Beginning Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Almaden Branch Library is offering a 6-week introduction to reading the Farsi language for children ages 8 to 13. After this first session, the program will continue for 5 more sessions with Saturday Nov. 10 the last session. The program will take place in the library's Program Room.
The program’s goal is decoding and word recognition. Children will be instructed to match consonant and vowel sounds to appropriate letters and read simple one-syllable words. Storytelling and playing games are part of the program to improve comprehension and create a fun learning environment. Some familiarity with the Farsi language is required..
Pre-registration is required. Please register in person at the Almaden Library Information Desk or by calling (408) 808-3040. Note: Space is limited to 10 children for the entire program. If you miss the first session, however, you may register your child prior to the second session if there are still openings.
Does your child love music? You are welcome to bring your child to the Edenvale Branch Library on Tuesday September 18 at 11:30 AM to enjoy Jump for Joy Music, a duet with Wiley Rankin and Miss Debbie. The engaging and energetic music program will be a lot of fun! Wiley will excite the audience with his songs. Children will even learn a bit about music education. For more information about Jump For Joy Music, please visit their website.
This educational program is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Edenvale Branch Library.
Now that school has started again, this is a great opportunity to find out what your neighborhood library, Joyce Ellington Branch (491 E. Empire St., San José, CA) has to offer to kids, teens and their families at our Open House event on Tuesday, September 25th from 6pm - 7:30pm.
Come join us in a fun and educational night with a craft activities, games, prizes, information on homework resources, goodies and more!
For more information, contact the Joyce Ellington Library at (408) 808-3043.
Ahora que la escuela ha comenzado de nuevo, esta es una gran oportunidad para descubrir lo que su biblioteca vecindario - la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington (491 E. Empire St., San José, CA) tener para ofrecer a los niños, los adolescentes y sus familias en nuestro evento de Casa Abierta - el martes, 25 de septiembre de 6pm - 7:30pm.
¡Están invitados a una noche divertida y educativa con manualidades, juegos, premios, información sobre los recursos para ayuda con las tardeas, gololsinas y mucho mas!
Para más información, contacte la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington al (408) 808-3043.
Starting Wednesday, September 19th at 1pm, the Alviso Branch Library's Homework Center (5050 N. First St., San José, CA 95002) will again continue to offer a tutor to help students in grades K-9 with their homework in the subject areas of math, science, reading or writing.
The weekly schedule for the Alviso Library's Homework Center will be:
Some one-on-one sessions will be available on Saturdays.
(*Please contact the Alviso Library to sign-up.)
Registration is required for all participating in the Alviso Library's Homework Center.
The Friends of the Alviso Branch Library are having a booksale event this coming -
Saturday, September 15th from 10am-4pm in the Alviso Library's Community Room.
This is a great opportunity to purchase used books and media (dvds, music cds, vhs video, etc.) in different languages, genres and for all ages.
Come show your support for your neighborhood library, the Alviso Branch by purchasing these gently used books and media!
Proceeds from this booksale event will go to help support programs at the Alviso Branch Library!
We encourage everyone to be green by bringing their own reusable bag for purchases made at this booksale event.
Learn about the basic skills your child will need for a successful start to kindergarten. We will be discussing the language, math, social, behavioral and muscle skills you can help your child to develop.
Vamos a hablar de las habilidades básicas que su hijo/a necesita para comenzar la escuela con éxito. Discutiremos el lenguaje, matemáticas, comportamiento social y habilidades de los músculos que usted puede ayudar a su niño a desarrollar.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – 6:30 PM
San Jose Public Library is offering a new service to library cardholders. Discover & Go offers free or reduced price tickets to Bay Area museums for Bay Area library cardholders!
What does this mean to you? Always wanted to go to the San Jose Museum of Art but couldn't afford the ticket? Log in and while passes are available you can download them FOR FREE ! There are a limited number of passes available on a first come, first served basis. Every month more passes become available. Watch the tutorial
Some museums will allow you to use your smart phone to display your downloaded pass, but all will accept a printed pass that you download.
Check it out!
Donald Sobol, the author of the Encyclopedia Brown series died on July 11th. He was 87 years old.
Encyclopedia Brown has been a staple for 2nd and 3rd grade readers for decades. Each book features several short mysteries which remain unsolved until you check the back of the book for the answer. I've always considered these books great for reluctant readers and for budding mystery fans.
His last book, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme is scheduled to be published and next year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first Encyclopedia Brown book.
Thanks for the mysteries!
Our Independence Day will be on Wednesday, July 4th. The library has several books and resources to help your child learn more about this special holiday and discover fun and memorable ways to celebrate it! Here are some recommended titles:
Independence Day: Birthday of the United States by Elaine Landau
Learn about the meaning and history of Independence Day, the day when the United States declared its independence from England in 1776. This is a substantial book that contains historical facts about this holiday, information on how it is celebrated and two fun projects that you and your child can work on to celebrate: "Glitter Sparklers" and "Celebration Ice Cream Sundae."
Fourth of July Fireworks by Patrick Merrick
Ever wonder how Fourth of July fireworks are used and made? This book contains intriguing information about the Independence Day holiday and the fireworks that are used to make this holiday exciting, festive and memorable.
Star Spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross
Have a fun Independence Day by creating something special! This book will teach you and your child how to make a variety of Independence Day themed crafts, such as a firecracker lapel pin, a flag mosaic, an American eagle magnet and much more!
Here are fun ways to celebrate Independence Day:
Please see a librarian at your library for more recommendations.
Due to his gifted skills to communicate with the souls who have crossed over to heaven, James Van Praagh has relayed the messages from these children to their parents as well as other parents who have lost their child (when that child is still young) to understand: after leaving behind the body in this world, that soul still lives on, studies, then advances to the higher level together with other loving souls such as grandparents and relatives who crossed over before that soul. That soul will be protected by these loving souls, will never feel lonely, and will be guided by the Master Spirits in order to evolve to the next higher level. This understanding will help parents to reduce the pain of losing a child when that child is very young.
The author also shows parents how to communicate with the soul of their young child by using a method called "automatic handwriting." The parent will need to make an appointment with the soul; on the day and at the exact time of the apointment, the parent will need to go into a quiet room, turn off the TV and the phones, sit down with a paper and a pen on the table. The parent will need to relax the body and allow the hand to freely move. After the session is over, the parent will know that the message truly comes from the soul of the child who passed away.
James Van Praagh also reveals that there are four types of soul: Young Sould, Old Soul, (James emphasizes that it has nothing to do with age), Mature Soul, and Angel Soul.
Young Soul: lives heavily on feelings, loves to harm/vex others, and depends heavily on materials.
Old Soul: still lives and depends on materials but orients himself/herself more towards a spiritual life. This person loves to research and study about spiritual life, begins to guide other people, and loves to serve other human beings.
Mature Soul: this person is normally a master, a philosopher, someone who guides the society/a big crowd to advance spiritually to the higher level.
Angel Soul: Someone whose voice, opinions, or actions influences the whole world (e.g. The Pope, The Dalai Lama). Their activities always aim at serving mankind and the whole world. From the time of birth, these souls already cultivate to walk the path of a Spiritual Leader.
In summary, this book is very essential in order to help us understand life on the other side. It is a very efficacious guide for both parent and child. It provides healing to the grieving parents who never stop thinking about their departed young children. It is an account of true stories and uplifting messages of love.