- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Children up to age 6
1st place: Joaquin Albornoz, age 5, “Joaquin’s Birthday Party”
Honorable Mention: Kapil Kumar age 5 1/2 , “Sharing and Friendship”
Children ages 7-12
1st place: Nathan Koketsu, age 11, “Adventure in the Open Sea”
2nd place: Madurya Suresh, age 9, “The Search for the Sun”
3rd place: Laura Shieh, age 12, “Silver Dandelion”
Honorable Mention: Audrey Chiang, age 8, “The Firefly and her Glow”
1st place: Apanuba Mahmood, age 14, “Flaming Resolve! – Fleeting Demon Encounter”
2nd place: Huyen Nguyen (Chibi Teresa), age 15, “Phantom Dream Hunter: The Prologue”
3rd place: Sienna Gonzales, age 14, “Colored Pencils”
Honorable Mention: Thu Nguyen, age 14, “Terra”
1st place: Queena Xu, “Butterfly Wish”
2nd place: Christine Bainbridge, “A Dream”
3rd place: Eric Elemen, “Super Busy Dad”
Honorable Mention: Darren Tat, “Death Match”
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If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2012. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Berryessa Branch Library on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
Learn how to make your own comic book, graphic novel or manga! Oliver Chin will be teaching this free workshop for teens at some San José Public Library branches.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.
So save the date and tell your friends!
Todd — author of It's OK To Be Different — will talk and draw for young children and families, and there will be a book signing afterward.
FREE copies of It's OK To Be Different will be distributed at this event, compliments of First 5 Santa Clara County. One book per family. Quantities are limited.
Don't miss it.
The Forum will take place in Holy Spirit Church's Parish Hall, 1200 Redmond Avenue, San Jose 95120 and will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
According to the AVCA website, "The format of the forum will be audience-driven. Each candidate will be provided two minutes for opening remarks, followed by questions submitted on index cards by the audience. The moderator will summarize the questions, and each candidate will be allowed up to two minutes to respond. No questions will be directed to individual candidates. Candidates will be invited to provide a one-minute wrap-up at the end of the meeting."
The six candidates running for the seat are expected to be at the Forum.
The election for City Council District 10 as well as Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
Register by May 21 to vote on June 5. Call 1-800-345-VOTE for questions about voting or to determine your voter registration status. For more information, see smartvoter.org/ca/state/#register.
Are you new to native plant gardening?
Do you want to include drought-tolerant, low-maintenance native plants in the garden, but don’t know where to start?
Learn about easy-to-grow native plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals) for the home garden that will not only look beautiful but also help you conserve water, energy, effort, and money.
Barry’s The Great Influenza is a history of the 1918 flu epidemic. However, the book is of interest not just as history, but as an education in the science of medicine and the nature of disease. Largely forgotten today, in its era the epidemic was as much of a crisis as the first world war that was being fought at the same time. Barry’s narrative moves along at a brisk pace as he explains how wartime preparation and troop movements altered the progress of the epidemic at the same time that the epidemic forced changes in the conduct of the war. Rural areas far from the fighting, both in the US and elsewhere, also suffered from the ravages of the disease despite never hearing a shot fired in anger. But while the public has largely forgotten, medicine has not forgotten the 1918 epidemic, as in the intervening decades researchers have continued to study samples collected during the plague years, advancing the science of epidemiology against the possibility of future plagues. And Barry seamlessly integrates these modern discoveries into the historical record, creating a rather interesting detective story which traces the origin, spread, and decline of the disease. In an era when world-wide epidemic scares are a feature of the evening news, Barry’s tale of one of the first pandemics is useful as well as entertaining reading.
These are among the best fiction for 2011 as nominated by NPR, the New York Times, Salon, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.
If you have read any of these, vote for the novel that you think San Jose Public Library should submit for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary award.
Other titles (novels, not short stories) welcome for submission if published in 2011.
Click on Add new comment below and let us know the title. Our deadline is April 25th.
Hey everyone its National Library Week, April 8-14!
Celebrate National Library Week with a fun Scavenger Hunt at your local library. All participants will receive a prize. This program is designed for children ages 6 and up.
While at the library visit the information desk and pick up a heart and tell us why you love your library.
It is with a certain amount of sadness that I write about the last book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories (AR 18.0, Level 6.0) by Australia's John Flanagan is a great end to this adventure-filled series. This series, seemingly appealing to boys, is appealing to both genders. I know of a fifth grade teacher who could not put the first book, Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan (AR 12.0, Level 7.0), down until the wee hours of the night!
To explain the existence of these short stories, Mr. Flanagan creates a foreword and afterword in which archaeologists unearth these previously unknown tales of the Araluen rangers Will and Halt. These are auxiliary tales that would not fit within the confines of the ten other books and would not have a complex plot in which to write a whole novel.
But what a treasure trove of stories! Stories that answer questions that readers may have wondered about! In these pages, you will find answers to who Will's parents were, how Halt became a ranger, what happened to Horace and Evanlyn, and what happened to Will's love, Alyss. There are also stories about supporting characters like Gilan, Jenny, and Ebony. An especially emotionally resonant story is the tale called, "The Wolf," in which we learn the fate of faithful and loyal Tug.
Flanagan also creates an excellent bridge between his Ranger's Apprentice series and his new series, The Brotherband Chronicles. So, enjoy this last wonderful adventure with Will and his mentor, Halt!
Do you ever feel like no one is paying attention to you? That's the way Moose feels in Kelly Bingham's Z is for Moose. A truly hilarious tale that will keep classes in stitches!
Moose will start to infiltrate the story at around the letter, "D." He can't wait around until "M" comes around! That's much too long to wait! By the time "M" comes around, Moose will be in for a surprise. You will be sure to smile at the surprise ending.
This book may seem like a concept book for toddlers. However, the humor seems to be just right for lower elementary readers! This is not your typical alphabet book!
It’s time to start booking your summer holiday plans. Have you considered cruising? The thing I love most about cruising is the ability to visit multiple sites (even multiple countries!) in a short period of time without ever having to change your hotel room. You’re on a floating hotel! Just unpack once and your room floats from one fabulous city to the next as you relax on deck, play games, watch shows, and eat and drink to your heart’s content. Oh, yes, you can exercise, too.
San José Public Library offers books, travel guides, and DVDs on cruising for you to take advantage of. You can even use our databases to research the different cruise lines and ports of call so you can be sure to make the right decision for you and your family. You can cruise the ominous oceans, the stupendous seas, the rambling rivers or the cozy canals. So come on! Start researching your dream vacation today and you can be on your way to paradise this summer!