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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.

Read Write Discover at the Bascom Branch Library

Read Write Discover LogoIs your child struggling with reading or writing? Free help is available this summer from Read Write Discover (RWD), a literacy tutoring program at the library. This free program targets students who are struggling or whose families face language barriers in their communities. High school students are trained to tutor youth in grades 1-8 on reading and writing skills. The session begins with a family orientation, and tutors work with the same learners every week.  


Visit the RWD information table at the Bascom Branch Library on the following dates to register your child and learn more:


Thursday, June 6, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Friday, June 7, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


The tutoring program will be held at Bascom on:


Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 19 – August 1 from 4:00-5:30 PM. 


Children must be registered to attend and space is limited, so sign up early!


For additional information about the program, visit http://www.readwritediscover.org/.

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.


Contact Information:


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."



Resources at SJ Library:


Additional Resources:



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

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