Are you planning on taking the SAT this spring or summer? San José Public Library will be offering 5 SAT essay writing workshops to help learn how to write a great essay for the SAT test. In these workshops (presented by Kaplan) you will get advice about what essay graders are looking for, as well as strategies on writing effective essays. These workshops will include practice essay writing and evaluation. All high school students are welcome to participate.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 6:30pm
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lastly, you may also want to look at the LearningExpress Library Tutorials, Tests, eBooks which are accessible with you library card, and have great College Preparation materials, including tools and tips for the SAT.
In a recent article by Mary Gottschalk published in the MercuryNew.com web site, story times at the Willow Glen, Rose Garden, Cambrian and Almaden branches were highlighted. Librarians Lucia Farnham-Hudson, Mary Cage, Nancy Donnell and Ed Koetitz, were interviewed for the article. In addition to information on the regular story times, a brief history and overview of the Inclusive Story Times was presented. For a comprehensive listing of Inclusive Story Times offered by the San Jose Public Library, please consult the online calendar of events.
At an inclusive story time you will find stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and activities that are tailored for our youngest audience with special needs. To make the story time more accessable, there are also carpet squares, fidget toys, a story time schedule, big books and other visual props designed to engage the child.
For more information and advice for parents with children who have special needs, Parents Helping Parents is a remarkable resource. In addition, the Inclusion Collaborative, (part of the Santa Clara County Office of Education), is a valuable resource for parents and teachers alike.
Any big decisions coming up? Have you ever found yourself in a store and have difficulty choosing between two or more similar items?
How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer, addresses these questions and more by looking at how the brain functions during decision making. In using research and observations from neuroscience and psychology, the author points out the dilemmas between making a decision with the logical, rational part of the brain that creates spreadsheets and pro and con lists vs. making decisions based on feelings, “the gut”, or instinct. In fact, it was found that in some cases, people who created spread sheets and spent much time analyzing their decision made worse decisions than those who focused on what their emotions were saying.
Here are a couple of samples from the wealth of helpful skills from Lehrer’s book:
For simple problems, the decision may be best left to reason. For example, in the supermarket or electronics store, when you have a decision between two products of approximately equal quality, a couple of minutes comparing the per unit price or cost of the item could lead to a better decision. That is, some emotion driven choices may benefit from conscious deliberation. So, when the decision is less important, analysis is preferred.
On the contrary, for important decisions, spread sheets and over analysis can create confusion and indecision that is difficult to reconcile. In fact, some scientists, such as Ap Dijksterhuis, suggests that a decision with more than four variables overwhelms the rational brain. He also states that the prefrontal cortex may become overwhelmed with those decisions and makes consistent mistakes. If you overanalyze, you may end up with an “ugly couch in the wrong apartment.” So, some decisions are better left to the unconscious; hence, the “deliberation-without-attention hypothesis.”
So, for big decisions, such as choosing an apartment or a car, it is recommended to compare some of the variables. However the main point as stated by Lehrer is: “Think less about items you care a lot about. Don’t be afraid to let your emotions choose.” When the decision is important, you can’t make the decision on a single variable. So, the emotional part of the brain will likely lead to more satisfaction with your choice.
So, with this book summary, I hope you feel interested in finding out more about it for yourself!
Much more awaits, as there is a plethora of information that was excluded from this terse synopsis! Happy reading! :]
Library customers who want to do more with technology may want to sign up for a class, but sometimes you're just trying to accomplish a specific task (e.g., get started on e-mail, apply for a job, or find tax forms online). If you already have some experience with computers, you can search for a tutorial online--like this one for downloading eBooks--but what if you have little or no computer experience? One-on-one computer help is the answer!
Many branch libraries offer free assistance thanks to volunteer Computer Tutors. These devoted volunteers spend hours helping out at local library branches, for no financial reward. The community is strengthened and enriched, as new computer users learn how to navigate the Internet, use social media, and apply for jobs online. Willow Glen Branch Library offers one-on-one Computer Help two days a week. If you're not in the neighborhood, other branches offer one-on-one help and sometimes classes, too. Check out the SJPL Events Calendar. Select locations from the menu to only see certain branches, or simply click on the time and day that appeals to you, and you'll be connected to the event description and branch name. Call first if appointments are recommended, especially on Saturdays.
Happy learning, and don't forget to thank your volunteer!
You can get free tax preparation help from trained volunteers at the library, the Center for Employment Training (CET), Catholic Charities, and other places in Santa Clara County. Last year more than 5,700 customers got free tax help and more than $7.1 million in refunds came back to the community.
If you used to go to the King Library for help from volunteer tax preparers you can go to CET, because they may still have your information from past years.
Click here to see a list of some of the sites that are offering free tax preparation. You can also call 211 or 1-866-896-3597 if you have questions or need to find other places that offer tax help. You can also get tax help at these San José Public Library branches: East Branch, Joyce Ellington, Hillview, Tully, and West Valley.
When you visit a tax preparation site please bring:
For more information visit http://earnitkeepitsaveit.org/economic-impact-of-free-tax-prep.
Calling all book lovers! The Friends of the Santa Teresa Library are having a HUGE book sale this Saturday, February 4, from 10-4 in the Library’s Community Room. They have gently used books for all ages and interests as well as media—cd’s, dvd’s, and more. Prices are ridiculously reasonable—you can’t go wrong. So come, browse, and take home exciting titles to enjoy.
All proceeds from the sale are used to support library programs such as January’s Mad Science and February’s upcoming Nick Barone Puppet Show and Teen Rock Concert.
Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 22
King Library, Children's Room
Bring your camera and take a photo with a star from
Disney Pixars Toy Story 3.
Don't forget you can still donate a new children's book to the Partners in Reading Family Literacy Program's Book Drive "Together We Read." Book drive ends Friday, Feb. 25.
Donate a new book at your local branch library and receive one FREE ticket to Disney on Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3. One ticket per family, while supplies last.
Only 1 out of every 300 children from low-income families own a book. Help local families start their own home library and create the joy of reading as a family. Reading helps expand imagination, builds knowledge, it's cool, fun and exciting. Most importantly, reading takes you To Infinity ... and Beyond!
Disney on Ice representative will also present a special Make your own Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head! Storytime/Craft program at three locations.
Thank you for supporting Partners in Reading's Book Drive!
Welcome to Silicon Valley Reads 2012!
2012 is the 10th anniversary of Silicon Valley Reads and we are celebrating with an outstanding selection of books and events focused on the theme "Muslim and American: Two Perspectives". We invite everyone in Santa Clara County to read one or more of the featured books, to attend the free events we have scheduled, and to engage with others in discussion and share perspectives on this relevant theme.
2012 Companion Books for Children
It's OK To Be Different (pre-K) by Todd Parr
One Green Apple (Gr K-2) by Eve Bunting
My Name Is Bilal (Gr 2-6) by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Skunk Girl (Gr 7 and up) by Sheba Karim
Events will be held at many of our San Jose Public Library locations.
See our calendar for other Silicon Valley Reads events at San Jose Public Libraries. Stop by any of our locations to pick up the Silicon Valley Reads brochure and check out other events happening throughout Silicon Valley.
Also, our new Online Book Club will be discussing the Silicon Valley Reads selections during February and March.
Free reusable bags are available from the City of San José while supplies last. Limit, one per household. Check the Bag Outreach Schedule for locations and times. City representatives will be available to answer your questions about the ordinance.
Meet Chiko! This nine-year-old is a dog with a job--he's a Furry Friends therapy dog who visits Willow Glen Branch Library, and other places, spreading joy and good will. What do therapy dogs do at the library? They act as a friendly audience to young readers. With a dog's non-critical ear, a beginning reader is more likely to enjoy the learning experience. Chiko is very well-behaved, a requirement for a therapy dog. Plus, this mixed breed is big enough to endure hugs from tots, and he loves kids. Chiko was found in an animal shelter and adopted by Debra, a second-grade teacher who frequently brings him to her classroom. He's been a therapy dog for three years. Children and families are invited to visit WG on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month to read to Chiko and other Furry Friends. Or look for other reading to dogs programs in your area.