Monday, June 30, 2008
The Library’s CIN database – City Information Network, available on the web site, in the blue section on the left Our Community/CIN –has recently added the following organizations and agencies to its inventory:
Grant Resource Center --part of the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Reuse-A-Shoe --run by Nike; it is a running shoe recycling program
Hellenic Heritage Institute and Museum
Princess Project –serving Bay Area high school juniors and seniors young women who may not be able to afford prom dresses
Mission City Center for Performing Arts
St. Justin Community Ministry
These are some of the 1,538 entries in the database. Search CIN when you are seeking local clubs, social service agencies or organizations, government agencies and much more.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Starting Tuesday, July 1, 2008, all California drivers 18 and older will be required to use a hands-free device to make a call.
What Exactly is the New Law?
(1) If you are 18 or older, you are prohibited from holding a phone and talking while driving.
(2) If you are 16 or 17, the only time you can use a cell phone while driving is in an emergency only.
(3) The first offense of the cell phone law will result in a $20 ticket. Subsequent citations will result in $50 tickets. However, with court costs and penalties, the true costs of these tickets will be approximately $76 and $190, respectively.
Read more about this law:
Looking for a bluetooth headphone device? Here are some websites with reviews and costs:
Also check amazon.com and newegg.com for prices and user reviews.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Non-sighted patrons of all ages also are invited to use the Library's five internet stations that have been equipped with JAWS for Windows screen reading software. Four of the stations are located at the Central Park Library and one is at the Mission Library Family Reading Center.
Non-sighted children and teens who participate in the "Catch the Reading Bug" summer program each will receive an audio book and a certificate in Braille. The Santa Clara Valley Blind Center is preparing these special certificates. The Blind Center also has agreed to donate the time and expertise to Braille all the Library's audio book labels.
The Youth Services staff works closely with Sutter Elementary School's program for visually impaired students and their teacher, Becky Stewart. Students from the program are frequent and welcome visitors in Youth Services.
posted by jtb
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
The family fun will start on Monday, June 23 when "A Bug's Life," a Disney animated film full of "antics" and comedy, will be shown on the big screen in the Redwood room at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please note: the Youth Services staff has planned this movie especially for children who are AT LEAST 5 YEARS OF AGE!!
More creepy, crawly fun is planned for Tuesday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the Redwood Room, when Ralph Dean and his "Backyard Bugs" will lead off the "School Age Fun" series of programs, for children who will be entering grades 1 through 6.
Summer Reading Club sign-ups continue on-line and in the Youth Services department. Come in and check out a book that will keep you informed and entertained during summer vacation.
posted by jtb
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Foundation & Friends has received a donation of 6,000 VHS videos that they will be selling for $1.00 each THIS Saturday, June 21st, from 10:00AM - 1:30PM in the Cedar Room of the Central Park Library. This sale includes a large selection of drama, comedy, classics, etc.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Gasbuddy can direct you to the low price gas stations nearest to you. It covers the U.S. and Canada and is updated frequently each day. Just enter your zip code and find the cheapest gas near that location.
The library has the printed version of The Model Year 2008 Fuel Economy Guide on the Consumer Table on the second floor just behind the Information Desk. Come in and take a look.
Friday, June 13, 2008
More than 100 fathers recently attended our second annual "Father Matter!" parenting workshop, which was hosted by the Library and taught by Mr. Chris Glover, Santa Clara Unified School District counselor. The two-session class emphasized the importance of spending time with children and learning how to use every-day activities and chores as opportunities for positive interactions.
Have you been CAUGHT BY THE READING BUG? Don't forget to click on the "feedback"button on this page and send us your comments about your favorite books for children and teens. Then watch for your book to appear in a "Feature Friday" Youth Services blog.
posted by jtb
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
On June 11, 1962, it was go time! With a little arts and crafts know-how and some flatware, the three successfully broke out of the their digs, donned their homemade rain jacket swimmies, jumped into the bay, and were never to be seen again.
Did they make it? No one can say for sure. Officials believe the prison chums became, well… chummy. Others think they made it to shore and got scarce real quick like. On the books, Alcatraz had no successful escape attempts, but this one put an asterisk by that record.
The mystery of the three escapees was never solved, even with Dirty Harry's help. But every year around this time, a triathlon marks the occasion by unloading 1,000 people into the bay to "escape from Alcatraz." It seems a bit like cheating that they get wetsuits and a chaperon though.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Love the authors Laurie King, David McCullough, Jhumpa Lahiri or Alan Furst and want to find more good reads like theirs? Try the Library’s readers' advisory database, NoveList Plus, for author recommendations, reviews, book discussion guides, for over 200,000 fiction and non-fiction titles. Available on the Research Databases section of the Library’s web page, you can search in the Library or at home, by logging in with your library card bar code.
There are author “readalikes” – type in the name of your favorite author, for example and NoveList will give you suggestion of other authors who might fit the bill. There are recommendations for Book Group reading and lists of author pseudonyms. You are able to search for authors by gender, ethnicity, country of origin or cultural background. Childrens' and young adults' books and authors are included as well. If you have forgotten the title of a book but recall most of the plot, just type a few word in and NoveList K-8 Plus will find the book for you. When you get the result, click on the line Check Library Catalog, and you will be taken to the Santa Clara Library catalog to see if the book is in!
In 2000, former President Bill Clinton declared June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, a month meant to recognize the impact gay, lesbian and transgender individuals have had on the world. The month was chosen to remember a riot June 28, 1969 at Stonewall Inn in New York when police raided the club. Stonewall is now recognized as the start of the gay and lesbian pride movement in the United States.
The library has many up-to-date resources on gay and lesbian issues, including college life, legal and medical rights, and parenting, as well as collections of stories and gay and lesbian recreational fiction. Here are a few:
Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out by Steve Estes
Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage by David Mixner and Dennis Bailey
Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World by Sue Hyde
2008 Stonewall Book Award winners are Ellis Avery, author of The Teahouse Fire and Mark Doty, author of Dog Years: A Memoir. Set against the background during the opening of Japan to the West, The Teahouse Fire draws the reader into the world of Aurelia Bernard, an American orphan who finds refuge in the household of a Japanese tea master. Avery's complex historical novel weaves the transformation of Japanese culture and tradition with Aurelia's coming of age and emerging sexuality.
Dog Years: A Memoir is, on its surface, the story of the day-to-day life of Doty, his partner and their two dogs. In spare and unsentimental prose, Doty reflects on love and loss and takes the reader through his process of grieving for his human and canine companions.
For more information, see the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Roundtable, Office of Literacy and Outreach Services, American Library Association. Other good web resources are:
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Gay Pride Events
Saturday, June 7, 2008
- List the titles of the books you read in the next two months in a reading log.
- Bring the completed reading log to Mission Library in August to receive a gift card to a Friends of the Library book sale.
- Last date to sign up: Friday, July 18
Changing the resolution of your digital pictures to send via email or to post items for sale on eBay or Craigslist is easy. If you have just a few, you can use any draw or paint program that can import JPEG images. Just open the image and save it again (use Save As) in JPEG format. This will reduce the size of the image. However, if you have a lot of images, you can easily do that with Irfanview, free software you can download and install in your computer (http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm).
Friday, June 6, 2008
The READING BUG caught Allen, our children's librarian! Here's what he has to say about Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers:
"Who dares to oppose an evil, secret society’s scheme to wreck havoc upon the early 20th century British Empire using magical ancient Egyptian artifacts? An eleven-year-old girl? But Theodosia Throckmorton is no ordinary preteen. Her sharp wit, ingenuity, doggedness and dripping sarcasm fuel a spirited,suspenseful and humorous adventure." --AC
Hey, kids and teens! Has the READING BUG caught you reading a good book? Send us your comments, and you might see them published on one of our "Feature Friday" Youth Services blogs!
It's easy. Just read the book. Click onto the Blog section of the Library web page. Then click on the "Your Feedback" section at the right of the page. Type your comments about the book in the suggestions box. Then fill in your name. (Please note, we will publish only your FIRST name.) Give us your e-mail address and your library barcode number if you want to, but it's not required. Then watch for your comments to posted in a "Feature Friday" blog! If you provide an e-mail address, we'll notify you when the article is published.
Remember, you're "free2bezapped" by the READING BUG this summer!
posted by jtb
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tonight, if you head out towards City Hall’s rotunda on Santa Clara Street, you may notice that it’s become psychedelic again. Don’t panic, the 60’s aren’t coming back to haunt you. It is just the opening salvo of 2008’s 01SJ Festival (yes, the name has changed to become more binary-like, but not actually binary seeing as “01” means absolutely nothing in code). From tonight until Sunday, San Jose will become the crossroads between artists and nerds, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Walking around downtown will allow you to find a tent sized dress that doubles as a polar weather station or a “glacier” forming in Cesar Chavez Plaza. The IMAX theater will host DJ Spooky’s musical composition created from the sound of melting and shifting Antarctic ice. And if you head over to Discovery Meadow, you’ll find a really large zoetrope featuring a monkey, a snake, and an apple. The San Jose Museum of Art has a ton of digital art being shown as well and a whole exhibit of robots (though not the destructive one's previously mentioned).
Monday, June 2, 2008
The library also has SAT and SAT Subject Test books which you can borrow. You will find these under the call number 378.1662 on the second floor of the library. You can also view electronic SAT test books online via Learning Express Library.
If you want to prepare more, take the official SAT practice test on the College Board's website. The College Board is the organization which gives and scores the SAT. On the College Board website you can learn more about the test, find out upcoming test dates, and register for upcoming examinations.
If you need further assistance, please - call a reference librarian at
posted by mlg