- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
On Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Santa Teresa Library will present "Boatful of Pennies". This personal favorite program of mine consists of kids creating a "boat" out of aluminum foil, and placing it in a bowl of water. Then we place pennies in the boat, one by one, until the boat sinks. The kids like the suspense of counting the pennies as the boat fills up with coin. We also have a salt water bowl to teach the kids the difference in buoyancy. The program will be jolly good fun.
This program is presented by Our City Forest to help kids 3 to 6 years of age learn about the different parts of a tree and how important trees are to our environment.
This Saturday, August 11th 2012, from 10:30am-12:30pm, the special guest speaker at the Small Business Workshop will be Santa Clara County Supervisor, Mike Wasserman. He will be talking about his personal experience in business, the upcoming Small Business Economic Summit, and how he has been changing county government to run more like a business.
This event is free and will be held in the Santa Teresa Library's community room.
Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway is a wonderful story of how an ordinary girl, Abigail, is really extraordinary. Abigail grows up in a family where her mother, father, and all her siblings possess magical powers. She is tested at the age of twelve and found to be “ord” or ordinary. Despite having “unmagical disabilities” Abigail is loved and accepted by her family and sent to a special school to learn how to get along in a magical world. Think Harry Potter...
Abby learns that as an “ord” her world is dangerous because of all the goblins and kidnappers. She learns that she is special despite not having traditional magical powers. Her family loves and accepts Abby. You, the reader, will love the spunky Abigail too!
Come to the Santa Teresa Library on Wednesday, July 25th 2012 at 4:30 PM, five pets are scheduled for listening to you read: Mokey the Cat, Crystal the Corgi, Chiko the Sheperd mix, Meko the Border Collie and introducing a new dog, Cooper the Shih Tsu. Come on out and practice your reading!
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
6445 Camden Ave. San José, CA
The event is free and open to the public.
Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
Join us as author Khaled Hosseini talks about his writing inspirations, life experiences and upcoming projects. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the best-selling author. The event will be followed by a book signing.
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, moved to San José as a teenager, earned a bachelor's degree in Biology at Santa Clara University, and a Medical Degree at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine.
While in medical practice, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. In 2003, The Kite Runner, was published and became an international bestseller, published in 70 countries. In 2006, he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns was published in May 2007. Khaled works to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.
This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
My first encounter with John McPhee was in a Jerseyanna class I took as an undergraduate. It was his book The Pine Barrens. From sugar sands to dwarf pine forests, tea-colored streams and Piney Power, McPhee distilled and immortalized the essence of the Pine Barrens in his elegant, concise prose.
Many years later I rediscovered McPhee’s magnificence. Annals of the Former World won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. This opus compiles several earlier works written over a period of twenty years focusing on the geological history of North America.
McPhee crisscrosses the United States on the transcontinental highway, Interstate 80, with geologists in search of visible signs of upheaval and orogenies. For laypersons, reading about geology may seem akin to watching paint dry, but McPhee makes it rock and roll.
Part of what makes the books so intriguing are the colorful geologists McPhee befriends, whose main vocation seems to be hunting down marvelous road cuts and hammering at rock formations along interstate highways and remote mountain ranges.
McPhee is a masterful non-fiction writer. His writing on geology has made many people reconsider their choice of career and has popularized an otherwise esoteric academic subject.
Check out John McPhee’s works at the San Jose Public Library and follow along with McPhee and company on a road trip through time.
The books that comprise Annals of the Former World:
Basin and Range: Interstate 80 is the route and Nevada is the destination. McPhee explains the introduction and development of plate tectonics as a theory.
In Suspect Terrain: The Appalachian Range and Delaware Water Gap take center stage. McPhee explains how violent underground eruptions produce “diamond pipes” and how oil, silver and gold end up in geologic formations.
Rising From the Plains: Wyoming is the setting and the exhumation of the Rockies is the plot. David Love, the legendary geoscientist McPhee befriends, is born of the Wyoming landscape and leads McPhee around the rugged and beautiful Wyoming terrain.
Assembling California: McPhee explains how disparate geologic features, such at the Sierras, Wine Country and the San Andreas Fault, come together to form California and how these features have guided human exploration of the land.
Crossing the Craton: This title does not appear as a stand-alone volume, it was written as the fifth chapter in Annals of the Former World. It discusses the stable, basement rock of the Great Plains and Great Lakes region.
On Saturday, July 14th 2012 @ Santa Teresa Branch Library, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Patti Glick from Hand to Hand Contact, will share the insights that have made her a successful networker and THE queen of follow-up. Patti will shed light on some of the most common mistakes made in networking and follow-up as well as share a simple system that can create customers for life and endless referrals.
The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin is part of a wonderful set of National Geographic picture book biographies by Cheryl Harness. The beautiful illustrations and easy to read text make the story of Benjamin Franklin’s life accessible and interesting to young and old. The book is full of Franklin’s famous quotes, experiments, inventions and life adventures. There is also a great timeline of “The 18th Century World of Benjamin Franklin” in the back of the book and a list of recommended books for young readers who want to learn more about this fascinating man.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was the youngest of ten children? The young Ben Franklin was both a candlemaker and a printer, as well as a statesman and postmaster. He promoted civic institutions we take for granted such as libraries, hospitals, paved roads and volunteer firefighters. He was one of the great scientists of his time (he invented both the lightning rod and bifocals) as well as one of the greatest statesmen. Find this and other books about Benjamin Franklin in the Children's Biographies section of your library.
Do you sing, love to dance, do stand-up comedy or have a unique talent??? Compete in our first round of Teen Talent Show competitions to win prizes and a spot at our final talent show event on Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm at at the Almaden Branch Library.
Visit a participating library to sign-up!
Registration packets will be available at participating San José Public Library locations. Participants must submit their registration form at the location where they want to compete.
Regional Competitions: Prizes 1st place $50, 2nd place $25, 3rd $10
Tully Community Branch, July 5th @ 2pm
Edenvale Branch, July 18th @ 6pm
Hillview Branch, July 19th @ 3pm
Santa Teresa Branch, July 21st @ 3pm
Cambrian Branch, July 25th @ 6:00pm
Evergreen Branch, July 26th @ 4pm
Final Competition: Prizes 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50
Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm
Join us for the grand finale of Teen Talent Show 2012 at the Almaden Branch Library.
The first and second place winners from our local contests will compete for the honor of becoming the San José Teen Talent 2012. Come early and bring your family and friends to cheer on your favorite talent!