Women Making it Happen

U.S. Census Efforts Ramping Up

Census Day (April 1) is around the corner

County residents will receive a mail notification around the middle of March from the U.S. Census Bureau inviting them to complete the Census online. The library is helping with the County’s outreach efforts around the Census, which culminate on Census Day, Wednesday, April 1.

The County is asking that residents take a pledge to be counted as part of the Census effort, as this confidential process helps increase the amount of local affordable ​housing, funding for schools, law enforcement, and health care services. The Census also determines how many Congressional districts are allocated to each state. Depending on the final count, California may lose a seat

The Census counts everyone who lives at a residence, whether they are a long-time occupant or a short-term renter. Everyone needs to be counted, including babies! The idea is to paint a full picture of where every person in America lives. Count everyone living at your address on April 1, even if they are not related to you. You can respond online or over the phone. If you don’t want to use your phone or home PC, every SCCLD library will have a Census Assistance Kiosk, as well as links to the Census site on public computers.

Responding to the Census Bureau online saves them time and effort, which they can better use on counting hard to reach populations like seniors in assisted living facilities, people experiencing homelessness, or college students. Represent your community and help Santa Clara County get its fair share of federal funding. Take 10 minutes to respond to the Census and influence our future for the next 10 years.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Remembering the Valiant Women of the Vote

 This year’s Women’s History Month focuses on the advances made in equality around voting. The event, which started in 1978 in Santa Rosa as a week around International Women’s Day (March 8), has grown in size and duration over the years. From Sojourner Truth to Susan B. Anthony, Ruth Bader Ginsberg to Alice Walker, there have been generations of American women who have strived to make sure that Thomas Jefferson’s words from the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” applied to every American, regardless of sex. Our librarians have compiled a booklist to honor some of them.  

Speaking of voting, you may have noticed a new display at your favorite SCCLD library from the National Archive. The four-panel Rightfully Hers display depicts the history of the women’s suffrage movement, culminating in the adoption of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted all American women the right to vote (https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers).

The Library’s online magazine archives let us learn about inspiring women in their own voices or in the voices of contemporaries writing at the time of the achievement. Martha Gellhorn, the famed author and war correspondent wrote for The Atlantic in February 1962 about the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, sketching out some of the lessons to be learned.

The first female athlete to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine was amateur golfer, Edith Cummings. TIME featured her on their coveted front cover on August 25, 1924, which was a major step in women’s athletic history. Cummings attained fame following her 1923 victory in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship. Later she also became the literary model for the character of Jordan Baker in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

In 1976, U.S. News and World Report featured 5 women who had made it to the top in their careers.  They were politicians, scientists, and business and military professionals. Read their interviews as they tried to forecast what opportunities might be on the horizon.

Search and browse through individual issues and trace the history of women in politics, business, sports, science, entertainment and more using our free archives.

Silicon Valley Reads 2020

Details About the Closing Event

Featured author Julian Guthrie will reconvene with the four women featured in her book, Alpha Girls on Thursday, April 9. Hear from Mary Jane Elmore, Theresia Gouw, Sonja Perkins and Magdalena Yesil as they talk about taking on the male-dominated Silicon Valley and finding ways to survive and thrive. The event, which closes Silicon Valley Reads 2020, will happen at The Tech Interactive in San Jose.

For more information on Silicon Valley Reads, visit siliconvalleyreads.org.

LaptopsAnytime Kiosks Coming to the Library

Libraries will have twelve or more new laptops that you can borrow for free

Your library card has almost unlimited uses, including access to a laptop. SCCLD is adding Laptop Kiosks to libraries so those patrons who need a laptop to use while they are at a SCCLD library will be able to check one out for use during their visit. These laptops have all the same software as our desktop computers, including Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. Whether you need to finish up that class or work project or want to access anything from the online library, the library’s laptops will be ready to help you meet your goals.

To make it easy, laptops will be stored in a kiosk inside the library. Use your library card to borrow the computer for up to three hours. Laptops cannot be removed from the library at any time and all work should be saved onto your own flash drive as all of your files will be erased when returned to the kiosk. Saratoga and Milpitas libraries already have kiosks installed, with another on the way. Cupertino will also be getting two kiosks. Campbell, Gilroy, Los Altos, and Morgan Hill libraries will be getting one each.   

Enjoy Reading Awareness Month with Great New Book Lists

From Fierce Females to The Witcher Saga, we have something for everyone

Every month is a time to celebrate reading at our libraries, but this one is particularly special.

Our librarians regularly compile lists of new titles by subject to save you time and help you find the best works in areas that interest you. Our new website has a neat explore function that allows you to search across all of our recommended book lists, for kids, teens, and adults, fiction or nonfiction. Select which topics you are interested in, the age group the material is intended for, and enjoy all the recommendations.

For Reading Awareness Month we have created a special booklist for you to enjoy.

We also have interesting and creative Audio and eBook lists. This month’s entries include Book Club Reads, Mindfulness and Meditation, Remembering Clive Cussler, Fierce Females for Teens, The Witcher Saga & Read-Alikes, Who Runs the World?: Women's History, Women's Empowerment, and Who Was? (for kids).

Get Ready to Dance and Sing at Family Concerts

123 Andrés is coming to four libraries next month to get kids moving and learning

A Latin Grammy Award winning musical act is headlining our Family Concert Series in April. 123 Andrés is known for their high-energy, dual-language music that gets kids singing, dancing, and learning in English and Spanish.

123 Andrés won the 2016 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Children’s Album for their dual-language album, Arriba Abajo. The duo’s other dual-language albums, Canda las letras and ¡Uno, Dos, Tres Andrés en español y en inglés! were also nominated for Latin Grammys.

All of the concerts are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Due to the popularity of these events, participants are encouraged to arrive early. No registration is required.

Family Concert Series Featuring 123 Andrés

Tues., Apr. 7 at 2 pm
Community Room
Thurs., Apr. 16 at 10:30 am
Tues., Apr. 7 at 4:30 pm
Program Room 
Fri., Apr. 17 at 10:30 am
Community Room – Lower Level

Calendar of March Events

Major happenings this month at each SCCLD location

March begins with the NEA’s Read Across America (2) and ends with César Chávez Day (31). We mark the return of Daylight Savings Time (8) and the beginning of spring (19). March is also a time to focus on nutrition and reading awareness.


NOTE: All Libraries will be Closed Tuesday, March 31 in Observance of César Chávez Day

Events in blue denote Silicon Valley Reads 2020 Events

As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), group programs have been cancelled, with the exception of one on one based events including tax help and The Reading Program. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Our libraries remain open during normal hours and our online library is available 24/7.

CAMPBELL (77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell 95008)

Free Income Tax Prep by AARP
Saturday, March 7, 12 – 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.

CUPERTINO (10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014)

VITA Tax Help (IRS certified volunteers)
Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 1:30 – 5 pm, Ground Floor Story Room
Free tax preparation help. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

GILROY (350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy 95020)

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

MILPITAS (160 N. Main Street, Milpitas 95035)

VITA Tax Help (IRS certified volunteers)
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Conference Room
Free tax preparation help for low income, elderly and disabled people who make less than $65,000 a year. Please bring all of your documents. Sign-up lists will be posted each Saturday morning at 9 am.

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

SARATOGA (13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga 95070)

WOODLAND (1975 Grant Ave., Los Altos 94024)

Silicon Valley Reads Day
Saturday, March 28, 10 am – 4 pm, Computer History Museum (1401 South Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View)
SVR participants get free admission to the world’s largest collection of computing history artifacts. Reserve your free pass by emailing your name and number of guests to SVReads@aol.com.