21st Annual Children’s Faire

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The San Jose Children’s Faire this Saturday, April 25 is a free outdoor festival designed to link parents and caregivers of young children (ages 2 to 12) with community organizations that serve their needs.

Also, San Jose Library staff will introduce Books and More!, a new library service for parents of young children that consists of a clear plastic backpack available for three-week checkout that contains a selection of age-appropriate bilingual books, a parenting DVD, a music CD and a thematically related toy.

The festival includes family-oriented stage entertainment (throughout the day), activity booths offering hands-on activities for children, in addition to information about education, childcare, health and safety resources, creative arts and recreational programs. Some of the special attractions include Leland Robotics Club, San Jose Police Department Stealth Car (Yikes!), Tooth Mobile, plus 30 activity booths.

Books and More! is for all children, primarily beginning readers, though older children can get some enjoyment from it too. It particularly benefits parents who may not realize the relationship between activities they can do in the home to facilitate their child’s preparation for formal learning and need some help in how to get started. The inclusion of bilingual books makes the packs multi-purpose, able to benefit those who want to read in both languages as well as those families in which the parent may speak Spanish or Vietnamese, but the child already speaks (or needs to learn) English. Both parent and child can learn together through use of these materials.

Books and More! backpacks will be available for checkout through all branches of the San Jose Public Library system.

San Jose Children’s Faire
Discovery Meadow
West San Carlos Street and Woz Way

Saturday, April 25
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Parking near the Children’s Discovery Museum

Use of public transit is strongly encouraged.

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