October 2018

Scarily Good Stuff

Halloween booklist

We Have Lots of Treats for You at the Library This Month, no Trick

Halloween is a fun time to visit the library for chills and thrills

It’s almost scary how much good fun is happening at the library in October. Drop in to find inspiration for your next best costume, discover the science of pumpkins or find a not so scary story. There will be special storytimes featuring ghosts, witches and other creepy fun. Find a list of Halloween-themed events in our Events section below. Want to check out some stories for home? Find a few suggestions to share with your family on our Silly, Scary and Creepy Stories booklist. Feeling a bit braver? Come on into the library for suggestions of frightening stories for all ages!



Overdrive for Adults, Teens, and Kids

Overdrive for Adults, Teens, and Kids

Enjoy latest additions to the collection, as well as multiple curated themed lists

Overdrive carries over 25,000 downloadable Audiobooks, eBooks, and videos with monthly curated booklists featuring different reading tastes for adults, kids, and teens. Whether you enjoy biographies, cooking, fiction, history, horror, mystery, politics, or romance, there is something for everyone. Download the free Libby app to take your books with you on your mobile device. Happy reading



Developing Better News Literacy Skills

Developing Better News Literacy Skills

October is Information Literacy Awareness Month

Confused by the multitude of media sources you see online and trying to decide which of them to believe? All of us living in the 21st Century have both the blessing and curse of having access to a record number of news sources. Unfortunately, not all of them are credible or accurate. The American Library Association encourages conversations around information literacy during the month of October. They have a website dedicated to the topic with helpful tips and information about the media.

Gilroy Library is also hosting a talk by former journalist, professor and media researcher John McManus on October 13 (see Events Calendar). He will offer “basic tools and habits of mind” for evaluating the reliability and trustworthiness of the information we receive from our many communication platforms. We also have a list of suggested books from our collection, including one by McManus, on this subject.


Explore The Great Courses Video Lectures

Explore The Great Courses Video Lectures

Watch world-class lessons from the comfort of your home or on the go

Our 24/7 Online Library now features The Great Courses video lectures through the “Education” section of RBdigital. Taught by university professors and subject-area experts, these talks enable patrons to dive into an immersive learning experience, covering such diverse subjects as history, science, philosophy, mathematics, literature, economics, and the arts. Speakers featured in this series are from institutions such as UCLA, Columbia, Princeton, Georgetown University, and Yale.

With hundreds of lectures, The Great Courses Library Collection is sure to have something to peak your interest. If you want to take The Great Courses with you on your personal electronic device to listen or watch, please download the latest version of the RBdigital mobile app from Apple's App Store, the Google Play store, or other software site.

Medicare and You

Medicare and You

HICAP Enrollment Service Information Sessions Start this Month

Nearly 8 million Californians are over age 60, with estimates showing a 40% increase in this population by 2030. SCCLD is partnering with Sourcewise, the local Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) administrator, to roll out a series of events at our libraries starting this month. In this presentation, a HICAP Medicare enrollment specialist will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of Medicare
  • Annual Enrollment Period (AEP): who it is for and what can be done
  • Moving between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage during the AEP
  • 2019 Medicare Advantage HMO and Medicare Prescription Drug plan offerings
  • Highlights of other Medicare changes in 2019
This event is intended for both existing Medicare recipients who want to change their plans and newcomers to the program. Participants will receive one-on-one assistance in enrolling or changing their plan after the presentation. If you are a senior approaching or at 65 years of age, or younger and have been enrolled in Social Security disability benefits for at least two years, don’t miss this opportunity!
October/November Events: Medicare Q&A with HICAP
SARATOGA LIBRARY:       Wednesday, October 17 from 10:30 am – 12 pm
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY:        Monday, November 5 from 10 – 11:30 am
CUPERTINO LIBRARY:      Tuesday, November 6 from 1 – 3 pm (with Mandarin translator)
CAMPBELL LIBRARY:        Wednesday, November 7 from 1:30 – 3 pm
GILROY LIBRARY:              Thursday, November 15 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (with Spanish translator)


Dr. Patricia Ryan Madson

Dr. Patricia Ryan Madson SCCLD Speaking Appearances

Author of Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up

All our lives we have been taught by teachers and parents to always be prepared. Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford University professor Emerita, has a radically different suggestion- improvisation. We’re not referring to a night of sketch comedy but rather true improvising, or thinking on one’s feet. In this workshop, Dr. Madson will teach you how to deal with the unexpected and provide you with tasks to help you develop a flexible mind and create trust in your own ability to step up to a challenge. No previous improvisation experience is necessary. As Dr. Madson says, “If the idea of improvising scares you, congratulations, you are normal.”

Dr. Madson will present two interactive workshops this month, including fun, games and conversation as you learn the rules and guidelines of improvisation that encourage us to be positive, helpful, playful, resourceful and brave!
 The events are:
  • Thursday, October 18, 7 – 9 pm, Los Altos Library. 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022
  • Monday, October 22, 6 – 8 pm, Saratoga Library. 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, 95070



Calendar of October Events Banner

Calendar of October Events

Major happenings this month at each SCCLD location

A lot of good things happen this month before we get to trick-or-treating. October is Cookbook Month. We also have Teen Read Week (7-13) and Friends of the Library Week (14-20). The 8th is both the federal observation of Columbus Day and the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Lastly, the Hindu festival of Dussehra is on the 18th. 



FYI- All of our libraries will be holding special Read for the Record storytime events for toddlers and/or preschoolers on Thursday, October 25 at their regular times. This year’s book selection is Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabel Campoy and‎ Theresa Howell, and illustrated by Rafael López.

CAMPBELL (77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell 95008)

Auto Maintenance Repair
Saturday, October 6, 1:30 – 3 pm, Community Room - Lower Level
Join an informative talk hosted by staff from the Department of Automotive Technology at De Anza College. Instructors will demonstrate how to use car service info available at the library.
When Everything is a Battle – Parenting Class
Wednesdays, October 10, 17 & 24, 7 – 8:30 pm, Children’s Alcove, Upper Level
Tired of arguing with your children? Find out how to parent a child or teen with oppositional and defiant behaviors effectively and with grace in this 3-part series. Registration required.
Special Storytime & Craft Event
Saturday, October 13, 11 am – 12 pm, Children’s Alcove, Lower Level
A Day with Dogs.

Adobe InDesign and Premiere Pro Classes
Saturday, October 13, 1 – 2:30 pm, InDesign, 3 – 4:30 pm, Premiere Pro, Computer Training Lab
Learn to make professional posters, digital magazines and more with InDesign. Master video editing with Premiere Pro. Free and available to teens and adults. Registration is required.
Travel Program: Rafting the Grand Canyon
Tuesday, October 16, 7:15 – 8:30 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
View images of one of America’s jewels.   
DIY Pumpkin Book Craft
Wednesday, October 17, 6 – 8 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
Join us for a fall craft. We will be turning old paperback books into decorative pumpkins. All materials provided. For ages 8+ to adult.  
Family Movies: Hotel Transylvania 3
Saturday, October 20, 2 – 4 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
Watch a family movie in our big screen. This one will get you in the mood for Halloween!
Halloween Fest
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Community Room, Children’s Room - Upper Level
Join us for our annual party. We will be playing games, doing Halloween Crafts, and celebrating this spooky holiday.
CUPERTINO (10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014)

Second Annual Teen Poetry Slam
Wednesday, October 3, 7 – 8:45 pm, Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd., Cupertino 95014
Back by popular demand, teens will face off in a two round contest with prizes for the top finishers. Bring two original poems, written or memorized, and be prepared to shine! Mighty Mike McGee will once again be on hand to MC.  
Lunch Hour Language Artists: Workshop 2: The Art of Recklessness
Thursday, October 4 & 18, 12 – 1:30 pm, Story Room
Cupertino Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick leads the first two in a four-part series about how to be adventurous with your poetry writing. Mini lesson and writing workshop included.
Teen Math and Coding Workshop
Saturday, October 6 & 13, 10 am – 1 pm, Story Room
AppInventor Workshop- an introductory app development programming language. 

Make Your Own Costumes
Wednesday, October 10, 4 – 5 pm, Story Room
Instructor Holly Cleeland, author of “Glue & Go Costumes for Kids” will show how to make great and creative costumes using household items. All materials provided. For kids ages 6+.
SCORE: Simple Steps to Start Your Business: Startup Basics
Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24 & 31, 7 – 8:30 pm, Story Room
So, you have an idea for a business. Now what? Designed by successful entrepreneurs, this mentor-supported program will give you the structure and support you need to set your sights on the future.
Monday, October 15, 4 – 5 pm, Story Room
The Bookmobile gets a creepy makeover. Come check out the oddities, sensory boxes and more.
League of Women Voters: Pros and Cons on the November Election Ballot
Wednesday, October 24, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall
Before you cast your vote in the November 2018 election, inform yourself at the Library.  The League of Women Voters will provide a non-partisan analysis of the pros and cons of the many propositions on this year’s ballot. 

Halloween Dance Party and Costume Parade
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 – 11 am, Courtyard
Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for a frighteningly good time. We will be monster mashing and “rock and ghouling” in the Courtyard, with costume parade following.
GILROY (350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy 95020)

Teen Halloween Craft
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 – 8 pm, Community Room
For ages 13-18. Take part in our Halloween inspired craft. Decorate wooden coffin-shaped trays.
Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Wednesday, October 3, 7 – 8:30 pm, Computer Training Lab
Do you know what to do in the case of a fire, flood or earthquake? This workshop will help you be prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency, including creating a disaster kit.
2018 Election Forum
Saturday, October 6, 1 – 4 pm, Community Room
City Council members shape the future of jobs, neighborhoods and infrastructure in Gilroy. Learn how candidates stand on the local issues.

Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator Classes
Saturday, October 6, 1 – 2:30 pm, Photoshop; 3 – 4:30 pm, Illustrator, Computer Training Lab
Perfect your graphic design and logo work. Take your pictures to the next level with Photoshop’s powerful image editing software. Participants encouraged to bring photos in a USB drive. Free and available to teens and adults.  Registration required for classes. Come early to ensure a seat.
Día de los Muertos Community Altar Creation and Sugar Skull Decorating Celebration
Wednesday, October 10, 2 – 4 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
All supplies provided. Join us for this fun, all-ages event.
Fake News and News Literacy
Saturday, October 13, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Community Room
Former journalist, professor and media researcher John McManus brings a candid perspective and practical method to separating real from fake or misleading news. He provides “basic tools and habits of mind” for evaluating the reliability and trustworthiness of the info we receive. 

History of Railroads in Gilroy
Saturday, October 13, 1:30 – 3 pm, Community Room
Rail enthusiast Mark McPherson will talk about the long tradition of rail in the Gilroy area.
Author Talk and Book Signing with Dr. Daniele Marciano
Saturday, October 20, 1 – 2:30 pm, Quiet Study B
Local educator Dr. Daniene Marciano has turned her family history into an exciting novel set in Sicily at the turn of the 20th Century.
Halloween and Fall Crafts for Kids
Saturday, October 20, 12 – 2 pm, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Join us and make fun, festive Halloween and fall crafts. All supplies will be provided.

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

Inclusive Sensory Storytime
Saturday, October 6, 11 am – 12 pm, Orchard Room
Interactive and educational program especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. Combines books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities to simulate all senses.
Chinese Film Festival “I Belong to You”
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 – 9:15 pm, Orchard Room
Part of the 5th annual Across the Pacific-China Arts Festival organized by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. This week’s film is a romance omnibus of mini love stories adapted from Zhang Jiajia’s bestselling internet “bedtime stories” novel.
GreenTown Los Altos Fall Speaker
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
Learn all about Rainwater Catchment.
Chinese Film Festival “Lost in White”
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 – 9:15 pm, Orchard Room
This week’s film is a mystery that starts with the discovery of two bodies under the ice of a frozen lake, their remains unidentifiable.
The Secrets of Improvising Our Lives with Patricia Ryan Madson
Thursday, October 18, 7 – 9 pm, Orchard Room
Stanford University Professor Emerita and author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up, Madson will share her insights. Most of life is improvised. Learn to develop a flexible mind.
League of Women Voters Ballot Measures Pros and Cons
Monday, October 22, 7 – 8:30 pm, Orchard Room
An unbiased review of the ballot measures for the upcoming November election. The League of Women Voters will summarize each measure and discuss its pros and cons. Q&A after.
Top 10 Renovation Trends
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 – 8 pm, Orchard Room
Taught by Matt McCormick, licensed realtor.
Chinese Film Festival “Jian Bing Man”
Saturday, October 27, 7:30 – 9:15 pm, Orchard Room
A disgraced actor, struggling to find a way back on top, finds the meaning of true friendship.
MILPITAS (160 N. Main Street, Milpitas 95035)

The Future of Milpitas Education
Thursday, October 4, Auditorium
Discussion will include school and community safety, successful student parenting, and learning for adults.

Franchising Basics: What You Should Know to Consider a Franchise
Saturday, October 6, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Auditorium
Join us as business experts at Frannet of the Bay de-mystify the franchise-buying process and walk you through how to successfully get into business for yourself.
Youth Poetry Slam
Wednesday, October 10, 6 – 8 pm, Auditorium
David Perez will be the master of ceremonies. Perform poetry for a chance to win cash prizes.
ACT Practice Test
Thursday, October 11, 4:30 – 8 pm, Auditorium
Free diagnostic test, followed by a review of results two weeks later. Registration required. 
Family Movie Matinee: Coco
Saturday, October 13, 2 – 4 pm, Children’s Activity Room
What better way to close out Hispanic Heritage Month than with this modern classic?
Halloween Family Sing-A-Long
Wednesday, October 17, 7 – 8 pm, Auditorium
Sing those fun and spooky tunes along with Bingo Schmingo (Kathleen Rushing).
Investment Series
Thursday, October 18, 6 – 8 pm, Auditorium
Arvind Ven, Bay Area-based independent financial adviser, will provide recommendations for how to plan for your retirement. Topics to be discussed include Social Security and retirement income streams, and the impact of taxation.

Puppet Show: Spooktacular
Tuesday, October 23, 7 – 8 pm, Auditorium
Join us for a special puppet performance by the Fratello Marionettes. Fun for the whole family!
Pumpkin Science
Monday, October 29, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Children’s Activity Room
For kids grades 2-5. We will scoop out pumpkins and make slime, then a volcano. Each child will receive their own pumpkin. Registration required.

MORGAN HILL (660 W. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill 95037)
Reading Buddies
Wednesday, October 10, 20-minute sessions from 3 – 4:20 pm, Program Room
Partner up with a furry friend and practice reading aloud to a therapy animal. Registration required.
Glue & Go Costumes for Kids
Wednesday, October 10, 7 – 8 pm, Program Room
Learn to create prize-winning costumes out of household items with author Holly Cleeland. Three costumes will be given away at the end of the event. 
Make it Mondays
Monday, October 15, 7 – 8:30 pm, Program Room
This month’s craft is Día de los Muertos art. All supplies are free and provided. Registration required. Intended for adults, but children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator Classes
Saturday, October 20, 1 – 2:30 pm, Photoshop; 3 – 4:30 pm, Illustrator, Program Room
Bring your own photos in a USB drive and learn to manipulate images like a pro. Make your own logo with Illustrator. Classes are free and open to teens and adults. Registration is required.
Jazz Night
Monday, October 22, 7 – 8:00 pm, Program Room
Listen to some of the great jazz standards performed by local artists.

The Microbiome, What is it? A Talk by Dr. Embriette Hyde
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 – 9 pm, Program Room
The American Association of University Women presents a talk about the role of the microbiome in health and well-being, and how diet affects it. Dr. Hyde is a freelance science writer, a Research Mentor, and a recognized member of Forbes’ “30 under 30 in Science.”
Halloween Fun Fest
Saturday, October 27, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Pumpkin walk, creepy crafts, games and lots of fun. Come in costume if you can.
Tuesday, October 30, 3 – 5 pm, Program Room
The Bookmobile gets a creepy makeover. Come check out the oddities, sensory boxes and more.
SARATOGA (13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga 95070)

The Big Picture of Photography

Saturday, October 6, 3 – 4 pm, Community Room
Learn the “how” behind the “wow” of photography. Professional photographer Bob Ray presents images from a 10-country Asian odyssey and his thought process behind the shots. iPhone tips provided. 
A Community Conversation: The Chinese Exclusion Act
Sunday, October 7, 1 – 4 pm, Community Room
Watch and join a discussion about the documentary “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” with Professor Bill Ong Hing of the University of San Francisco and Ms. Sarita Kohli. 


Can You Ear Me?
Tuesday, October 16, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Inspired by the images from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books and the Bruce Munro exhibition at Montalvo, join us and craft your very own animal ears. All materials provided. Ages 6 and up. 
Medicare: Getting Started and Changes for 2019
Wednesday, October 17, 10:30 am – 12 am, Community Room
Learn how to get started with Medicare and about upcoming changes to the program. After the presentations, HICAP counselors will answer questions and help participants enroll.


CoderDojo Coding Club

Sunday, October 21, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Community Room
Open learning environment featuring a different coding language at each table. Bring a project or start something new. Adult mentors available for assistance. Open to students ages 11-17.
The Secrets of Improvising Our Lives with Patricia Ryan Madson
Monday, October 22, 7 – 9 pm, Community Room
Stanford University Professor Emerita and author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up, Madson will share her insights. Most of life is improvised. Learn to develop a flexible mind.

Historic Bay Area Visionaries

Wednesday, October 24, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Room
Robin Chapman will talk about her new book, Historic Bay Area Visionaries. Learn how six individuals triumphed over adversity and flourished in the Santa Clara Valley.


Trick-or-Treat for Comics

Saturday, October 27, 10 am – 12 pm, Community Room
Wear your costumes to the library to trick-or-treat for comics! Three free comics per person. For ages 6 and up.
Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator Classes
Saturday, October 27, 1 – 2:30 pm, Photoshop; 3 – 4:30 pm, Illustrator, Program Room
Bring your own photos in a USB drive and learn to manipulate images like a pro with Photoshop. Make your own logo will Illustrator. Classes are free and available for teens and adults. Registration is required.



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