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Have you ever wondered what your baby is trying to say to you? Find out how to communicate with your baby by learning the basics of baby sign language at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Stefanie Jatta an American Sign Language (ASL) trained instructor will teach you the benefits of and how to do signing with your baby. Workshops will be held on the 4th Friday of each month from January through April at 11:30am.
Also returning in January to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is our Baby Lapsit storytime for non-walkers. This storytime is especially tailored to babies 0-12 months old with an accompanying adult. Enjoy age appropriate books, rhymes and music. The program will be held on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Fridays of every month at 11:30am with a Stay and Play session following.
Can’t make it to the Dr. King Library for these baby programs? Check out your local branch library for materials on Baby Sign Language, Rhymes for Babies and Parenting in general. Here are a few Baby Sign Language suggestions…
Written by two teachers, Jennie Withers and Phyllis Hendrickson, M. Ed., Hey, Back Off! sheds lights on the topics of Teen Harassment and Bullying At School. It helps both parents and teens understand more about the Harassment Law , the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (outlawing harassment), the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (prohibiting discrimination based on disability).
This book helps readers realize different types of bullying: cyberbullying (sending mean text messages), sexual harassment, verbal teasing, and hitting or punching. It explores different cases and different personalities: passive teens (who have passive parents) becoming victims, and bullies being bullies because they have aggressive parents, and it shows how a person can become assertive from being passive or aggressive. It portrays true life experiences of agressive people and how they become that way. After reading the chapters on these cases of Passive Personalities and Aggressive Personalities, I realized that the authors have helped people on both sides of the spectrum: victims of bullying and the bullies.
October was the Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. www.nctsn.org is an important web site to check out. Go to "Resources, "Public Awareness", click on "Bullying Prevention Awareness Month" to learn about "Facts and Tips for Teens" to stay safe from cyberbullying. This site also provides us with links regarding other types of abuse/bullying: "Finding Help for Sexually Abused Children", "National Homeless Youth Awareness Month", and "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month". Under "Get Help Now", there are links to crisis hotlines, victim assistance programs, how to deal with school crises, how to help abused or neglected children, and more.
Written by two conselors and moms, Gina Scarano-Osika and KimDever-Johnson, this book You Grow Girl: A Self-Empowering Workbook for Tweens and Teens is definitely a book to be shared with your friends and you parents/teachers/conselors. It helps you build self-esteem and body confidence, understand and maintain healthy eating attitudes, learning about stress management and how to cope with stress, how to nourish positive thinking and eliminate negative feelings. It depicts female role models from various backgrounds and ethnicities. It encourages teens to become beautiful inside and out by giving teens different scenarios and thought-provoking exercises. Issues such as culture and peer pressures, deceptive media images, food/weight, mindfulness, etc. are also explored.
Gracefully prepared by two conselors, this book offers a lot of wisdom to girls ages 9 to 16. Strongly recommended to not just girls, but to Moms and Dads alike.
After hitting the book market in 2011, this book Inside Out and Back Again quickly became a best-seller. The month of October was the Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and this book once again was actively sought after. Every year thousands of high school students are being bullied due to differences in religion and culture or norm, or the way they portray themselves, dress, talk, or socialize. Among these student victims of bullying, many came from Vietnam. This book is a series of heartfelt poems telling stories of how Ha`, the protagonist, went through years of being bullied by her classmates, and how she coped with bullying.
Her story is symbolic of the high school life of many other Vietnamese students and students of other ethnic backgrounds who came here to America when they were in the ages of 9 to 18. In the end of the book, Ha` delivered a powerful message to the world: she stood up, "gave her bullies a lesson" by becoming an excellent student whom both her family members and the school officials were so proud of.
This book won many awards such as Newbery Honor, National Book Award, and was placed on the New York Times Bestsellers list. You can access the Newbery Medal home page through SJPL (San Jose Public Library) home page, www.sjpl.org, under "Homework, research, articles", then go to "Research Guides", "Books and Literature", "Book Awards", "Newbery Medal".
June was the month to recognize the refugees' plight. Again, check out the web site www.nctsn.org to understand the refugees and the circumstances they have to live through. Go to "Resources", "Public Awareness, click on "World Refugee Awareness Month".
Hopefully you will see the image of yourself and your friends' through these books and the web sites recommended here, and will do your part to foster a better learning environment for your school.
Ha` was one of hundreds of thousands of political refugees who left Vietnam in 1975 when she was 10 years old. She and her family settled in Alabama. Her pen-name is Thanhha Lai. Her first name is Ha`, Thanhha`, or Thanhha.
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, a project led by Prevent Blindness America. The group hopes to educate parents and other gift shoppers through awareness efforts all throughout the month. The rate at which children are being checked into ERs due to choking, eye injuries, or even poisoning is astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of children have undergone unnecessary injuries due to poorly made items and misuse of toys as quoted on meditab.com.
In this holiday season, purchasing age-appropriate Toys helps ensure children’s safety.
San Jose Public Library Resources on Safe Toys and Gifts
San Jose Public Library Programs on Safe Toys and Gifts
The 2012 Children’s Bookmark Contest has now ended. We had a large number of entries returned to us at the Evergreen Branch Library. All the entries were very creative and the judges had a very difficult time picking winners at every grade level. The winners are:
Congratulations to all our winners!
All artwork will be displayed in the Evergreen Library during the month of November. Please take a minute to appreciate and encourage the young artists during your next visit to the library.
Starting on Thursday, November 8th, storytimes at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library will start on a new schedule!
Please note that there will be no storytime at the Joyce Ellington Library scheduled on Wednesday, November 21st because the library closes at 6pm and will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
¡A partir del jueves, 8 de noviembre, el nuevo horario de cuentos en la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington empiezara con:
Hora de Cuentos Para Familias con Quédate a Jugar va ser los miércoles de 5:30pm hasta 6:30pm.
Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe y Preescolar con Quédate a Jugar va ser los jueves de 11am hasta 12pm (mediodía)
Hora de Cuentos Inclusive con Quédate a Jugar tomará lugar el último jueves de cada mes de 11am hasta 12pm (mediodía)
Por favor tome nota que no habrá hora de cuentos en la Biblioteca Joyce Ellington porque la biblioteca cerrará el miércoles, 21 de noviembre a las 6pm y todo el día, jueves, 22 de noviembre por el Día de Acción de Gracias (día feriado)
Partners in Reading has two new classes. If you are an adult, think about taking these two classes. They start in January, 2013 and will meet two times a week for 90 minutes each on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the King Library.
Contact PAR for orientation information and to sign up. The classes will be from January 8 to April 4, 2013. They will give you a lot of practice so that you can be a more independent writer. You will be confident that what you write is correct and easy to understand. You can sign up for one or both classes. Call (408) 808-2361 to find out more.
Two of my favorite picture books for Halloween are: Moonlight: The Halloween Cat and Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin. They are great for small children, who might otherwise be scared by some Halloween books. These two introduce Halloween in a simple clear way, with bright bold pictures and simple text. Moonlight describes a black cat on Halloween night, and Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin describes how one chooses a pumpkin and makes a jack o' lantern. I love them both and I often use them for story time.
Help is here: Social Workers in the Library
At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.
Next session: Monday, September 24th
At Biblioteca Latinoamericana – offered once a month – every 3rd Wed. of the month 6 – 8 p.m. (Spanish/English bilingual Social Worker available)
Next session: Wed. October 17th
Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:
Make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.
Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership among the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social Work, National Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.
(Photo by Sanish Suresh)
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community while beefing up your resume?
Check out these two volunteers positions at the Joyce Ellington Library, 491 E. Empire St., San José, CA 95112:
*Afterschool Homework Tutor
*Library volunteers (ages 18+) working with minors are required to get fingerprinted.
Computer and Career Skills Mentor
For more information or to apply for these volunteer positions, please contact Yolanda Anaya at email@example.com or Adrian Barrientos at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact them by phone at (408) 808-3043.