- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Law Week honors the role of law in our nation; AmeriCorps Week recognizes AmeriCorps’ impact in communities across the country and acknowledges the contributions of its volunteers and community partners. This year’s theme, “Everyone Should Be Heard,” honors one of the fundamental principles of American law— defending the rights of the accused and everyone getting a chance to tell someone their side of the story.
I’ve never been sure what the “Z” in Andy Z stands for. Could be zany, because he’s definitely a little of that. It’s obviously not for zzzzz as in sleeping – Andy gets a group of children moving like few other children’s performers, capturing their imaginations and engaging all their senses. He’s shown here in a lively performance at Willow Glen Library on April 9. If you missed it, don’t despair… Andy will be at Vineland Branch Library on April 16 at 11 a.m., at Almaden Branch Library on April 20 at 11:15 a.m., and at Alviso Branch Library on April 23 at 3 p.m. All performances are free. Check out San Jose Library’s April Events Calendar for more details. To learn more about Andy Z and his unique brand of music, visit his website andyz.com.
Are you looking for a safe and supportive learning environment where your child with special needs can interact with peers?
Come join us for a fun and educational Inclusive Storytime with stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities that will engage your child's individual learning style at the Hillview Branch Library on Wednesday, April 13th from 11:30am - 12pm.
We welcome and encourage participation by children of varying backgrounds and abilities in the belief that each child is a valuable member of the community. Children who are learning English are also encourage to attend.
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!
On 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.
Come join us for a fun-filled egghunt activity at the Hillview Branch Library on Saturday, April 9th from 11:30am - 12:30pm to celebrate the start of the Spring season! And participate in a drawing for a basket prize. We invite kids (ages: 12 & under) and their families.
¡Vengan acompáñanos en una actividad llena de diversión buscando huevos en la Biblioteca Hillview el sábado, 9 de abril - 11:30am - 12:30pm para celebrar la llegada de la primavera! También, participe en una rifa por una canasta con premios. Invitamos los niños de las edades de 12 o menos y sus familias.
All children ages 3-8 and their families are invited to participate in this lively and interactive Inclusive Storytime at Joyce Ellington Branch Library on Saturday, April 16 from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe and supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Here’s more information about inclusive programs.
Spring 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.
The 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
And as always, you can ask a Youth Services Librarian to help you find more poetry resources at your local library branch.
In addition to making sure your child gets all the immunization shots that he or she needs, you should always have the poisoning emergency number 1-800-222-1222 handy. Young children have the highest risk of poisoning because of their natural curiosity. Many common household items can be poisonous to children. Never leave cleaning supplies, medicine, alcohol, fumes, and chemical products unattended and within the reach of your child.
Having the First Aid Quick Guide can also be useful. This pocket size book was put together by the National Safety Council. Founded in 1913, NSC is an nonprofit membership organization devoted to making our world a safer place. You will find valuable information on how to provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid to infants. If you want to take a look at it before purchasing one to keep, please make a visit to your local library.