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teenTakeovers will be popping up at SJPL libraries all over the summer and they are looking for the best of the best. Bring your fidget spinner skills, your bottle flipping expertise, or your encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture to the library and compete against your friends to prove that you are the best. Then work with your fellow teens to do even better because you’re competing with teens all across the city. The teenTakeovers are a fun part of our Summer Reading program for teens. Each event will include a number of events selected from a list created by librarians...Read more...
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Play, Learn and Grow Together
These fun and simple activities are just one way to help develop your child’s pre-reading skills. Pick and choose or try them all! Visit event.sjpl.org to find library programs and events near you! June 1: Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge at your nearest branch! June 2: Identify the different sounds you hear June 3: Share nursery rhymes June 4: Name the shapes you see in the clouds June 5: Name the different animals that live on a farm June 6: Paint with water outside on the ground June 7: Talk about libraries and how to take care of...Read more...
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Summer is the perfect time to find some fun books to read at the beach, in the park, or just in your backyard.Read more...
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With our Summer Reading Challenge just around the corner, now is a great time to find books for the whole family. Here are a few authors who write for both adults and children. David Baldacci Check out these suspenseful novels for adults or children by David Baldacci . Adult Fiction Children's Fiction John Grisham Grisham is author of The Firm and other legal thrillers. Try these titles. Adult Fiction Children's Fiction More in the Theodore Boone series James Patterson Creator of the character Alex Cross , some of Patterson's novels have also been adapted into movies. Adult Fiction Children's Fiction...Read more...
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Book cover: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
"The Most Massively Useful Thing" Any fan of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy knows that a towel is "the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." In hitchhiker slang, someone who is really amazingly together is someone who "really knows where their towel is." Why are towels so important? See the online Earth edition of The Guide . The first Towel Day was conceived in May 2001, after beloved Hitchhiker’s creator Douglas Adams tragically died of a heart attack at the age of 49. A fan's post in an Internet forum proposed Towel...Read more...
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In the month of May we observe Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month . This year, the San Jose Public Library has held celebrations at Village Square and Seven Trees Branch libraries. The purpose of this observance is to honor the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to our nation’s culture and progress. Image: The program cover for the libary's Asian/Pacific American Heritage Celebration on May 12, 1990. The program was designed by librarian June Hayashi (first director of the library's Partners In Reading program) and myself. Image: Contents of the program show a timeline of the day's scheduled...Read more...
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GOOOAAAALLLL! We're excited to announce that we've once again teamed up with the SJ Earthquakes to help you ENERGIZE during this year's Summer Reading Challenge . The Earthquakes will be hosting a series of five storytimes at your San José Public Library where there will be plenty of opportunities to meet some of their players. Story Time with the San Jose Earthquakes Vineland Branch - Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm East San Jose Carnegie Branch - Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm Santa Teresa - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm Willow Glen - Tuesday, July...Read more...
San Jose Public Library Book Trailer Contest - film strip image with 'play' button
San Jose Public Library invites teens who are 12 - 18 years of age and registered in the Summer Reading Challenge to put their creativity into action by developing a book trailer that will be engaging and exciting to viewers. Teens should create a video book trailer for a young adult book. Use special effects, animation, music, etc. to engage viewers and make them want to read the book. Requirements and Guidelines Please follow the below requirements and guidelines for SJPL’s Teen Book Trailer Contest. Your Book Trailer Should Intrigue and interest readers Last no longer than 2 minutes Include...Read more...
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Libby is still the same OverDrive you love, just friendlier! If you keep an eye on this blog, you might remember that we introduced OverDrive's new app (still in the beta testing stage) in January. Libby is available in addition to the regular app with which you may be familiar. Now that the app has been available for a while, I'd like to point out some of the features that I think are really cool. Do you get tired of logging in every time you want to look at your account in the OverDrive app? That's not a problem with...Read more...
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Do you love YA fiction and want to talk to everyone you meet about the newest books you've read? The San Jose Public Library system is home to great YA book clubs where you can do just that, including Santa Teresa Branch's club , The Never Ending Readers! The Never Ending Readers is a club created by two of Santa Teresa's Staff, Samantha and Laura, who love talking about YA books. This club is for both teens and adults who love to have fun. They meet on the last Friday of every month from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Some of...Read more...
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