On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Candice Tran, Lenora Morris and Tully Community Branch Library's teensReach volunteers represented the library at the Cry Out Christian Fellowship Church in San Jose. National Night Out is a nationwide event promoting neighborhood safety and community awareness.
* Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) - Wednedays from 11:30 am - 12:00 Noon
followed by Stay & Play
* Toddler Storytime (Ages 1-3) - Thursdays from 10:30 am - 11:30 am
followed by Stay & Play
* Inclusive Storytime (Ages 2-8) Last Tuesday of the month from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
followed by Stay & Play
We invite children and their families to enjoy these storytimes at the Edenvale Branch Library.
Since the Edenvale Branch Library is closed on Fridays and Saturdays, families are also invited to visit the Almaden Branch Library to attend their storytimes.
If you shop in the City of San Jose, beginning January 1, 2012 (that's about 4 months away) there will no longer be disposable plastic bags for your merchandise. That means you will need to bring your own bags to put your groceries or other purchases in.
Plastic bags are a convenience that just isn't worth the price on the environment. Did you know that plastic bags are the most commonly found items during creek clean-ups or that Californians use 4 million plastic bags a year? Plastic bags are considered to be dangerous to over 260 species of wildlife including sea turtles who mistake the bags in the ocean for jellyfish and then try to eat them. Swapping out plastic bags for reusable ones is a change that everyone can easily make!
What can you do to get ready for the change?
Recycle your plastic grocery bags by turning them into "yarn" that you can then use to crochet a reusable shopping bag. This is recycling/reuse at its finest. I've made a couple of these myself - they are quick to make and they are flexible and strong! This video shows you how to do it!
Purchase bags at your local store. They are only a few dollars and if you start now buying one a week, you'll easily have enough for your weekly grocery run before the ordinance goes into effect.
Check out the book bags the library friends sell! These bags are built for toting books, but they'll carry your canned goods and loaves of bread just as easily. And you'll be supporting the library as well!
Networking. I don't mean social networking, this kind of networking doesn't require an Internet connection. Networking face to face allows for deeper connections and lasting impressions. Social networking may reach more people but networking in person puts a face to a business or job candidate. Anyway, you don't need much to get started and the more you get out there and start doing it, the easier and better at it you will be. Trust me, as someone who is not an outgoing schmoozer, it can be hard at first. However, I have met a lot of good contacts that I otherwise would not have if I didn't force myself to go to networking events. The benefits have outweighed my initial fear and apprehension. Plus, there's always the possibility of food and drink!
Networking is a great way to meet people that can help you or to meet people that you can help. You never know who you are going to meet that is someone or knows someone that can help you with that missing piece.
Before you perfect your handshake, you should probably know some tips on how to get the most out of your networking, whether the goal is increasing business or getting a job. For instance, you probably want to appropriately target your networking, meaning, going to a networking event in San José might not be as successful if you plan to do most of your business in San Francisco. Check out some of the books we have at the library for more tips to get you started on the road to better networking.
The winners of our Graphic Novel Making Contest 2011 were announced at the award ceremony on August 27th. The winners are:
1st place: Nidhi Naroth, age 12, “The Cliff”
2nd place: Liam Kirk, age 8, “The Adventures of Agent Bucktooth”
3rd place: Shirley Huang, age 12, “Arrow’s Forest Friend”
1st place: Apanuba Mahmood, age 13, “Flower’s Canvas”
2nd place: Jessica Lee, age 17, “Little Red Riding Hood”
3rd place: Nancy Duong, age 17, “Chess: The Black Queen and the White Knight”
1st place: Michael Merritt, age 18, “Pure Element: Revelation”
2nd place: Jessica Tang, age 18, “Turning Point”
3rd place: Darren Tat, age 41, “Rabbit in the Moon”
Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to all who participated.
Do you enjoy reading and discussing what you read? If the answer is yes, the Edenvale Book Club is the club for you! Come to the fireplace area of the Edenvale Branch Library on Wednesday September 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm. This month, we will discuss Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. All are welcome to join us. This book is available in print format and ebook format.
Children and teens are welcome to attend Tutor Time on Tuesday afternoons starting on September 11 at the Edenvale Branch Library from 3:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Tutoring in all subjects will be available.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Rafe Khatchadorian in Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life (AR 4.0, Level 4.5) is not self-absorbed like Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid nor self-delusional like Nate in Big Nate: In a Class by Himself. Rafe is more interested in having fun at middle school, while avoiding his arch nemesis Miller, Bear, and schoolwork. He has discovered that rule-breaking may be the ticket for fun at school! He is also interested in impressing his dream girl, Jeanne Galletta. Rafe is an especially gifted artist, much like Junior, in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but in a story written for kids.
Everyone wants Rafe to settle down: Jeanne, his Mom, and Mrs. Donatello. However, they do not realize that they are up against Leo the Silent, who seems to get Rafe in a lot of trouble!
The story begins and ends with Rafe and Leo in a police car. Don't worry, though, the situation is not as desperate as it may seem. Read the book to find out what happens to Rafe!
James Patterson has immersed himself in young adult fiction in recent years. See the Maximum Ride series, starting with The Angel Experiment; Witch and Wizard series; and the Daniel X series, starting with Dangerous Days of Daniel X. Written with Chris Tebbetts, Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life is his first novel for children. The graphics in this book are perfect for kids who are reluctant readers. James Patterson is dedicated to making kids readers for life. See his ReadKiddoRead website for more information.
"I've contacted the aunt and uncle whom I visited in rural Pennsylvania every summer as a boy. You'll be staying with them." says Dad
"What are their names?"
"Uh...Poppy and Moo."
"Mike, come meet Poppy!"
I followed the line of the yardstick, which seemed to point to a huge recliner in the far, dark corner of the room. With a statue sitting in it.
At least, it was frozen like a statue. Its arms were almost as white as its undershirt except for the blue veins running up and down. Above the undershirt, hair peeked out, then a fat neck and stubbly chin. Lips stuck out in a pout. Eyes stared straight ahead. Two tufts of gray hair stuck up like devil horns. The whole statue looked like it hadn't moved in days.
"Say hello to Poppy!" Moo said.
Mike is a kid who is the only sane center of the town called "Do Over." Sent by his dad to spend six weeks of his summer vacation building an artesian screw, Mike cannot figure out how to tell his dad that he hates math. However, when he arrives in "Do Over," he realizes that he is the only person who can fundraise $40,000 for the adoption of Romanian Mike.
Over the course of the summer, Mike finds the calling within himself. Full of humorous situations and eccentric characters, Mike manages to rouse people in Do Over. At the same time, though, does he manage to finally reach his Dad? Read it and find out!
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher explores the social effects of suicide. In the story, Hannah Baker, who had killed herself, reaches out to her friends and acquaintances through the mode of a tape recorder, where she speaks to them and explains why she did what she did. Her friends and acquaintances, devastated by the result, can not believe the things they hear and are guilt-stricken by her words. She takes them on a journey to death, both, literally and figuratively, as they wander through the destinations on her map which she planned for them to visit, all the while, hearing her gut wrenching tale of how she felt and what she saw. The story is at once touching and haunting, sure to absorb you.
My own reactions to the book at the outset were: "I do not want to read the book" because I already knew what it was all about, but once I started, I could not put it down. After I finished, I could not forget the characters and the story, for it reminded me of my own high school experience--the petty fights, the naivete of youth, the idealism, and the fears and hopes we had for the future. Thirteen Reasons Why is so beautifully written that it haunts you. Now, I know why so many people are talking about and requesting this book.
Have you read or heard the Grimm's fairy tale called Rapunzel? Did you ever wonder why Rapunzel was locked in a tower, and how she felt about being there? Did you ever think of an alternative to her waiting for a prince to come rescue her?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," then Rapunzel's Revenge is the book for you! This graphic novel is based on the fairy tale, but provides a thrilling alternative to the familiar story.
The book was put together by the three Hales - wife and husband team Shannon and Dean Hale, and artist Nathan Hale (who is related only by name to the authors). They have produced a witty, humorous, and adventure-filled book that older children, teens, and adults will enjoy.
Check it out at your local San José Public Library!
I visited Southern California last week and actually saw kids running a lemonade stand. I don't know about you but I've only seen this referenced on television or in magazines. I have never seen this in real life. Anyway, I realized the lemonade stand is not just a summertime fun activity for kids to make an extra buck. It's really a first step to teaching your kids about entrepreneurship. Anyway, I came across an article from Wall Street Journal online that gives parents tips on how to encourage their kids to be entrepreneurs that I thought you might enjoy.
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Ten-year-old Moon has led a relatively sheltered life. He lives with his father in the Alabama wilderness. Moon's mother passed away when he was very young. Moon has learned wilderness survival skills from his father; however, he knows little about the outside world. One day, everything changes. What happens? Read Alabama Moon by Watt Key to find out. This book is also available in audio cd format. A dvd based on the book is also available to check out. Alabama Moon is great for readers of all ages, especially upper elementary school students and middle school students.
What do you do if you have a generous heart and some new or very gently used books, DVDs, videos, or CDs that you don’t need?
But here is a tougher question — What do you do if you have a generous heart and some gently used magazines, National Geographic issues, encyclopedias, or textbooks that you don’t need?
The answer is that unfortunately, the library and its Friends groups cannot accept donations of magazines, including National Geographic; encyclopedias; or textbooks.
So, where can you donate these kinds of items, especially if you prefer that they be re-used rather than simply recycled?
Here is a list of organizations in the local area that may accept donations in these categories — provided that the items are in good condition. This list was compiled by searching recyclestuff.org. Please call each organization before donating, since it may no longer accept the kind of donation you are planning to give.
•Friends Outside in Santa Clara County - (408) 468-0100
•Saratoga Library Friends - (408) 867-6126
•St. Elizabeth's Day Home - (408) 295-3456
•Yu-Ai Kai/ Japanese American Senior Services - (408) 294-2505
National Geographic Magazine:
•Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley - (408) 957-9685
•Yu-Ai Kai/ Japanese American Senior Services - (408) 294-2505
•Friends Outside in Santa Clara County - (408) 468-0100
•Friendship Church of God in Christ - (408) 258-5445
•Savers Thrift Store - (408) 287-0591
•St. Elizabeth's Day Home - (408) 295-3456
•Goodwill - Donation Center - (408) 998-5774 ex248
•Goodwill - Retail Store - (408) 265-5692
•Salvation Army - (408) 286-3291
For where to donate other items that the Friends of the Library cannot accept, you can search the recyclestuff.org database yourself. Like, where can I donate my dust-accumulating classic computing books from the 1970’s?
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“This is a simple tale. I was born in the Little Neck Public Library in Queens, New York. Next to the card catalog. Well that’s the way I remember it, and I’m sticking to the story no matter what!” On page one of The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-standard Text for Writing & Life, Marion Roach Smith begins by sharing one of her earliest memories: her mother took her to the catalog and showed her a card with her father’s name on it. “From that moment on, what I wanted most was a place in the Dewey Decimal System.“
If you've suffered writing the tale of your life -- or any writing project, Marion Roach Smith provides some humorous relief as well as practical suggestions.
"Forget all those mindless writing exercises and learn to write for real."
"Your writing math must add up to a figure so compelling the reader can't take his or her eyes off your argument."
"Editing is the perfect murder, though the darlings you kill can live to see another day."
WE NEED LEGOS!!
The Cambrian Branch Library is starting a new Lego Club on Wednesday, August 24, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. This will give children the opportunity to play and create with LOTS of legos, instead with just the limited number that come in most kits. They can either work on their own creations, or build as a team. For those who prefer to work with a plan, we will make sure to have some templates available. But to make the new Lego Club a success, we need to have more legos than we currently have. If you have any to spare, please consider donating them to the Cambrian Library for our new club.
Legos aren’t just fun to play with, but they are also beneficial for encouraging creativity, cooperative play, fine motor skills, developing planning skills, and helping to focus concentration. People have long recognized the benefits of building with blocks, but in recent years, there have been articles on the benefits of lego building for children with autism too.
Check out our books on Legos, too.
As you can tell from the cover, Clay Hensley is not one of Principal Keller's favorite students. Making jokes at the expense of others, running through the halls and creative pranks are some of Clay's favorite activities at school. Clay's numerous visits to the principal have been faithfully transcribed by the school secretary, who marvels at Clay's fearlessness.
Clay's hijinks seem to be endless, until his brother returns home after a stint in prison. Clay idolizes his fearless brother, Mitchell, until Mitchell forces him to make some changes. After Mitchell demands a physical transformation, Clay feels confused about his new status. So do his friends.
Then Clay learns that his past may finally catch up to him and an agreement with Principal Keller is in jeopardy. Will Clay learn the hard way that his past may define his future?
Andrew Clements' Trouble-Maker (AR 3.0, Level 4.7) shows us the effects of past behavior and reputation on the perceptions of other people. Will Clay manage to show everyone that he is different? Will Clay truly fit the image that his brother wants? Read it and see!
Life is not going so well for Callie Boone during the summer before middle school! Her ex-best friend is now ignoring and making fun of her behind her back. Her family is driving her crazy. She is banned from the pool. And, she now faces middle school in the fall without a best friend! What is a girl to do?
Confused and hurt, Callie depends upon her diving practice time and her snack-loving father, who is a former diving star. Then a boy named Hoot moves in next door. Callie tests the limits of friendship with her new friend and learns what a real friend is like. A tragic twist shows her that there are more important things to life than her feelings about her former best friend.
After All, You're Callie Boone (AR 6.0, Level 4.7) is a fine motto to live by for anyone. Winnie Mack shows kids how important nutritious eating and loyalty are in life. Humorous and quick-paced, Mack's debut novel is a great summer read.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi
I admit it: I am an unabashed Gandhi-phile. I love Mohandas K. Gandhi!
How could you not love a unassuming bespectacled man who stood 5'4" in a loincloth and went from being tongue-tied talking to a handful of people in a London parlor to speaking with enormous moral conviction to millions of Indians – and to the daunting might of the British Empire. This was a man who led his countrymen and women from the indignities of colonization to independence from the British – not with suicide bombs, vitriol or Facebook – but with nonviolence, love and an adherence to truth. And it worked – the British Empire left India.
An excellent introduction to the life of the Mahatma is Richard Attenborough's deservedly award-winning film, Gandhi. A labor of love, it is said that the director poured over every photograph and newsreel known to exist of Gandhi's life to recreate this biopic as accurately and movingly as possible. Check out the astonishing opening scene with a literal cast of thousands (actually it was over 300,000) – the largest number of extras ever used in the history of film – and of course this was all pre-computer animation or digital enhancement!
Finally if after watching the movie you, like me, catch the Gandhi bug, Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth has a surprisingly candid and intimate voice. I found it as much a good read as it is a window into one of the most compelling movements of the 20th century.
Not having much time or energy at the end of each day to cook, I found I needed help putting something together with the ingredients I had at hand. I found help from my old Betty Crocker “Big Red” cookbook. What I like best is that everyday ingredients are used so when I buy an herb or spice for one recipe I know I’ll use it again. Here is a list of Betty Crocker cookbooks either at your local San José Library branch or available for request. You’ll see that Betty has changed with the times to include more healthful recipes as well as topical cookbooks. You can even find a “biography” of Betty, Finding Betty Crocker by Susan Marks, in which was quite fun to learn how Betty Crocker was “born.” In the meanwhile, I’m going to watch my mailbox for Betty’s 11th edition of her “Big Red.” I’ve pre-ordered it and I can’t wait to see which of my favorite recipes have been kept and which have been revamped! Meet you in the kitchen!
We invite kids and their families to enjoy these storytimes at Almaden Branch Library.
The library has many groovy music CD’s for children. Introducing music to children can help them learn about rhyme, math, the alphabet, rhythm, dance, and encourage them to develop a sense of self. Through music kids will learn about animals, fruits, vegetables, body parts & movement, nursery rhymes and many cultures.
Here are some of the most remarkable music CD's I have found for children: Putumayo for Kids Collection (music from cultures all over the world), Smithsonian Folkways children's music collection (some oldies but goodies), The Laurie Berkner Band (all original songs about rocket ships, dinosaurs, and more). Just get silly, dance, sing songs, and have fun!
San José Public Library now has Blu-ray DVDs as well as traditional DVDs!
Blu-ray DVD packaging will look very similar to current DVD packaging, but the case will be labeled as Blu-ray in a banner across the case and on the label. The catalog will also state that the title is a BLURAY DVD. Look for Children’s Blu-ray DVD titles, such as the movie Rango (also in the system in regular DVD format) and a selection of Young Adult and Adult motion picture titles.
Tully Community Branch Library offers a FREE Singing Class in Vietnamese for Seniors ages 50 or older. Learn how to read music and practice singing Vietnamese songs. Sheet music will be provided by the instructor, Thanh Tran, a volunteer and social worker from the County of Santa Clara. No prior experience in singing is required. Class takes place every Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 PM at Tully Branch Library. Class restarts every quarter. Next class will take place in October.
When interviewed, customers expressed their gratitude to the library and Thanh Tran for organizing such an outstanding stress-released program for seniors. Due to current economic crisis people can't afford to attend any private singing class; this FREE and "meaningful" class enriches life's quality by providing an opportunity for them to live healthily and joyfully.
Lớp học hát miễn phí cho người Việt cao niên mỗi chiều Thứ Tư 5:30-8:30 PM tại thư viện Tully. Mỗi học viên sẽ được chọn hai bản nhạc và giáo viên sẽ cung cấp bản nhạc miễn phí. Ghi tên tại lớp vào ngày khai giảng. Không cần phải có kinh nghiệm.
Children and their families are invited to attend a Go Wild! Kids' Nature Program at the Edenvale Branch Library Community Room on August 23 at 3:30 PM.
Staff from the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge will present an entertaining and educational program where participants will learn about Bay Area birds with stories and fun activities.
To learn more about the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please visit their web site.
On Saturday, September 15, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. the Almaden Branch Library is pleased have the Happy Birds to educate and entertain both young and old alike. Prepare to be amazed by trained parrots that talk, sing, ride bikes, perform flying tricks, and more! The Happy Birds Show has been bringing upbeat, family-friendly entertainment to the Greater San Jose area since 1989. These remarkable parrots have amazed more than 5,000 audiences with their fast-paced, interactive performances and will put on a show you'll never forget. This free program features over 25 amazing bird tricks and is tailored for all ages. The Friends of the Almaden Library helped make this program possible.
I am rediscovering a forgotten delight: reading short stories. I am always looking for something to read during quiet times and a short story can easily be read in one sitting. I have been known to nod off while reading a novel, but never while reading a short story. A well written short story moves right along and leads the reader on to a conclusion within an hour or less. Find a good collection of short stories and start reading. If one story is not so great, well, move on to the next. You are bound to find at least one stellar story that will rock your reading world.
I recently read an outstanding collection of short stories written by Elizabeth Berg. It was displayed at Pearl Avenue Branch Library. The cover and title caught my eye: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Now that title spoke to me. Thoughts of chocolate, donuts, cake, ice cream, lasagna and other assorted high caloric, yummy, fat laden comfort foods swirled through my mind. What a fantasy to ponder! I grabbed the book from the display and checked it out. At first glance I thought the book in my hands was a novel, but I quickly discovered this was not so after finishing the first story: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. I devoured that story faster than a bag of potato chips and smiled and laughed throughout the reading of it. My appetite was whetted and so I moved on to the second story and then the third until a few days later I had read and mentally digested all 13 stories in this delectable collection.
The full title of Elizabeth Berg’s short story collection is The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation. While an element of food is present in most of the stories, there is a touch of rebellion sprinkled throughout. I would not characterize this collection of stories as “Chick Lit,” but the theme of the collection is women and their inner lives. Elizabeth Berg has an easy writing style that connects with readers. I often found myself on the verge of laughter or tears while reading a story. Through her fine storytelling Berg explores the different stages of women’s lives. There are challenges, frustrations, joys, sacrifices and disappointments that season every woman’s life, and Elizabeth Berg has illuminated them brilliantly. So, get yourself a bowl of ice cream, a slice of pie, or some chips and dip and settle in with The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted (book or CD ) for a banquet of delicious stories.
Have you ever found yourself looking for a simple map of a country on the internet only to be bombarded by images that were just too complicated or maps that don’t have the basic information you need?
I’m guessing that you already know that being a SJPL card holder has great benefits. One of them you might not know about is access to World Book Encyclopedia for Students and its online atlas. The maps are straightforward and easy to search and many of the larger country and state maps include population density, temperature, precipitation and economic and political data as well. I travel to India every year and sometimes I simply want to know where one of India's 28 states is located or some basic information about just how rainy it will be during monsoon. It's simple and it works.
So the next time you’re curious about places like Ireland, Tasmania or Mozambique and you don’t have time to plow through Wikipedia or an image search -- just head to World Book Student with your library card number and PIN and explore the world!
Summer Reading for 2011 is over. This fun program took place from June 18 to July 30. Teens enjoyed the celebration and wanted to join the program next year. Let's hear their thoughts about the summer reading experience.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin tells the story of Rachel, a 30-year old attorney living and working in Manhattan who fell in love with her best friend's fiancé and how she struggled between friendship, love and morals. It's a fun read and very entertaining. This witty page-turner is recently being developed into a film. Emily Giffin has also written Something Blue, Baby Proof, Heart of the Matter and Love the One You're With.
If you can't find an item that you are looking for in one of San Jose's 18 libraries, don't despair! You can search for titles that we don't have using the Link+ button when searching the library catalog.
With Link+, you can search for books in over 40 libraries throughout the state of California using your SJPL barcode and pin number.
Learn more about Link+ borrower rules and guidelines.
Some things to keep in mind:
If you still can't find the title that you are looking for, fill out the Suggest a Purchase form and let us know what we are missing.
Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup
As a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, Kate Brastrup accompanies game wardens on search and rescue operations providing assistance both to families of victims and rescuers. Braestrup studied to become a Unitarian minister after her husband, a state trooper, was killed in a car accident, leaving her a widow with four children. Laced with humor, this inspirational memoir tells her journey from grief to compassion.
Being unemployed can be overwhelming. Your local library offers many resources to help you during this difficult time. Check out the Job Seekers Support Group that meets at Santa Teresa Library to share leads, network and support one another. The Biblioteca Latinoamericana branch offers a Job Searching at the Library Class on Thursdays from 1p to 3p. These are just two of many job search workshops that we offer at SJPL. Go to our monthly calendar and browse the Jobs & Career section.
Remember that you can access the Career Transitions database and other Online Resources for Job Seekers with your library card.
Job Seekers please note: Work2future, the local one-stop career center, is closing it's Parkmoor San Jose location as of August 31st. Effective September 6th 2011, job seekers will need to go to the following locations:
Calli lives in a family of over-achievers. Every single person in her family, including her parents "go for the gold." Except Calli. She is happy being an average fifth grade kid, but doesn't know how to fit in with her extroverted family, who want her to be an over-achiever, too. Especially torturous is her father's version of the ABC's. Her brother and sister, Alex and Becca, each announce their achievements during the ABC's. But Calli, the "C", does not feel she has anything to contribute. Until, she meets Noah. Noah isn't like other kids. Her approach to Noah changes life for both him and her in ways she could never have imagined!
Along the way, Calli learns that her parents have issues of their own. Her older brother brings some sanity to her world with his understanding of the family dynamic. Becca, meanwhile, has a hidden secret, too.
Calli Be Gold (AR 6.0, Level 4.2) will reach the heart of any kid who doesn't really fit in, whether at school or at home. Michele Weber Hurwitz clearly understands the problems that upper-elementary or beginning middle-school kids have in this stellar debut novel. She cleverly uses humor to offset some of the serious issues her characters face. The combination of humor and pathos made this book a page-turner!
I could not put it down until the wee hours of the morning! This adult librarian was in tears from about half-way through the book all the way to the end. I was also laughing, as well, so I am sure my family thought I was becoming unhinged. I can wholeheartedly say that this book is the best book I have read so far this year. Try it and see for yourself!
Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook
Jill Murray thought that she and husband, Seth, had a happy marriage. Daughter Anastasia was age three when Seth abruptly decided marriage was too confining, and left, taking all the money in their bank account with him. Seven years later, Jill is struggling to support herself and her daughter, by answering phones for a travel agency and teaching cooking classes at a community center. Now, after all those years of somehow managing to survive, she keeps hoping that life will hold something more promising for her in the future. What she hadn't counted on was her husband's sudden reappearance in their lives. Was it possible to forgive a man who had so disappointed her, even as he begged to be forgiven as if he had done nothing wrong? Could they be a family again? Jill knew that Anastasia needed a father, but was that reason enough to risk heartbreak again. There's also a new man in her life, and Seth has mentioned a girlfriend who might still be in the picture. Take this book to the beach with you, and find out whether or not Jill makes the right decision about the men in her life.
Thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant and about a year's worth of hard work, we've created three walking tours of downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your feet!
There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.
Don't have a smartphone? Come join us on September 10th at 11:30 for a group tour using smartphones and iPads to take A Walk Around the Plaza! We will meet in front of the Art Museum - 110 S. Market Street. I'll be there and I hope you will too!
From Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the team that brought you the adventure-packed Peter and the Starcatchers series, comes Science Fair, a hilarious and thrilling story about foreign spies and middle school science projects. Toby is a geeky boy who is tired of the rich kids always winning the science fair at his school. He and his friends try to think up a project that will let them finally win the big prize. Meanwhile, Grdankl the Strong, leader of the unpronounceable country of Krpshtskan, has decided to wage war on the United States and send his minions to destroy us. However, they become sidetracked by the television shopping channels. Meanwhile, plots arise regarding Toby’s parents’ Star Wars memorabilia, an evil teacher, a mad science store owner, and a Wienermobile that will keep you glued to the book and laughing your head off.
This year, the Islamic holiday Ramadan takes place from August 1st to the 29th. To Muslims, Ramadan marks the month God bestowed the first verses of the Qur'an to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Ramadan's date changes in the Gregorian calendar because its time each year is based on the 9-month Islamic calendar. Celebrations for Ramadan include month-long fasting during daytime, and more time dedicated to prayer.
Fasting in Ramadan occurs from dawn to dusk and includes abstaining from eating, drinking, sexual intercourse, and the viewing or hearing of obscene or irreligious sights and sounds. Fasting is supposed to help Muslims detach themselves from worldly activities and become more spiritual. Muslims are also encouraged to read the entire Qur'an during Ramadan and to focus less on worldly affairs. Muslims are expected to work on spiritual cleansing, charity, good deeds, and helping others. People will prepare special foods and buy gifts for their family, friends, and the poor. The preparation of special foods is for the Iftari, a traditional fast-breaking meal at the end of the day.
Decorations can also be a part of Ramadan, including lit lanterns or colorful lights strung up in public places. Ramadan ends with the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr about 29 or 30 days after the beginning of Ramadan. During this holiday people dress in their best clothing, gather for a morning prayer, and then enjoy feasting and visiting friends and family.
To read more about Ramadan, take a look at some of these titles:
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The Joyce Ellington Library's teensReach group meets on the 3rd Thursday from 4pm-5pm.
On Thursday, August 18th from 4pm-5pm, join us for a special Book Buying party at the Joyce Ellington Library Branch, 491 E. Empire St, San Jose, CA . We are asking teens who live in the neighborhood to give us feedback on what type of materials (books, dvds, music & other) they would like to see in the library aimed at teens. Refreshments will be served. Please bring your friends!
Reynie Muldoon, an orphaned child with special abilities decides to respond to a newspaper advertisement addressed to "gifted children looking for special opportunities." After passing several mind-bending exams, he joins an elite team of four talented children and they become the Mysterious Benedict Society. They soon go on an adventurous journey of espionage and self-discovery to defeat a master criminal who plans to take over the world. Readers will be intrigued by interesting characters and a gripping plot.
• Audio Book - Listen to this book using your CD player.
Storytime schedule is taking a break at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library in August.
However, a New Storytime Schedule will start in September:
We invite kids and their families to enjoy these storytimes.
El horario de la Hora de Cuentos en la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington está tomando un descanso en el mes de agosto.
Sin embargo, habrá un nuevo horario de cuentos que se iniciará en el mes de septiembre:
Invitamos a los niños y sus familias que disfrutan de estos programas de cuentos.
If you are a fan of Carl Hiaasen's previous books Hoot and Flush, you'll be sure to gain more than enough satisfaction and laughs from another of his patented ecological-mysteries, Scat, set in the author's home state of Florida.
This time Hiaasen is writing about an unliked and unpopular biology teacher who has seemingly vanished after a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. Of course there's more going on than meets the eye and our two main protagonists Nick and Marta are interested in finding out what, exactly, is behind the mysterious disappearance. Their guess is that classmate and resident troublemaker Smoke is behind the whole mess and in fact he is, but not how anybody could have imagined. Hiaasen has again created a cast of goofy and memorable characters that all comes back to an endangered Florida panther (hence the title) who is more than a little annoyed by what's going on in the swamp and its natural surroundings.
Great story, funny characters, and ecological relevance ...
Carl Hiaasen at his writer-for-young readers finest. Check it out.
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West Valley's monthly book club is still going strong! Some of our members have been coming regularly for many years, but new members are always invited to join in on the literary fun and conversation. Members take turns suggesting titles for the group to read and discuss at the next meeting, which results in an interesting and diverse array of selections. Yesterday evening's discussion was centered around the classic My Antonia, but next month we're switching gears to Southwestern mystery with Tony Hillerman's The Shape Shifter. This was Hillerman's last novel in his award-winning and prolific Navajo Tribal Police mystery series before his passing in 2008. I haven't read it yet, but according to Wikipedia, the plot involves "a Navajo rug, a suspicious fire, a threatening phone call, and fruitcake." If that doesn't sound mysterious, I don't know what does.
Request your copy today (also available in large print and audiobook) so you'll be ready to join us next month on September 14, 6:30-7:30pm in the West Valley Branch Library Community Room as we discuss The Shape Shifter.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a touching parable that celebrates the act of giving. It's the story of a tree that gave everything she had to a boy whom she loved without asking for anything in return.
Another book on giving is The Book Of Giving: Poems of Thanks, Praise, and Celebration collected and illustrated by Kay Chorao.
The Door in the Forest by Roderick Townley, takes place in Everwood, after the war to end all wars. Near Everwood was a magical island, maybe enchanted, maybe cursed, it depended who you talked to about it. No one had ever visited the island as far as Daniel Crowley knew. Surrounding the island on all sides were hedge-apple trees with curved, medieval-looking thorns, also thistles, firethorn, baneberry and poison oak. Besides the three streams encircling the island, there was the quicksand. In the water were the poisonous white-headed water snakes, which the legend said had human faces. Still Daniel hoped to find a way to visit the island. He was hungry for adventure. Before too long any reader of this book will be thinking “Oh Daniel, be careful what you wish for!”
Pick up this book and in addition to meeting Daniel, who can’t tell a lie, you’ll follow the adventures of Wesley, his younger brother who loves to learn, his specialty is geography, and Emily, a seemingly quiet, shy young girl who comes to live with her Grandmother after her mother is taken away as a spy. There is a war, known as The Uncertainties, going on outside of Everwood. Refugees and soldiers occasionally pass through the town. Then one day the soldiers come to stay. Everything changes. They too want to visit the island and refuse to believe that the residents of the town don’t know how to get there. The soldiers soon realize that if anyone can tell them the secrets of Everwood and the island surely it’s the boy who can’t tell a lie.
Both a mystery and a fantasy book, this is fast moving story that held my interest through to the very end.
During the Middle Ages, in England, Matilda lived a sheltered life at the manor, tutored in Latin and other subjects by Father Leufredus. One day, Matilda was sent to live with Peg, a skilled bonesetter. Matilda became Peg's apprentice, learning how to tend to broken bones, muscle aches and sprains, and other physical ailments. Will Matilda adapt to her new life, or will she want to go back where she came from? Read Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman to find out! Matilda Bone is also available in book cd format and large print format.
Other historical fiction books that Karen Cushman wrote that take place in England are:
Is your child anxious about starting kindergarten? Kindergarten is a big transition for children, and it can be hard, especially in the beginning. One of the best ways to prepare your child for kindergarten is to set aside a quiet time when you and your child can sit down together and read books about others who are dealing with the same fears. The library offers many books about starting school and starting kindergarten. Here are just a few. You might find your own anxieties calmed by reading these wonderful stories! Check out the San José Public Library catalog for these titles and others about starting school.
Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz
Although some of the things her older sister taught her at home seem a little unusual at school, other lessons help make Annabelle's first day in kindergarten a success. Amy Schwartz "provides a funny, balanced view of the emotions experienced by a child just starting school."
Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson
The first day of Kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can't wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. Sounds like a great time!
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
The main character in this story is very worried about what will go wrong on the first day of school. Will anyone like her? Will she know anyone? It will be hard! I just know I'm going to hate it! There is a twist at the end when readers discover it's actually the teacher who has first day jitters. Children will be amazed that they're not the only ones who worry about starting school.
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly, a little girl mouse, is terrified at the thought of school. On her first day she meets a new friend who is also worried. The two of them help each other get through the day.
What if you could live forever? By forever, I really mean forever. You would never die, no matter what. You would be immune from all diseases, survive any accident or harm inflicted on your body. Better yet, you would never age. Living forever is an interesting idea to think about. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt is a beautifully written and exciting adventure book about eternal life. Winnie Foster is a 10 year old girl who lives a perfectly sheltered life in a "touch me not" cottage at the edge of a wood. In the wood is a spring that bubbles up from the ground. No one knows about this spring except the Tuck family who once drank from it. Those who drink water from the spring never grow older. They stay exactly at the age at which they drank from the spring. On an August day, Winnie sneaks out of the cottage and ventures into the wood. Just by chance she encounters the Tuck family and learns the secret of the spring. The gentle and kind Tuck family must take Winnie with them to keep their secret from the rest of the world. Winnie’s family wastes no time in sending out a search party to find her, but unfortunately the search party includes a crafty and evil man who suspects the powers of the spring water and wants to possess the spring and the promise of eternal life. A confrontation at the Tuck home ends in disaster and the adventure that follows will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end of the story. This fine book received rave reviews when it was published in 1975 and was named one of the most important children’s books of the twentieth century by School Library Journal. It has become a classic that will remain timeless. Like a lot of good books, Tuck Everlasting was made into a film in 2002, but the film took liberties and changed important details in the book. Read the book instead, or try the audio book if you prefer to listen to the story. Tuck Everlasting is a book you will never forget and will want to read again and again.
On a recent Saturday my wife and I followed through on a planned day trip to discover the ever evolving Presidio in San Francisco. We made the short trip to the City, intent on visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM). A wonderful collection of Disney ephemera and historically significant material, the museum delights with a variety of displays (both interactive and passive), levels, and sight lines. After spending over 5 hours there, I decided to 'balance' my understanding of Walt Disney by reading Neal Gabler's work, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. The book is meticulously researched, primarily focusing on Disney's early studio experiences. For anyone who wishes to learn more about this fascinating American icon, I can heartily recommend this work and a visit to the WDFM.
Cara’s father is the Dragonmaster, in charge of Dragonsdale, a place where dragons are raised and trained. Cara works in the stable, performing a variety of chores. Cara loves dragons, especially Skydancer; however, Cara’s father forbids her to ride a dragon, because of a past tragedy. Will Cara follow her father’s wishes or follow her dreams?
The sequel to Dragonsdale is Riding the Storm.
Do you suffer from perfectionism? Do you worry so much about your homework that you can’t get it done? Or do you always feel like you could have done better? What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough by Thomas S. Greenspon will help you understand about perfectionism. It explains the difference between doing your best and being a perfectionist. You will hear about how people become perfectionists and learn how to ease the pressure of being this way. There are activities to help you think of yourself differently and tips on getting help from the people in your life. It also talks about when perfectionism progresses to something worse. This book gives simple steps to help you be more realistic with yourself and feel better about yourself.
If you haven't seen Jamie Coventry yet, you should make the effort to find an upcoming event. He's energetic and musical, dextrous and funny! During his performance, he uses a variety of props, most of which have been recycled. He's great about involving the audience - even getting several children to maintain twirling plates, while he lays down more and more complex rhythms with his voice and harmonicas.
Speaking of harmonicas, Jamie brings several with him to the performance. I learned more about harmonicas just by watching him play and talk about them, than I have ever known before!
Can a book about the dictionary be funny? Who is the Lone Granger? And what is a Frindle? The answer to the first question is surprisingly… Yes! The story Frindle features the dictionary and the idea of word origins yet manages to be very funny indeed. But don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself and learn the answers to the remaining questions by reading this classic school story by popular children’s author Andrew Clements. What begins as a test of wills between Nick - a well know prankster and his new 5th grade teacher, soon becomes a movement that grows beyond Nick’s class, his school and even beyond his town.
Six years before Harry Potter, there was another student at another magical school learning the art of wizardry. Meet Harry… er, Henry… known at his school as Thornmallow (prickly on the outside, squishy within.) Just like Harry, Henry will have to face an evil sorcerer to save his school and his new friends before the tale is told. Will he be able to save the day when his whole life he’s failed at almost everything? Read Wizard’s Hall by Jane Yolen to find out!
Transcendent Man: A Conversation About the Future was broadcasted on Wednesday August 3rd in 500+ movie theaters across the country. The speakers panel included physicist Michio Kaku, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, inventor Dean Kamen and others. It was a live discussion of the Transcendent Man documentary by Barry Ptolemy with the subject of it - futurist Ray Kurzweil present. Discussion explored Ray Kurzweil's idea that in next twenty years exponential growth in nanotechnology, genetic engineering and robotics will lead to merging between man and machines that is called Technological Singularity. Our library has the following several books by Kurzweil that explain his ideas and the movie Transcendent Man.
San Jose Jazz Fest is one of downtown San Jose's most popular events. The Festival returns Friday, August 12th and lasts until Sunday evening, August 14th. Tickets are reasonably priced, and the crowd is friendly and appreciative of America's original music. The festival is presented by San Jose Jazz, a nonprofit organization that promotes jazz through music education and performance. Come see and hear legends like Ramsey Lewis, Trombone Shorty, and San Jose's own Sylvia Cuenca. San Jose Public Library has many Jazz CDs, jazz history books and downloadable tunes and stories.
There is a growing movement in urban areas throughout the country. People are raising chickens to provide themselves with eggs. Look around your neighborhood's backyards and you'll probably find at least one neighbor with a small coop and run in their backyard.
Why on earth would you want to keep chickens? Some people think chickens are amusing and they bridge the gap between livestock and pets. Some people want to eat eggs that don't make them feel guilty. Others claim that the eggs are more nutritious and the chickens also help them get rid of kitchen scraps.
In San Jose, the municipal code allows for 1-4 hens to be kept at least 15 feet from any structure and no roosters are allowed. Not all municipalities are so welcoming of backyard chickens. Mad City Chickens is an organization that was founded in Madison, Wisconsin as a way to change the local laws to allow for residents to keep chickens in their backyards.
The library has a very good, but small collection of books on the topic. Choosing and Raising Chickens by Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis and The Joy of Keeping Chickens by Jennifer Lynn Megyesi are both good introductions. In these books, you'll learn which breeds are best for backyards, which ones are good layers (Buff Orpington and Australorp)
If you want to include your children in this new adventure (which is a really expensive way to get eggs) check out Tilly Lays an Egg by Teri Golson. In this story, Tilly lays eggs all over the farm and in a Where's Waldo style, you must find the egg in each photo.
Teri Golson keeps her own flock of chickens and her hencam makes for an interesting diversion. In plain sight, you'll see one or two chickens most of the time and she also has a rabbit hopping around in the pen. She also has a hen blog that has some entertaining photos and stories of the goings on at her little farm.
She isn't the only author out there who is enthusiastic about poultry! Alice Walker recently published The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir - a book of her essays about her flock of chickens. All of the essays were originally blog posts, so you can read it online if you're willing. The essay she wrote entitled "Enough Mother" was extremely moving. She weaves stories about her life and her activism work with the comings and goings of her small flock.
You may not want to be as connected to your breakfast as the backyard chicken keepers are, but if you are like me, you must love chicks. So CUTE!
Are you learning English? If you wish to practice your conversational skills, come to the Edenvale Branch Library ESL Conversation Club. For more information, including new times and dates, consult our calendar. You can also view this week’s featured ESL site - the New York Times Word of the Day.
Drumming is the oldest form of music. It’s natural and spiritual, and just plain fun. It’s international and intercultural – all cultures have some form of drumming. Drums can be played with hands or with sticks, and sometimes with brushes. Hand drumming is often used in music therapy due to its tactile nature. Some animals drum as well! Drums can be used for music or communication. They are used in the military to motivate or to set a pace for marching.
I could be in the minority, but I hate wearing black. It makes me feel depressed and morose. I love to wear color! Color can make you feel happy, peaceful, or exotic. It also influences how others perceive you. Color can make you look shy, confident, or approachable. By dressing in colors, you carry your chosen mood with you wherever you go. You affect not only your mood, but the moods of everyone around you. These books can help you find what colors look good on you and to understand how they affect your lives, and they are all available at your library.
Come to the Edenvale Branch Library Community Room on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM to see some creative teens acting out or interpreting various children's stories. These polished and animated teens have participated in local or national speech competitions. You are welcome to join us for a highly entertaining hour of stories which will be a treat for children and their families.
This event will be repeated at the following locations:
Are you getting your child ready for school? Or are you wondering what this school year will bring? Or are you already worried about the afterschool struggle with homework? Well, there's help for you! We have a collection especially geared for the needs of children and parents and school. The collection includes test prep guides, workbooks for math and English, and books on how to help your child succeed at school. The collection is called the Educational Resource Center.
Two series titles that introduce what content each grade is likely to cover are:
In the collection, we also have some very popular workbooks on various subjects by the publisher Spectrum. Some examples are the Math and Test workbooks:
We also have the Scholastic Explains Homework Series which is excellent to use in helping your child with particular subjects. There is the Scholastic Explains Writing Homework and the Scholastic Explains Reading Homework which explains English homework so well.
How to Help Your Child with Homework by Jeanne Schumm
and 20-minute Learning Connection by Douglas B. Reeves.
The last series that I would like to recommend to help children with reading is called Comprehension and Critical Thinking, a compendium of articles from Time for Kids. There are six titles in the series for grades 1-6.
STICKERS, STICKERS EVERYWHERE! You will find lots of them at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, August 6 at 3:00PM. At this STUFF! Program children will be using stickers to create pictures and we all know how much kids love their stickers. Join us for this fun, creative activity.
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." The program is being conducted by Chris Bunz, a motion graphics/editor and takes place twice a month at the King Library. Come check it out!
SJPL is now offering Open eBooks via Overdrive Digital Library. Open eBooks can be downloaded and accessed on virtually any devices, including Desktop, Laptop, (Windows or Mac); Android, Blackberry, iPhone or Windows Phone 7; Barnes and Noble Nooks, Sony Readers and so on; but not yet on Amazon Kindle.
On Overdrive, Open eBooks will not be listed in a separate category but are mixed in with regular eBook titles. If you know an Open eBook title, you can search by title in the "Quick Search" bar on Overdrive. However, if you wish to search for all Open eBooks, click on the “Advanced Search” link under the regular Search button on the upper left-hand side of the first Overdrive page. Then, without entering any other information, under “Format” use the drop-down menu to select “Open EPUB eBook” and click the Search button. A list of Open eBooks should appear. Checking out Open eBooks with your library card is the same as for other eBooks but the Download button has been re-named “Right Click and Save, ” It is the only button option, so click on that to check out your Open eBook!
It's a new month which means 4 new Friday Fun programs at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Our Friday Fun programs start at 4:00PM and are always a fun way to start off the weekend. Here's our line up for August.
August 5: Food on My Plate: Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Food Plate! The USDA has replaced the Food Pyramid with the Food Plate. Children and adults will learn about how it works and children will be making a food plate craft. A fun and informative program for all.
August 12: Game Day: We will bring out the board games and puzzles and everyone is invited to come play and have fun!
August 19: The Art of Japanese Calligraphy with Hikaru: Learn the Art of Japanese Calligraphy with Hikaru. She'll be teaching the strokes to write different words. All supplies are provided.
August 26: Play Bingo for Fun and Prizes: Bingo is back by popular demand. Join us as we play Bingo for fun and prizes. Of course, one of our prizes is a book!
August is Audio Appreciation Month! Celebrate this event by checking out various audio book and music titles at your library! Here are a few recommendations for children and teens.
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The library has audio book versions of many popular titles shown below in audio compact disc format.
Children's Audio Books
Harry Potter* by J.K. Rowling
One of the most popular fantasy series about a young wizard named Harry Potter. Harry attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and makes new friends, learns new magic spells and goes on a quest to defeat the dark wizard Lord Voldemort.
The Chronicles of Narnia* by C.S. Lewis
Another popular fantasy and adventure series about various children exploring the mysterious and mythical world of Narnia.
39 Clues* by Various Authors
A series of intriguing adventure stories written by today's popular authors such as Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis and more. These audio books will engage readers by combining card collecting, reading and online gaming.
Teen Audio Books
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel* by Michael Scott
Sophie and Josh are caught up in a deadly struggle between two rival alchemists over the possession of an ancient and powerful book containing the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
A moving, paranormal romance story about Grace and a mysterious wolf that often watches her from a nearby distance. Later, Grace discovers a wounded boy near her home and makes a shocking discovery that this boy is that same wolf in human form.
Maximum Ride* by James Patterson
An exciting adventure and science fiction series about six genetically enhanced children being imprisoned in a laboratory. Eventually, a sympathetic scientist helps them escape and they use their special abilities to survive on their own.
Besides compact disc, you can also download audio books to your digital audio player, including your iPod, smartphone, or home computer via OverDrive Digital Library or MyiLibrary. Using your digital audio player, you can transition or navigate to other chapters of the book without having to change discs. Here are a few recommended digital audio book titles:
Children's Digital Audio Books
Artemis Fowl* by Eoin Colfer
A popular fantasy and action series about a young master criminal named Artemis Fowl. Artemis gradually develops his moral character as he works with the fairies to help defeat enemies and save the world.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians* by Rick Riordan
A young boy named Percy Jackson discovers that the legendary Greek Gods still exists and goes on an adventurous quest to prevent a devastating war between the gods.
Teen Digital Audio Books
Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins
In a post-apocalyptic world, a powerful government called the Capitol selects a boy and a girl from each district to participate in an annual televised event called the "Hunger Games", where they would fight each other to death. However this time, both participants defy the rules and face dire consequences.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa, a young warrior lives in a world where some people are born with unique special skills called "Graces". Katsa however has a dreaded skill of killing and in this adventurous story, she goes on a journey of self-discovery and redemption by trying to save her land from a depraved king.
In addition to audio books, the library also has a substantial collection of new music CDs and downloadable new eAudio and eMusic for all ages! Please see a librarian at your library for more details.
Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook is a magazine published twice a year (with occasional updates). Like Consumer Reports, it is nonprofit and unbiased and gives you advice on making wise decisions and choosing what's best for your needs. Unlike Consumer Reports, it evaluates local businesses and services rather than products. Their evaluations are based on subscriber surveys and are less sensational and inflammatory that what you will find on free-for-all websites (such as Yelp.com). They provide ratings on such topics as price, timeliness, customer service, etc.
San José Public Library does not subscribe to their website (www.checkbook.org) but we do provide back issues of their magazine at ten library locations. The King Library has five years worth of back issues, but the branches that have it typically keep six months to two years of back issues. Or you can subscribe to their print or online magazine for a fee from home.
AtoZdatabases is a business directory with 30 million business profiles including 1 million new businesses. In addition, this online resource has a listing of new movers, homeowners, and residential listings. Users can download up to 250 results per search and "print" listings in PDF format. This would be a helpful resource for those looking for sales or job leads. This resource is offered as a trial for a short time so let us know what you think in Comments.
Are you burdened with too much stuff? Are you drowning in a sea of personal clutter? Do you have good intentions of weeding and organizing your possessions, but have never found the time or been able to rally the enthusiasm to do so? You are not alone. It seems as if Americans have way too much stuff and the popularity of the television programs Clean House, Storage Wars and Hoarders is proof that clutter is a concern for many people. For those who are in need of inspiration and guidance to eliminate the clutter chaos in their lives, here are a few resources to check out at San José Public Library.
You might want to begin your quest with Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less, by Peter Walsh. This book shows readers how to audit and trim down not only their physical junk, but also how to come to terms with the emotional and financial junk that permeates our lives. Walsh believes that living with less can lead to abundant happiness.
Peter Walsh has also written It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff and an accompanying workbook It’s All Too Much Companion Workbook: The Tools You Need to Conquer Clutter and Create the Life You Want. These two books are helpful step by step guides for organizing a clutter free home.
Put your stuff on a diet with Lorie K. Marrero's book The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life.
Don't have enough room in your house for one more book? No problem. These ebooks can be downloaded and read on your home computer or eReader device :
OK. Now what do you do with all the stuff you have decided you no longer need? What about selling it? Toss, Keep, Sell: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In, by Leah Ingram offers strategies on how to prepare and sell your unwanted items for profit using the Internet and other resources.