- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Don't let the tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.
Donate a new or gently used dress today!
Donations are currently being accepted through March 3, 2013.
Stop by one of the following branch libraries to make your donation:
For a full list of participating locations click here.
This year, Vineland Library is so lucky to be able to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a lion dance.
Vinh Son Liem Lion Dance Group is a non-profit volunteer Dance Group and is comprised of local area students.
Start a lucky new year by seeing this festive dance!
February 5, 2013 @ 6:00p.m.
Join us for an alternate version of Goldilocks! Three bears aren't the only animals that Goldilocks can visit! Find out in this very funny retelling and make a craft, too!
Goldilocks and the Three What replaces Preschool Storytime and Stay and Play on January 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM. Please join us at Vineland Library for this special event!
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors:
Vineland Library welcomes everyone back from the New Year with a Penguin Storytime and Craft on January 2, 2013! Listen to stories and enjoy making an adorable penguin craft.
This year, storytimes will be changing their times back to 11:30a.m. Please see the following:
Please join us!
Some of us have a problem with clutter in our homes. We would swear that gremlins work every night as we sleep, adding to the piles of stuff scattered about. The morning brings sweet sun... and views of tottering boxes threatening to squash an unsuspecting paper-by. What's a clutter-bug to do? You can start by looking for advice in the books available through the San Jose Public Library!
One choice is The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb. Her system works around her chosen name, "Queen". Question (how you want to use your space), Unpack, Evaluate, Eliminate, and Neaten up!
Another choice is The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life by Lorie Marrero. This book includes sections on motivation, prevention of new clutter, getting rid of current clutter, maintaining your home, and room-by-room advice. Ms. Marrero also has a website, www.ClutterDiet.com.
A third book to look at is Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash: a Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move by Vickie Dellaquila. Although this book is aimed at seniors, it is helpful for anyone focused on reducing clutter. It includes material on planning, thinking about your space, long-term planning, and hiring a professional organizer to help.
If your New Year's Resolution include organizing and reclaiming your home, check out these and other resources available through the San Jose Public Library!
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, a project led by Prevent Blindness America. The group hopes to educate parents and other gift shoppers through awareness efforts all throughout the month. The rate at which children are being checked into ERs due to choking, eye injuries, or even poisoning is astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of children have undergone unnecessary injuries due to poorly made items and misuse of toys as quoted on meditab.com.
In this holiday season, purchasing age-appropriate Toys helps ensure children’s safety.
San Jose Public Library Resources on Safe Toys and Gifts
San Jose Public Library Programs on Safe Toys and Gifts
Join KQED as they bring Curious George to the ice rink for a meet and greet! Have fun skating with Curious George, check out the Curious George movie on an LCD screen and stop by the library's table for a fun activity from 1-3 p.m.
Downtown Ice is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, located in the Circle of Palms between the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel. For more info about Downtown Ice visit http://sjdowntown.com/downtownice/
Partners in Reading (PAR) is the adult literacy program of the San Jose Public Library. Following is some information for new volunteers and for adults who need help with reading, writing, communication, and computer skills.
Imagine that you could not read a medicine label. What problems do you think might happen as a result?
Consider becoming a volunteer tutor to help change someone’s life, quite possibly your own. Become a volunteer tutor and work with an individual or a small group to tutor basic literacy skills. The next orientation and training begin on March 13, 2013. The 90-minute orientation is followed by two all-day training sessions at the King Library on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23.
The next learner orientation for adults who want to be part of PAR’s regular tutoring program for basic literacy will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Learners need to be over 18, live or work in San Jose, read or write below the 9th grade level, and be able to make a 6-month commitment.
For information about any of these opportunities and to sign up, please call (408) 808-2361. You can also find out more about Partners in Reading by visiting us online.
The Black Count is a biography of Alexandre Dumas. No, not the novelist: his father. Born the mixed race son of a disgraced minor noble and his slave mistress, Alex Sr. grew up in a fugitive family in the backwoods of the island that would become Haiti. His father eventually returned to France, which voyage was funded by selling Alex’s mother and his siblings back into slavery, but favorite son Alex remained free and came with the old count as he schemed to reclaim the family fortune. Alex Sr. thus arrived in France at a transitional period in which blacks could be owned as slaves, but there were no legal limitations upon free blacks. When the family fortune proved to be largely a scam, Alex Sr. joined the army, where he proved to be such a fierce fighter and able leader of men that he was rapidly promoted to general in command of one of the French armies which were fighting to spread the revolution to the rest of Europe (whether the rest of Europe wanted it or not). The elder Dumas had quite a stellar military career, and has only been overshadowed because of the even greater success of his fellow general and personal rival, Napoleon.
And that’s only the part of this book that takes place before the strange events of Alex Sr.’s later life, upon which misadventures Alex Jr. would go on to write some of the world’s most beloved and enduring adventure novels.