Bibliocommons is experiencing intermittent login problems.  Log in again on the error page to get in.  Bibliocommons is working to fix the problem. Read More


Santa Clara County Library District Teen Poetry Contest 2015

Entry Rules:

  • One winnner from each library will be chosen in the following categories: Grades 6-8 (middle school) Grades 9-12 (high school)
  • Submit up to three original poems that are no longer than 30 lines.
  • All poems must be printed neatly or typed. Make sure it is legible.
  • Submitted poems wil not be returned
  • Poems may be submitted with an entry form at the library, or by using the online form at The last day to submit your entries is May 1st, 2015.
  • The online submission form may distort the format of your poem. If the format is integral, please turn in your poem at the library.
  • Poems will be judged by grade level, original content, style, vocabulary, and creative expression.
  • Winners will receive a $50.00 gift card.
  • The winning poem will be entered into a national contest held by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) in December and possibly published nationally.
  • Winners will be contacted by phone or email by May 31st, 2015.
  • Attach the completed entry form to your poem before submitting it for the contest. Poems without the form will not be considered. 
  • If your poem is selected as a winner, a permission form will be required to post the winning poem on our website or in print.


*If your poem is selected as a winner, a permission form will be required to post the winning poem on our website or print.

Phone number OR email required for prize eligibility.

Please submit poem as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

"Every Body's" Beautiful Essay Contest

Every Body's Beautiful Essay Contest
With the goal of bringing attention and awareness to the issue of eating disorders, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, with sponsorship from the Eating Disorders Resource Center, is hosting their annual "Every Body's Beautiful" essay contest for youth.  

The contest is open to all boys and girls from 6th-12th grades, and offers prizes of $100, $200, and $300 for the top three entries.  The goal is to share your personal stories, and tell us what the word "beauty" means to you.  All entries must:

  • Answer one or more of the following questions:
    • What do you love about yourself?  
    • Why should others love and accept themselves?  
    • How does the mass media affect your body image?
  • Be 500 words or less.
  • Be typed with 12-point font and double-spaced.
  • Include name, grade, school, email address, phone number, and principal's email/phone.
  • Be emailed to by Friday, March 27, 2015.

Contact EDRC with questions at (408) 356-1212 or

Middle and high school essays will be judged separately, and the winning essays will be shared with the general public and on the EDRC website. 

The following books are available at SCCLD libraries or as reference in the PlaneTree Health Information Center at the Cupertino Library and A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disordersare excellent guides for an individual who has or is a parent of a child who has an eating disorder:

•  Life beyond your Eating Disorder: Reclaim yourself, regain your health, recover for good by Johanna S. Kandel
• Crave: Why you binge eat and how to stop by Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D.
•  A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders : Spotting the stealth bomber and symbolic approaches by Ahmed Boachie and Karin Jasper
• Take Charge of Your Child’s Eating Disorder: A physician’s step by step guide to defeating anorexia and bulimia by Pam Carlton, M.D.


Book of the Month

Bookcover: The Ghosts of Heaven