Update: the winner of the booktrailer contest is Nathan Verdonk from the Willow Glen Branch. Congratulations Nathan!
Watch the winning video here:
Teens: are you tired of just writing book reviews for Summer Reading?
How about a book trailer instead?
Tape a short clip, upload it to YouTube or a similar website, share the link with us and be entered into the contest to win a NOOK color.
You can be as creative as you want - just don't give away the ending!
Here are the details:
Tape a short clip, upload it to YouTube or a similiar website
Sign up for Summer Reading by creating your account here
Enter the title of the book you are reviewing
In the box where you would usually type your book review, post the link to your video
Don't have a digital camera? Need help uploading the clip? Come to the taping session at the Cambrian Branch on July 19th from 3pm to 5pm.
Of course this will also count towards your Summer Reading goal and will enter you in the bi-weekly drawings.
Entries for the contest will be accepted from June 18th until July 30th. The winner will be announced in August.
SAN JOSE, Calif. ---San José Public Library’s Summer Reading Celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 18 at all 19 locations. This year’s theme allows participants to travel to a foreign destination through their neighborhood library.
All are welcome to enrich their minds through reading and learning this summer. Signing up for the reading celebration is quick, easy and free. Teens and adults will have the opportunity to register online starting June 18 and create a personal account to record reading accomplishments. Children are invited to stop by their local branch library with a parent or guardian to sign up and pickup a reading passport to track their progress.
Once the sign-up is completed, every eBook, audio book and/or book the participant reads or listens to from June 18 through July 30 will count toward program prize requirements. Full prize details are available at www.sjpl.org/SRC2011. Prizes can be claimed at a local library.
The library will also host a variety of multicultural events for all ages that include live performances, activities and programs. Check the library’s online Calendar page at www.sjpl.org/calendar for event details and listings at all 19 locations.
This year’s Summer Reading Celebration is made possible with additional support from the Friends of the King Library and branch library Friends groups.
For more information on the Summer Reading Celebration contact your local branch library or visit www.sjpl.org/SRC2011.
About San José Public Library
San José Public Library system (SJPL) is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles, serving a culturally diverse population of approximately 946,000 in the nation’s 10th largest city. SJPL is recognized across the country for its innovation and leadership in the field and is one of the busiest library systems nationwide, with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items.
This year's theme is Travel and World Culture. Come to the library to see fun performers like Caterpillar Puppets performing 'Aztec Pinocchio'; pick up a stamp and mailing label so you can send us a postcard from wherever the summer takes you (from Milpitas to Miami to Madrid); and, of course, read books to earn prizes! For more information, please visit our Summer Reading 2011 page.
If you'd like to start reading books that are related to the theme, try these book lists created by librarians at other libraries:
One World, Many Stories (for children)
You Are Here (for teens)
Novel Destinations (for adults)
Or, of course, visit your local library and ask a librarian for recommendations.
Thank you to the Santa Teresa High School Band! Meddle With Music: A Teen Library Invasion on Saturday, May 14 was a hit! We saw over 200 people watching and listening to the Santa Teresa High School Jazz Bands, Jazz Combos, Saxophone Ensemble and Ukulele Ensemble.
We were also happy to see so many teens in the Santa Teresa Branch Library. There were teens everywhere: checking out books; getting library cards; playing music; encouraging their friends in the band and in the children's area reminiscing over favorite picture books from childhood. We would love to have any or all of the band members back to play again in the Library.
The Library received many positive comments on the program from both staff and customers. Thank you Santa Teresa High School students and band instructors for making this such a special day at the Library!
San Jose Public Library services discussed in-between bands included:
"Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero–he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?" from Random House, Inc.
More annotation... "Small-town wizard Lucy would love to join Fairy Tail, a guild for powerful wizards, but instead finds herself teaming up with Natsu, a crazy fire wizard whose best friend is a talking, flying cat named Happy" from Baker and Taylor
Check out this newly ordered Graphic Novel series Fairy Tail. This series is on order but currently available to request to pick up at your local San José Public Library. You do need to have a current library card with valid pin number. If you haven't got one, make sure to apply for one.
Read review online from School Journal, Lucy is a wizard who's looking to join the Fairy Tail Guild, which is famous for its members' out-of-control antics. When she meets Natsu, she never imagines that he's really Salamander of Fairy Tail. He spends much of his time as an ordinary guy who suffers from severe motion sickness in trains, boats, and even horse-drawn carriages. But when he taps into his magical abilities, he turns into an awesome fighter who uses fire to vanquish his enemies. By the end of the first volume, Lucy has joined the guild as well as Natsu and his flying cat as a team member. In the second volume, the team steals a magical book from the evil Duke Everlue and joins forces with Erza Scarlet to fight a guild that plans to use death-curse magic. Lucy and Natsu are the central figures in a large cast of characters, many of whom have unique abilities. Readers never see Erza's special skills in action, but it's clear that they involve lots of blood. The beings summoned by Lucy from the celestial spirit world are often temperamental and sometimes politically incorrect. The humor is often jaw-droppingly funny, meaning that the characters' jaws drop so low and so often that they look like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The illustrations are lively and keep the stories moving briskly. Each volume is filled with magic and humor and ends with a suspenseful cliff-hanger that will draw readers into the rest of the series.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library.
Publisher Weekly states Mashima (Rave Master ) is back with a brand new series about the juvenile delinquents of wizardry and magic, set in a mythical world of small towns, steam engines and horse-drawn carts, where magic is mainstream, young wizards follow glossy magazines that profile popular wizard guilds and everyone has hidden magical abilities. Fire-eating wizard Natsu initiates young and sexy Lucy, a celestial wizard, into his oddball guild, Fairy Tail. Soon we meet the womanizing Loke; the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster, who is often found wandering around in just his boxers; and the heavy-drinking Cana, who is never far from a barrel of wine. It's goofy fun and playful troublemakingminus any sort of criminal element. Mashima sets a careful balance between showing the Fairy Tail wizards' troublemaking mentality while still establishing that the heart of each wizard is the heart of a hero. With a violence that harks back to the Looney Tunes where all combatants suffer heavy blows but always come out alive, albeit with some scratches, the story is more akin to Bugs Bunny than Harry Potter. But fans of both will be pleasantly entertained. The first two volumes of this series are being released simultaneously.
Are you fascinated by the different taste of international cuisines?
Do you want to learn how some international delicious dishes are prepared?
Would you be interested in tasting something you never tasted before?
Come join us at the Hillview Branch Library on Saturdays from 2pm - 3pm!
And learn about and sample the exquisite cuisines of Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mexican and Vietnamese - May 7th
Cuban and Nicaraguan - May 14th
Salvadorian and Taiwanese - May 21st
Korean and Thai - May 28th
Filipino and Peruvian - June 4th
Everyone is welcomed to join us!