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Santa Clara County Library to Launch Focus on Food Program

Dozens of Food Related Events Scheduled at District Community Libraries from February 9, Through the End of May
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Santa Clara County Library is marking this Saturday, Feb. 9th, as the kick-off of Focus on Food, a new programming initiative that will be featured in all of the Library District libraries over the next four months.  The District-wide initiative involves all libraries in the district and includes more than 60 exciting programs, demonstrations, workshops, author talks and other food events targeting adults, teens, children and the whole family.  
 
“In the same way that reading is food for the brain, healthy food is also crucial for physical and mental development,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. “We commend our libraries for providing relevant, stimulating and convenient learning opportunities that could benefit all residents.”  
 
The Focus on Food Program seeks to serve everyone: from those interested in authentic ethnic, traditional fare, to the ones who follow the latest nutritional trends alike.  Events will start on Saturday, February 9th, with programs at Gilroy, Milpitas and Saratoga Libraries and will continue through May at these and other SCCLD libraries. 
 
The program’s line-up of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized guest speakers will include:  TV celebrity Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook; masters in sustainable and edible landscaping; urban agriculture pioneers; popular food authors and bloggers; plus a wide variety of creative preparers of healthy foods (for adults, teens and children) who will offer talks, demos, and hands-on classes on food-oriented topics.
 
 “The Library already provides a wide variety of resources on healthy living,” said Library Joint Powers Authority Board Chair Gilbert Wong. “We are pleased to expand our services with the introduction of the Focus on Food series. Many of the events we have scheduled will be both enriching and enjoyable.” 
 
“We are excited about bringing together such a wide variety of excellent presenters on this universally appealing subject--good food,” County Librarian Nancy Howe said, “We’ve worked to include something of interest for everyone. We are proud to open these great resources and services to everyone who wishes to visit the District Libraries, at no cost to them.”
 
The Libraries will also highlight top-rated collection of materials, including cookbooks, food magazines & DVDs, and a variety of non-fiction books for “foodies” of all ages.   For a complete schedule of the Focus on Food program, visit the Santa Clara County Library online at www.sccl.org/food.
 
About Santa Clara County Library
 
Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes 1.8 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources that users can access from home or work.
 
For eleven years, the Library 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 3.8 million visits each year, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region. 
 
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two book mobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2011, Santa Clara County Library had 366,035 library card holders, recorded 3,341,593 visitors, and a circulation of 10,945,949 items.  Visit Santa Clara County Library online at www.sccl.org
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Derek Wolfgram, Deputy County Librarian - Santa Clara County Library, (408) 293-2326, Ext. 3002; Patricia Lorenzo, Library Services Manager - Santa Clara County Library (408) 293-2326, Ext. 3010