There are many outstanding classic films that have been either nominated or have won academy awards in the near or distant past. Which films are some of your all-time favorites? One of my favorites is Casablanca.
San Jose Public Library has the books that inspired the films.
Here are some of the films that were awarded for best picture:
You are cordially invited to visit with Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk: a Story of War and the Life That Follows, at Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 AM.
In this free author visit, Brian talks about his being in combat and the difficulties he experienced when he returned home. Q&A follows his talk.
"Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team-his brothers-would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered, or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.
"When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor's guilt that he terms The Crazy. His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book immerses the reader in two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror and excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within — the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off." — siliconvalleyreads.org
As Brian states: "I initially wrote The Long Walk for my children, four sons, now aged 14 to 3. I was not the father I could have been following my return from Iraq, and I needed to explain my experience — my post-war anxiety, my fears, my actions in combat that haunted me daily, my adrenaline-fueled need to run every day — to both myself and them. I needed to get down in writing, as best I could, what it feels like to come home from a war. I didn't expect a catharsis or cure, simply a record." — siliconvalleyreads.org
Listen to an excerpt from The Long Walk:
Celebrate the upcoming birthday of beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss! Special Dr. Seuss Birthday Parties will be held at several San Jose Public Library locations in early March. Kids will enjoy Seuss stories, Seuss-themed crafts, and other activities.
Dr. Seuss, author of The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and more than 40 other children's books, was born on March 2, 1904. His birthday coincides with the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, and many schools and libraries are holding special events to celebrate both.
Fun fact: Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, used the pseudonym Dr. Seuss for books he both wrote and illustrated, and the pseudonym Theo LeSieg for books he wrote that were illustrated by others. LeSieg is Geisel spelled backward! Find titles by both Theo LeSieg and Dr. Seuss at your local library. For all things Seuss, visit seussville.com -- and come to the library for a birthday celebration!
Do you want to include native plants in your garden for beauty, habitat, and sustainability, but don’t know where to start?
Come to this free talk by Rebecca Schoenenberger in the Program Room at Almaden Branch Library on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:00 PM.
Rebecca's gardens have been featured on the Going Native Garden Tour.
Learn about easy-to-grow native plants — trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals — for the home garden.
Night Catch tells the story of how a soldier whose work takes him half way around the world finds a way of staying connected with his young son: they play catch using the North Star! It "is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion."
Brenda will talk about how the book was important to her family when her own brother was deployed. Afterwards there will be a craft where children will be given the opportunity to create thier own night skies.
Don't let the tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.
Donate a new or gently used dress today!
Donations are currently being accepted through March 3, 2013.
Stop by one of the following branch libraries to make your donation:
For a full list of participating locations click here.
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China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and Malaysia celebrate the lunar new year.
Koreans call "Seollal(설날)" for the lunar new year day.
Here is the informative video for "Seollal."
Koreans count their age from conception and base it on the lunar year. Korean babies are officially one years old when they get born.Korean babies are officially one years old when they get born. Korean babies are officially one year old when they get born, and Koreans will not use the 1st of January as the day when they get older, but the first day of the lunar new year (which is usually in early February).
Bayarea Lunar New Year Event
San Jose Public Library Collections
Lunar New Year Crafts in San Jose Public Library
The practice test lets you become familiar with the SAT test and the ACT test, giving you more versatility (how’s that for an SAT or ACT word?) than other students.
The test lasts about 4 hours and will be proctored by Kaplan. Half of the test will cover the SAT, and the other half will cover the ACT.
The practice test will be followed by a review session at Almaden Library which parents and students may attend on Wednesday, February 6, at 6:30 PM.
Pre-Registration is required for this practice test.
You may register by calling 1-408-808-3040 or by visiting the Information Desk at Almaden Branch Library (open Wed 11-8, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-6).
If you know anyone who might like to take the practice test, please pass this message along.
And if you can't make this live practice test, you can prep for the tests by using these free online resources provided by San José Public Library (Library Card required):
Check them out and best wishes on your testing success.
Ahoy Matey! Do you have a little one who just loves pirate stories? Well, there are some excellent pirate children's picture books for pre-schoolers to 1st graders. Mary Quattlebaum has an excellent tale about Mean Mo, the mightiest girl pirate ever, and Bad Bart, the baddest boy pirate in the world, who meet to compete to see who is the greatest in Pirate vs Pirate. The two pirates meet only to find that they are equals and that they "like" each other. God forbid! A union of pirates, but that's for another tale.
Another tale equally appealing, is The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. A beloved pirate family sail into a lazy seaside town to the amazement of its neighbors. "Who are they?" they wondered. The pirate family was certainly different, and they did things that nobody else did. The town soon learns that though they are different they are still lovely family.
The third tale is This Little Pirate by Philemon Sturges. A spin-off from the rhyme "This little piggy," this story takes place on a deserted island where two groups of piggy pirates discover a treasure chest. The battle that ensues batters both sides until a truce is called, and both sides open the chest to discover party supplies of food and musical instruments. A light-hearted tale, This Little Pirate is sure to delight your little one.
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
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