The San José Public Library and the County of Santa Clara Mental Health Department’s Ethnic & Cultural Communities Advisory Committee (ECCAC) would like to invite you to participate in our first collaborative Lunar New Year Celebration event on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Seven Trees Community Center and Library.
The festivities will showcase and share our unique cultural heritage and contribute to further enrich the multi-cultural diversity of the county. This year, we are celebrating the Year of the Horse. Learn about this exciting New Year tradition that is celebrated in many Asian cultures.
The program will start at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The celebration will begin with Lion Dance, then words from our distinguished guests followed by various cultural performances such as Wings of 100 Viets, Fantasia Chinese performers, and Pacific Musical Group. There will be games, resource tables, exhibits, giveaway, and refreshments while supplies last. For information, please call 408-808-3056.
Here are some children’s books to check out at the library:
Bringing in the New Year / by Grace Lin: A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
The Tet pole = Sựtích cây nêu ngày Tết : the story of the Tet festival / by Trần Quốc ; illustrated by Nguyễn Bich: A retelling of the traditional tale of how the Vietnamese people manage, with the help of Buddha, to free themselves of the devils occupying their country and thereafter celebrate this victory during the Lunar New Year Festival, also known as Tet.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it's not too late to protect yourself from the flu!
The National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 8–14, 2013) was created to spread awareness about the importance of getting a flu vaccine, especially for those younger than five years old and older than 65. The CDC still recommends that everyone get a flu vaccine--it's NOT too late if you have not received a flu shot yet. They recommend that people continue to get vaccinated through December, January and beyond.
For a list of other publications and PSA's, see the CDC website.
Click on the photos below to view these flu-related items in the San Jose Public Library catalog!
We've got books about sick care and prevention:
Fascinated with the flu? Check out these books about the history of germs, influenza and pandemics:
Don't forget the books and movies for the kids:
Practice speaking English!
Did you know that many of the San Jose Public Library branches provide an opportunity once a week to practice speaking English in an informal setting?
It’s called the ESL Conversation Club!
Every week, a devoted volunteer will facilitate a discussion in English in a non-intimidating and stress-free environment. The goal is to help each other gain confidence speaking English while having a good time. No sign up is required, so please drop in at any of our meeting times.
Looking for other meeting times?
Please check our calendar for additional meeting times at various branches.
Looking for more ESL help?
The San Jose Public Library has a wide variety of materials (including books, DVDs and CD sets), to supplement participation in the ESL Conversation Club. Below are just a few of the many materials available for anyone who is learning how to become a confident English speaker (Click on the photos below to view the item in our catalog):
If you are looking to improve your English at work, the SJPL owns this great set of DVDs called EASY at work. It is a 15 volume set, each with a different area of focus. For example, disc 11 is about Retail Sales and disc 7 is about Job Interview Skills.
For additional materials, please see our catalog, or ask a librarian for help!
Join us at Downtown Ice to enjoy an afternoon of skating and crafts hosted by us!
Have fun skating with our beloved mascot "Conroy the Cougar" and stop by the library's table for a fun children's craft making reindeer hats from Noon-3:00 p.m.
Present your San Jose Public Library card on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from Noon-3:00 p.m. at Downtown Ice to get 1 person in for free with 1 paid adult admission - That's 2 skate admissions for $15! You must show your San Jose library card prior to transaction. Not combinable with any other offers or promotions.
Downtown Ice is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, located in the Circle of Palms between the SJ Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel.
For more information about Downtown Ice visit sjdowntown.com/downtownice
During the months of November and December attend the FREE Pinching Pennies: Couponing 101 Workshops. Learn how to maximize grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars' worth of everyday supplies for just pennies with couponing expert Caroline Jimenez.
Location: Santa Teresa Branch Library
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: Educational Park Branch Library
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Alviso Branch Library
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 11:30am
Location: Joyce Ellington Branch Library
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Hillview Branch Library
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 2:00pm
Location: Tully Community Branch Library
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 6:15pm
Location: Edenvale Branch Library
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Berryessa Branch Library
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 4:00pm
Location: Evergreen Branch Library
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 6:30pm
Would your young daughter benefit from a program designed to stimulate interest and knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math?
San Jose Public Library is partering with Girl Scouts of Northern California to provide such a program at six library branches in November and December. In "Girls Go Tech: Movie Chemistries," the girls will create movie special effects acting as chemical engineers in the prop department. They'll make paint, explosions, and slime in the workshop, which is being presented as a single three-hour program at some library branches and as a series of three one-hour programs at other libraries.
The Girl Scouts' Girls Go Tech website cites National Science Foundation statistics indicating that women represent 46% of the total workforce yet only 25% of the technology workforce and 10% of the nation’s top technological jobs. The Girls Go Tech Initiative encourages girls to develop an early interest in math, science and technology and to maintain that interest as they mature and enter the workforce.
The Movie Chemistries program is open to all girls in K-4th grade. Space is limited, so please be sure to call or visit the library ahead of time to preregister.
Hicklebee's is an independent bookstore full of dedicated people who are willing to help any eager reader walking through their doors! And during the month of November, Hicklebee's will be holding two book signings at their store!
On November 5, 2013, Gail Carriger will be coming to Hicklebees to celebrate the launch of her second book in her Finishing School Series. You can check out her first book Etiquette and Espionage at the library, and come to the book signing to get the sequel: Curtsies and Conspiracies. There is will also be a steam punk costume contest for those who wish to dress up, and Gail Carriger herself will be one of three judges.
The Launch Party and book signing will be on November 5, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at this address:
1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
On November 14, 2013, Jeff Kinney will be coming to Campbell Christian School on behalf of Hicklebees to talk about his brand new book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (book 8). You can check out the first seven books at your local library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel. Pre-order Hard Luck at Hicklebee's and get your ticket to attend the event!
The event will be held on November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM at this address:
1075 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA
Important: In order to go to this event, you must have a ticket. To get tickets, you have to buy Hard Luck from Hicklebees. One book = two tickets.
Does your teen need to learn more about managing their money? Your teen (13-17yrs) can attend one of the free workshops presented by representatives of Key Point Credit Union during the months November and December.
More Bang For Your Buck: Teen Financial Literacy workshop will cover the following core concepts:
In addition to these core concepts they will have supplemental financial activities for the teens to reinforce what has been learned.
Would you like your children to love books? We would too! Come to this special storytime and craft. You and your child will listen to stories and make a felt ghost bookmark to take home. For ages 4 – 8.
Get in the Halloween spirit with this special storytime for young children. Enjoy books and songs about all things Halloween, and make a cute pumpkin craft.
Join us for a fun Halloween Parade and trick or treating through the library!
Don't forget to dress up!
Come to the Haunted House… if you dare! A chilling, thrilling experience featuring some special tricks and treats!
Spooktacular Family Fun! Come in your most spooktacular outfits and take part in costume parades through out the day.
Come meet and support more than 30 local Bay Area authors during King Library's first ever Author Fair! You will have the opportunity to mingle with participating authors as well as listen to them share their inspirations for their books. The event is free and open to the public.
Learn more about all the participating authors: