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Edward de Bono, who was a physician, author, inventor and most importantly - the originator of the term Lateral Thinking wrote several books on decision making process. The most famous is Six Thinking Hats. Another good book by him is Creativity Workout: 62 Exercises to Unlock Your Most Creative Ideas. His books are simple, logical and easy to understand.
I would like also to suggest a couple more books from the library's collection on the same topic:
Most little girls have a few things in common… their favorite color is often pink and they may be obsessed with Princesses… especially the Disney princesses. What better way to encourage young learning readers than to tap into their favorite things? If you have a young princess at home she may enjoy one of the many Disney Princess easy readers we have available at the library like What is a Princess by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg and The Sweetest Spring by Apple Jordon. Of course, just because they are starting to be able to read on their own doesn’t mean your children won’t want you to read with them anymore. Longer Disney picture books like Princess: A Read-aloud Storybook will be perfect for parent and child bonding time.
Chicago: A Novel, is a very interesting fictional story of Egyptian students who come to attend the University of Illinois Medical School. The book is set in today's world, and the students must navigate the American dichotomies of openness and competition. How much assimilation should the characters allow themselves? The often painful history of Chicago is included, juxtaposed with commentary on modern Egyptian life and psyche. The book is very helpful to understand the upheaval going on Egypt in early 2011.
I adored The Glass Castle! The story of the Walls family is so painful, it's funny. Jeannette's narrative of her life is so cleverly written. Life with her two sisters, one brother, alcoholic father, and unrealistic mother is always an impoverished adventure. They begin in the desert, living off the grid in fear of getting caught by their father's phantom pursuers. They spend a greater part of the second half of the book in rural Appalachia, struggling to get by and put enough food on the table. But after many years of living under the oppressive tyranny that is their father, one by one the kids break away from the only life they've ever known to make something of themselves in New York City. It's also amazing that these kids, who have struggled in poverty their whole lives are so brilliant, striving to defy their parents and gain respect with their sharp intellects and determined work ethic. Jeannette's memoir is so touching and inspiring, everyone should read this amazing story.
Drip, Drop is a fun story written by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by Jane Manning. On a rainy night, a mouse named Pip Squeak is kept awake by rain water dripping in through the ceiling. He frantically puts various objects around his home to catch the water. Rhyming and repetition make this book a great story for early readers, and a fun read aloud for younger children. Another delightful book written by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by Jane Manning is Pip Squeak, a sequel to Drip Drop. Check out Sarah Weeks’ website for more information about the books she has written.
If this is what you said when you received a Barnes and Noble Nook for Christmas, then this is the post for you! First, what is a Nook? It is a device mainly used to read eBooks. For all of the details about the Nook, go to the Barnes and Noble website.
So now you’re probably wondering, how do I get eBooks on this thing? Luckily it is not too hard to do. The library’s OverDrive catalog has a large variety of fiction and non-fiction reads for both adults and children.
For more information about how to use OverDrive, the help page is extremely useful.
(Please note, this information is for the original Nook, not the Nook color. This post is only about the Nook because the author uses one; other devices for reading eBooks are also awesome to use with OverDrive!)
Whatever one might say about our local economy, one thing is for sure ... it is in constant change and transition. There is a new database that is especially designed for those seeking a new job, Career Transitions, and it has been added to the San Jose Public Library collection of databases (located in the Research section). This great resource is from Gale Publishers and it will take you through a job search step by step in a systematic approach. It will help you assess your strengths and interests and help you explore new career opportunities. You can also prepare a resume in six easy steps and download or email it. This is a totally free database, although first time users will need to create an account. If you are looking for that perfect job, you've got to check out this resource.
If you're not familiar with the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, you may think this is a book just for business managers but this program works best when it's applied to all areas of life. Each of the seven habits is described in this book, using examples from both the work world and home life. If you're getting ready for the new year and want to make this the year you get organized and get things done, without working every minute of every day, this is the book for you.
First our regular preschool storytime scheduled on Thursday mornings will be changed to Bilingual Storytime (English & Spanish) for preschool aged children and their families. This is an excellent opportunity for families to teach their children both English and Spanish languages by participating in a bilingual storytime. Storytime participants will be listening to wonderful stories, singing songs, and doing fingerplays in both languages.
Bilingual storytime (English & Spanish) for preschool aged children will be scheduled on a weekly basis on Thursdays, starting January 6, 2011 from 11:30am-12pm (noon) at the Hillview Branch Library.
Also, starting on January 2011, Hillview Branch Library will offer Inclusive Storytime on a monthly basis.
The first one will be on Wednesday, January 12th, 11:30am-12pm.
And others are scheduled for Wednesday, February 9th and Wednesday, March 9th at the same time.
At Inclusive Storytime, we offer a safe and supportive learning environment where children with special needs can interact with their peers. There will be activities that will engage all participants with different individual learning styles . With the belief that each child is a valuable member of the community, we welcome and encourage participation by all children of different backgrounds and abilities. With such interaction, children come to appreciate and respect differences while developing the social and early literacy skills that are so critical to later success. Children who are learning English are encouraged to attend.
Primero, la hora de cuentos para niños preescolares de los jueves en la mañana va a cambiar a “Hora de Cuentos Bilingües” (inglés & español) para niños preescolares y sus familias.
Esta es una excelente oportunidad para familias de enseñarles a sus hijos el inglés y el español participando en la “Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe”.
Los participantes van a escuchar bellos cuentos, cantaran y harán juegos digitales en los dos idiomas.
La Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe (inglés & español) tendrá lugar cada semana los jueves de 11:30am-12pm en la Biblioteca Hillview.
La primera será el 6 de enero 2011.
También, empiezando en enero 2011, la Biblioteca Hillview va a ofrecer “Hora de Cuentos Inclusivos cada mes”.
La primera será el miércoles, 12 de enero, 11:30am-12pm.
Las siguientes serán los miércoles, 9 de febrero y 9 de marzo a la misma hora.
En la Hora de Cuentos Inclusivos, ofrecemos un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y que brinde asistencia para niños con necesidades especiales. Ellos pueden interactuar con otros niños. Habrá actividades que estimularán estilos individuals de aprendizaje para todos lo que participen. Con la creencia de que cada niño es miembro valioso de la comunidad, les damos la bienvenida y alentamos la participación de niños de distintos orígenes y capacidades. Con esta interacción, los niños llegan a apreciar y respectar las diferencias mientras además desarrollan las destrezas sociales y de alfabetización temprana para el éxito de sus futuros. Hacemos una invitación especial a los niños que están aprendiendo inglés.
The Berryessa Branch parking lot improvement project has been completed and the new lot is open for use. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as this project progressed.
Don’t buy a car, remodel your house, or visit your doctor without first reading Unscrewed: The Consumer’s Guide to Getting What You Paid For by Ron Burley. The book is “a practical guide to getting what you paid for from uncaring, unscrupulous, and unavailable companies, including the government, through the creative and legal use of technology” (description from the publisher, Ten Speed Press). Included are sixteen true stories about average people who got positive results by using the techniques discussed in the book. Author Ron Burley explains why companies don’t treat you fairly, and what you can do about it; how to avoid the voicemail trap; and how to get customer service representatives to pay attention to you.
Burley worked as a broadcast journalist for fifteen years before launching and selling three small companies. For more information about him, check out his web site.
Just in case you think this is another book about how to write a polite letter to a company that has victimized you, it’s not. It’s a book for consumers who are ready to assertively (but not aggressively) take charge of getting what they’re entitled to.
Stories, songs, culture, and fun in chinese and English.
In this funny story about bedtime routines, Cornelius' mother asks him, "Did you put away your toys?" He answers yes. The amusing picture shows that he did put away his toys (in the refrigerator.) Cornelius P. Mud Are You Ready For Bed? by Barney Saltzberg demonstrates that a feisty little piggy still needs a hug from his mother before he can really be ready for bed. You can also follow Cornelius' further adventures at school.
One night the Good Knight is keeping watch from the castle’s “crumbly tumbly tower” when all of a sudden he hears a very loud roar. The Good Knight hops on his horse and “clippety- clop, clippety clop” away he gallops to investigate. He soon discovers the roar is coming from a dark cave. Inside are three little dragons who cannot sleep. The chivalrous knight offers to help even though his patience is tried by many requests from the demanding little dragons. A sweet solution is finally reached and everyone finally says, “Good Night”. Beginning readers will enjoy the humor, repetition, brief sentences and the word play on “Knight” and “Night”. And of course everyone loves to read about dragons ! Also check out the equally charming sequels by Shelley Moore Thomas: Happy Birthday, Good Knight and Get Well, Good Knight.
Well, let me tell you a bit about SCORE...
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nationwide non-profit organization partnered with the U. S. Small Business Administration. SCORE's experienced executives provide free counseling to folks starting their own business and to existing business owners. The counselors are dedicated, trained volunteers who have experience in various industries such as retail, tech, and non-profit. SCORE also offers great low cost business workshops and seminars.
So, if you are thinking about starting or growing your business SCORE can help. Check them out they have an office in San José as well as throughout the Bay Area.
The New Year is coming soon and you may be considering New Year Resolutions.
In 2007, I made a New Year's Intention - resolution was too much for me to commit to - to read one book a week. In that year, I didn't read 52 books but I did read significantly more than I had in the year before. In that year, I rediscovered my love of the novel and the joy of sitting still for an hour or two and losing myself in someone else's world. Here are a few of the novels I've enjoyed and I hope that you might get an "intention" to read more for pleasure as well...
The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling. The story of a bookbinder's wife who falls into the profession and also falls in with some unsavoury aristocrats. Dora Damage is trapped in a situation beyond her control by the constraints of Victorian society. It was a really great read but sadly the author of this novel died shortly prior to publication and so we won't get to enjoy another book like this one.
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. The story of Thomas Builds-The-Fire, who picks up that famous guitar that Robert Johnson purportedly sold his soul for. The guitar turns him into a genius musician and he forms a band with some friends and acquaintences. But that guitar exacts a serious price for the sweet sounds it emits and all of them suffer for it.
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant. The courtesan, Fiammetta Bianchini and her dwarf assistant, Bucino, are the main characters of this story set in 16th Century Rome and Venice. Fiammetta is known for her long, golden hair but during the sack of Rome, she is very nearly scalped and she and Bucino escape to Venice. She calls upon a blind healer, La Draga, who she knew as a child and gradually heals and recovers her former beauty upon which her livelihood rests. But La Draga has secrets of her own and Bucino sets about to find out what they are.
We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle. A great collection of speculative fiction short works that range from a collection of poems inspired by the Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the title work about a news reporter who can change reality merely by saying it is so.
So Happy New Year and Happy Reading from me to you!
Have you ever wondered where all of the words came from that lie, mostly unread, in our dictionaries? Have you ever made the mistake of asking your teacher that question? That's what Nick Allen does on the first day of 5th grade, in the book, Frindle, by Andrew Clements. And, as expected, Nick has to deliver a report on dictionaries and how words are added to it. Unexpectedly, Nick takes up the challenge. He decides to change the name of a pen, Pen, to Frindle. It starts slowly in 5th grade, but gathers steam until the entire school is using the word, then the other schools in town, then the stores, and the parents and teachers, and then a newspaper picks up the story of Frindle...
So what words do you think need to be added to our dictionaries? Can you think of any words that have been added since you were born? I have seen "Compact Disk," "Laptop," and "Cell Phone," among others, added in just the past couple of decades. Language is fluid and growing, and we all have a right to add to its richness. That is the major message of Frindle. So take up the challenge, look for the next library to host a Book Adventure on Frindle, and learn how fun words can be.
If you have gently used books or movies lying around the house and no longer read or watch them, why not donate them to your local library? (sorry no computer books, textbooks or magazines) Not only can your donation be used as a tax write-off, but the proceeds of the sale of the donations are used toward programs held here at the library. Bring your donations in soon and be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, January 8 when the Santa Teresa Library will be holding a booksale from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Judy Yung, the author of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, was invited by San José Public Library and the San Jose State University's Cultural Heritage Center to come to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on October 5th, 2010 to present her book and researches on Angel Island. Click on the these links to watch Professor Jochim introducing Judy Yung, and Judy Yung's Lecture on Angel Island.
Once upon a time, Italy produced elegant, ambitious films; Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love is very much in this tradition. The patriarch of a wealthy Milanese family dies, setting off a struggle among his grandchildren for the future of the family business. Their mother, played by Tilda Swinton, has a secret life that may either be her liberation or her downfall. The film features spectacular cinematography, beautiful costuming, a soundtrack by Bay Area composer John Adams, and has a 79 percent rating at Metacritic.
Time Magazine has named Mark Zuckerberg as 2010 Person of the Year. Zuckerberg is the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. To learn more about Zuckerberg , read or listen to The Accidental Billionaires: the Founding of Facebook: a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich.
The Social Network is a recent movie about Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook. There's a lot of buzz going around that it maybe a nominee for Golden Globe and Academy awards. The DVD is on order for the San José Public Library System, and it will soon be available for checkout.
If you're new at using Facebook, you could ask a kid for help--or come to the library to find some books on how to use it!
Beatrice doesn't like books and she hates to go to the library. Find out what makes this very reluctant reader change her mind. Beatrice Doesn't Want To was written by Laura Numeroff of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fame.
As we all know, San Jose is a pretty huge city...The 10th largest in the nation, in fact, with a population of over 1 million residents! With so much area and population, naturally the city is divided into various geographical regions. As a San Jose native, one of the things I've always loved most about this city is the rich diversity and character of these distinct regions and neigborhoods, yet also the unique traditions that unite us as a city, whether it's rooting for the Sharks, taking the family to Christmas in the Park, or the simple little things like enjoying a burrito with orange sauce at La Vic's.
West Valley Branch Library is proud to be a part of San Jose that is typically dubbed West San Jose, which is just a stone's throw from Santa Clara, Saratoga, Campbell, and Cupertino. West San Jose is primarily residential and very culturally diverse. This is reflected in our library's collection, which features various materials in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and several Indian languages. Wow! While West San Jose doesn't boast the hustle and bustle of downtown or the historically-rich attractions like Japantown or Willow Glen, we are grateful to have such an excellent community of people living in neighborhoods, learning at schools, playing in parks, and working together in businesses on our side of the city.
West San Jose makes up most of San Jose's District 1, which is represented by city councilmember Pete Constant. The District 1 site is full of great information about current events, resources, and organizations available in our district, and Councilmember Constant holds open office hours to the public on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at our library. Hooray for West San Jose!
Image: Community tree-planting at Hathaway Park in West San Jose, courtesy of District 1's Flickr.
Although I’ve only worked with Canon SLR cameras I love how Scott Kelby provides advice applicable to both Nikons and Canons in his book, The Digital Photography Book, but best of all, all the tips are transferable to any level of photographer and camera.
Kelby has worked with many professional photographers and provides basic principles to reach the next level with humor embedded in his lessons to keep his readers remembering.
There are some Photoshop tips offered in the book; however, the emphasis is geared towards getting the best shot possible thus minimizing any additional post editing to the pictures.
Getting the results that you like can be tricky, but photography should be enjoyable and fun. Kelby says that not every shot will be perfect, but that’s all part of the learning process. Hey it’s digital right? Snap, snap, view, and if you like you can keep it, if not then delete it.
Without a doubt this book is a great recommendation for those budding photographers out there. After reading this book you won’t be disappointed. It might even inspire you to read his second and third volumes.
The City of San Jose in partnership with the Office of Councilmember Madison Nguyen present Operation Prom Dress 2011. This is the third year in a row that Ms. Nguyen has led the effort to collect prom dresses for junior and senior girls to wear to their high school proms. The 2009 drive brought in over 300 dresses and in 2010 over 800 dresses were collected.
Donate a new or gently used dress at participating Libraries and Community Centers between 2010 December and 2011 April 4.
Just a reminder that Tutor.com’s Live Homework Help will be closed on New Year's Day. It'll be back on January 2, daily, from 2 PM until midnight, in both English and Spanish; help in Vietnamese is available daily from 4 to 7 PM.
Steampunk. What is it? It is a subgenre of Science Fiction, a place where the past and the future come together. Imagine the technology that powered the Nautilus in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In 1987, in a letter to Locus Magazine, the author J.K. Heter coined the term Steampunk to describe the "gonzo-historical" fiction that he and several other authors had been writing. But Steampunk has grown in the 20+ years since then to encompass so much more. It is a fashion style, an aesthetic, even musical groups have formed based on this idea of the future that never was. This is a rabbit hole, make no mistake, but if you wish to investigate further, strap on your goggles and top hat and jump in with me!
Music: Abney Park is *the* name when it comes to Steampunk music. They've been playing as a steampunk band since 2006 and I am told put on quite a show. They all created steampunk personas which they portray in their concerts and this video of Airship Pirates gives you a look/feel for the group.
Dr. Steel also puts on a great show and has an evil mastermind sort of persona. He is embarking on a world domination plan involving YOU if you decide to become one of his "Toy Soldiers". Weird and Fun, all in one!
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing produced a collection of music available for download, CD and on a limited edition recorded wax cylinder! If you give them a listen, you'll find they put the emphasis on PUNK in Steampunk!
Movies: You have probably seen a few of these titles and if you haven't you can pick them up at the Library. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen brings a collection of famous characters ranging from Dorian Grey to Captain Nemo together to save the world.
The Golden Compass, based on the novel by Philip Pullman, takes on many steampunk themes from airships to an alithiometer - a device which allows you to tell the real truth on any situation.
Books: A really compelling read in the genre is The Glass Books of the Dream-Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist. A young woman stumbles upon a cabal of evil socialites bent on taking over the world using a technology that allows them to steal memories and store them within books made of glass and a mysterious blue clay. From a dissolute prince to an assassin named Cardinal Chang for the red leather great coat he wears, the cast of characters never ceases to amaze and amuse. The intrigue and suspense keep you on the edge of your seat and make it hard to put this book down!
Steampunk is definitely a DIY aesthetic and the library has a couple of titles that might help you get started in creating your own steampunk outfit. Steampunk-style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings by Jean Campbell shows several one of a kind pieces and gives you a head-start on how to create your own.
For the past few years, a group of steampunkers have been publishing an online magazine titled, Steampunk Magazine. This magazine is available for download and features fiction, poetry, commentary, DIY instructions and patterns. If you are looking for a place to start, Steampunk magazine is your go-to.
Why would you be creating a costume? To create your own steampunk persona! There are groups of folks who meet-up in costume and in character and have a grand old time together! There are conventions and other events where Steampunk reigns supreme. In the Bay area, look for the big steampunk convention, Wild Wild East on March 25, 26 and 27. The San Jose Steampunk group is the St. Clair Aeronauts whose personas include a crew of an airship that delivers letters.
Who knows? The newest Steampunker could be you!
I recently checked out the Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. As part of the permanent collection of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, this is the only Museum in North America that is hosting the display. It was a wonderful exhibit and featured many famous pieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s A Dance in the Country. If you get the chance, visit this exhibit; it runs until January 18, 2011.
If you are not able to enjoy the art face to face, there are many books in our collection about many of the impressionist artists featured in the exhibit. We have over 80 titles about Vincent Van Gogh, but here are books about various exhibits. There is also an extensive collection about Paul Gauguin's work. And for those who would missed the first exhibit at the De Young, there is a book version of the exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay.
Mac and Cheese, by Sarah Weeks,tells the story of two friends, both cats. Macaroni likes to eat and play. He swims, pounces, bounces, sings, and chases mice. Cheese does not like to do any of those things. Macaroni asks Cheese what he likes to do. What do you think Cheese tells him? Beginning readers will have fun learning about friendship as they read and enjoy the pictures in this book.
Ready for some puppet fun? The Edenvale Branch Library will host “Puppet Making for Families,” a delightful interactive program for children aged 3 to 7 and their parents/caregivers on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Can’t make it to this event? The San Jose Public Library System has plenty of puppetry books that can be found in the online catalog.
Here are two to explore:
Prepare for the upcoming SAT and ACT Exams by checking out our latest SAT and ACT exam resources in print and electronic formats:
Peterson's Master the SAT 2011 by Phil Pine
"Master the SAT" provides a wealth of test-taking strategies and helps students prepare for the SAT with extensive reviews and nine full-length practice tests--including three on the accompanying CD--to help sharpen math, writing, and critical reading skills.
SAT 2011: Strategies, Practice, and Review by Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan's study guide offers proven, practical tools to score higher on the SAT, including four full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations, one full-length practice test online, student group study guide, and more.
SAT Advanced: Your Only Guide to a 2400 by Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan’s SAT Advanced is the perfect guide for students who are serious about gaining an edge on the competition and getting a perfect score on test day.
Princeton Review's Cracking the ACT by Geoff Martz
Cracking the ACT offers proven techniques from the test prep experts. Includes two full-length practice tests in the book and exclusive free access to an additional practice test online.
CliffsNotes ACT Cram Plan by William Ma
Whether you have two months, one month, or even just a week left before the exam, you can turn to the experts at CliffsNotes for a trusted and achievable cram plan to ace the ACT - without ever breaking a sweat!
ACT Strategies for Super Busy Students: 15 Simple Steps by Kaplan, Inc.
Offers test-taking strategies broken down into fifteen steps, covering english, math, reading, science and writing, and features advice on time management and a full-length practice exam with answers.
Note: First time users will need to create an account.
Feel free to ask a teen librarian at your local San Jose Public Library Branch if you have any questions about the SAT or ACT exam preparation resources. Good luck!
Living near the ocean in Santa Cruz County and I know several guys who are a lot like the main character in Don Winslow’s compelling novel, The Dawn Patrol. Boone Daniels is a San Diego Private Investigator who works only when he’s low on cash. His real passion is surfing. To put it mildly, he’d rather surf than work any day. He and his sun-bronzed buddies (known as the Dawn Patrol) are all about fun in the sun, shapely women and catching the next mega wave. So when an attractive lawyer approaches him about finding a missing exotic dancer who is scheduled to testify in an insurance case, he reluctantly takes the assignment (he’s low on cash). Soon the dancer’s best friend is found dead and Boone knows this can’t be a coincidence. As the plot thickens, the reader is plunged into the seedy underbelly of sunny San Diego and the ride is fun and intriguing. The San Francisco Chronicle nicely summed up the book stating: “The Dawn Patrol might be the best summertime crime novel ever . . . A classic . . . If you haven’t read Winslow yet, get to it. He’s epic making good, brah.”
Did you miss the Live105 the Not So Silent Night concert at HP Pavilion? Phoenix is one of the bands that performed and has albums available on Freegal. Freegal allows you to listen to as many tracks as you desire in their inventory, and download three tracks per week for free! The most popular tracks that can be heard on the radio from Phoenix are "Lisztomania" and "1901."
Thinking of a warm and balmy Christmas where the trees don't lose their leaves or the frost doesn't nibble at your toes (at least on Oahu) or you can lie out on the beach? Hawaii might be the answer!!! If you don't like the warmth, Hawaii might still be the answer. Olympic skiers like to practice on top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Yes, Hawaii has snow and some of the best skiing around! Go once for the warmth and twice for the snow! Hana hou!
Oahu has a beautiful Christmas display in downtown Honolulu by the mayor's residence, Honolulu Hale. Hale means house in Hawaiian. I remember an annual display where religions with a December holiday had their own area to display their special decorations including displays for Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. During December, I also remember running (actually walking!) in a Holiday Fun Run with my co-workers; I dressed as a present and sang holiday songs. I worked with a very musically ambitious group of people when I worked in Hawaii. Every Thursday at lunch, we would walk around in Waikiki from hotel to hotel. We would play the ukulele and sing holiday songs in the lobbies to entertain guests. Actually, we did this all year, but it was especially enjoyable around the holidays when all the hotel lobbies were decorated with holiday cheer!
Family is very big in Hawaii. In Hawaii, the whole ohana (grandparents, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.) celebrate the December holidays during two weeks of fun. But in Hawaii, the bigger holiday is New Year's! Because of the large Japanese-American population, New Year's is a big holiday with fireworks, food, and making mochi. On New Year's Eve, families make mochi (rice cakes) and serve special new year's food like red fish and New Year's soup. Broke 'da mouth (pidgin English for "delicious".) All of the traditions relate to getting luck in the new year. At the strike of 12am on New Year's Eve, everyone sets off fireworks (when it was legal.) I remember people setting off 50,000 to 100,000 strings of fireworks! Wow, you couldn't hear yourself think at 12am! In Hawaii, no one watches Dick Clark's New Year's Eve show!
Anyway, when you go to Hawaii during the holidays, there are a lot of "local" things to see outside of those luaus, beaches, or the Polynesian Center. Hang out with the locals and check out what the locals do! For a general idea of travel in Hawaii, check out our Hawaii guidebooks.
Gerald cannot stop sneezing. And when an elephant, even a baby one, is sneezing LOOK OUT! What if he is allergic to pigs? After all, his best friend is Piggie! What is he to do? Gerald decides to visit the doctor. He continues sneezing. Is he allergic to cats now too? Read Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems, another of his delightful Elephant & Pig gie books, to find out what is wrong with Gerald.
David E. Sanger, one of the most respected journalists of our time, has authored an informative and at times riveting work, The Inheritance: the World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power. In this powerful work, Sanger has broken through the secrecy and the governmental double-speak to tell us how we got where we are today and the choices this leaves the Obama administration. This work gives the reader inside information that will at times surprise and sometimes shock, yet Sanger has framed it all in language and a literary style the layman can understand and appreciate. In short, this work is one of the most important contributions on American politics and international relations in recent years and for those who want to learn more about the challenges our nation is currently facing, The Inheritance is an essential must read.
Give Laurie Notaro's An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List a try! This book is filled with chuckle worthy stories about holiday horrors such as December shopping, awkward family get-togethers, and taking her Nana out to buy gifts!
The library sadly doesn't have An Idiot Girl's Christmas yet, but does have four other books by Laurie! Happy Holidays!
Anchee Min’s remarkable Pearl of China is a loving and moving tribute to Pearl S. Buck. In this fictional account of Buck’s early years in China, a young Chinese girl, Willow Yee, befriends Pearl and they form a strong emotional and spiritual bond. Min’s literary style, with its emphasis on the inherent dignity and strength of the Chinese peasant, harkens back to the literary style that made Pearl S. Buck an internationally acclaimed author and a Nobel Laureate.
The Ultimate Gift: The Ultimate Gift movie is such a heart felt and loving story. It starts out with a young man who comes from a privileged life. He hears of his grandfather’s death and at the reading of the will, he is surprised by receiving the prize of “the ultimate gift.” Having a rocky relationship with his grandfather he is perplexed by this “gift.” After accepting this present, he is taken to the middle of nowhere to work on a ranch. When he returns back home he finds every bit of “wealth” has been taken away from him. The rule of the gift is through this journey to find “one” true friend. This movie was a great example of personal growth and teaches us what really matters in life.
Attention all singers: if you search for "karaoke" in the Library's catalog, you will get 922 records. Many genres of music are represented, and most of the karaoke is in Vietnamese (yes, that's right - the karaoke itself is in Vietnamese). The newer CDs have their songs listed, so give it a try, superstar!
Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?, written by Lisa McCourt and illustrated by Cyd Moore, is a fun book to read to children before the first day of school or any other time of the year. An imaginative boy is looking forward to starting kindergarten. While walking to school with his mom and their dog, he asks his mom several questions about what kindergarten might be like. Lisa McCourt has written many books about the little boy with the goofy nickname “Stinky Face.” Check out her website for information about her other children’s books. Cyd Moore’s website has information about the children’s books she has illustrated.
Do you like gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses? If the answer is yes, you may enjoy The Little Cookie, written by Margaret Hillert and illustrated by Donald Charles. This easy to read version of the Gingerbread Man folk tale includes reading activities and a list of the 48 simple words used in the story.
In honor of Teen Tech Week, March 4-10, 2012, it’s time to “Geek Out @ your library”
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1st Place: Some Random People(SRP)
Some Random People (SRP) was formed in the summer of 2010, born out of a common musical interest and love for classic rock. This year brings them into a new phase. They have started working on original music and have never been more excited about their future.
2nd Place: Asyla
We are Asyla, and we enjoy writing and composing hard rock and indie music. We enjoy long walks
on the beach, and candle lit dinners under the sunset. We are inspired by 80's aerobic workout videos. As a group we strive to play music that people will love. And we enjoy Karate.
3rd Place: Theseus
Theseus is a progressive rock band who writes songs featuring many metre changes as well as extended instrumental sections. Their influences include Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Muse, and Radiohead.
If you are a fan of Rajnikanth, we have many of his movies at the library. Of course we don’t have Enthiran as yet. It is still running to packed houses in India and so the DVD version will take some time to make its way into our collection. But we have other titles that you might find interesting.
Sivaji (2007): Sivaji (Rajnikanth in the lead role), a U.S. returned software engineer wants to use his fortune to create social reform. But his efforts are thwarted by corrupt officials and undermined by a political strongman. Sivaji uses political blackmail to achieve his goals, but his rivals threaten his fiancée with his death if she doesn't turn over computer evidence which results in his imprisonment. My favorite line in the movie is “Panni than daa koottama varum; Singam single aa than varum” (Only the swine comes in herds; The Lion will always come alone).
Chandramukhi (2005): In this musical comedy, a newlywed couple, Senthil and Ganga, move into an old mansion and creepy things start happening. Who is behind all this: Is it the ghost of the former occupant, Chandramukhi, an ancient courtesan? Or is it the family of Shweta, the woman intended to be Senthil's bride? This movie is also available in Hindi as Bhool Bhulaiyaa with Akshay Kumar in Rajni’s role as a psychiatrist.
Padayappa (1999): There is nothing new in the storyline but its Rajnikanth flair for drama and the intense chemistry between the lead actors that makes this movie watchable. Ramya Krishna is a hot-tempered girl who admires Rajni, but Rajni likes Soundarya. Years later, and Rajni's daughter Preetha falls in love with Abbas, Ramya's nephew. Ramya uses their love affair to settle old scores with Rajni. My favorite line from this movie “En Vazhi Thani Vazhi...” (My way is a different way…)
Annamalai (1992): In this movie, Rajni plays Annamalai, who starts out as a cowherd, and becomes a millionaire by selling milk. It is the story of two childhood friends who fall out then become enemies in the hotel business. About his style of functioning, he has this to say: Naan solrathaiyum seiven, sollathathiyum seiven.” (I will do what I say, I will also do what I don’t say.)
Yes, another blog about children's author Mo Willems. Mr. Willems is well liked by many library employees and I must confess I think he is great also. You can't miss with his delightful Knuffle Bunny series of books and his Pigeon books are so funny. Now Mr. Willems has a new Easy Reader series starring Gerald the Elephant and Piggie, and my favorite in this series is Are You Ready to Play Outside? Piggie wants to go out and play but when it starts to rain she becomes very upset because you just can't play in the rain! Gerald tries to help in any way he can until the two of them learn from some ecstatic worms that playing in the rain can be great fun! If you're looking for an easy Easy Reader for that new reader in your family please try the Elephant and Piggie books. They have simple dialog, great pictures and they are funny too! Now, meet and listen to Mo Willems as he talks about his books and characters:
Attention History Lovers! The History Book Club meets monthly at the Almaden Library. Join us at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of each month. Open to everyone, the club discusses a wide range of history-related titles. Here are our selections for 2011 with the author's name and the title:
Join us each month or just for those selections of interest to you. It's a great way to discover more about the people and events that have shaped our lives.
The Doobie Brothers returned this year with a well-crafted CD under the guidance of long-time producer, Ted Templeman. World Gone Crazy teams original members Tom Johnston & Pat Simmons, along with collaborators Willie Nelson & Michael Macdonald, to deliver a diverse, soulful, rock'n effort. After 40 years together, they still know how to hit the right chords!
The words "cozy" and "winter" just go together. Cozy also goes with mystery as a style of story that you want curl up with. The “cozy” mystery hero is more often a heroine. She may earn a live as a wedding planner, caterer, mobile vet, innkeeper or farmer. Her skills may include knitting, showing pedigreed dogs, or making great coffee. And the motives for a murder remain money (gaining or losing it) and strong emotions like love, hate, revenge, and fear.
You can get more suggestions from our subscription database, NoveList Plus. Use your library card number to access the database from home. Search under the option SERIES using the words “cozy mystery”. And you’re set for the winter.
ReferenceUSA is a business contact database covering 14 million US businesses. Now, you can search using an interactive map. First, click ‘Custom Search’ to get started. Then click ‘Geography’ to see ‘Map Based Search’ as an option. Then, click on ‘Open Map’ to start searching. There’s a quick tutorial to help you get started.
The mapping feature lets you narrow down on businesses within a geographical area, such as a business park (using the ‘draw shape’ option) or using a radius (using the ‘define radius option) from a specific location. Once you have a result set, you can then continue to narrow down your search results by various criteria. You can use more than one shape or circle within a search, also. So you can look for all businesses with a specific NAICS that’s within a ten mile radius of a specific address, for example.
The ‘boundary select’ option lets you easily set up boundaries by zip code, neighborhood, and more.
The ‘drive route’ option lets you set up a driving route from an address to another, and then select businesses that are within that route, give or take a buffer distance. So, you can search for all dry cleaners that are in your daily commute, for example.
You can of course also search first, and then map your search results to the interactive map.
Oui! Well, not exactly Paris, but a taste of it. A new French bakery/cafe named A Taste of Paris Boulangerie recently opened next door to Philz Coffee (at Paseo de San Antonio, between 3rd & 4th Streets). The menu includes pastries, soup, and sandwiches on croissants or baguettes. The two times I've tried the smoked turkey (with Swiss cheese) on a baguette, all ingredients were extraordinarily fresh and delicious. The bread itself was perfectly crispy on the outside and wonderfully light and chewy on the inside. Bon appetit!
Before or after enjoying your taste of Paris, stop by King Library for some books on French cooking, such as:
Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale is a holiday film that’s not really about the holidays. Henri, played by Mathieu Amalric, is a bit of a black sheep and has been banished from his family for several years. When the matriarch of the clan is diagnosed as gravely ill and in need of a bone marrow transplant, the only compatible donor may turn out to be...Henri. A Christmas reunion offers an opportunity for reconciliation, but there are issues to resolve, and boy, does this family have issues. A Christmas Tale also features some excellent performances by the legendary Catherine Deneuve as the mother and Emmanuelle Devos in the role of an unexpected guest who rolls with the punches as best she can. The film has an 84 percent score on Metacritic and appeared on many top 10 lists (152 minutes, in French with English subtitles).
Full Dark, No Stars is Stephen King’s latest and the title is appropriate! These “long stories” are dark indeed, featuring rats, murder, rape, murder, the devil and murder. Each creates a unique world: I thought the creepiest were the first, "1922," (which reminded me of The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption) and "Big Driver," in which a writer of cozy mysteries finds herself a character in an all-too-real work of horror.
At the same time I was reading Mr. King my daughter introduced me to the new AMC series: The Walking Dead; the whole first season is "on demand" on Comcast Cable, but is not out on DVD until March. This series is the real zombie deal, with good special effects, make-up and acting while being character-driven and well-produced and directed. However, the violence and mayhem on the television (heck, I also was watching the 5th season of Dexter - about everyone's favorite serial killer - on HBO which is not yet available on DVD!) while reading Stephen King, who can always be counted on for more than you were bargaining for, created some interesting Thanksgiving weekend dreams. I had to stop everything and watch the Amazing Race to clear my head!
We now have an online subscription to the Silicon Valley/ San José Business Journal. You can read the newspaper exactly as it appears in print including photos, Lists, and Leads. In addition, you can also view the Book of Lists which is a great source for business leads. Our subscription includes San Francisco Business Times and other national business newspapers.
The third installment of "A Day in the Life" continues with a day in the life of a book. Follow a book as it is returned to the library and its journey to being checked out again! Starring Natalie and Candice Tran. Narration, videography and editing by Mark Lorensen. Music provided royalty free by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com.
A Day in the Life of Tully Community Branch Library continues on Saturday, December 11 with this video that not only explores a typical Saturday in the life of the library but also asks customers why they come. Check out the variety of reasons that people love the library!
Has the cold and flu season got you down? If so, you'll feel a lot better after reading the delightful picture book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip Christian Stead. The story is about an elderly man who works at the zoo but always finds time each day for his friends. Amos plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, sits quietly with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhinoceros (who has a runny nose), and reads stories to the owl. Then when Amos gets a cold, his friends miss him, and they leave the zoo and ride the bus to his place to care for him and cheer him up. The artwork portrays the reality that whenever someone is sick the best medicine is always a caring friend.
Jen Lancaster is a popular non-fiction writer who pokes fun at every day life. Each one of her books covers a different era of her life including her childhood, college days and life in the unemployment line. Her quick wit combined with a touch of sarcasm makes each book a quick and entertaining read!
My favorite, Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase , chronicles her life in phases through memorable pieces of clothing.
Interested in more titles by Jen Lancaster? Click here for more titles that the San Jose Public Library owns.
Well, it was another great year of excellent books for teen readers (and adults like me that enjoy reading teen books!). The Young Adult publishing industry is still going strong with an amazing array of high-quality literature, and this year did not disappoint. It can be hard to keep up, but us librarians have got your back. The Young Adult Library Services Association selects 100 books every year for their annual Best Books for Young Adults list. From these books, they create a Top Ten list with their picks for the best Young Adult books of the year. Make some time to catch up with the best of the best for 2010:
It's another interesting batch of fiction and nonfiction, with themes ranging from magic to immigration to survival at sea to vampire comedy to Asperger's Syndrome to colonial Jamestown and much more. (Whoa, imagine if these were all in the same book?) Happy reading and Happy New Year!
Meet astronomer-author David Aguilar as he talks about outer space on Thursday, January 13, at 7:00-8:30 PM in the Community Room of Almaden Library and Community Center!
Special arrangements have been made to have this visit after the library's closing hours. Staff from Hicklebee's Bookstore will be on site to sell David's books, which he will sign at the event.
For more information about David Aguilar, check out his work website.
West Valley has donation barrels for SHFB! They are located in the lobby and will be here year round, not just for the Holidays. Here is a list of basic food items needed:
The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods:
Please avoid donating items packaged in glass. If you find glass items in your barrel, please package them in protective boxes to prevent breakage.
We request that you do not donate bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar. Although we appreciate and can utilize every donation we receive, the Food Bank does not have the repackaging facilities needed to properly distribute such items. Please contact the Donor Hotline at 1-866-234-3663 for details.
Visit their website for more information: http://www.shfb.org/home
Well, I for one will skip the traditional Christmas offerings that prevail at this time of year because, really, there's only so much of George Bailey and little Ralphie that I can take over the years, BUT, if you're into catching a tremendous 2009* film, then look no further than El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes). This legal noir thriller from Argentina is about a judicial investigator revisiting a legal acquaintance he's carried a severe flame for over the years and also revisiting an old criminal case that although essentially resolved, and even this provides some intriguing twists, he's never been fully able to forget the epic tragedies related to the incident. He decides to write a novel based on the case in his retirement, and this is where the episode leads to further developments in the surroundings of his life. Compelling storytelling combined with top-rate performances make this one of the most satisfying movies I've had the pleasure of watching in recent memory. With an estimated budget of around $2 million USD, (likely the catering budget of the latest Angelina Jolie release) this is film making worth talking about and puts the latest Hollywood releases to shame in this critics decidedly personal opinion. Check it out, viewer, you won't be disappointed.
This film is rated R and is for mature audiences.
*2010 Academy Award Winner Best Foreign-Language film
By the early 1920s, Igor Stravinsky had a problem. He had a large family, little income and his homeland was in shambles. Fortunately he had a benefactor in Coco Chanel, famous for her haute couture (but not yet for her perfume). This little known connection, which became very close and had unexpected consequences, has been made into a film now out on DVD. Conveniently, Chanel's earlier life was recently explored in another recent movie, Coco Before Chanel, starring a different actress, Audrey Tautou.
There is some intriguing speculation in Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky as to how the two creative geniuses may have encouraged one another, but the real reason to see this film is the stunning recreation of the debut performance of the Rite of Spring and the uproar which ensued. Music and dance were never the same again.
You can see a clip of the dance scene from the film at the film's French language site (just click on videos) or download a podcast of a recent discussion of a new book, Dreaming of Chanel, from Radio National. You can also listen to a recording of Stravinsky conducting his work at the Internet Archive.
We recently received the newly released DVD Inception. This movie is full of drama and intrigue, as well as spectacular visuals (including a fauborg in Paris folding in on itself). Fantastic performances by an all-star cast featuring Leonardo di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine. Major parts of the story take place in the subconscious and are subject to manipulation-the “ planting” of an idea as a method of International espionage. This is a film not to be missed.
I recently watched the movie Ramona and Beezus and was pleasantly surprised. Joey King stars as Ramona, and Selena Gomez, of Disney fame, as her big sister Beezus. The girls often act like real sisters, arguing and fighting over the smallest problems. Ramona meets her friend Howie’s uncle, deals with a strict teacher and gets a new bedroom. I really liked the scenes that highlight Ramona’s imagination, including a parachute sequence, highflying canyon shots and scuba simulations. Naturally the movie is wrapped up neatly at the end, with an implied happily ever after. Parents will appreciate that this is a strictly G-rated film, and there are no bathroom jokes or sassy/rude kids.
The movie is based on various novels by noted children’s book author Beverly Cleary, including Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Forever. While the movie doesn’t stick to just one book, I hope it is enough to get kids interested in reading Cleary’s books. I think the real reason I liked this movie was that it brought back my childhood memories of reading about Ramona, Beezus and their friends on Klickitat Street.
All our little boy wants to do is sit quietly and read, but his friend Tiger wants attention and will do anything to get it! He growls like a bear, whistles like a train and even yells like the Karate Kid. What's our hero to do to get some quiet so he can read? Why, just Read to Tiger, of course. All ends well in this wonderful sequel to Tiger Can't Sleep by S. J. Fore.
You can now download library eBooks from OverDrive directly on your iPhone, iPod touch, or Android using the just-released OverDrive Media Console 2.0 app. The first version of the app supported the MP3 format. So now, you can also read EPUB eBooks; you can also create bookmarks, and also adjust brightness and font sizes. Using the "Get Books" feature, you can browse the 'Virtual Branch' website, check out titles, and wirelessly download directly to your device. (In upcoming versions of the app, OverDrive promises additional features such as highlighting, annotation, and in-app text-to-speech.)
To search for library ebooks in MP3 or EPUB formats, first visit the OverDrive Digital Library and in the center search area, click on the drop-down menu for "Format" to get started.
OverDrive also promises that apps for iPad, BlackBerry, and other devices are coming soon.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
Come on Saturday, January 8th, to King Library Children's Room to participate in Math Club - K-6 program for kids. During this hour (3-4pm) you will:
See you in our math club!
82 years after his birth and 48 years after the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, the world witnessed a significant and historic milestone in the election of the first American president of color. Join us as we celebrate the continuing legacy of this pivotal figure in U.S. history. For more information about the celebration, call (408) 808-2098. All events are FREE and open to the public.
Feb. 5 (Noon-2 p.m.) – Freedom March
Meet at MLK Library, march will take place throughout SJSU
Participants are encouraged to march while holding a poster/banner representing: Freedom/Liberty, Equality, Justice, Cultural/Ethnic Diversity and Competence, Economical Development and other MLK principles.
Feb. 5 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Resource Fair
MLK Library, 4th St. Lobby
Local organizations will on on-site to hand out information about their services to the community.
Feb. 5 (2- 4p.m.) – Liberation Theology: Critical Need to Revitalize the Black Church
MLK Library, Rms 255/257
A panel will present information regarding the black church during the civil rights movement in comparison with its present status and where it needs to be to reflect the dream of Dr. King.
Feb. 8 (7-9 p.m.) – Relevance of Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” to Churches
MLK Library, Rm 525
A panel will provide extensive dialog regarding the interpretation of Dr. King’s message in his letter to churches regarding empowering congregations to seek justice while on earth.
Feb. 15 (7-9 p.m.) – Dr. King’s Contributions to Freedom, Peace, Equality, Education and Justice
MLK Library, Rm 525
A panel presentation discussing Dr. King’s contributions to and influence on the following areas: freedom, peace, equality, education and justice.
Feb. 16 (7-9 p.m.) – The Role of Students in Advancing Civil Rights
MLK Library, Rm 525
A panel of students recollects the role of students during the civil rights movement.
Feb. 23 (7-9 p.m.) – Dr. King’s Views on Violence, Non-violence and Racism
MLK Library, Rm 525
The presentation will provide an assessment of Dr. King’s perspectives regarding violence, nonviolence and racism.
March 24 (7-9 p.m.) – Dr. King and César Chávez: A Common Legacy
San José Peace and Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José
A panel will examine how the struggles and movements of Dr. King and César Chávez shared common methods and goals towards social justice and equality.
Gaming in public libraries is all the rage, and for many reasons, including the most important one...It's just plain fun! Check out ilovelibraries.org if you're having a hard time making the connection between games and the library. There was even a National Gaming Day held at libraries nationwide last month, with simultaneous video game tournaments and board games enjoyed by all.
We've been hosting gaming events regularly here at West Valley Branch Library for well over three years now, with our monthly Game On! parties for teens and various events for kids and teens during our Summer Reading Celebration and other times of the year. You can join in the fun at our next scheduled event, a Wii Tournament for Kids & Teens on Thursday, Dec. 23 at 4pm in the West Valley Branch Library's Community Room. Many students will be on Winter Break, so it's a great opportunity to get away from some of the pre-holiday stress at the mall or perhaps take a break from those chores or homework projects at home! Play some classic board games or enter the Wii Tournament for a chance to win a prize.
Stay tuned for more gaming events at West Valley in 2011, including another Wii Tournament scheduled for Jan. 19 at 3:30pm. Let the games begin!
Meet Ostrich and Termite, unlikely friends who team up for misadventures in Termite Tales by Kathy Caple. Each of the book's four stories comes with an introduction for a parent to share with their beginning reader and set the stage for what is to come. Despite the sparse text, Caple manages to pack a lot of "story" into these charming and humorous tales. The first page of the book contains tips for helping brand-new readers. For even more fun with Ostrich and Termite, check out Caple's earlier volume, Termite Trouble.
Kevin Henkes and his wife, Laura Dronzek, team up to create Oh! a delightful winter story. After a night snowfall, the ground is covered in white. A squirrel, a rabbit, a cat, a dog, and two children all want to play in the soft snow. This is a nice, simple book for beginning readers. It is also a great read-aloud for younger children. Kevin’s website has information about some of his books as well as coloring pages and other activities.
Americans love tax cuts. If recent polls can be believed, the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for everyone making up to a zillion dollars a year is a wildly popular “compromise” despite the hundreds of billions of dollars it will add to an already huge federal debt. What effect do you think continuing these tax rates at least another 2 years will have on important human circumstances, such as unemployment?
Despite nearly a trillion dollars in economic stimulus and nearly a trillion dollars in cash held by nonfinancial U.S. companies, the official national unemployment rate was 9.8% for November 2010. With the extension of the tax cuts, what do you think this rate will be one year from now, in November 2011?
If you want to guess, just comment on this post and include your estimate. If 3+ people comment, I will revisit the post one year from now to see who forecasted most accurately. By the way, my guess, for what it's worth, is 8.7%. (I hope that next November’s rate is actually much lower than that!)
If you would rather read up on the subject of tax and economic policy before making your estimate, here are some recommendations:
Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class (2010), by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, is a remarkably prescient book especially in light of the recent tax deal, with a chapter titled “Democrats Climb Aboard.” The book is also an enjoyable read despite what could be a dry and somewhat depressing subject. Beginning with our current economic meltdown that barely grazed investment bankers, hedge fund managers, professional athletes, and CEOs, the book argues convincingly that it is mostly political transformations of the past 35 years rather than technological or business transformations that have resulted in historically large income inequality, jobless “recoveries,” bailouts of giant corporations, off-shoring of jobs, ever increasing corporate lobbying, etc. This is a must-read if you want to understand why the Main Street economy and government budgets are in the mess… er, state they are in.
Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy (2010), by Joseph Stiglitz, is a well-written book on the causes and solutions of our current economic crisis. Nobel Prize-Winning Professor Stiglitz writes for the common reader and documents his list of what caused the economic “freefall” that began circa 2008: financial deregulation, Fed and government policies that led to credit and housing bubbles, financial consolidation among several “too-big-to-fail” corporations, etc. The book begins with a lead-up to the crisis, caused by reckless business practices ignored by regulators and enabled by a sense of invincibility due to repeated financial bailouts; continues with the “Freefall and Its Aftermath;” criticizes the response to the crisis by the federal government and the Fed, in such chapters as “A Flawed Response” and “The Great American Robbery;” and concludes with specific solutions to the Great Recession and preventative measures for the future. At least you will know which sound policies will likely be ignored by present and future White Houses and Congresses.
The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (2009), by Robert Scheer, has a somewhat simplistic title that hides a readable, fairly well-documented look at what has happened in tax and economic policies over the past 30 years and the present consequences of these policies. The book makes a case that on the subject of taxes, trade policy, economic regulation, etc., the current President and his 3 predecessors have combined to turn the Reagan Presidency into an 8-term-plus administration. Chapters include “The Clinton Bubble” and “Sucking Up to the Bankers.” That President Obama has surrounded himself with Clinton economic advisers and even brought in the ironically named “Bill” Clinton to sell the high-cost bipartisan tax plan is little surprise to readers of the book.
Other recommended books on this subject include:
Don’t worry: It is possible that trickle-down economics and off-shoring of jobs will finally help everyone this time, as promised.
If you would like to learn about:
Then you MUST read The Manipulative MAN.
Each chapter will empower you with:
Are you tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs in the same old arrangements? Check out the sounds available at your local library!
You could also check out DVDs, including All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan by Kenny Chesney, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Live, and Luciano Pavarotti Live at Notre-Dame: a Holiday Special.
Finally, get ready for caroling with piano and song books. One of my favorites is Christmas Joy for Piano: Piano Solos, including such favorites as “Jingle Bells”,” Deck the Hall”, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Another choice, which includes guitar chord symbols, might be Carols for Children. Come check it out at your local library!
Elizabeth Gilbert decide empezar de nuevo y emprende un largo viaje que la llevará sucesivamente a Italia, la India e Indonesia, tres escalas geográficas que se corresponden con otras tantas etapas de búsqueda interior. Este libro es la historia de esa travesía, en la que la autora descubrirá el placer sensual de la buena mesa y la buena conversación (la dolce vita romana), la paz interior alcanzada mediante la meditación en Bombay y, por fin, el deseado equilibrio entre cuerpo y espiritu en Bali. Come, reza, ama trata de lo que occurre cuando decidimos ser artífices de nuestra propia felicidad y dejamos de intentar vivir segun los modelos que nos imponen.
This charming story of a peddler, lots and lots of caps and a tree full of mischievous monkeys has become a treasured classic. Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina continues to appeal to generations of children since its first publication in 1940. Monkeys, hats, silliness, suspense, drama and a surprise ending make this book fun to read and share. The crisp illustrations are handsome and timeless. Read Caps for Sale just once and you will find yourself wanting to read it again and again and again. Also, check out the sequel: Circus Caps for Sale.
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? by Mo Willems is a great book for kids who are learning to read. Cat the Cat introduces us to all of her friends like Mouse, Duck, Fish, and to a special new friend at the end of the book. It is a good book to share with a beginning reader as it has many words that are repetitive and also basic words like cat, fish, etc. It uses many words that sound similar and the illustrations are not complex. Try looking for the pigeon, he’s seems to pop up when you’re least expecting him. Also check out this great presentation by the author.
This book is slightly comparable to the 2006 movie The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Two women who have had devastating occurrences happen to them decide to trade “lives.” It is about the friendship between Jesse and Erin. Jesse is a freelance writer living in Manhattan and Erin is an Inn keeper still living in Willow Creek, AZ, the town where they both grew up. Jesse proposes the idea to trade places for six months. During their time in each others lives they discover the grass isn't really greener. In this novel you begin to root for the strong heroines. By trading places they find themselves. This novel will take the reader through many different phases in these women’s lives. Overall this was a wonderful and uplifting book.
This is the time of year when folks show their love and appreciation for friends and family by buying them gifts! Ah, the spirit of the holidays! If you are like me, I tend to get carried away this time of year and spend way too much money. This is the best time to learn some new budgeting skills or refresh the skills you already know about but ignore. Plus, you'll be in good shape to start the new year fresh and not in debt. Also, check out this really cool free online budget tool, Mint.com
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Stone Soup by Marcia Brown is probably my favorite fairy tale. The book is based on the old French tale about soldiers who trick miserly villagers into making them a feast. The story has a very satisfying ending. Unfortunately, unlike the fairy tale I did not feel so jolly after making and eating my own version of stone soup when I was five.
Don't throw that old t-shirt away; make it into your new fashion statement or something completely different. Generation T has a couple of books out that will help you turn that old shirt into a hot new style. Can't afford those trendy screen-printed shirts and canvas bags at the local boutique? Screen Your Stuff gives you step-by-step instructions as well as templates for patterns. If knitting and crochet is your thing, make Amigurumi!, cute crocheted stuffed animals that would be a great present for kids, big and small. For the little ones in your family, make them a silly costume from Wacky Baby Knits!
Quý vị có nhu cầu tìm hiểu thêm về những đề tài y tế và sức khỏe không? Quý vị muốn biết một số vấn đề về sức khỏe của quý vị mà lại không có tài liệu bằng tiếng Việt. Chúng tôi có thể giúp quý vị truy tìm những tài liệu y tế bằng Việt Ngữ.
Lần đầu tiên tại Thư Viện San Jose, chúng tôi có tài liệu mô tả 200 chủ đề y tế được nghiên cứu nhiều nhất bằng tiếng Việt! Quý vị có thể vào trang web của Thư Viện để tìm tài liệu hoặc đến Thư Viện để được hướng dẫn cách truy tìm qua hệ thống dữ liệu (database).
Sắp tới đây, chúng tôi sẽ có buổi học Truy Tìm Tài Liệu Y Tế tại Thư Viện Tully. Buổi học sẽ được mở Thứ Bảy, Ngày 5 Tháng 3 vào lúc 10:00 đến 11:00 giờ sáng. Mời quý vị đến tham dự để chúng ta có cơ hội trau dồi kiến thức và cùng nhau học hỏi. Quý vị không cần ghi danh trước.
SJPL now has a digital subscription to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the Book of Lists, plus 39 other business journals, including the San Francisco Business Times and Sacramento Business Journal. The Book of Lists includes contact information and data on the top local businesses.
Did you know you can now register online for classes and camps offered at Almaden and other San Jose community centers? Check out the wide variety of offerings in the online Citywide Activity Guide or pick up a copy at your local library. Registration begins December 11 and classes begin the week of January 18. Set up an account to register online, register by mail, or visit the Almaden Community Center to sign up.
We are seeking teen volunteers to read to children grades 1st-3rd during our Reading Buddies time. If you are interested, please attend our Reading Buddies volunteer training to learn how to read aloud to children. Join teensReach by filling out the application and bring it to the training. For a teensReach coordinator to contact you, please fill out the Interest Form online.
Hear other volunteers' testimonies about their volunteering services.
Thanks to all the Teens that helped the Edenvale staff present a Winter Faire on Saturday, December 11th. Almost 400 people came to the event. Lots of paperback books and photos with Santa were given to the children. Congratulations for a job well done, teen volunteers.
It's cold outside, so drink some Hot Cocoa, and watch some entertaining Holiday movies! Yes, we have the classics like White Christmas and Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, but I'm referring to some newer Holiday movies, sure to tickle your funny bone.
1. Scrooged-starring Bill Murray. A hilarious version of the "Christmas Carol" story complete with all the glitz and splendor of a 1980s Christmas movie. The Ghost of Christmas Future may be a bit scary for some viewers, but this is certainly on its' way to being an irreverant Holiday classic.
2. Christmas Vacation -Chevy Chase is back as Clark Griswold, celebrating the Holiday season with a zany cast of characters as his extended family. Watch for the squirrel chase towards the end.
3. A Christmas Story - otherwise known as the "you'll shoot your eye out, kid" movie. Ralphie is on a quest for the ultimate boyhood Christmas gift, a Red Ryder B.B. Gun.
4. Love Actually- a Holiday movie featuring a veritable Who's Who of British actors and actresses, fun and dramatic at the same time.
So enjoy your Holiday season with lots of love and laughter!
I am an avid reader of several genres, including mysteries, and an animal lover, so I often read books which include a four-legged character. Some authors keep the animal’s involvement mysterious—is it just coincidence, or is Koko the cat really digging up clues for James Qwilleran in Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who… series? Some authors go the other route and give their animal characters human (or superhuman) traits, like Joe Grey and friends in the Joe Grey series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. I have to admit, though, that I’ve rarely found a series as riveting, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny as the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn. Even my husband, no mystery lover, enjoys them.
In this series, Chet the dog is the first-person narrator, and the author manages to keep the voice consistent and true. Chet, a K-9 school dropout who is partnered with private detective Bernie Little, often makes me think, "Yes! That's exactly what my dog used to do!" The reader is treated to a sort of dual consciousness when Chet sometimes describes events or conversations he himself does not understand but which enlighten the reader. The mystery itself is always intriguing and action-packed, and I anticipate (with Chet) his grabbing the perp by the pants leg: case closed! If you like print, the library has all three titles so far, but don’t deprive yourself of the pleasure of the books on CD, even though SJPL only has the first two in the series, Dog On It and Thereby Hangs a Tail; reader James Frangione does a great job.
My family has very few Christmas traditions. As we grow older and grow apart, there is less and less that we have time for. However, there is one tradition that has lasted for us since 1993. The Muppet Christmas Carol is a must watch on Christmas day. It is the perfect movie for the whole family. With all your favorite muppet characters playing roles in Charles Dickens beloved Christmas Carol. We may grow older and have less time for family, but for this movie, we all make time.
Fortunate as we are to have a wonderful cafe at King Library, sometimes the line is too long, or maybe you're tired of Tully's coffee (a 12-ounce French Roast gets me through many days) or perhaps you could use a brisk, short walk. Currently there are two standout alternatives to the Novel Cafe - and to Starbucks or Peets - for coffee and light food items.
Those of you who like meticulously crafted espresso drinks will surely appreciate Red Berry Coffee Bar, located across Santa Clara Street from City Hall. Or try a cup of coffee, individually brewed via French press. All coffee and espresso drinks are from artisan-roasted, single origin beans. Also offered are teas and light fare such as pastries and bagels & cream cheese.
In the opposite direction of King Library, at Fourth and San Antonio (near Togos) is Philz Coffee. My frequent enthusiastic endorsements of Philz should earn me a commission. Please note that Philz is not an espresso bar. Rather, it offers a variety of light, medium, dark, and decaf coffee blends from which to choose your own individually crafted brew. For each order the barista grinds the beans (several times the amount used anywhere else), pours steaming water through a paper filter, stirs, and aerates the coffee from on high into a cup or your own mug. If you want cream or sugar, the barista will carefully refine the drink to your taste. If you want it black, you will get a smile for being a real coffee connoisseur. The price of each cup is high, yet worth it not only for the robust, fresh flavor but also for sheer caffeine content. Philz also offers pastries, scones, bagels, and other light fare – try the raspberry almond scone or the coffee-flavored donut. See you there!
Sing, laugh, and have fun with PapaHugs and his Playtime Characters at Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, December 18, at 11:30 AM.
PapaHugs' original music is guaranteed to get you up and moving anytime of day. Children and families will delight in this fun-filled performance for all ages. Everyone is invited!
Movies are combinations of visuals, characters and dialogue. Some movies are memorable for narrative voice-overs or speeches. The movie Bull Durham (1988) is memorable for having both: “The Church of Baseball” voice-over by Susan Sarandon and the “I Believe” speech by Kevin Costner. Below is the speech from Susan Sarandon's character, Annie Savoy:
"I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring... which makes it like sex. There's never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn't have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I'd never sleep with a player hitting under .250... not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle. You see, there's a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I've got a ballplayer alone, I'll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. 'Course, a guy will listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. 'Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball - now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake? It's a long season and you gotta trust. I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball."
Is there a voice-over or speech in a movie that is especially memorable to you? Let us know what it is.
The new Tron: Legacy movie opens this weekend, and I'm not ashamed to admit that it's the first movie in ages that I've actually wanted to see in the theater opening weekend. So, why do I want to brave the loud and crazy crowds, sticky floors, and expensive tickets?
First, I am of the Tron generation! I was 5 when the original Tron came out and can still remember images from the film and the idea of being inside a computer network. Maybe that's one reason why I got into tech! The idea of a Tron sequel makes me happy. If you want to experience the original before seeing the new movie, you can check out a copy of Tron on DVD from the library.
Another reason this movie rocks is that the soundtrack is to die for! Disney hired the electronica band Daft Punk (*fan girl squeal*) to compose and perform the entire soundtrack. Fan girl-ness aside, this soundtrack is Academy-award-nomination-worthy. You can see the music video for the song "Derezzed" on YouTube (which already has 2 million views). The Library has copies of the soundtrack almost ready to check out (still being processed) and we have three other Daft Punk albums available for check-out too. You can also follow Daft Punk on Facebook.
Want to learn more about the new movie? Get more info on Tron: Legacy at the Internet Movie Database, read its always-changing Wikipedia entry, and read reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. And, but of course, below is the official trailer. To quote the original movie, "This is the key to a new order. This code disk means freedom." They were right. Code is freedom in its purest form.
In addition to variety of books, magazines, electronic books, and media, there are many other technology resources available here at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Customers are able to use library computers to browse the Web, check email, and many other Internet resources. Users can also have access to the Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition to all these resources and Wi-Fi services, patrons can have many other tools including scanners. There are scanners located in the periodicals section on the Lower Level of the King Library. You can digitize your important photos, documents, and old records by scanning and storing them in the USB flash drive without any cost. Users will be able to share their scanned documents and email them. Enjoy scanning your old documents and preserve your valuables.
Dear English language learners!
If you need to improve your English skills, please use the following links to FREE ESL classes information in our area:
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Если вам нужно улучшить ваш английский, пожалуйста обратитесь на следующие сайты за информацией о бесплатных курсах английского языка:
Every year Silicon Valley residents have the opportunity to read the same book and come together to discuss it and participate in a variety of programs on topics related to it. Silicon Valley Reads programs take place in libraries and other venues throughout the county.
The title selected for adults for 2011 is:
The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond - "Photographer Abby Mason's life is changed forever by the disappearance of the young girl with whom she had been walking on a cold and foggy beach, and her desperate search for the truth behind the child's vanishing."
The companion books for children are:
Alabama Moon by Watt Key (grades 4-8) - "After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy, and finally a new life."
Silicon Valley Reads will kick off on January 26, 2011, with a conversation between author Michelle Richmond and Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy. The free program will be held at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm, and it's a good idea to arrive early since last year's event attracted an overflow crowd.
Salinas Valley, the heart of Steinbeck Country, is a short drive away from San Jose by highway 101 south. John Steinbeck wrote about the Valley in East of Eden, “I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time birds awaken in the summer—and what trees and seasons smelled like—how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.” He drew his inspiration from the Valley and championed the cause of farm labor.
Today, in Oldtown Salinas, National Steinbeck Center is open, welcoming visitors from all over. Yet, few people realize that directly opposite the Center across the railroad tracks is a historic Chinatown that first came into public awareness through Steinbeck’s novels. The Chinatown is now completed cut off from Oldtown by a fence along the railroad track. It used to be the hub for family and economic activities of all of the Chinese, Japanese and Filipino communities in Salinas. Although the Salinas Confucius Church, the Buddhist Temple, and Filipino Community Center remain as community centers for their members, the 12-square blocks in Chinatown have been neglected and become blighted. Amidst the street scenes of vacant buildings and lots, a couple storefronts and street corners stand out as service points where at-risk population congregate, including a soup kitchen run by Franciscan Workers and the Community Learning Center and Garden run by CSUMB. With all its challenges, this Chinatown is nevertheless the one and only left of its kind in between San Francisco and Los Angeles (see also American Chinatown.)
And change is on the way. Three major players - City of Salinas, Salinas Downtown Community Board, and California State University Monterey Bay- together have provided leadership and collaborated, for a few years already, on a plan called “Salinas Chinatown Renewal Project” in order to preserve its cultural heritages and, at the same time, transform it into a vibrant neighborhood once more for families, businesses, and service providers alike.
It’s also worth noting that, thanks to the Literary Landmarks project, there is a landmark plaque set in the sidewalk in Chinatown to commemorate the works of authors who were inspired by this site, namely, John Steinbeck, Carlos Bulosan, and Lani Ah Tye Farkas.
Whenever you feel like delving into the wealth of California history or the riches of our diverse cultural heritages, be reminded please there are special collections and programs, beyond general resources, in King Library as follows:
Wish you success in your research!
Image Courtesy: California State University Monterey Bay.
Image from: Cal State Monterey Bay News.
Follow a typical day in the life of San José Public Library's Tully Community Branch Library. You'll get to see a glimpse of what goes on "behind the scenes" at the library as well as the wonderful community library experience that you know and love. (Videography and editing by Mark Lorensen. Music provided royalty free by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com.)
Do you shy away from non-fiction books because they seem dry and boring? Would you rather read something that will make you laugh and send your imagination soaring? If so, maybe give Mary Roach a try!
Mary Roach is a popular science writer that adds humor to all her work. She entertains as well as informs! Her first work, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, gives the reader an in depth look at the use of human cadavers throughout history. Have you ever thought of being an organ donor? Read this book!
Her second book, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife , takes a look at the human soul and ponders the question "Does it survive after death?"
Her third book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, is a scientific look at the history and exploration of human sexuality.
Mary's latest, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, offers the reader a look into what it would really be like when living in space, what it takes for some astronauts to gain access to space, and if space travel is really "worth it".
All of these books give you a wealth of knowledge, but also make you laugh out loud. Learning plus a good laugh, who could ask for more?
One way to celebrate the holidays is to help a furry friend in need. For those thinking of adopting a pet, animal shelters are a fantastic option. There are millions of pets in shelters and rescues waiting for forever homes. Getting a dog is major decision that will affect your life for many years. Bringing an adopted dog into your home should be a rewarding experience for you and your family. Before you look for your future best friend, arm yourself with the knowledge to navigate the world of pet adoption and make the best decision possible. San Jose Animal Care & Services has many pets available for adoption...check it out!!
Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats is a great movie with English subtitles, about the underground music scene in Iran. The director Ghobadi, won the Un Certain Regard award and the Special Jury Prize when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. This film chronicles the hardships facing young Iranian musicians seeking to evade censorship.
You can also read a review from NPR about this movie.
We also have the following movies by the same award-winning director in our library system:
Based off the British comedy “The Office”, this American version uses the same mockumentary style of the original show and depicts the everyday lives of office employees in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A documentary crew films the workers of Dunder Mifflin, a failing paper company that is faced with downsizing of its branches.
Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell), plays an obnoxious and ignorant manager who thinks he is a mentor and the best manager around. As a manager of Dunder Mifflin, Michael ignores his responsibilities in an attempt to make his employees his friends. His personal interest often leads to lower productivity and this leads to many hilarious moments. What makes the show great is that the daily interactions seem so realistic that we often care and feel embarrassed for the employees.
I really like this show and recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. I will let you know thought that this type of comedy is not for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot. Here is a funny quote from the show:
Michael: (about the downsizing) Am I going to tell them? No I'm not going to tell them. I don't see the point in that. As a doctor you would not tell a patient if they had cancer.
This past summer, I ventured out to Kings Canyon and this time I wanted to make sure I could spend more time looking at nature and less time staring into a tour guide book. If you’ve ever gone hiking and used a Lonely Planet book, it’s like carrying a 300 page brick in your backpack so this time I decided to go a bit more high tech. Before leaving on my trip, I downloaded the SJPL app for my Android phone and downloaded the electronic copy of Frommer's Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park onto my phone using the Mobile Library Catalog. I’ve done several hikes all over the place and I must admit that leaving the travel books behind is huge burden of my back, literally. E-Books not only make your hike much more enjoyable but they also make finding trails and sites of interest a lot easier. Plus if you’re ever lost you can use Android’s built in GPS to see exactly where you are in the park. Using SJPL mobile with ebooks is perfect for any travel-holic!
Splice (2009) is a movie that will forever change the way I view bald men and women. Amazingly, this movie falls into the category of sci-fi, horror, and comedy. Splice is one of those movies where it is so terrible that it actually becomes great.
Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are scientist and a brilliant couple who have figured out how to combine different animal DNA into a single creature. They are told by their employer to halt any further experiments, but decide to continue anyway. Only this time, they decide to replicate human DNA. This human-animal hybrid turns out to be more human than they expect and what they create is Dren, a female creature that grows at an accelerated rate and eventually gets out of control.
The couple makes poor decisions after poor decision on what to do with Dren, even after it is clear that Dren is wild and unstable. The couple becomes frustratingly annoying that it gets to the point where you personally want to punch this couple in their faces for their stupidity, which is ironic since they are considered “brilliant scientists”. The movie takes a turn of events that force the couple to grow apart due to their differences on what to do with Dren. Elsa begins to treat Dren as her daughter while Clive considers the moral implications of their decisions.
I do not want to spoil the rest of the movie for you, but let’s just say between Dren and the couple, one becomes attracted to another and they decide combine their DNA if you know what I mean. The final moments of the movie are so shocking and disturbing that the only thing you can do is laugh and sing Usher’s song, “Oh My God!” because your brain simply can not process what the heck just happened. This scene will be drilled into your brain for the rest of your life.
Overall, I recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in some crazy sci-fi movie.
On January 22, 2011 at 3:00PM a new program is coming to the Children's Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library called "STUFF"! "STUFF" is a program designed for children of all ages. It's about the stuff we keep around and all the different "Stuff" we can create from it. We'll be using found materials in creative, and most of all fun ways. Some projects will include making murals for decorating the Children's Room, creating masks to celebrate Mardi Gras and much much more!
I’m currently reading The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette written by Carolyn Meyer. This is the most recent book in her series about young royal women throughout history. Written as novels, her books are engaging, interesting, and also well researched as to the lives of specific noblewomen. I recommend the following for young adult readers:
We also have the Sofia Coppola directed movie Marie Antoinette which inspired Carolyn Meyer to research and write about her recent novel.
Are there co-workers, relatives, friends in your life who have everything all planned out, every hair in place, are perfectly unflappable? Do they make you feel ashamed? Do you feel put down that your life isn't the epitome of order and perfection theirs is? Don't worry, be happy! Check out A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder. Don't ever hang your head in shame at your scattershot ways again. The further subtitle of this lifestyle-justification book says it all: "How crammed closets, cluttered offices, and on-the-fly planning make the world a better place." So go forth to your local San José Public Library and make the world a better place!
Love may be free, but the market for romance fiction is booming, generating more than a billion dollars in sales each year. One of my favorite authors is Linda Lael Miller. I especially liked her series about three little girls put on an orphan train by their mother, back in the 1870's. The mother had a new boyfriend who didn't like having children around, so off went Emma, Lily, and Caroline, sent west on a train to start new lives with whoever chose them at a train stop. Many years later, Emma Chalmers (Emma and the Outlaw) is the town librarian, being courted by the local banker. However, before Emma can decide whether or not to marry the banker, an explosion at a local tavern, brings a new man into her life. Should she take a chance on a future with a man who always keeps his gun handy, and who may be a wanted man, just because her heart beats faster when he touches her?
Currently low key in theaters is the movie 127 Hours which is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who gets trapped under a boulder for five days before refelcting on his life and gaining enough courage to take the necessary actions to free himself.
Before you go check out the movie, come visit your local library to check out the book (Between a Rock and a Hard Place) so you are in the loop!
The book may give you more depth into what he must have been thinking during his ordeal that could not thoroughly be portrayed. Maybe it will help you reflect on your own life! Or inspire you to embark on your own adventure! After all, what doesn't kill you will makes you stronger! Happy holidays!
Why is it that disasters bring out the best in people, creating new volunteer communities that often handle crises better than organized bureaucracies? Surveying natural disasters from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Huricane Katrina, Solnit shows that such in such crises the outcome is often a temporary utopia where people of diverse backgrounds work towards mutual aid and support. In comparison, the response of rioting and mayhem is usually reported out of proportion. Solnit's conclusions may sound like anarchy -- but she backs up her conclusions with research and solid reporting.
Rebecca Solnit discusses her book with Michael Krasney on KQED's Forum.
View Rebecca Solnit and Peter Coyote in Conversation at New York Public Library below:
The Alviso Branch Library is seeking a motivated volunteer to help coach job seekers with job searches and resume questions. Come and meet your neighbors and make new friends by sharing your time and abilities with the community.There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for both teens and adults at the library. Click here for more information on volunteering at San Jose Public Library as well as other volunteer opportunities at your local library.
Dale Carnegie did not get it wrong when he chose the title How to Win Friends & Influence People, an amazing timeless book you can read to help you in your everyday life. No matter what your profession is, you will find that the principles described by the author apply to any situation you find yourself in. I read this book a long time ago and I still remember the satisfaction I experienced on each page I was devouring: easy-to-read, with very realistic examples and full of simple techniques. This book should be made mandatory when you are at high school. I'm not joking! It is exactly at that time that we're forming our personality. By reading such an amazing book, we will have more chance to react to situations in a most intelligent way and grasp the opportunities that are always there.
The funny thing is, although I read it at high school, I still seem to remember some of the techniques as if I had read it recently. I am not sure, though, if I am applying them correctly, you might ask my co-workers...
Can you picture this? A Hispanic girl named Maria is helping her mother make tamales for a holiday tradition. While making tamales, Maria sees her mother’s diamond ring and puts it on and by the time they finish the ring goes missing. Assuming that the diamond ring ended up in one of the tamales Maria and her cousins eat all the tamales hoping to find the ring. To know the end of the story and the diamond ring's whereabouts I encourage you to read the book.
When the madness of holiday shopping, cooking, and travelling has burned you out, turn to some reading by NPR-regular and humorist, David Sedaris! His recent title Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modern Beastiary features short stories (with illustrations) with animals as the main characters dealing with human-esque situations.
For those who are more interested in holiday readings during this time of year, Holidays on Ice, is another compilation of Sedaris essays where he discusses the life of a Christmas elf working at Macy's, and offers his version of those annual family update letters you receive in holiday cards.
Another way to enjoy the hilarity of Sedaris is to listen to the audio book versions; he reads all of his works and it just brings another element of laughter.
Speaking as a Vietnamese American parent, I have high hope that my children will be fluent in both English and Vietnamese. Nowadays, most immigrant parents want their children to not only excel in learning English, but to also retain their mother's native language. We certainly set high expectations for our children. Here is how the Tully Community Branch Library can help in our limited capacity.
Every Saturday, we have Vietnamese Language class from 1 PM to 3 PM in the Family Learning Center classroom. This class is absolutely free and is open to children from 6 to 12 years old. Registration is not required.
Starting January 2011, we will have Vietnamese & English Bilingual Storytime on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM. We hope to support you in your endeavor to retain your cultural heritage. We look forward to seeing you and your children at the Tully Community Branch Library!
Tôi là một phụ huynh Việt Nam và tôi rất mong các con của tôi sẽ nói được song ngữ, Việt và Anh lưu loát sau này. Phần đông những cha mẹ tị nạn hoặc di dân như chúng ta điều mong muốn con em mình học cho thật giỏi và bây giờ chúng ta còn muốn các em phải biết hai thứ tiếng, Việt và Anh. Ở Thư Viện Tully, chúng tôi có thể giúp quý vị phụ huynh một tay vào công trình bảo tồn ngôn ngữ Việt.
Với sự cộng tác của hội Phụ Nữ Thiện Nguyện Bắc Cali, mỗi Thứ Bảy, chúng tôi có lớp học Việt Ngữ từ 1 đến 3 giờ trưa ở phòng Giáo Dục Gia Đình cho các em lứa tuổi 6 đến 12. Lớp học hoàn toàn miễn phí. Quý vị không cần ghi danh trước.
Bắt đầu từ Tháng Giêng năm 2011, chúng tôi sẽ có Chương Trình Đọc Truyện Thiếu Nhi Song Ngữ, Anh và Việt, vào ngày Thứ Bảy (1/15/2011) của tuần lễ thứ ba của mỗi tháng từ 11:30 sáng đến 12 giờ trưa. Chúng tôi mong rằng, chúng tôi có thể giúp cho quý vị một phần nhỏ để duy trì văn hóa Việt. Mời quý vị phụ huynh và các em đến tham dự đông đủ.
'Tis the season to pull out your baking pans, rolling pins, cookie cutters, and other fun kitchen appliances as we gear up for holiday baking time! It's one of the best times of the year to make and share goodies with your family and friends. But this year, why not try a vegan recipe or two?
Vegans choose to avoid eating and using animal products for a variety of ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals or Peter Singer's classic Animal Liberation will give you many philosophical points to consider. Even omnivores like Michael Pollan advocate for reduced consumption of animal products for a healthier body and world.
But hey, I'm not here to convert you. We're talking about cookies here. If you're not about to forgo the Brie and crackers or honey-glazed ham anytime soon this holiday season, there are still plenty of excellent vegan cookbooks that are well worth a try. You'll soon discover that it is indeed possible to make delicious treats without butter, milk, and eggs, just like all of these folks showing off on Flickr. But if you just don't buy it, try the Chocolate Chip Cookies or the Lemon Bar recipes in one of my all-time favorite vegan baking books, The Joy of Vegan Baking. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the results. Happy holidays!
Over the past few years I have been reading memoirs and have discovered that I love this genre. Memoirs are engaging first person accounts of life experiences that influenced the writer’s life and world view. Memoirs can be inspiring, humorous, tragic or sweet. They are always reflective and poignant reminders of our shared humanity. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite memoirs:
Have you ever contemplated writing your memoir ? Here are some helpful books to get you started.
San Jose Public Library loves your suggestions on book titles, film, and music. We always benefit from hearing what YOU WANT!
Read Overdrive books on your iPad using a free app called Bluefire Reader and a free bookmarklet. Here's another way that doesn't use the bookmarklet. Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments. You can also use the OverDrive Media Console app to download directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - the app works with audiobooks in MP3 formats only though.
“We’re just a million little gods causing rainstorms, turning every good thing to rust.”
If you haven't heard Arcade Fire's Funeral yet, then I think it's time you find yourself a Funeral day that doesn't necessarily involve dead bodies but can involve crying (True story. The album is deep stuff.).
The library categorizes the album as alternative rock music, which I guess it falls into; but in my heart, Funeral was categorized under the Awesome label. Yes, in case you couldn’t tell, I’m still more than mildly infatuated with the album. It’s my favorite of more recently released music albums (because in the end, can any thing really compare to Bon Jovi?), so it gets huge recommendations from my corner.
I was studying to music when something caught hold of my ears.
It was this song: (In case you're wondering, the man who looks like plastic is actually David Bowie.)
The band sings with so much energy and so much passion, it would be offensive not to really sit down and listen to their message. So grab a cup of coffee and find somewhere cozy, because the moment you get lost in their metaphors is the moment you can have a little more faith in the direction the music industry is going.
And if you've already heard Funeral, then I guess you can get the next Arcade Fire albums at the library (for reference, Pitchfork rates Funeral at a 9.7:
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that you can access any time to learn foreign languages such as Spanish, French, and Japanese. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are also included. Now, you can also study these languages: Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Indonesian, Slovak, Tamil, and Ukrainian. Have you tried out Mango? What do you think? Please let us know with a comment.
We have recently received a large number of new Telegu movies at the Evergreen Library. One of the titles is Magadheera. It had received great reviews everywhere but I was really skeptical. How good could it be? A story set in 1609 is just an excuse for the main characters to jump around in skimpy clothes. The first 30 minutes were just as I expected. The acting was uninspiring, the jokes were insipid, the dialogues seemed very trite and Chiranjeevi was wasted in his cameo appearance. But, the story started to pick up around the half way point starting with the flashback. The reincarnation theme has been done to death in Indian movies but I was pleasantly surprised with Magadheera. This movie requires a true suspension of disbelief but it is an enjoyable movie with some great production values, interesting camera angles (especially during the fight sequences) and well-designed costumes.
If you enjoyed watching Magadheera, you might also like Arundhati which has a similar theme of reincarnation and revenge.
Vineland Branch will be featuring a puppet show by British puppeteer Robin Stevens on Saturday Dec. 11th at 11:00 a.m. The Gnome Show will feature a cast of magical characters, including the tale’s star, a Wood-Gnome who loses his favorite feather. Children and families are invited to join the fun and help the Gnome get reunited with his feather.
If Mr. Stevens’s delightful puppetry inspires you to create your own puppet magic, check out the puppet making titles in the library catalog. Puppet Mania! by John E. Kennedy or How to Make Puppets with Children by Joy Evans and Jo Ellen Moore will inspire your imagination and creativity.
This is the first in a monthly series of interesting question/answer transactions that take place in the San Jose Public Library system. Reference questions are received and answered at physical library service desks, and via our telephone, email, or chat reference services.
Often we receive questions about books that people remember reading many years ago. Readers will recall aspects of books such as plot, major characters, rough time of publication, or perhaps when they read them. Sometimes we can pinpoint the book through a Google search. Other times we are assisted by a database named NoveList. Sometimes we rely on group memory - it's amazing what a large staff of librarians can remember about books!
This time the question arrived via email and was from a library customer whose husband couldn't recall a book's title or author. It used a play on words, for example, instead of "library" was "lieberry," a berry which caused whoever ate it to do nothing but lie. Also, instead of "computer," was "com pewter," which was something like a pewter mug.
Some of you familiar with this particular series of books might already know the answer, but having never read it myself, I started with Google. The search BOOK "LIE BERRY" "COM PEWTER" yielded only two results, the first of which was partly in Japanese (which I can't read), and the second of which took me closer to the answer. The second result was an actual original typewritten document (in pdf format) which was later published as a book. Looking up the author/series information on Amazon.com, I learned that the book was Xanth 14: Question Quest by Piers Anthony, published in 1990. Interesting! (SJPL does not own the book, but it's available to SJPL patrons via 4 Link+ libraries.)
Reference librarians enjoy learning something new every day on the job. Please keep those reference questions coming!
The choice of Mario Vargas Llosa for this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature is interesting in several respects. He is the first winner in many years from Latin America, he is much more widely known than some other recent winners, and his selection was widely praised.
His two most recent novels in English are a bit of a departure from previous work. The Bad Girl features a mysterious woman who pops in and out of the life of the besotted protagonist, reinventing herself with each decade and denying they've ever met before. Some reviewers have seen the book as a sort of homage to nineteenth century French literature, but readers don’t need to be up on Flaubert to enjoy the book. The Way to Paradise, his latest, is a fictionalized account of Gauguin’s time in Tahiti, an interesting read if you plan to visit the post-Impressionist exhibit currently at the DeYoung.
The speeches given by the laureates this week may be worthy of attention; some past addresses have taken on a life of their own. You can listen to a discussion of his work which recently aired on the arts program the Strand or follow coverage from Stockholm of Nobel Week by visiting this site.
You can also search the catalog here.
Get ready for some holiday fun! Kids are invited to make a holiday ornament this Saturday, December 11, from 4:00-5:00 in the Community Room of the Santa Teresa Branch Library.
It's time to get into the holiday spirit. Join us this Saturday, December 11 at the Santa Teresa Branch Library, for holiday music played on the harp by Elizabeth Ericson. Elizabeth will be playing in the cafe from 4:00-5:00 pm. You can enjoy the seasonal sounds and also sample some hot mulled cider courtesy of our Heavenly Brew Cafe.
Did you know that you can ask a librarian a research question via email? To get factual answers from sources you can trust, or to get guidance on using our library reference tools, just use this form. (If the link fails, please use the SJSU Ask A Librarian page and click on the link to the email form.) You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your question, and a response within 24-48 hours. This service is provided by San Jose Public and San Jose University reference librarians. We're here to help!
Looking for some fun knitting projects to give as gifts for the winter holidays? Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation has several quick and unique projects. While I initially made the Later ‘Gator Mitts as a prop for library story time, I ended up giving them away to friends who put on their own impromptu puppet shows and story times.
San Jose Public Library has a large collection of knitting books. Also, if the San Jose Public Library does not have a specific title you are looking for, you may always use Link+ which has access to over 1,000 knitting titles.
I’ll be honest. I don't buy a lot of books. Why should I? I work at a library, after all.
This book, A Dirty Job, I bought. I called a dozen book stores trying to hunt down a hardcover copy until I eventually just bought it on Amazon. And then, since I was in Germany when the author came to visit the area most recently, I sent my partner over the hill through the Highway 17 to get my book autographed. Moore signed, "Not in the butt!" because that was apparently a popular quote from the book.
Yes, I indeed enjoyed this book that much. Christopher Moore himself actually has a sort of cult following (his Facebook is very entertaining), and I immediately joined their rankings after a read of his A Dirty Job.
The book begins in a hospital where the quiet and paranoid Beta Male Charlie Asher (as opposed to the more common alpha male protagonists who charismatically storm the scene and sweep ladies off their feet to defeat dragons and things of that nature) is with his wife as she gives birth to their first child, a daughter. An example of his paranoia could be seen in his questions like, "What if she has a tail?"
Charlie's wife insists that he go home to let her rest after the delivery and he reluctantly agrees until he notices that they forgot her favorite CD in the car. He rushes back up to her hospital room up to deliver it, like he says a good husband should. Scenarios of all the different things she could say ran through his head, but by the time he opened the door, none of it plays as he would've expected. His wife was dead. (I was heartbroken when I got to this part. It was like that first part of Pixar’s Up all over again!)
When he gets home, he slowly starts to notice that things aren’t at all as they used to be. The people he encounters start dying around him. Ravens storm the sky. The sewers talk to him. If that were to happen to me, I would personally think I was going crazy. Instead, Charlie realizes he’s been chosen to be Death.
I know, I know. Another man becomes death book? This one’s different. This one’s been written by Christopher Moore and with his sword of wit and satire, A Dirty Job is a quick read that had me literally laughing out loud (but not too loud; it is still a library afterall).
The Almaden Community Center hosted Breakfast with Santa on December 11. This fun family event included a tasty breakfast, art activities for children and an opportunity to pose for a picture with Santa and receive a special gift. Almaden Librarian “Mr. K” presented a selection of holiday stories and songs. Check out photos from this fun holiday event.
In George, Nicholas and Wilhelm : Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I author Miranda Carter outlines the intricate family relationships which existed between European royal families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Carter focuses on the personalities of three royal cousins: Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, and King George V of Great Britain as their actions and those of their nations moved the world closer to war.
Want to know more about San Jose's Historic past? Check out a copy of San Jose's Historic Downtown, a beautiful photo exhibit of our days of old! And if you are enthralled by this book, check out the rest of the San Jose: Images of America Series: Theaters of San Jose, Portuguese in San Jose, Mexicans in San Jose, and Chinese in San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley
I've been on an improved nutritional regimen (diet) the past month and am happy to report having lost nearly 10 pounds. Making the right choices about what is going in my mouth is something I've been paying a lot of attention to lately. With the help of the library, I've found some delicious ways to stay on track and to keep motivated.
The library doesn't discriminate between weight loss plans - from Weight Watchers, Atkins, Mediterranean Diet and even Weight Loss Surgery. Books in these categories range from the entire diet plan to recipe books to keep things interesting. I like simple recipes that make just a few swaps in order to make the dish more healthy but still resembles foods I was cooking before.
Because the weather is getting colder, exercise DVD's are a great way to burn off some extra calories while staying in the warm, dry comfort of your own home. Check out Bhangra Aerobics, Shred-it With Weights or Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis.
I know that exercise and diet are important but so is your mental attitude - Start Living, Start Losing: Inspirational stories that will motivate you now and Savor: mindful eating, mindful life can help you think about what you're doing!
Would you like to find reviews of products you plan to purchase this holiday season--or any time, for that matter? With your San José Public Library card and PIN, you can read Consumer Reports articles from the comfort of your home. First go to the San José Public Library home page: http://www.sjpl.org
and then follow this path:
Happy Holiday Shopping!
I recommend Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn as a novel for 4th-to 7th-graders who want a suspenseful, action-filled story involving an 11-year-old girl. I caution that the book covers some heavy themes successfully (domestic violence) and unsuccessfully (grief at the death of a sibling and child), and could use a bit more balance in the difficult debate between pacifism and fighting a war started by other nations.
Summary: Margaret, who tells the story, and her neighbor friend Elizabeth both have older brothers serving as soldiers overseas in World War II. These 11-year-olds gradually learn that the local bully of the same age, Gordy, is hiding a deserter from the Army. Because of their own feelings and what they have been told about deserters, Margaret and Elizabeth have a dilemma: Do they help when the deserter becomes seriously ill and almost dies? Do they ignore his situation, especially because of their nemesis Gordy? Or do they turn the deserter in to the authorities, becoming heroines in their hometown?
Review: The action and main characters are first rate, but the book seems a bit unrealistic in spots. The setting is a small U.S. town in the 1940's that is quite similar to the town that the author grew up in. Because of that, the descriptions of the neighborhood, family life, and physical settings have a real genuineness about them. There is a fair amount of tension between the girls on one hand and Gordy and his gang on the other, and the action picks up fairly early in the story. The suspense over a hideaway in the woods and chase scenes with unknown pursuers contribute to an atmosphere of excitement. Margaret begins the story as a timid follower but grows into an independent agent by the end, overshadowing Elizabeth, who takes on less of a role as the book progresses. We gradually learn why apparently Gordy is the bully he is, although the other products of his dysfunctional family didn't resort to terrorizing other children, as he does. The Army deserter is a tragic but noble figure who ends up in a battle of sorts, after all. However, his being a bit too good to be true and a central figure in the story is one of Hahn's ways of advancing her pacifism side of the debate. Also, there is a significant death in the book that seems glossed over too easily by the affected characters.
Note: Once you read this book, you may be interested in its sequel Following My Own Footsteps. This book concerns what happens to Gordy the bully after the conclusion of Stepping on the Cracks.
Career Transitions is an online resource that allows you to explore various careers including their projected growth at the national and state levels, as well as current openings. An assessment survey helps you discover possible areas of interest. Step by step resume building help, as well as strategies to improve your chances in your job search are also available. Check out Career Transitions in our Research section.
Mark your calendars for this Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30pm at the Santa Teresa Branch Library.
Don't miss out on a guaranteed fun time for the whole family!
Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language by Deborah Fallows
Fallows gives excellent examples of the importance of social context of language learning and speaking, how language interacts with culture, and the features of Chinese that non native speakers find difficult: tone, indicating time and space, and lack of referential pronouns. Entertaining as well as enlightening.
Another book that discusses the cultural connection of Chinese language and society is Swallowing Clouds by A. Zee.
Do you want to learn Chinese? San José Public Library has books, audios and videos for children and adults. Recommended are the Pimsleur Chinese courses for Mandarin and Cantonese (aural approach) and Mango online language learning.
If you are already a member of Facebook, we would like to extend an invitation to join or more accurately to "Like" the Almaden Branch Library's Page. On our Facebook page you will receive updates on our upcoming programs and descriptions of various services offered at our Branch. Hope you will enjoy our Facebook page, Almaden Branch Library and please feel free to make comments or postings as you see fit.
Did you know that most libraries have donation barrels from Second Harvest Food Bank to collect food for people in need in our communities?
Do you have canned food that you won't be using? Bring it to one of your local libraries!
For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank and what they do, click here.
With Winter holidays upon us, many folks are preparing for gift exchanges, lavish feasts and festive entertainment. Consider stopping by Almaden Branch Library for some holiday inspiration! We have cookbooks, holiday movies and music, and books about crafts, decorating, and gift-making.
The Children's Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will be having a special visitor on Thursday, December 16 at 4:00PM. No it's not Santa; Santa is much too busy right now! Smokey the Bear will be here teaching us all about fire prevention and fire safety. There will be stories, songs and it will be lots of fun for all ages. Join us.
Martha is back and this time she won't share, so her favorite new word is MINE! She won't share her puppets, her magic tricks or her Ping Pong game. However, Martha soon learns that it's not much fun trying to play these games by herself so she decides to share with her brother and her mom and dad. Martha Doesn't Share by Samantha Berger is the sequel to Martha Doesn't Say Sorry. I can't wait to see what Martha won't do next. Stay tuned!
Basia returned to the Bay Area last month for a performance at Bimbo's in San Francisco. It's been over a decade since her last CD, and with the new release ("It's that Girl Again") she and her long-time collaborator, Danny White, embarked on a European/American promotional tour. The SF performance was tight and polished. She and Danny were accompanied by wonderful vocalists/musicians; the SRO crowd was treated to a very special evening!
Baby Baby blah blah blah! by Jonathan Shipton explores the love and frustration new big brothers/sisters experience with the arrival of new siblings. This charming story has vibrant illustrations with a sprinkling of photographs to view at the end of the story. Some additional titles to check out that cover the topic of introducing new siblings to the family are:
哈佛大學住宅研究聯合中心資深研究員朱小棣，以五年用英文寫成的偵探小說「狄公故事新編」(Tales of Judge Dee)，於今年初被法國出版社相中，譯為法文出版，並於日前被法國「歷史」雜誌評選為歷史偵探小說榮譽獎。
出生中國南京，畢業於南京師範大學英語系，1991年獲麻省理工學院城市規畫碩士學位的朱小棣表示，英文寫作是他的業餘愛好，之前，曾出版過英文自傳「紅屋風雨30年」(Thirty Years in a Red House)，他的散文也曾被收錄在美國出版的美國當代著名作家文集「父親—名作家誌記父子親情」中。朱小棣表示，狄仁傑是武則天時的著名宰相，曾因個性耿直，幾度宦海浮沉，但他最具傳奇性之處，還是當他在民間基層時，運用機智斷案的故事。
Prix Historia du roman policier historique 2010
Tout le monde a, un jour ou l'autre, tenu entre ses mains un exemplaire, ancien ou récent, de la revue Historia. Cette revue, créée en 1909 par Jules Tallandier, est aujourd'hui centenaire, et réunit articles et dossiers concoctés par... des historiens ! De tous temps ouverte aux livres d'histoire ou historiques, c'est en 2010 qu'elle décide de se doter de nombreux prix littéraires dont le Prix Historia du roman policier.
L'Histoire retiendra que c'est dans le numéro 766 en date d'octobre 2010 que le premier Prix Historia du roman policier a été décerné à Maître des âmes, de Peter Tremayne (10-18, "Grands détectives"). On y apprend que les critères qui définissent le choix du primé sont au nombre de trois : éviter les grossiers anachronismes, avoir un scénario dont le suspense est assuré avec des personnages bien campés et une énigme qui se révèle le plus tardivement possible, et enfin que le roman soit d'une lecture facile et agréable.
Les membres du jury sous au nombre de trois également, réunis autour de Patricia Crété, rédacteur en chef d'Historia, et passionnée du genre.
Sélection et palmarès 2010
Pour cette première édition, Historia a décidé de jouer la carte de la géographie. En effet, s'il est une véritable spécificité du roman historique c'est qu'il est ancré dans un pays, une civilisation et une époque. Ainsi, cette première sélection nous emmène en Égypte, Irlande, Autriche, France, Italie et Chine ; elle survole l'Histoire du IIeau XXe siècle ; et elle choisit, étonnement, de tester divers supports littéraires : la nouvelle, les lettres et le roman.
Six ouvrages ont retenu l'attention du jury composé de trois drôles de dames : Patricia Crété, rédacteur en chef d'Historia et passionnée de littérature policière, Catherine Decouan, ,diplômée de Lettres classiques et Liliane Crété, historienne de la Réforme. Il s'agit de :
- Maître des âmes, de Peter Tremayne (10-18, "Grands détectives")
- Communion mortelle, de Franck Tallis (10-18, "Grands détectives")
- L'Homme aux rubans noirs, de Jean d'Aillon (Le Masque)
- Les Nouvelles affaires du juge Ti, de Xiao Di Zhu (10-18)
- Le Mystère du prince, de Violaine Vanoyeke (Le Masque)
- Les Doutes de Salaï, de Rita Monaldi & Francesco Sorti (Télémaque)
If you are a regular at Willow Glen Library, you're probably familiar with the cafe. While the library doesn't currently feature a coffee vendor, all one has to do is take a walk down the avenue, a short ways to Downtown Willow Glen. There are a few great options right at the corner of Lincoln and Minnesota for all your caffeinated needs!
While on the subject of coffee, SJPL has a wonderful assortment of materials on just that! One feature film to look out for at your local library is Coffee and Cigarettes, a series of shorts revolving around your favorite caffeinated beverage!
Got champagne tastes, but a tap-water budget? Hey, there's fun to be had right here in our own backyard! Let Best Easy Day Hikes, San Jose be your guide. Discover the delights of the shoreline trails in Alviso. Wander up the mountain path to view remnants of San Jose's connection to California's Gold Rush past, in Almaden Quicksilver Park. The book describes a number of local destinations. So put on your walking shoes, venture out and experience nature! Smell the eucalyptus. The bay laurel, too! Also check your library's California travel section, in the Dewey call numbers 917.94.
I know it's hard, but I'm going to ask you to remember the time before guns. Think Gladiator. Think Kingdom of Heaven. Think Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (if you want to keep it real, you can try imagining it without the Orcs and elves and stuff, but I personally like to imagine the Middle Ages really were filled with those guys). Yeah, that's right. Back in the day, they fought with things like swords, bows and arrows, and catapults. Now focus on the catapults.
I'll help you focus on the catapults with 4 minutes of catapult excellence from a few of our cinema favorites compiled by a fellow catapult enthusiast on YouTube.
So come to Hillview Library on December 9th for our Recycled Science Craft: Catapults program from3:30-4:30 PM. We're not just going old school on the battle field, but we're doing it green-friendly style by using recycled materials like spoons, rubber bands. Then you better hope your enemies don't like marshmallows, because that's going to be our primary weapon of attack.
I know shooting marshmallows probably isn't going to help you survive a zombie apocalypse (or will it?!), but it will help you demonstrate the awesomeness of physics; and with physics, you can survive ANYTHING.
If you miss out on the Leonard Cohen concert on Dec. 5th in Oakland, not to worry. We’ve got plenty of cds to fill your ears with his sonorous voice and high quality songwriting. His career as a musician and poet has spanned several decades, and is still as vibrant as ever.
We also have the documentary on his life and music, which have inspired many other performers: I'm Your Man.
Personal favorites of mine are the songs “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” “Closing Time,” and “Hallelujah” (which has been covered by many other musicians, most notably Jeff Buckley on his debut CD Grace.
Don't forget to download your three Freegal songs for the week - DRM-free MP3 music downloads that can play on any MP3 player and never expire. Your three song limit will reset on Sunday at midnight so choose your downloads now.
Although his schedule is hectic around this time of the year, Santa manages to squeeze us in. Santa will visit the Tully Community Branch Library on Saturday, December 18 from 1-4PM. He will bring gifts of books for all good little boys and girls. To make the event even more festive, the Friends of the Tully Library and teensReach volunteers will also lend a hand at various craft stations. More importantly, don’t leave without your photo with Santa!
Please help us spread the word, so that every child will have a moment of fun visiting with Santa.
¡Papá Noel Visita la biblioteca Tully!
A pesar de que su agenda está muy ocupada en esta época del año, Papá Noel, nos hará una visita especial. Papá Noel visitará la biblioteca Tully el sábado 18 diciembre 1-4 PM. Él traerá regalos de libros para todos los niñas y las niños buenos. Para que el evento sea aún más festivo, los amigos de la biblioteca Tully y los voluntarios de la teensReach nos ayudaran con manualidades para los pequeños. ¡Más importante aun, no se vaya sin su foto con Papá Noel! Por favor ayúdenos a pasar la palabra, para que cada niño tenga un momento de diversión con Papá Noel.
Ông Già Noël Đến Thăm Thư Viện Tully!
Mặc dù Ông Già Noël rất bận rộn vào những ngày Giáng Sinh, nhưng ông vẩn dành một chút thời gian để đến thăm chúng ta. Santa sẽ có mặt tại Thư Viện Tully vào Thứ Bảy, ngày 18 tháng 12 từ 1:00-4:00 giờ trưa. Ông sẽ mang tặng sách cho tất cả các cô và cậu bé ngoan hiền. Để làm cho chương trình được vui nhộn hơn, các thân hữu của Thư viện Tully và các em học sinh thiện nguyện viên teensReach cũng sẽ giúp một tay tại các bàn làm thủ công. Quan trọng hơn, quý vị nhớ chụp hình lưu niệm với Santa nhé!
Xin giúp chúng tôi thông tin đến những gia đình có trẻ em, để các em có một buổi thăm viếng đầy thú vị với Santa.
Did you know that actress Danica McKellar is also a mathematician and an advocate for math education? Her mission is to make math easy-to-understand, fun and relevant--especially for girls who don't like math. With problems based on real-life situations (How to make a killing on eBay; Choosing the perfect necklace) Danica gives easy to follow, step by step instructions on how to solve problems with fractions, decimals, percentages, proportions, word problems. Included are entries from Danica's diary, testimonials from women who use math in their careers, shortcuts, horoscopes and a troubleshooting guide. (Where to turn when you don't know what to do!) McKellar has gone on to write two other math books: Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-algebra Who's Boss and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. Read more and see samples from Danica's books at her website.
SJPL now has children's books all related to Disney's new animated film Tangled. Tangled is based on the original fairy tale Rapunzel. Look at all the versions of Rapunzel that you can find at the library ! And if you are having a bad hair day like Rapunzel, you might find some helpful styling tips from the library's collection of books on hairstyling.
ESL Conversation Club at Tully Library provides me with a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to learn new cultures and traditions. People love to come to this class to learn English even though they might have registered in a regular ESL class elsewhere. Students love to share their life stories with the class and make friends in the process. I enjoy listening to life immensely as life is unfolded in front of me.
If you have loved ones who need to learn English and who are still on waiting list at the Adult Education Center for an ESL class , you might want to refer them to the ESL Conversation Club at Tully Library. They will not only improve their English skills, they will also make friends with other classmates from around the world. We meet every Wednesday, from 5-6 p.m.
If you enjoy teaching ESL, volunteering at Tully Library/tully or your local library will be a great way to share your skills! Teaching resources are bountiful online, and one of my favorite links this week is: www.teaching-esl-to-adults.com. It contains lesson plans, teacher duties, ESL worksheets for Beginners. Intermediate, and Advanced students, ESL textbook evaluation pages, and much more. Please check it out!
People who work with me soon realize I enjoy numbers, data, and facts (though I am kept very busy as the manager of a large and active library system I am still a librarian at heart).
I'm guessing you did not know that last fiscal year more people visited the San Jose libraries (the 18 branches and the joint use King Library) than attended the home games of the SF Giants, the Oakland As, the Sharks, the Raiders, and the 49ers combined? Their attendance was 5.9 million, the libraries had 7.6 million visitors.
Last year the King Library and five of the 18 branches each checked out or renewed over 1 million items. All told, just under 15 million items were checked out or renewed. San Jose's libraries are among the most heavily used large city libraries in the U.S.
Of course, underlying these huge numbers are the stories of hundreds of thousands of people whose lives are made easier and better by using library resources and by receiving assistance from library staff. From time to time, I'll share some of those stories through this blog.
I first heard a fascinating interview with Neurological researcher Jill Bolte Taylor on NPR about her own stroke and how she dealt with it when she woke up one day and just knew something was wrong. However, it took her many hours to be able to call 911 for help.
Then I came across this fascinating video clip from her presentation at TED. In here she describes the hours before making her emergency call for help, and how because one side of her brain was not working, the other side took over and decided to do things a bit differently!
Now she has published her book My Stroke of Insight, which is just as entertaining and fascinating. We do have the book in Regular Print, Large Print, Audio CD formats in English and Regular Print format in Chinese language. Make sure to check it out for yourself.
I really enjoyed this book! The Help recounts the lives of two black maids, close friends, in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. Through a third friend, a white female author, their stories, and those of people around them are coallated into a novel. It's hard to believe how difficult life was back then - and this is a book everyone should read, either to refresh memories or to learn some history.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This is a book of rhyme, repetition, primary colors, and animals. Children can participate and they love the book. They want to hear it over and over.
It is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, and the book is designed to help toddlers associate colors and meanings to objects. It features a Brown Bear, Red Bird,…….
The book is short with only 22 pages, has a lot colorful pictures, targeted for preschool and younger children and is fiction.
Este es un libro de rimas, de repetición, de colores primarios, y de animales. Los niños participan y les encanta el libro. Ellos quieren oírlo una y otra vez.
Es un libro para niños de que empiezan a leer fue escrito por por Bill Martin Jr. y Eric Carle produjo la ilustracion. El libro está diseñado para ayudar a los niños a asociar los colores y significados de los objetos. Entre ellos aprarece un un oso pardo, un pájaro rojo, ... ....
El libro es corto, con sólo 22 páginas, tiene muchas fotos de colores, dirigidos a los niños en edad preescolar o menores y es ficción.
It can say a lot of things about a person, such as one's ability to handle tiny rackets, tiny balls, and tiny nets. It can mean that you, fine sir or madam, are able to handle the details in things and display it in a beautiful dance around the ping pong table. Or it can mean that, well, maybe we hand out the title of "ping pong master" all too easily.
Regardless, I highly recommend joining us at Hillview for our Ping Pong day. It's part of our Wednesday Game Day series where our activity changes every week. This week it was Ping Pong. Next week, it'll be a test of your hand-eye coordination with the Nintendo Wii. Who knows what it'll be the week after! Okay, to be perfectly honest, we actually do already know because on our calendar says it's air hockey, but don't let the lack of mystery dismay you.
So stay tuned for what goes on at Hillview's Wednesday Game Day Series. Give us a call at 408-808-3033 or check out our calendar for the latest updates.
Edenvale Branch Library will present two Holiday Story Times on Saturday December 4 and Saturday December 18 at 11:00 am in the Children's Area.
Come and join us! While you're here, check out our display of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa books. Our regular story time schedule will resume in January.
The Tully Branch Library's Book Sale takes place generally on every First Monday of the even months except Holidays. Stop by our monthly Book Sale organized our volunteers to help and support teensReach and the Friends of the Tully Community Branch Library. We have children and adult books/CDs/DVDs including fiction, non-fiction, & Vietnamese language . All proceeds will benefit the Tully Community Branch Library. If you have any question, please call Chieu Nguyen at 408-808-3030.
Volunteers are needed for the event. If you are interested to be a volunteer, please turn in an application. Teen volunteers can go to our teensReach meeting on every Third Wednesday of the month to participate.
Also check out our other events at Tully Community Branch Library.
Learn how to download ebooks! Come to Santa Teresa Branch Library and watch a demonstration at the information desk! You can also bring your laptop, phone, or ipod for practice!
We have a wonderful selection of downloadable ebooks for check out!
Meet with other teens and have fun to work on a 3 minute video that describes why you like your library and what makes its a special place for you.
Upload it to our library’s blip.tiv account by January 15, 2011 to compete with other branches‘ teen groups. The winner branch will get a pizza party for their teens.
Tully Community Branch Library teens will meet on Sat. Dec. 4 at 10:00 AM,
Wed. Dec. 15 at 6:00 PM, and Sat. Jan. 8 at 10:00 AM.
Join teensReach to work on this project as community service.
Ever heard Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven playing Potato Head Blues? Ah yes, let’s talk about the perfect example and undeniable power of early American jazz of the 20th Century. Interested in hearing it? Well, you should be, dear listener*.
This piece of music from 1927 defines so much about the genius of the young Louis Armstrong and has been hailed as one of the most perfect recordings of jazz ever made, which, when you finally get around to listening to, well, hopefully you’ll understand the praise. To paraphrase Woody Allen’s character Isaac in the 1979 film Manhattan, it’s one of the reasons that life is worth living. The image, however, is from a book in our collection. It might be worth a look too, if not a listen.*
During December, I am quite content to listen to holiday music all month long. On the radio after a while, the same songs seem to be played over and over and my patience with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bell Rock wears thin. Every year I do seem to stumble on a great holiday album that includes new titles I'd never heard or revisions of old classics.
As a child I cherished the Chipmunks album I had! I never grow tired of "Christmas Don't Be Late" from Christmas with the Chipmunks!
When I was in college, Windham Hill came out with the first in a series of New Age holiday albums. A Winter's Solstice is great to play during a holiday party - instrumental versions of holiday favorites. Songs of Joy and Peace by Yo-Yo Ma and Friends is another great album to celebrate the holiday season with Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year music.
A couple of years ago, a group of dj's who specialize in mashups and remixes came out with a collection called Santastic which they put online for download. Santastic 4 is out now. This is dance music with a holiday twist. Take a listen to Pumping Up Christmas and see if you like holiday mashups!
Maybe you saw the Sting concert on PBS last year - I did and I loved it! The concert featured older songs accompanied by the Lute - some of which I had never heard before! The Library has the CD If On A Winter's Night and the DVD A Winter's Night: Live from the Durham Cathedral.
You can browse through literally hundreds of holiday songs - when you get to Freegal, just type in the word Christmas or Holiday and see what pops up. While was there I also found a Laura Nyro song, "Upstairs By a Chinese Lamp" from her album Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. Remember, you can download 3 songs a week, so I rounded out my trip to Freegal by downloading one of my favorite songs, "The Cherry Tree Carol" as sung by Jose Feliciano from his Feliz Navidad album.
I love acapella music - and I was pretty excited to see that the Library just ordered the Straight No Chaser CD With a Twist. It isn't their Holiday CD - but please, enjoy this video of their version of the "12 Days of Christmas." It is hilarious and might get you in the mood for Holiday music!
Harpists Victoria Baney and Elizabeth Erickson are bringing their beautiful music to several San Jose Public Library branches during the holiday season. Enjoy seasonal selections at Willow Glen Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon and at Santa Teresa Branch Library on Dec. 11 from 4-5 p.m. Elizabeth will be available after the concert to answer questions about harps and harp music. This video clip shows Victoria, left, and Elizabeth performing at Cambrian Branch Library on Nov. 13.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is best described as a big gift containing many gifts inside. As the reader unfolds each present he/she discovers the secret of money, relationships, health, happiness, but most importantly the secret of oneself. A must read for everyone wanting to make a positive change in their life.
Why not make beautiful or yummy gifts for your loved ones during this holiday season... Here are some ideas:
The possibilities are endless! Check out your local library and browse our Craft section! Get creative!
I donned the mantle of Smokey Bear (there is no "the", apparently) Wednesday night at West Valley's 6pm Story time. I had a fun time wearing the suit and interacting with the kids who were all happy to see Smokey. A good time was had by all in attendance and I recommend wearing a character suit at least once in your lifetime!
Twas the night before the book sale and all through the Library were volunteers working hard through the days to make sure that everything was all ready for the Holiday Booksale!
Join us on Saturday, 12/4 at the Vineland Branch for our Friends of the Library Holiday Booksale from 10:00am-12:30pm. Pick up some great gently used books for yourself or others during the holiday season! HO HO HO!
This might be a first – story time at a San José City Council meeting! Librarian Ed Koetitz (Almaden) was asked to do a five-minute version of story time at Tuesday’s Council meeting (11-30-2010). He got the audience to sing along with him and participate with gusto. The Library Foundation was in attendance and they graciously participated by playing rhythm sticks in the last musical selection "There is a Planet Bright and Blue."
In Nancy Pyle's opening remarks (Council member for District 10), she pointed out that story time at the San José Public Library was one of its most popular services to the residents of San José. During the last fiscal year (09-10), the library presented 3,022 Story Times with 119,033 parents and children in attendance.
Research has shown that children who are read to and who enjoy the reading experience are much more likely to become proficient readers and as a result, have great academic success throughout their lives.
You can watch the video here. Council member Nancy Pyle begins introducing Ed at exactly one minute into the meeting. Enjoy!
I am sure you have heard all this stuff lately about Green Business. Maybe you are wondering, what is it and how can I make money from it? Green Business can mean starting a business that offers environmentally responsible products or services, it can mean investing in companies that are "green", or transitioning your existing business practices to eco-friendly ones.
Whichever definition you choose, there are ways to profit from Green Business. And of course, the library has resources to help. Here's a few:
Print, e-audio & e-book: Go Green, Live Rich : 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying by David Bach
Articles: Check out our online resource Small Business Reference Center where you can find a ton of articles from journals and magazines all about Green Business
Everyone and their mothers have been telling me that I should pick up the series Dexter, and having a mild case of thanatophobia (my vocab word for the day; it means fear of death), I figured passing might be okay. I was wrong.
Do not pass on Dexter. There is intensity in this direction and it’s the good kind.
Meet Dexter. He's just a normal guy except he's kind of a sociopathic serial killer raised by a cop foster father who taught him to kill by a certain code. The need to kill is instilled deep within him and it feeds often. He also works in the forensics department of the Miami PD.
But there’s a new serial killer in town that the homicide department is tracking down: The Ice Truck Killer, known as such because he likes to drain the blood out of his victims when he chops then into slices with the aid of a chilly environment to slow down the flow of blood.
The Ice Truck Killer already kills in a way that sends Dexter shivers of excitement; but when Dexter finds out that he’s being called out by his fellow serial killer, he needs to find out how they’re linked. He digs into his past, trying to find out about the memories his mind is blocking and how he became the sociopath he is.
Probably not suitable for children.
Salman Rushdie in conversation is rarely if ever boring. In a recent radio interview, he discussed the decline of storytelling in the last century under Modernism, how realistic fiction isn't really that realistic, and how having a bestseller doesn’t necessarily guarantee you won’t be forgotten. He also spoke about his latest book, Luka and the Fire of Life, an adventure story that is a follow up of sorts to Haroun and the Sea of Stories. You can listen to him speak on Radio 3’s Night Waves or you can read reviews in the Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Telegraph. You can also read an excerpt from the book at the Wall Street Journal.
Materials are never due on days that we are closed.
During the month of December there will be several days when items will have extended due dates. This is to ensure that materials will not be due during Holiday closures.
Because space in our return drop is limited, we recommend that customers return materials on days that we are open or renew items before they are due.
Thank you, and Happy Holidays!!
Like many Thanksgiving travelers this week, I ended up spending a bigger portion of my holiday in the airport than I expected. My flight was delayed by 12 hours, so I was able to find a cozy spot and read the newest Scottoline book, My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: the Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman. I was looking forward to this one because I had thoroughly enjoyed Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. Both of these books are a compilation of articles Lisa wrote that appeared in her weekly column “Chick Wit,” her witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective that appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the newest book, she focuses on enjoying life with her 5 pets, her octogenarian mother, and her college graduate daughter, and on being a writer and book tours. The article that brought back a flood of memories for me was entitled, “Library Slut.” Scottoline writes:
“I discovered my love of reading in my school library, where the notion of a whole room full of books seemed extraordinary …but my favorite thing about the library was my library card. It was the first piece of grown-up ID that I got, and it felt like a veritable ticket to adulthood. I carried it proudly in a padded Barbie wallet that otherwise held only a photo of Troy Donahue. …the Troy Donahue photo came with the wallet, from the days when wallets came with photos. Nowadays, you’re on your own. Your wallet has no friends…I will never forget my library card. It was small, stiff, and orange and it bore my name in full. Next to my name was a metal plate embossed with four numbers. I use to go home and press my fingers against the numbers on the metal plate, which were freshly inked from my library trip. Believe it or not, my numbers were 3937. How do I remember that, when I can’t remember where I put my car keys? Simple. Any memory lasts when it’s linked to an emotion. And the library card meant the world to me. Its message was clear: I read, therefore, I matter. It gave me an identity, as a reader. It told me that others valued what I valued. That I wasn’t alone, like some weirdo bookworm. It’s a powerful message, one that I got loud and clear. And it’s a message that librarians and libraries give every day, without knowing it, to children and to adults everywhere around the world.” In today’s busy world it’s good to know the message is still being received.
If you want to read her essays or any of Lisa Scottoline’s 17 mysteries for free, just open your wallet and find your faithful San Jose Public Library card. It’s probably placed right next to a photo of someone or something of meaning to you. Happy holidays!
I remember singing a version of “Knick Knack Paddy Whack” way back in elementary school. I recently discovered a book called Knick Knack Paddy Whack that has colorful collage illustrations by Christiane Engel. An older gentleman plays a drum and several children play a variety of musical instruments. A cute dog with a bone follows the man and the children as they parade through the neighborhood and stop for a bite to eat. A CD with vocals by Mr. Steve accompanies this delightful book, so that readers can listen and sing while turning the pages.
Happy reading, listening and singing!
Did you know that you can get historical information about a property in any city in California using the digital version of Sanborn Maps? Sanborn maps were used to assess fire insurance liabilities from 1867 to 1970. You can view the outlines of buildings, construction materials, and the location of windows and doors.
The Children's Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will be the place to be on Saturday, December 11 at 11:00AM. PapaHugs and his Playtime Characters will be here entertaining us all with his songs and music. Everyone will be dancing, singing, and having fun. Join us for a fun filled morning and remember it's FREE!