Almaden Branch Library

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6445 Camden Ave.
San José, CA 95120
1-408-808-3040
ab.sjpl@sjlibrary.org

Hours

Mon
CLOSED
Tue
CLOSED
Wed
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thu
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun
CLOSED

Manager - Sandra Stewart
sandra.stewart@sjlibrary.org
Account Question? - Email ab.sjpl@sjlibrary.org

Almaden Events RSS feed for Almaden Branch Events Email alerts for Almaden Branch Events Printable Calendar for Almaden Events

Reading to Children - Wed, Sep 03 12:30 pm
Math Tutor for K-12 Students - Wed, Sep 03 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reading Buddies - Wed, Sep 03 5:30 pm
Toddler Storytime and Stay & Play - Thu, Sep 04 10:30 am

Abby the Librarian: http://www.abbythelibrarian.com

 

Abby is a children’s librarian in New Albany Indiana. From her blog: “Helping and mentoring new librarians and library school students is a passion of mine and you’ll find many of my posts written with that audience in mind. (I am still new-ish, so I remember how it feels to be just starting out.)”  And Abby means it! Not only does she provide detailed storytime plans, she also shares her positive and negative experiences delivering storytime programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

 

 

Awesome Storytime: http://awesomestorytime.wordpress.com

 

Another children’s librarian blogging away with great ideas and thoughts about preschool storytime programs primarily for ages 3-5.  She always evaluates each program in her “How It Went” comments.

 

 

Library Noise:http://www.librarynoise.com/

 

A blog written by a Youth Services Librarian named Jennie.  You will find lots of storytime plans, music and fingerplays for Baby, Toddler and Preschool Storytime programs.

 

 

Library Village: http://libraryvillage.blogspot.com/

 

“We are a super team of youth services librarians located in Ohio.  We love what we do and love being part of an amazing team.  We want to share our passion and ideas with all youth services librarians.  “Find storytime plans and ideas for Baby, Toddler and Preschool programs.

 

 

Mel’s Desk:http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog

 

Created and updated by a youth services librarian.  Lots of story time themes and ideas for all ages including books, songs, fingerplays, flannel stories and rhymes.

 

 

Storytime Katie:http://storytimekatie.com/

 

Tons of stuff on this well organized blog including detailed plans, fingerplays, rhymes, props, songs.  Written and updated by a children’s librarian who is excited about story time and wants to share.

 

 

      Helpful Websites for Storytime Fingerplays and Songs

 

Most of these websites feature fingerplay videos

 

County of Los Angeles Public Library Videos of Children’s songs & Fingerplays

 

http://www.colapublic.org/parents/video.php

 

 

Hennepin County Library Fingerplays, Rhymes & Songs

 

http://www.hclib.org/Birthto6/Fingerplays.cfm

 

 

Jacksonville Public Library Fingerplay Videos

 

http://jpl.coj.net/linkuptoliteracy/Fingerplay-Videos.html

 

 

Kididdles Action songs

 

http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/busy.html

 

 

King County Library System-Rhymes & Songs

 

http://wiki.kcls.org/index.php/Category:Rhymes & Songs

 

 

Reading Is Fundamental

 

http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/babies-toddlers/finger-plays.htm

 

 

San Jose Public Library: Fingerplays with Miss Nancy

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is0LTpq9G50

Posted by Edward Koetitz on Aug 30, 2014 | |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Steven Brewster

415.577.8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

 

Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!

 

Finalists of San José Public Library’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bands set to perform live Saturday

 

San José, Calif., July 30, 2014——San José Public Library will host a showcase concert featuring the top five finalists of its 7th Annual Battle of the Bands, part of the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, beginning at 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 2 at the Almaden Branch Library and Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave.

 

The finalists include A Guy with a Guitar, Allegro, Cindy B., Odd Army and Quantum.

The five bands will perform up to 20 minutes each in front of a live audience and a panel of professional local musicians and instructors, including Paul Kauppila, rock scholar, music historian, and radio DJ; Socorra Camposanto, singer/songwriter, composer and teacher; Christina Jupp Grove, librarian and private trumpet instructor, and Mark Giannuzzi, drummer and librarian.

 

Winners will receive $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $50 for third place.  A special award will be presented to the band with the best video.

 

The finalists were chosen via an online contest held July 2-19.  The public was invited to visit sjpl.org/battleofthebands, watch videos submitted by each band and vote for their favorites.  Nearly 800 participated in the voting.

 

“San José Public Library strives to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and exploration in a quest to open new worlds and change lives,” said Angie Miraflor, division manager and head of library programming.  “We are very excited that the annual Battle of the Bands music showcase and competitionoffers opportunities for teens to learn, grow and connect through music and technology in a safe space like the library,” she said.

 

In preparation for their performances, band members utilized the Library’s non-print multi-media resources via librarians who are trained to help them learn how to use new technology.  To support these budding musicians in their endeavors, the Library also offered them a free space to rehearse.

 

Partners for the Battle of the Bands include: Guitar Showcase, LIVE 105, 105.3FM, Music Village, Park Avenue Music Center Band & Orchestra Supply, School of Rock San Jose, San Jose Rock Shop, Streetlight Records, Tap-Tempo Music Shop and The Starving Musician. 

 

“We salute all of the Library’s collaborators for Battle of the Bands,” said Miraflor.  “The ongoing success of Library programming and how it impacts our community that we serve takes strong, strategic public-private partnerships.  We look forward to working again next year with our growing partner roster.”

 

An overview of the five finalists may be found here:

 

A Guy with a Guitar-A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011.  He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.

 

Allegro-“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. They were brought together at Leland High School and hopes the band is the start of something great.

 

Cindy B.-According to Cindy B., her musical tastes are eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre. 

 

Odd Army-Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band.  But as they matured, they began writing their own music.

 

Quantum-Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to Latin incorporating the different genres in their performances.

 

About the Summer Reading Challenge

The Battle of the Bands is part of the San José Public Library Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31.  It is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library and is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events including a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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Posted by Elizabeth Castañeda on Jul 30, 2014 | |

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 | |

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