Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the
25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire!
The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.
The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12. Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources.
For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc
The San José Public Library has a fun program for kids to practice their reading skills by reading to some friendly dogs, cats, and other animals. It's called Reading to Furry Friends. Kids are paired with an animal for some one-on-one reading time. This is a great way to encourage kids to improve their reading skills and develop relationships with animals.
If your kids need suggestions for what to read to them, here are some fun books that the listening animals might appreciate:
Oh No George! by Chris Haughton
George wants to be a good dog, but when his owner goes out for the day, he struggles with the temptations that all dogs surely face: digging in the flower garden, chasing the cat, and swiping some cake off the kitchen table. Will George be good?
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Dog is white with a black spot on one ear. But after a day spent romping, he comes back with a whole bunch of different color spots. Learn colors and number with this colorful canine!
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The mother of this George despairs of ever getting her puppy to make the noise that all dogs must: BARK! A variety of other animal sounds come out of George, so she takes him to the vet to see what the problem is.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Kitten is convinced that the moon is a big bowl of milk just out of his reach. He will try almost anything to get that bowl of milk. Will Kitten go hungry or will he succeed?
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Pete loves his new white shoes. But as he walks down the street and steps in colorful mess after colorful mess, his shoes aren’t so white anymore. But that’s fine with Pete, who keeps singing his song and loving his shoes.
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas
What will Fat Cat sit on? All of the animals in this book just hope it won’t be them. Can they come up with a solution before it’s too late?
If your child wants to read to one of our furry friends, then check out the locations below for dates and times:
Don't let the tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.
Donate a new or gently used dress today!
Donations are currently being accepted through March 3, 2013.
Stop by one of the following branch libraries to make your donation:
For a full list of participating locations click here.
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
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)
San Jose Public Library Collections:
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.