Programs and Classes
The Santa Clara City Library offers a variety of programs and classes for adults. Check the Calendar of Events
for current offerings, or phone (408) 615-2900 for more information. Here are some of the types of programs and classes that are offered:
Book Discussion Group
Santa Clara City Library’s Book Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month (except December) at 10:30 AM in the Cedar Room. No registration is required and we welcome new participants. Click here
for the list of books we are reading this year. If you have any questions, please call Morgan Pershing at 408.615.2904.
The Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society offers beginning "how-to" genealogy workshops twice a year plus programs or lectures 10 times a year and occasional seminars.
Santa Clara Valley Local History
Periodically the library offers a program on some aspect of Santa Clara Valley history, This series is often sponsored by the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society and past speakers have included local historians Lorie Garcia, Mary Jo Ignoffo, Leonard McKay, and Gage McKinney.
Free internet classes are taught throughout the year by library staff. Click here
for a current schedule. Regularly scheduled classes include:
Drop In Help Lab
Are you having trouble with your email? Don’t know how to cut and paste? Curious about Twitter? Do you need help signing up for email or uploading your resume? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance in this supervised lab. Spanish, Chinese and English language assistance available.
Internet/Catalog Search Skills
This class is for those with little or no Internet experience—however, some skill with a computer mouse is required. The instructor will demonstrate and provide hands-on instruction in using a browser to navigate the Internet and for finding materials in the Library's catalog.
More Internet Search Skills
This class goes beyond the basics of Internet searching by offering students search tips and Internet resources for improving searches. Also taught in Chinese.
Job Hunting Help
Get help in finding good job search sites locally and on the Web. Students also will learn about the Library’s Electronic Resources for jobseekers, e. g. Career Transitions, Brainfuse and Learning Express Library. Learn how to format a resume properly and send it in an email message to a job contact.
Value Line Research Center
Learn to use this outstanding resource for financials on thousands of stocks. Value Line has been around for years in print now learn how easy it is to use electronically. Now thanks to the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library, Value Line Research Center is available from home and in the libraries.
Craigslist Search Skills
Learn how to use craigslist, a website where you can view or post classified ads for free. This is an excellent tool for finding work and for buying and selling almost anything. It is a popular way to find a place to rent or to find a tenant for a rental unit. You need a working email account to effectively use craigslist.
Getting to Know Facebook
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Learn how to join in the fun of connecting with others using the most popular social network in the world. An email account is required for signing up for Facebook.
Twitter for Beginners and Getting More Out of Twitter
Twitter is a free social networking service that enables users to send and read each other’s updates, known as tweets. Students will learn about Twitter and get hands-on assistance signing up. Remember to bring your smart phone and we will assist you in setting up your phone for Twitter. Come to the Getting More class for more advanced topics.