Things We Think You Will Love

Highlights for Silicon Valley Reads 2020

Dozens of events are planned across the county

There’s something planned for all ages as part of this year’s Silicon Valley Reads program. Between February and March, SCCLD libraries will have more than 50 events and programs that are free and open to the public (plus a grand finale on April 9). Special events include discussions with featured authors Julian Guthrie and Catherine Chung, as well as engaging presentations, film screenings and hands-on activities for children and teens.

We are also offering patrons the chance to win prizes during Silicon Valley Reads! First, read one of our featured titles: Alpha Girls by Julian Guthrie, The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, Almost Astronauts and Who Says Women Can’t be Computer Programmers, both by Tanya Lee Stone. Then, complete an activity. Share one of the featured SVR books with a friend or family member, attend an SVR program, add to the SVR gallery, borrow a Disney movie from the Library, tell us your favorite Disney character, or learn about the women who drive at Monster Jam!

You’ll be entered to win family packs to Disney on Ice or Monster Jam. It’s easy to get started, just sign up on Beanstack.

Several of our libraries’ book clubs are hosting discussion groups this month. Be sure to visit the calendar on our website to find the closest book club to you. The event calendar is also where you can find out about our special celebrity storytimes featuring county supervisors and other city and county officials.

2019 Patron Survey Findings

The results are in and you had a lot to share about our services

SCCLD partnered with community researchers Harder + Co. to ask nearly 7,000 of our patrons about their experiences with many different aspects of library operations. We are happy to share with you that the large majority of those questioned (97%) reported that Account and Reference staff were friendly and approachable. Nearly all patrons reported that the library was welcoming and comfortable (98%).  A significant majority (85%) went on to say that they would be highly likely to recommend the Library to their friends and family. Your positive feedback means a great deal and tells us we’re on the right track.

The survey results have been broken down for all eight of our libraries and the Bookmobile, and we will use the results, feedback, and recommendations to help us further improve your patron experience. Your feedback helps us to determine how to prioritize resources, such as the finding that 75% of you ranked youth services as one of the top three reasons for visiting the library. Thank you for your participation in our patron satisfaction survey. We will provide future updates as we roll out new initiatives and changes based in part on your feedback.

Making Sure Your Vote is Heard in 2020

Milpitas Library to serve as a polling site; all libraries have info to help you decide

With the March 3 California Presidential Primary around the corner, the Library is partnering with the County Registrar of Voters (ROV) to make it easier for patrons to be prepared and vote. The League of Women Voters of California’s Easy Voter Guides (available in multiple languages) and voter registration forms are available in our libraries and on the voting resources available page on our website.

This year, the County is moving away from precinct-based elections, but will still offer a limited number of Vote Centers for those who wish to vote in person. Milpitas Library is one such official voting site.

ROV will be mailing out vote by mail ballots starting on February 3. Voters can either fill out and mail back their ballots, no postage needed, or carry them in to official voting or drop-off sites. All SCCLD libraries will be designated as 24-hour ballot drop-off sites

Special Message from the County Librarian

SCCLD obtains Star Library Certification for twelfth straight year, ranked #7 in nation

It has been my privilege and honor to serve as County Librarian since 2012, and to work for the Santa Clara County Library District for over 25 years. There is a quote attributed to Confucius, “Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life”. That has been true for me, as the past 25 years have flown by, and it comes with mixed emotions to announce that I will be retiring on March 27, 2020.

When I first started as County Librarian in 2012, there were several major crises brewing. The special tax that accounted for approximately 20% of our revenue was set to expire and we had implemented an unpopular and confusing non-resident card fee. Today, we are now in a much better place. The special tax has been renewed until 2033 and our library services are free to all. SCCLD is busier than ever, open 7 days/week, welcomes new patrons every day, launched a brand new website, and is an essential part of our diverse community. I am proud to say that we’ve received a Star Award from the Library Journal for 12 years in a row and we are ranked 7th in the nation for library systems with expenditures over $30 Million. 

For over 100 years, the County Library District has strived to eliminate barriers for every resident and patron, especially our children and vulnerable populations. I am proud and grateful to have been a part of that journey alongside the wonderful staff, supporters, and volunteers of the Santa Clara County Library District.

Thank you for making my time with the Santa Clara County Library one that I will cherish always.

Getting Ready for Tax Season

SCCLD is teaming up with VITA and AARP to assist patrons prepare their returns

Three of our libraries are offering free assistance for low and moderate-income individuals. This service is made possible thanks to the generous volunteers from the AARP and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), who are certified by the IRS to advise about tax matters. Below is a list of locations offering free tax help sessions. Please contact the library for more information.

Campbell 

  • Services provided by AARPvolunteers on three Saturdays (2/22, 3/7, and 4/4), with three separate sessions (10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm). Online registration AND completion of intake booklet is required.

Cupertino 

  • VITA volunteers will be available every Sunday from 3/1 to 3/29 from 1:30 – 5 pm. Drop-in only.

Milpitas 

  • VITA volunteers will be available Saturdays from 2/8 to 4/11 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Sign-up sheets will be posted at 9 am each day.

Everybody's Be-YOU-tiful Contest

Teen writing competition is back, looking for submittals

2019 was a watershed year for positive attitudes around body image, with singer Lizzo pushing people to love themselves for who they are and not what they look like.

The Library is again partnering with the Eating Disorders Resource Center on the Be-YOU-tiful Be Free Writing Contest. This writing contest is for students between grades 6-12, who live in the Bay Area. The winning entry can receive an award up to $300!

To enter, write a poem or essay on one of the following themes:

  • Describe some things you do to reduce your stress and/or anxiety.
  • How does body image impact how you perceive yourself and others.
  • Write a letter detailing what you would say to a friend who is feeling depressed.

Writers can also visit this page to see examples, as well as submission requirements. Submit your entry online by March 3.

Adobe Software Available at all SCCLD Libraries

Design tools will help you make the perfect presentation, a compelling flyer, and more

All of the computers at SCCLD’s libraries include the design software from Adobe. Interested in graphic design, photo and video editing, or web development? Log in with your library card and PIN on any full-service library computer for more than 20 Adobe Creative Suite programs featuring a wide array of design and development tools for the digital platform!

Popular Adobe programs include: Photoshop for digital image editing, Premiere Pro for film and video editing, InDesign for creating posters, brochures, and other image-based documents, Illustrator for vector art and graphic design, and Acrobat DC for reading and editing PDF’s. Library computers also provide Microsoft Office programs, Camtasia for more video recording and editing options, and other tools for business, office, graphics, and media.

Visit the Available Software page under Computer Services on our website to learn more about the Adobe Creative Suite and other programs installed.

Calendar of February Events

Major happenings this month at each SCCLD location

February is Library Lovers Month. Starting with the Super Bowl (2), February includes Valentine’s Day (14) and Presidents Day (17). It’s the time when we focus on African American History and heart health. Below are some of the highlights taking place at our libraries.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT
FEBRUARY 2020 EVENTS (HIGHLIGHTS)

NOTE: All Libraries will be Closed Monday, February 17, 2020 in Observance of Presidents' Day

Events in blue denote Silicon Valley Reads 2020 Events

CAMPBELL (77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell 95008)

Family Storytime for All Ages
Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:30 – 11:15 am, Children’s Alcove
Appropriate for all ages, full of movement, singing and stories for the whole family! 

Celebrating Lunar New Year
Saturday, February 1, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
A special event featuring classical dancing, kung fu and singing. The performance will be followed by a children’s program. 

Lumos: Magical Circuit Wants for Kids Ages 8-12 (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Sunday, February 2, 2 – 4 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
A mother and daughter STEM event where participants will create a light-up Harry Potter wand using dowels, gumdrops and copper tape! Please register online.

Homework Help (grades 4-8)
Monday, February 3, 4 – 5 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Tutors will be available to help students with homework. Snacks provided. 

Film Screening: Warrior Women (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Monday, February 3, 6 – 7:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
The untold story of American Indian Movement activists who fought for civil rights in the 1970s and the turbulent battles for Native sovereignty in the modern era.

ESL Conversation Club
Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25, 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. 

Family Concert Series Featuring Asheba
Wednesday, February 5, 10:30 – 11 am, Community Room – Lower Level
Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in Calypso. Come along with your little ones to clap, dance and sing along to these musical stories of hope and happiness.

Teen Advisory Board (ages 13-17)
Wednesday, February 5, 5 – 6 pm, Teen Zone – Upper Level
Help influence the future of the Campbell Library! Participants can also earn community service hours. Snacks will be provided.

Census 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 7 – 8 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Information session conducted by the County of Santa Clara’s census team. Learn why it is important that everyone is counted.

Family Craft: Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 – 5 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Make a valentine for that special someone in your love. All supplies are provided.

Pal-entine’s Day Friendship Bracelets for Teens (ages 13-17)
Thursday, February 13, 4 – 5 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Make a friendship bracelet for yourself or a pal. Registration is required.

Zipping Down the Adriatic-Dalmatian Coast
Tuesday, February 18, 7:15 – 8:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Travel program hosts Todd and Sherry Bevis will share their road trip down the Adriatic-Dalmatian coastal communities of Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.

Free Income Tax Prep by AARP
Saturday, February 22, 10 am – 3 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
IRS-certified AARP Foundation tax aide volunteers will be available to help people file their taxes. Registration is required.

Author Visit: Catherine Chung (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Sunday, February 23, 2 – 3:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Author Catherine Chung will discuss her novel, The Tenth Muse. It tells the story of a female mathematician who learns about her family’s mysterious history.

Film Screening: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Monday, February 24, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Room – Lower Level
Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 1940s, was also an inventor. Learn more about her life in this 88-minute documentary.

CUPERTINO (10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014)

Stories for Families
Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:15 – 10:45 am, Parent’s Corner
Children of all ages and their families are invited to this storytime filled with stories, songs, fingerplays, and activities.

Film Screening: Mission Blue (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Monday, February 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Ground Floor Story Room
Follow Dr. Sylvia Earle on her quest to protect our oceans and marine life from pollution, overfishing and climate change.

Feng Shui for the Year of the Rat
Wednesday, February 5, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall
A Feng-Shui master will share his predictions about the Lunar New Year in terms of politics and economy.

Reading Buddies
Thursday, February 6, & Monday, February 10, 7 – 8 pm, Community 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.

ESL Conversation Club
Fridays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Community Hall
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.

CMAP Teen Smartphone Video Workshop
Saturday, February 8, 4 – 5:30 pm, Teen Group Study Room (2nd Floor)
Take your smartphone videos to the next level with this event. Bring your own IOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Registration is required.

Drop in Help with Library e-Resources
Thursday, February 13, 1 – 3 pm, Think Tank
Learn all about the library’s wonderful e-Resources, and we can help you download any necessary apps and walk you through setting up your free accounts.

Children’s Movie Time (K-8th grade)
Thursday, February 13, 4 – 5 pm, Story Room
Every month, school aged children are invited to watch a feature film. Children only please. Film is TBA.

Paving the Way: Women’s Struggles for Political Equity in California (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Wednesday, February 19, 7 – 8:30 pm, Ground Floor Story Room
Steve Swatt and Susie Swatt, authors of Paying the Way: Women’s Struggles for Political Equity in California, will reveal stories of the unsung and long-forgotten women who challenged traditional concepts of femininity and helped to shape California’s public landscape.

LEGO Club (K-8th grade)
Thursday, February 20, 4 – 5 pm, Story Room
You bring the imagination, we will bring the bricks! Please leave your own LEGOs at home.

Bilingual Storytime in Mandarin Chinese and English
Friday, February 21, 11 am – 12 pm, Parent’s Corner
Librarian Jean will read story books, lead children with songs, fingerplays, games and a craft project.

Film Screening: “On the Basis of Sex” (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Monday, February 24, 6:30 – 9 pm, Ground Floor Story Room
Join us for this biographical legal drama about the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Game Day (Grades 1-8)
Thursdays, February 6 & 27, 4 – 5 pm, Ground Floor Story Room
Relax, play and meet new friends in this fun-filled hour dedicated to new and class board and card games.

Author Visit: Catherine Chung (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Thursday, February 27, 7 – 8:30 pm, Ground Floor Story Room
Author Catherine Chung will discuss her novel, The Tenth Muse. It tells the story of a female mathematician who learns about her family’s mysterious history.

GILROY (350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy 95020)

Kids Big Blue Block Play
Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Create and build, discover and play with Big Blue Blocks. Kids ages 3-6 welcome. 

Unity Game Design for Teens and Tweens (ages 11-18)
Mondays, February 3, 10, & 24, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Upstairs Computer Lab
Retired video game designer Dale Dowd will teach participants the basics of Unity engine, scripting coding, art, folder structure, game properties and more. Register online. Participants must be able to attend all of the sessions. 

Pajama Story Time / Cuentos en Pijama
Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 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, February 4, 11, 18, & 25, 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, play time.
Acompáñenos a escuchar cuentos, canciones, y rimas para familias con niños. También habrá una manualidad simple y tiempo para jugar. 

Maker Drop-in: Valentine Creations for Teens and Adults
Wednesday, February 5, 4 – 7 pm, Community Room
Use our 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing and vinyl cutter equipment to create a Valentine’s Day themed craft. No registration needed. 

Photoshop Basics: Teen Tech Program
Wednesdays, February 5 & 19, 4 – 5:30 pm, Computer Training Room
This introductory class will teach you how to change colors, adjust lighting, make a statement and make the impossible look real! For ages 11-18. Register online. 

ESL Conversation Club/Club de Conversación de ESL
Fridays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 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. 

Adult and Teen Craft: Valentine’s Decor
Saturday, February 8, 2 – 3:30 pm, Community Room
Decorate a wood heart photo frame or wood block letters. All supplies provided. Ages 13+

The Reading Program: Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation
Wednesday, February 12, 2 – 3 pm & 6 – 8 pm, Quiet Study Room B
Help other adult learners who wish to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. No prior experience is necessary. Learn more at sccld.org. 

Teen Tech Program: Adobe Premiere
Wednesday, February 12 & 26, 4 – 5:30 pm, Computer Training Lab
Learn the basics of moviemaking, including importing footage, selecting clips, assembling sequences, adjusting audio and exporting video. For ages 12-18. Sign up to secure your spot. Drop ins welcome, as space allows. 

Photoshop for Adults -- Intermediate
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 – 8 pm, Computer Training Lab
This class will teach you how to change colors, adjust lighting, make a statement and make the impossible look real! This class is for those who have taken the beginners class or have some experience using Photoshop. Register online to secure your spot. Drop ins welcome, as space allows. 

The Life of Georgia O’Keefe (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Saturday, February 15, 11 am – 12:30 pm, Community Room
Learn more about one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the 20th Century.

Lumos: Magical Circuit Wants for Kids Ages 8-12 (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Sunday, February 16, 2 – 4 pm, Community Room
A mother and daughter STEM event where participants will create a light-up Harry Potter wand using dowels, gumdrops and copper tape! Please register online.

Film Screening: Harriet
Wednesday, February 19, 6 – 8:15 pm, Community Room
Join us as we honor Black History Month with a showing of the film, Harriet. 

DIY Pom-Pom Animals
Monday, February 24, 3 – 4:15 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Join us as we make a fun pom-pom animal. For ages 7-12. Registration required. 

Author Visit: Catherine Chung (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Sunday, March 1, 2 – 3:30 pm, Community Room
Author Catherine Chung will discuss her novel, The Tenth Muse. It tells the story of a female mathematician who learns about her family’s mysterious history.

Reading Buddies (Grades 1-4)
Thursday, February 27, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Practice reading aloud to a patient therapy dog. Call to sign up for a spot.

Film Screening: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Saturday, February 29, 2 – 4 pm, Community Room
Join us for a screening of the film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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

3D Printing Classes (ages 11+)
Sundays, February 2, 9, & 16, 11 am – 12:30 pm, Staff Conference Room (Behind Adult Ref. Desk)
Learn how to design an object from start to finish using Tinkercad. Must have WiFi capable laptop and can attend all three classes. Sign up: https://bit.ly/2FSJLQV  

Laughter Yoga
Monday, February 3, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Orchard Room
No experience or special clothing necessary for this yoga course, just a willingness to laugh and have fun. No registration necessary. 

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26, 11 – 11:45 am, Orchard Room
Preschoolers (ages 3+) and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, music, movement and fun!

Glorious Blooms around the World
Tuesday, February 4, 7 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Photographer Joan Sparks will share information about extraordinary blooms, as well as maps of their locations around the world.

Baby Sign Language
Wednesday, February 5, 1 – 2 pm, Orchard Room
Learn the basics of sign language with a trained instructor. A 20-minute ‘play and learn’ session follows each program, allowing babies and their caregivers more time to interact.

Mandarin-English Storytime
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 11 – 11:45 am, Orchard Room
Speakers of all languages are invited to this bilingual storytime that includes songs, fingerplays and activities. A craft activity follows storytime. 

Tech Tech Program: Smartphone Videos
Monday, February 10, 6:30 – 8 pm, Teen Room
Learn how to shoot, edit, clean up audio and take your smartphone videos to the next level. Register online.

Film Screening: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Monday, February 10, 7 – 8:45 pm, Orchard Room
Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 1940s, was also an inventor. Learn more about her life in this 88-minute documentary.

Forgotten Women of Science (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Tuesday, February 11, 1:30 – 3 pm, Orchard Room
Artist Pantea Karimi will discuss lesser-acknowledged female scientists from ancient times to the 19th Century.

Adult/Teen Writing Group
Wednesday, February 12, 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.

Adult/Teen Craft Program
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
It’s National Bird Feeding Month and we are making bird feeders! No registration is required and all supplies are provided. 

Author Visit: Elaine Elinson (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Thursday, February 20, 7 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Author Elaine Elinson will discuss her book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

Reading Buddies (Grades K-5)
Saturday, February 22, 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.

Julian Guthrie in Conversation with Abe Kleinfeld (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Friday, February 28, 7:30 – 9 pm, Orchard Room
Author Julian Guthrie will discuss her book, Alpha Girls, with entrepreneur Abe Kleinfeld, who is also president and CEO of GridGain. 

MILPITAS (160 N. Main Street, Milpitas 95035)

Wild Feminine Power: Rhoda Shapiro (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Saturday, February 1, 2 – 3:30 pm, Children’s Activity Room
Author Rhoda Shapiro will guide the audience through an exploration of feminine power. 

Family Concert Series Featuring Asheba
Tuesday, February 4, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Auditorium
Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in Calypso. Come along with your little ones to clap, dance and sing along to these musical stories of hope and happiness.

Valentine’s Day Squishies
Tuesday, February 4, 3:30 – 4:15 pm (Grades 1-3), & 4:30 – 5:15 pm (Grades 4-6), Activity Room
Join us for an afternoon of squishy making, followed by a sweet treat. Please inform librarians if your child has any food allergies. Register online.

Next Gen Tutoring for Grades K-6
Thursdays, February 6, 13, & 20, 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.

Teen Tech Program: Photoshop Basics
Thursday, February 6, 4 – 5 pm, Computer Training Room
This introductory class will teach you how to change colors, adjust lighting, make a statement and make the impossible look real! For ages 11-18. Register online. 

ESL Conversation Club
Fridays, February 4, 14, 21, & 28, 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. 

Free 2020 Tax Help
Saturdays, February 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Conference Room
Free tax prep for low income, elderly, and disabled people who make less than $65,000 a year. A sign up list will be posted on the library’s front door of the garage entrance at 9 am each Saturday. 

Read Together, Play Together with Dr. Chou
Saturday, February 8, 11 am – 12 pm, Children’s Activity Room
Presented by Dr. Chou Wanhsiang, this series focuses on “How to Read a Picture Book,” and will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese.  

Film Screening: Iron Jawed Angels (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Saturday, February 8, 2 – 4:30 pm, Auditorium
This film is inspired by Alice Paul, a feminist who risked her life to fight for women’s citizenship and the right to vote.

Family Science Day
Sunday, February 9, 4 – 5 pm, Children’s Activity Room
Join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory for an afternoon of avian science activities and crafts.

My First Storytime: Stories and Songs for 1’s
Tuesdays, February 11, 18, & 25, 10:30 – 11 am, Children’s Activity Room
This program is focused on early literacy with very short picture books, songs and finger-plays.

Mandarin Chinese Family Storytime
Saturday, February 22, 11 – 11:30 am, Activity Room
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to this storytime that will feature books, fingerplays, songs and crafts. 

Reading Buddies
Saturday, February 22, 2 – 3 pm, Activity Room
Children in grades K-5 are invited to read aloud to a specially trained therapy dog. This is a drop in program. 

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

Bilingual Family Storytime
Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:15 – 10:45 am, Program Room
Join us for stories, songs and activities in Spanish & English. 

Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2 – 4 pm, Program Room
Free event for teen players only. No registration is needed. 

LEGO Club
Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 4 – 5 pm, Program Room
LEGOs available for ages 2 & up. Build whatever you want!

Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens and Adults
Mondays, February 3, 10, & 17, 7 – 8:30 pm, Program Room
Victory Martial Arts will teach self-defense methods in a short time span. 

Snack Break (for children 18 years old and under)
Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Snacks provided by the YMCA and must be eaten in the Program Room.

Valentine Card Craft for Kids
Wednesday, February 5, 4 – 5 pm, Program Room
Materials provided.

Toddler Storytime
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 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, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 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.

Make it Monday
Monday, February 10, 7 – 8 pm, Program Room
Join us as we make Teacup Succulent Gardens. All supplies are provided. The program is intended for adults, but children are welcome to attend with adult supervision. Registration is required. 

Black Cedar Trio
Monday, February 24, 7 – 9 pm, Program Room
Piano, flute and cello merge together to play wonderful classical music all will enjoy.

SARATOGA (13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga 95070)

Teen Hackathon (co-presented by CoderDojo Silicon Valley)
Saturday & Sunday, February 1 & 2, 8:30 am – 6 pm, Orchard Room
Join in for hacking, fun, food and cash prizes. Must attend both days! Sign up required. 

Family Storytime for All Ages
Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23, 10:30 – 11 am, Orchard Room
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs for the entire family! 

LEGO Club
Monday, February 3, 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: The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
Monday, February 3, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Community Room
Join us to discuss this critically acclaimed novel that focuses on a fictional trailblazer.

Toddler Storytime for 1-2 Year Olds
Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25, 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, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 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.

Black Cedar Trio
Saturday, February 8, 3 – 4 pm, Orchard Room
An ensemble dedicated to music for flute, cello, and guitar. 

Magnetic Slime Fun for Grades 4-8 (registration required)
Wednesday, February 12, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Make your own to take home.

Movie- Raging Grannies: The Action League (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Friday, February 14, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Orchard Room
Documentary about The Action League of SF Peninsula, local women activists over 50.

Growing Potatoes in the South Bay
Thursday, January 18, 7 – 8 pm, Community Room
Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw will teach you how to plant, grow and harvest your own spuds.  

STEAM: Science of Hydraulics (for grades 3-7 only)
Wednesday, February 19, 3 – 4 pm, Orchard Room
Learn the basic principles of hydraulics. Demonstrations. Register online, space is limited.

How to Become a U.S. Citizen
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Orchard Room
Representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will explain the requirements for naturalizing to become a U.S. citizen. Free, no registration required. 

Film: Hidden Figures (Silicon Valley Reads 2020)
Monday, February 24, 7 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Tells the real life story of a team of black women mathematicians and the early days of NASA.

Paws to Read
Tuesday, February 25, 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.

WOODLAND (1975 Grant Ave., Los Altos 94024)

Tech Help Thursday
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 1 – 5 pm
Get one on one help with your device. Call to reserve a slot.

Baby Lapsit
Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Join us for a 20-minute interactive storytime between a baby and caregiver with a librarian presenting stories, action rhymes, and songs. Stay after for a “Play and Learn” session in which babies and their adults can spend quality time interacting with each other.

Toddler Storytime
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 11:15 – 11:45 am
Toddlers ages 1, 2, and 3 and their caregivers are invited for stories movement, and lots of fun.