Back2School Returns With A Creative Vibe...

vintage chalk board with "Back to School" wording and 1 stick of chalk

We are in this together!

Children, parents, caregivers, educators, library staff, community agencies, and adults everywhere are making choices, decisions, sharing plans, and having conversations:  Is it safe to go back to school?  Can children transmit the virus?  Will my child be able to learn in a peaceful space?  Let's pause right here, and let's pivot too!  Will you reimagine Back-2-School with me?  Cool!  Now, let's take this journey together.

Check out the links below for additional Back-to-School resources including the SJPL Family Learning Centers (FLCs) "Back2Cool" Speaker Series during the month of August, and a host of great books to read and share with others!

Upcoming Back2School Events

Back2Cool Speaker Series - Join the FLCs during Community Connection Hour (CCH) Every Thursday in August from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.

Insight from our guest speakers will enhance our richly diverse community with meaningful dialogue, tools and resources! Our goal is to build awareness of all the many opportunities and support available to children, families and adults as we begin our Back2Cool journey together! Please join us to expand your skill set with key strategies, resources and tips to deepen home-school connections so your child thrives in school and beyond.

Engaging Booklists for All Readers

Let's Practice "Back2Cool"

This year has been a challenge for work, school, and families…trying to hold it all together.  Yet, from that challenge came some unexpected change- distant learning created space for parents to share in their children's struggles and discoveries!  Now parents know what their children do all day in school ♦ and teachers know how to help students learn better.

Remember: Your San Jose Public Library Branch make it possible for students and families to continue learning, even when school isn’t in session (summer, winter break, etc.). Visit Our SJPL Student-Help Page

Let's practice "C.O.O.L." this Back2School!

  • Courageous: Distant Learning was tough, but I know you can do it!  Have a great first day of school!  You got this.

  • Optimistic: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

  • Open-minded: "Renewing your mind requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling”

  • Learning: Learning is a life-long adventure!  It can be frustrating at times, but it can also be incredibly enriching.  Learning will help you grow and learn from your mistakes.


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Submitted by Larita Kemp on Tue, 08/03/2021 - 11:01 AM


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Thank You for this valuable informational blog! Love the Acronyms! Courageous Optimistic Open minded Learning !

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