- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
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.
There will be fun hands-on chemistry experiments at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in the Children's Room from 10:00AM-1:00PM on Saturday, October 22. There will be a slime lab, snow making activities and other fun experiments. The Wheel of Chemistry Fortune will also be back spinning for all kids to win a prize. Don't miss this terrific Free Hands on Science Fun event. If all these experiments whet your appetite for more, remember the San José Public Library has many chemistry experiments you can try at home, with adult supervision of course.
Bring your family to a day of fun and fright at the 5th annual Almaden Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique. The Festival is at the Almaden Library and Community Center on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission and parking are FREE. For more information call 408-268-1133.
Children will enjoy picking from the pumpkin patch, being spooked in the haunted houses, making crafts, playing games, and being entertained with a holiday story time and puppet show starring "Mr. K" and friends. The story time and puppet show are in the Library at 11:30 a.m. and repeated at 2:30 p.m. At 1 p.m. in the Library, Magic Dan will be performing a magic show for the entire family. For extra fun, Conroy Cougar, San José Public Library’s official mascot, will be on hand to greet everyone.
The festival features two haunted houses: one for kids and one for teens. For adults, the festival will feature arts and crafts from local artists, raffle prizes, and delicious food.
The Almaden Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique is funded, in part, by the Friends of the Almaden Library.
In addition, visit your local library to participate in fun crafts, and Halloween shows.
Celebrate pumpkin season with a story and art activity! Parents and children ages 3-8 are encouraged to join us for one of our many Pumpkin Story and Craft events.
If what you need is a trick-or-treat bag, or a Senor Calavera (Mr. Skull) mask, join us for “Kids Craft: Halloween / Dia de los muertos” at a San José Public Library Branch near you.
Teens or tweens interested in creating a skull themed tote bag, can attend one of our Advanced Craft: Skull Bag essions in the months of October.
If you enjoy crafting, you may also want to join in our Advanced Craft:Tin Art where we will cutting, shaping and coloring sheets of tin.
Visit the 5th annual Day of the Dead exhibit at King Library- Day of the Dead 2011: The Art of Remembrance.
How many hats can you make from one shape? Well, Mr. Benny Bendini from Magic Circus can make at least 20! Join us at the Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. Library on Saturday, October 8 at 4:00PM for this truly unique Magic Hat Show. Bendini creates many characters and delights us all with comedy, magic, music and mime. The show "features antics from many cultures and professions plus enthusiastic audience participation." It's FREE, it's FUN and it's a show for the whole Family! Everyone is amazed by magic so while you're at the library be sure to check out all the great magic books we have and perhaps one day you'll be able to amaze your friends with your very own magic hat show! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
According to the weatherman, the next week will look something like this! Don't despair kids, though, about the dreary weather! You can enter Vineland Library's October Bookmark contest for kids and teens!
The children's bookmark contest will be judged by differing grade levels: K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 and runs from 10/1-31/11. Creative is best! Just show us why you love the Vineland Library! If you go to school at Guadalupe, Noddin, Lietz, Almaden, or Allen at Steinbeck, I have already either dropped off the entries at your school or mailed the information to the principal. If you don't go to those schools, we also have entries at the Vineland Library. Just drop off your entry at Vineland Library's Information Desk by 10/31 to be entered into our fun contest!
The teen bookmark contest will be judged by the following grade levels:& 6-8 and 9-12 and also runs from 10/1-31/11. I saw some fine entries last year and hope to see some excellent work this year, too! If you go to school at Dartmouth, Union Middle, Pioneer, Branham, or Leigh, I have already dropped off the entries at your school or mailed the information to the principal. If you don't go to these schools, we have entries at the Vineland Library. Just drop off your entry at Vineland Library's Information Desk by 10/31 to be entered into our cool contest!
The winning entries will be passed out as bookmarks in November and December. Winning entrants will also be invited to the presentation ceremony on 11/10 @ 5pm!
Thanks to all the school personnel who help with this annual event!
On Friday Sept. 30 San Jose Public Library is joining with San Jose State University, the Mayor's Office, San Jose Unified School District, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and many other schools and community organizations to promote College Day San Jose, a day to to celebrate, inspire and promote college aspirations throughout San José by having everyone, everywhere, share their “Education Journey.” View the stories of Francisco Jimenez, Madison Nguyen and others.
Many libraries will feature maps where you can identify the college you attended. Library staff are encouraged to wear school t-shirts, sweatshirts or other attire. Most of all, whether you set foot in a library that day or not, we want to encourage you to take time during that day to share your college experience with others: children, co-workers, and friends.
Every person's educational journey is unique to them. Take this opportunity to share your story!
Join us as we get into the mood for Halloween! Robyn Of Kids Creative Adventures will be at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, October 1 at 3:00PM teaching kids how to create their own Halloween cartoons. We will furnish all the supplies, children will bring their fantastic imaginations and creativity. Who knows what ghoulish things will be created? This workshop is limited to the first 25 children. If you can't make it to the workshop San Jose Public Library has many books on cartooning on many different subjects; here are just a few you might enjoy:
The Children's Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will be having a special visitor at its Family Storytime on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00PM. Smokey Bear will be here teaching us all about fire prevention and fire safety. There will be stories, songs and it will be lots of fun for all ages
Many of us are old enough to remember Smokey's message, "Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires," but how many of us know his history. Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944 when the United States Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear named Smokey would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention. Then in 1950 a young bear cub was rescued from a forest fire and the firemen were so struck by the cub's bravery that they named him Smokey and he became the living symbol of the fictional Smokey Bear. If you're wondering where I learned about Smokey just visit www.smokeybear.com. This is the official Smokey Bear website and it has great information about him plus games, coloring sheets and other activities for young children.
But the best way to learn about Smokey and his message is to visit the King Library on September 28 at 4:00PM. Children who meet him for the first time will love him and those of us who have known him for a long time will enjoy seeing him again!