Flowers are blooming and baby animals abound. This is the time of year for new beginnings.
Want to spruce up your garden? Learn about different flowers that would make a great addition, as well as herbs that can add appeal or flavor to your meals. Or do some spring cleaning and make your home peaceful and tranquil with these books. Explore our eMagazine collection on Overdriveto find publications like Good Housekeeping, Gardens Illustrated and House Beautiful.
Because the weather is warmer and the days are getting longer, this is a great time to get outdoors. Check out these travel guides that highlight trails in California, and explore our County parks. Please respect local health orders if you do venture out.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
The first five years of a child’s life are important for brain development. Early experiences provide the basis for brain development and functioning, which impacts learning skills and social and emotional abilities.
Ready Rosie shares tips on how to develop literacy skills for little ones. Your SCCLD account gives you free access to this service!
Student eResource: BookFlix
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.
This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration. There are also educational games and activities so children can show what they've learned.
TEENS AND ADULTS
Teen Volunteer Program
There’s a new way for teens to earn volunteer hours: Teens STREAM+.
Teens STREAM+ gives teens the opportunity to make short videos about subjects including Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math, and more.
Teens can fill out proposals, and once their idea is approved by a Teen Librarian and their video submitted, they will earn anywhere from two to eight community service hours.
This is a great way for teens to use their voice, be creative and share their expertise. See some examples here.
Special Author Event Featuring Bo Caldwell
The Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) is pleased to invite bestselling author Bo Caldwell to the annual Speaking Volumes event on Wednesday, April 7.
Bo Caldwell is the author of the bestseller, The Distant Land of My Father (2002), as well as City of Tranquil Light (2011).
Caldwell will focus on the topic, “Why I Write.” She will discuss the importance of staying connected to the work we love, and how doing just that both challenges and sustains us.
This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Learn more and register for this event here.
MORE FROM THE LIBRARY
Lobby Service Available
Most of our libraries now offer Lobby Service Monday-Saturday. Note: Campbell Library will continue to offer curbside and walkup service.
Patrons can enter libraries to pick up holds, browse limited book and movie collections or pick up a book bundle. No appointment is needed.
Visitors must be COVID-19 symptom free, wear a face covering, maintain social distance, and keep your visit to 10 minutes to allow as many patrons as possible to safely take advantage of lobby service.
Patrons may still make an appointment for curbside service. Appointments can be made onlineor by phone at (408) 540-3947.
We look forward to seeing you at the library!
Final Weeks of
Silicon Valley Reads
As Silicon Valley Reads winds down, we hope you and your family have been able to connect with us, whether it has been reading one of the selected titles or watching this week's UNAFF in Libraries films, Code Oakland and Barefoot.
You have until the end of the month to track your progress. Participate by registering in Beanstack and enrolling in SVR. Log one book that you’ve read and complete the “Write Your Thoughts” activity. That’s it!
Thank you for making this Silicon Valley Reads memorable!
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Join the Library with an Instant Free eCard
If you live in Santa Clara County and do not have a library card with the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD), or would like additional household members to have their own library accounts, the instant free eCard is for you.
On a temporary basis during the COVID-19 crisis, eCards are available to all residents who live within Santa Clara County with a valid residential mailing address (P.O. Box not accepted).