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Willow Glen Wags (Max)

Furry Friend Max at Willow Glen Branch

Meet Max, a gentle giant of a a dog. He recently visited Willow Glen Branch Library for a special program, 'Furry Friends at the Library.' Max is a Borzoi. Borzoi are gentle-natured, even though Russian aristocracy bred them as hunting hounds for hundreds of years. The American Kennel Club has a page about Borzoi. Their beautiful coats kept them warm in the frigid temperatures, and their long, leggy build enabled them to chase wolves, foxes, and rabbits across the plains. They are often called Russian wolfhounds. Max is not a hunter, though; he's perfectly happy being a pet and a Furry Friend, going new places and meeting new people. Here, he's listening to Michael read a Mo Willems book, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. You can read the book yourself or discover other books by the whimsically funny Mo Willems. Find your favorite and come to the next Furry Friends visit to read it to a pooch of your choice! Read up on dog breeds in one of many books in the library, including Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds for kids; and 101 Adorable Breeds; or Need to Know? Dog Breeds for all ages. Also, check out Reigning Cats and Dogs for several stories of royal pets through history. Keen-eyed youngsters might try to spot the Borzoi the next time they watch the classic Disney film, Lady and the Tramp.

Book Adventures: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Book cover of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryJoin us at Almaden Branch Library for a fun hour of games in our new children's book club: Book Adventures! For this month we will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and we will be playing a trivia game, a Gobstopper Relay Race and a Musical Sweets game for the book club.

Reading Buddies at the Almaden Branch Library

Does your young reader need a helping hand? Perhaps some practice reading words out loud and applying basic comprehension skills, or maybe just some fun reading time to encourage a lifelong love of books?


Join us at Almaden Branch library for Reading Buddies, offered once a week on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. We have trained, enthusiastic teen volunteers available to read with your child. Our volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with kids to help them choose the right books for their reading level and to practice reading them together in a fun, stress-free environment. This program is recommended for young readers in K-3rd Grade, but older or younger children are welcome to join us if this sounds like the right type of program for them. No need to sign up in advance...Just join us in the Doris Dillon Children's area!

Logical Puzzles

Everyday life brings lots of puzzles to solve. It is good to start preparing to face them from an early age.

San José Public Library has several good logical puzzles books for kids and adults.

One of them is Super-colossal Book of Puzzles, Tricks and Games. It contains hundreds of activities such as optical illusions, card tricks and psychological games.


Everything Kids' Riddles & Brain Teasers Book cover


Everything Kids' Riddles and Brain Teasers Book has hours of challenging fun for kids.


The Brain Explorer book coverThe Brain Explorer: Puzzles, Riddles, and Other Mental Adventures includes a collection of puzzles and activities dealing with math, memory and visual perception.

Try them all!


Also do not forget to bring your children ages K-6 to our next Math Club that will be held on February 12 in the King Library Children's Room.

Baby Sign Language Workshop @ King Library

Book Cover: Baby Sign Language BasicsThe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is hosting a Baby Sign Language workshop on Saturday, Janurary 29 at 3:00PM in the Exploration Room. Knowing baby sign language and teaching it to young babies gives parents the opportunity to communicate with their children "long before babies can verbalize their wants and needs." Research studies show that "signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration and aggressive behavior, and as children mature, results in a greater interest in reading." Our teacher, Bill White, from Touch Blue Sky will be teaching parents and caregivers over 40 basic baby signs that are based on American Sign Language (ASL). The workshop is designed for expectant parents and parents with hearing babies who range in ages from birth to 18 months old. After the workshop, or if you can't make it to the workshop, please check out the many baby sign language books the library owns. So the next time your baby cries or is irritated he might know the signs to tell you what he wants!


Remember that parking is Free on Saturdays in downtown San Jose.

Puppet Making for Families @ King Library

Book Cover: Simple Puppets from Everyday MaterialsChildren love puppets so why not have them make their own! As part of our Friday Fun series, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will be hosting a “Puppet Making for Families,” program on Friday, January 28 at 4:00PM. Children ages 2-8 and their parents/caregivers will have fun at this delightful interactive program. Children can continue this puppet making fun by checking out some of the many puppet making books we have at the library. Remember that Friday Fun happens every Friday aftenoon at 4:00PM. It’s a great and fun way to start off the weekend and we have some great programs planned for February: Making Musical Instruments, Valentine Craft, Mural Making and more! Join us! 

Willow Glen Wags (Sunny)

Suuny of Furry Friends at Willow Glen Branch

Sunny, a sweetheart of a Shi Tzu, and five of her canine buddies visited the friendly neighborhood library in Willow Glen recently. They were greeted with cries of delight from children of all ages, who spent the next hour enthusiastically meeting all the dogs, settling down with their favorite books, and reading to the furry audience. An official therapy dog of the Furry Friends, Sunny enjoys travelling and meeting new people. She also likes listening to children read books, as her own reading skills are poor. On a recent Thursday afternoon, she perked up her ears and listened as her new young friends read to her, some in English and some in Spanish. Her companion human, Whit, says that Sunny is going to be five in March, and while Sunny doesn't know much Spanish yet, she would like to learn. At the end of the hour, everyone left with hugs and promises to meet again at the  next Furry Friends visit to Willow Glen Library. For more photos, visit the library on flickr.

Lunar New Year Celebration

 Bringing in The New Year book cover

Did you know that 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit for the Chinese and the Year of the Cat for the Vietnamese? In the Chinese zodiac calendar, the cat is not among the 12 zodiac animals. Have I tickled your curious bone? Want to find out more?  Come and join us on Saturday, February 5 from 1-3 PM for a fun-filled celebration of Lunar New Year at Tully Library! We will have puppet show, featuring the Story of the Chinese Zodiac = Mười hai con giáp, crafts, games, Open Mic for the children, Vietnamese calligraphy word art giveaway, light refreshments and lion dance.


This program is sponsored by Friends of the Tully Library, teensReach, Cung Tam Thu Phap & the Vietnamese American Woman Volunteer Association of Northern California.


Cung Chúc Tân Xuân! 

Để các em biết thêm về phong tục Tết, xin mời quý phụ huynh và  các em đến tham dự đông đủ Thứ Bảy, Ngày 5 Tháng 2 vào lúc 1:00 đến 3:00 giờ trưa.  Chúng ta sẽ có múa rối, làm thủ công, trò chơi Tết, ca hát cho nhau nghe, thưởng thức bánh mứt và đặc biệt năm nay, chúng ta sẽ có Ông Đồ của Cung Tâm Thư Pháp vẽ chữ mừng xuân, chúc phúc cho mọi nhà.  Phần múa lân sẽ do Hội Phụ Nữ Thiện Nguyện Bắc Cali phụ trách.

Mad Science: Fire and Ice

Cover of Mad Science: What a BlastThere will be some Mad Science happening at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, January 15 at 3:00PM. Children will explore "magical" chemical potions, the wonders of dry ice and the dynamics of air pressure. There will be a gassy taste test and a super spectacular bubbling potion.  So if you want to spark your child's imagination and curiosity and have them learn some science in a fun and entertaining way then this program is just right for you. After the program& check out some fun science experiments books for that budding scientist to look at.


Remember that parking in downtown San Jose on Saturday is FREE!

Friday Fun: The Art of Japanese Calligraphy

Book Cover: The Simple Art of Japanese CalligraphyThe word calligraphy means "beautiful writing." As part of our Friday Fun series the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is offering a monthly calligraphy program for children ages 5 and up. Our first program is on Friday, January 21 at 4:00PM. Hikaru, a volunteer who is a master in Japanese Calligraphy, will be here to teach us the fundamentals. Come join us and create some "beautiful writing." All supplies will be provided. The library has many books on Japanese Calligraphy and calligraphy in general for you to check out.