Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Since June is National Safety Month, the Youth Services Department has books and literature on display, as well as suggestions about how you can "Play It Safe This Summer" by assembling a Family Emergency Kit that will help keep your family comfortable during emergency situations.
Did you know that the Santa Clara County Public Health Department advises families to keep two weeks of emergency supplies for use during medical emergencies, such as pandemic flu, or natural disasters, such as earthquakes? A brief supply list is available in Youth Services. A complete booklet, "Preparing for the Pandemic Flu," can be downloaded from the Santa Clara County website.
The Youth Services safety display is part of the "On the Path to Good Health" series that is supported by Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends and Kaiser Permanente.
posted by jtb
Monday, May 26, 2008
You will read there how many Americans use the three day weekend to vacation without thinking about the reason for the holiday. To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to the emotionally moving bugle call 'Taps."
The author explains clearly and well, how our knowledge of evolution came about, gathering information from many scientific disciplines. He also makes the work personal by telling us about its impact on the discoverers. For example, Charles Darwin withheld his discoveries for some years, knowing what damage could be done to himself and his loved ones.
After the conclusion of the biography, there is a chapter "What really happened to Peking Man?" discussing the latest activities in pursuit of the bones which have been missing since World War II.
If you find that the book is out or on hold by others just select : from the catalog record. If the book is AVAILABLE in any of our LINK+ partner libraries, you can request that it be sent here for borrowing and returning, at no charge to you. Any questions, just ask when you are in the library or call (408) 615-2900.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Such is the realm of “alternative history” books, albeit on a much grander scale. They all start out with a “what if” question that tweaks reality so that it is still recognizable yet a little off kilter. Think of the camera angle that was used when showing the villains in the old Batman TV show. It’s kind of like looking at the world from that perspective.
What if the Aztecs not only fought off the Spanish, but ended up colonizing Europe? What if England was the explored, not the explorer? What if Charles Lindberg won the presidency instead of FDR? What if Jewish refugees were given land in Alaska after World War II?
What if I had looked through the listing of literary events a week earlier and noticed Michael Chabon, author of the Yiddish Policemen’s Union, was speaking in San Francisco today at 12:30 PM. What if you were reading this at 9:00 AM rather than 3:30 PM? What if I told you he’ll be speaking tomorrow in Walnut Creek?
Monday, May 19, 2008
Seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood is convinced his teacher hates him. Through their Wednesday afternoon Shakespeare sessions, she helps him cope with events both wildly funny and deadly serious. A 2008 Newbery Honor Book and a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults.
On Wednesday, May 21, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will present a free workshop for the public in the Central Park Library Redwood Room from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Small business owners and prospective small business entrepreneurs will learn how the programs of the SBA can help them start, manage, and grow their companies.
Experts from the SBA and its resource partners will provide practical information on SBA’s three main program areas:
management training and counseling
access to financing
access to federal government contracting opportunities.
Program benefits, eligibility requirements, and application procedures also will be covered.
Before the workshop begins, Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan will read a proclamation declaring May 2008 as Small Business Month in the City of Santa Clara, and calling on “residents of the City to join in recognizing the contributions of small business owners to the community.”
If you are thinking about starting a small business, or if you simply want to expand your existing business, this SBA workshop is for you! To sign up for this free event, stop by the Library’s Reference Desk or call (408) 615-2900.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Recorded books can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Youth Services staff can help you find the perfect traveling companion in CD or audicassette format. Mom, Dad and the kids can all "read" the same book, talk about the story and have fun together.
Don't forget that the Library is also a great place to find music CDs for children.
Your whole family is "free2discover" all the exciting recorded books and music that are waiting for you at the Santa Clara City Library. Have a fabulous summer.
posted by jtb
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
- Log into your account from a home computer or from a computer station in the library.
- Click on the link to view your unpaid fines and bills.
- Click on the “Pay Online” button.
- Review the list of charges.
- To make a partial payment:
Click on the “Clear All” button at the top of the page.
Select items for payment.
Click on the link to recalculate the total.
- Fill in the blanks with your billing and credit card information.
- Click on the “Submit” button.
- Verify that the information is correct and complete. If so, click “Submit.”
If you have questions about your account, please contact the Library's Circulation Department at (408) 615-2970.
posted by cp
Monday, May 12, 2008
Small Claims Court information is one type of legal information found at the Self Service Center.
There is a workshop: How to Start a Small Claims Case being offered on Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown San Jose. Look at the flyer.
Some new titles in the library of interest to those involved in small claims court include:
- Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California by Ralph Warner and Emily Doskow.
- Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise by Cora Jordan & Emily Doskow.
- Small Claims Courts by Margaret C. Jasper.
Friday, May 9, 2008
In the meantime, enjoy Children's Book Week , May 12 to 18, with the Youth Services Staff. Here's the schedule for the final week of storytimes for the current school year: Tuesday, May 13: 10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5 years)
Wednesday, May 14: 7:00 p.m., Family Storytime (All ages)
Thursday, May 15: 10:30 a.m., Baby Lapsit (Ages 0-12 months) and Young Ones (Ages 12-24 months)
Friday, May 16: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime (Ages 2-3 years)
Saturday, May 17: 10;30 a.m., Family Storytime (All ages) (Baby Lapsit and Young Ones also will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22.) Summer programs and storytimes will begin the week of June 23.
posted by jtb
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
But if past campaigns have been paintings, this year’s primary race is a mural. It seems to be stretching on and on (and on and on). The plus side to this epic helping of caucuses and cardboard voting booths is that all of the states matter in this primary election (unless you are a republican in any state whose primary was after February. Your horse has already been picked… as for the other candidates: better luck next time). South Dakota is totally stoked on this ego-boosting development.
After June, the non-stop cross-country photo-op fest will really kick into gear as the two presidential hopefuls woo their way through every state in the union (exception: Alaska, poor overlooked Alaska). This is unfortunate for the states of Arizona (definitely), New York (maybe), and Illinois (maybe) seeing as 50% of their elected senators will be posing for pictures, shaking hands, kissing babies, and kind of ignoring what they are supposed to be doing, namely: their jobs. Should they achieve their desired goal, this neglect will be forgiven for at least the first 100 days.
But after the confetti and concession speeches in November, we will have a new president elect and it will all be done with. Well, at least for a month or two before they start to prepare for the 2012 elections.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Try these books at the library:
The End of Food by Thomas Pawlick
Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food by Warren Belasco
The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming has Endangered America's Food Supply by Ken Midkiff
Raising Less Corn, More Hell: The Case for the Independent Farm and Against Industrial Food by George Pyle by Richard C. Longworth
Caught in the Middle by Richard C. Longworth
and coming soon to the library:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Global Economics by Craig Hovey with Gregory Rehmke
Feeding People is Easy by Colin Tudge
Hunger: A Modern History by James Vernon
Friday, May 2, 2008
During Clean Air Month, Youth Services also will be distributing free sets of "Raising Kids Who Don't Smoke" pamphlets. Just visit our "On the Path to Good Health" display, which is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.
posted by jtb
Thursday, May 1, 2008
If you are a homeowner or a renter, there are two statewide propositions on the June 3 ballot that might interest you. Both are initiatives that would limit the government's authority to take over private property. If you would like to learn more about these propositions and candidates on the ballot in the June 3 elections,there is help. You can attend a workshop on Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. when speakers from the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan group that publishes the Easy Voter Guide, will explain the pros and cons of the propositions as well as the candidates on the ballot. The workshop will be at Mission Library, 1098 Lexington Street, Santa Clara.
The last date to register to vote for the June elections is Monday, May 19. Voter registration forms are available at both Central Park library and Mission library.
You can now access our Morningstar Investment Research Center electronic resource from your home computer. To access it click on the Morningstar Investment Research Center link on our Research Databases page.
Morningstar Investment Research Center provides analysis and ratings of mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and stocks. If you are not familiar with Morningstar, look at their recommended mutual funds list. To view the list click on the Fund Recommendations link from their home page. To learn more about the Morningstar Investment Research Center explore the Help & Education section of their site.
Remote access to Morningstar Investment Research Center has been made possible by the generous funding of the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library.
posted by mlg