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San José Public Library has a total of 7 library branches that have Family Learning Centers (FLC). These branches are Bascom (opens on February 23, 2013), Biblioteca Latinoamericana, Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock, East Branch, Hillview, Seven Trees, and Tully Community Branch. Each Family Learning Center has books, DVDs, audio CDs, and kits on topics such as English as Second Language, Citizenship, job search, and exams, with an intention to help new Americans succeed in United States.
In addition, all Family Learning Centers computers are also equiped with ESL software that are specially installed for English learners. If you would like to learn how to use a computer to learn English, a few Family Learning Centers do offer Computer Orientation weekly .
The schedule of FLC Orientation is below:
At each orientation, adult and children learners will be introduced to ESL software, websites to learn English, how to type, and Live Homework Help on Family Learning Center computers.
Quý vị sẽ được hướng dẫn về cách sử dụng máy điện toán của Trung Tâm Giáo Dục Gia Đình để học Anh Văn, học đánh máy, hoặc để được giúp đở làm baì vở của các em.
Estudiantes adultos y niños serán introducidos al software de ESL y otros recursos para aprender. Nuestros programas le enseñan a escribir a máquina y ayuda en vivo atraves del intrenet también es disponible en las computadoras del FLC.
If you have any questions about the Family Learning Center, please don't hesitate to give a Family Learning Center Coordinator a call. Hope to see you at one of the Family Learning Centers.
Enjoy stories about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or maybe Dinosaurs!! Children will also make a craft based on the story of Goldilocks, but limited only to their imagination. All supplies will be provided. This program is for children ages 3 and up and their families/caretakers. This program will take place on Thursday January 24, 2013 at 10:30 at Biblioteca Latinoamericana.
Disfruten una hora de arte y cuentos sobre Ricitos de oro y los tres osos o tal vez Dinosaurios! La biblioteca proveerá los materiales para la hora de arte. Este programa es para los niños de 3 años en adelante y sus familias o niñeras. Vengan a la Biblioteca Latinoamericana jueves, el 24 de enero, 2013 a 10:30 AM.
Other books you and you family may enjoy include:
Goldie and the Three Hares, written by Margie Palatini, and illustrated by Jack E. Davis
Rubia and the Three Osos, written by Susan Middleton Elya, and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Goldilocks, retold and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
Hurray for Three Kings' Day, written by Lori Marie Carlson and illustrated by Ed Martinez is a story about a girl named Anita and her family, and how they celebrate the Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany. The family's celebration begins on the evening of January 5, and continues into the evening of January 6. This book is also available in Spanish.
The Legend of Old Befana: an Italian Christmas Story, retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paola is a gentle story about Old Befana, who visits the children of Italy on the Feast of the Three Kings to leave them gifts.
Strega Nona's Gift is another delightful story by Tomie de Paola. The reader learns about many Italian holidays, including the Eve of Epiphany, where it is believed that all animals can talk. The author recommends another book, Celebrating Italy by Carol Field for additional information about Italian holidays.
All of these books have interesting plots, cultural details, and beautiful illustrations. Happy Reading!
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors:
Would you like to teach your child or children the months of the year? Any time is a good time to start; however, January is an especially good time.
Here are some fun picture books to help them learn the about months of the year.
A Kitten's Year, written by Nancy Raines Day, and illustrated by Anne Mortimer shows a gray and white kitten participating in various activities throughout the month, growing with each beautifully illustrated page. This book is also available in Chinese.
Parade Day: Marching Through the Calendar Year, written and illustrated by Bob Barner shows parades for each month of the year. The back of the book has information about the months of the year as well as some holidays during each month. There are also directions how to create and decorate a calendar out of paper.
Snowy Flowy Blowy: a Twelve Months Rhyme, written and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri shows a word for each month accompanied by seasonal scenery. This is a great book for chidren learning about rhyming words.
Tuesdays / los martes – 6:00 PM
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Family Storytime with Stay and Play
Hora de cuentos bilingüe para familias con Quédate a Jugar
Third Tuesday of the month / El tercer martes del mes – 6:00 PM
Inclusive Storytime with Stay & Play
Hora de Cuentos Inclusivo con Quédate a Jugar
Thursdays / los jueves – 10:30 AM
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Pre-School Storytime with Stay and Play
Hora de cuentos bilingüe para niños de edad preescolarcon Quédate a Jugar
For more information, please call Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch at 1-408-294-1237
Para más información, favor de llamar al 1-408-294-1237
Feliz Navidad is a fun book in which artist David Diaz created pictures accompanying the lyrics of the beloved song “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano. The reader views beautiful illustrations of Christmas celebrations in Puerto Rico as well as in colder climates.
In the book Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid, written and illustrated by Xavier Garza, Santa Claus needs some extra help delivering gifts to children who live along the Texas/Mexico border. Whom does Santa Claus ask? Vincent’s uncle: Tío Pancho, also known as “Charro Claus.”
The Legend of the Poinsettia, retold and illustrated by Tomie DePaola, is a retelling of a Mexican legend about the origin of poinsettia flowers, also known as flores de Navidad and flores de la Nochebuena. This book is also available in Spanish.
Too Many Tamales, written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez is a story about a family celebrating Christmas Eve by making tamales. This title is also available in eAudiobook format, Spanish book, and Spanish Book and CD Kit.
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth is a nicely illustrated book depicting adorable mice celebrating Hanukkah. The "Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah" song that starts out with the words "Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, oh light the menorah" accompanies the colorful collage illustrations. Susan L. Roth's website contains other pictures from her books, as well as some pages describing her collage techniques.
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap, written by Deborah Bodin Cohen, and illustrated by Shahar Kober, features Ari, a train engineer who steers his train toward his destination. On the way, Ari sees a camel is resting on the railroad tracks. What will happen next? Will Ari get to celebrate with his friends in time? Read and find out!
Hayim, the poorest man in the village, asks the local scribe write a letter to the Almighty. In his letter, Hayim requests enough oil to light all menorahs in town. Will Hayim receive a response? Read Letter on the Wind: a Chanukah Tale, written by Sarah Marwil Lamstein, and illustrated by Neil Waldman in order to find out!
Biblioteca Latinoamericana and Washington United Youth Center will present the annual Posada de la Comunidad on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
The entire community is invited to participate in this traditional Latino event, with folkloric dancing and other entertainment. Refreshments, including delicious buñuelos will be provided free of charge.
Children and teens will receive a gift book while supplies last.
This special event is co-sponsored by Los Amigos de la Biblioteca, Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, RW Garcia Co., Brenda Lopez Folklorico Group, Grupo Folklorico Yolotly Guerrerente, Antonio Avalos, and other community groups.
Would you like to learn more about the celebration of Las Posadas? Here are some books that you and your children may enjoy:
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, a project led by Prevent Blindness America. The group hopes to educate parents and other gift shoppers through awareness efforts all throughout the month. The rate at which children are being checked into ERs due to choking, eye injuries, or even poisoning is astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of children have undergone unnecessary injuries due to poorly made items and misuse of toys as quoted on meditab.com.
In this holiday season, purchasing age-appropriate Toys helps ensure children’s safety.
San Jose Public Library Resources on Safe Toys and Gifts
San Jose Public Library Programs on Safe Toys and Gifts