- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Are you planning on taking the SAT this spring or summer? San José Public Library will be offering 5 SAT essay writing workshops to help learn how to write a great essay for the SAT test. In these workshops (presented by Kaplan) you will get advice about what essay graders are looking for, as well as strategies on writing effective essays. These workshops will include practice essay writing and evaluation. All high school students are welcome to participate.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 6:30pm
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lastly, you may also want to look at the LearningExpress Library Tutorials, Tests, eBooks which are accessible with you library card, and have great College Preparation materials, including tools and tips for the SAT.
A seven year old boy named Audri (and his mother) created a YouTube video of a Rube Goldberg machine that he built. Not only did he build it, but he also uses the scientific method to gauge how many successes and failures the machine will have. Inspiring!
Rube Goldberg was born in San Francisco in 1883 and attended UC Berkeley as an Engineering major. He never actually built any of the machines he drew cartoons of, but plenty of people have. In fact, there are competitions for high school and college students to create working Rube Goldberg machines.
Weather and Natural Disasters
Friday, March 16 A AA
Age range: 2nd to 5th grade
Earthquakes & earthquake safety, hurricanes, tornadoes and other forms of wacky weather will be just some of what the Harker teens will tell us about. There will also be several fun group activities -- such as making a tornado in a bottle! kdkdkdkthe
Earthquakes & earthquake safety, hurricanes, tornadoes and other forms of wacky weather will be just some of what they'll cover. Also, there will be several fun group activities such as making a tornado in a bottle!
Genetics and DNA
Friday, March 23
Age range: 4th to 6th grade
The second science event will be all about something very close to you: your genes! If you are interested in the structure of DNA, blood types, cloning and more -- this is the place to be. You may even be able to be a genetic scientist for a day and extract DNA yourself -- DNA from a strawberry!
Visit the Edenvale Branch Library Community Room to attend our Reading to Furry Friends program for children. At this program, we will pair children who want to improve their reading skills with literacy assistance dogs (and their trainers) from Furry Friends for one-on-one reading fun. Children naturally feel comfortable around dogs and other pets. By making the most of this relationship, parents and teachers can improve literacy skills and encourage reading. Join the fun! This program takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM.
A Cloak in Time - By altering the speed of light beams, scientists from Cornell University created a hidden pocket in time that maybe used in computer espionage. They took a stream of light and shifted it through a lens, causing some beams to travel faster and other slower. It created so called temporal void and slower light passes trough the second lens undetected.
Space Tourism - Outer space travel becomes a reality! You can sign up on the web site of Virgin Galactics or go to travel a agent. It costs "only" $200,000 a seat. The ride to space will take three days that include training at Spaceport America in La Cruces, N.M. The flight will not orbit the Earth, but will take you up and down as on a giant roller coaster. A carrier airplane with the SpaceShipTwo rocket ship slung underneath will take off the runaway and fly to 50,000 feet, where the rocket ship will be launched.
Race to Moon - Moon Express is among 26 teams who compete to win $30 million Google Lunar X Prize and to land a private robotic spacecraft on the moon. "The company is building a railway system out to the moon", said Richards, the CEO of Moon Express. Moon Express CSB Lander is getting built in a hanger at NASA's Ames Research Center and will carry the first privately financed telescope.
Hiccupotamus (AR 0.5, Level 3.3) by Aaron Zenz is great for the kid who is first experiencing hiccups! Poor hippo is suffering from the hiccups as he runs into various friends. Exaggerated rhymes and hilarity ensues as hippo inadvertently causes all kinds of trouble.
Hippo's friends carefully research (a super sight for this librarian to see) ways to eliminate hippo's hiccups. Spinning, vinegar, and other remedies don't seem to work. Finally, hippo's hiccups cease. See what happens in the surprise ending. If you read this picture book with emphasis on exaggerated hiccups, you are sure to see your kids laugh uproariously!
Amelia Bedelia is the classic, humorous series about what happens to someone who takes everything too literally. Peggy Parish's Come Back, Amelia Bedelia (AR 0.5, Level 2.1) takes the unusual plot of displacing Amelia Bedelia from the Rogers' household. Usually, everyone is understanding and tolerant about Amelia's misunderstandings. This time, however, Mrs. Rogers has had enough and fires Amelia.
Since Amelia does have to make a living, she blunders through other jobs as a hair dresser, file clerk, assistant dressmaker, etc. The reader will laugh uproariously to Amelia's hijinks!
The Amelia Bedelia series is an excellent resource for kids on the autistic spectrum or English language learners. This series demonstrates what happens to a character who takes everything literally. Children with autism will learn to be amused to see themselves in the Amelia character. This series is also an excellent way for children with autism and for English language learners to learn colloquialisms and slang.
A lot has changed since Margaret Wise Brown published the children’s classic bedtime book Goodnight Moon in 1947. It was a quieter, gentler world back then. There were only kittens, mittens, combs and brushes for little bunny to say goodnight to. The only tech stuff in bunny’s room was an electric lamp and a rotary dial telephone. Not so in Goodnight iPad : A Parody for the Next Generation. Writer and illustrator David Milgrim under the pseudonym Ann Droyd has written a fun little high tech parody of Goodnight Moon for adults. Goodnight iPad is a humorous study of those of us who are plugged in, day and night, to our high tech electronic gizmos. Instead of kittens, mittens and a bowl of mush, bunnies say good night to iPads, BlackBerries, YouTube, Facebook, LCD Wi- Fi HDTV, MP3, email, Nooks and digital books. Even the fireplace is a faux plug in electric model. Little bunnies are busy with headphones, iphones, cell phones and the great green room is buzzing with the constant tap, tap, tapping, and click, click, clicking of keyboards as bunnies text, tweet and play Angry Birds and Doom. Finally, Mother bunny has had enough and announces , "Goodnight remotes and Netflix streams, Androids, apps and glowing screens," and ends with "Goodnight MacBook Air, goodnight gadgets everywhere." Gathering all the gizmos in her arms, she sends them flying out the window to restore peace to the house. Parody and fun aside, Goodnight iPad is a clever commentary on society’s growing attachment to high tech devices and their pervasive presence in everyday life.
Check the City of San Jose's website for information about Fish Camp starting on April 27, 2012. The City is proud to provide this camp, which is located in the Sierras, near Yosemite National Park.
The Parks and Recreation has a wonderfully dedicated staff. In the past, my kids have enjoyed summer camps and afterschool programs. The kids love the wonderful staff in the Parks and Recreation Department because though they are strict, they definitely make the activities fun. One of the counselors at the afterschool programs even invented a new wheelchair game to teach kids about compassion for other kids.
If you are thinking about camping this summer, definitely check out http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/familycamp/ for important deadlines for getting a spot on the campgrounds this summer!
This is an excellent opportunity to buy an assortment of books and media (dvds, cds & other) in a different languages, genres and for all ages!
Come show your support to your Alviso Branch Library by purchasing these gently used books and media.
At this book sale event, the price list will be:
We encourage everyone to be green by bringing their own reusable bag for purchases made at this booksale event.
Proceeds from this booksale goes to support Alviso Branch Library programs and services.
Anyone interested in volunteering at this booksale event can call (408) 263-3626.