June is a busy month for celebrations. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 19 and around this time, students are starting a new chapter in life by graduating from high school or college. We have ways to help mark both of these special occasions!
Now that the weather is nice and warm, get outside and barbecue! Learn grillmaster secrets and find inspiration to try a new menu with these cookbooks. Create something meaningful with our free crafting resource, CreativeBug. Or share one of these Overdrive eBooks with Dad.
For graduates about to enter the workforce, we have resourcesand events for you! Join our upcoming webinaron June 16 at 11 a.m. featuring Job & Career Accelerator.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Summer Reading Events
Summer Reading is off to a strong start and we have a number of events happening in our libraries and online as you Read Beyond the Beaten Path.
This week, Mike the Magician will be making an appearance at Morgan Hill Library on June 9 at 10:15 a.m. Los Altos Library is hosting the Fratello Marionettes on June 11 at 11 a.m. and Milpitas Library welcomes acrobatic performers, Coventry and Kaluza on June 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can also find craft events Campbell Express and Gilroy Libraries. Find all of our events here. Please note: Due to limited space, some of these events require a free ticket that is handed out 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.
We invite families to join us for a virtual presentation on Wednesday, June 15 at 3 p.m. with Happy Birds. See a dazzling performance featuring an elite team of parrots, macaws and cockatoos. Please register here.
Our Online Library 24/7 offers kids free video streaming services.
Kanopy Kids offers educational and engaging videos for children including kids' movies and TV shows, animated storybooks, classic fairy tales, & much more. Children's accounts have unlimited play credits.
Similarly, OverDrive Kids offers kids movies, cartoons, animated books and more through the Libby app or web browser.
Also try our latest streaming service, Weston Woods Plus. This online collection brings children's literature classics and modern favorites to life with interactive videos and resources! Offered in English, Mandarin and Spanish, this resource is perfect for toddlers and school age children.
Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) creates a teen choice list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year.
SCCLD’s teen librarians want to hear from you! Vote for your favorites online or find ballots at all of our libraries. The nominees are listed here. Vote for your favorites by July 31.
Election Day is June 7
Here are a few last minute reminders ahead of the June 7 Primary:
The Saratoga, Gilroy and Milpitas Libraries and the Services & Support Center are open on Monday, June 6 as early voting sites until 5 p.m. These locations will also serve as voting centers on Tuesday, June 7 from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m.
There are ballot drop box locations at Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and Woodland Libraries. Voters in Campbell can use the drop box located at the Campbell Avenue parking lot, and voters in Cupertino can visit the drop box next to City Hall. Find all of our locations here.
If you missed the voter registration deadline, you can file for a Conditional Voter Registration. Learn more here.
Find Mindfulness at the Library
SCCLD offers patrons free access to the mindfulness app, Headspace.
Find hundreds of guided meditations on a variety of topics, from stress and sleep to focus and performance.
All Headspace accounts are open for free enrollment through SCCLD at the start of each month. The borrowing period ends on the last day of the month at 8 p.m. PST. Patrons are welcome to re-enroll on the first day of the new month. All personal progress and completed sessions will be saved to your account. Learn more.
Create a bookmark based on the Summer Reading theme, Read Beyond the Beaten Path. Be creative and think outside the box with your own original artwork! Winners will get the chance to see their printed bookmarks at SCCLD libraries.
One of the events we are hosting is a virtual paint along on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. to remember and celebrate artist Keith Haring. Haring was an artist and social advocate known for his illustrative figures and symbols. His work brought street art and AIDS awareness to the public
Local artist Venecia Prudencio will lead this event, which includes a brief history of Haring and a paint along in his style.
Dr. Chang C. Chen’s book, Herstory 2: the Legal History of Chinese American Women, focuses on the fight for rights by Chinese American women in the U.S. Supreme Court and State Supreme Courts. The book discusses landmark cases from 1912-2020, and covers topics from racial discrimination, sexual discrimination and gender inequality.
We invite the public to get a rare look at the stories of the women behind the evolution of law that affects the rights of us all. This exhibit, Herstory 2: The Legal History of Chinese American Women, is on display at Milpitas Library through August 28.
On Saturday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m., you are invited to an opportunity to meet Dr. Chen. Please join us for this special event. No registration is necessary, just stop by the Milpitas Library Auditorium.
Get Ready for Kindergarten Workshops
Parents and caregivers with children entering transitional kindergarten or kindergarten this fall are invited to a special workshop series at three of our libraries this month.
Get Ready for Kindergarten with Dr. Gerardo Lopez focuses on certain skillsets that children need to develop before they start school, including early literacy, language and communication skills and social and emotional development.
The series will be held at the Campbell Express, Los Altos and Morgan Hill Libraries. See the schedule here.
We have launched a Kinder Readiness webpage that offers librarian-approved resources to help your child get ready for kinder. Find books, programs, checklists and more.
Launch Into a New Career
Our new online resource, Job & Career Accelerator, provides tools for job seekers such as: job and internship search engines, skills and interest assessments, resume and cover letter builders and interviewing tips.
Join us virtually on Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. for a webinar on how to navigate this resource. There will also be time for a Q&A. Please register here.
Our Career and Job Skills webpage offers different online resources from searching for jobs, learning new skills and expanding your education.
MORE FROM THE LIBRARY
Celebrate Audiobook Month
According to World Book Online, audio recordings of historical and literary works were made in the U.S. as early as the 1930s for the visually impaired. These “Talking Books” were made on long-playing records.
There are many benefitsto audiobooks. For example, they can teach critical listening skills, introduce new vocabulary and pronunciation, recapture the delight of hearing stories told by talented storytellers and allow users to do other things while listening.
Patrons can access the Library's audiobooks either in the library or through one of the apps available through SCCLD: Overdrive/Libby or SimplyE. Learn more here.
The Juneteenthholiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Word of the Emancipation Proclamation being issued in 1863 didn’t reach parts of Texas until two years later. It was on June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and declared all enslaved people to be freed.
The County of Santa Clara was the first in California to make Juneteenth a paid county holiday. SCCLD libraries and other county offices will be closedon Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth.
Check out this booklist to learn more about Juneteenth.
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If you live in Santa Clara County and do not have a library card with the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD), or would like additional household members to have their own library accounts, the instant free eCard is for you.
eCards are available to all residents who live within Santa Clara County Library District with a valid residential mailing address (P.O. Box not accepted).
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