Attention art lovers, lovers of beautiful scenery and lovers of national parks—we have a program for you! Local artist Allen Figone will be at Santa Teresa Library on Saturday March 16 at 1:00 pm displaying his art and speaking about his experiences in various national parks. Take this opportunity to meet the artist and hear him speak about his creative efforts representing some of America’s most famous national parks.
A San Jose native, Mr. Figone received his training at San Jose City College and San Jose State University. He has won awards in local shows throughout the Bay Area and his paintings have been featured in galleries from Oregon to New Jersey.
From his website: “Most recently Allen has achieved National level recognition as a finalist in “ The Art of Seeing Nature” Oakland Museum of Art, “Arts for the Parks 2005 and 2006”(triple finalist), Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and “Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also was a finalist in the 2008 and 2009 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibitions. The Grand Canyon Association purchased Allen’s painting “Drama Along Bright Angel Trail” which was one of two paintings that were finalists in the 2008 Paint the Parks National Exhibition Top 100. In 2009 Paint the Parks he was again a multiple finalist with paintings in the Top 100 and Mini 50 as well. Allen was also one of 66 contemporary artists selected internationally to represent Zion National Park in “A Century of Sanctuary” The Art of Zion National Park, National Exhibition (in commemoration of its 100 year Anniversary), held at the St. George Museum, St. George, Utah. Allen’s painting “Afternoon Shadows” has now been added to the permanent collection of the St. George Museum.
As an artist Allen has taken the skills he learned doing technical Illustration and combined that with what he has learned from studying the Early California Impressionists, which he has admired and studied for years, to create a unique style of painting to shape his aesthetic vision.
‘My painting philosophy is simple: to capture nature as I see her and to depict the colors and values I see as exactingly as possible. Art is about seeing, interpreting and painting the performance.’
Visit the Edenvale Branch Library Community Room to attend our Reading to Furry Friends program for children. At this program, we will pair children who want to improve their reading skills with literacy assistance dogs (and their trainers) from Furry Friends for one-on-one reading fun. Children naturally feel comfortable around dogs and other pets. By making the most of this relationship, parents and teachers can improve literacy skills and encourage reading. Join the fun! This program takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM.
The Friends of the Edenvale Library are looking for dedicated volunteers to be a part of their awesome volunteer team. The Friends of the Edenvale Library make a difference in the Edenvale Community by serving as library advocates and by raising money through book sales which fund special library programs and events such as author visits and performers.
The next member meeting is on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:15 PM at the Edenvale Branch Library. The Friends meet on alternating months on the 3rd Wednesdays.
The next book sale is Saturday, April 28th, from 10 AM - 6 PM at the Edenvale Branch Library. There are opportunities for sorting books (ongoing) and for volunteers on Wednesday & Thursday prior to the sale; and on Sunday (the next day) for cleaning up.
For more information, please contact Judy at JudyPurrington@aol.com or 408-799-3262. You are also welcome to join the Friends of the Edenvale Library Yahoo! email group.
Read Emily's Fortune for an exciting story about eight-year-old Emily, who is left all alone, bereft of any family except for Uncle, Victor, of whom she is afraid and with whom she would never live. This is her story of how she runs away from Uncle Victor to find her Aunt Hilda, who lives in Redbud. She meets a fellow traveler, Jackson, who is also alone, and together they travel across the U.S on a hair-raising ride of train and stagecoach to her Aunt Hilda. I highly recommend this title to children who are assigned historical fiction or California or Western fiction. The book is for children grades 3 and above.
Another favorite historical fiction along the same vein is Barbara Brooks Wallace's Peppermints in the Parlor. Taking place in San Francisco, Emily, newly orphaned, finds her aunt and uncle's house on Sugar Hill Hall strangely changed. All is not well, there is evil lurking around every corner. This novel will work for either a mystery or a historical fiction novel assignment. This novel is a little longer than Emily's Fortune and a little more difficult to read, but it is just as suspenseful and fun to read. Be prepared that the beginning of this story is a little slow as it builds up suspense, but both stories are equally well-written and provide insight to the California West in late 19th century America. I recommend both. Peppermints in the Parlor is for children 4th grade and up.
Teens and tweens, join us at Edenvale Branch Library on Thursday, March 15, at 4:00 PM to make a cool shamrock pin for St. Patrick's day — without the pipe, of course.
Bring your friends and join in the fun!
All supplies will be provided.
Princess Ka’iulani, starring Q'orianka Kilcher, shows glimpses of the adolescence and early adulthood of Victoria Ka’iulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawēkiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn, the last princess of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Princess Ka’iulani was daughter of Princess Likelike, from the the House of Kalākaua, and Archibald Scott Cleghorn, a Scottish businessman.
Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank as Alice Stokes Paul, Frances O'Connor as Lucy Burns and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt, is about women’s rights activists who worked hard to influence the United States government to grant women the right to vote.
Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles, is about a professor (Julia Roberts) who teaches art history at Wellesley College in the 1950’s. Although the female college students had more rights than their mothers and grandmothers did, they still lived in a world where women were expected to behave a certain way.
San Jose Public Library has many other movies that you may be interested in. Come on by, and visit! Any DVD that you check out from one SJPL location may be returned to any other SJPL location.
Meet author G. Willow Wilson on Wednesday February 29 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room of the Edenvale Branch Library. Willow Wilson is the author of the The Butterfly Mosque. This remarkable book is one of the books selected for Silicon Valley Reads 2012! If you enjoy memoirs and if you are interested in other cultures, you will love this book and enjoy the presentation. This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Edenvale Branch Library, who will also provide refreshments.
Do you enjoy reading and discussing what you read? If the answer is yes, the Edenvale Book Club is the club for you!
You are welcome to join us at fireplace area of the Edenvale Branch Library on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm. This month, the Edenvale Book Club will discuss The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare. Everyone is welcome.
Frustrated with your job search? Interested in new resume-building resources available at the library?
Then "knock out" your competition by using the Career Transitions online resource to prepare your resume.
You are invited to learn how to build a resume that packs a punch at our 1-hour workshop on Tuesday, February 28, at 1:00 PM at the Edenvale Branch Library.
Please bring to the workshop your current resume or, if you have no resume, bring all your contact information, job experience, and educational experience to begin building your resume online with Career Transitions.
This workshop requires Pre-Registration, and seating is limited.
Please sign up as soon as possible by calling the library at 408-808-3036 or by stopping by the library's Information Desk.
You can get free tax preparation help from trained volunteers at the library, the Center for Employment Training (CET), Catholic Charities, and other places in Santa Clara County. Last year more than 5,700 customers got free tax help and more than $7.1 million in refunds came back to the community.
If you used to go to the King Library for help from volunteer tax preparers you can go to CET, because they may still have your information from past years.
Click here to see a list of some of the sites that are offering free tax preparation. You can also call 211 or 1-866-896-3597 if you have questions or need to find other places that offer tax help. You can also get tax help at these San José Public Library branches: East Branch, Joyce Ellington, Hillview, Tully, and West Valley.
When you visit a tax preparation site please bring:
For more information visit http://earnitkeepitsaveit.org/economic-impact-of-free-tax-prep.