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Celebrate "Month of the Young Child" at the 26th Annual San José Children's Faire



Contact: Elizabeth Chavarin

San José Public Library




Spark Your Imagination - 26th Annual San Jose Children's FaireCelebrate "Month of the Young Child" at the 26th Annual San José Children's Faire


San José, Calif., April 16, 2014-The San José Public Library will present the San José Children's Faire, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sat., April 26, 2014 in Discovery Meadow, adjacent to the  Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way in downtown San José.


Now in its 26th year, the San José Children's Faire is a free, one-day outdoor festival designed to link parents and caregivers of young children with community organizations that serve their needs and is the highlight of the City of San José's "Month of the Young Child" celebration.


With an anticipated 5,000 attendees, the event-with the theme  will feature family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children, ages two to 12, in addition to information for families about education, child care, health and safety resources and recreational programs.


A program to welcome families will take place at noon and include:


  • Jill Bourne, city librarian, San José Public Library
  • Pierluigi Oliverio, San José councilmember and councilmember liaison for the Library and Early Education Commission
  • Sam Liccardo, San José councilmember
  • Madeline Walton-Hadlock, manager, Early Education, San José Public Library and Library Journal 2014 Library Mover and Shaker
  • Conroy the Cougar, the San Jose Public Library's mascot

The welcome remarks will highlight the importance of library and childhood development, education and community resources.


Children and parents will be invited to participate in a Children's Parade, show-off their Zumba skills, and enjoy fun and interactive activities at every community booth.


Special performances throughout the day include:

For more information, visit www.sjpl.org/moyc or call 1-408-808-2617


About "Month of the Young Child"


The "Month of the Young Child" is the local extension of the national "Week of the Young Child" celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It was established in 1971 in recognition that early childhood experiences (birth to age 8) lay the foundation for success in school and later life.  On Tues., April 8, San José City Council proclaimed April 2014 as "Month of the Young Child" in the City of San José, encouraging both individuals and organizations to support this observance.  Throughout the month of April, San Jose Public Library focuses on the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of children.


About San José Public Library


San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of nearly 980,000 in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city's rich diversity and that every library customer's experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.



Opera San Jose "Hansel and Gretel"

Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel, November 16 - December 1, 2013Join Opera San Jose at the King Library from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Halloween (10/31) for a special free preview of their upcoming promotion "Hansel and Gretel."


Opera SJ artists will sing selections from this enchanting holiday production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel." The event is open and free to everyone.


Families with children are encouraged to come. Free holiday gifts for the first 100 children!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  If someone is hurting you physically or emotionally, or is hurting someone you care about, there are people and agencies that can help. You are not alone in this. Just reach out and make a call. Plan your exit. Don’t wait.


If you need guidance, Social Workers in the Library offers information, referral and advice. Everyone in their lives comes upon a stumbling block and has no idea where to turn.



Call: 408 808-2350 to make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.


Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership between the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social WorkNational Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.

Discover the Bay Area

Rough Guide to San Francisco & the Bay Area book coverWe all need to get away every now and then. Instead of spending hours on a plane or a car, why not discover a nearby Bay Area gem?  The newly reopened Exploratorium in San Francisco is no doubt on the to-do list of most families. But that's just scratching the surface of a rich and vibrant region.


Whether you're new to the area or lived here your whole life, there is much to explore outside of your door. From restaurants, museums, hiking and biking, there's something for everyone.


The library has a rich selection of resources to help you plan a fun excursion. In addition, our Discover and Go service offers free or reduced ticket prices for Bay Area Museums. 


Here are some library materials to help you discover the Bay Area:

Child Abuse

Child Abuse book coverWhat is it that makes a person strike out at a child repeatedly by word or hand? What does such consistent maltreatment do to the mind, body and soul of that child? How can such acts of power abuse be prevented? What can be done to intervene? What can be done to ease the effects as the child becomes an adult. Before we leave April completely behind us, April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Listed below are resources to respond to those questions posed above.


Contact Information:


Definitions of Child Abuse:

  • From Medline Plus  (Also available: articles, latest news, diagnosis, symptoms and prevention) 
"Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.
Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others."



Resources at SJ Library:


Additional Resources:



During FFY 2011, throughout the United States there were 676,569 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. It was found that approximately nine out of every one thousand children in the U.S.  were victims of abuse. Babies, under the age of one, suffered the highest rate of victimization. From the data collected for 2011, it is estimated that 1,570 children died from abuse or neglect that year alone.



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25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire Explore the Possibilities, Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire! 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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