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Fun Things To Do in July

Corduroy Goes to the Library book coverLike most parents, I have already signed up my children for the summer reading program.  My soon to be second grader wants to know "what else is going on at the library where you work, Mom."  While I jot down a list of fun things for her and her little sister to do at the Tully Library, I thought I'd share it with the rest of the parents in this community.


At the top of my list is the For Goodness Snakes program.  I hosted this program last year and everyone was absolutely fascinated with these amazing creatures.  It was wonderful to see both children and adults interacting with these fearsome looking, but quite gentle animals.  This is one program that Natalie will not miss this year!


There are four more items on that list of mine.  For my youngest daugher, I have the Music & Movement program to keep her entertained.  I also include Monsters of the World just in case Natalie likes to be scared a little.  For the family, the Kids in the Kitchen and the Spectacular Smoothie programs will be fun and educational at the same time.  Hopefully, everyone will learn to make healthier snacks after these workshops.


If you haven't signed up for tons of activities for your children already this summer, please check out these fun and free programs at your local library.

More eBooks for Kids!

BookFlix is a new digital collection of animated books and games for kids grades K through 3. You can watch animated storybooks, read books online, and play fun educational games. Both classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods and non-fiction eBooks are available. Try it out and let us know what you think in a comment!

Posted by Mana Tominaga on Jun 16, 2011 | Comments: 3 |

Let's Play Parenting Bingo!

Book cover of The Big Book Parenting SolutionsWhat's that and how do you play?  At least once or twice a year, the Family Learning Center at Tully Library offers these fun opportunities for parents to fine-tune their parenting skills and enjoy the whole experience while they are doing it.  This year, the program will take place on Thursday, June 23 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  How often do you have the opportunity to share your woes with total strangers and have the support and advice from people who may have the same experiences as you? 


So, don't miss out on this opportunity!  Come and join in the fun!  We have prizes waiting to be won, courtesy of the Friends of the Tully Library.


Chơi Bingo Để Biết Thêm về Cách Giáo Dục Con Cái.  Chúng ta vừa học hỏi, vừa chơi và vừa có thể thắng được quà!


¡Ven a aprender abilidades de crianza mientras que usted juega! Los premios serán proporcionados por los Amigos de la Biblioteca.

Hãy Quyến Khích Các Em Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Nghỉ Hè!

Children summer reading flyer Teens summer reading flyerAdults Click Here

Chủ đề cho Chương Trình Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Hè năm nay là "Một Thế Giới, Nhiều Mẫu Chuyện".  Cũng như mọi năm, chúng ta cố gắng thi đua đọc thật nhiều sách để được tặng nhiều quà.  Đây là một khích lệ nho nhỏ dành riêng cho các tí hon để tập cho các em thú đọc sách. 


Năm nay, Chương Trình Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Hè sẽ bắt đầu Ngày 18 Tháng 6 và kết thúc Ngày 30 Tháng 7.  Từ già đến trẻ, tất cả mọi người đều có thể tham gia.  Xin quý vị phụ huynh và quý ông bà làm cái gương sáng cho các em nôi theo.  Quý vị hãy ghi danh đọc sách và hãy quyến khích các em ghi danh và đem các em đến Thư Viện để tham gia những buổi trình diễn hoặc chương trình đặc sắc và nhiều thú vị của mùa hè năm nay!

Teaching Young Children about Peace

cover of The Peace Book, showing the earth surrounded by childrens' facesDuring this time when terrorism is back in the news, I have been thinking about the concepts of peace and friendship. How does someone teach a young child about peace, and the idea that all people can learn to get along? Sharing picture books is one way to do this. The San José Public Library has some excellent materials that can be checked out on these topics. Here are three recomendations.


For the very young child, Baby Faces by Margaret Miller is a good choice. Infants enjoy seeing pictures of babies, and this small book has photographs of babies of different nationalities. As children grow, they might enjoy We All Sing with the Same Voice, by J. Philip Miller. It is based on a Sesame Street song, showing that children around the world are alike at heart. My third recommendation is The Peace Book by Todd Parr. Brightly colored drawings illustrate various peaceful activities, such as learning a new language, making friends, and sharing a meal.


Bring the concepts of peace and friendship to your young child by checking out one or all of these books from San José Public Library!

Beautiful Poetry for the Young Minds

Bookcover of "Great Poems for Grand Children"Great Poems for Grand Children (edited by Celestine Frost) is a collection of more than 250 beautiful poems by various poets from around the world. On the list you can find: Lewis Carroll, T. S. Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Octavio Paz, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman, and many more. Readers will be surprise with such inclusions as Lincoln's Gettyburg Address and an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech. Poems are arranged by subjects, including Nursery Rhymes, Bedtime, Animal Friends, Seasons of the Year, True Love, etc. Intended for reading to children Great Poems will delight grandparents and parents alike with a treasure of magnificent and imaginative verses accompanied by inspiring drawings by Brian Cronin.


Find more Children's Poetry at your local libraries.

Science Summer Camps: Youth Science Institute (YSI)

Youth Science Institute logSummer?  Check!

Sun?  Check!

Outdoors?  Check!

Sunscreen?  Check!

Friendly counselors?  Check!

Fun?  CHECK!


The Youth Science Institute is conveniently located in both the eastern and western edges of San Jose:  Alum Rock Park and Vasona Park. Each park has weekly summer camps throughout the summer that engage different interests:  hiking, bike riding, fishing, exploring, etc.


YSI also provides entertaining school shows and library(!) shows. Last summer, YSI brought over live frogs, snakes, and other reptiles for our library audience to "ooh and ahh" over.


If you are interested in camps that are fun, but also educational, YSI is the perfect camp for you!  (Lunch not included, but flora and fauna are!)  My daughter developed an initial (but ongoing) love of science through YSI!


If you are interested in science, here are some Dewey numbers to keep in mind:


570  Life Sciences

580  Plant Life

590  Zoology/Animals


Happy reading and experimenting!  Don't forget, if you have a super-terrific summer camp you'd like to talk about, add a comment to this post!

Let's Celebrate Dia de los Niños!

Book cover of Book Fiesta!Every year, we try to make "Children's Day" a fun and educational day for the whole family. This year, let us celebrate our children by giving them a "gift of reading" to begin their educational journey. Join us on Saturday, April 30 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Tully Community Branch Library for great stories, crafts, reading workshops and refreshments!


Hãy đến Thư Viện Tully Ngày Thứ Bảy, 30 Tháng Tư từ 11:00 giờ sáng đến 1:00 giờ trưa để cùng chúng tôi nghe đọc truyện, làm thủ công, trau dồi kiến thức và có một ngày đầy vui tươi cho các em!


Cada año, intentamos reírnos el “día de los niños” y día educativo para la familia entera. Este año, nos dejó celebra a nuestros niños dándoles un “regalo de la lectura” para comenzar su viaje educativo. Ensámblenos encendido Sábado, 30 de abril de 11:00 a 1:00 P.M. en la biblioteca del rama de la comunidad de Tully ¡para las grandes historias, artes, leyendo talleres y los refrigerios!

How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse and Other Potential Disasters

Preparing for Disasters Book CoverOn Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30 PM, the Edenvale Branch Library will present a program on disaster preparedness that takes a step back from real disasters by focusing on a "zombie apocalypse."

This is a great way to plan for those more earthly disasters like storms, earthquakes, and power outages with the added fun of pretending it's to keep away the zombies. We'll show families how to keep their kids involved in disaster planning by making it all about zombies.& Children and teens might not feel comfortable putting together a disaster plan while thinking of actual emergency situations. By putting the task in the form of a zombie apocalypse plan, valuable planning can be accomplished that can be used in any emergency situation.

This program will be repeated at other libraries.

Butterflies in the Glen

Exhibit of St. Christopher School butterflies at Willow Glen LibrarySpring is here at last, and butterflies have come to visit Willow Glen Branch Library! The kids of Room 1B at St Christopher School have created these beautiful watercolor works of art and generously shared them with the Library. They have been fluttering above the picture books in the Family Space since mid-March, brightening the spirits of staff and Library customers alike during the last few weeks of rainy weather. Thanks to the wonderful young artists and to their teachers, Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Zeitler, for all their work. If your class is interested in displaying artwork in the Willow Glen Branch Library, come in and talk to one of the staff members.