The Legacy of JFK

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by GLorraine

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy’s assassination stunned our country and left many questions unanswered. His life has inspired many to document his life and the contributions he made in his service to the country. Explore the Library’s collection for books and DVDs that tell his story, spanning different periods of his life, from his famous upbringing to his untimely passing. Through the Library’s collection, . . . more »

Master of Terror Stephen King Still Shining!

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by GLorraine

Hotel Corridor Stephen King fans, this is your week! Literature in the horror genre has been around for a long time, but it took Stephen King to elevate it to a new level in American culture. This prolific author consistently succeeds in creating eerie atmospheres, inducing feelings of terror, and developing characters both menaced and menacing. The King of Horror continues to produce, attracting readers with new . . . more »

Carve Out Some Time to Read!

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by GLorraine

Pumpkin carved with the word Read Looking for some Halloween reading but no time to stop by the library? You can find eBooks 24 hours a day/7 days a week through our website. For a good scare, try these ebook titles in the SCCLD collection. . . . more »

Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 by GLorraine

Alice Munro For more than forty years, author Alice Munro's reputation has steadily grown to a point where she is today recognized as one of the finest living short story writers, and this week she was honored for her contributions to literature with a Nobel Prize. From her early success to her most recent collections, Munro demonstrates that short stories can be just as intricate, moving, and . . . more »

The Power of the Introvert

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 by GLorraine

Woman Alone on a Beach Although the ideal in America today is an extrovert who is "gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight, nearly half of the citizens in this country are introverts who are cerebral, quiet, emotionally complex, and very sensitive." These are the views of Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Introverts are those of us who prefer . . . more »

Bittersweet Fruit: The Orchardist

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 by GLorraine

The Orchardist Courage and compassion can redeem damaged souls and transform lives. In The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin demonstrates this truth in a superb novel, set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century, about a reclusive, middle-aged fruit grower, whose insular and regimented life is disrupted by the inexplicable arrival of two pregnant girls in their early teens. The girls have been exploited and abused, and . . . more »

I'm Great, But I'll Get Better!

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 by GLorraine

List for Resolutions What would you like to change in your life? New Years is traditionally the time to stop, take inventory and set positive goals for the months ahead. While it’s useful to take stock of your personal achievements and set a course for self-improvement, don’t forget to be gentle with yourself as you strive to meet your goals. It’s normal to encounter occasional setbacks when attempting . . . more »

Read With Me Kits

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by GLorraine

For children and their caregivers to read together SCCLD proudly presents Read With Me Kits, designed to encourage children (babies through preschool-age) and their caregivers to read together and to provide early literacy skills. The kits, housed in clear tote bags, contain a fun and engaging assortment of books, a CD or DVD, a puppet, and activity suggestions. Each kit is created around a single . . . more »

The Gift of Reading Book Drive

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by GLorraine

Cartoon Otter with Books NEW BOOKS INGNITE JOY! Sometimes, however, new books can be hard to come by, so a local nonprofit, Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), sponsors an annual holiday book drive to collect new and like-new children’s books, bringing the magic of books to Santa Clara County children who need it most. Several of SCCLD libraries are drop off locations where book donations can be placed in . . . more »

Honoring Our Vets

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by GLorraine

U.S. Flag with Medal We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 to recognize and thank the courageous men and women who have served in the armed forces, defending the freedoms and rights of our nation. For those of us who haven’t served, it’s also a day when we reflect on what it means to serve in the armed forces and the burdens that members of the military and their . . . more »

Ever Light and Masterful: Elinor Lipman

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by GLorraine

The Family Man Whenever I’m feeling a little blue, I know that I can always count on an Elinor Lipman novel to lift me out of the doldrums. This was confirmed when I read her most recent novel, The Family Man. This book is classic Lipman: likable— albeit flawed—characters, an airy, lighthearted plot, smart social satire, and dialog crisp and sparkling as a fine champagne. The Family Man . . . more »

Fall Into a Book: October is National Reading Group Month

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by GLorraine

Book Discussion Group Meeting For many people, October marks the start of fall. The trees slip into their beautiful array of colored foliage, and while temperatures slowly dip, even here in Santa Clara County, we contemplate the task of packing away our summer apparel. During this month we begin the transition from summer into winter, shifting from outdoor activities to indoors. For book group members, October is also a . . .