Do you sing, love to dance, do stand-up comedy or have a unique talent??? Compete in our first round of Teen Talent Show competitions to win prizes and a spot at our final talent show event on Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm at at the Almaden Branch Library.
Visit a participating library to sign-up!
Registration packets will be available at participating San José Public Library locations. Participants must submit their registration form at the location where they want to compete.
Regional Competitions: Prizes 1st place $50, 2nd place $25, 3rd $10
Tully Community Branch, July 5th @ 2pm
Edenvale Branch, July 18th @ 6pm
Hillview Branch, July 19th @ 3pm
Santa Teresa Branch, July 21st @ 3pm
Cambrian Branch, July 25th @ 6:00pm
Evergreen Branch, July 26th @ 4pm
Final Competition: Prizes 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50
Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm
Join us for the grand finale of Teen Talent Show 2012 at the Almaden Branch Library.
The first and second place winners from our local contests will compete for the honor of becoming the San José Teen Talent 2012. Come early and bring your family and friends to cheer on your favorite talent!
Get ready to own the night! Teens ages 12-17 are invited to spend a fun-filled Zombie themed evening at participating San Jose Public Library branches on Friday, August 3rd from 8pm to 11pm*. Participate in fun and memorable activities such as s
IMPORTANT: The Teen Lock-In event takes place at the libraries listed below. To register, you and your parent or guardian must come to the library that you prefer to participate in this event and fill-out the registration form. Please submit the form by Friday, July 27th. Space is limited and all teens must be pre-registered and have reviewed two books for the Teen Summer Reading Celebration to participate.
6445 Camden Ave.
San José, CA 95120
Berryessa Branch Library (Note: From 7pm to 10pm at this location)
3355 Noble Avenue
San José, CA 95132
921 South First St.
San José, CA 95110
Evergreen Branch Library (Note: From 7pm to 10pm at this location)
2635 Aborn Rd.
San José, CA 95121
1600 Hopkins Dr.
San José, CA 95122
491 E. Empire St.
San José, CA 95112
Santa Teresa Branch Library (Note: From 7pm to 10pm at this location)
290 International Circle
San José, CA 95119
1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd.
San José, CA 95117
I have just discovered a beautiful new series of books about energy, the environment, photosynthesis, and ecology. They are co-written by Molly Bang, a famous children's author and Penny Chisholm, an MIT professor. I love these books because they convey the magic of the universe through the lens of art and science. The pictures are absolutely wonderful, each conveying the energy, the light, and the power the sun gives. In My Light, the first book, Molly explains how energy is transformed from the light energy into various forms of water, wind, and plant energy to give us life and strength. In the second title, Living Sunlight, she explains how light is transformed into plant life on earth. Through wondrous pictures, she explains photosynthesis. In her third book, Ocean Sunlight, she explains how plant life enrich our oceans and seas. Again with wonderful pictures, she explains the ecology of oceans. A wonderful series, I could not recommend it more to children, parents, and teachers.
Nowadays, with our new emphasis on non-fiction reading in schools, this is a wonderful introduction to life science. This can be read to pre-schoolers up to lower elementary, and it could be a wonderful introduction children of older grades. If you would like to teach more in depth on photosynthesis, phytoplankton, or marine snow, you could look them up in the back where the authors provide more information.
Just to provide an anecdote, I read Ocean Sunlight to my four-year old, and he loved the book so much that he requested that I borrow Living Sunlight. Not only so, after reading Living Sunlight, he was asking about photosynthesis and the cycle of how plants produce oxygen and how we breathe oxygen. It goes to show that one can really teach science to children at a very young age.
May 17th is the birthday of Gary Paulsen who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1939. He ran away from home when he was 14, and joined the carnival. This began a wide array of occupations: construction worker, engineer, sailor, and ranch hand to name a few. He was working nights as a satellite technician for an aerospace company in California when he was struck by the sudden inspiration to become a writer. He walked off the job that night and never went back. About writing, he says: "I just work. I don't drink, I don't fool around ... The end result is there's a lot of books out there." More than 200 books, in fact, including Hatchet (1988), about a 14-hear-old boy who survives nearly two months in the northern wilderness, and his most recent novels Woods Runner (2010), Lawn Boy Returns (2010), and Liar, Liar (2011). From The Writer's Almanac edited by Garrison Keillor, May 17, 2012.
April 27, is the birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the ever popular, Madeline books. He was born in Meran, Tyrol, Austria (1898) and came to New York when he was sixteen years old. He worked in a series of hotels, then started his own restaurant, which became very successful. He didn't think about becoming a writer until a friend in the publishing industry happened to see his childlike drawings on the walls of his apartment, and suggested that Bemelmans write and illustrate a children's book - and that was Madeline (1939), which begins: "In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread, and brushed their theeth, and went to bed. They smiled at the good, and frowned at the bad, and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine, in two straight lines, in rain or shine ... the smallest one was Madeline!" - Source: The Writer's Almanac
Teens: want to do something more imaginative than just writing a review for Summer Reading books that you have read? Create and submit a book trailer review for Summer Reading, and you could win a Kindle Fire! Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube, providing your review of the book. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.
How to enter:
Entries will be judged on creativity and content by a panel of library staff.
Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by Nathan Verdonk.
Here are links to some professional book trailers:
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive:
Entries for the contest must be submitted between June 1 and July 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in August.
Children up to age 6
1st place: Joaquin Albornoz, age 5, “Joaquin’s Birthday Party”
Honorable Mention: Kapil Kumar age 5 1/2 , “Sharing and Friendship”
Children ages 7-12
1st place: Nathan Koketsu, age 11, “Adventure in the Open Sea”
2nd place: Madurya Suresh, age 9, “The Search for the Sun”
3rd place: Laura Shieh, age 12, “Silver Dandelion”
Honorable Mention: Audrey Chiang, age 8, “The Firefly and her Glow”
1st place: Apanuba Mahmood, age 14, “Flaming Resolve! – Fleeting Demon Encounter”
2nd place: Huyen Nguyen (Chibi Teresa), age 15, “Phantom Dream Hunter: The Prologue”
3rd place: Sienna Gonzales, age 14, “Colored Pencils”
Honorable Mention: Thu Nguyen, age 14, “Terra”
1st place: Queena Xu, “Butterfly Wish”
2nd place: Christine Bainbridge, “A Dream”
3rd place: Eric Elemen, “Super Busy Dad”
Honorable Mention: Darren Tat, “Death Match”
For more photos, please vist the San Jose Public Library Flickr site.
If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2012. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Berryessa Branch Library on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
Learn how to make your own comic book, graphic novel or manga! Oliver Chin will be teaching this free workshop for teens at some San José Public Library branches.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.
Are you looking for some books to expose your child to new places and different cultures? Well, here are some titles/series that you may want to explore.
The series True Book covers many countries including Egypt. The series includes interesting facts about the country without overwhelming children with details. It starts off with two questions about the country to which the children will find the answer reading the book. The book has gorgeous pictures and not too much text. I have found that this book can be read to a pre-schooler without too much editing, and for a 1st or 2nd grader, this series/title would be perfect for reports. One caveat: this series is an old one so you need to be selective about the titles. Be sure you find the newer edition. The library owns many older editions, but the newer ones are better.
What We Wear by Maya Ajmera is a beautiful book of costumes and dress, celebrating children from around the world. It has a map of all the nations represented in the book and pages of suggestions of what to do with your children to explore different cultures: visit a folk festival, check out a museum, or ask about clothes of the past. The book has visually stunning photos of children from all the cultures of world, doing different things at different times. I really recommend everyone to take a look.
D is for Down Under: an Australia Alphabet is a beautifully illustrated picture book part of a larger series which highlights the contributions of each country. Part of a larger alphabet series that covers democracy to Fenway Park, many of the authors are famous in their own right. The books are written in verse with enormous pictures to illustrate the alphabet, and each of the alphabet letters represent one important aspect of the country or culture. In addition, the pages include detail about the topic which the teacher or adult can choose to elaborate upon and read. Take a look at this series. The only unfortunate aspect of this series is that it is not catalogued in a way so that you can find the titles of the series easily. You must look up the title individually. On the back of the book, there is a good representative list of the titles in the series. Also, if you go to the website: www.discovertheworldbooks.com you will find a list of the country books.
True Books and the Discover the World series are shelved in the Countries/States area. If you have any questions, ask the librarian to show you the section. You can find a plethora of country books. Browse at your leisure.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis and Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham are three picture books with fun and zany story lines for the alphabet. I never imagined the alphabet could be so fun. I read these stories to my pre-school age son, and he loved them. The pictures are wonderful and the twists and turns between the alphabet characters make the story so fun. I recommend these stories highly. LMNO Peas and Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First are displayed on the concept display pyramid, and Z is for Moose is a new book on the new book display shelf. Check for these titles at your next visit. If you don't find them, don't be surprised because they are very popular and may be checked out!
There are some very helpful YouTube tutorials for the Nook and the Kindle, in the San Jose Public Library downloads help areas: http://sjpl.org/ebookguide (towards the top of the page) and http://sjpl.org/ebookfaq (at the end of the page). YouTube also has a number of other videos that cover the Nook, Kindle, and even other devices.