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Halloween Fun at your Library!


kids in halloween costumesWould You Let A Ghost Borrow Your Library Book? Story and Craft for Kids

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Halloween Story Times and Crafts

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.

 

Halloween Parades

Join us for a fun Halloween Parade and trick or treating through the library!

 

Costume Contests

Don't forget to dress up! 

 

Haunted Houses

Come to the Haunted House… if you dare! A chilling, thrilling experience featuring some special tricks and treats!

 

7th Annual Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique at the Almaden Community Center and Library

Spooktacular Family Fun! Come in your most spooktacular outfits and take part in costume parades through out the day.

 

Check out Halloween from previous years at the library on Flickr!



Author Fair 2013


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library presents an Author Fair

 

Saturday, November 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the King Library.

 

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:

 



Halloween Costumes and Parties


Cover of Halloween CostumesIt 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-luckNeed decorating ideas?  We can help you there too. Come check us out and make this a really spooky-fun Halloween!    



Help a Friend Get Online: EveryoneOn.org


1 in 5 Americans Don't Use the Internet. Luckily, Help is all around

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1 in 5 Americans consider themselves non-users of the Internet.
  • 80% of teachers give homework online.
  • Digital literacy is one of the top three reasons Americans don’t use PCs and the Internet, with 46% of non-users responding that they lack the necessary skills according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

 

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.

 

Free Internet and Computer Training Events at San Jose Public Library Branches

 

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Back to School Already?


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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:

 

  • Did you know that we have online tutors through tutor.com that can help you with your homework? Pretty cool, huh! Online tutors are available everyday from 2:00pm to midnight and can assist students, grades K-12 and the first 2 years of college.
     
  • So say you get an essay or research paper assignment and the library is closed, don't worry you can use World Book online with your library card and find research for your paper.
     
  • Also, if you need help with an AP class, the SAT, ACT, PSAT, CAHSEE, or an SAT subject test we have Shmoop and LearningExpress to the rescue!

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.



Teachers! Let San Jose Library Help You Implement the Common Core Standards!


Classroom teNoveList Plus logoachers, 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:

  • Provides three annotated titles matched to the subject and text complexity for the grade
  • Includes two standards-based questions and at least one question comparing two or more of the books
  • Cites the applicable standard making it easy to connect these to your larger lessons
  • Offers suggestions for related resources in NoveList

Check out this invaluable resource!

 

If you are accessing this feature from home, CLICK HERE, then, on the "Books and Literature Resources" web page:

  • Select NoveList Plus (the second choice)
  • Key in your name, library card number and PIN
  • At the NoveList Plus home page, select "Common Core" on the right side of the page under "Professional Resources"

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 is Here!


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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 New Materials


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.

 

Reading Explorer Intro book cover Book cover of Reading Explorer 1Book Cover of Reading Explorer 2 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 3Book Cover of Reading Explorer 4 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 5

 

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.



Book Trailer Contest


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!

 

Need some inspiration for your video? Check out the book trailer I made for The Maze Runner by James Dashner right here:& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMa7o6XUCGY

 

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.

 

Check this link for rules, regulations, and more information about the contest (and Summer Reading!): http://www.sjpl.org/booktrailer

 

Good luck to you all, and may the odds be ever in your favor!



2013 Book Trailer Contest


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!

 

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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.

 

  • Sign up for Summer Reading starting on June 1, 2013.
  • Post the video on YouTube using the tag: SJPL2013SRC
  • Submit the YouTube link to your book trailer along with your name, age, contact information (either a phone number or email) and your library branch to: 2013SJPLBookTrailerContest@gmail.com
  • All entries must be submitted by July 31, 2013
  • Book trailers may not be longer than four minutes in length
  • Story being reviewed should be a young adult or adult fiction or non-fiction book.
  • Cite all images, video and audio that you did not create

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:

 

  • Content: Clear introduction; strong hook; summary without dominating narration; fresh and interesting commentary with strong conclusion
  • Voice/Sound: Interesting; well-rehearsed; smooth delivery; holds audience attention; easy to hear narration over soundtrack; voice sounds natural and helps convey meaning; soundtrack adds to tone/feel of presentation
  • Images: Crisp, clear, engaging, enriching, extending details and meaning; appropriately cited.
  • Presentation: All elements (color and graphics) work together seamlessly to create an interesting book trailer

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:

 

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  • 1st place: iPad Mini
  • 2nd place: $50 gift card for iTunes
  • 3rd place: $25 gift card for Jamba Juice