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Social Workers in the Library


NEED HELP? Help is here: Social Workers in the Library

 

At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Call: 1-408-808-2350

 

Or

 

At East Branch Library: Once a month – every 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Spanish/English bilingual Social Worker available)

Call: 1-408-808-2350

 

Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:

 

  • Education - ESL, Literacy, Special Needs
  • Emergency Services - food/clothing/housing and crisis support
  • Employment
  • Family Matters - parenting, childcare, divorce, elder issues and domestic violence
  • Health Improvement - mental/physical health and health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Support Groups - men, women and teens

 

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



Early Literacy Foundations Part 2: Phonological Awareness


In this second part of Early Literacy Foundations, we will explore Phonological Awareness.

If you would like to read part one of Early Literacy Foundations first, please read it here.

 

What does it mean?

Phonological awareness is being conscious of letter sounds. It means understanding that those symbols on the page (letters) represent sounds that we then speak. Being aware that words are a combination of sounds and that words rhyme that have the same letter combinations are both part of phonological awareness. 

 

Why is it important?

You need to have phonological awareness in order to be able to sound out words. Children who do not develop a strong phonological awareness often have trouble learning how to read.

 

How can I help my child develop phonological awareness?

Alphabet books (see the concept book area at the library), can help your child develop this skill by focusing on one letter at a time. While reading these books to your child, have them repeat you as you say the name of each letter and sound it out. 

 

Cover of Sesame Street ABC book

Another type of book that can help with developing phonological awareness are word books, such as the Sesame Street ABC book. These types of books often have many objects on the page that all start with the same letter. They also have the printed word on the page next to the object so that they can make the connection between the words on the page, the obects, and the letter that you are focusing on.

 

 

The Cat in the Hat coverRhyming books like the Cat in the Hat, are great for introducing how words with the same letter combinations can rhyme. As you point to the words, you can have your child repeat the words after you. By showing them how the words look and sound similar, you are helping them develop this early literacy skill.

 

 

 

 

Resources:

cover for Letter sounds dvdThe San Jose Public Library has a wide variety of resources available to help you develop phonological awareness with your child.  Dvds such as: Meet the Phonics: Letter Sounds, Pocket Snails Aquaphonic Adventure, and Rock 'N Learn Letter Sounds (pictured left) are great for getting your child started on developing an awareness of letter sounds.

 

 

We also have a large selection of ABC books (located in the concept book area), such as Alpha Oops! by Alethea Kontis & Bob KolarZ is for Moose by Kelly Bingham & Paul Zelinsky, Richard Scarry's ABC Word Book and ABC by Bruno Munari.  

 

Book Cover for Alpha oopsCover for Z is for Moosebook cover for abc word bookbook cover for abc

 

 

Another great resource to ask a librarian about is our bilingual kit called Books and More!. These kits contain books, DVDs, toys and tips, all for working with your child on early literacy skills.

 

 

Check back next week when we will explore the next early literacy skill: Vocabulary!



San José Public Library and Mommy & Me Partnership at Santana Row


The San José Public Library is excited to announce a new monthly program in partnership with the Mommy & Me program at Santana Row. Join us on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Santana Row’s Park Valencia, where there will be stories, singing, dancing, and more!!

 

San José Public Library offers many storytimes and Music and Movement programs every month, at branches across the City! Come check us out!

 

Whether you are coming from Santana Row’s Mommy & Me program or attending a library storytime, check out a handful of the Library’s collection of books written specifically with moms in mind:

 

Cover of Bringing Up BebeCover of Fit Moms for LifeCover of Moms Who Drinka nd SwearCover of The Nursing Mother's Companion

 

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman: Why is it that French children seem so well behaved? While living in Paris, Druckerman gives birth and begins to notice how French children’s behavior differs from their U.S. counterparts. Are you looking for philosophies, strategies or techniques on raising children? The Library has a variety of books on raising children.

 

Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay Your Kids by Dustin Maher:

Dustin Maher is well-known for training moms to get in shape and transforming their lives. His highly regarded book Fit Moms for Life includes step-by-step instructions and pictures on eating and exercising. Visit the Library for more books on mothers’ health and hygiene.

 

Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind by Nicole Knepper: Nicole Knepper’s title says it all. Her book provides comic relief on the less than saintly behavior moms find themselves doing when wondering where their seemingly demon children have come from. Whether Knepper’s sense of humor rings a familiar tone or not, the Library has many books on motherhood humor.

 

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins: This easy to read, informational book is appreciated for delivering the basics of breastfeeding without burdening the text with the philosophy behind the practice. Visit the Library for more books on the basics or on the philosophy of breastfeeding.



Babywearing: Get Carried Away!


Woman carrying childDid you know that it's International Babywearing WeekBabywearing is just what it sounds like: wearing your baby close in a cloth carrier or wrap. People have been doing it throughout human history and across the globe. There are many beneficial reasons to wear your baby, including convenience, bonding and emotional support, health and well-being, etc. As a parent of a happy and thriving 14-month-old, I'm happy to report that I'm a babywearing believer, and my poor stroller continues to collect dust.

 

There are so many different options when it comes to babywearing! Wraps, soft-structured carriers, ring slings, mei tais, oh my! The various options offer different types of support, versatility, and yes, pretty designs. Just like so many things when it comes to parenting, there's no "right way", just what works best for you and your child. However, if you're looking for some help with deciding what's right for you (because who needs another unused baby item in the garage, right?!), the good news is that there is an excellent organization called Babywearing International, which is a babywearing support and advocacy group. The local chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale from 10:30-12:30. You can also try the Slings and Things class at Harmony in Campbell.

 

Babywearing is often cited as an important component of attachment parenting. Based on attachment theory in developmental psychology, it is all about forming strong emotional bonds and trust during a child's formative years. Dr. Sears is frequently regarded a key figure in the attachment parenting movement, with The Baby Book often referenced as the definitive "AP" manual. Other titles that advocate for attachment parenting methods include:



Social Workers in the Library


Everyone in their lives comes upon a stumbling block and has no idea where to turn.

 

Social Workers in the Library are here for you. Let the volunteer social workers help you navigate through the maze of agencies in the community designed to serve your needs.

 

At King Library: Monday, May 6, 2013  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Call: 1-408-808-2350

At East Branch Library: Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Call: 1-408-808-3075

(bilingual Spanish/English speaking social worker onsite at East Branch)

 

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.



Social Workers in the Library: East Branch Library March 20 & King Library March 25


social workers in the library consultations

NEED HELP?  Help is here: Social Workers in the Library

 

At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Call: 1-408-808-2350 to schedule an appointment

 

At East Branch Library: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Call: 1-408-808-3075

 

Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:

 

  • Education
  • Emergency Services- food/clothing/housing and crisis support
  • Employment
  • Family Matters- parenting, childcare, divorce, elder issues and domestic violence
  • Health Improvement- mental, physical and health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Support Groups- men, women and teens

 

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.

 

Photo by Jocelyn Fong