Grant from Forum Health Fund

The Forum Health Fund awarded a $6500 grant to Cupertino Library Foundation in November 2020. The grant is for developing and providing informational and educational programs in 2021 for seniors in the Cupertino area in four categories: Senior Housing, Memory Diseases and Care, Cybersecurity, and Caregiving for Parents.

The Forum Health Fund is a tax-exempt charitable organization centered at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino. It was accredited in 2018 to finance health care and education programs for seniors in the Cupertino region.  In addition to the Cupertino Library Foundation, the Forum Health Fund has provided funding to the Daffodil Hill Memory Care Center to initiate technology-based programs to improve patients’ quality of life and communication with their families. In-patients at Daffodil Hill come from the community and from The Forum.

A press release was issued by the Forum in Cupertino Courier. It can be found at The Mercury News’  Cupertino community briefs for the week of Jan. 8

2020 City Council Candidates Respond to Questions about Future of the Library

city of cupertino candidate forum

As a public service, the Cupertino Library Foundation asked the candidates to comment on their opinions, goals and ambitions regarding our Cupertino Library. We asked questions we hope will help the community evaluate candidate positions on the Library and the mission of the Foundation. Responses received to our questionnaire are published below.

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Cybersecurity Series

Cupertino Library Foundation is introducing a new Education Series on Cybersecurity topics of interest to seniors.  These events will range from lectures by domain experts, panel discussions with experts and citizens, to hands-on workshops.  For 2020 we have selected two topics, 1) How to Spot and Deal with Fake News and  2) How to Spot and Deal with Internet/Email/Phone Scams.  All events are free to the public; in 2020 all events will be virtual.  One would need to register to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event.  Please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing or visit this page to find out about future events.
November 15, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 pm“Safety Amidst Crimes and Scams”  – A Virtual Fireside Chat with Capt. Rich Urena from Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office 1 in 10 adults fall victim to phone and email scams. Scam artists are expected to steal over $2 billion in 2020. Please join us for a conversation with Capt. Rich Urena and continue to get educated and protect yourself from evolving threats. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from our Sheriff’s Office the current crime trends, crimes and scams targeting seniors, crimes being investigated by FBI, as well as tips on personal safety

About the Speaker 

Captain Rich Urena of Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is currently the West Valley Patrol Division Commander who manages law enforcement services for the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills, and the western unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.  He has experience in many assignments, which includes investigating crimes of fraud and scams targeting seniors .  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

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October 25, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 pm“Beware of Scams” Recognize Them Before They Get You  by Narayan Makaram Scam artists are expected to steal over $2 billion in 2020. They invariably contact you via phone calls, text messages or email, pretend to be someone you trust (e.g. IRS, your Bank, or IT support), and create a sense of urgency for you to respond. They are out to get your personal information, credit card numbers, or your money. Come hear a few common scamming scenarios and get armed to stay a step ahead of the scam artists. Bring your stories too, to make this session interactive.

About the Speaker 

Narayan Makaram is the CEO of Cybernetix Security LLC that provides cybersecurity consulting. He has spoken at several cybersecurity conferences. More recently he presented “The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Cyber Hygiene” at the Cupertino Community Center.

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October 04, 2020, 2:00 pm :  “Fake News” – How it Spreads and What You Can Do by Susan Nash and Ryan Moore Are you bombarded with COVID-19 information and election related information? Can you identify facts from fiction? Are you sure you’re not helping spread false information or misinformation from less-than-credible sources? Come listen to and ask questions of our speakers from Stanford Center on Longevity and Stanford Social Media Lab. Get some tips and tools to identify facts from fiction, opinions from reality, satire from sincerity.

About the Speakers

Susan Nash is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, working on a project to teach digital literacy to older adults. She is also Encore Fellow with the San Jose Mayor’s Office working on the City’s Age-Friendly City initiative. Ryan Moore is a PhD student in the Stanford Social Media Lab. His research focuses on understanding how people, particularly older adults, use the internet and new technologies to consume information.

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  Future topics

Online payment services (Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, and more)  Social Media (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter) Dos, and Don’ts 



Wellness Series: 6 Free Laughter Yoga Sessions

Want a little picker upper in the afternoons? Are you curious to learn about Laughter Yoga, a health craze around the world?  It is being practiced in senior centers and age care facilities, as well as in schools, colleges, hospitals, corporations, and factories. There are over 20,000 free social Laughter clubs in 110 countries.  Cupertino Library Foundation, Cupertino Library, and Santa Clara Library District together are bringing you a series of 6 free, weekly, interactive, guided Laughter Yoga zoom sessions starting August 5th, 2020.  Register for any or all sessions and explore ways to breathe, move, laugh and play. You will discover some fun and improve your wellness.

Laughter Yoga is not a comedy. It is an exercise program for health and well being. It combines laughter exercises with yogic (or diaphragmatic)  breathing techniques, without relying on  humor or jokes. It doesn’t involve any yoga poses, new skills, special clothes, special shoes, or equipment.  For centuries we have known the health benefits of laughter. Recent studies confirm that the body responds positively to the act of just laughing, whether or not from genuine feelings of joy. Some of the benefits of Laughter Yoga practice are better stress and anxiety management, pain management, and stronger immune system.

The Cupertino Library Wellness program continues to bring forth sessions to explore the “other half of wellness”, the half that the medical community leaves to you to do on your own.  The programs tend to be hands-on where you come away with helpful processes to improve your health.  From pain management to skin care, proper bowel health, meditation, cholesterol, and Alzheimer’s disease, and now Laughter Yoga, the Library is helping us learn to help ourselves.

Please tell your friends to register and attend any or all of these free Zoom events.

Last edited on July 21, 2020