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1580 Naglee Ave.
San José, CA 95126
When your toddler or preschooler finds a book that they love, chances are, they will want you to read that book over and over and over again. Plus, once more after that. How do you beat the fatigue and make sure that your child is getting the most out of the book?
Try the See-Show-Say method as devised by professor Joseph Sparling, author of the Abecedarian Approach:
- See: Direct the child’s attention to a picture or detail and name or describe what you see. This step introduces a new word or concept to the child.
- Show: Ask the child to show you an object, detail or action on the page. This steps checks to see if your child has learned the word.
- Say: Ask the child to name the picture, object or detail or to say something about it. This step gives your child a chance to show that they know the new word.
Try these three tricks to make the time spent reading together more meaningful. This type of interactive reading will help strengthen your child’s developmental skills over time. It will reinforce and introduce new vocabulary and comprehension skills as they learn to expand to what they already know. Use this opportunity to teach your child new words in the child's first language or in English. Talk about the pictures, point out favorite objects in real life, (trucks, animals, etc), explain signs at shops and on the street, and even talk about the pictures on food packets.
Don't forget to visit one of our teen reading buddies at your library for more reading practice.
Did you know that many of your favorite authors of adult fiction also write children’s books? Why not start a family book club, and introduce your favorite authors to your kids.
For Adults – The Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice Saga (Fiction Martin)
For Kids – The Ice Dragon (J Fiction martin)
For Adults – The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Fiction Gaiman)
For Kids – Coraline (J Fiction Gaiman)
For Adults – Toys: A Novel (Fiction Patterson)
For Teens – Game Over (YA Fiction Patterson)
For Kids - Treasure Hunters (J Fiction Patterson)
For Adults – The Casual Vacancy (Fiction Rowling)
For Kids – The Harry Potter Series (J Fiction Rowling)
The event will include a brief introduction about a digital paper cutting machine for both artistic creativity and innovative exploration.
While we will have fun, it's great to keep in mind that activities of these types further fuel our abilities and initial thoughts about making things and manufacturing. Participants will create a work with a computer and digital paper cutting machine.
Space is limited, please register in advance at the Information Desk.
About the Library's STEAMstacks Programs
Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life. More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.
Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). While STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making. SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.