- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
The Children's Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is having a special visitor on Saturday, December 3 from 12:00-2:00PM. Yes it's Santa! Santa will be here, and boys and girls of all ages can have their pictures taken with him. Santa will be bringing a few elves along and children will receive a candy cane and a free book while supplies last.
We'll be having our regular Family Storytime at 11:00AM which will feature Santa stories. Also remember that you can find books to borrow from the San José Public Library about Christmas and the other special holidays which happen in December: Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
Dublin, Ireland is a sister city to San Jose and this Summer the children of Dublin and San Jose exchanged postcards! It was a great way for the children to tell each other about their cities with words and pictures. Reading these postcards is like going on a sight seeing trip of Dublin! Find out about the Luas, a transport system similar to our Light Rail, the Aviva Stadium where soccer is played plus many other interesting sights. We have enjoyed these postcards and we hope that the children of Dublin enjoyed the ones we sent. If you would like to see all the postcards from Dublin, they are on display in the Children's Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
December is full of celebrations from Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, to Winter Solstice. Visit your local branch library for one of these fun events (click on the name of the event to view times and locations):
Use Legos and other unusual items to make stamp art! We will be creating cards to give to friends and family over the holidays. For children ages 5-12.
Save Green and Go Green this Christmas Holiday. We supply the materials and suggestion, you supply the imagination. This family event is presented by Our City Forest.
Let your creativity loose and create cards or gift tags to use during the holiday season.
Teens and tweens are invited to use scrapbooking paper, stencils, paper punches and other supplies to create unique cards. Bring your friends and join in the fun! All supplies will be provided.
Our City Forest will host a hands-on workshop focused on saving money and reducing waste during the holidays. Featured topics include eco-friendly gift giving, holiday crafts utilizing recycled materials and cooking with seasonal and local produce. Festivities will include complementary refreshments and a raffle of environmentally themed prizes.
Enjoy an hour of live Mariachi music at this fun concert for all ages.
Join the fun with a puppet extravaganza. We will meet a frosty juggling penguin, an ice skating snowman, and the Hawaiian singing sensation the "Hi-Fi Sisters". Great fun for all ages.
Celebrate the holiday season with the acclaimed South Bay Guitar Society Quartet (Ben Zussman, Scott Swink, Tom Gardin and Jerry Snyder. Many traditional, classical and popular selections will be presented to bring in this joyous season.
Learn about this traditional form of Chinese puppetry in a program presented by the San Jose-Tainan Sister City Association. The Art of Taiwanese Glove Puppets will be at the King Library on Saturday November 19 at 3 pm. The program will include a short educational video followed by a chance to practice this art form with hands-on-experience. For more about this type of puppetry check out this video from culture.tw - the Taiwan Culture Portal.
Popular bilingual children's performer Chiquy Boom is back in San Jose with her silly magic show for kids of all ages. Clown around with Chiquy to magic, and music and movement games presented in both English and Spanish. There will be two chances to catch the show on Saturday November 12 - at 2pm at the Pearl Avenue Branch OR at 4pm at the King Library. While you're at the library, be sure to check out some books on Magic Tricks and Clowns to round out your visit.
*These events were made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Pearl Avenue Branch Library and the Friends of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
Does your child enjoy playing with Legos? The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is offering Lego Fun on Mondays at 5:00PM. We have legos of all sizes plus the large duplo blocks for those little ones. Children know that legos are fun to play with, but parents did you know that playing with legos also encourages creativity, sharing, development of fine motor shills and helps with concentration? Playing with Legos also builds self esteem and confidence because when the "creation" is completed the child is given a sense of pride and accomplishment. So as you can see Legos are not just for fun!
Kids in grades 1-6: Do you love to read? Do you love to draw? Then we have just the contest for you. Santa Teresa Library is having a Bookmark Contest. Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to design a bookmark illustrating why they love reading. Entries must be submitted on official library entry forms which you can get at the Santa Teresa Library.
Draw your bookmark on the entry form in the space provided and return the completed form to the Library by October 29. One winner will be selected from each grade. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in mid-November. Copies of the winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed in the library.
Remember: To be eligible to win ENTRIES MUST BE DRAWN IN BLACK INK OR BLACK MARKER ONLY!
Have you ever been to a performance of Opera San Jose? Well now is your chance to get a taste of opera and it's FREE! Last year children and their families were mesmerized by Opera San Jose's touring production of the classic play Hansel and Gretel. Well, Opera San Jose is back by popular demand, once again performing a condensed version of Englebert Humperdinck's classic opera. The performance will be on Friday, November 4 at 4:00PM in Room 225/229 of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. It will feature costumed singers with live piano accompaniment. Children and adults will get a positive experience of an art form that may be new to them. The production lasts one hour and includes time for questions. If you didn't make last year's performance make sure to not miss this one. It is sure to be a treat for everyone!
Do your children need help with homework? If yes, bring them to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library's Homework Club. The King Library's Homework Club meets on Mondays from 3:00-5:00PM in the Exploration Room and is for children in Grades 1-8. Our wonderful volunteers will be on hand to give students homework assistance in many subjects.
Calling all princesses, fairies, superheroes, goblins, ghosts and other Trick or Treaters! Join us for our Annual Halloween Parade at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Friday, October 28. Our festivities start at 3:00PM with stories and a craft and the actual Parade starts at 4:00PM, led by Conroy the Cougar, our Library mascot. We will be trick or treating from the 1st through the 4th floors of the library so there will be lots of sweets to fill those trick or treat bags. Join us for an early start to Halloween; the kids will love this opportunity to try out their costumes before the actual day.