- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
EEEEEEEEEEEEEK! It is time for the Friends of the Vineland Library's semi-annual booksale on October 29 from 10 am to 4:30 pm! This year, pick up a book or movie to enjoy as you wait for those trick-or-treaters to visit!
You will find a treasure trove of material to browse through! Gently used books, VHS, and DVDs will be available at rock bottom prices! All proceeds support programs at the Vineland Branch Library.
Lately we have had a number of smaller earthquakes in the Bay Area.Last week, when my whole house shook, my husband thought it was the wind.But news reports confirmed a 3.8 quake on the Hayward Fault.
If you do feel a quake, go to Did You Feel It to register your experience.This crowdsourcing tool sponsored by the United States Geological Survey records the data and maps it.You can look back over the past 24 hours or even further back to see where earthquakes are occurring all over the world and also see how many people reported feeling it and how far away they were from the epicenter of the quake.
I’m told you can ask just about anybody who’s over the age of 30 where they were when the Loma Prieta Quake happened in October of 1989. I wasn’t in California then, but I was in 2007 on October 30th when the King Library was shaken so hard that hundreds of thousands of books fell off the shelves.
Are you ready for the next big quake? Have you reviewed your emergency plan with your family? Do you have an out of town relative that everyone can call to relay information if local phone connections don’t work? If you haven't, don't put it off. There is nothing more comforting that being ready just in case something goes wrong. There are many sites with good tips on preparedness and the very best are sponsored by government agencies. Ready.gov and FEMA both have concise and useful information on what to do to stay safe in case you feel the earth move under your feet!
According to Reuters - "An international team of scientists had recorded sub-atomic particles traveling faster than light -- a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's long-accepted fundamental laws of the universe."
Scientific American states that "an experiment has unveiled evidence that fundamental particles known as neutrinos can travel faster than light. The finding would overturn the most fundamental rule of modern physics – that nothing travels faster than 299,792,458 meters per second."
Read what Michio Kaku thinks on this topic and find more of his books in the library! One of them is: Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time.
It's been about 2.5 years since The Last Olympian (AR 13, Level 4.3) came out. Since then, a mediocre movie and two books in the Kane Chronicles (Red Pyramid AR 18, Level 4.5; Throne of Fire (AR 17, Level 4.8) have come and gone. Carter and Sadie Kane are good characters, but I sure did miss the spunky adventures of Percy, Annabeth, and his friends!
As revealed in The Lost Hero (AR 19, Level 4.5,) there is a Roman camp. The Roman camp is the counterpart of the Greek camp, Camp Half-Blood. Camp Jupiter is where Percy soon finds himself after being chased by several undying monsters in The Son of Neptune (AR 17.0, Level 4.7). Like Jason, Percy has been mind-wiped by Juno. Joined by Hazel and Frank, Percy must save Death. The heroes venture to our northern-most state to find Gaea's minions, who are confident that the great Percy Jackson will finally be conquered! Once again, Riordan has created a "can't put it down" novel that Percy Jackson fans will enjoy.
The Lost Hero was the first Riordan children's novel told from the third person point-of-view. I was used to the first person point-of-view in the original Percy Jackson series, so I had to quickly adjust my perspective! Riordan is also using another storytelling technique he used in the Kane Chronicles: multiple points-of-view. If you enjoy fan fiction (fanfiction.net,) this is a technique commonly used to tell stories from the point-of-view of secondary characters. This technique is especially useful in this series because there are seven heroes who are central to the guiding prophecy. Through this storytelling device, I have become familiar with the perspectives of Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, and Frank. In the upcoming third book, we will finally see the story from Annabeth's perspective.
It’s class picture day and Fancy Nancy is ready with a pink and purple outfit complete with ruffles. Very fancy! But what about her hair? It needs to be fancy and flattering too. Nancy puts a lot of thought into how she will style her hair. She comes up with an idea that unfortunately results in disaster. What will poor Nancy do to turn a bad hair day into a fine and fancy one? Fancy Nancy: Hair Dos and Hair Don’ts is a Stage 1 Beginning Reader in the I Can Read! series. It features short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their own. Fancy Nancy fans can visit fancynancyworld.com, the official source for all things Fancy Nancy !
Bring your family to a day of fun and fright at the 5th annual Almaden Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique. The Festival is at the Almaden Library and Community Center on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission and parking are FREE. For more information call 408-268-1133.
Children will enjoy picking from the pumpkin patch, being spooked in the haunted houses, making crafts, playing games, and being entertained with a holiday story time and puppet show starring "Mr. K" and friends. The story time and puppet show are in the Library at 11:30 a.m. and repeated at 2:30 p.m. At 1 p.m. in the Library, Magic Dan will be performing a magic show for the entire family. For extra fun, Conroy Cougar, San José Public Library’s official mascot, will be on hand to greet everyone.
The festival features two haunted houses: one for kids and one for teens. For adults, the festival will feature arts and crafts from local artists, raffle prizes, and delicious food.
The Almaden Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique is funded, in part, by the Friends of the Almaden Library.
Join us with the whole family for a lively, one hour production of Macbeth by San Francisco’s own Shakespeare on Tour. This is a great production for students to see one of Shakespeare's great plays come to life - or for anyone who wants to revisit the magic of a Shakespeare play.
Dr. Martin Luther King Library, October 20th, 6:30pm
Cambrian Branch, November 16th, 6:00pm
Willow Glen Branch, November 19th, 2:00pm
Berryessa Branch, December 14th, 6:00pm
What does a sycamore tree have to do with a friendship you ask? Read Flipped (AR 8.0, Level 4.8) to find out!
Bryce and Julianna meet when Bryce moves into the neighborhood when they are both in the second grade. Julianna immediately develops a crush upon Bryce, who finds her annoying. The book follows the pair as they move on to middle school.
Through callousness and misinformation, Bryce hurts Julianna many times, until he finally goes too far. Then, we find out why the title is called Flipped! Very amusing and touching, anyone who has ever had a long-term crush will understand the situation that evolves.
Wendelin Van Draanen is known for the Sammy Keyes series (starting with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief) for younger kids. This is an excellent title for middle schoolers. Told from each character's point of view in alternating chapters, the reader will understand both sides of the story!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is perhaps the best-reviewed non-fiction book of recent years. In the official trailer for the book, the author, Rebecca Skloot, says that the book she started out writing is not the one she ended up with. And, fortunately, the reader gets to take this journey with her.
At first, the reader follows the author as she exposes an amazing tale of medical science and ethics. In 1950, doctors at Johns Hopkins harvested a poor, dying black woman's cancer cells without her knowledge or consent. Those cells, multiplied by the billions and used in labs worldwide, have led to an astonishing number of medical breakthroughs, from the polio vaccine to modern chemotherapy treatments. Some in the medical field became very rich from these discoveries, made under questionable ethical circumstances.
But the story turns slowly into a family saga, one filled with tragedy, loss, and longing. The author becomes entwined in the complicated lives of Henrietta's children and grandchildren. Henrietta was a sharecropper most of her life, and the family still suffers from slavery's legacy of poverty, racism and ignorance. The beauty of the story is witnessing how the family finally comes to some sort of redemption as they uncover, with the help of the author, Henrietta's incredible gift to all of us. Available from San José Public Library as an e-book, downloadable audiobook, audiobook, and in print, it is San Jose State University's Campus Reads Fall Book Selection for Fall 2011.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday we celebrate on its actual day – November 11 – which is on a Friday this year. If you have a long weekend, consider spending part of it acknowledging our veterans. As President Barack Obama stated last year in his Proclamation 8598: “On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us.”
Here are a couple of local happenings:
11K and 1-Mile Healthy Walk. Join others in a national event on November 11. The San Jose National Veterans Day Run is an inaugural event, starting near the HP Pavilion, running along the Guadalupe Trail and ending at the Heritage Garden, pending permit approval. A large turnout of veterans and active-duty personnel is expected. The race begins at 7:11 a.m. Other cities participating are Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, and San Diego.
Downtown San Jose Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest Veterans Day Parades in Northern California, is an annual event produced by the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County with support from the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara and many individuals and organizations. The Opening Ceremony for the Parade begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with a memorial ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street in honor of the 1918 Armistice of the “War to End All Wars.” The Parade steps off at 12:00 Noon from Delmas Street near the HP Pavilion and travels east along Santa Clara to Market Street. The Parade then proceeds south on Market, passing the reviewing stand at Park Street opposite Plaza de Cesar Chavez near the Tech Museum, and ends at San Carlos Street. This event has been held yearly since 1919!
And, to get yourself and your little ones informed about the meaning of the holiday once known as Armistice Day, check out these materials through your local San Jose Library branch.
· When did Armistice Day become Veterans Day?
· What did Armistice Day commemorate?
· Who proclaimed the first Armistice Day and in what year?
· In what year did Congress declare Armistice Day a federal holiday?