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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.

Kids: Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Help your child discover poetry by checking out the library’s children poetry collection. Here are some recommended books to get your child excited about poetry:


Poetry Books


Book cover of The New Kid on the Block: PoemsThe New Kid on the Block: Poems by Jack Prelutsky

A collection of funny poems about strange creatures and people such as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers.





Book cover of The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Various Authors)

A varied and complete collection of more than 550 poems by various poets, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, and Shel Silverstein.




Book cover of Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This is a masterful collection of humorous poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein that will engage readers.





Learn to Write Poems


Book cover of Haiku Activities

Haiku Activities : Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids by Patricia Donegan

Introduces the form of Japanese poetry known as haiku, explores the seven keys to writing haiku, and provides instructions for five haiku projects, including creating haiga, or illustrated haiku.





Book cover of Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky

Featuring personal anecdotes and an abundance of information, this is a humorous guide, filled with poetry exercises, ideas, projects, and pointers that teaches readers how to write poetry.





Book cover of Poem-Making

Poem-Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston

Introduces the different kinds of poetry and the mechanics of writing poetry, providing an opportunity for the reader to experience the joy of making a poem.





More Ways to Celebrate


Besides reading and writing poems, here are other ways that you and your child can celebrate National Poetry Month, according to Lily Jones and Skila Brown from www.education.com/magazine/article/Celebrate_Poetry:


  • Memorize a poem together.
  • Write poems about various things and occurrences at home.
  • Read a short poem before a family meal, such as breakfast or dinner.
  • Take a notebook and go on a walk. Be ready to write a poem or phrases about various things that you or your child would observe.
  • Have a poetry slam by inviting other kids or adults over to read poems aloud.

And as always, you can ask a Youth Services Librarian to help you find more poetry resources at your local library branch

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