Join us here at Almaden Branch Library for our Reading to Furry Friends program for children. At this program, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., we pair children who want to improve their reading skills with literacy assistance dogs (and their trainers) from Furry Friends for some one-on-one reading fun. Children naturally feel comfortable around dogs. By making the most of this relationship, parents and teachers can improve literacy skills and encourage reading. Come join the fun!
Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the
25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire!
The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.
The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12. Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources.
For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc
Enjoy Harp Music for Spring, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Almaden Branch Library. Celebrate the season with some St. Patrick's Day-inspired harp music persented by accomplished harpist Beth Erickson. She will be available after the concert for questions about harps and harp music.
Come and help us celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Almaden Branch Library. The day's schedule includes:
This celebration is part of the Read Across America Day and generous financial support was provided by the Friends of the Almaden Library.
There are many outstanding classic films that have been either nominated or have won academy awards in the near or distant past. Which films are some of your all-time favorites? One of my favorites is Casablanca.
San Jose Public Library has the books that inspired the films.
Here are some of the films that were awarded for best picture:
You are cordially invited to visit with Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk: a Story of War and the Life That Follows, at Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 AM.
In this free author visit, Brian talks about his being in combat and the difficulties he experienced when he returned home. Q&A follows his talk.
"Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team-his brothers-would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered, or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.
"When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor's guilt that he terms The Crazy. His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book immerses the reader in two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror and excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within — the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off." — siliconvalleyreads.org
As Brian states: "I initially wrote The Long Walk for my children, four sons, now aged 14 to 3. I was not the father I could have been following my return from Iraq, and I needed to explain my experience — my post-war anxiety, my fears, my actions in combat that haunted me daily, my adrenaline-fueled need to run every day — to both myself and them. I needed to get down in writing, as best I could, what it feels like to come home from a war. I didn't expect a catharsis or cure, simply a record." — siliconvalleyreads.org
Listen to an excerpt from The Long Walk:
Celebrate the upcoming birthday of beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss! Special Dr. Seuss Birthday Parties will be held at several San Jose Public Library locations in early March. Kids will enjoy Seuss stories, Seuss-themed crafts, and other activities.
Dr. Seuss, author of The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and more than 40 other children's books, was born on March 2, 1904. His birthday coincides with the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, and many schools and libraries are holding special events to celebrate both.
Fun fact: Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, used the pseudonym Dr. Seuss for books he both wrote and illustrated, and the pseudonym Theo LeSieg for books he wrote that were illustrated by others. LeSieg is Geisel spelled backward! Find titles by both Theo LeSieg and Dr. Seuss at your local library. For all things Seuss, visit seussville.com -- and come to the library for a birthday celebration!
Do you want to include native plants in your garden for beauty, habitat, and sustainability, but don’t know where to start?
Come to this free talk by Rebecca Schoenenberger in the Program Room at Almaden Branch Library on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:00 PM.
Rebecca's gardens have been featured on the Going Native Garden Tour.
Learn about easy-to-grow native plants — trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals — for the home garden.
Night Catch tells the story of how a soldier whose work takes him half way around the world finds a way of staying connected with his young son: they play catch using the North Star! It "is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion."
Brenda will talk about how the book was important to her family when her own brother was deployed. Afterwards there will be a craft where children will be given the opportunity to create thier own night skies.
Don't let the tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.
Donate a new or gently used dress today!
Donations are currently being accepted through March 3, 2013.
Stop by one of the following branch libraries to make your donation:
For a full list of participating locations click here.