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San José Public Library and Mommy & Me Partnership at Santana Row

The San José Public Library is excited to announce a new monthly program in partnership with the Mommy & Me program at Santana Row. Join us on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Santana Row’s Park Valencia, where there will be stories, singing, dancing, and more!!


San José Public Library offers many storytimes and Music and Movement programs every month, at branches across the City! Come check us out!


Whether you are coming from Santana Row’s Mommy & Me program or attending a library storytime, check out a handful of the Library’s collection of books written specifically with moms in mind:


Cover of Bringing Up BebeCover of Fit Moms for LifeCover of Moms Who Drinka nd SwearCover of The Nursing Mother's Companion


Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman: Why is it that French children seem so well behaved? While living in Paris, Druckerman gives birth and begins to notice how French children’s behavior differs from their U.S. counterparts. Are you looking for philosophies, strategies or techniques on raising children? The Library has a variety of books on raising children.


Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay Your Kids by Dustin Maher:

Dustin Maher is well-known for training moms to get in shape and transforming their lives. His highly regarded book Fit Moms for Life includes step-by-step instructions and pictures on eating and exercising. Visit the Library for more books on mothers’ health and hygiene.


Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind by Nicole Knepper: Nicole Knepper’s title says it all. Her book provides comic relief on the less than saintly behavior moms find themselves doing when wondering where their seemingly demon children have come from. Whether Knepper’s sense of humor rings a familiar tone or not, the Library has many books on motherhood humor.


The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins: This easy to read, informational book is appreciated for delivering the basics of breastfeeding without burdening the text with the philosophy behind the practice. Visit the Library for more books on the basics or on the philosophy of breastfeeding.

Halloween Parade at King Library!

Book Cover: Halloween Parade by Rosemary WellsHalloween is almost here and children are getting ready to go Trick or Treating! The King Library is calling all princesses, pirates, super heroes, ballerinas, ghosts, monsters and all those other creatures who appear on Halloween to come join us at the King Library on Thursday, October 31 for our Annual Halloween Parade. We will all meet in the Children's Room at 3:30 and the actual parade will begin at 4:00PM. We will go trick or treating from the 1st though the 4th floors and I am sure we will meet many creatures with treats to give away. Come join the fun for a safe Halloween Parade!

The treats distributed by the Children's Room staff and volunteers are sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

FREE Teen Financial Literacy Workshop

Keypoint Credit Union - confused girl with credit card and piggy bank

Does your teen need to learn more about managing their money? Your teen (13-17yrs) can attend one of the free workshops presented by representatives of Key Point Credit Union during the months November and December.


More Bang For Your Buck: Teen Financial Literacy workshop will cover the following core concepts:


  • Goal setting
  • Saving
  • Budgeting
  • Making smart financial decisions


In addition to these core concepts they will have supplemental financial activities for the teens to reinforce what has been learned.

Early Literacy Tip: Nursery Rhyme Time!

Did you know that everytime you sing Humpty Dumpty or Mary Had a Little Lamb, you are actually giving your baby a head start on their literacy skills? When reading, children need to decode both the words and the storyline at the same time, and this can be hard for new readers. Once children learn that that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, it gives them an opportunity to anticipate what might happen next, using the illustrations and actions as clues.


Giving children experiences with story arcs and patterns before they become readers is one way to give them a little head start with their literacy skills. Songs such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack & Jill and Little Bo Peep are great examples of these pre-reader mini-stories you can share with your child.


Next time you are in the library, look for one of these titles to take home with you. Don't forget about our baby/toddler storytimes for more ideas and activities to help turn your little one into a lifelong reader.



The Nursery Rhyme Book cover30 Nursery Rhyme Songs coverMy First Nursery Rhymes coverMy Very First Mother Goose cover

Babywearing: Get Carried Away!

Woman carrying childDid you know that it's International Babywearing WeekBabywearing is just what it sounds like: wearing your baby close in a cloth carrier or wrap. People have been doing it throughout human history and across the globe. There are many beneficial reasons to wear your baby, including convenience, bonding and emotional support, health and well-being, etc. As a parent of a happy and thriving 14-month-old, I'm happy to report that I'm a babywearing believer, and my poor stroller continues to collect dust.


There are so many different options when it comes to babywearing! Wraps, soft-structured carriers, ring slings, mei tais, oh my! The various options offer different types of support, versatility, and yes, pretty designs. Just like so many things when it comes to parenting, there's no "right way", just what works best for you and your child. However, if you're looking for some help with deciding what's right for you (because who needs another unused baby item in the garage, right?!), the good news is that there is an excellent organization called Babywearing International, which is a babywearing support and advocacy group. The local chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale from 10:30-12:30. You can also try the Slings and Things class at Harmony in Campbell.


Babywearing is often cited as an important component of attachment parenting. Based on attachment theory in developmental psychology, it is all about forming strong emotional bonds and trust during a child's formative years. Dr. Sears is frequently regarded a key figure in the attachment parenting movement, with The Baby Book often referenced as the definitive "AP" manual. Other titles that advocate for attachment parenting methods include:

Homework Club at King Library

Ready Freddy! Homework Hassles book coverSeptember means school and sometimes those homework hassles! If your children need help with homework or if your children need help improving their reading skills, then bring them to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library's Homework Club. The King Library's Homework Club, for children in Grades K-8, meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00PM in the Exploration Room which is located on the Mezzanine above the Children's Room. Our knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to give students homework assistance in many subjects.


Parents need to register their children at their first homework club session.

Remember also that our website has a useful Kid's Homework Page as well as a useful Teen Homework Page. Students can also chat with an online tutor by using Live Homework Help.

Reading to Children at Bascom Branch Library

Bascom Branch now offers two more opportunities for your children to enjoy listening to books.


We have two friendly volunteers who will be available for reading to children in the Children’s area on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Children can choose what books they want read to them, or the reader can offer some suggestions.  This is a great time for children to enjoy one-on-one attention and to increase their interest in reading.  You can drop by during any of the times listed below:


Reading to Children in Spanish (Leyendo con los niños), Wednesdays 11:30am – 12:30pm

Reading to Children, Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00pm


Our regular Storytimes will return in September, so be sure to take advantage of Reading to Children during August and beyond. 

Royal Baby Watch

Picture of a stork with a baby  I found out earlier this week that there are a lot of people who are very interested in the overdue birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby.


The media is all over this so there are lots of places where you can get the latest info including:



The Telegraph has a live video stream from the hospital where the baby is to be born. 


There is a Royal Baby Watch App.  Yes, there really is and you can download it from iTunes for free.


And if you are the betting sort you could place a bet on the baby's name.  Odds for Alexandra are 7/4 all the way up to Psy (after the Gagnam Style Star) are 5000/1.


More from SJPL about this new generation of British Royals:


Cover of Prince William the Man Who Will Be King  Cover of William & Kate DVDCover of William & Kate: a royal love story

Kids Activities Database: San José Beyond the Bell

Are you looking for after-school, summer and other activities for your children?


San José Beyond the Bell is a FREE tool that helps you support your children by linking them to out-of-school time programs and resources across Silicon Valley.


You can find activities for your child among the following categories:


- Academics

- After school care

- Community service

- Creative arts

- Dance and performing arts

- Language and multicultural education

- Music

- Science and technology

- Special needs

- Sports and recreation

- Vocational training and internships


Age groups run from pre-school through high school. This site lets you search by location, zipcode, and keyword, and lets you limit your search to "programs with financial aid available or free of charge."


Check out San José Beyond the Bell.

Posted by Michael Sarhad on Jun 22, 2013 | Comments: 0 |

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month! Learn the tips and best practices on how to stay safe by checking out the following titles!



SafetySafety by Liz Gogerly

This book contains helpful advice about staying safe in today's fast-paced world. Learn about the real concerns to pay attention to at various places: at home, at school and more.




SafetyPlay it Safe Online by Phyllis Cornwall

Learn how to avoid certain hazzards and dangers online. This book provides tips and advice on how to remain safe online such as not posting certain pictures, how to limit personal information, choosing secure sites and more.



Traffic SafetyTraffic Safety by Nancy Loewen

Traveling this summer? This book will help you discover common transportation hazards and learn how to avoid or handle them.




Safety at HomeSafety at Home by Mary Lee Knowlton

This book provides helpful tips and advice for kids on how to stay safe at home. Learn how to avoid common home-related accidents and injuries by reading this book.




Safety in Your NeighborhoodSay No and Go: Stranger Safety by Jill Donahue

Even though your neighborhood might appear safe, dangerous incidents may randomly occur. This book will help you know what they are and how to handle them. Learn how to effectively know your neighbors, watch out for strangers and dealing with people at the doorstep.


For more recommendations, please see a Youth Services Librarian at your library.