Wednesday, November 20, 2019

How Public Libraries are Leading Innovation in Santa Clara Co.

When moving to our community, transplants are quick to ask about the quality of schools, the safety of neighborhoods, and the best restaurants to try. Less obvious - but no less important - are the region's excellent libraries. While they might not garner as much attention as other aspects of Bay Area living, public libraries in Santa Clara County have played a vital role in our local communities.

Now, two local libraries are being awarded for their innovative social programs. The Santa Clara District Library has been granted the top award by the Urban Libraries Council for its "Lending Mindfulness" program. It aims to connect library patrons with the popular mindfulness app Headspace. 500 locals are enrolled in the program.

The second-place prize was also awarded locally. The Gilroy Library partnered with the Department of Child and Family Services and the District Attorney General's office to bring the Rise Up program to life. Aimed at parents of youths involved in the criminal justice system, Rise Up hopes to educate and inform families about the risks of gang violence and break the cycle of recidivism. 

We applaud both of these programs and hope to see further innovation via library programs in the future!

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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