The performance was a huge hit with a large audience of all ages, as was the post-play conversation where the professional actors answered questions from the audience.
Some audience members were parents and children who are interested in theatrical arts training. Shakespeare on Tour is the outreach arm of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, which offers interested parties various Bay Area Shakespeare Camps for children ages 4-18 at locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Shakespeare camp provides training in:
For more information, feel free to call 1-415-558-0888 or visit the website: www.sfshakes.org.
The Almaden Branch Library is pleased to host a "Holiday Concert" Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with the acclaimed South Bay Guitar Society Duo (Ben Zussman and Jerry Snyder). Many holiday selections and a sing-along will be presented to bring in this joyous season. This event will be held in the Almaden Library's program room.
Join us at the Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. for an exciting adventure with Aladdin, the most popular legend from "The 1001 Arabian Nights." Watch as Aladdin thwarts the evil sorcerer, discovers the magical lamp, befriends the powerful genie, and saves the princess. Traditional music and intricate costumes showcase storytelling from ancient cultures of the Far East. Utilizing dramatic staging, The Fratello Marionettes present this magical tale as it has never been seen before. This event will take place in the large Community Room of the Almaden Library/Community Center.
The Harry Potter series has been chosen by the children at Almaden as their favorite. In the past month or so, we had our own election of sorts, and we have just tallied our results. The numbers are in: Harry Potter received 14 votes out of the 120 titles entered. Children were asked to nominate their favorite titles: some nominated up to 5 titles. Of the top five, the other titles are: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Hunger Games, Swindle, and Geronimo Stilton. Only one title is a single title, Swindle, by Gordon Korman. Here is the run down:
Harry Potter 14
Percy Jackson 12
Hunger Games 10
Geronimo Stilton 7
Happy Reading! If you haven't tried one of these titles, perhaps you may be enticed to try one, since so many children have read them and can attest to their quality. One caveat: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Lightning Thief) and The Hunger Games are considered teen titles in other words for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Partners in Reading (PAR) is the adult literacy program of the San Jose Public Library. Following is some information for new volunteers and for adults who need help with reading, writing, communication, and computer skills.
Imagine that you could not read a medicine label. What problems do you think might happen as a result?
Consider becoming a volunteer tutor to help change someone’s life, quite possibly your own. Become a volunteer tutor and work with an individual or a small group to tutor basic literacy skills. The next orientation and training begin on March 13, 2013. The 90-minute orientation is followed by two all-day training sessions at the King Library on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23.
The next learner orientation for adults who want to be part of PAR’s regular tutoring program for basic literacy will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Learners need to be over 18, live or work in San Jose, read or write below the 9th grade level, and be able to make a 6-month commitment.
For information about any of these opportunities and to sign up, please call (408) 808-2361. You can also find out more about Partners in Reading by visiting us online.
Many excellent and very good condition books with a Christmas or Holiday theme will be featured at this timely book sale. This popular book sale will be held in the Almaden Library/Community Center, (6445 Camden Ave., San Jose) on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
Please note: the library is closed on Monday, but the Community Center is open. This Christmas book sale will be held in the hallway leading to the library's entrance (just outside the large community room). This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Almaden Library.
Join the Almaden Community Center Staff at our Annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 8, at 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon in the Almaden Community Center.
The morning will begin with a tasty breakfast and seasonal arts and crafts.
Then we will be joined by Santa where pictures will be available for purchase. We will provide the photography and frames for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
We will end with a special gift from Santa.
Note that there is a charge of $10 for this event. Each child must be accompanied by a registered parent.
This program is intended for children ages 1½ years old and above.
Please call (408) 268-1133 to register and for more information about this event.
If you have an account with San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Online Registration Web Site (you can create an account from this page), you can also register for Breakfast with Santa online here.
The play's creative plot, involving two sets of couples whose romantic intentions are further complicated and confused by their encounters in an enchanted woods, is readily appreciated and enjoyed by people of all ages.
This professionally-directed 55 minute show, performed in Shakespeare’s original text by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, is suitable for the whole family and will take place in the spacious Community Room of the Almaden Library and Community Center.
This touring production travels with a cast of professional actors in costume, with set, props, and recorded music. At the conclusion of the show, they will stay to take questions from the audience.
Don't miss this special free treat of live theater in a comfortable neighborhood setting with ample parking.
Everyone is invited to attend the History Book Club at Almaden Branch Library, which next meets at the library on Wednesday, November 21, at 5:00-6:00 PM.
Note: The library closes early at 6:00 PM on November 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
For the November meeting, the Book Club is reading In the Garden of Beasts : Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson:
"The saga of an American father and daughter who in July 1933 suddenly found themselves, and the rest of their family, transported to the heart of Hitler's Berlin. The father was William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered history professor from Chicago who, much to his surprise and everyone else's, was chosen by Roosevelt to be America's first ambassador to Nazi Germany; Dodd's daughter, Martha, was 24 years old and came along for the adventure, and to escape a dead marriage. At first this new world seemed full of energy and goodwill, nothing like what newspapers back home had portrayed. But slowly a pall of intrigue and terror fell over the family--until the cataclysmic weekend that changed them all forever." (eriklarsonbooks.com)
Join us at Almaden Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM!
Following an "Heavenly" storytime about the planets and stars (5:00-5:30 pm), we will go outside to the staging area to enjoy a dramatic view of the night sky (6:00 - 8:00 pm). Members of the San Jose Astronomical Association, with their huge telescopes, will help us view Jupiter, Saturn and other celestial bodies. Dress warmly, it may be cold outside.