Los Gatos Library News - March
Los Gatos Library News is an easy and convenient way to help you stay informed about what is happening at the library. You will find event listings, brief descriptions of some of our useful library resources, and recommended readings from our staff.
Los Gatos Library Computer Classses
Sign-up at the Adult Information Desk or by calling 408-354-6896
Do you or someone you know need to improve you computer skills?
Starting in January, the library will be hosting computer classes where you can use a library computer to learn new computer techniques or brush up on skills you haven't used in a while. Sign-up are required.
- Learn how to use Microsoft Word basics while making a resume
- Learn how to use the internet better
- Learn how to safely & effectively navigate the Google search engine
- Learn how to research your family's history with Ancestry.com, free
Learn Microsoft Word
Tuesday, March 7th,
Practice and improve you Microsoft Word skills with simple exercises led by expert library staff. Learn to modify texts, insert images into documents, and save your work to email.
Library eBooks 101
Tuesday, March 14th,
Come learn how to access the library's collection of free eBooks and eAudiobooks on your mobile devices, pcs and macs.
Genealogy for Beginners
Tuesday, March 21st,
Learn how to (1) access Ancestry.com library edition and Heritage Quest (2) get started with helpful tips to make your search easier and (3) locate resources offering free genealogical help.
1-on-1 Technology Tutoring
Wednesdays 12pm- 2pm, January 11th - March 29th
Sign-up with our Reference Desk
Need more than just a few minutes of help? A technology tutor is availalbe to assist you with the following;
Navigating the Web,
Password Recovery Support,
Setting up an email account,
Setting up a social media account,
Other educational e--help,
*First come, first serve policy
30 minute sessions
*The Los Gatos Library assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or damages to any persons and/or property direct or indirect, or loss of privacy from participation in this program.
Sign-up at the Adult Information Desk or by calling 408-354-6896
ESL Conversation Club
Tuesdays @ 11AM
Drop-in. All are welcome.
Los Gatos Library Improv Team
Tuesday, March 7th
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Library Fireplace Room
Monday Morning Bookclub
Monday, March 13th 11 AM
Group Study Room
We will be reading and discussing the book,
"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough
Tuesday Evening Bookclub
Tuesday, March 21st 6:30 PM
Library Conference Room
We will be discussing the book
"The Invoice" by Jonas Karlsson
Classic Film Series-Hitchcock Productions
Tuesday March 28th 6:00 PM
Library Tech Lab 2nd Floor
Come enjoy a free screening of Rear Window starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly
All are welcome.
Thanks to the Friends of Los Gatos Library and a grant from the Pacific Library Partnership we now offer outreach services from the library via bicycle.
We are gearing up for Spring 2017. Stay tuned.....
Our previous events have been fun and productive:
Saturday December 3rd @ 11 AM
The Chartreuse Caboose and Library Staff rolled through Los Gatos for the Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas/Holiday Parade. Librarians Melissa and Jennifer paraded on bicycles, while Dolly, Carol, Catherine rode in the town employee truck.
Hundreds of onlookers lined the streets for the parade and the Los Gatos Library was proud to represent the Town and spread Holiday cheer and library community outreach.
Here's a wonderful write-up in the Mercury News [link].
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As the new year opens, Los Gatos Library is launching a new Be a Book Family Theme, celebrating “Heroes.” Browse our BABF shelf for our favorite stories of community heroes, historical heroes, and of course, superheroes! Be A Book Family is a cooperative reading program designed with the goal of helping parents strengthen their children’s reading skills by offering a curated collection of books to be read together as a family, then sharing the literary concepts from the books. Be your child’s hero – read together!
Family and Children’s Programs are happening each week:
Meet up with one of our enthusiastic volunteer readers in the kids room every Wednesday from 3PM to 4:00PM to hear stories in a one to one or group setting.
Furry Friends Reading Buddies – Therapy dogs are in the library every 4th Thursday of the month starting at 4PM (Ages 4+)
As a reminder to all of our parents out there: your child’s library card provides access to all the many wonders of the library. We encourage you to take an active role in helping your child choose materials that are just right for your family. Here are some tips on how to do that:
1. Come in and talk to one of our librarians on the Children’s Information desk. With information such as your child’s age, interest, reading abilities and your comfort level with content, we can provide suggestions for your child.
NextReads provides many lists including those for children, tweens and teens, with descriptions and reviews.
Are you interested in local history and have 2 hours a week to volunteer?
- Death Record Scanning
- Offering historic walking tours
- Researching and adding historical information to our digital images collection
- Providing outreach programs about Los Gatos History to senior centers and schools
- Working on exhibits at the Los Gatos Museum (NUMU)
- Creating history displays inside the library in our history area
- Planning social events based around Los Gatos History
- Answering local history questions from library users
- Teaching genealogy and local history database classes
- Creating reference sheets focused on various historical topics
- Contributing to a quarterly Local History Newsletter
- Being part of a collaborative team consisting of library and the history museum staff and volunteers
Read our Latest Local History eNewsletter:
Sign up to get the next issue due out April 15, 2017
Silicon Valley Reads Author in Los Gatos on March 21
Adam Benforado, author of Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, will speak March 21 at noon at Los Gatos Lodge as part of this year’s Silicon Valley Reads, which focuses on bias and
social justice. This special meeting of the Los Gatos Rotary Club is co-sponsored by Friends of Los Gatos Library.
The cost is $20 for a buffet lunch or $5 beverage service only. Payment must be made by credit card at entry to the event, and reservations are required for non-Rotary members. To make reservations contact SVReads@aol.com
and specify your choice of lunch or beverage service. There will be a brief regular Rotary meeting before the speaker, but people should arrive before the start of the meeting so their arrival is not disruptive.
The other 2017 Silicon Valley Reads books are Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor, and for children, About Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzio, and Black and White and Rikers High, both by Paul Volpani. This year’s Silicon Valley Reads kickoff event will feature Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro interviewing Benforado onstage at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are required.
Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. Its goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives. For a complete listing of author appearances and other events, see the Silicon Valley Reads website: http://www.siliconvalleyreads.org/home/Pages/default.aspx
Friend of the Los Gatos Library Young Writers Workshop Returns on April 29
Cheryl McKenzie, who writes under the name of C. Lee McKenzie, will once again open the world of character creation and story development to new group of young writers at the Young Writers Workshop to be held at the Los Gatos Recreation Center, 123 East Main Street from 10:45 to 1:45. Friends of the Library will supply all writing materials plus water and cookies at noon. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.
Cheryl is a traditionally published author of four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge (2009), The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010), Double Negative (2014) and Sudden Secrets (2015). She’s a hybrid author who also writes for younger readers (middle grade, 8-14) and has published three novels in that category: Alligators Overhead, The Great Time Lock Disaster, and Sign of the Green Dragon.
Workshop registration forms are available at the Library and online at http://www.friendsoflglibrary.org/friends-of-los-gatos-library
. Completed forms and a check for $15.00 should be mailed or delivered to Friends of Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave. 95030. Questions? Please call Friends message line at (408)399-5700.
Tuesday-Sunday 12pm - 5 pm
Stop by and pick up a good read at a great price. No time to come by but want to make a purchase?
Shop the Friends of the Los Gatos Library bookstore online at amazon.com.
Friends of Los Gatos Library – Please join Us. Your membership will support library adult and children’s programs, services, and equipment. The Friends' Off the Shelf newsletter will keep you informed of special Friends Friday Forum programs and speakers, special events, book sales, Young Writers Workshops and more. Membership envelopes are available at the library, the Friends Book Store, or online at www.friendsoflglibrary.org.