August is Audio Appreciation Month! Celebrate this event by checking out various audio book and music titles at your library! Here are a few recommendations for children and teens.
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The library has audio book versions of many popular titles shown below in audio compact disc format.
Children's Audio Books
Harry Potter* by J.K. Rowling
One of the most popular fantasy series about a young wizard named Harry Potter. Harry attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and makes new friends, learns new magic spells and goes on a quest to defeat the dark wizard Lord Voldemort.
The Chronicles of Narnia* by C.S. Lewis
Another popular fantasy and adventure series about various children exploring the mysterious and mythical world of Narnia.
39 Clues* by Various Authors
A series of intriguing adventure stories written by today's popular authors such as Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis and more. These audio books will engage readers by combining card collecting, reading and online gaming.
Teen Audio Books
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel* by Michael Scott
Sophie and Josh are caught up in a deadly struggle between two rival alchemists over the possession of an ancient and powerful book containing the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
A moving, paranormal romance story about Grace and a mysterious wolf that often watches her from a nearby distance. Later, Grace discovers a wounded boy near her home and makes a shocking discovery that this boy is that same wolf in human form.
Maximum Ride* by James Patterson
An exciting adventure and science fiction series about six genetically enhanced children being imprisoned in a laboratory. Eventually, a sympathetic scientist helps them escape and they use their special abilities to survive on their own.
Besides compact disc, you can also download audio books to your digital audio player, including your iPod, smartphone, or home computer via OverDrive Digital Library or MyiLibrary. Using your digital audio player, you can transition or navigate to other chapters of the book without having to change discs. Here are a few recommended digital audio book titles:
Children's Digital Audio Books
Artemis Fowl* by Eoin Colfer
A popular fantasy and action series about a young master criminal named Artemis Fowl. Artemis gradually develops his moral character as he works with the fairies to help defeat enemies and save the world.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians* by Rick Riordan
A young boy named Percy Jackson discovers that the legendary Greek Gods still exists and goes on an adventurous quest to prevent a devastating war between the gods.
Teen Digital Audio Books
Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins
In a post-apocalyptic world, a powerful government called the Capitol selects a boy and a girl from each district to participate in an annual televised event called the "Hunger Games", where they would fight each other to death. However this time, both participants defy the rules and face dire consequences.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa, a young warrior lives in a world where some people are born with unique special skills called "Graces". Katsa however has a dreaded skill of killing and in this adventurous story, she goes on a journey of self-discovery and redemption by trying to save her land from a depraved king.
In addition to audio books, the library also has a substantial collection of new music CDs and downloadable new eAudio and eMusic for all ages! Please see a librarian at your library for more details.
Once again we are offering a FREE Singing Class for 50 plus Vietnamese Seniors 50 or older. Learn how to read music and practice singing Vietnamese songs. Sheet music will be provided by the instructor, Thanh Tran, a volunteer and social worker from County of Santa Clara. No prior experience in singing is required. Class takes place every Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 PM at Tully Branch Library.
Lớp học hát miễn phí cho người Việt cao niên mỗi chiều Thứ Tư 5:30-8:30 PM tại thư viện Tully. Mỗi học viên sẽ được chọn hai bản nhạc và giáo viên sẽ cung cấp bản nhạc miễn phí. Ghi tên tại lớp vào ngày khai giảng. Không cần phải có kinh nghiệm.
Willow Glen Library is offering a variety of fun events for kids and families as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, "One World, Many Stories." Our special events are scheduled for Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. Already we've enjoyed the magic and puppetry of Tony Borders and Latin American music from Colibri, shown in the video clip. If you missed these, don't despair; there are several more exciting events coming up! Mark your calendars for:
World Craft Day, Saturday July 2 at 2 p.m. Make a paper flower, an origami rabbit, a Chinese fan, and other crafts from around the world!
Monsters of the World craft and story, Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m. Hear a folktale, make a paper collage monster, and learn how monsters can be found in folktales throughout the world.
All events are free. See you there!
The theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Celebration is One World, Many Stories! Starting June 18th, your local San José Public Library location will be having special events to celebrate.
Childhood is a great time to start learning a second language (or continue exposure to a first language). In the month of June, the San Jose Public Library will offer several performances that give you the opportunity to be entertained, while immersing your child& in Spanish.
This bilingual (Spanish / English) show will include songs, stories, music and fun for children age 1-6.
Aztec Pinocchio with Caterpillar puppets
This show tells the story of Maldo the Magician and how he brings to life his little marionette boy, using a butterfly for a heart.
This bilingual performance will take place at:
Hillview Branch Library on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 6:30pm,
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library on Thursday June 23, 2011 at 3:00pm,
Dr. Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library on Saturday June 25, 2011 at 2:00pm,
Colibrí, Spanish for hummingbird, is a duo that presents lively, interactive musical journeys through Latin America. Using an exciting array of traditional folk instruments, Lichi Fuentes and Alisa Peres create a bridge linking children in the U.S. with those in the Spanish-speaking world.
You can enjoy the music of Colibrí at:
Willow Glen Branch Library on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 2:00pm
Almaden Branch Library on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 3:00pm
Dr. Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 2:00pm
The San José Public Library also offers a variety of Spanish/English bilingual books for children and parents to enjoy. Here are a few favorites:
On Saturday May 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm Opera San Jose will be presenting their One-Act Touring performance of Hansel and Gretel at Vineland Branch Library. This condensed version of Engelbert Humperdinck's classic opera will feature fully costumed singers with live piano accompaniment. Children will get a positive experience of an art form that may be new to them. The production lasts approximately 45 minutes, including 10 minutes for Q&A.