- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Alvin Ho is a fictional second-grader who is afraid of almost everything. Author Lenore Look has so far written three books about Alvin, and they continue to entertain. The first one, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things introduces us to Alvin and his many fears, which include speaking in school, substitute teachers, and just about everything else. The best part about Alvin’s fears is that he doesn’t seem to mind if other people know about them. In fact, he carries around a PDK (Personal Disaster Kit) filled with things like a whistle in case he loses his voice, garlic for fending off vampires and a scary mask to keep girls away. The second book, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters and the third, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes have Alvin facing new fears and trying to overcome them.
Alvin Ho lives in Concord, Massachusetts, and all the books contain historic facts and information. Henry David Thoreau figures prominently, as do Louisa May Alcott, the Minutemen and the Old North Bridge. Look has also worked in Alvin’s Chinese-American background, but in a subtle way that doesn’t take over the book. She also includes a glossary at the end of each book where Alvin defines various terms and Chinese words used in the book.
These books are perfect for grades 2-4, though they are long. However, the print is large and the many illustrations will keep younger readers engaged. Fans of Look’s Ruby Lu books will find Alvin Ho a great next step.
If you are on the upper end of the age spectrum, you might feel overwhelmed by all of the new technological advances appearing every year. First there were computers, then cell phones, then iPods, and now Twitter. Will it ever end? No way! As long as there are new ideas, there will be new technology. But don't worry! San José Public Library has good, old-fashioned books to help you find your way. (Of course we have eBooks and DVDs as well) Check here for materials on learning about new technology for the mature individual. It's never too late to learn!
The Chicana/ Latina Foundation, through a grant intended to help bridge the digital divide by providing computers to all first-time Internet service enrollees in underserved areas, will be conducting workshops at the following libraries:
Come learn about this FREE program and get connected!
If you need internet access? Don't forget that your library card allows you access to the internet on computers at any of the San José Public Libraries and Wi-Fi is also available at all SJPL branches. Get connected @ your library!
It's a new month which means a new assortment of Friday Fun programs at the Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Library. Each of our Friday Fun programs start at 4:00PM and are a great way to start off the weekend. Here's our line-up for June:
Child abductions appear in the headlines from time to time and capture the attention of the public. The media outlets interview distraught family members and flash pictures of the missing child on our TV screens or in the papers. The public imagines the living hell of the parents and family members as they search in anguish.
The Year of Fog takes the reader into the lives of adults left searching and wondering in the aftermath of a sudden child abduction. The story opens on a foggy morning in early summer, on a San Francisco beach, when photographer Abby Mason turns her attention for a few seconds away from her fiancee Jake's daughter, Emma. Was the six year old swept out to sea? Was she snatched by strangers? As the months pass, and even Emma's father has given up the search for his child, Abby's quest for answers and atonement for her failure to keep Emma safe continues, as she walks the streets of the city by day or night, reliving the fateful moment and calling up emotional memories of her own past. The novel reads like a mystery as Abby tries to piece together the events of that morning with the help of her spotty recollection, hypnotists, the local surfing community and the photographs she snapped as Emma ran ahead of her on the sand. Silicon Valley Reads selection, 2011.
At the Santa Teresa Library Branch today, May 25th, two members of the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose put on a duet for the benefit of the patrons at the library. Judy Yarbrough and Ann Spector played the violin and viola for forty-five minutes in the afternoon next to the tech center. Roughly five pieces of music were played, starting with a three-part piece by Joseph Heydn, and moving on to a piece by Mozart. They ended with a piece not intended for the violin called “The Easy Winners” by Scott Joplin. This last music was challenging, but they brought it off very well.
Although the announcement had been made over the loudspeaker several times, there were very few library patrons who showed up near the tech center at the beginning of the performance. As the music wafted through the library, however, more of a crowd began to gather. The Santa Theresa Branch was not particularly busy to begin with, but the gentle music overtook the stacks of books and brought a sense of calm throughout the library. More people came until the chairs were fairly filled. People looked up from their mysteries, their Facebook searches, and worrying about their overdue fines to listen to something different going on. There were few interruptions as people respected the musicians for the most part, and the crowed that had gathered by the end clapped with appreciation at the end.
This is another aspect of how the library can provide more than books to the community. The library is a place where so much more can—and does—happen. This was intended to promote a new event for the orchestra—“The Music of Portugal,” being presented on June 5th. Their music represented something on another level here in the library. In the company of books we found company in each other. We were all taking a break from our books, from our reading, and our computers. Anne and Judy invited us in through the music, and we listened. It was a delightful diversion on a dreary Saturday afternoon, and I thank them for it.
Well, the Hillview Branch Library is offering a workshop on job searching on Saturday, June 4th from 2pm - 3pm. You will have the opportunity to learn what online resources (databases, job related weblinks and other electronic resources) and print materials the library offers to help in your job searching.
Take advantage of this opportunity to find out what Free resources and tools you can find in the library that will help you in a successful job search.
As both May and the end of the school year draw to a close, hopefully many of you are starting to think about spending the summer at a San Jose library near you. We are celebrating our annual Summer Reading Celebration at all SJPL locations with many events and reading incentives for kids, teens, and adults. Our theme this year is travel and world culture, and for the kids, we are exploring "One World, Many Stories", so why not join us at West Valley Branch Library for a unique display of a fascinating culture?
All ages are invited to join us on June 18 from 1-2pm as we kick off the start of the Summer Reading Celebration in the West Valley Library Community Room with Celtic Day, an exciting and free celebration of Celtic music, dance, food, and culture. The Friends of the West Valley Libraryand the South Bay Scottish Societyhave teamed up to offer a fantastic lineup of performers, including young dancers from the San Jose School of Highland Dancing, folk singer and guitarist James McWhirter, Scottish pipers and drummers, and more! You will also be able to sample an authentic Scottish dish. Bring the family!
In the meantime, you can practice your Scottish greetings RampantScotland.com if you'd like: May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.
“Where did you score those?”
“I just took a plain white cotton shirt and a pair of socks, and I dyed them myself.”
“Groovy! Where did you learn to do that?”
“Check it out – I went to my local library and found a DVD titled Tie Dye 101: The Basics of Making Exceptional Tie Dye. That disc is awesome! It taught me everything I needed to do to get these really great designs, including all the tools I needed and how to use them. There’s this brother and this chick that own a company called “True Tie Dye,” and those two are genius! They show the process step by step so it’s really clear and they really make sure you know what to do to stay safe while working with the chemicals. They’ve got it all figured out, including how to avoid most of the problems they say can occur when tie dyeing.”
“After I tried out the techniques from that DVD I went back to the library and checked out some books on how to create a variety of different patterns with tie dye. Tie-dye: The How to Book by Virginia Gleser is right on, with a variety of other patterns to try, and The Ultimate T-shirt Book by Deborah Morganthal has some pretty righteous designs, as well. They also have Tie-dyeing: Get Started in a New Craft with Easy-to-Follow Projects for Beginners by Celia Buchanan, as well as books on how to do other cool things with fabrics and dye.”
“Now that I’m feeling more confident with my skill as a dye artist I’m going back to the library to check out True Tie Dye’s other title, Advanced Tie Dye Techniques. It has two discs, Tie Dye 202, which shows how to make various shapes, such as hearts, stars, alien heads…”
“Far out! You can tie dye alien heads?”
“Sure, man! Not only that, but the second disc, Tie Dye 303, shows how to do really complex patterns, like mandalas, lotus blossoms and suns! I can hardly wait to get started.”
“What a trip! I can dig that. Mind if I come with you and give it a try?”
You have probably already planted your summer crop, but you may need some more tips to make for a successful summer harvest. Our library has many excellent gardening books for many needs, including pest control, herb care, and organic growing techniques.
Here are two items that you must add to your To Do list. Come to the King Library before July 5 to see the exhibit that is currently on the second floor. The exhibit is called From Our Land and celebrates Japanese American farmers from the 1900s until they were forced to leave for internment camps during World War II.
An excellent book by Jamie Ford is called Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. It is a novel that describes a family in Seattle in 1942 who were forced to take only what they could carry to live temporarily in a barn in southern Washington before being relocated to a camp for 10,000 people in southern Idaho. It tells how the 12-year-old daughter has to say goodbye to a Chinese boy who makes a promise that he will wait for her until the war ends. The book is available in Chinese, electronic format, large print, and audio.
Together, both the exhibit and the book give a picture of a difficult time in our country's history.
Alviso Branch Library has one on one appointments available for people needing assistance with their resumes, interviewing and job searches. Appointments are available on the following dates and times:
Pre-registration is required so please contact the branch at 408-263-3626 to sign up.
Not able to make it to the branch checkout the resources available on our website.
Chủ đề cho Chương Trình Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Hè năm nay là "Một Thế Giới, Nhiều Mẫu Chuyện". Cũng như mọi năm, chúng ta cố gắng thi đua đọc thật nhiều sách để được tặng nhiều quà. Đây là một khích lệ nho nhỏ dành riêng cho các tí hon để tập cho các em thú đọc sách.
Năm nay, Chương Trình Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Hè sẽ bắt đầu Ngày 18 Tháng 6 và kết thúc Ngày 30 Tháng 7. Từ già đến trẻ, tất cả mọi người đều có thể tham gia. Xin quý vị phụ huynh và quý ông bà làm cái gương sáng cho các em nôi theo. Quý vị hãy ghi danh đọc sách và hãy quyến khích các em ghi danh và đem các em đến Thư Viện để tham gia những buổi trình diễn hoặc chương trình đặc sắc và nhiều thú vị của mùa hè năm nay!
Not only available for English learners to improve their English, Mango Languages database offers lessons in many other languages. If you are interested to learn the following languages: Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Madarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Portugese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Urkrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese; don't hesitate to take a few minutes to explore this database.
Please follow this video clip to navigate the database.
You will need to have a valid PIN and library card number to access the database. Your profile can be created by entering your email address and password. You will have to go your email and click on the link provided by Mango to activate your account.
To get a library card please go to your local library with a proof of address and valid CA picture ID. The online application is available if you want to fill it out in advance.
The San José Public Library has partnered with Business Owner Space to put on Growing Your Business with Social Media. This big event will take place Thursday, June 23rd at San José City Hall with speakers and workshops all geared toward using social media to grow your business. So, if your business could use a boost using social media to market your business, this event is a must attend. Find out more info and register here http://businessownerspace.com/page/1974
For many parents it’s almost the end of the school year and, if you are like me, you’re beginning to think about how to keep the kids entertained without it costing a fortune. I discovered so many wonderful ideas to make this summer sensational with the added convenience of finding them all at the West Valley Branch Library.
I started at the free community resource area where I found these free guides. The San Jose Citywide Activity Guide, in addition to classes held at nearby community centers, lists the city’s camp and aquatic programs. While not free, they are a lot less expensive than many other programs being offered by local business. There was also information about the nearby regional parks and some low-cost Family events. BayArea Parent and India Parent Magazine are another great place for inspiration. Some of the free events I will attend this summer will be the city and county libraries’ Summer Reading Celebration programs. Although there wasn’t a listing of which library will be having what yet, I will check their websites for that information. I also found advertisements for two bookstores: Hicklebee and Kepler promoting author presentations that are free. Other listings I saw were for the Kids Free Fishing Day and also free arts and craft activities at Lakeshore Learning Store on Saturdays.
Also, very helpful was the special edition from Bay Area Parent’s aptly entitled, Summer Survival Guide. Although most listings charge a free to attend their event there were still some listings for free events such as Santana Row’s Free Kid’s Club “Mommy & Me on the Row,” the Region’s Best Playgrounds, Seeing it on the Big Screen: where to take the family to enjoy a free movie, some summer festivals, and the local farmers markets that also included some easy recipes.
The library also has free computer usage with a library card and two websites that I like for gathering ideas of what to do with the family are: www.Celebrate-Family.com and email@example.com. Celebrate-Family is compiled by the creator and editor of the newsletter, Marian Kicklighter. She is one determined mother looking for low-cost events. You’ll get updates on free events, discounts to local attractions, Museum Day and Free Night of Theater and more. Check it out and add your email address to receive her weekly newsletter. The other website I enjoy is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, I found some very helpful books like: Open Road's Best National Parks with Kids which includes the best family-friendly sleeps and ears, great info on kids’ programs and top sights the family will enjoy and South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in and around Santa Clara Valley by Jean Rusmore.
I’m looking forward to the many things we’ll be trying this summer and hopefully we’ll all be as excited about spending time together at the end of the summer as we did in the beginning.
I know that we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I admit a cover caught my eye recently. It belonged to Rescue Ink, written by Rescue Ink and Denise Flaim. Not a viewer of the TV show on the National Geographic Channel, I had never heard of this unique group of volunteer animal rescuers. Behind the curve, that’s me.
Based in Long Island, New York, the group consists of ten men who are street tough but who have a soft spot for animals. They are not afraid to knock on the door of the local nasty who’s known for abusing his pit bull, and tell him to cut it out. They educate those who are willing to learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership, in order to turn neglect into care. They organize searches for lost or stolen animals. They accepted a donated vehicle that didn’t run and turned it into a full-service animal ambulance. Together, these guys have helped or rescued hundreds of animals, mostly dogs and cats, but some horses, pigs, and other animals, too.
The story of the group’s founding and the men’s personal histories were fascinating. I learned a lot, too, about some forms of abuse that I’d never heard of before: the inhumane practices of Mexican slaughterhouses that buy unwanted American horses for meat, to get around the law banning the practice in the US. Also, I didn’t know that Amish country is the location of so many puppy mills. The Rescue Ink website is currently down, but I did find a Facebook page.
This book got me thinking about animal rescue awareness. Most kids naturally love animals, so picture books such as Fleabag, Finding Susie, and The Dog Who Belonged to No One have a natural appeal. They encourage empathy with the additional message that there are unwanted animals out there who need homes. There is a series of chapter books called Vet Volunteers, and a whole host of other fiction for kids. And, of course, there are fun library visits by Furry Friends and Canine Companions, many of whom are rescued, with their "reading to dogs" events at West Valley, Willow Glen, and Santa Teresa branch libraries. Pets certainly enrich our lives. If a family is looking for a special pet, the San Jose shelter is a good place to go. Spread the love!
Thank you to the Santa Teresa High School Band! Meddle With Music: A Teen Library Invasion on Saturday, May 14 was a hit! We saw over 200 people watching and listening to the Santa Teresa High School Jazz Bands, Jazz Combos, Saxophone Ensemble and Ukulele Ensemble.
We were also happy to see so many teens in the Santa Teresa Branch Library. There were teens everywhere: checking out books; getting library cards; playing music; encouraging their friends in the band and in the children's area reminiscing over favorite picture books from childhood. We would love to have any or all of the band members back to play again in the Library.
The Library received many positive comments on the program from both staff and customers. Thank you Santa Teresa High School students and band instructors for making this such a special day at the Library!
San Jose Public Library services discussed in-between bands included:
Join us for these computer classes at Berryessa Library in June:
* June 4, 10 am – Mousing and Typing: In this basic computer class for adults, we will practice using the mouse and keyboard. Students will learn basic skills such as cut/paste, click, double click, and 10 finger typing. Students do not need to have used a computer before.
* June 11, 10 am – Email: Learn the basics of creating and using email. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of computer, keyboard, mouse, Internet.
* June 14, 6:30 pm – Intro to Microsoft Word: Learn the basics of this popular word processor program: starting a document, basic typing/formatting/printing. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of computer, keyboard and mouse.
Pre-registrations required for all classes. Please call (408) 808-3050 to register.
Tully Community Branch Library's Family Learning Center Coordinator Candice Tran hosted this special bilingual family storytime, featuring music, rhythm sticks and the Vietnamese and English story "Chúng ta đi săn gấu/We're going on a bear hunt." If you enjoy this video of this special storytime on May 21, be sure to join us for another Vietnamese Family Storytime on Saturday, June 18 from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm! Check our calendar for other upcoming events and programs.
The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller
When she was in grade school, Laura’s teacher gave her a book and said, “I think you’ll like this one”. The book was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Reading it began a lifelong love of the Narnia series of C.S. Lewis that has still not left her in adulthood. Indeed, who would not want to be part of Lewis’ creation, where animals talk, magic thrives and the world has yet to be discovered? Unlike the extensively detailed adventures in Lord of the Rings, there is more imagination and less detail in Narnia. This makes it more appealing to younger readers, and perhaps lays the groundwork for those readers to enjoy Tolkien’s work at an older age.
There were two things I particularly liked about this book. The first was that the author glossed over the nature of Lewis’s religious beliefs, which were quite strong. Much has been written about C.S. Lewis’ piety, and it was not the intention of this book to delve into that subject. The second was the real focus on the author’s love for this series, and of many other people’s reactions as well. Lewis intended that these books would draw young readers to Christianity, but if that was the intention then this fact was lost on the author. She was far more drawn to the people, to the magic and to the wonder of this marvelous fantasy land than to the allegory that Lewis had envisioned himself. This is, I think, the correct attitude to have in any work dealing with the land of Narnia. This is the type of love that classics are made of: wanting to become part of the author’s world, to be engaged by what he wrote but not necessarily what he intended to write about. The author makes an important point as part of the book when she goes back to see where C.S. Lewis grew up, and tried to find the landscapes that might have inspired Lewis’ creation. Despite visiting the same countryside, the author could not see where he might have drawn from life to create Narnia’s geography. That’s okay, however—Narnia existed in the mind of the creator, and that’s really all we need to know.
I read this book because I had recently read “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to my 11-year-old daughter. I also had a deep love for the series as a child—I even played Aslan in my 3rd grade play (the other kids wanted me to be the witch, but the teacher vetoed that idea). This book reawakened my love for Narnia. I realize now that I might have done my daughter an injustice by pointing out some of the things that Lewis wanted to say about moral attitudes and beliefs. The important thing, as the author points out, is to enjoy the story. It is really up to the reader to draw what they want from it regardless of who the author is. As Stephen King once pointed out, “It is the story, not he who told it”. The fact that these stories have persisted as favorites over the decades certainly indicates that we can all gain something from them—even if they aren’t what the author had originally intended.
Children love music and movement – and both stimulate the brain! Music & Movement is a program designed for families to enjoy songs, parachute play, and other activities with their children. This program is targeted toward Preschool-1st grade but younger and older children are encouraged to attend too! Enjoy this fun video from May 14th. This program will occur again at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Tully Community Branch Library!
“The mind is the forerunner of all experience.”
For one deeply depressed, agoraphobic woman with the unusual name of Byron Katie, four simple questions (posed to her stressful thoughts) have made all the difference. They are:
She contends that these straightforward questions can transform your approach to almost any seemingly unworkable situation. The San José Public Library audio book, Your Inner Awakening (a 6-CD set) by Byron Katie allows you to sit in on her fascinating method of self-inquiry -- one that has subsequently benefited both her and many people throughout the world.
Take a page from Socrates and further your quest for self-knowledge with the library's wealth of audio books! Its easier than you think: all nonfiction titles can be requested and sent to any branch, simply with your library card and PIN.
Set in fictional Holt, Colorado, The Tie That Binds is an evenly paced narrative that chronicles the difficult frontier life of 80 year old Edith Goodnaugh. Haruf is masterful in his manner of painting characters and their surroundings: Roy Goodnaugh (Edith's 'hickory stick' husband), daughter Edith, son Lyman, neighbor Sandy, and their 19th century plains existence. Rough, hard, and sparse yet heart-warming, uplifting, Haruf is a wonderful storyteller.
I recently had a conversation with a colleague in which we agreed that movies based on books, no matter how good, are virtually never as good as the book itself. However, I've become a big fan of audiobooks, and I believe that many audiobooks are as good or even better that the print version of the book. Listening to books instead of reading them has obvious benefits for people who have a vision impairment or who want to enjoy a book while driving, walking, or exercising. But beyond that, some books seem especially cut out for the audio format because there are multiple narrators, each of whom can be supplied with a distinct voice. A well-read (acted?) audiobook can add intonation, accents, and other elements that enrich the story. Case in point: The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Set in the early 60s during the civil rights era in Jackson, Mississippi, the book is told through the viewpoints of two black maids and a young white woman who wishes to write a chronicle of the maids' stories. Listening to the book, I find it hard to imagine that I could enjoy it any more in print format (although, with the book's bestseller status, the print version is doing just fine, thank you). Another book I found particularly suited to audio format is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger -- again, because the book is told from the standpoint of more than one narrator. San José Public Library has an increasing number of audio options available to customers. In addition to books on CD, you can download audiobooks with your library card via Overdrive, MyiLibrary, and NetLibrary. I was able to download The Help from Overdrive with no waiting, and transferred it to my iPod. I'm looking forward to the movie scheduled for release in August... but I doubt it will be as good as the (audio)book!
Where can you go for up-to-date civil service, GED, and other test preparation? Need to refresh your knowledge of fractions, decimals, grammar and other skills to pass an application test for a prospective employer? LearningExpress Library has both tutorials and downloadable ebooks for various job, school, or licensing tests. This database has great resources for everyone from children and college students to career changers and job seekers. Create an account by registering your email address.
LearningExpress Library eBooks in Español has many of the same ebooks as LearningExpress Library but written in Spanish.
"Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero–he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?" from Random House, Inc.
More annotation... "Small-town wizard Lucy would love to join Fairy Tail, a guild for powerful wizards, but instead finds herself teaming up with Natsu, a crazy fire wizard whose best friend is a talking, flying cat named Happy" from Baker and Taylor
Check out this newly ordered Graphic Novel series Fairy Tail. This series is on order but currently available to request to pick up at your local San José Public Library. You do need to have a current library card with valid pin number. If you haven't got one, make sure to apply for one.
Read review online from School Journal, Lucy is a wizard who's looking to join the Fairy Tail Guild, which is famous for its members' out-of-control antics. When she meets Natsu, she never imagines that he's really Salamander of Fairy Tail. He spends much of his time as an ordinary guy who suffers from severe motion sickness in trains, boats, and even horse-drawn carriages. But when he taps into his magical abilities, he turns into an awesome fighter who uses fire to vanquish his enemies. By the end of the first volume, Lucy has joined the guild as well as Natsu and his flying cat as a team member. In the second volume, the team steals a magical book from the evil Duke Everlue and joins forces with Erza Scarlet to fight a guild that plans to use death-curse magic. Lucy and Natsu are the central figures in a large cast of characters, many of whom have unique abilities. Readers never see Erza's special skills in action, but it's clear that they involve lots of blood. The beings summoned by Lucy from the celestial spirit world are often temperamental and sometimes politically incorrect. The humor is often jaw-droppingly funny, meaning that the characters' jaws drop so low and so often that they look like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The illustrations are lively and keep the stories moving briskly. Each volume is filled with magic and humor and ends with a suspenseful cliff-hanger that will draw readers into the rest of the series.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library.
Publisher Weekly states Mashima (Rave Master ) is back with a brand new series about the juvenile delinquents of wizardry and magic, set in a mythical world of small towns, steam engines and horse-drawn carts, where magic is mainstream, young wizards follow glossy magazines that profile popular wizard guilds and everyone has hidden magical abilities. Fire-eating wizard Natsu initiates young and sexy Lucy, a celestial wizard, into his oddball guild, Fairy Tail. Soon we meet the womanizing Loke; the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster, who is often found wandering around in just his boxers; and the heavy-drinking Cana, who is never far from a barrel of wine. It's goofy fun and playful troublemakingminus any sort of criminal element. Mashima sets a careful balance between showing the Fairy Tail wizards' troublemaking mentality while still establishing that the heart of each wizard is the heart of a hero. With a violence that harks back to the Looney Tunes where all combatants suffer heavy blows but always come out alive, albeit with some scratches, the story is more akin to Bugs Bunny than Harry Potter. But fans of both will be pleasantly entertained. The first two volumes of this series are being released simultaneously.
I recently visited Salem, Massachusetts. At the actual House of the Seven Gables of Nathaniel Hawthorne fame I learned that this very old house (1668) which had belonged to the author's cousin,;was rebuilt/remodeled (c1910) to reflect the reality of the novel. Thus on the very interesting tour our guide directed us to ascend the "secret staircase" to the attic, which the guide said is the "oldest original living space" in North America. There, indentured servants and slaves had lived. The guide also recommended the novel, but pointed out that it is difficult to get through the beginning pages as Hawthorne "was being paid by the word!" I enjoy Hawthorne's short stories, since most have dark or supernatural elements, so I put the novel on my reading list. In the same compound is the house where Hawthorne was actually born in Salem, moved several blocks to the current location--yes, it is supposed to be haunted--and a very nice gift shop. In the gift shop I saw, besides numerous editions of House of the Seven Gables, other books of interest. One recent fiction title which relates to Salem is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, a descendant of some of Salem's accused witches, one of whom survived and one of whom did not. Not featured in the gift shop but from a more recent time in Salem are two books by Brunonia Barry, The Lace Reader (c2008), which has been popular with Book Clubs for its special plot surprise and The Map of True Places (c2010) which is above all a love story.
The Baby-sitter's Club was one of my absolute favorite book series when I was a kid. In this series by author Ann M. Martin, a group of middle school girls come together to form a neighborhood babysitting service called The Baby-sitter's Club. Throughout the series, these friends experience various middle school adventures, both on the job and off. The stories running throughout the series are funny, heart-warming, exciting, realistic, engaging, and more! I loved getting to know the different characters, each with their own distinct personalities and quirks. There's headstrong and athletic Kristy, artistic and eccentrically-dressed Claudia, shy and sensitive Mary Anne, sophisticated city-girl Stacey, California-girl environmentalist Dawn, and the "junior members," Mallory and Jessi. And now, the burning question that my friends and I used to debate...What BSC member are YOU most like? Now you can find out with an online quiz.
I was happy to discover that Scholastic is introducing the Baby-sitter's Club series to a whole new generation of readers. They’ve republished the first several books in the series (with some minor adjustments to “modernize” the series, according to this article), and Ann M. Martin recently wrote a great prequel to the series called The Summer Before. This book follows the four original BSC members during their summer before 7th grade and before the start of the Baby-sitter’s Club, (which is Kristy’s Great Idea, the official first book of the series). I recommend The Summer Before to readers in grades 3-6 who want to start reading this great series for the first time, or to any former children of the late 80's-90's out there that want to reminisce about these familiar characters from our childhood.
You know the song and no doubt the feeling when trying to do a research project. Sometimes a little guidance is needed during the process. San José Public Library has multiple resources for you under the RESEARCH tab of our Homepage. Don't worry! We have a panic button titled: Contact a Librarian. You will soon discover that we have various lines of communication support.
Are you fascinated by the different taste of international cuisines?
Do you want to learn how some international delicious dishes are prepared?
Would you be interested in tasting something you never tasted before?
Come join us at the Hillview Branch Library on Saturdays from 2pm - 3pm!
And learn about and sample the exquisite cuisines of Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mexican and Vietnamese - May 7th
Cuban and Nicaraguan - May 14th
Salvadorian and Taiwanese - May 21st
Korean and Thai - May 28th
Filipino and Peruvian - June 4th
Everyone is welcomed to join us!
The Friends of the Hillview Library and the Hillview Library teensReach Group will once again team up to hold a Book & Bake Sale event at the Hillview Branch Library on Saturday, May 21st from 1pm - 4pm.
This is an excellent opportunity to purchase books and media (dvds, music cds, vhs, etc.) to help support programming efforts at your Hillview Branch Library. There will be a variety of books and media (dvds, music cds & others) for different ages, languages and genres at this booksale event.
In addition, the teensReach volunteer group will be selling some goodies and refreshments at this event. Proceeds of this bakesale will go to help support youth programs at the Hillview Branch Library.
At this book sale event, hardback books will go for $1.00, paperback books for $.50 and all media (cds, dvds, vhs, etc) for $1.00.
Booksale proceeds made in this event will go to help support Hillview Library's programs/services.
This sale event will take place outside just in front of the Hillview Library.
“May you live in interesting times” is said to be an old curse, and this book brings that idea to life. Horrifying, repellent, and yet fascinating, The Corpse Walker is one of the more troubling books you are likely to read. Journalist Liao Yiwu has traveled China for a number of years, interviewing survivors of that country’s tumultuous 20th century. There are tales of sickening brutality, inspiring courage, unbelievable tyranny, steadfast loyalty, and these elements often occur in the same tale, sometimes even from the same person, in this hellish portrayal of life under Communism. Those with an interest in history and foreign cultures will also be absorbed by the stories of changing times and peculiar (to a Westerner) vocations, such as the corpse walkers of the title. When an individual passed away far from home, the corpse walkers would tie the dead body to themselves and literally walk the body, as if it were a life-size marionette, back home, to create the illusion that the dearly departed was merely taking one last stroll back to say farewell to friends and family. Discover just how alien another human culture can seem through this disturbing but engrossing read.
For basic help, attend one of our free one-on-one computer tutoring sessions, where you will get personalized assistance with most any computer-related matters, like email, typing a resume, searching the Internet or other related tasks. You may also like to try a free class in Computer Basics. These classes cover various topics, such as Typing & Mousing, Microsoft Word and email. You will get all the basic information you need to tackle these and other computer tasks, all for free!
Computer users who have already mastered the basics but want to learn about a specific application will benefit from CustomGuide’s tutorials. Go to our databases page and click on “CustomGuide Online Software Training.” Create an account (just takes a minute to do) and then you have access to tutorials for various versions of many Microsoft applications. When the library upgraded its computers to Office 2007 I used CustomGuide to learn how to use Word and Outlook, since there were a lot of changes to these programs.
More advanced computer users will find all kinds of computer help topics covered in our collection of electronic books from Safari. Go to the library’s downloads page and click on “Computer Books from Safari Books Online.” Topics covered include Apple development, Windows server administration and Java development, in addition to many more.
If you can’t find what you need on these pages, don’t hesitate to ask a staff person at your local library – we’re happy to help!
Idea Man by Paul Allen details the author's involvement in the founding of Microsoft and his relationship with Bill Gates. The 2nd half of the book deals with his investments in things like sport teams (TrailBlazers and Seahawks) and space planes, life as a wealthy mogul, and recent events.
Contrary to the press reports, Idea Man draws a neutral portrait of Bill Gates. He is both highly praised and criticized. The book truly delivers an unvarnished view of Bill Gates and the beginnings of Microsoft. If you are into tech-history, this book should not be missed.
Even for the non-computer geek, there's bound to be something in his tale that will capture your imagination. Overall, Idea Man offers a compelling look at how timing, luck, opportunity, obsession and personalities came together to create a global company.
Readers interested in the history of Microsoft should also try the road ahead and Bill Gates Speaks. In both, Gates gives strong endorsement and credit to Paul Allen for the co-founding of Microsoft.
You can also research current and past Microsoft activities through our database, Business Source Complete: http://0-web.ebscohost.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/bsi/search?sid=27c98c05-b29c-4be2-b37d-e064fb9b637e%40sessionmgr11&vid=1&hid=12
If you have a talent for creating illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2011. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library 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 winners will get a gift card.
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.
Join us every Saturday from 10:30 - 11:00 AM for Family Storytime!
Songs, stories, flannel stories, finger plays and more for the whole family!
The Tully Community Branch Library hosted this program (in Vietnamese) on Saturday, May 7, 2011 featuring singing and dance performances by Vietnamese youth. Enjoy the music and wonderful talent of the participants in this video of the event!
Are you an early riser? Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has just the class for you! Sign up for their Sunrise Safari May 28 and be the first through the gate to wake up with the animals before the zoo opens! This unique tour will lead you through the zoo and behind the scenes to learn about early risers in the animal kingdom and how they start their day off on the right foot, paw, or hoof. This tour is open to animal lovers of all ages and begins promptly at 9:00 am. The cost is $20 for park members and $25 for non-members. This fee will admit one adult and one child. Additional participants may be added for $10 each. Pre-registration is required. Download a registration form or call 408-794-6420 for more information.
Lately the Mississippi River has been making news, flooding farmlands and towns from the Midwest to the South, from Missouri and Illinois to Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Songs, movies and books about rivers are part of the cultural heritage of these United States; many of our rivers have been celebrated over the years to an extent that rivers in other countries have not.
Even if you don't live near a river, you will more than likely be familiar with several of these "river" songs: "Proud Mary," (Rolling on the River), Creedence Clearwater Revival; "The River," Bruce Springsteen; "When the Levee Breaks," Led Zeppelin, and "Cry Me a River," sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Other famous river songs include: "On the Banks of the Ohio," "Down by the Riverside," "Red River Valley," "Swanee River," and, of course, "Moon River," the theme song from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.
From songs we go on to movies, where you'll find some of our most famous actors in these productions: John Wayne and Montgomery Clift starred in Red River (1948), Clark Gable and Ricardo Montalban starred in Across the Wide Missouri (1951); while Brad Pitt, in one of his first movies, starred in A River Runs Through It (1992.)
When it comes to novels, one of the best known passages about a river were written by a man who worked for a time as a riverboat captain, Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain (a pseudonym meaning two fathoms or water deep enough for a steamboat to navigate). In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we find Huck and his friend, Jim, a runaway slave, floating on a raft down the Mississippi River. The river served as an escape for both Huck (escape from "civilization") and Jim (escape from slavery). Clemens had previously made us acquainted with Huck Finn in an earlier book entitled, Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Most of the movies and books mentioned above can be found at King Library or one of the branches. If you find yourself humming or singing some of the songs mentioned herewith, and would like to find the words or music for a particular song, please visit the library's website at: www.sjlibrary.org
Our STUFF! program has become so popular we are now offering it twice a month at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Please join us on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 PM when our very artistic volunteer, Chris, teaches us how to draw pictures using basic shapes. The library has a wonderful series called Let's Draw with Shapes that shows us how to use this technique plus tons of other books on how to draw almost anything: dinosaurs, dogs, faces, buildings, cartoons and much much more. Here's a short video featuring Bob Ostrom, illustrator of children's books, who demonstrates the "drawing with shapes" technique. We may not be doing anything this elaborate but Chris will give us the basics. This will be a fun program for all those budding artists out there! Please remember that parking is FREE until 6:00 PM at the 4th Street garage located above the Flames restaurant.
Venture Café Entrepreneurism Workshop Series: As part of a 5 part series promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship culture and building a community of entrepreneurs, I will be presenting on San José Public Library's Business Resources this Saturday, May 21. Included are a question and answer period, time for lunch and networking afterward. Live Webinar. Lunch will be provided. This event will be held at the Santa Teresa Branch Library from 10:30 AM- 1:00 PM. Remaining dates of the series are Saturday, May 28 & June 4. Registration is recommended, please call 408-808-3068 to register and for more information.
2. Set-up your personal account to log your progress.
3. Read a book every 2 weeks, review it, post it and you're entered into our bi-weekly prize drawing!
4. Only those items read between Saturday, June 18th and Saturday, July 30th will be eligible.
2. Read 5 books and complete 5 reviews (written or by video) to reach the reading goal and receive a free book.
3. Only those books read between Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 30 will be eligible.
4. Enter a book review (written or by video) every two weeks and be entered into bi-weekly prize drawings.
5. Provide a link to a video review and we'll enter you into an additional contest to win a NOOKcolor eBook Reader!
Please Note: Those who are 12 years old can choose to participate in the teen program or children's program
Those who provide a video review will be automatically entered into the Video Review Contest. Our judges will select the best video review and the winner will receive a NOOKcolor® eBoook reader! Learn More!
2 winners per branch, per each drawing
Help promote the library's summer reading program by registering children and awarding prizes.
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and be present at an important occasion in history? “What historical period or incident would you like to have witnessed – and why?“ was the question Byron Hollinshead, president of American Historical Publications put to a number of historians.
These questions are answered in two collections of readable essays describing and commenting on historical events. The first volume covers American history from the Cahokian period, AD 1030 to Lyndon Johnson’s confrontation with George Wallace. The second volume explores topics in European history from the death of Alexander the Great to the German surrender to Montgomery at Luneburg Heath, 1945.
If you’re interested in reading more, each essay has a list of suggestions for further reading.
The one week out of the year that college students love and hate is finally here, finals week. This is the time of the year where many students load up on caffeine, and begin to hit the books. For the students who kept up all semester and understood class, this week will be a walk in the park. As for those students who went to that party one weekend or missed class that one day, this week will be no piece of cake.
No matter which situation pertains to the student, some sort of studying will need to be done. Students will open up their books this week, and in some cases, it may be the first time that they do that this entire semester. If this is the case, a lot more study hours are going to be required of them in order to receive the passing grade they will be striving for.
Can't find a good place to study? In many cases, students have a difficult time finding a place to study without any distractions. A roommate may play loud music all day in the dorm, a younger sibling may play video games at home, these and many other situations can lead to a lack of concentration on studying. Don't worry we have the perfect solution for a student's struggle of finding the right place to study.
What better place to get studying done that at a local San Jose Public Library Branch. All of the branches in the San Jose Public Library system offer study rooms that students, as well as the general public, can reserve in advance to get their studying or any other work done. The branches also include a "Quiet Room" in case of an event where a person is not able to book a study room because of full bookings. So students come into your local branch in order to study and be free of distractions. Remember the quietness is on us!
1. Sign up at your local library starting June 18
2. Achieve your goal by reading alone or with others.
3. Only those items read between Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 30 will be eligible.
4. Read 15 books and celebrate your success by coming to the library to pick up your prize book and certificate starting June 25.
5. Read MORE, Earn MORE - receive exciting prizes when you read.
6. Claim all your prizes at the Summer Reading Celebration desk by August 6.
BONUS PRIZES ....
Do you want to make a lot of money in stocks while minimizing your risk of losing money?
Of course, we all do, but the smartest investors actually do this!
What is their secret? They trade stocks by using options instead of simply buying and selling stocks. Options trading lets you hedge your risks and leverage your investments.
You may have heard of options trading but have no idea how to do it. For basics on options trading, there are some free online tutorials at sites such as The Options Institute or YouTube, as in this video "Intro to Options" ► ►
But the most extensive help for both options trading beginners and veterans can be found in the best books on this subject, books that you can get through San José Public Library.
Some consensus best books for options trading beginners are:
The library also provides you access to recommended books for options trading veterans:
If you are interested in other books on options trading, you can browse the Library Catalog for the subject Options (Finance).
And please send in your comments if you have your own favorite options books or you would like me to add companies to the stock ticker above.
Happy trades to you!
Summer Reading Celebration is an enjoyable activity that everyone can participate in.
The six-week-long program encourages recreational reading as a family activity.
Part of the Summer Reading Celebration.
Co-Sponsors: Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Friends of the Branch Libraries
with additional support from other community organizations, with additional support from Hotel Valencia Santana Row.
With summer vacation quickly approaching and travel plans getting made my curiosity was piqued by the premise of Seth Stevenson’s book Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World. This electronic book available through Overdrive, tracks his effort to travel around the world without ever stepping foot on an airplane. The means by which he accomplishes this feat is both ingenious and amusing. The author a freelance travel writer provides humorous descriptions about all he encounters while philosophizing about how traveling should not just be about the destination but how you get there.
Check out other articles written by Seth Stevenson through our EBSCO host database.
Historically, the most frequently told story of a slave revolt in America’s history has been that of John Brown’s ill-fated attack at Harper’s Ferry. This is, as Daniel Rasmussen points out in American Uprising, was not the biggest revolt of slaves. It is simply the one that is the best known. In January, 1811, a group of about 500 slaves living in appalling conditions gathered behind two of their own, Kook and Quamara, and set out to attack the city of New Orleans. They had many things in their favor: the element of surprise; two leaders who were well versed in warfare; a rigid order of command; and well laid-out plans. In pouring-down rain between the dates of January 8 and January 11, 1811, they attacked their owners and went on to attack the city. Their plan might well have worked if not for several factors: a few slave owners surviving the attack and warning others, a lack of weapons and the reluctance of many fellow slaves to join the plan. By January 18, many of those who participated in the rebellion were dead. Had it been up to the slave owners, the account of the rebellion would also have been equally laid to rest. It is fortunate that a few remembered, and kept the memory alive, for us to be aware of it two centuries later.
As we currently read about atrocities happening overseas, one is reminded that such appalling oppression also happened on our own shores. The average life expectancy of a slave on a sugar plantation was just four years. Punishment and torture were common-place. One wonders how the owners could be blind to such suffering, and yet they were. Furthermore, the establishment did their best to wipe this matter from the record, to have it be forgotten lest others try to do the same—attempting to claim their freedom, their humanity, and their dignity. As I read this, I wanted the revolt to succeed, and knew it could not. I was more curious as to how far the revolt went before it was suppressed, and found myself quite disappointed that it did not get very far indeed.
If there is one thing that disappointed me about the book in particular, it is that it did not spend very long on the rebellion itself. The author lost himself in other matters—how the white ruling class ignored the signs of rebellion and discontent (while at the same time being terrified of the monster they themselves had created); the aftermath of the rebellion, and how the revolt resurfaced as a historical fact. Certainly the author is not to blame too much for this; the attempt to suppress the record was very thorough. Yet the rebellion itself was far too brief for me to really appreciate what they must have gone through to nearly reach the point of victory--it's climax is far too brief. Nevertheless, I am indebted to the author for bringing attention to this event for us to appreciate several centuries after the fact. This is just the type of thing that books are meant for: to shine light where there once was darkness, and to be aware that unwritten events can be written once again. The efforts of Kook and Quamara were not in vain.
During this time when terrorism is back in the news, I have been thinking about the concepts of peace and friendship. How does someone teach a young child about peace, and the idea that all people can learn to get along? Sharing picture books is one way to do this. The San José Public Library has some excellent materials that can be checked out on these topics. Here are three recomendations.
For the very young child, Baby Faces by Margaret Miller is a good choice. Infants enjoy seeing pictures of babies, and this small book has photographs of babies of different nationalities. As children grow, they might enjoy We All Sing with the Same Voice, by J. Philip Miller. It is based on a Sesame Street song, showing that children around the world are alike at heart. My third recommendation is The Peace Book by Todd Parr. Brightly colored drawings illustrate various peaceful activities, such as learning a new language, making friends, and sharing a meal.
Bring the concepts of peace and friendship to your young child by checking out one or all of these books from San José Public Library!
I love my portable, electronic, navigation device. It got a work-out recently while visiting family back east. Besides local attractions and friend's addresses it also listed local libraries for me to visit. If you are wondering how to locate a San Jose library near you and do not have such a device we got you covered. Just go to our homepage > http://www.sjpl.org/ and select Locations. Once you're there you can input your address and find a branch closest to your location. Clicking on the branch, then on the more info link will take you to the branch page where you will find a Google map, driving directions, and bus routes. We hope to see you soon.
The Tully Community Branch Library held a special bilingual storytime and piñata craft in celebration of Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 7. This program was hosted by Shirley Tanase from San José Public Library's Unit for Programing Services.
Fans of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live will appreciate Bossypants, a witty and insightful new memoir by comedian and writer Tina Fey.
From her childhood in Chicago to her rise in fame, Tina Fey takes us through the backroads of her life in and out of the spotlight. Delightfully awkward, and sarcastic, Fey turns the routine memoir on its head with her rendition. Written as a series of essays detailing various aspects of her life, Fey lets down her guard. Her breezy writing style and one-liner jokes has the feel of an intimate side-by-side chat with the actress. For an added kick of humor, make sure to request Bossypants in the audio version, read by Tina Fey herself.
If this book isn't enough, make sure to check out these additional Tina Fey comedies:
You are warmly invited to the 5th anniversary celebration at the Almaden Branch Library and Community Center on Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This will be a fun-filled event for all ages with activities, crafts, food and stories. Conroy the Cougar (the Library's official mascot) will also be there to greet and entertain the children. Following our anniversary celebrations, we will be hosting the city-wide Teen Talent Show - 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the large community room. We have some really talented teens in our city and we know you'll enjoy hearing them! Hope to see you there ... it will be a fun and memorable day.
In the nation's consciousness polygamy is wrong. We recall images of fundamentalist cults with defiant men, mousey wives and hundreds of children all dressed alike. It brings up fears of abuse and mistreatment of the women and children. But recently on television, polygamy has been shown in a different light. In TV shows such as the fictional Big Love and the docudrama Sister Wives, we see modern women making informed choices to live this lifestyle. The wives in these stories are not mousey at all - they have minds of their own and they let their husbands know just what they think. The children seem as bratty and bouncy and boggling and beautiful as yours and mine. So is it right or is it wrong? San Jose Public Library has many books on polygamy as well as microfiche of government hearings and the Mormon Church's discussions of the practice from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Today at the library a fifth grader asked me this question: “I just finished the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I loved it. Could you please help me find another book like that one ?” Although I am a librarian, and I have read a lot of books, I am not always able to come up with a title to satisfy a question like that. But I do know where to go for help. I went to NoveList K-8 Plus and found a listing of books that are similar to The Invention of Hugo Cabret. You can do the same thing from home! Just go to our Kids Homework Help page. Then click on the link for NoveList K-8 Plus. You will be asked to enter your name, library card number and pin and then you will be in the NoveList database. Put in the title of that book that you love and up will come the review of the book as well as a list of suggested titles that are similar to that book. In the case of the Hugo Cabret book, NoveList suggested the following books that are very similar in tone, setting and pace: The Clockwork Three, Half-Moon Investigations and Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. Try NoveList K-8 Plus the next time you are looking for another great book to read.
Beginning Saturday, May 14, at 4:00-5:30 p.m., Almaden Branch Library is offering a 4-week introduction to reading the Farsi language for children ages 8 to 13. After this first session, the program will continue for 3 more sessions: May 21, May 28, and June 4, all at 4:00-5:30 p.m. The program will take place in the library's Program Room.
The program’s goal is decoding and word recognition. Children will be instructed to match consonant and vowel sounds to appropriate letters and read simple one-syllable words. Storytelling and playing games are part of the program to improve comprehension and create a fun learning environment.
Pre-registration is required. Please register in person at the Almaden Library Information Desk or by calling (408) 808-3040. Note: Space is limited to 10 children for the entire program. If you miss the first session, however, you may register your child prior to the second session if there are still openings.
The theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Celebration is One World, Many Stories! Starting June 18th, your local San José Public Library location will be having special events to celebrate.
Childhood is a great time to start learning a second language (or continue exposure to a first language). In the month of June, the San Jose Public Library will offer several performances that give you the opportunity to be entertained, while immersing your child& in Spanish.
This bilingual (Spanish / English) show will include songs, stories, music and fun for children age 1-6.
Aztec Pinocchio with Caterpillar puppets
This show tells the story of Maldo the Magician and how he brings to life his little marionette boy, using a butterfly for a heart.
This bilingual performance will take place at:
Hillview Branch Library on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 6:30pm,
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library on Thursday June 23, 2011 at 3:00pm,
Dr. Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library on Saturday June 25, 2011 at 2:00pm,
Colibrí, Spanish for hummingbird, is a duo that presents lively, interactive musical journeys through Latin America. Using an exciting array of traditional folk instruments, Lichi Fuentes and Alisa Peres create a bridge linking children in the U.S. with those in the Spanish-speaking world.
You can enjoy the music of Colibrí at:
Willow Glen Branch Library on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 2:00pm
Almaden Branch Library on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 3:00pm
Dr. Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 2:00pm
The San José Public Library also offers a variety of Spanish/English bilingual books for children and parents to enjoy. Here are a few favorites:
You can help an adult improve reading and writing skills by becoming a volunteer tutor. Being a tutor is rewarding and exciting because you will open doors for an adult who will be able to do more.
Almost half of adults in the U. S. have some type of reading or writing problem that prevents them from functioning effectively at home, at work, and in the community. Partners in Reading is welcoming a new group of enthusiastic volunteer tutors who are being trained to work with adults with limited literacy. The volunteers will help adults read to their children, read directions on medicine bottles, and write grocery lists, among many other goals. They will help adults get jobs and do their jobs better. To join the next Partners in Reading tutor training, please call (408) 808-2361 or visit the Partners in Reading office on the first floor of the King Library. You can also learn more about Partners in Reading on our website.
Join us at the Almaden Branch Library on Wednesday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. as the library's Program Room is turned into a laboratory for young scientists. Children will investigate chemical reactions with dry ice as they solve a dilemma presented within a folktale.
"Dry Ice Science" is presented by the Children's Discovery Museum and stimulates kids to explore the wonders of science. This challenging science program integrates language arts and problem-solving with interactive experiments. The program:
• Develops experimental design and problem-solving skills
• Promotes essentials of observation
• Sparks students' curiosity
This event will be held in the library's Program Room and is intended for kids ages 5 to 12.
This event is made possible through the generous contributions of Friends of the Almaden Branch Library.
Did you know that you can check in your own materials at Evergreen Branch Library? And did you know that you can get a receipt listing the items you returned on the new machines? Watch a brief video here to learn more.
To convince my 7 year old daughter to eat healthier snacks, I had to shock her with the "Sugar Shockers". I basically showed her the amount of sugar in her favorite snacks and drinks. Then together, we prepared a healthier, but still yummy alternative in our kitchen.
On Wednesday, May 25 from 4-5PM at Tully Community Branch Library, I'll do the same for you and your children. Together, we will learn to read those "tricky" Nutrition Facts labels on food containers and make a healthy snack for your family.
Recently I purchased a Motorola Xoom so that I can read books, check email, etc. while I am on the train or BART without having to carry my laptop computer with me. One of the wonderful features of this little device is that one may download MP3 audiobooks or epub books onto it. One book that I recently took the opportunity to download is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The audio version of this book is read by the actress Edwina Wren who does a wonderful job reading the book and making its characters "come alive." This work of historical fiction is about the history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a 13th Century illuminated manuscript which has a turbulent history. When I was in graduate school, I had to study many medieval liturgical texts, but this was the first time I had heard of this notable, very beautiful, illuminated manuscript. As you read through this book, Brooks takes you on a journey backwards through time through tales of Nazi intrigue, the relationship between a vienniese physician and his patient in the 19th century, a 15th century censor for the Inquisition, and a North African illuminator in the late 15th century. With each story, Brooks tells a tale of how the book came to be created, acquired wine and salt stains, lost its silver clasps, how it has survived destruction several times and its role in an international cover up.
Women's Initiative is a local non-profit that helps "high-potential, low-income women" start businesses with services offered in English and Spanish. Women's Initiative offers business management training that includes business plan development, marketing, and record keeping. They have several locations in the Bay Area including right here in San José at 1407 Parkmoor Avenue.
Joselin a wanted her friend Piggy Sue to come over to play. Big Pig Papa said yes with one condition: Joselina had to clean her room first. Did she do her job right at first? Or did Big Pig Papa have to check again and again? Children will enjoy this book because they will identify themselves with Joselina. I, as a parent, find Joselina Piggy Cleans Her Room by Elizabeth Claire Alberts funny because it reflects accurately the true nature of children at that age. I applaud the way it was written because it proves that disciplining children can be achieved in a firm manner and yet, in a creative way.
If you and your child enjoy this book, you might want to check out Messy Bessey by Pat McKissack; it has become a favorite for many girls as young as 2 or 3 years old. A related book for parents is Have A New Kid By Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman. It shows how to turn bad behavior in your children around.
Are you always looking for cards for those special occasions but never have one on hand? Then join us for our next STUFF! program at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 PM. This time Chris and Mickey, our artistic volunteers, will show us how to make greeting cards for all occasions using collage. We will furnish all the supplies, you just bring your imagination and creativity! Remember that parking is FREE until 6:00 PM at the 4th Street Garage located above the Flames restaurant. Also, the library does have a collection of children's card making books that you can borrow.
The company synonymous with greeting cards is of course Hallmark. The company was founded by the 18 year old Joyce C. Hall in 1910; if you're curious and you'd like to find out more about the history of Hallmark then visit http://corporate.hallmark.com/history/Founding-1910s. Mr. Hall also wrote a book called When You Care Enough. Unfortunately the book is not available at San Jose Public Library but you can request it through our Link+ service.
Shane's first day as deputy sheriff of Red Hill is not going well. He has misplaced his revolver, the locals mistrust him and a dangerous escaped convict is headed to town with scores to settle. When the sheriff refuses to call for outside backup, he suspects that more is going on than meets the eye. A New York Times Critics' Pick, Red Hill stars Ryan Kwanten and has a 77 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Sookie is wondering if her love for her vampire boyfriend is real, or is it an effect of the blood bond between them. At the same time, she discovers she is also under the effects of a different sort of bond with the Fae members of her family who recently moved into her spare bedroom. Of course, someone is out to get her and the story moves at a fast pace over the course of several days while she and her supernatural allies sort things out. And you finally find out why Sookie can read minds!
If you were avoiding this series because you thought it would be full of raunchy scenes, don't! The books have just a little bit when the plot requires it. So jump in to the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana and have a good ole supernatural time!
Yes, we're going to make a rose out of tape, Duct Tape, of course! I just learned how to do this and my roses aren't perfect yet but it sure is fun to do. Join us at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 PM in the Exploration Room to give it a try. This program is geared toward children 10 years and over plus adults might enjoy it also.
Besides roses there are so many things you can make out of duct tape. Who knew? In addition to the book Got Tape? Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape, the library does have some other duct tape craft books and there are many videos on the web that you can watch. Here is a sampler which shows you how to make a rose plus lots of other duct tape crafts. Come try your hand at some duct tape art! If you can't make the program at the King Library it is also being offered at the Alviso Branch on May 13 at 3:00 PM and at the Almaden Branch on May 21 at 10:00 AM.
Are you looking for a job, or are you planning to begin a job search soon? If so, how strong are your telephone interviewing skills? Telephone screening is becoming an ever more important component in hiring decisions so the better you are at putting yourself across in a phone interview, the higher your chances of landing a new job.
Santa Teresa Library is pleased to offer a 2-hour workshop on telephone interview skills with B.J. King on Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. (Please note: the program will begin before the library opens. Plan to enter the library through the Community Room door adjacent to the parking lot.)
B.J. King, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, and life/career coach, has been influencing job seekers, corporate employees and friends to explore ideal careers and create plans to achieve their dreams for over sixteen years. Her workshop will focus on the following questions:
Please join us for this informative session and also mark your calendar for June 20, when one of our San Jose librarians will be demonstrating the job seeking resources available through the library’s website. This program will begin at 11:00 am in the library’s Tech Room.
For additional job seeking support, consider joining the Santa Teresa Library’s Job Seekers Support Group which meets the third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am. Please contact the library at (408) 808-3068, for more information.
Get up close and personal with today's celebrities! In Wisdom, photographer Andrew Zuckerman profiles portraits and words of wisdom of more than 50 prominent figures in arts, politics, music, film, religion, and business. On the list you could find Madeleine Albright, Clint Eastwood, Judi Dench, Jane Goodall, Henry Kissinger, Nelson Mandela, Dave Brubeck, Willie Nelson, and many more. Access code for a free downloadable movie is provided in the book.
Show your San José Public Library card at any Camera Cinemas box office and receive $3 off a $10 general admission ticket. Don't have a library card? You can fill out an application online and then visit your local SJPL library branch.
Đây là buổi liên hoan của Lớp Thư Pháp Việt Ngữ tại Thư Viện Tully. Thành thật cám ơn Thầy Cung Tâm, Cô Hoàng Cúc và sự hiện diện của tất cả quý vị. Vì yêu thư pháp và yêu ca dao, văn, thơ Việt, Thầy Cung Tâm và Cô Cúc đã không ngại bỏ thời giờ quý báo để hướng dẫn các học sinh Thư Pháp Việt Ngữ vào mỗi chiều Thứ Bảy tại Thư Viện Tully. Đây là một sinh hoạt đầy ý nghĩa để bảo tồn văn hóa Việt Nam. Một lần nữa thành thật cám ơn tất cả quý vị!
The Tully Community Branch Library hosted a Vietnamese Calligraphy Class every Saturday until Saturday, April 30, 2011, when they held a Graduation Ceremony for their students. This video, like the program, is in Vietnamese, but the beauty and art of calligraphy can be appreciated in any language.
I try to incorporate a little fun reading during my lunch/dinner hour at the library. This week a new book caught my eye: Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, by Tim Gunn. Hmm… there was Tim Gunn on the cover, looking perfectly groomed as an old fashioned teacher with a twinkle in his eyes. What in the world could I learn from this icon of the television reality series Project Runway? Thinking it was light, fluffy stuff to read during my break, I checked it out and waited for lunch hour. Well, as I expected, the book was totally entertaining, with lots and lots of dishy stories about Gunn’s encounters with celebrities and designers as well as heartwarming stories about his pre-Runway life. Much to my surprise, the book was well written, humorous with a serious undercurrent consisting of Gunn’s guidelines for making life a little better for yourself and others. What comes through is Gunn’s civilized philosophy of life in a world that is often way too informal and rude. Gunn is one polished gentleman who knows style: in fashion and in living a well mannered fulfilling life.
Willow Glen Library visitors were recently treated to a delightful free performance by Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles, who presented several dances in the authentic traditional style of Mexico. The San Jose-based dance company offers classes for all age levels; for more information visit Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles website. San José Public Library also has a selection of books and videos featuring Mexican folk dancing that you may enjoy. Check the library events calendar often for other performances and activities of all types -- everything is free and open to the public!
Is Origami Yoda just a green paperwad or is he actually a source of surprisingly wise advice? This is the question that sixth-grader Tommy and his friends debate in the amusing novel, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger. One day, Dwight, the nerdy guy who “wears shorts with his socks pulled up above his knees” and stares into space “like a hypnotized chicken” shows up at school with a folded paper Yoda stuck on his finger. Yoda proceeds to offer odd yet helpful counsel to Tommy’s friends. Tommy isn’t quite sure whether he should trust Origami Yoda with the really big question on his mind: should he ask a certain girl to the dance? So, he decides to use a scientific approach to figure out whether Origami Yoda is real or not. He has asked several students to write down their first-hand eyewitness accounts of their encounters with Yoda. The result is a series of funny stories about everyday life in middle school accompanied by zany hand-drawn illustrations. Instructions to help you construct your own Origami Yoda are included in the back of the book!
Have you ever wondered what science fiction would be like if it was written by a lawyer? Okay, me neither. But the answer turns out to be, “pretty good.” John C. Wright’s Golden Age trilogy feels like a hero’s epic from classical mythology, and has elements of adventure, intrigue, and philosophy. Wright has carefully constructed a highly detailed and interesting future society in which artificial intelligence mediates all aspects of life, and then he delves into the ethics and ramifications of a human society which lives in symbiosis with artificial servitors who are wiser and smarter than the people are, and where the dividing line between human and machine is obscure, and unimportant. Follow Wright’s protagonist as he crusades across this fascinating world, falling from grace and fighting his way back to triumph. The volumes of the trilogy are:
Tales of the City the Musical, based on Armistead Maupin’s famous eight-novel series of the same name, opens on May 18, 2011 at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. The story follows Mary Ann Singleton, a naïve young woman who visits San Francisco in the 1970s and decides to stay and soak up its openness and eccentricities.
Tales of the City was first published in 1976 as a serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, and audiences were immediately smitten with Maupin’s humorous and poignant storytelling. Maupin seemed to be channeling Charles Dickens, not only through the serial format (famously used by Dickens), but also through his interweaving of current events and saga and his clever use of stock characters. Also like Dickens’ novels, Tales of the City has managed to straddle the realms of pop melodrama and critically-acclaimed literature.
If you want to experience these quintessential San Francisco stories for the first time, or if you simply want to read them again before seeing the musical, you can reserve your book today!
SJPL has copies of each of the eight Tales of City novels, including electronic copies of Maupin’s 2010 release, Mary Ann in Autumn. The library also has non-reservable copies of the TV mini-series Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, first released in 1993.
Finally, you can listen to an interview between local radio personality, Michael Krasny and Maupin in KQED’s Forum archives. Maupin, Carey Perloff (the director of ACT), and Jeff Whitty (playwright) discuss the upcoming opening of the Tales musical.
On Saturday May 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm Opera San Jose will be presenting their One-Act Touring performance of Hansel and Gretel at Vineland Branch Library. This condensed version of Engelbert Humperdinck's classic opera will feature fully costumed singers with live piano accompaniment. Children will get a positive experience of an art form that may be new to them. The production lasts approximately 45 minutes, including 10 minutes for Q&A.
Join us on Saturday, May 14 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Vineland Branch Library for the Traveling Reptile Program. The staff of the East Bay Vivarium, a unique reptile store in Berkeley, will bring 20-30 reptiles and other CREEPIES, CRAWLIES and CRITTERS. You will get to see a tarantula, a giant tortoise, a giant boa, plus frogs, lizards and snakes. In addition to seeing some really cool animals, you'll also learn about natural history, animal husbandry and safety. Bring the family and have a fun afternoon!
Did you know that it's Children's Book Week? According to the official CBW website:
Children's Book Week is the national celebration of books and reading for youth. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated countrywide with author & illustrator appearances, parties, storytelling, and other book-related events in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs -- anywhere where kids and books connect.
The Children's Choice Book Awards are announced during Children's Book Week. Every year, kids are invited to cast their vote for their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. Check out this year's winners, including the unstoppable Rick Riordan as Author of the Year for his popular new Heroes of Olympus series and David Wiesner as Illustrator of the Year for his amazing illustrations in Art & Max.
We hope that you'll visit your local San José Public Library location and celebrate this week (or any week, really!) with some good reads.
Many people avoid history because they’re afraid it’s just a list of facts and dates, and sometimes it can be. But in the hands of a skilled writer, history can read like a novel. Karl Friday is just such a skilled writer, and The First Samurai, his tale of an ambitious noble’s rebellious bid for power, is reminiscent of a James Clavell yarn. Friday is a historian who has figured out the trick of how much detail to leave out and how much to include, so that his books are both highly informative and highly readable.
Find some great deals on books, CDs and DVDs at the Friends of the Library Spring Booksale on Saturday, May 7th. The sale will run from 10:00 am- 4:30 pm in Vineland Branch Community Room. Hardback books will be priced at $1.00; children's books, $ .50; music CDs, and DVDs, $2.00. Come early for the best selection!
If you love classical guitar music as I do, come to this free performance at the Tully Community Branch Library! From the South Bay Guitar Society, Gil Carnal and Arina Burceva, classical guitarists, will dazzle you with their instruments and music talents. The performance will take place at Tully Library this Saturday, May 7 at 2PM. Don't miss out on this wonderful music experience!
One of the great appeals of the Willow Glen area is that it is such a pedestrian-friendly and canine-friendly neighborhood! Resident dogs enjoy strolling the downtown sidewalks with their owners and sniffing noses with friends old and new. If they get to linger at the table of one of the many sidewalk cafes, or step into a shop with a bowl of water by the door and a jar of dog treats on the counter, that's even better! The adorable Churro is one of those resident dogs. This Chihuahua/Dachshund mix is five years old and started her puppyhood in an animal shelter before her forever family found her.
Did you know that both the Chihuahua and the Dachshund are listed in the top ten dog breeds for children by the American Humane Society? So it's perfect that Churro now belongs to youngsters Sora and Lucas and their doting parents. One sunny but cold spring day, little Churro visited the Willow Glen Branch Library with her family, showing off a pink jacket which protects her from the weather. Pets are not allowed inside the library, but they do occasionally accompany their people here. It's not unusual to see a dog leashed to the bike rack on a sunny afternoon while a customer runs inside to pick up a request--maybe something to read relaxing at a Lincoln Avenue cafe or Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park.
Boys and girls do you like playing with Legos? Then the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is the place to be. We'll be having Lego Time on Tuesdays, May 10, 17 and 24 starting at 4:00PM. We'll bring the legos, you just need to bring your imagination! Also if you're looking for lego books that you can borrow the library has some titles you might enjoy. Check them out!
May is here which means new Friday Fun events at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Remember all Friday Fun events start at 4:00PM and are FREE! These events are a great way to start off your weekend. Here's our May line-up:
May 6 - Mother's Day Crafts presented by "The Organized Socialites," of San Jose State University. We'll be making mother's day cards, balloon animals and paper/tissue flowers. Loads of fun!
May 13 - Make a Pinata. It's never too late to celebrate "Cinco de Mayo." Children will have the opportunity to make mini pinatas filled with fun prizes! All supplies will be provided.
May 20 - The "Art of Japanese Calligraphy" with Hikaru.
May 27 - More Origami Fun - we'll be making simple origami figures and creating a collage. Don't miss out!
Bulcsu has spent too much time underground. A ticket inspector with the Budapest subway, he's abused by irate riders, competes with colleagues in insanely dangerous footraces across busy tracks and is intrigued by a young woman he repeatedly sees wearing a bear suit. He's also worried someone may be shoving passengers in front of oncoming trains. Filmed on location, Kontroll has an 81 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
David Foster Wallace completed one novel, Infinite Jest, and several short story collections in his brief life. The content is a stream of consciousness, complex look at individual's desire to cut through media and bureaucracy to connect. His work is the rare fiction that includes footnotes. And within the footnotes are important background information about his characters. The Infinite Jest title refers to a film that viewers find impossible to stop watching. The writing flowed from a place that only the really gifted find. His agent has posthumously released his new novel, The Pale King, to big advance reviews in Time Magazine and other sources.
It is hard to believe that Mother's Day is this Sunday. I will be sure to call my mother and wish her well. When I was in elementary school, we always did some kind of craft that we could give to our mothers on Mother's Day. We have some books with craft ideas for young minds who want to make a special gift for their mothers. Don't have time to make something? How about reading a story to your mom? "Max and the Dumb Flower Picture" is a book about a boy who wants to make his Mother's Day gift unique and special from the one that his teacher suggests he make. Or, check out some of these titles dealing with Mother's Day.
You are warmly invited to a special visit at Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. from Julie Riera Matsushima, an advocate for special needs children and author of For the Love of Aimee, her memoir about helping to raise her special needs granddaughter, Aimee.
"Aimee and her twin sister were the first grandchildren born to Julie Matsushima, but the family's joy at birth quickly turned to panic when Aimee was diagnosed with irreparable brain damage. From those first heartbreaking days of Aimee's life, as Julie sat at her bedside in the neonatal intensive care unit, a special bond formed between them. Even at only a day or two old, Aimee drew Julie in with a responsiveness that seemed to defy her grim diagnosis." — book cover
Julie’s book “invites the reader to share in the disappointments, challenges and amazing accomplishments Julie and Aimee experience together during Aimee's first ten years. This incredible book will elevate the awareness of everyone touched by a special needs child to the difficulties facing them.”
This program will be an informative and inspirational visit with a local author, grandparent, activist, and community leader. We hope that you can join us.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8th! Visit your library for a special Mother’s Day Storytime and Craft starting Tuesday, May 3rd to Wednesday, May 11th! You and your children will enjoy a Mother’s Day themed storytime and then have fun creating a craft designed to give to your mom. View our events calendar for the time and location of this special program.
Here are other ways to celebrate Mother’s Day:
The library has a great collection of books and resources for your child to make Mother’s Day special and memorable! Here are a few recommended titles:
Mother's Day by Anne Rockwell
The students in Mrs. Madoff's class share how they will celebrate Mother's Day with their families.
The Mother's Day Mice by Eve Bunting
Three little mouse brothers go into the meadow to find a present for their mother but it is the littlest mouse that comes up with the most unusual gift of all.
Happy Mother's Day, Mami! by Leslie Valdes
It's Mother's Day! Dora has decided to make a special cake for her mami, but first she must gather all the ingredients.
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body.
Mother's Day Crafts by Arlene and Herbert Erlbach
Presents easy craft projects to make for Mother's Day. Learn how to make the following: cupcake magnets, flower photo card, jewel case photo frame and more!
For more recommendations, please see a Youth Services Librarian at your library.
Small Business Reference Center features PDF full text titles from Nolo (the leader in plain English legal books). You will be able to read and save to your computer PDF Nolo titles such as How to Write a Businesss Plan, Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business, Nolo's Quick LLC, and more. In addition, you can watch "lessons learned" and "how to" videos all about starting or growing a business. Check out this great resource available online with your SJPL library card.