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It's Almost Summer... Wanna Play?

San Jose Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Celebration (SRC) promises to be more fun than ever this year, with the introduction of a Bingo-style activity grid in place of the traditional reading log. As always, kids will have lots of incentives to read books of their choice - a proven way to help prevent learning loss during the summer months. The activity grid will additionally reward participants for other literacy related activities, such as attending library programs.

Dig Ino Reading LogoSpecial SRC programs will be held at all library branches throughout the summer. For children, these include many activities related to this year’s "Dig Into Reading" theme - for instance, we’ll be planting seeds, creating fossil art, making hedgehogs, and decorating pet rocks! Libraries will also offer a variety of free performances for families including the Fratello Marionettes, magician Dan Chan, singer/songwriter Peter Apel, and many others. We’ll also have our annual Graphic Novel Contest, Teen Book Trailer Contest, and special SRC Kick-Off Event on June 2. Check out sjpl.org/summer for more information about Summer Reading events and activities.

Separate activity grids are available for pre-readers, readers, teens, and adults, giving everyone a chance to participate and win prizes. Prizes include toys for the kids, free books, entries in drawings for gift cards, and even an iPad Mini!  Beginning June 1, you can pick up an activity grid at any SJPL location or print one online. Get ready to play!

Child Abuse

Child Abuse book coverWhat is it that makes a person strike out at a child repeatedly by word or hand? What does such consistent maltreatment do to the mind, body and soul of that child? How can such acts of power abuse be prevented? What can be done to intervene? What can be done to ease the effects as the child becomes an adult. Before we leave April completely behind us, April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Listed below are resources to respond to those questions posed above.


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Definitions of Child Abuse:

  • From Medline Plus  (Also available: articles, latest news, diagnosis, symptoms and prevention) 
"Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.
Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others."



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During FFY 2011, throughout the United States there were 676,569 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. It was found that approximately nine out of every one thousand children in the U.S.  were victims of abuse. Babies, under the age of one, suffered the highest rate of victimization. From the data collected for 2011, it is estimated that 1,570 children died from abuse or neglect that year alone.



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SAT Practice Test at Berryessa Branch Library on May 11

scantron testHigh school students - would you like to find out how you score on the SAT?  Take a full length practice SAT test, proctored by Princeton Review.  This is a great opportunity to try your hand at the types of questions you will see on the actual test.


 There will be SAT practice test administered on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1:30 PM until 6:00 PM (tentatively) at Berryessa Branch Library. Please register by calling 1-408-808-3050 or come directly to the information desk.


You do not need to print an admission ticket, but must bring a couple of pencils and a calculator to the test. Check out this SAT Day Checklist to get prepared for the test.


Come back on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm for the strategy session to receive a personalized score report.  Parents are welcome to attend the strategy session.

Libros sobre pandillas

book cover for RebeldesMuchas familias y comunidades en San Jose tienen problemas con pandillas. Hay muchas perspectivas diferentes sobre las razones por que los jóvenes se envuelven con pandillas y los mejores métodos de prevención e intervención. Una manera de entender este asunto es por leer una variedad de libros. Hemos creádo una bibliografía de recursos disponible en la biblioteca para ayudarle a encontrar material útil.





Libros Informativos


Para Niños

Posted by Peg Elwell on Mar 19, 2013 | Comments: 0 |

Books About Gangs

Bookcover for Gangs by Hal MarcovitzMany families and communities in San Jose experience gang problems.  There are many different perspectives on what causes young people to join gangs and the best methods of prevention and intervention.  One way to understand this issue is through reading  a variety of material.  We have created a bibliography of resources available in the library to help you find useful information.




Personal Experience - Autobiography and Memoirs: 

Informational Books


For Children

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire Explore the Possibilities, Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire! 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Faire is 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 "Explore the Possibilities" 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 1-408-808-2617 or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc

Math Tutoring - Homework Help Sessions at Berryessa Branch

picture of Susan Chang during a tutoring sessionBerryessa Branch Library is offering afterschool math homework tutoring sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 till 5:00 p.m. weekly. An experienced volunteer tutor Susan Chang helps  school age children (K-12 grades level) to better understand math concepts and teaches problem solving, while helping children with their homework in a nice and friendly manner. No registration required. 

The Bascom Library Family Learning Center - Opening Soon!

Person at computer with headsetsThe Bascom Family Learning Center (FLC) offers free programs and services for families and individuals:

In addition, the Bascom Family Learning Center offers a collection of books, videos, DVDs, and multimedia kits covering a variety of subjects including ESL, Citizenship, GED and CAHSEE, Basic Life Skills, Grammar/Writing, and Literacy Development.  Please visit us soon!  Be sure to check out other SJPL Family Learning Centers.


Upcoming Parenting Workshop:

Ambiente Positivo en el Hogar - Positive Environment at Home

Parents swinging child by the hands Aprenda destrezas de cómo establecer una rutina diaria, poner reglas claras y modelar el buen comportamiento para promover un ambiente positivo en el hogar.  Esta clase será presentada en Español por Alum Rock Centro de Consejería.


Learn how to establish a daily routine, set clear rules and model positive behavior and promote a positive environment at home.  This class will be presented in Spanish by the Alum Rock Counseling Center.


Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm 

For more Bascom Library programs, be sure to check our calendar of events.

Picture Books About Trains!

Like many toddlers his age, my son loves trains. He enjoys taking train rides – local commuter lines are great for short trips. With CalTrain or BART, you can easily plan a ‘bounceback’ trip where you go to a station and switch to a train coming the other way after a short wait. We also have two picture books in heavy rotation currently...

Jamberry, story and pictures by Bruce Degen

This one combines trains with berries. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed and whimsical, and the poetry is catchy and fun. My son can pretty much recite most of the book already – which is a great confidence booster for developing early literacy skills.


Freight Train, story and pictures by Donald Crews

Kids can learn the colors and different names for freight with this concept book. Each freight train features bright colors, and the train moves through different scenery. My son finds some hardware to point out each time. I’ve also made a felt version of this story – contact me if you’d like a copy of the pattern!


What’s your toddler’s favorite train book? Please share in the comments.

Health Resources from San Jose Public Library

Looking up health information online is daunting, and you may find yourself searching through a sea of good, bad and incomplete information. What to believe?


It may give you some peace of mind to know that your San Jose Public Library card gives you access to the following subscription health information databases. You can access these databases at any SJPL branch or at home by entering your library card and PIN numbers. 


Consumer Health Complete

Covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to holistic and integrated medicine. Includes topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, and children's health.


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Articles on nursing and allied health.


Magill's Medical Guide Online

Medical information for student research and for patients and caregivers.



Information on diseases and conditions, hospitals and physicians, and medical drugs. Includes links to a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, and clinical trials. From the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health.