Have a book you really love? But are tired to telling people what's it about? Then why not show them? Make a book trailer and enter your video in the San Jose Public Library's book trailer contest to win prizes!
Think you can do better? Sumbit your video to youtube and tag it with SJPL2013SRC and cite any images, audio, pictures etc, that isn't yours.
Good luck to you all, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
The San José Public Library invites teens to create a book trailer for our Summer Reading Celebration during the months of June and July. Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.
How to enter:
Think of a favorite book you read for Summer Reading and envision it as a short video, one that will capture the interest of your audience. Create your own book trailer, reviewing the book. You can submit more than one video, but each video has to be for a separate book.
A panel of judges (staff at San José Public Library) will review all entries and select the top three winners, to be announced in August 2013. The panel of judges will use the following criteria when reviewing book trailer entries:
Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by K. Rai.
Here are links to some professional book trailers:
Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive:
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, 2013. 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 Seven Trees Branch Library on Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
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.
San Jose Public Library wants your recommendations for the International IMPAC Dublin award now! (Deadline May 16, 2013)
Is there a novel you read last year that you enjoyed? Nominate it for the IMPAC Dublin award!
Every year San Jose Public Library, along with other major libraries from around the world nominates a work of fiction written or translated in English published the preceding year for the International IMPAC Dublin Award. From the Long list of recommended books, a short list of 10 books is chosen by a jury of authors. From this list of finalists a winner is chosen and announced the following June.
The book must be a novel, published in English between January 1 and December 31, 2012 or an English translation of a book originally published between 2008-2012.
Post your recommendations below no later than May 16.
For more information on the IMPAC Dublin award: www.impacdublinaward.ie
May 4, 2013 is Free Comic Book Day. Come by the library as early as you can so you can get your choice in free comic books while they last!
The Free Comic Book Day tradition started in 2002 and is celebrated by comic book stores and libraries every first Saturday of May. It's a great day to introduce or re-introduce yourself to comic books and graphic novels, and of course if you're already a current aficionado, this day is made for you. Enjoy.
Free Comic Book Day Occurs at the King Library, Willow Glen, East San Jose, Bascom and Seventrees branches.
Last week was National Volunteer week and it was the Willow Glen Branch's opportunity to acknowledge our ongoing appreciation of our volunteers. Of all the volunteers at the Willow Glen Branch, the library team had to decide who would be our volunteer of the year. This proved to be a difficult task, since all our volunteers are dedicated to the library. It was finally decided to choose Cassandra Strouss as our 2013 Volunteer of the Year!
Cassandra has been volunteering here at the branch for a year. She comes in a few times a week to keep the children's books in order and tidying up. Story time is very popular here at the branch, especially the "Stay and Play" where children get to play with toys provided by the library after Mr. Ned finishes his stories. Once "Stay and Play" is over and the toys are collected, Cassandra cleans the toys so that they are ready for the next event. When Cassandra is not volunteering, she enjoys reading and watching movies. Among some of her favorite movies are "Gone with the Wind" and "The Sound of Music". Cassandra loves the Willow Glen community and history, so it was no wonder that she selected the Willow Glen Library to volunteer her time.
Thank you and congratulations, Cassandra!
Give children the joy of reading by reading aloud to youngsters at one of the San Jose Public Libraries. Reading occurs in the library's children's area at designated times throughout the day. Specialized training is provided to all incoming volunteers. Several of our library branches are seeking volunteers to read to children on an ongoing basis (minimum 6 month commitment). Bilingual volunteers (Spanish/English) are especially needed. This position requires fingerprinting.
Training is on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm at the King Library. Please complete the application form and register for training here.
Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the
25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire!
The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.
The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12. Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources.
For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc
The San José Public Library has a fun program for kids to practice their reading skills by reading to some friendly dogs, cats, and other animals. It's called Reading to Furry Friends. Kids are paired with an animal for some one-on-one reading time. This is a great way to encourage kids to improve their reading skills and develop relationships with animals.
If your kids need suggestions for what to read to them, here are some fun books that the listening animals might appreciate:
Oh No George! by Chris Haughton
George wants to be a good dog, but when his owner goes out for the day, he struggles with the temptations that all dogs surely face: digging in the flower garden, chasing the cat, and swiping some cake off the kitchen table. Will George be good?
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Dog is white with a black spot on one ear. But after a day spent romping, he comes back with a whole bunch of different color spots. Learn colors and number with this colorful canine!
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The mother of this George despairs of ever getting her puppy to make the noise that all dogs must: BARK! A variety of other animal sounds come out of George, so she takes him to the vet to see what the problem is.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Kitten is convinced that the moon is a big bowl of milk just out of his reach. He will try almost anything to get that bowl of milk. Will Kitten go hungry or will he succeed?
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Pete loves his new white shoes. But as he walks down the street and steps in colorful mess after colorful mess, his shoes aren’t so white anymore. But that’s fine with Pete, who keeps singing his song and loving his shoes.
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas
What will Fat Cat sit on? All of the animals in this book just hope it won’t be them. Can they come up with a solution before it’s too late?
If your child wants to read to one of our furry friends, then check out the locations below for dates and times:
Willow Glen Branch Library is one of 9 San Jose branch libraries participating in Operation Prom Dress. This program is sponsored by the Office of Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen in partnership with Comerica Bank. Drop boxes are available to donate a new or gently used prom dress at the library. Don't let a tough economy discourage students from attending Prom! Willow Glen Branch Library is located at 1157 Lincoln Ave. between Meridian and Lincoln Avenues in San Jose.