Alberto Cardona is a classically trained guitarist from Colombia. He has studied classical guitar for twenty years. He loves playing and listening to a variety of classical guitar music. Alberto also takes ESL classes from Cris at both Biblioteca Latinoamerica and East San Jose Carnegie Branch. One Tuesday in April, Alberto played some beautiful music for his classmates at one of Biblioteca Latinoamericana's ESL classes. Check out this awesome YouTube video where Alberto plays music for his classmates!
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Handouts will be provided. It is suggested that students bring a binder, notebook and pencil/pen when attending the class. If you have any questions, please call Cris at 1-408-808-3075.
There are several Family Learning Centers throughout San Jose that offer ESL classes. They are located at the following branch libraries:
All the Colors of the Earth, written and illustrated by Sheila Hamanaka
This book shows paintings of happy children with a variety of skin and hair colors. This book is also available in eAudiobook format through Overdrive.
Bein' With You This Way, written by W. Nikola-Lisa, and illustrated by Michael Bryant
Several children from different backgrounds have a fun time at the park. This book is also available in Spanish book format and Spanish Kit CD format.
Being Friends, written by Karen Beaumont, and illustrated by Joy Allen
Two young girls have some similar interests and some different interests. They are very good friends, and love to spend time together.
The Colors of Us, written and illustrated by Karen Katz
Lena, the young daughter of an artist, has many friends and neighbors, each with differen skin and hair colors.
I Love My Hair!, written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
A young girl named Keyana loves her hair, because she can wear it in a variety of styles created by her skillful and loving Mom.
This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch, written by Edith Baer, and illustrated by Steve Björkman
Children all over the world enjoy a variety of foods for lunch with their families and friends. This book includes three recipes as well as a glossary of different types of food.
Whoever You Are, written by Mem Fox, and illustrated by Leslie Staub
This book shows that children all over the world have many similarities, including loving their families, having emotions, and thinking about the future. This book is also available in Spanish.
Yo! Yes?, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
Two boys meet and have a conversation using one word at a time. This is a fun book for all children, including children learning how to read. This is a Caldecott Honor book.
April is National Jazz Month. Here are some books children and their loved ones may enjoy reading together:
The Candystore Man, written by Jonathan London, and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
In the 1950's, the Candystore Man plays saxophone and sells candy and other treats to the neighborhood children and teens. If you look closely, you will see a newspaper with the heading "Charlie 'Bird' Parker Dead at Age 35."
Jazz Baby, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, and illustrated by Laura Freeman
Young children play a variety of musical instruments, dance, and have fun.
Jazzmatazz!, written by Stephanie Calmenson, and illustrated by Bruce Degen
A baby notices a mouse start to play jazz music on the piano. Dog soon starts to accompany Mouse with his dog bones and bowl. Who else will join the jam session?
Jazzy Miz Mozetta, written by Brenda C. Roberts, and illustrated by Frank Morrison
One evening, Miz Mozetta dresses up in a snazzy red outfit and takes a walk. While walking, she thinks about dancing again. What will happen next?
Lookin' for Bird in the Big City, written by Robert Burleigh, and illustrated by Marek Los
A teenage trumpet player looks for Charlie "Bird" Parker, a famous saxophonist. This story is inspired by the famous trumpet player Miles Davis.
Rent Party Jazz, written by William Miller, and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
Sonny goes to school, works part time, lives in New Orleans in the 1930's. When Sonny's mom loses her job, Sonny learns about a special way to help out.
Rum-a-Tum-Tum, written by Angela Shelf Medearis, and illustrated by James Ransome
A girl who lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the early 1900's observes street vendors selling their goods with poetic and jazzy words. Whom will she see next?
The Easter Bunny that Overslept, written by by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich, and illustrated by Donald Saaf. One year, the Easter Bunny overslept and missed Easter. The Easter Bunny woke up in May, and tried to deliver his eggs, even though it was the wrong time of the year. The Easter Bunny has an idea to get people interested in the eggs. What is he going to do?
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs, written and illustrated by Janet Morgan Stoeke.
Minerva Louise, the hen, takes a walk around the farm and finds many colorful eggs. Minerva Louise is confused, so she tells the other hens, who also wander around, wondering what is going on.
Both of these gently humorous picture books have beautiful pictures for children and their loved ones to enjoy.
Muchas familias y comunidades en San Jose tienen problemas con pandillas. Hay muchas perspectivas diferentes sobre las razones por que los jóvenes se envuelven con pandillas y los mejores métodos de prevención e intervención. Una manera de entender este asunto es por leer una variedad de libros. Hemos creádo una bibliografía de recursos disponible en la biblioteca para ayudarle a encontrar material útil.
The IRS progam Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available at several branches of the San Jose Public Library through Saturday, April 13, 2013. This program is available to families and individuals whose income is less than $51,000 a year. Assistance is offered at various branches in English, Spanish and Vietnamese (you may wish to call a branch in advance to see when and if the service is being offered in your preferred language). No advance registration for the VITA program is requested and you will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a complete list of upcoming opportunities see our events calendar.
Springtime is upon us!
Come join us for a traditional Latino craft activity that celebrates Springtime in a colorful way on Saturday, March 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the East San José Carnegie Library.
Learn to make your own Cascarones ~ Confetti Eggshells by coloring and decorating clean eggshells and filling them with multi-colored confetti.
All children and their families are invited!
Supplies will provided.
However, we ask participants to please bring clean eggshells to share so that we have enough for every participant to take home at least two Cascarones ~ Confetti Eggshells.
¡La primavera ya está aquí!
Ven y acompáñanos a celebra la primavera de una manera colorida con un manualidad, el sábado, 30 de marzo a las 2pm en la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie.
Aprende hacer tus propios Cascarones con cáscaras de huevos usando pintura, decoraciones y confeti.
Los materiales serán proveídos.
Sin embargo, les pedimos a los participantes que por favor traigan cáscaras de huevos (limpiadas) para compatir y tener suficiente para que cada participante puede llevase por lo menos dos Cascarones a casa.
NEED HELP? Help is here: Social Workers in the Library
At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Call: 1-408-808-2350 to schedule an appointment
At East Branch Library: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:
Make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.
Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership between the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social Work, National Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.
La ayuda está aquí: Trabajadores Sociales en la Biblioteca
¿Está pasando algo en su vida que usted tiene preguntas acerca de:
Haga una cita para una session GRATUITA de 20 minutos de información y referencia o consejo por un miembro de la Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Sociales. Todos en algún momentos de sus vidas podrían utilizar el asesoramiento de un trabajador social. Nuestros trabajadores sociales son voluntaries que están ofreciendo sus servicios de forma gratuita.
Trabajadores Sociales en la Biblioteca es una colaboración entre la Bibliotecas Públicas de San José, el Colegio de Trabajo Social en la Universidad Estatal de San José, la Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Sociales – Capítulo de California, y la Escuela de Servicios Bibliotecarios y de Información (SJSU).
This year, San Jose has concluded its 23rd Cinequest Film Festival. For the past 23 years, the festival has highlighted a distinguished artist from the film world through its Mavericks Spirit Award. This award has been presented to the likes of Directors, Actors, Writers and Screenwriters such as; Werner Herzog, John Waters, Kevin Spacey, Wes Craven, Ian McKellen, Edward James Olmos, J.J. Abrams, and Deepak Chopra. This year’s honored recipients were Harrison Ford and Chuck Palahniuk. Naturally - I decided this would be a good year for me to attend the film festival since I had not yet attended one, and wouldn’t miss an opportunity to hear one of my favorite authors, (Chuck Palahniuk), speak about a short film which was being premiered based on his short story, "Romance". Palahniuk would also be speaking about his influences behind his contemporary classics Fight Club, Lullaby, Choke, and various other great books he wrote - some of which have been adapted into hollywood films or are currently in production to become films.
Some avid readers scorn at the concept of movie adaptations of novels. I personally enjoy the perspective some films bring to a novel. However, not all hollywood interpretations amount to the same expectations or quality - Palahniuk made a good point in his response to the question the moderator presented on the amount of influence he himself has in the movies that are made from his novels. Palahniuk mentioned that the most direction he would have given in any film created from his novels, was only to have a few words with the screenwriter for edits he would have liked to added to his novels. He expressed a fascination in the change his fiction took within the hands of another artist. He used the analogy of his novels being his children in which he didn't want to hold hands with throughout all its endeavours, but rather let it take its own form with anyone else influenced by it. It was a humble opinion Mr. Palahniuk presented to the many fans in the theater that day. He also presented NEWS that 3 more of his novels had been signed for production deals. One of them, I am personally excited to hear coming to theaters soon - Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey.
For those who haven't seen or read Palahniuks breakthrough title, Fight Club - reading the synopsis for Rant, may make you think twice of considering delving into such a morbid book full of Palahniuk’s humor. However, if you enjoyed Fight Club, you will be equally satisfied to know more of Palahniuk’s chaotic imagination has made its way to hollywood. The other two novels he announced would be adapted into movies are; Lullaby and Haunted. These two other novels are sure to be a treat for the fans of suspense. Palahniuk also added that he is currently working on the sequel to his most recent novel Damned. The book is to be titled Doomed and will be released October, 2013. For those adjudicated readers - you should not be intimidated by merely one of Palahniuk’s novels, but instead keep an open mind to his unconventional plots. Yes, most of Palahniuk’s wit feeds from violent and/or grotesque forms. Nevertheless, his underline of human nature insights the reader into contemplating the bigger picture of such raw emotion. Accompanied by his stirring content, is Palahniuk’s unconventional writing style. Something he often changes up in each novel for the sake of aggregating the protagonist characteristics for the reader to apprehend. In his novel Pygmy, the plot of young spies sent to America as exchange students to execute a terrorist plan - Palahniuk adds a harsh accent to the protagonist throughout the entire narrative to emphasize the cultural contrast of the invaders. In Rant, Palahniuk switches to a biographical narrative from the testimonials of the friends and family of Buster Casey - a self-destructive individual who spawns a pandemic sickness that nearly wipes out half of the American population.