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Cupertino Library Welcomes the PlaneTree Health Information Center

Personal assistance finding reliable health information, in person or online

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Library District and the Cupertino Library Foundation (CLF) are partnering with PlaneTree to make comprehensive consumer health reference services available to the public. As part of the District’s Get Healthy @ the Library program, PlaneTree Health Information Center officially opens June 8, 2012 at the Cupertino Library, with free, in-depth health information services for everyone.

 “The Santa Clara County Library has partnered with the PlaneTree Health Library since 2007 to offer programs through the ‘Get Healthy @ the Library’ initiative,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5, and Delegate of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority Board. “We hope all Santa Clara County residents struggling to locate useful and trustworthy information about a health condition – or who want to learn more about staying healthy – will make use of the Center’s services.”
  
After discussions of a move began in 2010, the Cupertino Library was selected as a high-traffic location in which PlaneTree’s nationally recognized consumer health information services could have a larger community impact. 

 “Cupertino Library visitors will find the PlaneTree Health Information Center’s staff and volunteers friendly, accessible and knowledgeable.  Visitors will also find the Center’s updated print and online resources user-friendly and beneficial,” said Mark Fink, Cupertino Community Librarian. 

PlaneTree’s specially trained volunteers include bilingual volunteers who speak Mandarin and Spanish. Patrons may make a reservation ahead of time, or come to the Center during operating hours: Tuesdays, 4-8pm; Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 2-6pm. Local residents interested in volunteering at the Center should call 408/446-1677, ext. 3350.

“Patrons are extraordinarily appreciative of the time and expertise that PlaneTree staff and volunteers can give,” said Candace Ford, who has served as PlaneTree executive director since 1987 when PlaneTree was initially established in San Jose. “With the overload of health information available today, having a knowledgeable guide can enhance understanding and increase confidence about medical decision-making.” 
 
“As the former Santa Clara County Librarian and a former Cupertino Community Librarian I am especially gratified to see PlaneTree at the Cupertino Library,” said Susan Fuller, Chair of the PlaneTree Board of Directors. “This exciting partnership, which will make a difference in the lives of many people, is a fine example of the cooperative commitment to public service that has long been a hallmark of the Cupertino Library Foundation and the Santa Clara County Library.”

The Cupertino Library Foundation, which funds multiple Cupertino Library and district-wide initiatives, invested significantly in PlaneTree’s new collection of materials and furnishings for the Center on the second floor of the Cupertino Library.

“We believe interest areas that have high impact on our communities, like health and youth, support our mission of making life-long learning accessible,” said Eno Schmidt, president of the Foundation. 


For more information about the Cupertino Library Foundation go to www.cupertinolibraryfoundation.org. To learn more about PlaneTree, visit www.planetree-sccl.org


About the Santa Clara County Library District

Established by the County Board of Supervisors in 1914, the Santa Clara County Library District serves residents of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. It also includes two bookmobiles and a Virtual Library.  The Santa Clara County Library collection includes 1.8 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks and extensive online resources that users can access from home or work.

Santa Clara County Library is one of the top 100 libraries in the United States.  For eleven years, it has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings which uses 15 different benchmark measures such as collections, circulation, visits and customer service.  Also recognized as one of America’s 2011 Star Libraries by Library Journal and with more than 3.3 million visits each year, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at www.sccl.org.
 
  

Media Contacts: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs Manager  (408) 299-5119; Patricia Lorenzo, Library Services Manager, Santa Clara County Library Services, (408) 293-2326, ext. 3010
Posted: May 30, 2012