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Teachers! Let San Jose Library Help You Implement the Common Core Standards!

Classroom teNoveList Plus logoachers, school administrators, school librarians and support staff will be happy to know that San Jose Public Library has online help available as schools implement the Common Core Standards. One of our databases, NoveList Plus, offers detailed lessons on how to use engaging non-fiction texts to lead students to extract relevant information from their reading and apply that information in a number of ways (the basis of many of the Common Core reading standards). NoveList Plus provides Common Core Connections, a special feature in which each lesson:

  • Provides three annotated titles matched to the subject and text complexity for the grade
  • Includes two standards-based questions and at least one question comparing two or more of the books
  • Cites the applicable standard making it easy to connect these to your larger lessons
  • Offers suggestions for related resources in NoveList

Check out this invaluable resource!


If you are accessing this feature from home, CLICK HERE, then, on the "Books and Literature Resources" web page:

  • Select NoveList Plus (the second choice)
  • Key in your name, library card number and PIN
  • At the NoveList Plus home page, select "Common Core" on the right side of the page under "Professional Resources"

For a two-page overview of all the features of NoveList Plus that can help teachers address Common Core standards, CLICK HERE.


NoveList also offers a blog for teachers, "Kids & Books", written by school and public librarians on a number of issues related to the teaching of English/Language Arts. The August blog "Back to School" offers a handful of articles full of advice and inspiration as we set out on the new school year. CLICK HERE to read the blog!

Pete G. Magic Show at the Almaden Branch Library

Pete G. Magic ShowMark your calendars.  We are pleased to have the Pete G Magic Show at the Almaden Branch Library on August 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Pete will amaze and entertain both young and older alike. This program will be held in the children's area of the Almaden Branch Library.

Zinio is Here!

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Zinio allows you to enjoy the complete digital editions of some your favorite magazines for adults, teens, kids, and Spanish language readers.  You can checkout as many magazines as you want with no holds or due dates.  Plus, you can be sure you are reading the latest edition of your favorite magazine since new issues are available right away.


With Zinio, you can read your magazines anytime, anywhere, either on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.


*Please note you will create a total of 2 accounts; a Library Collection account to check out magazines; and a Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps.


*Most magazines can be read in browser, some however, require you to download Zinio Reader 4 & Adobe Air. (These magazines will indicate if you need the Zinio Reader).

New Russian Collection (Новая руccкая коллекция) at Calabazas Branch

Russian book's coverRussian book's coverДорогие пользователи нашей библиотеки! Новое, реконструированное отделение - Сalabazas Branch Library, открывшееся недавно, ждет вас! 


На полках нашей библиотеки представлен большой выбор новых книг как для взрослых (в печатном формате и в MP3 форматах), так и для детей.  Замечательная книга воспоминание Веры Прохоровой о Рихтере, интересный детектив актера Андрея Мягкова, новые книги Марининой, Устиновой, Донцовой доставят вам много радостных минут.


Увлекательные кино и сериалы на DVD ждут своих зрителей. Пoжалуйста, посетите нас как можно скорее!

Posted by Nina Petrova on Jul 25, 2013 | Comments: 0 |

Kids Activities Database: San José Beyond the Bell

Are you looking for after-school, summer and other activities for your children?


San José Beyond the Bell is a FREE tool that helps you support your children by linking them to out-of-school time programs and resources across Silicon Valley.


You can find activities for your child among the following categories:


- Academics

- After school care

- Community service

- Creative arts

- Dance and performing arts

- Language and multicultural education

- Music

- Science and technology

- Special needs

- Sports and recreation

- Vocational training and internships


Age groups run from pre-school through high school. This site lets you search by location, zipcode, and keyword, and lets you limit your search to "programs with financial aid available or free of charge."


Check out San José Beyond the Bell.

Posted by Michael Sarhad on Jun 22, 2013 | Comments: 0 |

Dan Chan the Magic Man @ Almaden Branch

Magician Dan ChanJoin us for a special performance by magician extraordinaire Dan Chan at Almaden Branch Library on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM.


Dan will be performing in the giant Community Room at the Library.


Dan's passion is creating original presentations and routines.


Not merely a simple magician, Dan masters more than most, promises more than expected, and delivers more than hoped.


He has been called "an intense, three-ring circus rolled into one man" and for good reason.


We hope that you can join us for this special treat!

Family Learning Center New Materials

Family Learning Center is introducing Reading Explorer series to ESL learners of San Jose Public Library. Reading Explorer is a six-level content-based reading series featuring pictures from National Geographic to help develop reading and vocabulary skills for all learners. The six volumes are ranking from low-beginning of Reading Explorer Intro to advanced reading in Reading Explorer 5. Each volume has 24 reading passages and are divided into units. Reading passages cover a wide range of real-world topics related to culture, science, social studies, travel, and adventure.


I like this reading series and strongly recommend to English learners.  The set does motivate real-world content with photographs to help develop learners’ understanding of the wider world in which we live. Reading Comprehension activities cover essential reading skills and question types commonly found on standardized tests. Vocabulary Practice activities and Vocabulary Builder boxes present and reinforce high-frequency vocabulary items.


Reading Explorer Intro book cover Book cover of Reading Explorer 1Book Cover of Reading Explorer 2 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 3Book Cover of Reading Explorer 4 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 5


About author from Amazon's Editorial Review: "Paul MacIntyre earned his MA in TESL from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been an ELT professional for over 20 years. Paul has teaching experience in Japan and the United States, and as an editor participated in the development of numerous ELT courses for classrooms around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to various major course book and testing programs. For National Geographic Learning he is proud to have authored Reading Explorer 2, Reading Explorer 4, and most recently Pathways Listening and Speaking 4."


Hope you enjoy the series and please don't hesitate to send Chieu, the Family Learning Center central selector, a comment or suggestion.

Doris Dillon Author Series - José-Luis Orozco Performing at the Almaden Branch Library

Jose Luis OrozcoJosé-Luis Orozco is coming to Almaden Branch! You are invited to join us for a performance by this popular bilingual musician. A book signing will take place after the performance. Books and CD's will be available to purchase through the Friends of the Library. The event will be on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Almaden Branch Library.


Mr. José Luis Orozco is an award winning children’s book author and bilingual educator. He wrote De Colores, Diez Deditos and Fiestas. CD's accompany each of these colorful books to present a collection of latino songs, rhymes, lullabies, and holiday celebrations. More recently, he wrote Rin Rin Rin Do Re Mi. Mr. Orozco brings the rich heritage of Latino traditions and culture to bear in his musical performances. Young and old will enjoy his music. Please join us in this wonderful event.



Vengan a disfruta con nosotros para una presentación especial del Sr. José-Luis Orozco el jueves, 6 de junio a las 3:00 pm en la Almaden Branch.


Por muchos años, el Sr. José Luis Orozco ha deleitado a los niños y sus familias en diferentes lugares de todo el país con su presentaciónes musicales. Como un premiado autor de libros para niños y educador bilingüe, el Sr. Orozco trae un espectáculo musical único de canciones y música que tiene ráices en las tradiciones y la cultura Latina con un ambiente bilingüe para que todos lo disfruten.


Invitamos especialmente a las familias con niños pequeños al esta maravillosa presentación musical.

Career and College Pathways

Dear 2014 College Students and High School Graduates,

 graduation hat and book  

graduation hat and book 

Congratulations on your success!


Did you know that the San Jose Library has resources that can help direct you toward the next step in your career or college pathway?


  • Try the Learning Express Library to practice college entrance tests over the summer or use it to practice career entrance exams.  (To access this service you need a library card and pin number, and will need to set up an account the first time).


Still need help? Call your library or come to any branch of the San Jose Public Library and ask to talk to a librarian.


Book Trailer Contest

Have a book you really love? But are tired to telling people what's it about? Then why not show them? Make a book trailer and enter your video in the San Jose Public Library's book trailer contest to win prizes!


Need some inspiration for your video? Check out the book trailer I made for The Maze Runner by James Dashner right here:&


Think you can do better? Sumbit your video to youtube and tag it with SJPL2013SRC and cite any images, audio, pictures etc, that isn't yours.


Check this link for rules, regulations, and more information about the contest (and Summer Reading!):


Good luck to you all, and may the odds be ever in your favor!