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Teachers! Let San Jose Library Help You Implement the Common Core Standards!

Classroom teNoveList Plus logoachers, school administrators, school librarians and support staff will be happy to know that San Jose Public Library has online help available as schools implement the Common Core Standards. One of our databases, NoveList Plus, offers detailed lessons on how to use engaging non-fiction texts to lead students to extract relevant information from their reading and apply that information in a number of ways (the basis of many of the Common Core reading standards). NoveList Plus provides Common Core Connections, a special feature in which each lesson:

  • Provides three annotated titles matched to the subject and text complexity for the grade
  • Includes two standards-based questions and at least one question comparing two or more of the books
  • Cites the applicable standard making it easy to connect these to your larger lessons
  • Offers suggestions for related resources in NoveList

Check out this invaluable resource!


If you are accessing this feature from home, CLICK HERE, then, on the "Books and Literature Resources" web page:

  • Select NoveList Plus (the second choice)
  • Key in your name, library card number and PIN
  • At the NoveList Plus home page, select "Common Core" on the right side of the page under "Professional Resources"

For a two-page overview of all the features of NoveList Plus that can help teachers address Common Core standards, CLICK HERE.


NoveList also offers a blog for teachers, "Kids & Books", written by school and public librarians on a number of issues related to the teaching of English/Language Arts. The August blog "Back to School" offers a handful of articles full of advice and inspiration as we set out on the new school year. CLICK HERE to read the blog!

ESL Conversation Club at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library

The ESL Conversation Club at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library meets on Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Practice your English in a friendly informal group that meets once a week for an hour.  Meet new friends.  It's fun!

La Club de Conversación en inglés se reúne cada jueves a 4:00 pm.  Practiquen el inglés en un grupo amistoso e informal que se reúne una hora cada semana.  Conozcan a nuevos amigos.  La Club de Conversación es divertida. 

For additional ESL conversation clubs, please visit this calendar.


Para mas clubs de conversación en inglés, favor de visitar este calendario.

Zinio is Here!

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Zinio allows you to enjoy the complete digital editions of some your favorite magazines for adults, teens, kids, and Spanish language readers.  You can checkout as many magazines as you want with no holds or due dates.  Plus, you can be sure you are reading the latest edition of your favorite magazine since new issues are available right away.


With Zinio, you can read your magazines anytime, anywhere, either on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.


*Please note you will create a total of 2 accounts; a Library Collection account to check out magazines; and a Zinio.com Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps.


*Most magazines can be read in browser, some however, require you to download Zinio Reader 4 & Adobe Air. (These magazines will indicate if you need the Zinio Reader).

Let's Rock

Pet RocksOn Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM, kids ages 4 and up will have a chance to rock out at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch.  At the Let's Rock: Story Time and Craft event, they are invited to make animals or whatever else they can imagine out of rocks.


You might think a rock is just about the most ordinary thing there is, but come let your inner creative genius turn it into something artistic and fantastic! Rocks and other craft supplies will be provided and stories will be read.

Summer Reading Celebration

The Summer Reading Celebration isn’t just about books - it’s about coming to visit your local library. Part of the sheet for the program is visiting the library and participating in one of the exciting events happening here at East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library. We have five events happening between now and the end of the Summer Reading program to come and see.


In keeping with the children's theme of "Dig Into Reading", visit "Hedgehogs at the Library", on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM. This doesn’t involve real hedgehogs, but is a fun craft for kids to enjoy making hedgehogs in a variety of fashions with various craft materials. There is another craft event on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM called "Fossil Art Story and Craft". There will be a story on fossils, and then create a craft where fossils will appear before your very eyes! You can even make several to create a collage, or see where your imagination takes you.


For a slightly faster-paced interactive event, there is Mexican Bingo, also called Loteria, on June 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Come join the fun and excitement along with others at this game of chance and camaraderie. This is an event that everyone can enjoy, and possibly make some new friends in the process.


We are saving the best for last for our final two events. Happy Hollow comes to the library on July 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM. You will be introduced to live animals brought to the library, and learn fun facts about their habits, diet and more. Get to know animals up close and personal here at the library - a fun filled opportunity that you will not want to miss.


Lastly, just in time for the end of Summer Reading, magician Timothy James will visit the library on July 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Come see what he will do with garbage cans (Oscar the grouch could learn a thing or two from him), toasters and more. Trust me - this is one that you will remember for a long time to come.


So bring the whole family to the "Dig Into Summer" reading program - it’s not just for kids. There are prizes for all age groups, and this is an opportunity to involve everyone young and old to participate in the library, read some great books, and have fun together by being engaged in reading. So come on in and enjoy - there’s something for everyone at the library happening this summer! Ask any librarian if you need more information.

Family Learning Center New Materials

Family Learning Center is introducing Reading Explorer series to ESL learners of San Jose Public Library. Reading Explorer is a six-level content-based reading series featuring pictures from National Geographic to help develop reading and vocabulary skills for all learners. The six volumes are ranking from low-beginning of Reading Explorer Intro to advanced reading in Reading Explorer 5. Each volume has 24 reading passages and are divided into units. Reading passages cover a wide range of real-world topics related to culture, science, social studies, travel, and adventure.


I like this reading series and strongly recommend to English learners.  The set does motivate real-world content with photographs to help develop learners’ understanding of the wider world in which we live. Reading Comprehension activities cover essential reading skills and question types commonly found on standardized tests. Vocabulary Practice activities and Vocabulary Builder boxes present and reinforce high-frequency vocabulary items.


Reading Explorer Intro book cover Book cover of Reading Explorer 1Book Cover of Reading Explorer 2 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 3Book Cover of Reading Explorer 4 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 5


About author from Amazon's Editorial Review: "Paul MacIntyre earned his MA in TESL from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been an ELT professional for over 20 years. Paul has teaching experience in Japan and the United States, and as an editor participated in the development of numerous ELT courses for classrooms around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to various major course book and testing programs. For National Geographic Learning he is proud to have authored Reading Explorer 2, Reading Explorer 4, and most recently Pathways Listening and Speaking 4."


Hope you enjoy the series and please don't hesitate to send Chieu, the Family Learning Center central selector, a comment or suggestion.

Career and College Pathways

Dear 2014 College Students and High School Graduates,

 graduation hat and book  

graduation hat and book 

Congratulations on your success!


Did you know that the San Jose Library has resources that can help direct you toward the next step in your career or college pathway? http://www.sjpl.org/employment


  • Try the Learning Express Library to practice college entrance tests over the summer or use it to practice career entrance exams.  (To access this service you need a library card and pin number, and will need to set up an account the first time).


Still need help? Call your library or come to any branch of the San Jose Public Library and ask to talk to a librarian.


Book Trailer Contest

Have a book you really love? But are tired to telling people what's it about? Then why not show them? Make a book trailer and enter your video in the San Jose Public Library's book trailer contest to win prizes!


Need some inspiration for your video? Check out the book trailer I made for The Maze Runner by James Dashner right here:& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMa7o6XUCGY


Think you can do better? Sumbit your video to youtube and tag it with SJPL2013SRC and cite any images, audio, pictures etc, that isn't yours.


Check this link for rules, regulations, and more information about the contest (and Summer Reading!): http://www.sjpl.org/booktrailer


Good luck to you all, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Expand Your Reading Skills: An ESL Class for Adults

Expand Your Reading SkillsIntermediate - Advanced Level

Wednesdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library

In selected readings, students will:

  • Find the topic/theme
  • Preview and predict
  • Read for meaning
  • Skim and scan
  • Evaluate information (fact or fiction)
  • Make inferences

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.

Booksale ~ Venta de Libros - Friends of the East San José Carnegie Library

Booksale BobThe Friends of the East San José Carnegie Library invites everyone to a booksale event occurring on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Community Room of the East San José Carnegie Branch Library (1102 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95116).


This is a great opportunity to show your support to your library by purchasing donated and gentle used books and media items like:


  • Books for children, teens and adultos
  • Books in Spanish and English
  • Movies – DVD’s or Videos (VHS)
  • Music CD’s

Proceeds from this booksale event will go to help support programs and services which the 

East San José Carnegie Library Branch offers.


We encourage eveyone to be green by bringing their own reusable bags for purchases made at this booksale event.


For more information or to volunteer at this booksale event, please contact the

East San José Carnegie Library by phone at 1-408-808-3075 or by e-mail at eb.sjpl@sjlibrary.org





Los Amigos de la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie invitan a todos al la venta de libros el martes, 1 de junio de 10:00 am - 4:00 pm en la sala comunitaria de la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie (1102 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95116).


Éste es una buena oportunidad para apoya su Biblioteca East San José Carnegie comprando libros y otros artículos donados y levemente usados como:


  • Libros para niños, jóvenes y adultos                  
  • Libros en español o inglés
  • Películas en dvd o en video (VHS)                     
  • Música en CD

Los fondos recaudados son para apoyar los programas y servicios que la

Biblioteca East San José Carnegie ofrece.


Para evitar la contaminación ambiental,  le recomendamos a todos que traigan sus propias bolsas para llevar sus compras.


Para más información o para ser un voluntario de este evento, por favor comunicarse al la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie al teléfono -1-408-808-3075 o por correo electrónico al eb.sjpl@sjlibrary.org