Join us at Downtown Ice to enjoy an afternoon of skating and crafts hosted by us!
Have fun skating with our beloved mascot "Conroy the Cougar" and stop by the library's table for a fun children's craft making reindeer hats from Noon-3:00 p.m.
Present your San Jose Public Library card on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from Noon-3:00 p.m. at Downtown Ice to get 1 person in for free with 1 paid adult admission - That's 2 skate admissions for $15! You must show your San Jose library card prior to transaction. Not combinable with any other offers or promotions.
Downtown Ice is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, located in the Circle of Palms between the SJ Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel.
For more information about Downtown Ice visit sjdowntown.com/downtownice
Hicklebee's is an independent bookstore full of dedicated people who are willing to help any eager reader walking through their doors! And during the month of November, Hicklebee's will be holding two book signings at their store!
On November 5, 2013, Gail Carriger will be coming to Hicklebees to celebrate the launch of her second book in her Finishing School Series. You can check out her first book Etiquette and Espionage at the library, and come to the book signing to get the sequel: Curtsies and Conspiracies. There is will also be a steam punk costume contest for those who wish to dress up, and Gail Carriger herself will be one of three judges.
The Launch Party and book signing will be on November 5, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at this address:
1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
On November 14, 2013, Jeff Kinney will be coming to Campbell Christian School on behalf of Hicklebees to talk about his brand new book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (book 8). You can check out the first seven books at your local library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel. Pre-order Hard Luck at Hicklebee's and get your ticket to attend the event!
The event will be held on November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM at this address:
1075 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA
Important: In order to go to this event, you must have a ticket. To get tickets, you have to buy Hard Luck from Hicklebees. One book = two tickets.
Would you like your children to love books? We would too! Come to this special storytime and craft. You and your child will listen to stories and make a felt ghost bookmark to take home. For ages 4 – 8.
Get in the Halloween spirit with this special storytime for young children. Enjoy books and songs about all things Halloween, and make a cute pumpkin craft.
Join us for a fun Halloween Parade and trick or treating through the library!
Don't forget to dress up!
Come to the Haunted House… if you dare! A chilling, thrilling experience featuring some special tricks and treats!
Spooktacular Family Fun! Come in your most spooktacular outfits and take part in costume parades through out the day.
Come meet and support more than 30 local Bay Area authors during King Library's first ever Author Fair! You will have the opportunity to mingle with participating authors as well as listen to them share their inspirations for their books. The event is free and open to the public.
Learn more about all the participating authors:
It is hard to believe, but Halloween is in just a few weeks. Time to start thinking about what you are going to wear. Many people go to one of the many stores in the area and look for a halloween costume, but if you are a do-it yourself type of person, you want to make a costume with your own two hands. Need an idea for a costume or a pattern? We have several materials on how to make costumes for yourself or your little-ones. Are you hosting a party or need to bring a themed dish to a halloween pot-luck? Need decorating ideas? We can help you there too. Come check us out and make this a really spooky-fun Halloween!
Livemocha is a new online language learning resource by the folks at Rosetta Stone. You will be able to learn over 30+ languages in-depth, in addition to ESL. Livemocha is unique in that it is truly interactive, you will be able to chat with native speakers, assist other language learners, and connect with other language learners on Facebook.
Please note first time users will need to sign-up for an account.
Have you ever heard of a hobby called letterboxing? In letterboxing there are clues to follow like a treasure hunt to find special places. I went letterboxing in Shasta County. We followed the clues to the headwaters of the Sacramento River, a very beautiful spot. There my son found a small hidden box which contained a rubber stamp and a small notebook with blank pages. He stamped the hidden notebook with his own stamp. Then he used the rubber stamp from the box to stamp in his own book with blank pages. Letterboxing often involves hiking, but not always. (Hint: There's a letterbox connected with the San Jose Public Libraries.)
For more information on the history of letterboxing or how to get started, please visit:
A quick and interesting book about letterboxing is The Letterboxer's Companion: Exploring the Mysteries Hidden in the Great Outdoors by Randy Hall.
Books and articles can be accessed at by using your San Jose Library card. If you don't have your library card yet, you can get one by showing a photo ID and proof of your address at your local library. www.sjp.
DID YOU KNOW?
During the months of September and October San Jose Public Library in conjunction with EveryoneOn.org will help promote the cause of increasing the digital literacy skills of San Jose residents.
San Jose Public Library regularly offers many opportunities for residents to learn basic computer and internet skills that are necessary to find employment, help children complete homework, access electronic medical records, and connect with family and friends.
Parents might be rejoicing, but for students back to school is no fun. However, we have resources to make sure you start your school year off right:
All of these resources are available online for free with a San José Public Library card.
With all these great resources to help you with tests and homework, you will no doubt be looking forward to your next report card.
Classroom teachers, school administrators, school librarians and support staff will be happy to know that San Jose Public Library has online help available as schools implement the Common Core Standards. One of our databases, NoveList Plus, offers detailed lessons on how to use engaging non-fiction texts to lead students to extract relevant information from their reading and apply that information in a number of ways (the basis of many of the Common Core reading standards). NoveList Plus provides Common Core Connections, a special feature in which each lesson:
If you are accessing this feature from home, CLICK HERE, then, on the "Books and Literature Resources" web page:
For a two-page overview of all the features of NoveList Plus that can help teachers address Common Core standards, CLICK HERE.
NoveList also offers a blog for teachers, "Kids & Books", written by school and public librarians on a number of issues related to the teaching of English/Language Arts. The August blog "Back to School" offers a handful of articles full of advice and inspiration as we set out on the new school year. CLICK HERE to read the blog!