SCCLD Summer Reading Programs in Full Swing

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2014

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.  Studies have shown that children who read at least five books over the summer can prevent learning loss.  To combat the “summer slide,” children and teens still have plenty of time to sign up for free Summer Reading Programs offered at all Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) locations, and attend fun, free events promoting reading, science, and critical thinking skills.  Adults are also encouraged to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.

SCCLD is offering five Summer Reading Programs to serve different ages.  Individuals and families can sign up online at or at any SCCLD location. By completing five books and logging them online, participants have a chance to win a Google Nexus Tablet, iPad mini or iPod shuffle. Summer Reading Programs and events run through August 31st.

In addition, all SCCLD libraries are offering free, engaging science activities and programs throughout the summer. 

“We are pleased to provide these events and more at SCCLD Libraries and invite everyone to participate in our free summer programs.  When families choose to join in these summer enrichment activities, it not only enhances learning beyond the school curriculum, but has also been proven to open up a wide range of untapped possibilities and opportunities to those students who choose to participate throughout the summer,” commented Jason Baker, Campbell City Council Member and Chair of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board. 

Upcoming Summer Reading Events include: 

HELIX by Exploratorium

SCCLD is Partnering with Helix by Exploratorium to present hands-on science and technology-based Summer Reading programs for kids and teens at the Los Altos, Campbell, and Saratoga libraries.  Programs will include:

Book Folding Sculptures
Monday, July 21, 3:30—5pm
Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022
(408) 948-7683
Who knew that recycling used books could be such fun?  Students will have the opportunity to make an innovative and creative sculpture using upcycled books.

Charge Up
Tuesday, July 29, 2:00-3:30pm
Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 866-1991
Kids are invited to play and experiment with ten thousand volts of static charge as it jumps from objects into their hands and back.  Participants will learn how to create a charge from common household objects and distinguish whether charges are positive or negative.

Sound & Speakers
Saturday, August 9, 1:00-2:30pm
Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-6126
Speakers are everywhere in our lives: TVs, cell phones, radios, iPods, loudspeakers in train stations, etc. It's almost impossible to live without them.  But what makes them work?   Students will explore electromagnetism and sound to discover and understand what's going on inside a speaker and make an actual working speaker from simple materials.

Author Event: An Atomic Love Story

Monday, July 21, 7pm
Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-6126
Listen to Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus, authors of An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life as they talk about the research and writing of their new book and the important changes and conflicts American women faced during this time in history.  Written and superbly researched, An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life, provides readers with an intimate portrait of three highly ambitious women who find their way to the West Coast and whose lives become intertwined with the young Robert Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist whose work in creating the atomic bomb would forever impact modern history.  Authors will be available to sign books following the event.

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About the Santa Clara County Library District

Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

For eleven years, the Library has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Also recognized as one of America’s 2013 Star Libraries by Library Journal, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2013, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 215,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors who borrowed 9.7 million items. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at

Derek Wolfgram/Mark Fink/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3002/3010/3014