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In honor of International Chocolate Day, celebrated on September 13, here are some great books for children with candy themes.  


Perhaps the most beloved candy-themed book of all time, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrates it's fiftieth anniversary this year.  Consider enjoying one or both of the movie versions of the book with your children as well!


Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Candymakers is set in a candy factory where children have come to compete for a grand prize. Author Wendy Mass weaves the story by alternating chapters in each of the four main characters' voices. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders is also a great, page-turning choice for tween boys and girls!


Younger readers might enjoy these chapter books in Daisy Meadows' Rainbow Magic series:


Max's Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells, Lilly's Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes, and Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory by H.A. Rey are classic literary treats for preschool age children.


Is your child curious about the science or history of chocolate? Check out one or more of these nonfiction books:


Chocolate: A Sweet History by Sandra Markle

No Monkeys, No Chocolate

Who Was Milton Hershey?

The Mars Family: M & M Candy Makers


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Captain Underpants Book Signing!

Captain Underpants coverDav Pilkey, The author of Captain Underpants, will be at Hicklebee's this September for Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000! Follow the mischievous adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins as they, and Captain Underpants of course, fight Melvin Sneedly! Will they be able to defeat Melvin using Wedgie Power? Or will their plans to save humanity be flushed away? Find out at Hicklebee's on September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM! Join the staff, fellow book lovers, and Dav Pilkey for awesome butt-kicking action!




1378 Lincoln Ave.

San Jose, CA 95125-3010


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6 Books for the First Day of School

Summer is ending and in its place will start a new school year. For many kids, this new school year will be their first school year. Children will be filled with questions, hesitation and excitement about what will be in store for them. Here are some great books to start the discussion on what types of experiences they'll encounter during the next few months.


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  1. First Day of School by Margaret McNamara - After a summer of playing with his puppy, Michael is sad to learn that she cannot stay with him on the first day of school (J Easy Reader McNamara)
  2. Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson - When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends. (J Picture Book Thompson)
  3. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish - A literal-minded first-grader's first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight. (J Picture Book Parish)
  4. Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman - On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do. (J Picture Book Gaiman)
  5. My First Day of School by by Nancy Skarmeas - Daniel liked preschool just fine, but he is not so sure he wants to go to kindergarten. (J Picture Book Skarmeas)
  6. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney - Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.  (J Picture Book Dewdney)

Question of the Week: From Wind Power to Wind Garden, or How to Build Your Own Wind Turbine?

Book CoverSTEM 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:

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Children's New Non-fiction at Almaden and Cambrian

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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. 

National Summer Learning Day

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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.

Books for Middle Schoolers!

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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.



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The Giver


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.



How to Train Your Dragon

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.

Take a Look! Its in a Book!

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. 

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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.


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Read/Talk/Sing With Your Kids

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:


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Children's and Teens Choice Book Awards!

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:


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