Did you follow Battle of the Bands this year? Did you vote for your favorite bands?
All the bands had an additional chance at winning a prize this year:
our teensReach members voted for the best videos and here are the winners:
Let us know what you think of the videos in the comments!
A Family Learning Center with a special emphasis on Career Exploration for Teens formally opened on January 25, 2012 at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana. This new center is the fifth to operate within the San Jose Public Library system. The four other Family Learning Centers are located at Tully, Hillview, Alum Rock and East Carnegie Library branches. The Family Learning Center is the recipient of a grant from the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation to establish a center within the Biblioteca.
The Family Learning Center programs focus on adult literacy, reading classes for elementary students and career exploration for teens. The ESL classes held at the center are taught by a certified ESL teacher. A special collection of ESL materials, computers, and software enhance the various classes and workshops offered. FLC offerings support the Latino population, youth at risk, underachieving youth, and new Americans. All programs are free and open to the public.
KimNhung Nguyen, Senior Branch Manager for the Biblioteca and East Carnegie brings a wealth of experience to the Family Learning Center, previously managing a successful FLC at Hillview library. Cris Johnson, FLC coordinator will assist in promoting and presenting the programs.
Teens ages 12-18 can join in on all the fun and participate in the competition for a chance to perform at a live concert in March and WIN awesome prizes!
The top FIVE finalists will compete for prizes at a live publicized concert on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at Almaden Branch Library and Community Center. The finalists will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set in front of an audience and a judging panel of local music experts. All are invited to attend this exciting concert event, which will showcase local talented youth. The judges will determine the grand prize winner of San Jose Public Library's Battle of the Bands!
We are Asyla, and we enjoy writing and composing hard rock and indie music. We enjoy long walks
on the beach, and candle lit dinners under the sunset. We are inspired by 80's aerobic workout videos. As a group we strive to play music that people will love. And we enjoy Karate.
The Gist is an eclectic (but not necessarily experimental) music group playing various styles of rock (alternative, classic, blues-rock) and some quieter, jazzy arrangements. The Gist enjoys writing original material as well as covering and interpreting some of their favorite artists' songs.
We are an experimental metal band named Kagemusha that formed in 2007. Previously known as Shackled Gunmen/Chorus of the Dead. The demo album record on purevolume is about a year old. The Music there are only our instrumentals. Live performances include singing.
Some Random People (SRP) was formed in the summer of 2010, born out of a common musical interest and love for classic rock. This year brings them into a new phase. They have started working on original music and have never been more excited about their future.
Theseus is a progressive rock band who writes songs featuring many metre changes as well as extended instrumental sections. Their influences include Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Muse, and Radiohead.
For more information contact (408) 808-2175.
Did you know that every San José Public Library location offers teens ages 13-18 an opportunity to get involved with their local library and make a difference in their community? teensReach is SJPL's youth council, and it's a great way for teens to learn leadership skills, serve as advisors for the library, and help others by assisting at library programs and local community events, not to mention an excellent way for teens to earn community service hours! We offer teensReach chapters at all of our libraries, and groups typically meet once a month. Click here for meeting times, and fill out the form if you'd like us to contact you with more information about joining.
Our teensReach volunteers have contributed to many great projects and events throughout the city, including craft programs, puppet shows, haunted houses, homework help for students, leadership summits, book-buying parties, helping out at community events like the Children's Faire, judging teen events like the Teen Talent Show and Battle of the Bands, etc. One of my favorite recent projects is our annual LuvYrLibrary video contest. It's a fun and friendly competition between teensReach chapters to see who can put together the best web video about why they love the library. Last year West Valley teensReach won the coveted pizza party, but this year the Cambrian teens rose up to claim the title for our 2nd annual contest. Check out the video to see what happens when the teens wind up in a world without libraries, and enjoy the interviews at the end with real Cambrian customers sharing why they love the library.
Ok, ok. I get it. Daniel Handler is pretty amazing. I know I'm totally late for the Daniel Handler train, but after finishing Why We Broke Up, I ended up with a whole new sense of respect and awe for this multi-talented author. He's had success with his novels for adults, but you probably know him best as Lemony Snicket, his pen name for the wildly-popular A Series of Unfortunate Events for kids.
What's left to conquer now? Young Adult Fiction. I believe Handler's off to a good start with Why We Broke Up, which chronicles the short-lived high school relationship between quirky (but DON'T call her "artsy") Min Green and jock Ed Slaterton. Min is obsessed with obscure classic films and Italian coffee while Ed lives for basketball and partying. We already know that this relationship is doomed from the start because the novel is essentially a long letter from Min to Ed explaining the many reasons why they broke up. Each chapter opens with a vivid color painting by illustrator Maira Kalman of a seemingly insignificant object that Min saved during their relationship but has now thrown into a box to give back to Ed along with her lengthy written testament. There are bottle caps, matches, movie stubs, a toy truck, a comb, etc. Each item's significance is explained as Min chronicles their opposites-attract beginning, their whirlwind relationship with its ups and downs, and ultimately, their crash-and-burn breakup. And a fun fact: All of the random movies and music mentioned in the book were fabricated for the story.
It's not the most original story ever told, and some of the characters (including Ed) are more like caricatures, but what really stood out was Handler's adept and multi-dimensional narration as the main character Min. I found her to be unique, awkward, passionate, angsty, confused, smart, naive...Especially during her rambling rants about school, her mixed feelings for Ed, or her own insecurities, I found myself thinking about the smudged pages of pencil scrawl in my old high school diary. I still remember my first teenage heartbreak unfolding in a series of unfortunate events, and Handler tells the tale well. I look forward to what will hopefully be more YA fiction from this talented author.
In Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), sixteen-year-old April hatches a plan that will allow her to live with her best friend, Vi, without any parental supervision. April’s father has decided to relocate from Connecticut to Ohio with his new wife. April convinces her father that she should finish up high school with all her friends, and tells him that Vi’s mother has no problem with April staying with them. In truth, Vi’s mother is going to be away the whole school year, leaving April and Vi parent-free. At first, the freedom of independent living for the two girls seems like a dream! They can throw parties, skip school, and have their boyfriends over whenever they want. However, when grown-up issues come into play (money problems, drinking, sex, etc.), April realizes that growing up fast and without any parental guidance or supervision may not be as great as it seems.
This book was a fun read! The author has a way of writing realistic teen characters that many readers will be able to identify with. Additional titles by Sarah Mlynowski can be found here.
To learn more about Sarah Mlynowski, you can visit her website.