- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Your baby will start talking at around 2 years old, but he or she can actually communicate with you using their hands much earlier than that - as early as 6 months old! Imagine your baby being able to share with you that he would like some milk or that her tummy aches using sign language instead of fussing, crying, and whining.
In this 4 week series, parents will learn the benefits of signing using fun activities. Our instructor is trained in ASL (American Sign Language) and will share her expertise with you and your baby.
Preregistration required?: No
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:30am
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 11:30am
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 11:30am
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 11:30am
Did you follow Battle of the Bands this year? Did you vote for your favorite bands?
All the bands had an additional chance at winning a prize this year:
our teensReach members voted for the best videos and here are the winners:
Let us know what you think of the videos in the comments!
San Jose Public Library customers enjoyed meeting astronaut Dr. Megan McArthur on March 5th, 2012 at Evergreen Branch Library. This visit was scheduled due to NASA's International Space Station (ISS) national awareness campaign that promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the ISS, and communicates the real and potential impacts of the station on our everyday lives. Dr. McArthur was reading Astronaut Handbook children's book on how to become an astronaut and answered questions about ISS, where she was working 14 days, when in space. Adam Padilla, SJPL staff member, filmed a wonderful video of this visit.
The causes of Whitney Houston’s death were announced last week – and cocaine abuse appeared to be a major contributing factor. Something else that happened last week while I was working at the Tully Community Library was that a representative of the nonprofit Asian American Recovery Services came into the branch bringing a stack of newsletters with Houston’s tragic death as one of its front page stories. It was filled with articles on all the ways that someone can come under the power of addiction: alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs, emotional abuse, smoking – but the one I knew the least about was problem gambling – which apparently can be a real problem for people and their families.
Our neighbors come into the library for a lot of reasons, of course, but one is that it is a clearinghouse for free and useful information for the entire community. Some of this helpful information can be found in the “Community Bulletin Board / Free for All” area in every library branch. For example, there are the services that Asian American Recovery Services offers, such as support, counseling, resources and education are either free, based on a sliding-scale or Medi-Cal paid. Their mission is to decrease the incidence of substance abuse and other addiction in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Bay Area. You can reach them at (408) 271-3900.
Take two parts science, add one part magic, throw in a large dose of audience participation and you've got Xtreme Science Magic, a show offered at a number of San Jose Public Library branches during the month of March. In this video, children at Willow Glen Library delight in the "smoke-ring blaster" at a performance March 10. The educational and entertaining show will be at six additional locations this month including King, Evergreen, Berryessa, West Valley, Vineland, and Santa Teresa libraries. Details and show times can be found here. All performances are free.
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.’
Spring is soon approaching, bringing a variety of intriguing and exciting changes in nature, weather and social activities! Learn more about spring and the many ways to celebrate this season by checking out the following titles:
Kitten's Spring by Eugenie Fernandes
On a bright, beautiful spring day, Kitten takes a stroll around the farmyard, meeting with all sorts of animals and their young including owls, frogs, cows, ducks and much more!
Poppleton in Spring by Cynthia Rylant
Spring has arrived and it is time for Poppleton to have fun and enjoy the activities that spring offers such as biking, shopping, sleeping in his backyard on a beautiful starry night and more!
The Boxcar Children Spring Break Special by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children are about to have a spring break that they won't soon forget. They embark on new adventures and solve crimes at various places: at a local shopping mall, on a cruise ship, and in Hawaii. Readers will be intrigued by interesting characters and a gripping plot.
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer
This multifaceted book contains interesting scientific and cultural facts about the Spring Equinox. Learn how spring is celebrated in various cultures throughout the ages and the world and participate in several fun activities contained in this book.
Explore Spring! by Maxine Anderson
Discover how nature, animals, plants and the climate change during the spring season! This book contains interesting scientific information about these changes that occur in spring.
Spring by Nicola Baxter
Flowers begin to bloom. The days are sunnier and longer. The weather is warmer. What else happens in spring? Read this book to find out!
For more recommendations, please see a youth services librarian at your your library.
A Cloak in Time - By altering the speed of light beams, scientists from Cornell University created a hidden pocket in time that maybe used in computer espionage. They took a stream of light and shifted it through a lens, causing some beams to travel faster and other slower. It created so called temporal void and slower light passes trough the second lens undetected.
Space Tourism - Outer space travel becomes a reality! You can sign up on the web site of Virgin Galactics or go to travel a agent. It costs "only" $200,000 a seat. The ride to space will take three days that include training at Spaceport America in La Cruces, N.M. The flight will not orbit the Earth, but will take you up and down as on a giant roller coaster. A carrier airplane with the SpaceShipTwo rocket ship slung underneath will take off the runaway and fly to 50,000 feet, where the rocket ship will be launched.
Race to Moon - Moon Express is among 26 teams who compete to win $30 million Google Lunar X Prize and to land a private robotic spacecraft on the moon. "The company is building a railway system out to the moon", said Richards, the CEO of Moon Express. Moon Express CSB Lander is getting built in a hanger at NASA's Ames Research Center and will carry the first privately financed telescope.
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.
Urvi is a sophomore at the Harker school. She loves to volunteer, read, play volleyball and soccer, hang out with friends, and play the violin. She is part of the journalism program at her school writing for the school website and the yearbook. She plays on her school's volleyball team and was a starter for Varsity this year.
She was inspired to start OneInMath by her dad, who used to give her math problems every day when she was younger to help her build a strong math foundation. This has helped her in her high school math classes and she wishes for other students to have the same opportunity she had.
She has one piece of advice for teens starting or developing their service project. "Just go for it. Whenever you have a new idea, there are a lot of doubts and questions: is it a good idea, will it work, will I get support? The best thing is to not over think and just try it. It's actually quite surprising how much interest people have in these types of projects. They truly appreciate your time and effort, and you feel really rewarded at the end."