Saturday, June 23, 2012

Volunteer Vacations

Join Bob Groff from the Sierra Club as he explains about volunteer vacations.  Learn about the various vacations offered through the Sierra Club.  Service trips range from helping research projects at whale calving grounds in Maui to assisting with archaelogy site restoration in New Mexico. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:00-7:30pm in the Cedar Room.
Sign up at the reference desk or call 408-615-2900.  Walk-ins welcome.

posted by pk

Friday, June 22, 2012

Secrets of Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Join Master Gardener, Deva Luna for a class that offers a holistic approach for achieving a beautiful water-efficient, healthy garden.  Learn about plant selection, irrigation and use of mulch and compost.

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 12:00-2:00pm in the Cedar Room.  Sign up at the reference desk or call 408-615-2900.  Walk-ins welcome.

posted by pk

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Celebrating Father's Day

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 17th! The library has a great collection of books and resources for your child to make Father's Day special and memorable! Here are a few recommended titles:


Father's Day Father's Day by Anne Rockwell
For Fathers' Day, the students in Mrs. Madoff's class write and illustrate books about their dads with their families.

Because I am Your Daddy
Because I am your Daddy by Sherry North
In illustrations and verse, this book lists some of the many ways a father, whether a pilot or a baseball player, could show his love for his child.

Papa and Me
Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros
This is a beautifully illustrated story about a Latino boy and his father spending a memorable day together eating and sightseeing as they travel to Abuela and Abuelo's house.

Father's Day
Father's Day by Ann Heinrichs
This is an informative book about Father's Day and discusses why and how Father's Day is celebrated.


Father's Day Crafts
Father's Day Crafts by Fay Robinson
Create something thoughtful and memorable for dad! This book contains intriguing craft projects for kids to create for dad on Father's Day.

All new crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day
All New Crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day by Kathy Ross
Learn how to create crafts for both Mother's and Father's Day. This book contains simple step by step instructions to create each craft project, designed to give to mom or dad.

Here are other ways to celebrate Father’s Day:
  • Create a personalized Father’s Day greeting card.
  • Work on a Father’s Day craft project.
  • Write a thoughtful poem for dad.
  • Play dad’s favorite game or sport with him such as chess, cards, basketball or baseball.
For more recommendations, please visit the Youth Services desk at your library.
Previously posted by pn on 6/16/11

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wide, Wide World of Amateur Radio - June 12, 2012

Adult Services and Youth Services are collaborating to present The Wide, Wide World of Amateur Radio, with Eric Norris, WD6DB, on June 12 at 7 p.m. If you think amateur or "ham" radio is a couple of nerds tapping away on telegraph keys, you're in for a big surprise! Eric Norris, WD6DB, will give you a taste of the amazing diversity of this hobby. You can communicate using computers in a variety of ways over the air, as well as by the traditional methods of using a microphone or even a telegraph key. You can bounce radio signals off the moon or meteor trails, find hidden transmitters (fox hunts), join your local emergency preparedness group, or just talk to family members without worrying about dropped calls or coverage areas. You can also talk to other hams in faraway places around the world!

Recommended ages: Grades 4 through adult.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in the Cedar Room at Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95051 (408) 615-2916

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Friday, June 1, 2012

National Safety Month for Kids

June is National Safety Month! Learn the tips and best practices on how to stay safe by checking out the following titles!

SafetySafety by Kate Purdie
This book contains helpful advice about staying safe in today's fast-paced world. Learn about the real concerns to pay attention to at various places: at home, at school and more.

Safety On the Go

Safety On the Go by Dana Meachen Rau
Traveling this summer? This book will help you discover common transportation hazards and learn how to avoid or handle them.

Home Safety
Home Safety by Sue Barraclough
This book provides helpful tips and advice for kids on how to stay safe at home. Learn how to avoid common home-related accidents and injuries by reading this book.

Safety in Your Neighborhood

Safety in Your Neighborhood by Lucia Raatma
Even though your neighborhood might appear safe, dangerous incidents may randomly occur. This book will help you know what they are and how to handle them. Learn how to effectively know your neighbors, watch out for strangers and dealing with people at the doorstep.
For more recommendations, please see a Youth Services Librarian at your library.
posted by pn.