Community Briefs: Assistance League, 'Speaking Volumes'

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A student at Columbia Middle School in Sunnyvale reads a book donated by the Assistance League of Los Altos.

Assistance League aids Sunnyvale schools

The Assistance League of Los Altos recently partnered with the Sunnyvale School District to support the district’s virtual learning and school reopening efforts.

The Assistance League last August donated more than 6,000 school supplies for remote learning, including lap trays, lap desks, noise-canceling earphones and iPad cases. League members also donated Safeway and Grocery Outlet gift cards to families who fell on hard times.

League members worked with five Sunnyvale principals in February to prepare for school reopening in March, donating more than 900 Spanish library and classroom books highlighting the Read Across America campaign and equity-focused topics.

“Because of the League’s generous donations, we were able to curate a fantastic and diverse Spanish library that will support students joining our new Juntos Spanish-English Dual-Immersion Program,” said Joseph Salazar, librarian at Columbia Middle School in Sunnyvale. “Your donation will allow us to get more books into kids’ hands and continue our work to foster a love of reading.”

In February, the Assistance League donated another $20,000 worth of supplies for reopening efforts.

For more information on the Assistance League, email [email protected] or visit

‘Speaking Volumes’ talk available online

The Los Altos Library Endowment’s annual “Speaking Volumes” series featured a virtual appearance by award-winning author Bo Caldwell April 7.
Caldwell’s talk, “Why I Write,” is available for online viewing. With the theme of connecting, Caldwell related how highlights in her life as well
as personal tragedies have connected her to her writing.

She is the author of two best-selling novels, “The Distant Land of My Father” and “City of Tranquil Light,” and is in the process of writing her third.
To watch the video of Caldwell’s appearance, visit

History Museum expands reopening

The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” is on display through July 11.
The museum reopened its Upper Gallery and train diorama last week, and expanded its hours to noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. COVID protocols are in place to ensure patrons’ safety.

The museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free.

For information on the museum, visit

Preservation Award nominations open

Nominations are open for the Los Altos Historic Preservation Award through noon Thursday.

The award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or projects that exemplify preservation in the city of Los Altos. The purpose of the award is to encourage public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the city’s past, and foster civic and neighborhood pride and sense of identity. The award is a Mayor’s Proclamation presented to the recipient by the city council.

The Historical Commission will evaluate all nominations using the following criteria.

• Demonstration of pioneering or innovative efforts in historical preservation or education.

• Conformance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.

• Public benefit received (educational, beautification, advocacy, etc.).

• Impact to Los Altos.

To access a nomination form and for more information, visit 2PRbB8r.

Materials may be emailed to Sean Gallegos at [email protected] or sent to City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022.

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