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Alone Together : Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other


Book cover, Alone TogetherClinical psychologist and MIT professor Sherry Turkle has studied the social and psychological effects of digital culture for over fifteen years.  In  Alone Together, the final volume in a trilogy beginning with The Second Self and continuing with Life on the Screen,  Turkle  investigates human reactions to interactive computer programs and robots, cautioning that robots are beginning  to replace human caregivers in responding  to  the  social and emotional needs of children, the disabled and the elderly. As a generation has grown up with cell phones, personal communications formerly made by phone and in person are now made online.  Paradoxically, as we are now more connected to the world, we are becoming isolated from others, avoiding the intimacy of face to face conversation.  Sherry Turkle discusses her research on TED:



Secret Daughter


Secret Daughter coverIn a village in India a daughter is born, a daughter is given away and a life is saved.  A daughter is adopted and raised in the United States. Later this daughter, Asha, returns to India to reconnect with her adopted family and to find her birth mother.  Writer Shilpi Somaya Gowda tells how she came to write Secret Daughter:

 



Children Summer Reading Celebration - Dream Big, Read!


Summer Reading Program Celebration 2012!

Children (Ages 0-12)

 

 

How to Participate ...

 

1. Sign up at your local library or online starting June 1

 

2. Achieve your goal by reading alone or with others. 

 

3. Only those items read between June 1 and July 31 will be eligible.

 

4. Read 15 books and celebrate your success by coming to the library to pick up your prize book and certificate starting June 16.

 

5. Read MORE, Earn MORE - receive exciting prizes when you read.

 

6. Claim all your prizes at the Summer Reading Celebration desk by August 31

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Reasons to enroll your child into our Summer Reading Celebration!

 

 

Summer Reading Prizes for Kids!! 

  • Read 5 books to receive a dream big painting sheet.
  • Read 10 books to color your own star craft
  • Read 15 books to reach the program's reading goal and receive a prize book and certificate.
  • Mystery Grab Bag prizes are awarded after every 5 books read once program goal is reached.

 

 

  4th annual Graphic Novel Contest! 

 Part of the Summer Reading Celebration.

 

 

 

 

Check our calendar page for other FREE activities to enjoy this summer!



Rain Brings Frogs


Are you and your kids tired of the rain? We got a book to see the sunny side of things when it doesn't look like it called "Rain Brings Frogs."  You follow a little boy named Nate that points out all the good things from every situation. When Dad says, "Mud. Mud. Mud." Nate says, "Rainbow! Rainbow! Rainbow!" Nate can always find something positive in of all his family and friends' unhappy situations. A great short story to share when things are looking gloomy everywhere.



Posted by Duy Tran on Mar 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 |
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The Beauty of a Horse


From the poem The Beauty of a Horse (found on www.horseforum.com):

The thunder clap of hooves
The wind in their mane
The thrill of flight
And the birth of a spring ride


In some parts of San Jose you will still find homes with enough land to accommodate raising horses. They are rare now - most of us live in suburban areas and some in the urban downtown – but a few aficionados still make it work, keeping stables and corrals and raising these beautiful animals. If you love horses, whether it’s riding or betting on a race or just admiring their beauty, San Jose Public Library has loads of beautiful pictorial books on horses for you to enjoy.

 

Book cover: Face to face with wild horses    Book cover: The kingdom of the horse   Book cover: 96 horse breeds of North America    Book cover: Horse breeds of the world



Posted by Tina Drew on Mar 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 |
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試試您的中文程度: 常讀錯寫錯的字


或許你認為身為中國人理所當然中文程度應不差,但卻發現即使是新聞主播也常常讀錯字,新聞標題更是錯字連連又加語意不清,不禁感慨大夥兒的的中文程度真是一代不如一代。但自己的中文真的好嗎?  陳銘磻的著作作文最常寫錯的字或許可讓你檢視一下自己的中文程度。

 

書的內容深入淺出介紹漢字及寫文章的用字和技巧,但最吸引人的應該就是作者收集了許多大家經常讀錯和寫錯的字,令人訝異原來簡單不過的日常用語,竟也這麼容易發生錯誤。幾個簡單的例子:

 

易讀錯音的字                                      

粿:ㄍㄨㄛˇ

糖:ㄍㄚˊ

力牛排:ㄈㄟˊ

四季豆:ㄅㄧㄢ

 

常見的錯別字

叉路:岔路

片斷:片段

詳實:翔實

閒嗑牙:閒磕牙

兵慌馬亂:荒

很有肚量:度

 

許多因形、音、義相似而容易混用的錯別字,例子讀來令人莞爾,讀者可以輕鬆閱讀且不失趣味。但中文畢竟博大精深,有些字音字義可能查遍辭源辭海仍莫衷一是,雖然如此,各位讀者若是對所讀的的內容覺得有疑問或是不服氣,建議還是順手查查字典辭典,就當是增加學識並減少些錯用的機會吧。