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San José Public Library has a treat for you...


 

Plenty of fun and spooky events await you this month at a library near you.

 

Creepy Creatures

Create creepy creatures out of felt to scare your friends just in time for Halloween!

 

Spooky Halloween Science

In this workshop, you will make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, and more! If you like disgusting, nasty, scary, creepy-crawly things, this is the workshop for you! This workshop is presented by Science Smart Kids and is appropriate for children ages 5-12.

 

Make a Halloween Treat Bag

Join us to decorate a Halloween Treat Bag. Pick up a few yummy treats while you're here!

 

Halloween Party

We'll have a Halloween craft, carnival games, a haunted house, a costume contest and parade. Don't miss out!

 

Family Halloween Storytime (Eng/Spa) and Sugar Skulls Craft

Join us for Halloween and Day of the Dead stories. Decorate a sugar skull to celebrate the holiday! All supplies provided, first come first served. For ages 4 and above, younger children will require parent participation.

 

Halloween Storytime and Craft

A storytime and craft program featuring Halloween themed stories and making Flying Ghosts.

 

Halloween Storytime and Parade

Come dressed in your special Halloween costume for this holiday storyime! Following storytime the Halloween Parade will commence throughout the library. Come join the fun!

 

Halloween Carnival

Join us for some Halloween fun! "Halloween themed" games face painting and treats for children of all ages.

 

Don't forget to bring some spooky books home! 

Check out Halloween from previous years at the library on Flikr



Early Literacy Tip: See-Show-Say


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. 



A Family That Reads Together


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.

 

The Ice Dragon coverA Game of Thrones coverGeorge R. R. Martin

For Adults – The Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice Saga (Fiction Martin)

For Kids – The Ice Dragon (J Fiction martin)

 

 

 

Coraline coverThe Ocean at the End of the Lane coverNeil Gaiman

For Adults – The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Fiction Gaiman)

For Kids – Coraline (J Fiction Gaiman)

 

 

 

Treasure Hunters coverGame Over coverToys coverJames Patterson

For Adults – Toys: A Novel (Fiction Patterson)

For Teens – Game Over (YA Fiction Patterson)

For Kids  - Treasure Hunters (J Fiction Patterson)

 

 

 

Harry Potter coverThe Casual Vacancy coverJK Rowling

For Adults – The Casual Vacancy (Fiction Rowling)

For Kids – The Harry Potter Series (J Fiction Rowling)



STEAMstacks: Digital Paper Cutting Workshop for Adults


Silicon Valley Manufacturing WeekAs the Library celebrates Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week, taking place Mon., Sept. 29 to Fri., Oct. 3, join us for our STEAMstacks digital paper cutting workshop and bring out the maker in you.

 

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.​



Teen JAM NIGHTS at the Library!


Jam Nights @ San Jose Public Library

Teens come out and jam out at the Library! 

 

Every SECOND Friday of the month starting

October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Rose Garden Branch Library

1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose, CA 95126

 

All genres and musical backgrounds welcome! 

Must bring your own instrument. 

 

For more information contact Mark Giannuzzi at mark.giannuzzi@sjlibrary.org

 

How to prepare for Music Jam Nights for Teens

  1. Make sure your instrument is in good working order (bring it with you)
  2. Prepare one or two songs for performance. Short melodies, chord progressions, and/or rhythmic motifs work, too. We can build jams around them.
  3. Consider notating the music for other musicians to read. These can be full charts, chord/melody arrangements, or short ideas to be developed during the jams.
  4. Plan to play with others in a variety of styles that you may or may not be familiar with. The facilitator will ensure that a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment is maintained.
  5. Plan to play at a comfortable volume, so everyone can hear themselves. Depending on the musicians, we may play loud at times, but the overall volume will be maintained at a moderate level to ensure all instruments can be heard and that no one’s hearing is at risk.
  6. Bring a willingness to have fun, experiment, try new things, meet new friends, and make music with your peers.

 

Music Jam Nights for Teens is envisioned as a maker-space environment that provides teens with the opportunity to develop skills in music improvisation and performance, songwriting, and composition. Simultaneously, Music Jam Nights for Teens aims to support teen awareness of, and participation in, SJPL’s Battle of the Bands. Each jam session will be unique, though a variety of activities, musical ice-breakers, and other performance and song-writing based information will be included. 

 

Proudly presented by San Jose Public Library 

#SJPLjamnights



Maker Camp: DIY at the Library


Maker Camp, Make: Google

 

Summer doldrums getting you down?  Feeling antsy?  Just been kicked out of your house for “accidently” setting the curtains on fire?  Are you just in the mood to build something cool?

The library’s Maker Camp is just the thing for you!

 

With help from Google and MAKE Magazine, we will be transforming the Educational Park Branch into a makerspace.  Every Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, the library will virtually host some of the most interesting professional creators behind the scenes of game design, movies, and music. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, they’ll have the opportunity to create their own maker projects. 

 

 

Each week will have a different theme, with speakers and projects that will build upon it.

 

Week 1—Makers in Motion (July 7-11, 2014)

Week 2 —Art and Design (July 14-18, 2014)

Week 3—Fun & Games (July 21-25, 2014)

Week 4—Science & Technology (July 28-August 1, 2014)

Week 5—DIY Music (August 4-8, 2014)

Week 6—Make: Believe (August 11-15, 2014)

 

The event is free for all but children under 13 will need a parent or guardian with them to use Google+ or participate in the project.  Check out last year’s events to get an idea of what we’ll be doing this year.  And check out http://makercamp.com/ for more information.

 

Spaces are limited so sign up now.  Contact the Educational Park Library at 1-408-808-3073 to get your name on the list.  

 

Program Schedule

Mondays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting (Watch a live broadcast featuring a different Maker)
Tuesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity
Wednesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting
Thursdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity 
*Participants are encouraged to view the video broadcast at 11 a.m. to get a preview of that day's activity
 
Recommended for ages 13-18
Participants under 13 must have a parent/guardian present
 


Terrific Author Bash at Hicklebee's!


This Friday, June 6, 2014, Hicklebees's will be having multiple YA authors visiting their bookstore! It's the Terrific Author Bash! Bay Area favorites such as:

 

Hannah Jayne - Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly

Katherine Longshore - Author of Tarnish, Manor of Secrets, and Gilt

Stephanie Kuehn - Author of Charm & Strange and Complicit

Corrine Jackson - Author of Touched (Sense Thieves series) and If I Lie

Debra Driza - Author of Mila 2.0 and Renegade

Talia Vance - Author of Silver and Spies and Prejudice

and SJPL's very own Douglas Rees - Author of Juliet Spell and the Vampire High series

 

Join us for food, prizes, and of course, all the amazing YA Authors!

 

Hicklebee's

1378 Lincoln Ave

San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880

hicklebees@hicklebees.com



Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo


Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road, San Jose

 

Join us on Saturday May 17th for Kristi Yamaguchi’s second annual Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Joining Kristi to read their favorite childhood books are celebrity authors and athletes like Bob Barner and Dave Keane. While there, experience the zoo’s amazing animal education exhibits and take part in the many literacy-themed stations, including the SJPL table for zoo animal bookmarks! Entertainment will be provided by Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul "with Genevieve!"

 

All activities are included in the regular park admission rates. For more information, visit:
http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/1314/?clearcache=1



7th Annual Battle of the Bands


San Jose Public Library Battle of the Bands

Teens Get Ready to ROCK the Library! 

7th Annual Battle of the Bands

 

Congratulations to this year's Battle of the Bands winners! 

 

1st Place 

 

 

Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row, and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band, but as they matured, they began writing their own music.

 

 

 

2nd Place 

 

 

A Guy with a Guitar

A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011.  He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.

 

 

 

3rd Place 

 

 

 

Cindy B.

Cindy B.’s music taste is eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre. 

 

 

 

Finalists 

 

 

Allegro

“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano, and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. We were brought together through a developing club at Leland High School, and we can only hope that this is the start of something great.

 

 

 

Quantum

Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to latin, and love incorporating the different genres in their performances.

 

 

 

 

Check out pictures from the concert! 

*** Video Coming Soon *** 

 

    

 

 

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day - Saturday, May 3, 2014


Free Comic Book Day - 1st Saturday in May! May 3, 2014Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic shops and libraries across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free. As a learning tool, the comic book can reach an entire segment of students who may not want to read. Most of the time, these students may have the capacity to read and understand text, they just lack the motivation. However, these reluctant and struggling readers can be swayed with the use of dynamic, colorful, and engaging comic books.

 

The following locations will be providing free comic books while supplies last:

 




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