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Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors:
Christmas Spectacular is a FREE Holiday Musical Production produced by Bethel Church of San Jose and is an event the entire family can enjoy! For 30 years, Bethel Church has been continuing living its dream of celebrating Christmas withthe neighbors and community.
This exciting musical production celebrates the fun, the joy, and the blessings of the Christmas season through exceptional live music, drama, dance, and multimedia. Each year Bethel’s talented choir, orchestra, children’s choir & ensemble of actors and dancers create a fantastic, high caliber performance that’s become a must-see tradition for hundreds in our community. Featuring a wide variety of music – from anthems and carols to seasonal pop and rock, old holiday classics, and new seasonal sounds. Christmas Spectacular offers something for everyone as quoted on christmasspectacular.org
December 7, 8, 9 & 14, 15, 16
Friday performances - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday performances - 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Bethel Church of San Jose
1201 S. Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95128
Doors open one hour before each performance for General Seating and Spanish translation is provided. (Spanish transmitters will be available in the Lobby)
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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
Join KQED as they bring Curious George to the ice rink for a meet and greet! Have fun skating with Curious George, check out the Curious George movie on an LCD screen and stop by the library's table for a fun activity from 1-3 p.m.
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 San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel. For more info about Downtown Ice visit http://sjdowntown.com/downtownice/
We are almost in the month of December. Having grown up in Minnesota, I must say that, in spite of the sometimes very cold weather, I always considered December my favorite month of the year. It was always a special time filled with activities like baking special cookies to give to the neighbors, playing in the snow (when we had snow), concerts, visiting friends and family, etc. Moving to CA I don't get to see snow very often, but there are still so many activities one can participate in. If you would like some ideas about winter activities, or to learn more about the season of winter itself, come visit us and find out more about this time of the year.
Partners in Reading (PAR) is the adult literacy program of the San Jose Public Library. Following is some information for new volunteers and for adults who need help with reading, writing, communication, and computer skills.
Imagine that you could not read a medicine label. What problems do you think might happen as a result?
Consider becoming a volunteer tutor to help change someone’s life, quite possibly your own. Become a volunteer tutor and work with an individual or a small group to tutor basic literacy skills. The next orientation and training begin on March 13, 2013. The 90-minute orientation is followed by two all-day training sessions at the King Library on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23.
The next learner orientation for adults who want to be part of PAR’s regular tutoring program for basic literacy will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Learners need to be over 18, live or work in San Jose, read or write below the 9th grade level, and be able to make a 6-month commitment.
For information about any of these opportunities and to sign up, please call (408) 808-2361. You can also find out more about Partners in Reading by visiting us online.
Today and tomorrow mark the celebration of el dia de los muertos (the day of the dead). This is a day where many people remember relatives who have died and gives an opportunity to celebrate their lives. Many cultures have similar observances to mark the passing of loved ones, but this observance has become very well-known by families creating small shrines to commemorate deceased family members and the making of candy skulls. If you would like to learn more about this unique holiday visit your local SJPL branch and check out the many different types of materials pertaining to this celebration.
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.
The upcoming election is just around the corner. Most people seem to know who they'll be voting for in the Presidential Election, but there are a lot of other issues on the ballot that you'll need to know about before you can make an informed decision.
League of Women Voters is a reliable source for objective voter information. Their online guide is Smart Voter. You just key in your address and it will give you your polling location and which ballot issues you will be voting on. They also have links to the candidates' web sites, their positions on different issues and news sources on the candidates.
Wondering about the facts? Factcheck.org is a site which takes the statements made by the candidates and checks them against the facts. Politifact.com checks statements made and determines how factual they are on a "truth-o-meter".
Need more information about the upcoming election? Santa Clara County Registrar of Voter website has a registration lookup to see if you are registered, vote by mail information and an online voter information pamphlet.
Soon it will be Halloween. That one day each year when children dress up and go door to door collecting candy. Adults also may dress up as monsters, ghosts, their favorite celebrities or literary characters. But do you know the roots of this celebration?
Ray Bradbury in his 1972 story The Halloween Tree, tells the story of 8 young boys who travel through time searching for their friend Pipkin. Along their journey they encounter the mysterious Mr. Moundshroud who takes them to the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Medieval Paris, Druidic England and finally to a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. In 1992 This story was made into a feature-length animated film starring the voices of Ray Bradbury as the voice of the Narrator and Leonard Nemoy as the mysterious Mr. Moundshroud.
Do you want to know more about this fall celebration? Come check out this book at the San Jose Public Library. We also have many more materials that can help you plan your own Halloween celebration.