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!
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!
Zinio allows you to enjoy the complete digital editions of some your favorite magazines for adults, teens, kids, and Spanish language readers. You can checkout as many magazines as you want with no holds or due dates. Plus, you can be sure you are reading the latest edition of your favorite magazine since new issues are available right away.
With Zinio, you can read your magazines anytime, anywhere, either on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.
*Please note you will create a total of 2 accounts; a Library Collection account to check out magazines; and a Zinio.com Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps.
*Most magazines can be read in browser, some however, require you to download Zinio Reader 4 & Adobe Air. (These magazines will indicate if you need the Zinio Reader).
Family Learning Center is introducing Reading Explorer series to ESL learners of San Jose Public Library. Reading Explorer is a six-level content-based reading series featuring pictures from National Geographic to help develop reading and vocabulary skills for all learners. The six volumes are ranking from low-beginning of Reading Explorer Intro to advanced reading in Reading Explorer 5. Each volume has 24 reading passages and are divided into units. Reading passages cover a wide range of real-world topics related to culture, science, social studies, travel, and adventure.
I like this reading series and strongly recommend to English learners. The set does motivate real-world content with photographs to help develop learners’ understanding of the wider world in which we live. Reading Comprehension activities cover essential reading skills and question types commonly found on standardized tests. Vocabulary Practice activities and Vocabulary Builder boxes present and reinforce high-frequency vocabulary items.
About author from Amazon's Editorial Review: "Paul MacIntyre earned his MA in TESL from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been an ELT professional for over 20 years. Paul has teaching experience in Japan and the United States, and as an editor participated in the development of numerous ELT courses for classrooms around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to various major course book and testing programs. For National Geographic Learning he is proud to have authored Reading Explorer 2, Reading Explorer 4, and most recently Pathways Listening and Speaking 4."
Hope you enjoy the series and please don't hesitate to send Chieu, the Family Learning Center central selector, a comment or suggestion.
Have a book you really love? But are tired to telling people what's it about? Then why not show them? Make a book trailer and enter your video in the San Jose Public Library's book trailer contest to win prizes!
Think you can do better? Sumbit your video to youtube and tag it with SJPL2013SRC and cite any images, audio, pictures etc, that isn't yours.
Good luck to you all, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Check out the top 3 winning entries of the 2013 Book Trailer Contest below:
1st place (winner of an iPad Mini): Hannah V. - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
2nd place (winner of a $50 iTunes gift card): Terrick E. - The Things They Carried
3rd place (winner of a $25 Jamba Juice card): Linh N. - Lord of the Flies
Thank you to everyone who submitted such creative and fun videos!
The San José Public Library invites teens to create a book trailer for our Summer Reading Celebration during the months of June and July. Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.
How to enter:
Think of a favorite book you read for Summer Reading and envision it as a short video, one that will capture the interest of your audience. Create your own book trailer, reviewing the book. You can submit more than one video, but each video has to be for a separate book.
A panel of judges (staff at San José Public Library) will review all entries and select the top three winners, to be announced in August 2013. The panel of judges will use the following criteria when reviewing book trailer entries:
Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by K. Rai.
Here are links to some professional book trailers:
Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive: