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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! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors:
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, a project led by Prevent Blindness America. The group hopes to educate parents and other gift shoppers through awareness efforts all throughout the month. The rate at which children are being checked into ERs due to choking, eye injuries, or even poisoning is astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of children have undergone unnecessary injuries due to poorly made items and misuse of toys as quoted on meditab.com.
In this holiday season, purchasing age-appropriate Toys helps ensure children’s safety.
San Jose Public Library Resources on Safe Toys and Gifts
San Jose Public Library Programs on Safe Toys and Gifts
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.
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)
The Day of the Dead = El Día de los Muertos is a fun bilingual (Spanish-English) book written and colorfully illustrated by Bob Barner and translated into Spanish by Teresa Mlawer. A family celebrates El Día de los Muertos by honoring their ancestors in traditional ways. Happy skeletons can be seen on some of the pages.
Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration written and illustrated by Richard Keep is another fun book for young children and families. This delightfully illustrated book is from the point of view of the visiting skeletons. The back of both of these book have a nice descriptions of the holiday.
Partners in Reading has two new classes. If you are an adult, think about taking these two classes. They start in January, 2013 and will meet two times a week for 90 minutes each on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the King Library.
Contact PAR for orientation information and to sign up. The classes will be from January 8 to April 4, 2013. They will give you a lot of practice so that you can be a more independent writer. You will be confident that what you write is correct and easy to understand. You can sign up for one or both classes. Call (408) 808-2361 to find out more.