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3590 Cas Dr.
San José, CA 95111
Plenty of fun and spooky events await you this month at a library near you.
Create creepy creatures out of felt to scare your friends just in time for Halloween!
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.
Join us to decorate a Halloween Treat Bag. Pick up a few yummy treats while you're here!
We'll have a Halloween craft, carnival games, a haunted house, a costume contest and parade. Don't miss out!
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.
A storytime and craft program featuring Halloween themed stories and making Flying Ghosts.
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!
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
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.
Do you remember when you were a child and the box your toy came in was more exciting than the toy? I remember creating rocketships and race cars, homes for my stuffed animals and advanced thing-a-ma-jigs. The sky was the limit and that piece of cardboard could become anything my imagination dreamt up! Imagination is a vital piece of healthy childhoods and it’s important to let our children play without limits to their creations.
The Imagination Foundation was inspired by one child who took his imagining to another level; creating his own cardboard arcade. Cain’s Arcade became known around the world and this nine year old brought about a movement of creative play. The Imagination Foundation launched the Global Cardboard Challenge, which fosters creativity, play, and imagination in children. Children from around the world are challenged to take cardboard, paint, and any other supplies and create whatever their imagination desires.
We here at SJPL are firm believers in the power of imagination and understand the importance of play. That’s why we’re hosting the Global Cardboard Challenge at some of our branches this week. Bring the kids and let them explore and create!