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¿Tiene su hijo(a) dificultades con la lectura o con la escritura? Habrá ayuda disponible este verano de Read Write Discover (RWD), un programa de tutoría de lectura en la Biblioteca Latinoamericana. El programa es gratuito y está dirigido a los estudiantes que tienen problemas con la lectura, o cuyas familias enfrentan barreras de idioma en sus comunidades. Los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria se capacitarán ayudar a los niños en los grados 1-8 en la lectura y la escritura.
La sesión comienza con una orientación para la familia en lunes, el 10 de junio 2013 de 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.. Los tutores trabajan con los mismos estudiantes cada semana los lunes y los martes de 11:00 am - 12:30 pm en determinadas semanas durante los meses de junio, julio y agosto.
Favor de visitar la mesa de información de RWD en una de las fechas siguientes para saber más:
lunes, 3 de junio, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
martes, 4 de junio, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
miércoles, 5 de junio, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de este programa, favor de email a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your child have difficulties with reading or writing? Help will be available this summer with Read Write Discover (RWD), a mentoring program at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana. The program is free, and is aimed at students who have trouble reading, or whose families face language barriers in their communities. High school students will be trained to help children in grades 1-8 with reading and writing.
The session begins with an orientation for families on Monday, June 10, 2013 from 11:00 - 1:00 PM. Tutors work with the same students each week on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm on specific weeks during June, July and August.
Please visit the Read Write Discover (RWD) information desk on one of the dates below to find out more!
If you have any questions about this program, please email email@example.com.
Biblioteca teensReach organized a Mothers' Day celebration on Tuesday May 7, 2013. It was open to mothers in the community (and their children) as well as mothers of the teens. The program featured delicious food as well as games, prizes, and crafts for the children. Over 40 people attended! Thanks to our teens for making the moms feel special!
Jovenes de la Biblioteca organizan programa del Dia de las Madres
El grupo de jovenes de la biblioteca organizo una celebracion del Dia de las Madres el martes 7 de mayo. Fue abierto a madres en la comunidad (y sus hijos) asi como las madres de los jovenes. Habia comida, juegos, premios, y manualidades para los chiquitos. Asistieron mas de 40 personas. Gracias a nuestros jovenes por hacer sentirse especiales las mamas.
Formerly known as the food stamp program, Calfresh is the state of California’s supplemental food budgeting program. Its purpose is to assist low-income families and individuals with getting the food and nutrition they need. Participants in the program use a EBT card to buy food the same way they would use any other debit card at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
Various branches of the San Jose Public Library host ongoing pre-screening and application assistance sessions for those who think they may qualify for the program. See our events calendar for dates, times, and locations.
Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties has some very helpful information on its web site about how the Calfresh Program works and who is eligible for it. It also debunks common myths about the program (for example, applying can’t hurt your immigration status and you don’t need to have children to be eligible).
The San José Public Library invites teens to create a book trailer for our Summer Reading Celebration during the months of June and July. Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.
How to enter:
Think of a favorite book you read for Summer Reading and envision it as a short video, one that will capture the interest of your audience. Create your own book trailer, reviewing the book. You can submit more than one video, but each video has to be for a separate book.
A panel of judges (staff at San José Public Library) will review all entries and select the top three winners, to be announced in August 2013. The panel of judges will use the following criteria when reviewing book trailer entries:
Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by K. Rai.
Here are links to some professional book trailers:
Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive:
If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2013. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Seven Trees Branch Library on Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the Peace Corps will give a presentation at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana covering information for those who are considering oversea volunteer opportunities with the organization. The presentation will be held from 6 pm to 7:55 pm in the Biblioteca's Community Room. Pre-registration is not required to attend.
The Peace Corps is a program of the U.S. government. It was formed in 1961 with an Executive Order by President Kennedy. Since then, thousands of Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers throughout the world. The Peace Corps mission statement entails these three goals:
Teens from the Biblioteca Latinoamericana took a walk downtown April 11, 2013 to visit several San Jose art museums. In the morning they went to the Institute for Contemporary Art, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), all on South First Street. The teens also heard about several upcoming art events and activities in the SOFA district, most of them free. After a pizza lunch they continued on to the San Jose Museum of Art. Comments from the teens included:
For more pictures/para mas fotos: :: Bibliot eca Facebook!
Many species of penguins live in Antarctica as well as many other locations in the Southern Hemisphere. World Penguin Day takes place on April 25th, while Penguin Awareness Day takes place on January 20th.
Here are some fun books children and their loved ones may enjoy:
Volunteer Erik Petersen is the ESL Conversation Club Facilitator at Biblioteca Latinoamericana. Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM, he leads the ESL Conversation Club. In this blog posting, Erik answers questions about himself and his interests.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a San Jose native who's lived in the South Bay my entire life. What I've always appreciated about growing up in the Bay Area is its sheer diversity. From a young age, I'd been exposed to various Latin American and Asian cultures that exist in San Jose, including their languages like Spanish and Tagalog. This is partly what spurred my initial interest in language. I decided to take Latin classes in high school, and knew by the end of my senior year I wanted to study language science in college. As of last spring, I finished up a linguistics and German language double major at SJSU. Having studied these two complementary degrees, I feel that I can contribute what I learned about language itself to the club. Topics we discuss range from current local or national events to language and cultural comparison. An analytical approach to language and a natural curiosity have allowed me to learn just as much from attendees as I hope they learn from the club itself.
Why are you interested in volunteering?
I wanted to get involved with volunteering since I'd never done any before. I have a goal of eventually teaching English abroad. I figured this position is great way to test the waters. I have a friend with similar goals who leads an ESL conversation club at the Berryessa branch, and he recommended it to me. Helping others improve their skill in English has been rewarding, especially having been on the other side of the aisle, so to speak. I spent a year studying in Germany, and I really appreciated those who would patiently spend the time to converse with me. That sort of exchange improved my German in ways that were impossible in the classroom. Likewise, conversation club is distinct from the ESL classes at the library in that it's more informal and less about grammar or pronunciation. Seeing as I'm a facilitator, I don't consider myself a teacher in the sense of being the 'head' of the club. Rather my role is to help create an environment where attendees feel comfortable to add to discussion or introduce topics of their own. Of course I answer questions and moderate discussions, but if a positive conversation is happening I keep my interruptions to a minimum. The club is for attendees to speak up, not me!
What do you like about Biblioteca Latinoamericana?
One thing I have noticed is the amount of activities available at this location. It seems every week I come in there is something to see: children's story time, ESL classes, and even creative cultural displays. I also appreciate the very existence of a multicultural library providing bilingual services. In my experience, the employees who provide those services have all been very helpful, and I've seen a clear mutual appreciation among all the volunteers. Overall, I view Biblioteca Latinoamericana as a unique offering among public libraries in the South Bay.