Did you miss Free Comic Book Day? Yes - there is a official day in which comic book stores around the Country and participating library systems promote the importance of literacy through comics and graphic novels. A crazy concept I hope many won’t miss for next years event. Because of prior commitments, my family and I missed out on the opportunity to attend this years give away that the SJPL was facilitating throughout all of our branches. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from taking my boys to stock up on some new reading material the day before at our local comic book store.
The Free Comic Book Day event occurs every year on the first Saturday of the month of May. Participating comic book stores around the country join together to promote the importance of having brick and mortar comic book shops and how they inspire literacy for the youth by giving away free comics. Growing up, i couldn’t get enough of comic books. From Bill Watterson’s - Calvin and Hobbes, to Marvel’s Spider-Man, it seemed to be the only way my mom could get me to read as a kid. As I grew up, I then graduated onto more lengthy reads. However - if it weren’t for the influence of the early graphic novels in my youth, I would have never appreciated the art of storytelling as I do now. Back then, the internet along with other online media was still a new concept and the digitization of any literature for consumer use was in its early stages. Too early for it to be readily available for the average household. There was no eBay, no Google, no iPhones, no Amazon, and no eBooks of any kind just yet. I'm sure the majority of you remember those days. However, my kids and the current fortunate generations don't.
Today the majority of our information and consumer goodies come from the vast amount of online services available at just the click of a button, or two. No need for a car ride or locating the address of your destination - since there is no destination, just a URL address. This however does not mean we have improved the consumers experience. That remains to be subjective. I personally still enjoy the experience of browsing through dust filled stacks of comics or books. I don't always know what i came for, but i do know i'm looking for something new. The physical interaction of picking the brain of the comic connoisseur sitting behind the register and discovering new finds while roaming the room, is an experience that humbles the reader. Just as one can walk into the library and browse your favorite subject of choice, then decide what item for the day you want to take home and explore more. The same sense of mystique I hoped my two boys would take away from their visit, became successful. The adventure in searching for just the right comic to purchase and being able to flip through the pages before making their decision has already got them bugging me to bring them back the following weekend. Granted these comics were not free, you can only imagine how excited our library customers were at the Free Comic Book Day event.
Even if you missed out on the fun from this past weekend, you can still enjoy free comic books here at the library. They are not free to keep, however still free to borrow :) - with a great selection of Manga, Graphic Novels, and dozens of comic series to choose from. To stay updated on fun future events for all library customers to enjoy, be sure to check our Events page regularly.
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).
Check out the top 3 winning entries of the 2013 Book Trailer Contest below:
1st place (winner of an iPad Mini): Hannah V. - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
2nd place (winner of a $50 iTunes gift card): Terrick E. - The Things They Carried
3rd place (winner of a $25 Jamba Juice card): Linh N. - Lord of the Flies
Thank you to everyone who submitted such creative and fun videos!
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:
Children Ages 6 and Under:
1st place – Shreyas Anand, Age 6, Island of the Robots (Calabazas)
2nd place – Joaquin Albornoz, Age 6, The Inventor (King)
Honorable Mention – Megan Leung, Age 4, What a Teddy Bear Needs (Evergreen)
Children Ages 7-12:
1st Place – Marisa Leung, Age 10, The Fish’s Pearl (Evergreen)
2nd Place – Arianna T. Le, Age 12, Fate Fate (Tully)
3rd place – Cindy Xu, Age 11, The Tale of the Empire State Building (Calabazas)
Honorable Mention 1 – Shreyan Mayukh Mitra, Age 7, Stop It! I Don’t Like It! (Alviso)
Honorable Mention 2 – Nathan Koketsu, Age 12, Aro (Willow Glen)
1st Place – Shirley Huang, Age 14, Midnight Moon (Vineland)
2nd Place – Kelly Lien, Age 15, Was It Innocence? (Evergreen)
3rd Place – Tess Shell, Age 15, Hidden Flowers Circus (Willow Glen)
Honorable Mention 1 – Aeryn Frost, Age 16, Child of Ink (West Valley)
Honorable Mention 2 – Vi Le, Age 17, The Black Book Market (Berryessa)
1st Place – Jared Russell, Colma (Rose Garden)
2nd Place – Kenzi Smith, Blank Spaces (King)
3rd Place – Queena Xu, Finding Our Melody (Edenvale)
Honorable Mention – Michele Cajes, Happiness (Evergreen)
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.
Everyone in their lives comes upon a stumbling block and has no idea where to turn.
Social Workers in the Library are here for you. Let the volunteer social workers help you navigate through the maze of agencies in the community designed to serve your needs.
At King Library: Monday, May 6, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Call: 1-408-808-2350
At East Branch Library: Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Call: 1-408-808-3075
(bilingual Spanish/English speaking social worker onsite at East Branch)
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.
What is it that makes a person strike out at a child repeatedly by word or hand? What does such consistent maltreatment do to the mind, body and soul of that child? How can such acts of power abuse be prevented? What can be done to intervene? What can be done to ease the effects as the child becomes an adult. Before we leave April completely behind us, April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Listed below are resources to respond to those questions posed above.
Definitions of Child Abuse:
Resources at SJ Library:
During FFY 2011, throughout the United States there were 676,569 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. It was found that approximately nine out of every one thousand children in the U.S. were victims of abuse. Babies, under the age of one, suffered the highest rate of victimization. From the data collected for 2011, it is estimated that 1,570 children died from abuse or neglect that year alone.
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Make an Appointment:
May 4, 2013 is Free Comic Book Day. Come by the library as early as you can so you can get your choice in free comic books while they last!
The Free Comic Book Day tradition started in 2002 and is celebrated by comic book stores and libraries every first Saturday of May. It's a great day to introduce or re-introduce yourself to comic books and graphic novels, and of course if you're already a current aficionado, this day is made for you. Enjoy.
Free Comic Book Day Occurs at the King Library, Willow Glen, East San Jose, Bascom and Seventrees branches.
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:
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!
Are you interested in learning and practicing English? Please visit the following links:
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.