Almaden Branch Library

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6445 Camden Ave.
San José, CA 95120


11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Manager - Sandra Stewart
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Reading to Children - Wed, Jul 30 12:30 pm
Reading Buddies - Wed, Jul 30 5:30 pm
Toddler Storytime and Stay & Play - Thu, Jul 31 10:30 am
Inclusive Storytime and Stay & Play - Thu, Jul 31 11:45 am

Summer is ending and in its place will start a new school year. For many kids, this new school year will be their first school year. Children will be filled with questions, hesitation and excitement about what will be in store for them. Here are some great books to start the discussion on what types of experiences they'll encounter during the next few months.


Various Book Covers


  1. First Day of School by Margaret McNamara - After a summer of playing with his puppy, Michael is sad to learn that she cannot stay with him on the first day of school (J Easy Reader McNamara)
  2. Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson - When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends. (J Picture Book Thompson)
  3. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish - A literal-minded first-grader's first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight. (J Picture Book Parish)
  4. Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman - On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do. (J Picture Book Gaiman)
  5. My First Day of School by by Nancy Skarmeas - Daniel liked preschool just fine, but he is not so sure he wants to go to kindergarten. (J Picture Book Skarmeas)
  6. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney - Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.  (J Picture Book Dewdney)
Posted by Nari Ferderer on Jul 28, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

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Posted by Edward Koetitz on Jul 23, 2014 | Comments: 0 |


My son and I attended one of the earlier Summer Reading Programs at Almaden Branch Library, Coventry and Kaluza Comedy and Circus Show, a two person clown show, and he enjoyed it thoroughly.  He loved the part when Kaluza did 50 hula hoops.  When I asked him to write a journal about his summer, he wrote about Kaluza doing 50 hula hoops.  Kaluza will be at the Joyce Ellington Library on Thursday, August 7 at 3 pm. 


There are many more fun programs to be performed at the libraries, and I would encourage everyone to check our website to see what events are still available.  You can shop around the various branch libraries to see which programs or times suit you and your family.  At Almaden, there are still two programs to come:  Timothy James Magic Show and the Wildlife Associates: Bay Area Wild.  I'm sure they will be good, and I plan to attend them myself and bring my son.  The programs have been vetted by youth services librarians and paid for by many very generous Friends of the Library groups around the library system.  The money they earn from booksales are spent every summer on our Summer Reading programs around the system.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Friends for their generous support.

Posted by Jo-Ann Wang on Jul 17, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

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