Cambrian Branch Library

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Locations and Hours

1780 Hillsdale Ave
San José, CA 95124


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

Manager - Sandra Stewart
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Preschool Storytime & Stay and Play - Tue, Oct 21 11:30 am
Lego Club - Tue, Oct 21 4:00 pm
Reading Buddies - Tue, Oct 21 4:00 pm
Reading to Children - Tue, Oct 21 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Plenty of fun and spooky events await you this month at a library near you.


Creepy Creatures

Create creepy creatures out of felt to scare your friends just in time for Halloween!


Spooky Halloween Science

In this workshop, you will make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, and more! If you like disgusting, nasty, scary, creepy-crawly things, this is the workshop for you! This workshop is presented by Science Smart Kids and is appropriate for children ages 5-12.


Make a Halloween Treat Bag

Join us to decorate a Halloween Treat Bag. Pick up a few yummy treats while you're here!


Halloween Party

We'll have a Halloween craft, carnival games, a haunted house, a costume contest and parade. Don't miss out!


Family Halloween Storytime (Eng/Spa) and Sugar Skulls Craft

Join us for Halloween and Day of the Dead stories. Decorate a sugar skull to celebrate the holiday! All supplies provided, first come first served. For ages 4 and above, younger children will require parent participation.


Halloween Storytime and Craft

A storytime and craft program featuring Halloween themed stories and making Flying Ghosts.


Halloween Storytime and Parade

Come dressed in your special Halloween costume for this holiday storyime! Following storytime the Halloween Parade will commence throughout the library. Come join the fun!


Halloween Carnival

Join us for some Halloween fun! "Halloween themed" games face painting and treats for children of all ages.


Don't forget to bring some spooky books home! 

Check out Halloween from previous years at the library on Flikr

Posted by Erica Garcia on Oct 10, 2014 | |

When your toddler or preschooler finds a book that they love, chances are, they will want you to read that book over and over and over again. Plus, once more after that. How do you beat the fatigue and make sure that your child is getting the most out of the book? 


Try the See-Show-Say method as devised by professor Joseph Sparling, author of the Abecedarian Approach:


  • See: Direct the child’s attention to a picture or detail and name or describe what you see. This step introduces a new word or concept to the child. 
  • Show: Ask the child to show you an object, detail or action on the page. This steps checks to see if your child has learned the word.  
  • Say: Ask the child to name the picture, object or detail or to say something about it. This step gives your child a chance to show that they know the new word. 

Try these three tricks to make the time spent reading together more meaningful. This type of interactive reading will help strengthen your child’s developmental skills over time. It will reinforce and introduce new vocabulary and comprehension skills as they learn to expand to what they already know. Use this opportunity to teach your child new words in the child's first language or in English. Talk about the pictures, point out favorite objects in real life, (trucks, animals, etc), explain signs at shops and on the street, and even talk about the pictures on food packets.  


Don't forget to visit one of our teen reading buddies at your library for more reading practice. 

Posted by Nari Ferderer on Oct 9, 2014 | |

Did you know that many of your favorite authors of adult fiction also write children’s books? Why not start a family book club, and introduce your favorite authors to your kids.


The Ice Dragon coverA Game of Thrones coverGeorge R. R. Martin

For Adults – The Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice Saga (Fiction Martin)

For Kids – The Ice Dragon (J Fiction martin)




Coraline coverThe Ocean at the End of the Lane coverNeil Gaiman

For Adults – The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Fiction Gaiman)

For Kids – Coraline (J Fiction Gaiman)




Treasure Hunters coverGame Over coverToys coverJames Patterson

For Adults – Toys: A Novel (Fiction Patterson)

For Teens – Game Over (YA Fiction Patterson)

For Kids  - Treasure Hunters (J Fiction Patterson)




Harry Potter coverThe Casual Vacancy coverJK Rowling

For Adults – The Casual Vacancy (Fiction Rowling)

For Kids – The Harry Potter Series (J Fiction Rowling)

Posted by Nari Ferderer on Oct 6, 2014 | |

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