Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program Representative will host an informational table to answer questions regarding the Home Energy Savings Kit on the following dates and locations:
Join us for an introductory workshop in Zen Doodling. Doodling requires no previous artistic skill and can aid in relaxation and ability to focus. Learn to concentrate on drawing one small section of a page at a time to create beautiful patterns. All supplies will be provided.
After reading and watching the latest teen book-to-movie success you might be feeling a little unsure about what lies in store for your future. Your reading future that is.
Well fear not! Here's a list of books that you'll be sure to enjoy. Whether it's the plot, characters or dystopian setting that you loved most, you'll get a kick out of comparing it all between these books and your favorite teen novel/movie.
In Divergent you are matched with factions, in Matched, you are paired with another person. See how it all plays out in Matched by Ally Condie, where society is tightly controlled by its government.
In this post-war barren landscape, those who are allowed to participate in rebuilding the society are those that pass "the test" and make it into the elite university.
Like more Sci-Fi? Try Starters by Lissa Price. In this post-war society where money is tight, you can rent your body to other people. Giving up control of your own body through a neurochip in your brain sounds harmless enough, until someone with evil plans rents Callie's body. Will she be able to regain control and stop the crime before it happens?
What if your only worldview was from living below the surface of the earth? What if you had never seen daylight before? Then you might be living in Ann Aguirre's post-apocalyptic society in an enclave underground, presumably in what used to be the sewer. The elders keep a strict order on the underground society and claim it is what keeps everyone safe and surviving. When Deuce, a huntress, and her partner go out on a mission and find that a neighboring enclave has been decimated, she begins to question the wisdom of the elders. Find out what adventure awaits Deuce when she gets kicked out of the enclave and must survive "topside" with her partner Fade.
If you think we live in a technology-dependent society, just imagine if smartphone-like technology was implanted directly into your brain and delivered a constant supply of information every waking moment! Who controls your "feed" and what happens when you begin to reject it, or it rejects you? Find out in Feed by M.T. Anderson!
Two prodigies--both equally smart--born into very different layers of society. What happens when one is trained to hunt and find the other, who is considered an enemy of the state? What these characters recognize about each other and about themselves is really what drives the story in this military government controlled society.
Which one do you think will hit the big screen first?
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Bascom Branch Library - 11:00a.m.
West Valley Branch Library - 11:00a.m.
Berryessa Branch Library - 11:30a.m.
Seven Trees Branch Library - 2:00p.m.
Alviso Branch Library - 3:00p.m.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Joyce Ellington Branch Library - 3:00p.m.
Educational Park Branch Library - 3:30p.m.
Cambrian Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Calabazas Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Vineland Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Edenvale Branch Library - 11:30a.m.
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library - 6:00p.m.
Alum Rock Branch Library - 6:30p.m.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Almaden Branch Library - 11:15a.m. - 6:30p.m.
Pearl Avenue Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Hillview Branch Library - 6:00p.m.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
East San José Carnegie Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Evergreen Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
Check out copies of all of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories at your local branches!
Letter knowledge includes recognizing the letters of the alphabet and knowing their names.
The first step toward developing phonological awareness (an awareness of letter sounds), starts with letter knowledge. These skills are necessary for learning how to read.
Activities that have your child focus on one letter at a time are great for building letter knowledge.
It's never too early to begin working on early literacy skills with your child! Here are some hardpage books that would be great for reading with your baby:
Books that focus on one letter at a time are great for teaching letter knowledge. Check out these books in the "My Sound Box" series:
In conjunction with books, DVDs such as Leap Frog Letter Factory are great for learning about letters. Other books like Kindergarten Alphabet Activities and Spectrum Learning Letters are also great for building and expanding letter knowledge.
To experience the six early literacy skills in action, visit your local branch for a storytime, music and movement class or early learning readiness program. If you'd like help finding more information and resources about developing early literacy skills with your child, drop in to any one of our 23 locations and ask for a librarian!
Print awareness means being aware of printed text and understanding that the text has meaning. It also includes knowing how to handle a book.
Recognizing that those shapes on the page are actually words and not just part of the picture, is an important first step in learning how to read.
Before reading together, explain the different parts of a book.
Eventually your child will be able to answer questions such as:
While reading together it is important to fingertrack (drag your finger underneath the words as you read them). This will start to develop your child's awareness that what you are saying is what is represented by the words on the page.
Point out print that exists in the real world:
Create a print rich environment around the home by labeling household objects.
For example, print and tape up signs for:
Turn everyday activities into opportunities to reinforce print awareness.
All of these activities are great ways to help your child understand that those shapes are letters, which make up words and words have meaning!
The following items in the San Jose Public Library Collection can help reinforce print awareness. Click on the pictures below to view the items in our catalog.
Reading books like Maisy Bakes A Cake and Bunny Cakes, can be a great way to show your child how someone can follow the directions of a recipe or use a shopping list at the grocery store, without having to do all the work yourself!
Keep an eye out for the next and final blog post of Early Literacy Foundations, Part 6: Letter Knowledge.
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Here are some quick facts:
Narrative skills include the ability to describe things, the ability to tell a story, and the ability to follow a story that someone else is reading or telling. This includes understanding a sequence of events (first, middle, last) and being able to predict what will happen next.
Narrative skills allow a child to develop their oral language skills as well as their comprehension of what others are saying or reading. Being able to follow a story, and being able to interpret and understand what is being read, are linked with being able to read. These skills are foundational for general reading comprehension and have implications for being able to listen and understand what a teacher is saying in a classroom or what is written in the instructions of an assignment or project, later in life.
Activities using prediction
Ask questions that provoke your child to predict what will happen next. This can be done when reading together or in everyday life. Questions like: "Look the cup of milk is on the edge of the table, what do you think will happen if someone bumps it?" will help your child begin to think about cause and effect and be able to verbalize a sequence of events.
Ask questions after reading a book about what happened such as "Can you remember what it was that the girl found in the treasure chest? What happened after she opened the chest? Where did they go after that?". These types of questions will help your child recall what just happened in the book and allow them to work on their oral language skills as well as their comprehension of the book that was just read. Help your child along in re-telling the chain of events from the book.
Even in everyday life, something as simple as asking your child to recall what they did today can help develop narrative skills. Get the whole family involved and take turns having each family member describe their day at the dinner table.
Telling stories together is a great way to develop those narrative skills, work on oral language skills and use our creativity and imagination! Making storytelling kits can be a great craft project to do together as well. A random collection of small objects (a key, a stuffed animal, a shoe, a box) can be a great starting point for any number of creative stories. You can also use object flash cards! Have your child pick five at random and help them create a story using those objects. Help them along by giving them a leading sentence or two: "Once upon a time, the child picked up a magical stick, and then..."
For other storytelling kit ideas, Show Me A Story by Emily Neuberger is a great book full of creative storytelling activities.
Another great tool for storytelling is the wordless picture book. Books such as Where's Walrus, Flotsam, and Higher! Higher! have little or no words and allow you (with the help of your child) to provide the narrative. Make sure that you spend a good amount of time on each page really explaining what is going on and asking questions about what your child thinks is happening. Take turns on each page describing what is happening and what the characters might be saying. Without printed words there are many possibilities and opportunities to work on those narrative skills.
the San Jose Public Library has a wide variety of resources to assist you in helping your child develop his/her narrative skills. Titles such as Baby Read-Aloud Basics and The Read-Aloud Handbook can give you strategies for purposeful reading aloud and ideas for making every book you read with your baby or child meaningful and fun!
Keep an eye out for the next installment of Early Literacy Foundations, where we will talk about the fifth early literacy skill: Print Awareness.
SIREN will have an attorney and a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) certified representative to give free legal consultation to people with immigration issues/concerns. We can help you read documents, check for eligibility for immigration benefits, and explain the immigration process and how to navigate it.
Drop ins are always welcome. It’s first come, first serve.
All sessions are from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
2/27/14 - Evergreen Branch Library
3/27/14 - Berryessa Branch Library
4/24/14 - Tully Branch Library
5/22/14 - Seven Trees Branch Library
7/24/14 - East Carnegie Branch Library
8/28/14 - Hillview Branch Library
9/25/14 - Educational Park Branch Library
10/23/14 - Alum Rock Branch Library
Tax help from VITA and AARP is available again this year at several of our libraries. See our events calendar for a complete list of opportunities.
VITA offers free tax help to hard working individuals and families whose income is less than $52,000. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese at most locations. All locations provide e-File. Volunteers are trained to prepare basic 2013 Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with Schedule A, B, limited Schedule CEZ, C and California Income Tax Returns ONLY! You also CANNOT be filing as "Married, Filing Separate returns".
What to Bring:
VITA Library Sites:
VITA volunteers are also available at many other Santa Clara County locations. For questions, call 1-800-906-9887.
Residents 60 years and older with low and moderate income can register for free assistance on their personal tax preparation. e-File is available.
AARP Library Sites
The AARP Tax Aide program is available at other locations throughout the country. For questions, call 1-888-227-7669.
Our Libraries have not carried tax forms for several years now. You are encouraged to get the forms online:
You can also get them at the following San Jose locations: