- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
I've got a fridge full of leftovers and I'm not going to let them go to waste! Let's take a minute or two to go over our leftover options...
Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen: Cooking for Trouble by Nadia G is the star of a new quirky cooking show and this book brings some of what she shares to the printed page. In this book, she has a recipe for frittata using leftovers.
I regularly use leftover pasta and some fresh vegetables and a couple of eggs to make a frittata for breakfast or brunch. It sounds fancy and tastes great too!
Maya Angelou's cookbook, Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart is a downloadable ebook that has a section on leftovers.
I know I'm going to be putting the ham into a casserole and drench it with barbque sauce to make barbque ham sandwiches later this week. That is sure to be a hit with my meat and potatoes husband!
Cookbooks that focus on cooking once to make many meals are also good places to get inspiration for leftover makeovers... Better Homes and Gardens Make Ahead Cooking does just that!
Now here's your chance to share - What do you do with Your leftovers?
December is full of celebrations from Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, to Winter Solstice. Visit your local branch library for one of these fun events (click on the name of the event to view times and locations):
Use Legos and other unusual items to make stamp art! We will be creating cards to give to friends and family over the holidays. For children ages 5-12.
Save Green and Go Green this Christmas Holiday. We supply the materials and suggestion, you supply the imagination. This family event is presented by Our City Forest.
Let your creativity loose and create cards or gift tags to use during the holiday season.
Teens and tweens are invited to use scrapbooking paper, stencils, paper punches and other supplies to create unique cards. Bring your friends and join in the fun! All supplies will be provided.
Our City Forest will host a hands-on workshop focused on saving money and reducing waste during the holidays. Featured topics include eco-friendly gift giving, holiday crafts utilizing recycled materials and cooking with seasonal and local produce. Festivities will include complementary refreshments and a raffle of environmentally themed prizes.
Enjoy an hour of live Mariachi music at this fun concert for all ages.
Join the fun with a puppet extravaganza. We will meet a frosty juggling penguin, an ice skating snowman, and the Hawaiian singing sensation the "Hi-Fi Sisters". Great fun for all ages.
Celebrate the holiday season with the acclaimed South Bay Guitar Society Quartet (Ben Zussman, Scott Swink, Tom Gardin and Jerry Snyder. Many traditional, classical and popular selections will be presented to bring in this joyous season.
Partners in Reading (PAR) is the adult and family literacy program of the San José Public Library. PAR's family literacy program, Together We Read, serves the children of PAR learners. PAR has a new book drive going on from today until Friday, January 20, 2012. We need you to donate new books to break the cycle of low literacy. When families read together they can grow and learn together. Bring new books for kids ages birth to 13 to your local branch library or to the PAR office. We especially need books for older kids. Thanks so much for your help!
Do you like to read? Change an adult's life by becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor with Partners in Reading (PAR). You can help an adult or a small group of adults build reading and writing skills. Help them write a resume, read a book to a child, write a grocery list, or accomplish many other tasks small and large that will improve the quality of their lives.
Tutor orientation begins on March 13, 2013, at the King Library followed by tutor training on March 16 and March 23. Tutoring can take place in all San José Public Library branches or in other public places. We ask for a minimum 6-month commitment of 3 hours per week after training. Call PAR now at (408) 808-2361 for more information and to sign up, or visit the PAR website.
Rudy is an adult in a library literacy program. In this video he reads a letter he wrote to his tutor about how she changed his life. His tutor has volunteered for more than 10 years and has changed the lives of many adults.
First, let me make it clear that I do not normally dress in medieval garb and go to a wine tasting. Heck, I’m not even a big fan of wine. So, why did I find myself doing exactly that at Castello di Amorosa castle and winery recently? Because I never quite outgrew my love of dressing up, that’s why. When I was a kid, I tried on my Mom’s old clothes and Grammy’s “fancy” rhinestone jewelry; I travelled miles out of my way to attend Renaissance fairs as a young adult, and I still enjoy getting into a costume just to stay home and answer the door on Halloween. I can’t really explain it except to say, costumes are just…FUN!
Unpack your own sense of whimsy this Hallowe’en; it’s just around the corner, waiting to say Boo! I suppose you’ve got your costume already. If not, the Library is the perfect place to get started. Time is short, but you want a costume that will make people scratch their heads? Try The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book by Jim and Tim, the duct tape guys, full of wacky ideas to turn yourself into a refrigerator magnet or the gum on the bottom of a shoe.
Do you sew a little but your budget is lacking? Take a look at The Halloween Handbook: 447 Costumes by Bridie Clark and Ashley Dodd. On the other hand, if you want a more standard costume, but still not store-bought, try Elegantly Frugal Costumes: The Poor Man’s Do It Yourself Costume Makers Guide by Shirley Dearing. This book starts with a piece from the back of your own closet or from the thrift store and will guide you through turning it into a one-of-a-kind costume.
Whatever you do, don’t lose the sense of FUN that you had as a child dressing up and playing make-believe! Even if you do pack it up and bring it out just once a year.
Lately we have had a number of smaller earthquakes in the Bay Area.Last week, when my whole house shook, my husband thought it was the wind.But news reports confirmed a 3.8 quake on the Hayward Fault.
If you do feel a quake, go to Did You Feel It to register your experience.This crowdsourcing tool sponsored by the United States Geological Survey records the data and maps it.You can look back over the past 24 hours or even further back to see where earthquakes are occurring all over the world and also see how many people reported feeling it and how far away they were from the epicenter of the quake.
I’m told you can ask just about anybody who’s over the age of 30 where they were when the Loma Prieta Quake happened in October of 1989. I wasn’t in California then, but I was in 2007 on October 30th when the King Library was shaken so hard that hundreds of thousands of books fell off the shelves.
Are you ready for the next big quake? Have you reviewed your emergency plan with your family? Do you have an out of town relative that everyone can call to relay information if local phone connections don’t work? If you haven't, don't put it off. There is nothing more comforting that being ready just in case something goes wrong. There are many sites with good tips on preparedness and the very best are sponsored by government agencies. Ready.gov and FEMA both have concise and useful information on what to do to stay safe in case you feel the earth move under your feet!
Join us with the whole family for a lively, one hour production of Macbeth by San Francisco’s own Shakespeare on Tour. This is a great production for students to see one of Shakespeare's great plays come to life - or for anyone who wants to revisit the magic of a Shakespeare play.
Dr. Martin Luther King Library, October 20th, 6:30pm
Cambrian Branch, November 16th, 6:00pm
Willow Glen Branch, November 19th, 2:00pm
Berryessa Branch, December 14th, 6:00pm
John Wooden's 101st birthday would have been this week, on October 14. So, in honor of him, please take a moment to reflect on his life and what he has done for the game!
Coach Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence is a fascinating book to read – even if you are not an athlete or a business major! Wooden teaches the fundamentals for achieving and sustaining success not just on the court, but also in life and at work. This book discusses the pyramid of success and each of the building blocks - what they mean and how to apply them to your life.
Coach Wooden may well be known as one of the best coaches of the 20th century, according to ESPN. Through his leadership and coaching ability, he brought the UCLA Bruins to victory, winning 10 NCAA championships in a 12 year period – with 7 wins in a row, and winning 88 consecutive games. He was named National Coach of the Year 6 times. He was also named as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame (1961) as a player, and as a coach (1973) – the first person in both categories!
Some great Wooden Quotes:
“I don’t care how tall you are. I care how tall you play.”
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
“If you are not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything.”
“Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your abilities.”
“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Top of the pyramid of success quote: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”
Veterans Day is a federal holiday we celebrate on its actual day – November 11 – which is on a Friday this year. If you have a long weekend, consider spending part of it acknowledging our veterans. As President Barack Obama stated last year in his Proclamation 8598: “On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us.”
Here are a couple of local happenings:
11K and 1-Mile Healthy Walk. Join others in a national event on November 11. The San Jose National Veterans Day Run is an inaugural event, starting near the HP Pavilion, running along the Guadalupe Trail and ending at the Heritage Garden, pending permit approval. A large turnout of veterans and active-duty personnel is expected. The race begins at 7:11 a.m. Other cities participating are Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, and San Diego.
Downtown San Jose Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest Veterans Day Parades in Northern California, is an annual event produced by the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County with support from the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara and many individuals and organizations. The Opening Ceremony for the Parade begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with a memorial ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street in honor of the 1918 Armistice of the “War to End All Wars.” The Parade steps off at 12:00 Noon from Delmas Street near the HP Pavilion and travels east along Santa Clara to Market Street. The Parade then proceeds south on Market, passing the reviewing stand at Park Street opposite Plaza de Cesar Chavez near the Tech Museum, and ends at San Carlos Street. This event has been held yearly since 1919!
And, to get yourself and your little ones informed about the meaning of the holiday once known as Armistice Day, check out these materials through your local San Jose Library branch.
· When did Armistice Day become Veterans Day?
· What did Armistice Day commemorate?
· Who proclaimed the first Armistice Day and in what year?
· In what year did Congress declare Armistice Day a federal holiday?
In addition, visit your local library to participate in fun crafts, and Halloween shows.
Celebrate pumpkin season with a story and art activity! Parents and children ages 3-8 are encouraged to join us for one of our many Pumpkin Story and Craft events.
If what you need is a trick-or-treat bag, or a Senor Calavera (Mr. Skull) mask, join us for “Kids Craft: Halloween / Dia de los muertos” at a San José Public Library Branch near you.
Teens or tweens interested in creating a skull themed tote bag, can attend one of our Advanced Craft: Skull Bag essions in the months of October.
If you enjoy crafting, you may also want to join in our Advanced Craft:Tin Art where we will cutting, shaping and coloring sheets of tin.
Visit the 5th annual Day of the Dead exhibit at King Library- Day of the Dead 2011: The Art of Remembrance.