- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Our Independence Day will be on Wednesday, July 4th. The library has several books and resources to help your child learn more about this special holiday and discover fun and memorable ways to celebrate it! Here are some recommended titles:
Independence Day: Birthday of the United States by Elaine Landau
Learn about the meaning and history of Independence Day, the day when the United States declared its independence from England in 1776. This is a substantial book that contains historical facts about this holiday, information on how it is celebrated and two fun projects that you and your child can work on to celebrate: "Glitter Sparklers" and "Celebration Ice Cream Sundae."
Fourth of July Fireworks by Patrick Merrick
Ever wonder how Fourth of July fireworks are used and made? This book contains intriguing information about the Independence Day holiday and the fireworks that are used to make this holiday exciting, festive and memorable.
Star Spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross
Have a fun Independence Day by creating something special! This book will teach you and your child how to make a variety of Independence Day themed crafts, such as a firecracker lapel pin, a flag mosaic, an American eagle magnet and much more!
Here are fun ways to celebrate Independence Day:
Please see a librarian at your library for more recommendations.
Due to his gifted skills to communicate with the souls who have crossed over to heaven, James Van Praagh has relayed the messages from these children to their parents as well as other parents who have lost their child (when that child is still young) to understand: after leaving behind the body in this world, that soul still lives on, studies, then advances to the higher level together with other loving souls such as grandparents and relatives who crossed over before that soul. That soul will be protected by these loving souls, will never feel lonely, and will be guided by the Master Spirits in order to evolve to the next higher level. This understanding will help parents to reduce the pain of losing a child when that child is very young.
The author also shows parents how to communicate with the soul of their young child by using a method called "automatic handwriting." The parent will need to make an appointment with the soul; on the day and at the exact time of the apointment, the parent will need to go into a quiet room, turn off the TV and the phones, sit down with a paper and a pen on the table. The parent will need to relax the body and allow the hand to freely move. After the session is over, the parent will know that the message truly comes from the soul of the child who passed away.
James Van Praagh also reveals that there are four types of soul: Young Sould, Old Soul, (James emphasizes that it has nothing to do with age), Mature Soul, and Angel Soul.
Young Soul: lives heavily on feelings, loves to harm/vex others, and depends heavily on materials.
Old Soul: still lives and depends on materials but orients himself/herself more towards a spiritual life. This person loves to research and study about spiritual life, begins to guide other people, and loves to serve other human beings.
Mature Soul: this person is normally a master, a philosopher, someone who guides the society/a big crowd to advance spiritually to the higher level.
Angel Soul: Someone whose voice, opinions, or actions influences the whole world (e.g. The Pope, The Dalai Lama). Their activities always aim at serving mankind and the whole world. From the time of birth, these souls already cultivate to walk the path of a Spiritual Leader.
In summary, this book is very essential in order to help us understand life on the other side. It is a very efficacious guide for both parent and child. It provides healing to the grieving parents who never stop thinking about their departed young children. It is an account of true stories and uplifting messages of love.
Lanyards by the yard, painted rocks, sand-cast wax candles, tie-dye t-shirts?
Its officially summer now, and if you recall these activities fondly, roll up your sleeves and teach a new generation how to get creative with what's on hand!
These books might get your creative juices flowing...
Don't forget to check out these craft programs at the library this month!
June is National Safety Month! Learn the tips and best practices on how to stay safe by checking out the following titles!
Safety by Liz Gogerly
This book contains helpful advice about staying safe in today's fast-paced world. Learn about the real concerns to pay attention to at various places: at home, at school and more.
Play it Safe Online by Phyllis Cornwall
Learn how to avoid certain hazzards and dangers online. This book provides tips and advice on how to remain safe online such as not posting certain pictures, how to limit personal information, choosing secure sites and more.
Traffic Safety by Nancy Loewen
Traveling this summer? This book will help you discover common transportation hazards and learn how to avoid or handle them.
Safety at Home by Mary Lee Knowlton
This book provides helpful tips and advice for kids on how to stay safe at home. Learn how to avoid common home-related accidents and injuries by reading this book.
Say No and Go: Stranger Safety by Jill Donahue
Even though your neighborhood might appear safe, dangerous incidents may randomly occur. This book will help you know what they are and how to handle them. Learn how to effectively know your neighbors, watch out for strangers and dealing with people at the doorstep.
For more recommendations, please see a Youth Services Librarian at your library.
Greetings parents! The wonderful summer vacation is around the corner. Do you have any plans for the fabulous summer ahead? If you don’t, then here is the best idea -- using public libraries. Just like mentioned in the book, 在圖書館培養比爾蓋茲 , San Jose Public Library offers many free services and events. Using the services and attending the events helps your children become the best, and also saves you lots of money. I have a good example of these benefits. My girls join summer reading program every year. They were happy to earn many prizes by reading their favorite books, so they spent lots of time reading during summer. Therefore, I saved lot of money for not sending them to summer camps. How awesome is that! However, the biggest benefit of this program is not the prizes you get, but is the future of your child. Because your children read many books, their reading comprehension skills will improve, which can be applied to many other subjects of interest. The learning would become so easy. So for your children’s own good, please take your family to a library near you, attend their events, and also sign up for this child-friendly and educational summer reading program right now!
Being a parent is hard work! There are joys and tribulations and endless questions about the effectiveness of parenting skills. Well, now in the book To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born?, Suzanne Weber gives voice to the little ones who let parents know what they think about the things parents do. Find out their thoughts about that first visit to the doctor or that first trip to see Santa Claus! How do they feel about attending those mommy and me classes or when you decide that they're ready for that big girl or big boy bed. I laughed out loud reading these poems and I'm sure you will too. There is some colorful language so may not appeal to everyone. Here is one poem called "Cry Guide," being read by the author. Enjoy!
前不久敝人閱讀了天下雜誌CommonWealth Magzine 2011年教育特刊 (第486期2011年11月30 日—12月13日)，雜誌中提及閱讀是未來公民所應具備的五大技能之一，在閱讀中尋找樂趣的孩子，能發掘書中無限可能，勇敢推出未來之窗。對於這個想法，我個人深感贊同。因此，想推薦聖荷西公共圖書館 (San Jose Public Library)館藏之中幾本跟閱讀有關的中文著作，和家長及老師朋友們分享。
小學時期的閱讀能力決定一生的成績 金明美著 ; 張琪惠譯
1. The number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains. (Bridging the Summer Reading Gap, 2003)
2. Children who read six or more books over the summer gained more in reading achievement than children who did not. (Bridging the Summer Reading Gap, 2003)
3. One to three months of academic growth can be lost over the summer. (National Summer Learning Association)
4. Students who do not engage in educational activities during the summer typically score lower on tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning. (Summer Learning Loss: The Problem and Some Solutions).
5. Libraries contribute to the intellectual growth of children during the summer. (Making the Case for Library Services to Children and Teens, State Library of North Carolina)
On Friday, May 25th, 2012 from 4pm - 5pm, there will be an important special training event for all interested teens who want to volunteer for the Summer Reading Celebration 2012 program at the Alviso Branch Library.
We are especially inviting members of the Alviso Library's teensReach group to this special training event!
Summer Reading Celebration 2012 starts on Friday, June 1st, 2012 and ends on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012.
For more information on this training for volunteers or to become a summer volunteer at the Alviso Library Branch, please contact Adrian Barrientos, Youth Services Librarian at (408) 263-3626 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Enjoy a delightful puppet show based on multi-cultural folk legends, fables and stories on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Edenvale Branch Library Community Room. Local artist Edgar Zancudo Sanchez will entertain the entire family with his interactive show. This event is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Edenvale Branch Library.