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International Museum Day

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has coordinated the celebration of International Museum Day on May 18 at museums around the globe since 1977.  Several local museums are marking the occasion in 2014 with free admission this Sunday, May 18 including:



Why not take this opportunity to explore a new museum or revisit a favorite art collection?


There are some terrific museum-themed books and movies available at the library.  Check out one or more of these books to share with a child:


Arthur Lost in the Museum cover Bailey at the Museum cover Frank's Great Museum Adventure How the Sphinx Got to the Museum The Museum by Susan Verde


Consider borrowing Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and enjoy family movie time together.


Adults may enjoy The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, the book on which the 2014 film of the same name is based.  If you enjoyed The Monuments Men (the book, the movie, or both) and want to learn more about the roles of museums and the armed forces in preserving art and artifacts during World War II, you may also like these books:


The Battle of the Louvre; the Struggle to Save French Art in World War II by Matila Simon


The Venus Fixers: the Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers who Saved Italy's Art during World War II by Ilaria Dagnini Brey

The Year of the Horse with author Oliver Chin

The Year of the Horse book coverCome to the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library on Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM in order to meet author Oliver Chin!  He will speak about Lunar New Year, and read from his newest book The Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, in this multimedia presentation for the whole family. Children will be invited to color a Zodiac animal themed coloring sheet as part of the event.


This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the East San José Carnegie Branch Library.

Year of the Horse ImageVengan a la Biblioteca de East San José Carnegie el miércoles 12 de febrero 2014 a las 6:00 PM para escuchar al autor Oliver Chin!  Él hablará del Año Nuevo Lunar y leerá de su libro más reciente The Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, en esta presentación multimedia para toda la familia. (La presentación estará solamente en inglés, sin embargo, todos están invitados.)   Los niños estarán invitados a colorear un papel con temas de los animales del zodiaco como parte del evento.


Este evento es posible gracias a la generosidad de Friends of the East San José Carnegie Branch Library.

Celebrate Children!

All the Colors of the Earth book coverAll the Colors of the Earth, written and illustrated by Sheila Hamanaka
This book shows paintings of happy children with a variety of skin and hair colors.  This book is also available in eAudiobook format through Overdrive.


Bein' with You This Way book coverBein' With You This Way, written by W. Nikola-Lisa, and illustrated by Michael Bryant
Several children from different backgrounds have a fun time at the park.    This book is also available in Spanish book format and Spanish Kit CD format.


Being Friends Book CoverBeing Friends, written by Karen Beaumont, and illustrated by Joy Allen
Two young girls have some similar interests and some different interests.  They are very good friends, and love to spend time together.


The Colors of Us book coverThe Colors of Us, written and illustrated by Karen Katz
Lena, the young daughter of an artist, has many friends and neighbors, each with differen skin and hair colors.


The Colors of UsI Love My Hair!, written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
A young girl named Keyana loves her hair, because she can wear it in a variety of styles created by her skillful and loving Mom.


This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch, written by Edith Baer, and illustrated by Steve Björkman     
Children all over the world enjoy a variety of foods for lunch with their families and friends.   This book includes three recipes as well as a glossary of different types of food.  


Whoever You Are book coverWhoever You Are, written by Mem Fox, and illustrated by Leslie Staub  
This book shows that children all over the world have many similarities, including loving their families, having emotions, and thinking about the future.    This book is also available in Spanish


Yo! Yes? book coverYo! Yes?, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
Two boys meet and have a conversation using one word at a time.   This is a fun book for all children, including children learning how to read.   This is a Caldecott Honor book.

April is National Jazz Month

April is National Jazz Month.   Here are some books children and their loved ones may enjoy reading together:

The Candystore Man book coverThe Candystore Man, written by Jonathan London, and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
In the 1950's, the Candystore Man plays saxophone and sells candy and other treats to the neighborhood children and teens.  If you look closely, you will see a newspaper with the heading "Charlie 'Bird' Parker Dead at Age 35."

Jazz Baby Book CoverJazz Baby, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, and illustrated by Laura Freeman
Young children play a variety of musical instruments, dance, and have fun.

Jazzmatazz! book coverJazzmatazz!, written by Stephanie Calmenson, and illustrated by Bruce Degen
A baby notices a mouse start to play jazz music on the piano.  Dog soon starts to accompany Mouse with his dog bones and bowl.  Who else will join the jam session?

Jazzy Miz Mozetta Book CoverJazzy Miz Mozetta, written by Brenda C. Roberts, and illustrated by Frank Morrison
One evening, Miz Mozetta dresses up in a snazzy red outfit and takes a walk.   While walking, she thinks about dancing again.  What will happen next?

Lookin' For Bird in the Big City book coverLookin' for Bird in the Big City, written by Robert Burleigh, and illustrated by Marek Los
A teenage trumpet player looks for Charlie "Bird" Parker, a famous saxophonist.   This story is inspired by the famous trumpet player Miles Davis.

Rent Party JazzRent Party Jazz, written by William Miller, and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
Sonny goes to school, works part time, lives in New Orleans in the 1930's.   When Sonny's mom loses her job, Sonny learns about a special way to help out.

Rum-a-Tum-Tum, written by Angela Shelf Medearis, and illustrated by James Ransome
A girl who lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the early 1900's observes street vendors selling their goods with poetic and jazzy words.  Whom will she see next?

Three Kings Day

Hooray for Three King's Day book coverHurray for Three Kings' Day, written by Lori Marie Carlson and illustrated by Ed Martinez is a story about a girl named Anita and her family, and how they celebrate the Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany.   The family's celebration begins on the evening of January 5, and continues into the evening of January 6.   This book is also available in Spanish.   

The Legend of Old Befana book coverThe Legend of Old Befana: an Italian Christmas Story, retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paola is a gentle story about Old Befana, who visits the children of Italy on the Feast of the Three Kings to leave them gifts.



Strega Nona's Gift book coverStrega Nona's Gift is another delightful story by Tomie de Paola.  The reader learns about many Italian holidays, including the Eve of Epiphany, where it is believed that all animals can talk.   The author recommends another book, Celebrating Italy by Carol Field for additional information about Italian holidays.  


All of these books have interesting plots, cultural details, and beautiful illustrations.   Happy Reading!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! coverRinging in the New Year is done in many cultures, in many different ways, and at many different times of the year. Emery Bernhard's book, Happy New Year!, brightly illustrated by Durga Bernhard, introduces children to many different traditions from around the world. The book explores ancient and modern traditions from such varied places as Rome, Egypt, Bali, Ecuador, China and Japan. Adults are bound to learn new things from this book too!