Remember hockey? Yeah, I do too! I know many of us Sharks fans are disappointed beyond words about the NHL Lockout, but we are also a resourceful bunch, and will find other things to keep us busy. Here is my list of things you can do to occupy your time when you would normally watch a game:
The library has it all whether you are a history buff, want to read about your favorite player, or are sharpening your own skills on the ice. One of our newer titles, Hockey’s Greatest Stars: legends and young lions, profiles some of the greatest players in NHL history as well as new hopefuls.
For those new parents who are wondering, “How do I possibly introduce hockey to my child in a meaningful way? Especially if they can’t even stand up to ice-skate?” The library is your source for early literacy through hockey. Christopher Jordan’s My First NHL Series includes Hockey ABC and Hockey Animals.
Go to a hockey game
Support the San Francisco Bulls inaugural season by attending one of their games at the Cow Palace. The Bulls are part of the ECHL and are an official affiliate of our SJ Sharks. They recently traveled to the South Bay to play a game at The Tank and brought in over 12,000 hockey fans.
Support local hockey
There is still hockey going on! Check out Sharks Ice where youth and adult leagues are still on the ice. Take lessons, join a team, or even try out one of their drop-in hockey afternoons.
Support local businesses
Without more than 17,000 fans hitting the streets of downtown San Jose several times a week, many local businesses are feeling the effects of the lockout too. Come downtown and visit your favorite eats, bars, museums and retail stores.
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Are you trying to squeeze in some last minute gift-shopping for a child in your life? I may be biased since I'm a librarian but the best gift you could give a child is a really great book.
On Christmas Eve, my family always exchanged gifts and when I was 9, I was given a copy of Stuart Little by E.B. White. I spent most of the next day curled up on the couch immersed in the world of that little mouse who was adopted by a family and went on some great adventures. What a wonderful memory for me.
All children should have books of their own to keep and to read over and over. According to research studies, the number of books in the home is one of several factors directly connected to reading achievement in kindergarteners. Books to own don't have to be expensive. Many schools have programs for purchasing inexpensive paperback copies of books. And the Friends of the Library always have lots of gently used books at great prices for children of any reading level.
If you need help selecting a great book for a child, check in with us at the Library and ask for some recommendations.
Aside from Stuart Little - which is about at third grade level, here are a couple more of my favorites. Can't You Sleep Little Bear? - by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth is a sweet book for a preschool aged child about a little bear who needs a very special night light.
I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Willems is a beginning to read book so hilarious, you'll be laughing out loud the whole time you read it. Elephant and Piggie are an unlikely pair of best friends, but they are so much alike and so very silly.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a book that will grab the attention of any middle-schooler no matter how much they say they don't like to read. A boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash and must make it on his own in the wilderness. This book is short and the story is so compelling, you can't put it down!
So even if you've finished your holiday shopping, get one more present for the child in your life - make it a book - and make it a holiday tradition!
Seven Trees Branch Grand Opening
January 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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Do you enjoy reading and discussing what you read? If the answer is yes, the Edenvale Book Club is the club for you!
The next meeting is on Wednesday January 9, 2012 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 PM in Meeting Room B at the Edenvale Branch Library.
The January book selection is Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan.
This book is available in the following formats:
All are welcome to attend.
Have you ever wondered what the top ten adult fiction and non-fiction book titles are most frequently checked out each month from the San Jose Public Library? Well, here’s a selection from the top titles for November. I’ll post these monthly so you can see what your fellow library users are reading!