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Posada de la Comunidad - Community Posada

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 6:00pmPosada
martes, el 10 de diciembre @ 6:00pm

To celebrate the Holiday Season, the Biblioteca Latinoamericana and the Washington United Youth Center invite you to the annual Posada de la Comunidad (Community Posada).  The entire community is invited to participate in this traditional Latino event with entertainment for the entire family.  There will be holiday music, singing, Mexican Folkloric dancing, face painting, arts & crafts and refreshments.  Children and teens will receive a gift book while supplies last. 

This free special event is co-sponsored by Los Amigos de la Biblioteca LatinoamericanaWashington United Youth Center - Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and other community groups.

young people looking at gift books
La Biblioteca Latinoamericana y Washington United Youth Center (El Centro Juvenil) les invita a La Posada de la Comunidad anual para celebrar las fiestas navideñas.  Acompañanos a nuestro evento latino y tradicional con diversiones  para toda la familia.  Habrá música navideña, canciones, baile folklorico mexicano, pintura de la cara, manualidades y comida.  Los niños y los adolescentes recibirán un libro como regalo mientras no se agoten.


Este evento gratuito y especial es patrocinado por el Washington United Youth Center - Caridades Católicas del Condado de Santa Clara, Los Amigos de la Biblioteca Latinoamericana y otros grupos comunitarios.

Chalk Art at Joyce Ellington Library

image of Luna Park Chalk Art Festival flyerFor the past three years, The Luna Park Arts Foundation and Luna Park Chalk Art Festival have hosted a chalk art workshop at Joyce Ellington Branch Library. The event will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2013 in anticipation of the actual festival itself to be held on the last day of summer, September 21, at Backesto Park just 2 blocks from the library. The festival is now in its 6th year and going strong.


Chalk art professionals will once again be at Joyce Ellington Branch Library demonstrating techniques they use in street painting (aka chalk art) and 3D art. This is an event that will be taking place while the library is closed on a Sunday, but since it will involve lots of chalk dust and artistic rendering on the sidewalk and on the surface of the library parking lot, this is not a bad thing!  The first half of the workshop will be a presentation on techniques in the art form and then participants will be able to get down and dirty with some hands-on chalk art themselves. Everyone is welcome, but most of the instruction will be aimed toward ages 10 and up.


These events increase the social capital of the community and we’re lucky to be connected to part of this local neighborhood tradition. Come check it out and support local art! For more information on the Chalk Art Festival, visit their website.

Posada de la Comunidad - Community Posada

Biblioteca Latinoamericana and Washington United Youth Center will present the annual Posada de la Comunidad on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  


The entire community is invited to participate in this traditional Latino event, with folkloric dancing and other entertainment.  Refreshments, including delicious buñuelos will be provided free of charge.

Children and teens will receive a gift book while supplies last.  


This special event is co-sponsored by Los Amigos de la Biblioteca, Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, RW Garcia Co., Brenda Lopez Folklorico Group, Grupo Folklorico Yolotly Guerrerente, Antonio Avalos, and other community groups.


Would you like to learn more about the celebration of Las Posadas?   Here are some books that you and your children may enjoy:


Uno, Dos, Tres Posada book coverNight of Las Posadas Book Cover The Night of Las Posadas, written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola is a story about a community preparing for and enacting their yearly Posadas celebration.


Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada! Let's Celebrate Christmas, written by Virginia Kroll, and illustrated by Loretta Lopez is a story about a family preparing for a party at their house and welcoming the guests.


Carlos, Light the Farolito, written by Jean Ciavonne and illustrated by Donna Clair is another story about a Posadas procession with many fascinating cultural details. 

Family Open House ~ Casa Abierta Para Familias

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Now that school has started again, this is a great opportunity to find out what your neighborhood library, Joyce Ellington Branch (491 E. Empire St., San José, CA) has to offer to kids, teens and their families at our Open House event on Tuesday, September 25th from 6pm - 7:30pm.


Come join us in a fun and educational night with a craft activities, games, prizes, information on homework resources,  goodies and more!


For more information, contact the Joyce Ellington Library at (408) 808-3043.




Ahora que la escuela ha comenzado de nuevo, esta es una gran oportunidad para descubrir lo que su biblioteca vecindario -  la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington (491 E. Empire St., San José, CA) tener para ofrecer a los niños, los adolescentes y sus familias en nuestro evento de Casa Abierta - el martes, 25 de septiembre de 6pm - 7:30pm.


¡Están invitados a una noche divertida y educativa con manualidades, juegos, premios, información sobre los recursos para ayuda con las tardeas, gololsinas y mucho mas!


Para más información, contacte la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington al (408) 808-3043.

Scan Jose Bridges New Technology With Historical Information

screenshot of www.scanjose.orgGrab your smartphone and get ready to learn about the history of San Jose!  


Thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant and about a year's worth of hard work, we've created three walking tours of downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your feet! 


Go to to see images from our California Room Collection while standing at the locations that the photographs were taken. Think of it as a time machine in the palm of your hand!


There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.


Don't have a smartphone?  Come join us on September 10th at 11:30 for a group tour using smartphones and iPads to take A Walk Around the Plaza!  We will meet in front of the Art Museum - 110 S. Market Street.  I'll be there and I hope you will too!

Valentine’s Day Is Coming Soon!

Book cover of If You'll Be My ValentineChildren, teens and families are invited to come to the Edenvale Branch Library to create Valentine’s Day cards on Friday February 11 at 4:00 PM. Supplies will be provided.


Here are some cozy Valentine’s Day books that young children may enjoy:


Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine written by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka. Several animals and a little boy give special valentines to the ones they adore.


If You'll Be My Valentine  written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka. A little boy gives special handmade valentines to those who are important to him.


Valentine Mice!  written by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by Doug Cushman. Several mice deliver valentines to the other animals in the forest.


If you enjoy these books, check out the websites of authors Sarah Weeks and Bethany Roberts, and illustrator Doug Cushman.