- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
We hit the road in last week's installment of our "You Are Here" summer reading lists. It was a long drive, but we've finally arrived at the Atlantic. These books below take place along the East Coast. Get your passport ready, because next week we're crossing the pond.
Also, don't forget to enter your five book reviews online to score your free book and to get entered into our gift card raffles. If you create a video review, you'll also be entered to win a Nook Color. Keep up the great reading!
The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
In New York City, three fourteen-year-old best friends who are all daughters of celebrities watch out for each other as they try to strike a balance between ordinary high school events, such as finding a date for the homecoming dance, and family functions like walking the red carpet with their famous parents.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
In this dystopian sci-fi tale, Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life in her hometown of Portland, Maine, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
It's the night of Nick, Norah and NYC. Their chance meeting turns into a crusade to find a legendary rock band's secret show, which somehow ends up as a first date, and ultimately becomes a night that will change their lives forever.
Summer of the Geek by Piper Banks
Fifteen-year-old Miranda's summer job in Florida as au pair to a ten-year-old piano prodigy proves to be as challenging as keeping out of her stepmother's way, passing her driving test, and holding her boyfriend's interest when his former girlfriend returns.
Surface Tension: A Novel in Four Summers by Brent Runyon
During the summer vacations of his thirteenth through his sixteenth year at the family's lake cottage in upstate New York, Luke realizes that although some things stay the same over the years that many more change.
Tell Us We're Home by Marina Budhos
Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.
Vampire High by Douglas Rees
When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts, and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus onthe first day.
Yesterday was the first official day of summer, (as if you couldn't tell by the heat, right?) . I hope you all have signed up for the Summer Reading Celebration by now! As I promised last week in my first installment of my "You Are Here" reading lists for the summer, I'm back for another adventure. This week we are hitting the open road before we arrive at our next destination. This list is all about road trips across these great fifty states of ours. Some of them are wild, some are fun, and some are a bit sad, depending on your mood. So grab your convenience store snacks, put together an awesome playlist, round up your friends, and let's go!
You Are Here: American Road Trips
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
After the death of her father, Amy sets out with Roger on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but they wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. Like a scrapbook, there are photos, receipts, drawings, and playlists throughout the novel, which enhance the story.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped by a Katherine 19 times, to be exact. Letting expectations go and allowing love are at the heart of his hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, his parents, grandfather, and even the family dogs encounter adventures of their own as they all try to make their way back home.
Hit the Road by Caroline Cooney
Brit has had her driver's license only 11 days when her parents drop her off to stay at her grandmother's house for two weeks while they go on vacation. Little do they know Brit is headed for a three-state road trip with Nannie to pick up her college roommates and bring them to their alma mater for their 65th--and most likely final--reunion.
Night Road by A.M. Jenkins
Turns out vampires can take road trips, too. Battling his own memories and fears, Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and his friend, impulsive Sandor, spend a few months on the road, trying to train a young man who recently joined their ranks.
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Hired by Madeline Gladstone, the president of a shoe company, to help her prevent a corporate takeover, 16-year-old Jenna Boller embarks on an eye-opening adventure that teaches both of them the rules of the road--and the rules of life.
The Summer Reading Celebration begins tomorrow, June 18th, and in honor of this year’s theme for teens, I’ve put together some fun reading lists of recommended reads for teens that will take you around the world. I will be sharing these lists with you throughout the summer, with each list containing a set of books featuring a new location. Since all of travels start at home, I’m kicking it off with a set of books that take place right here in the Bay Area. Read and enjoy, and don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Celebration!
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
While working at summer jobs in San Francisco, twins Sophie and Josh find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
This graphic novel features three intertwining stories about Chinese Americans, including Jin Wang, a boy raised in San Francisco's Chinatown who moves with his family to the suburbs.
Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegría
San Jose teen Estrella is turning 15, and her mother and aunt are planning a gaudy, traditional quinceañera for her, even though it is the last thing she wants.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being wrongly imprisoned by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old Marcus must use his computer hacking skills to set things right in this action-packed techno-thriller.
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
When thirteen-year-old Joan moves to the Bay Area in 1972, she becomes friends with Sarah, who shares her passion for creative writing, and after winning a writing contest together, they are recruited for an exclusive summer writing class that gives them new insights into themselves and others.
Wish: A Novel by Alexandra Bullen
After her vivacious twin sister dies, a shy teenage girl moves with her parents to San Francisco, where she meets a magical seamstress who grants her one wish.
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.
I like beautiful beads and crystals. But how do I string those freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal beads together to make wearable jewelry? I found a lot of beading books and instructional DVDs in the library and I made some bracelets (yes, I made those in the right photo) for myself. Other than jewelry, there are books showing that beads can be wonderful decoration in the house, such as this book: Beading: 20 Great Weekend Projects. You will be so proud of yourself wearing your handmade necklace or giving a gift to a friend. Happy beading!
Did you know that the Friends of Santa Teresa Branch Library have an ongoing, year-round book sale? Want to see the Library's Community Room or Tech Center facilities? Did you know that we have a quiet study area and reservable study rooms? Or perhaps you haven't visited the Library since it reopened in 2010?
Follow along this Library tour, brought to you by Santa Teresa Branch Library teensReach volunteers Ajay, Andrew, David, Hector and Joth, as they walk you through the building highlighting the special areas and services available at the Santa Teresa Branch Library.
Before Gossip Girl, before Twilight, there was Sweet Valley High. Never great literature, the prolific teen series by Francine Pascal and a team of ghostwriters featured identical twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield who were as different as night and day. Their adventures and those of their friends and family members were recounted in several spin off series as well, each depicting the same characters at different ages. Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley Kids and Sweet Valley Junior High featured younger versions of the same characters. Eventually everyone graduated and moved on to SVU (Sweet Valley University). As a librarian in the late 1980s and early 1990s I sometimes joked that readers never had to leave Sweet Valley. The characters would just age with them until everyone ended up at Sweet Valley Convalescent Hospital.
Now Pascal has caught up with her characters ten years after the original series ended. As usual, couples are getting together, breaking up, and revealing secrets. Who’s out of the closet? Will Todd Wilkins end up with Jessica or long-time love Elizabeth? Like watching a reunion movie from a familiar TV series, Sweet Valley Confidential is a quick opportunity to reconnect with the characters you once knew well. But don’t be surprised to find out that while you’ve grown and changed, Sweet Valley remains the same.
Chủ đề cho Chương Trình Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Hè năm nay là "Một Thế Giới, Nhiều Mẫu Chuyện". Cũng như mọi năm, chúng ta cố gắng thi đua đọc thật nhiều sách để được tặng nhiều quà. Đây là một khích lệ nho nhỏ dành riêng cho các tí hon để tập cho các em thú đọc sách.
Năm nay, Chương Trình Đọc Sách Vào Mùa Hè sẽ bắt đầu Ngày 18 Tháng 6 và kết thúc Ngày 30 Tháng 7. Từ già đến trẻ, tất cả mọi người đều có thể tham gia. Xin quý vị phụ huynh và quý ông bà làm cái gương sáng cho các em nôi theo. Quý vị hãy ghi danh đọc sách và hãy quyến khích các em ghi danh và đem các em đến Thư Viện để tham gia những buổi trình diễn hoặc chương trình đặc sắc và nhiều thú vị của mùa hè năm nay!
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:
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!