STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math". Lately it has been transformed to STEAM with "Art" added. STEAM is a theme of the Summer Reading Challenge this year. One of the most interesting subjects that fits in this topic and currently is explored by many children and young adults is Wind Power and the possibility to build their own Wind Turbines, as well as different ways of displaying such devices in special Wind Gardens.
The library has many books and eBooks on this subject, including:
Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have been able to order new children's non-fiction animal books. We are excited to find them on our shelves and have displayed some of them in the new non-fiction displays at the branches. We hope this summer you would check out some of our new and exciting new non-fiction as you meet your summer reading challenge. You will find that some of these non-fiction books to be appealing and attractive to even the very young.
One series, which is notable for the young, and I mean kindergartners and even pre-schoolers, is the series: Pebble Plus. I just discovered them. They range in topics from health issues as teeth, to biographies and animals such as meerkats. Seedlings is another wonderful series for young children. We have the Penguins title. With Seedlings, like Pebble Plus, the subjects range from animals to cranes and diggers.
I would like to give a special thanks to the Friends for making these purchases possible, because these books are such a delight to children, and they will be enjoyed for years to come. Every time I see children exploring through books, I appreciate the library. Thank you so much for your hard work, Friends! We all benefit from your efforts.
I would also like to encourage those who are looking for a place to volunteer and/or donate, to consider the library, because it is well worth the investment. We are investing in our future when we invest in literacy and education.
Mark your calendars! National Summer Learning Day is coming up on Friday June 20th! If you don't want to wait, you don't have to. You can celebrate Summer Learning Day all summer long.
How can you celebrate?
1. Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge! This year's bingo grid is filled with lots of fun activities for everyone in the family.
2. Find out what events and programs are taking place at your local library this summer.
3. Use our Discover and Go program for discounted or even free tickets to Bay Area museums (Including the San Jose Tech Museum and the Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco!)
4. Host a family literacy celebration. Talk to your children about your favorite books and topics. Learn about a new subject together, or build something together. Ask grandparents to share stories about their youth.
The Talons of Peace is a secret movement that is determined to end the war between the seven dragon tribes. They follow a prophecy that will end the war, but with great costs; sacrifices. Five dragonets have been raised in secret since birth in order to fulfill this prophecy and their destiny. But some dragonets don’t want that destiny; so they runaway to find their original homes and discover how much danger the dragon world is really in.
Jonas lives in a perfect world. A world where there is no suffering or pain. Society decides everything you do and determines the roles you will play in the future. Jonas, however, is chosen to be The Receiver and will get special training from The Giver. The Giver is an individual who has every memory and understands the true
feeling of pain and pleasure of life. Jonas will learn the secrets of the past and will see his world is not so perfect after all.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is preparing for his final and most important initiation test. This test will truly prove whether he is ready to be a member of the Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. In order to show his worth and pass his initiation test, Hiccup must catch and train a dragon.
Have you heard the news? Levar Burton has started a Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow and provide free access to all of its resources for teachers around the nation. The long-running show (1983 to 2004) has been a touchstone of early literacy for many people. If you are feeling nostalgic for some of the amazing books that were featured on the show, check out our Reading Rainbow collection at one of your local libraries.
You can also download this complete list of all the Reading Rainbow titles featured on the show. You'll know its a Reading Rainbow title when you see the little red sticker on the cover.
This summer, we are challenging parents to Read/Talk/Sing with their pre-readers for 20 minutes everyday to develop their literacy skills and promote their brain development during these early years.
Reading and talking may seem pretty easy, but what do you sing with a young child? Check out these great books of illustrated songs to get you started:
Did you know that the Children's and Teens Choice Book Awards are selected and voted upon by children and teens for their peers?
This year's winners have recently been announced. Look for one of these titles at your local library today:
Summer reading at the library is coming up in just a few short weeks. We'll be exploring themes in science and math. This week's topic is the 5 Senses.
Knowing about the 5 senses lays the foundation of scientific research. You have to know what you are seeing, smelling, touching, hearing and tasting.
These picture books have been selected with preschoolers in mind (3-5 year olds) but you can always use these topics during play with kids of all ages, from newborns to kindergarteners.
More important than reading about the 5 senses are actually using the 5 senses! Play time is a perfect opportunity to teach your children from birth about their 5 senses.
Games and Activity Ideas:
Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic shops and libraries across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free. As a learning tool, the comic book can reach an entire segment of students who may not want to read. Most of the time, these students may have the capacity to read and understand text, they just lack the motivation. However, these reluctant and struggling readers can be swayed with the use of dynamic, colorful, and engaging comic books.
The following locations will be providing free comic books while supplies last:
Every April since 1958, National Library Week has been celebrated in the United States. 2014’s Honorary Chair is the one of the best loved children’s authors of all time.
Judy Blume is an ideal spokesperson for libraries. Not only have her books helped instill a love of reading in generations of children, she has also helped them cope with some of the more awkward stages of growing up, with classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. The New York Public Library lists her Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing as one of the 100 Great Children’s Books of the last 100 years.
Libraries are Judy Blume’s friends as much as she is theirs. Four decades’ worth of attempts to pull her books off the shelves have consistently placed her on the American Library Association’s list of Most Frequently Challenged Authors. Libraries, recognizing not only the educational and social value of Blume’s books, but that kids love them, continue to make sure kids get to read them.
Judy Blume has written about her own thoughts on censorship on her official Web site. There, she quotes a letter from a young reader:
I don't know where I stand in the world. I don't know who I am.
That's why I read, to find myself.
Elizabeth, age 13"
How could anyone of any age put it any better?
There are lots of different ways to celebrate National Library Week, but perhaps one of the best is to check out a Judy Blume book.