available for autographs afterwards.

The adjacent Euphrat Museum of Art will be open 6:30-7:30 p.m. and during the book signing for free viewing of the exhibit “Women Pathmakers.” “Women Pathmakers” honors women whose courage and creativity helped change the world. Those featured include pioneer mathematicians, the first computer programmer, Nobel Prize winning scientists, civil rights activists, artists and musicians. Other artworks are inspired by the movement for women’s voting rights, displaced immigrant populations and the impacts on women and girls, and the invisible labor of women of color.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Reads events at sccld.org/svr/.

Musical Performers Asheba and Black Cedar Trio Coming to Libraries

Kids and adults are in for a treat with Calypso and classical concerts

Music lovers of all ages won’t want to miss a pair of live music series taking place in January and February.

Caribbean style storyteller, Asheba, is the featured musician for the Family Concert Series. He specializes in Calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of his native Trinidad. The focus of his music is hope and happiness, which you can hear in his original works as well as his covers of classics such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “You Are My Sunshine.” The Family Concert Series begins on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Morgan Hill Library.

Black Cedar Trio is a three-piece ensemble dedicated to music for flute, cello and guitar. They recreate classic and commissioned compositions that work for this unique combination. Their performances have been described as “deeply personal” with “perfect synchronization of subtle rhythms and phrases.” Their series starts on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Saratoga Library.

All of SCCLD’s events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Family Concert Series Featuring Asheba

MORGAN HILL LIBRARY
Thurs., Jan. 30 at 10:30 am
Program Room
MILPITAS LIBRARY
Tues., Feb. 4 lat 10:30 am
Community Room
SARATOGA LIBRARY
Sat., Feb. 1 at 11:30 am
Community Room
CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Wed., Feb. 5 at 10:30 am
Lower Level Community Room
GILROY LIBRARY
Sat., Feb 1 at 3 pm
Community Room
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY
Tues., Feb 11 at 10:15 and 11 am
Orchard Room
CUPERTINO LIBRARY
Mon., Feb 3 at 10:30 am
Community Hall
 

Black Cedar Trio

SARATOGA LIBRARY
Sat., Feb.8 at 3 pm
Community Room
MORGAN HILL LIBRARY
Mon., Feb. 24 at 7 pm
Program Room
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY
Wed., Feb. 26 at 6:30 pm
Orchard Room

Helping to Build the Best Possible You

The Library has classes and resources to assist you with all your New Year's Resolutions

So you’ve decided what exercise and nutrition goals you want to meet in 2020. Now what? Let us help. The Library has a number of items that you might find useful. Start with our Discover Your Best Self in 2020 booklist, which has multi-step plans for reaching your chosen goals, whatever they might be, as well as works by authors including Shonda Rhimes.

Check out the latest edition of our Health & Fitness list of books, which was compiled by our adult librarians. Titles range from Eat to Beat Disease to Aging Backwards. You’ll find a variety of suggestions for losing weight, staying healthy and navigating the medical system. You can also explore our new website’s Health & Fitness section. In it you’ll find resources like the mindfulness app Headspace, health information and a medical library.

Our libraries also have numerous fitness and wellness classes that may appeal to you, as well as relaxing hobby groups. Here are a few examples. Find the rest in our Calendar section, or at sccld.org/events/.

CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Enhance Fitness
Thursday, January 16, 11 am– 12 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Join us for a low-impact full body workout that combines strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Bring two 2lb weights and wear comfortable clothing.

CUPERTINO LIBRARY
Knitting at the Library
Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 4 – 6 pm, ThinkTank – Second Floor
Knitters of all skill levels welcome.

GILROY LIBRARY
Zumba
Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Community Room
This Latin-inspired, easy to follow dance-fitness party exhilarates your senses and works all major muscle groups in a high-energy cardio blast that leaves you invigorated, refreshed and full of life.

LOS ALTOS LIBRARY
The Joyful Vegan: Eating and Living with Purpose
Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Author Colleen Patrick-Gourdreau dispels myths and misconceptions about plant-based eating.

MILPITAS LIBRARY
Heartful Relaxation and Meditation
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 11 am – 12 pm, Auditorium
Pave the way for overall well-being by balancing one’s existence and improving relationships.

MORGAN HILL LIBRARY
Snack Break (for children 18 years and under)
Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Snacks provided by the YMCA and must be eaten in the Program Room.

SARATOGA LIBRARY
Planning Health Meals/What’s on a Label/Rethink Your Drink
Fridays, January 10, 17 & 31, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Program Room
Nutritionist Sueellen Haggerty of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department will walk you through ways save time and money with making meals that are both healthy and taste great in week one. In the second session, Haggerty explains how to read and understand the nutrient facts label. The final session touches on the dangers of sugary drinks, which are linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. 

The Year that Was: Looking Back at the Best of 2019

Our Librarians Share their Picks for the Book Highlights for Children, Teen, and Adults

 As we welcome the New Year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on all the great works that came out last year. Our Librarians have come up with lists of picture books and middle grade novels for kids to enjoy. We also have best of lists for adult fiction and nonfiction. Like Audiobooks and eBooks? We have suggestions for kids, teens and adults. The School Library Journal also has a set of lists of best books, which we have in our collection.

You can find recommendations from our librarians by genre and topic year-round on our website. We have categories for children, teens, and adults, with categories ranging from “Science & Technology,” to “Mystery,” to “Teen Issues,” and “Yoga for Kids.” There is something for everyone. Sign up to be notified of any future editions of lists on recurring subjects. We even have Best of Music and Best Blu-rays/DVDs of 2019 lists for you to enjoy. Happy 2020!

Gearing up for the Grammy Awards

The Library is hosting its annual contest to see who can guess the most winners!

Do you think you have your finger on the zeitgeist? Now is your chance to show off your musical smarts. Each year the Library District’s Movies and Music Team challenges music lovers to attempt to correctly guess winners in the Grammy’s Best New Artist, Record, Song, and Album of the Year categories. Those who pick correctly in each category will be entered into a drawing for a $50 prize!

January Calendar of Events

Major happenings this month at each SCCLD location

We start this month off a little later to time with the launch of our new website on the 6th, which is also Three Kings Day/Día de los reyes in the Western Catholic tradition. January also brings Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (20), Lunar New Year (26), and the start of awards season. 

SANTA CLARA COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT
JANUARY 2020 EVENTS (HIGHLIGHTS)

NOTE: All Libraries will be Closed Monday, January 20, 2020 in Observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Events in blue denote Silicon Valley Reads 2020 Events

CAMPBELL (77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell 95008)

ESL Conversation Club
Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 – 2:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Improve your English listening and speaking skills in a friendly setting. All levels of English language learners are welcome. Topics include American culture, life skills and current events. No registration required. 

LEGO Party!
Wednesday, January 8, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
We will provide the LEGOs, kids bring your imagination!

Introduction to Tai Chi
Thursday, January 9, 11 am – 12 pm, Community Room
Learn the basic postures and breathing techniques in this introductory class.

Family Storytime for All Ages
Saturdays, January 11, 18, & 25, 10:30 – 11:15 am, Children’s Alcove
Appropriate for all ages, full of movement, singing and stories for the whole family!

Enhance Fitness
Thursday, January 16, 11 am– 12 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Join us for a low-impact full body workout that combines strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Bring two 2-lb weights and wear comfortable clothing.

Virtual Reality Experience (ages 13-17 only)
Friday, January 17, 4 – 5 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Experience virtual reality at the Library. Registration required.

Pilkey Party Celebration of Dog Man & Captain Underpants (5 years+)
Saturday, January 18, 2:30 – 4 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Celebrate beloved author Dev Pilkey with crafts, games and lots of fun. Registration is not required.

An Afternoon with Krafty Kombucha
Sunday, January 19, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Whether you are an expert or novice, join us for this informative talk and find out about more meetup opportunities. No registration required.

Macbeth
Saturday, January 25, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
A free special performance from San Francisco Shakespeare Tour.

Learn About Changes to the ACT Exam
Monday, January 27, 7 – 8:15 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Recently, the ACT announced changes to its testing policy. Find out how these changes could affect your child.

Work2Future Seminar
Thursday, January 30, 11 am – 12 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Job seekers and potential employers, come learn about the free services and programs that Work2Future offers.

CUPERTINO (10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014)

Master Gardeners: Winter Care of Roses
Wednesday, January 8, 7 – 8:30 pm, Story Room
Learn how to prune, fertilize, mulch and reduce disease to have a glorious spring bloom of roses!

Children’s Movie (K-8th grade)
Thursday, January 9, 4 – 5 pm, Library Story Room
School age children are invited to watch a feature film in our story room.

Children’s Lit for Adults Bookclub
Thursday, January 9, 7 – 8 pm, Story Room
Adults are welcome to our Children’s Literature Bookclub to discuss, reminisce, maybe discover a beloved children’s classic. Registration required at either Cupertino Adult or Children’s Reference Desk.

ESL Conversation Club
Fridays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Orchard Room
Drop-in to improve your English listening and speaking skills and learn about other cultures in a supportive environment. This program is for adults who speak basic English.

Firebird Youth Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, January 11, 2 – 3 pm, Community Hall
Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration with the talented musicians of the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra.

Reading Buddies
Monday, January 13, 7 – 8 pm, Story Room
K-5th graders are invited to work on their pronunciation and self-confidence by reading to a quiet and patient therapy animal. Register in person at the Children’s Reference Desk. 

Level UP ESL Conversation Classes
Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28, 3 – 5 pm, Story Room
Improve English listening and speaking skills in a fun, interactive English conversation class. This program is independent of ongoing ESL conversation club on Fridays. Registration is required.

Mandarin/English Storytime
Friday, January 17, 11 am – 12 pm, Parent’s Corner
Children’s Librarian Jean will read stories and lead children with songs. There will also be games and craft projects.

Game Day (Grades 1-8)
Thursday, January 23, 4 – 5 pm, Story Room
Join us for new and classic board and card games.

Silicon Valley Reads 2020 Kickoff Event
Thursday, January 23, 7:30 p, Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College
Join us as we kickoff the start of Silicon Valley Reads. The theme of the year is Women: Making it Happen.

CSEA Tax Help
Saturday, January 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Story Room
Get your tax questions answered by representatives from California Society of Enrolled Agents.

San Francisco Shakespeare on Tour
Sunday, January 26, 2 – 3:30 pm, Community Hall
See a shortened, family-friendly Shakespearean play, then stay to meet the cast and ask questions after the show!

SVR 2020 – ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power
Monday, January 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Story Room
Join us for the screening of this documentary described as “against a backdrop of sex, politics and race, ANITA reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to standup for equality and justice.”

GILROY (350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy 95020)

Yoga for All Levels
Monday, January 6, 13, & 27, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Community Room
Join us for a refreshing, relaxing and invigorating yoga session that is suitable for all adults and teens. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and water.

Adult and Teen Craft
Monday, January 6 & 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Community Room
We will yarn wrap a craft horse in fun colors. All supplies provided. Ages 13+

Pajama Story Time / Cuentos en Pijama
Mondays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7 – 7:30 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Bring your favorite stuffed animal, pillow, or blanket and your PJs. For the whole family.

Spanish Storytime / Hora de Cuentos en español
Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21 & 28, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for families with children. Plus a simple craft andplay time.
Acompáñenos a escuchar cuentos, canciones, y rimas para familias con niños. También habrá una manualidad simple y tiempo para jugar.

Teen Tech Program: Adobe Premiere (ages 12-18)
Wednesday, January 8 & 22, 4 – 5:30 pm, Computer Training Lab
Learn to import footage, select clips, assemble sequences, adjust audio and export.

Photoshop for Adults
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 – 8 pm, Computer Training Lab
Learn the basics of selection and cutting images out, then arranging them and editing them.

Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Wednesday, January 8, 7 – 8 pm, Quiet Study Room B, 2nd level
Join us and learn how to help yourself in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

ESL Conversation Club/Club de Conversación de ESL
Fridays, January 10, 17, 24 & 31, 11 am – 12 pm, Meeting Room
All levels are welcome to practice English in a friendly, informal group. Practique su Inglés dentro de un grupo amistoso que se reúne una vez a la semana por una hora. Todos los niveles de estudiantes del idioma Inglés son bienvenidos.

Make an iMovie (ages 4-14)
Saturdays, January 11, 18 & 25, 10 am – 12 pm, Community Room
Three-week series that teaches participants how to make a 2 minute movie using an iPad and iMovie app. Completed movies will be shown at the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival. Register online, drop-ins are welcome as space permits.

Adult and Teen Craft Club (ages 13+)
Saturday, January 11, 2 – 3:30 pm, Community Room
Take a plain journal and decorate the cover using our embosser and die cut machine, ribbons, washi tape and more!

Library eBook and eResource Workshop
Tuesday, January 14, 3 – 4:30 pm, Computer Lab
Saturday, January 25, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Computer Lab
Learn how to download eBooks, Audiobooks and other eResources to your mobile device. Please bring the device and any login/password information, as well as library card number and pin.

Teen Tech Program: Photoshop (ages 12-18)
Wednesday, January 15, 4 – 5:30 pm, Computer Training Lab
Learn the basics of selection and cutting images out, then arranging them and editing them.

Author Visit: Erica Layne
Tuesday, January 21, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Room
Local author Erica Layne will talk about her book The Minimalist Way: Minimalist Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy. Copies of the book will be on sale.

Reading Buddies
Thursday, January 23, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Nest
K-4th graders are invited to work on their pronunciation and self-confidence by reading to a quiet and patient therapy animal. Sign up by calling or coming in to guarantee a spot.

Free English Classes for Adults
Wednesday, January 29, 6 – 8 pm, Meeting Room
Improve English listening and speaking skills. Textbooks and supplies are provided. Sign up online or at Information Desk.

LOS ALTOS (13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022)

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, January 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29, 11 – 11:45 am, Orchard Room
Preschoolers (ages 3+) and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, music, movement and fun!

Writing Wednesdays
Wednesday, January 8, 7 – 9 pm, Small Conference Room
Stop by for a casual writing space where you can get motivated in a community of other writers. Bring your preferred method of writing, whether a laptop or notebook. For teens and adults.

Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
Wednesday, January 8, 7 – 9 pm, Los Altos Youth Center
Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos will offer a presentation on foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Mandarin-English Storytime
Thursday, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 11 – 11:30 am, Orchard Room
Speakers of all languages are welcomed to attend this storytime filled with books, songs, finger plays and activities.

Learn About Changes to the ACT Exam
Saturday, January 11, 2 – 2:30 pm, Orchard Room
Recently, the ACT announced changes to its testing policy. Find out how these changes could affect your child. For 8th-10th grade students and families. Registration is open.

The Joyful Vegan: Eating and Living with Purpose
Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Author Colleen Patrick-Gourdreau dispels myths and misconceptions about plant-based eating.

Baby Sign Language
Wednesday, January 15, 1 – 2 pm, Orchard Room
You and your baby can learn the basics of sign language. There’s a “play and learn” session following the program that allows babies and their caregivers more time to interact with each other.

Adult/Teen Craft Program
Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Join us for our monthly adult/teen craft event. No registration is required and all supplies will be provided.

Teen Super Smash Bros. Tournament
Sunday, January 19, all day in the Orchard Room
Come play Super Smash Brothers with others. Prizes for the top 5 places.

Guided Meditation
Monday, January 20 & 27, 6 – 6:30 pm, Orchard Room
This 30-minute guided session is based on easy to practice techniques that will inspire you to meditate regularly.

Reading Buddies (Grades K-5)
Saturday, January 25, 2:30 – 3:15 pm, Orchard Room
Kids can practice reading skills by reading aloud to a quiet and patient therapy dog. No registration required.

Master Gardeners
Wednesday, January 29, 7 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Succulents are diverse, and low-water plants make a welcome addition to any garden.

MILPITAS (160 N. Main Street, Milpitas 95035)

Adult ESL Class Assessment
Monday, January 6, 13, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Group Study Room A
Wednesday, January 8, 15, & 22, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Group Study Room A
Thursday, January 9, 16, & 23, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Group Study Room A
Friday, January 10, 17, & 24, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Group Study Room A
Our ESL classes are for high beginners to intermediate level students. This assessment test is required to enroll in our free ESL classes. Register online.

My First Storytime: Stories and Songs for 1’s
Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 – 11 am, Children’s Activity Room
This program is focused on early literacy with very short picture books, songs and finger-plays.

Heartfulness Meditation
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, 11 am – 12 pm, Auditorium
Find overall well-being by balancing existence and improving relationships in this program that is offered in two parts: relaxation and meditation. No registration required.

Next Gen Tutoring
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, 3:30 – 5:45 pm, Auditorium
Free tutoring in the fields of social students, math and language arts. Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups.

ESL Conversation Club
Friday, January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 1 – 2 pm, Group Study Room A
Practice your English speaking and listening skills in a group. Topics include American culture, life skills and current events.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Friday, January 10, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Auditorium
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with crafts and lion dancing. All ages welcome. No registration is required.

Read Together, Play Together with Dr. Chou
Saturday, January 11, 11 am – 12 pm, Children’s Activity Room
This is the first of a three-part series focused on “How to Read a Picture Book,” and is presented in Mandarin Chinese. 

Family Movie Matinee
Saturday, January 11, 2 – 4 pm, Children’s Activity Room
Join us for the screening of Smallfoot.

Art Palooza (grades K-3)
Wednesday, January 22, 3:45 – 4:45 pm, Children’s Activity Room
Join us for musical painting chairs and pop rocks art with paint.

Teen Craft Hour (12-18 years old)
Thursday, January 23, 4 – 5 pm, Auditorium
Join us for our monthly craft event. We’ll provide the materials and basic instruction, you provide the imagination.

Reading Buddies (Grades K-5)
Saturday, January 25, 2– 3 pm, Children’s Activity Room
Kids can practice reading skills by reading aloud to a quiet and patient therapy dog. No registration required.

MORGAN HILL (660 W. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill 95037)

LEGO Club
Monday, January 6, 13, 20, 4 – 5 pm, Program Room
LEGOs available for ages 2 & up. Build whatever you want!

Vision Board Workshop
Monday, January 6, 7 – 8:30 pm, Program Room
Start 2020 on the right foot by creating a vision board, a board made up of cut-out images and words that aim to inspire you throughout the year. Suitable for teens and adults.

Snack Break
Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Snacks provided by the YMCA and must be eaten in the Program Room. For children 18 years old and under.

Toddler Storytime
Thursdays, January 9, 16, & 23, 10:15 – 10:45 am, Program Room
Kids ages 18 months to 3 years are invited to join us for stories, songs and fun.

ESL Conversation Club
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 4 – 5 pm, Program Room
Improve your English listening and speaking skills in this respectful and supportive environment. All levels of English language learners are welcome.

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
Sundays, January 12, 19, 2 – 4 pm, Program Room
Free event for teen players only. No registration is needed.

Make it Monday
Monday, January 13, 7 – 8 pm, Program Room
Join us as we make Vintage Book Page Pears. All supplies are provided. The program is intended for adults, but children are welcome to attend with adult supervision. Registration is required. 

Author Visit: Erica Layne
Tuesday, January 14, 7 – 8:45 pm, Program Room
Local author Erica Layne will talk about her book The Minimalist Way: Minimalist Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy.

Celebrate Lunar New Year
Saturday, January 18, 3 – 3:15 pm, In front of the Library, or inside if it is raining
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a performance by the Far East Lion Dancers! The performance is only 15 minutes, so don’t be late. There will be a craft activity for children afterwards.

Library Ukulele Society
Tuesday, January 21, 5 – 7 pm, Program Room
All ages are welcome to come and practice. Bring your uke and music stand.

AAUW Speaker Series: The Forgotten Women of Middle Earth
Tuesday, January 28, 7 – 9 pm, Program Room
David Bratman is the co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review. His presentation investigates overlooked female characters in Tolkien’s works.

Family Concert Series: Asheba
Thursday, January 30, 10:30  – 11 am, Program Room
Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in Calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of his native Trinidad.

SARATOGA (13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga 95070)

LEGO Club
Monday, January 6, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Kids of all ages are invited to drop in and create all sorts of fun! LEGOs will be provided.

Adult Book Discussion Club
Monday, January 6, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Community Room
Join us to discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Toddler Storytime for 1-2 Year Olds
Tuesday, January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10:30 – 11 am, Orchard Room
Come enjoy stories, songs and crafts for children ages 1 and 2 and their grownups!

English Conversation Club
Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 11 am – 12:15 pm, Community Room
Drop in to improve your English listening and speaking skills and learn about other cultures in a supportive environment. All levels and language backgrounds welcome.

Introduction to Photoshop for Teens (ages 13-18)
Saturday, January 11, 10 – 11 am, Learning Lab
Learn the basics of selecting and cutting images out, then arranging them in new places using principles of depth and design. Register online.

Family Storytime for All Ages
Saturdays, January 11, 18, & 25, 10:30 – 11 am, Orchard Room
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs for the entire family!

Family Craft: Let it Snow!
Saturday, January 11, 3 – 4 pm, Orchard Room
The whole family is invited to make a mini winter wonderland using Snowonder artificial snow.

Paws to Read
Tuesday, January 14, 7 – 8 pm, Orchard Room
Tuesday, January 28, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
K-5th graders are invited to practice their reading skills to a patient and quiet therapy dog. No registration required. First-come, first-served basis.

Make Sure Your Vote Counts
Tuesday, January 14, 3 – 4 pm, Community Room
Learn about the implementation of the California Voter’s Choice Act, a new law that allows states to conduct elections with greater flexibility and convenience for voters. Hosted by the Southwest Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the League of Women Voters. 

STEAM: Cubelets for Grades 1+
Saturday, January 18, 2 – 3 pm, Orchard Room
Cubelets are small, color-coded cubes that magnetically stick together to form a variety of robots. Register online, space is limited.

Chinese Youth Symphony
Saturday, January 18, 3 – 4 pm, Community Room
Join us as the California Chinese Youth Symphony introduces Chinese traditional music and instruments. All ages welcome.

CoderDojo Coding Club (ages 11-17)
Sunday, January 19, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Open learning environment featuring a different coding language at each table. Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the Library. Please register.

STEAM: Hoop Glider Challenge (Grades 1+)
Tuesday, January 21, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Attempt to make a plastic straw fly with your own hoop glider. The farthest flying model wins a secret prize – shhhh!

Family Craft: Shadow Silhouette
Wednesday, January 22, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Create a timeless silhouette cameo. All ages welcome.

Mandarin/English Storytime
Tuesday, January 28, 11:30 am – 12 pm, Orchard Room
Children’s Librarian Jean will read stories and lead children with songs. There will also be games and craft projects.

WOODLAND (1975 Grant Ave., Los Altos 94024)

Baby Lapsit
Mondays, January 6, 13, & 27, 1:15 – 2:15 pm
This is a 20-minute interactive storytime between baby and caregiver, presenting stories, acting rhymes and songs. Following storytime is a “play and learn” session.

International Board Game Day
Saturday, January 11, all day
Join us for a day of playing board games from all around the world.     

Build and Play Saturday
Saturday, January 18 & 25, all day
Enjoy our collection of tabletop games, cards and building sets. All ages welcome. Games will be on a cart on the children’s floor.

Build a Birdfeeder
Sunday, January 19, 2 – 3 pm
Make a bird feeder to put out in your yard and help feed the birds this winter.