- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Do you have a child always asking "why"? Then Nate the Great series, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, is right up their alley. This mystery series for children is a fun way to introduce the genre. The stories follow Nate the Great, a young detective, as he searches for clues to help solve mysteries in his neighborhood. But the best part is that he explains how he solved the mystery. These engaging books will have your child putting on a thinking cap to see if he or she can outsmart and outwit, Nate the Great. Checkout this series in the Children's Easy Reader section of the library.
We invite parents to a workshop on "Effective Communication in Families" presented by the Alum Rock Counseling Center on Wednesday, March 30th from 1pm-3pm at the Hillview Branch Library. This free workshop will offer techniques and tips for parents on how to improve their communication skills with their own children and families.
Meet Michelle at a free author talk and book signing on Saturday, March 26, at 3:00-4:00 PM in the Community Room of Almaden Library and Community Center.
The Year of Fog “follows the journey of a young woman through the mysteries of memory and guilt after her fiance's six-year-old daughter disappears while in her care.” Michelle’s book will be on sale at the author visit, which is co-sponsored by the Friends of Almaden Library.
Invitamos a los padres de familias al una clase que presentará el Alum Rock Counseling Center en Español y gratis sobre el tema de como los padres de familias pueden mejorar efectivamente la comunicación familiar con técnicas y consejos.
miércoles, 23 de marzo 1pm-3pm en la Biblioteca Hillview
I have a 10 month old daughter and found out how much health and wellness resources are needed. There were times that I wanted to look up certain medications for Melanie. I also searched for information on particular symptoms that she had. San José Public Library has several health and wellness databases which have been helping me. To access most of these databases from home you'll need your library card and pin number.
Consumer Health Complete covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to holistic and integrated medicine. This database includes topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, and children's health.
Medline Plus has information on diseases and conditions, hospitals and physicians, and medical drugs. This database includes links to a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, and clinical trials from the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health. The database is also accessible if you type in http://medlineplus.gov.
It is hard sometimes to find verified statistical data. US Census Home Page may help. To search data in particular area you would need to go to American Fact Finder. US Census currently is working on simplifying the search technique and developing a new web page. There are some basic steps that you would do searching both sites - a New American FactFinder and the Legacy American FactFinder The latter will go away in Fall 2011.
New site has a nice Help page that will guide you through the Quick Start search or Search using categories and topics. Data search could be performed by using geography (maps), industry codes or population groups topics. After getting results arranged in the table, you also can create a reference map or thematic map based on this data.
By clicking on American Fact Finder Virtual Tour link in the content (left frame) you will be able to view a short video that will explain to you how to navigate this site.
With all the footage of Japan coming across the media, parents of children are going to be asked some very serious questions about the earthquake, tsunami and the aftermath. It seems the younger your children are, the more you want to protect them from devastating news like this.
Here are some resources that might help:
FEMA has a website about disaster readiness for kids that walks you through the steps of how to make a disaster plan for your family.
FEMA also has a webpage devoted to helping parents and teachers help their children cope with disasters. It is comprised of a quick overview of how different aged children cope, what their needs are and how to help them.
Terrorists, Tornados, and Tsunamis: How to Prepare for Life's Danger Zones by Lt. Colonel John C. Orndorff and Suzanne Harper. This book takes all sorts of dangerous situations and explains what they are and how to be better prepared to handle them if they should occur. A really good book for middle schoolers.
DVD - How and When to Dial 911 - situations when a child should dial 911 and what to do in case of an emergency.
More books on earthquakes for children
More books on tsunamis for children
The Willow Glen Branch Library offers several one-on-one and small group reading opportunities for kids each week. Join us Tuesdays at 4 pm for Stories with Barbara. Barbara is a retired teacher and dedicated volunteer who loves reading with children. Wednesdays at 2:30 pm drop in for Stories with Nancy. Nancy is also a retired teacher and she is always eager to read with all kids. Join us also on Fridays at 3:30 pm for Stories with (Cuentos con) Priyanka. Priyanka is a high school student and volunteer who will read to your child in either English or Spanish.
Los viernes a las 15:30 Priyanka lee a los niños en la biblioteca Willow Glen. Priyanka es una voluntaria y un estudiante de la escuela secundaria. Ella puede leer a su hijo en inglés o español.
On Tuesdays at 4 pm and Saturdays at 11:30 am the West Valley Branch Library offers free reading help for children. The Reading Buddies are trained teen volunteers that are on hand to either read to your child or to help your child practice reading. This is a great opportunity for younger children to have one-on-one time with a caring, enthusiastic teen mentor who will help them practice their reading in a low-stress environment.
Reading to Rover is another opportunity for kids to practice their reading at the West Valley Branch Library. This event is generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm. At this program we pair children who want to improve their reading skills with literacy assistance dogs for some quality reading and bonding time. Come join the fun!
Saturday, April 16
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to the one-day Faire expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.
The theme this year is "Play Together, Learn Together: Growing with Giggles and Grins" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2 -12. Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources. For more information call (408) 808-2617, or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc