Who Will You Vote For?

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Who will you vote for? With the 2012 Presidential Election quickly approaching, you may be interested in a variety of children’s books from the library relating to the election and the voting process. For those children who are interested in the election process, If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier is a great book that explains the presidential election process from the very beginning stages to Inauguration Day. So . . . more »

VOTE on November 6, 2012!!!

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

VOTE on November 6, 2012!!! “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” Larry J. Sabato Did you know that only 57.48% of the voting age population actually voted in the last (2008) presidential election? While not the lowest turnout since records were kept in 1828 (that would be 1924 with only 48.9%), it is nowhere near the historic highs of 1860 and 1876 with over 81% eligible . . . more »

Our New Bookmobile Has Arrived!

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Picture of New Bookmobile Our new Bookmobile was delivered on October 15th by Meridian Specialty Vehicles. This smaller vehicle will replace our 20-year-old Thomas Bookmobile in delivering service to areas with steep, windy roads -- like Mt. Hamilton and the Santa Cruz Mountains -- and is the perfect size to take to promotional and outreach events. It has a variety of new features which will help us provide better . . . more »

Teen Bookmark Contest Winners

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by HQJulie

It Came From The Library Graphic As part of Teen Read Week 2012 (celebrated Oct. 14th – 20th), winners of the Library’s annual Teen Bookmark Contest were selected. Teens between the ages of 12-18 put their artistic skills to work by designing a bookmark to promote this year’s theme, “It Came From the Library.” Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated in this year’s contest. Winners: Heather Sjostedt, Kai-Shin . . . more »

Vote for Your Favorite Photo!

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Cast Your Vote! Everyone can vote in Democracy Is, Teen Digital Photo Contest Cast Your Vote! Everyone can vote in Democracy Is, The Teen Digital Photo Contest. Vote online now through Wednesday, November 7. Winners will receive a gift card to a store of their choice, and winning photos will be featured on the library’s home page. . . . more »

Teens, vote for your favorite book!

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Teen Read Week graphic with text, It came from the library Teen Read Week voting ends Saturday, October 20! We want you to help us determine the TOP 10 BOOKS of 2012. It’s not too late. You still have time to vote on your favorite books. It’s easy to do and only takes a minute: Go to our contest page. Enter your name and contact information. Check off up to 10 of your favorite book titles . . . more »

Social Media & Democracy

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Image of social media buttons displayed in front of the White House A panel discussion on Social Media and Democracy is taking place at the Saratoga Library on October 13! Join Deborah Petersen of the Mercury News, Giovanni Rodriguez of SocialXDesign, Dobrimir Montauk of Google Plus, Marlo Custodio and Ray Jayadev of Silicon Valley De-Bug for what's sure to be a thought-provoking event. This event is part of the Santa Clara County Library District's series, California Reads: . . . more »

Why Do We Still Use the Electoral College to Pick Our President?

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Map of the United States' electoral college As required by the Constitution, the president of the United States is elected not by the national popular vote but by the vote of the Electoral College. In the Electoral College, each state receives as many votes as it has members of Congress. Because every state has two senators and is guaranteed at least one House member, votes of small states count more heavily than . . . more »

Banned Books Week 2012

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Image of the Statue of Liberty reading a book Celebrating the Freedom to Read Banned Books Week (Sep. 30–Oct. 6, 2012) is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week raises awareness of the freedom of speech through a celebration of challenged books and the value of free expression. Banned Books Week was launched 30 years ago in response to a surge in the number of challenges to . . . more »

Zinio eMagazines for your mobile device

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

eMagazines on portable devices View the complete full-color digital copy of your favorite magazines through Zinio, our new eMagazine service. Read your favorite titles page-for-page in the same way you would read the paper version. Enhanced features: Keyword searching within each magazine, Full-page and thumbnail grid view, Printing of single or multiple pages (depending on permissions) Multimedia elements such as audio and video for select titles. Access is available . . . more »