- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Laura loves Tom. Tom loves Laura. So why is Tom marrying Lila? And who are the Romantics anyway? It turns out that the Romantics is a group of college friends so named because of the various and changing romantic entanglements among the members.
Now it is 6 years after college graduation and they have settled into more or less permanent pairs, some already married, others engaged. They reunite for the wedding of Lila and Tom with Laura as the maid of honor. The story takes place over the 24 hours prior to the wedding ceremony but the author skillfully integrates group history into her narrative so readers are up to date on the characters’ pasts and the development of the group dynamics. Hope and despair collide as the ceremony nears. Is this the moment when Laura realizes she has outgrown Tom, or will his impending marriage break her heart? Will Tom go through with the marriage? Read The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer and find out. Or watch the movie.
On Friday Sept. 30 San Jose Public Library is joining with San Jose State University, the Mayor's Office, San Jose Unified School District, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and many other schools and community organizations to promote College Day San Jose, a day to to celebrate, inspire and promote college aspirations throughout San José by having everyone, everywhere, share their “Education Journey.” View the stories of Francisco Jimenez, Madison Nguyen and others.
Many libraries will feature maps where you can identify the college you attended. Library staff are encouraged to wear school t-shirts, sweatshirts or other attire. Most of all, whether you set foot in a library that day or not, we want to encourage you to take time during that day to share your college experience with others: children, co-workers, and friends.
Every person's educational journey is unique to them. Take this opportunity to share your story!
Every once in a while a new version of a classic appears in picture book form. Sometimes it’s a retelling of an old story, sometimes the classic is used as a base for new characters or situations; the permutations are endless.
Several reworkings of classics have recently appeared. One of my favorites is a retelling of Goldilocks and The Three Bears by Susanna Davidson. Goldilocks is the star of this version. She’s a very naughty little girl who is eventually “scared straight” by her encounter with the bears. The illustrations are cartoon-like in keeping with the lighthearted tone of the presentation. Young readers can enjoy the story without being scared.
Most preschoolers know the song “If You’re Happy” and will easily relate to If You’re Hoppy by April Sayre. This version isn’t meant to be sung. It presents various animals that move in a variety of ways. Young children can enjoy identifying the animals while absorbing the ways they move and the fact that more than one kind of animal can hop, or flap, etc. The illustrations are humorous and sure to amuse little ones.
Hey Diddle Diddle, the well known nursery rhyme is the basis for a book of the same title by Eve Bunting. This version uses the rhyme to introduce several kinds of animals who play different instruments. The illustrations are clear and gentle, the words minimal; perfect for a very young child just learning to be read to.
Banned Books Week 2011 begins today! Each year, the American Library Association and other nonprofit groups spend seven autumn days helping to ensure that everyone has the freedom to read what they want.
At San Jose Public Library, we're celebrating Banned Books Week 2011 by displaying banned books and offering a quiz for teens. Please join us at King Library, Almaden, Cambrian, East Branch, Edenvale, Pearl Avenue, Santa Teresa, Vineland, or West Valley if you'd like to take the quiz for a chance to win prizes.
Here are the ten most challenged books of 2010. Are any of your favorites on the list?
September is the month of the Mid-Autumn Festival, aka Moon Festival for the Chinese and Vietnamese community. This festive event is one of the most important Chinese/Vietnamese celebrations of the year in addition to Chinese/Vietnamese New Year. To read more about the Moon Festival, children can check out Moon Festival from the library. This children's book is written by Ching Yeung Russell and illustrated by Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang. The story of children celebrating the traditional autumn Moon Festival is based on the author's memories of her childhood in China. One of the Vietnamese translated to English books that talks about the Mid-Autumn Festival is Tet Trung Thu: Moon Festival. This 52 page Vietnamese/English bilingual book with illustration was written by Le Quang Vinh and published in 1990.
The most recent Mid-Autumn Festival celebration in San Jose took place on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Emma Prusch Farm Park. One of the key sponsors was Office of Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen. Tully Community and Santa Teresa Branches also participated in the event to present library's services. In addition to finding more information about the library resource, many children and families enjoyed our Lantern Making craft at our booth. See video clip below:
Older children and their families are invited to create a wave machine with duct tape, wooden skewers and soft candy at this educational activity designed for children ages eight and older.
This program will take place at several library locations, including:
Edenvale Branch Library
Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
Almaden Branch Library
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
Have legal questions about pursuing U.S citizenship or the naturalization process? Book a pro bono 15 minute consultation with our immigration lawyer. Though this free legal consultation does not establish attorney-client relationship, we have a lawyer at both Tully and Santa Teresa branches to help you out on monthly basis.
Except for a few special occasions, the program normally takes place on the third Wednesday of the month at Tully Branch Library from 6:00-8:00 PM. If you need additional help, the lawyer is also available from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on every third Saturday at Santa Teresa Branch. Don't hesitate to send name, phone number, questions, and desired appointment time to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also check out the future schedule of the Lawyer in the Library at Santa Teresa and Tully branches. For other legal issues we have a Free Legal Clinic at Tully Branch Library that normally takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. Don't forget to take advantage of a Free 20-minute legal consultation with an attorney provided by the pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley at King Library.
We also have a Legal Self-help resource webpage and Legal Information Reference Center and Legal Collection online databases available. Your San Jose Library Card and PIN are needed to access the database from home.
Do your children need help with homework? If so, bring them to Santa Teresa Branch Library where they can get homework assistance from High School students. The Winner's Circle Homework Club is a wonderful community run program for kids that need homework help.
For children in grades 1-8, every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
Check out this newly ordered Graphic Novel series Kitchen Princess. This is shōjo manga series written by Miyuki Kobayashi , illustrated by Natsumi Ando, translated by Satsuki Yamashita, and adapted by Nunzio Defilippis and Christina Weir. It’s a story about a chef with magical power.
Amazon Product Description of this series mentions that "Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart–and now Najika is determined to find him. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy.
Attending Seika will be a challenge. Every kid at the school has a special talent, and the girls in Najika’s class think she doesn’t deserve to be there. But Sora and Daichi, two popular brothers who barely speak to each other, recognize Najika’s cooking for what it is–magical. Is either boy Najika’s mysterious prince?"
Kitchen Princess is currently available to check out from your local library. Due to the popularity some volumes might not be on shelves but they are requestable with a valid library card and PIN number.
Photo enthusiasts and nature lovers will be interested in a great Photo Display of Ron Horri's works at the Santa Teresa Branch Library. His work is well known in the South Bay and beyond. A member of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park and mentor to local photographers he has many nice selections of South Bay and Santa Teresa hills, wildlife, atmospheric weather patterns, hikes, wildflowers, historic buildings, historic sites and more. Come for a stroll in our Community Room where the photos are displayed through the month of September.