Archive for the ‘Library’ Category

Lunchtime Lego

Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm is Lego Time at the Mountain View Public Library. All ages are welcome in the Children’s Room. There will also be Duplos for toddlers.

This free event takes place on every third Wednesday of the month.

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, 94041
(650) 903-6887

LEGO Fun for Kids

legoKids supply the creativity. Library supplies the LEGO of all sizes, this Monday (2/22/2016) from 4:00 pm at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 1st floor Children’s Room.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, 95112

408-808-2000

HILLBARN THEATRE & THE FOSTER CITY LIBRARY BEGIN NEW “BARN TALKS” SERIES

Love theatre? Want to learn more about the shows you are seeing, and theatre in general?

Cy Coleman

The award-winning Hillbarn Theatre of Foster City is partnering with the Foster City Library for a series of talks about theatre. “Barn Talks” are hour long panel discussions that examine the creators and themes of America’s great stage works. Hillbarn Theatre’s Resident Musical Director Greg Sudmeier will moderate.

“Barn Talks” will focus on the life and career of Broadway composer Cy Coleman. This Tony winning composer wrote many smash Broadway musicals such as “Sweet Charity,” The Will Roger Follies,” “Little Me, ” and Hillbarn’s current hit “City of Angels.” Coleman also wrote such popular standards as “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”

A drawing for tickets to see “City of Angels” will also take place.

“Barn Talks” are free and open to all ages.

Monday, September 19th from 7 – 8 PM
Foster City Library – in the Port Room
1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404.
Free parking is available.

For more information, visit Hillbarn Theatre, or call Cynthia Rider at the Foster City Library at 650.574.4842

Library vandalized

Library vandalised

You see, San Jose?!? This is why you can’t have nice things.

22nd Annual Children’s Faire


The San Jose Children’s Faire this Saturday, April 24 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.

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 Día de los Ninos Storytime, A Schmahl Science Workshop, Rock climbing wall, San Jose Library InfoBus, San Jose Fire Department, plus over 40 activity booths. Booths are staffed by local non-profits, community organizations, local government services, and business which provide services for families with young children.

The event features:

Dillon, Storyteller/Singer at 11:30 am; winner of the National Parent’s Choice Approval Award and a recipient of the Best Newcomer Award by nationally syndicated children’s music critic Deborah Moore.

Welcoming remarks at noon, Vice Mayor Judy Chirco.

Jerome Soto, Park Ranger, with Jeckyll the Crow at 1:30 pm.


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

Saturday, April 24
10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Parking near the Children’s Discovery Museum
Use of public transit is strongly encouraged.

Learn about publishing at the Campbell Library

Quill writingThis Thursday, April 22, the Campbell branch of the Santa Clara County Library is presenting a special program on the publishing business. The program should be interested for anyone interested in becoming a writer, or just interested in how publishing works. There will be special attention to the children’s books business, and a question-and-answer session. Two publishing industry insiders will be presenting:

Leslie Fitch is a book designer who has done a lot of work on fine art books for academic presses. Her website has a portfolio of her work.

Laurie Gibson is a veteran editor and proofreader. According to her profile at the Central Coast Writer’s Club, she’s also written over 200 articles for newspapers, magazines, websites, and other outlets.

The presentation runs from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, April 22. It’s located in the Community Room at the Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue in Campbell. There is no charge to attend.

(Thanks to Chris at the Campbell Library for this story)

National Library Week 2010


National Library Week, April 11 – 17, a time to celebrate the contributions of all libraries, librarians and library workers along with promoting library use and support. This year’s theme: “Communities thrive @ your library.”

If you have not been to the library in some time, then drop by and visit you local branch where you will find DVDs, CDs, books on tape/CD, and of course, a zillion books. Most libraries in the South Bay now have Wi-Fi access.

San Jose Public Library and San Jose State University Library announced a contest celebrating the activity of library users that make their collaboration the number one ranked library in per capita usage among libraries in the nation’s 10 largest cities. San Jose library users are invited to go online beginning April 12 and enter their best guess as to when the system’s materials checkout count will reach 100 million. The contest ends at 6:00 p.m. on April 30.

During National Library Week the Santa Clara City Library has some special events at the library for kids, families, and teens. Events include: Preschool Science Workshop with Mad Science of the Bay Area “Animal Friends”, Randel McGee and Groark (live program for ages 4 and older), and Teen Movie and Pizza.

You may get a library card for any Bay Area library by providing proof that you are a California resident.

San Jose Public Library

Santa Clara County Library

Santa Clara City Library

Los Gatos Public Library

Sunnyvale Public Library

Alameda County Library

Gardening: Saving Water and Bees in San Jose

Limnanthes vinculans (Sebastopol meadowfoam)

For many reasons plants native to California are quickly disappearing, urban development being just one. Citizen groups are encouraging homeowners to use native plants in their landscaping. Not only do these plants look natural and save water, they may be beneficial to birds, butterflies, and play a role in saving the bee population.

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man,” – a quote attributed to Albert Einstein.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has four Saturday workshops where the homeowner can learn to select plants and how to be more efficient with their water use.

One of the workshops will be presented by Rebecca Schoenenberger.
Rebecca, a garden consultant, will discuss how to garden with native plants.

Gardening with Native Gardens:
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Saturday March 20th, 2010
9am to 12 noon
Cost: Free
Call 408-265-2607 (x 2554)
Class size is limited.

Native wildflower Blazing Star (Mentzelia lindleyi)

Pollinators and Native Gardens, with Rebecca Schoenenberger (landscape and maintenance expert)
Learn how to create a habitat garden and encourage pollinators:
Almaden Valley Library
6455 Camden Ave, San Jose
March 23rd, 2010
6:30pm to 8pm

Rebecca Schoenenberger
California Nativescapes
calnativescapes@gmail.com
408-666-1822 (Cell)
408-243-5663 (Office)

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Santa Clarans can learn languages online

I just caught this on the City of Santa Clara press release feed:

If you want to learn Spanish, French, Mandarin, Japanese, or Russian, and you live in Santa Clara, go and get yourself a library card right away. With your Santa Clara City Library card you can now access Mango Languages, an online language learning site that focuses on teaching conversational language skills.

Visit the Santa Clara City Library Electronic Resources page for a link to Mango Languages library access.

Silicon Valley Reads In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food The book selection for the annual “Silicon Valley Reads” program is Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Silicon Valley Reads selects a book for local readers to read and discuss every February.

This year’s program begins with a live interview of author Michael Pollan by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy, on stage at the Campbell Heritage Theatre. This live program is on Wednesday, January 27, beginning at 7:30 pm, and admission is free. The Campbell Heritage Theatre is at 1 West Campbell Avenue, in Campbell.

Additional events (see listing) are scheduled for dates throughout February and locations throughout Santa Clara County.

From Pollan’s website and reviews on Amazon, I can see that In Defense of Food is an investigation into the seeming paradox that the more Americans worry about nutrition, the less healthy we become; which Pollan connects this with the increased use of packaged and highly processed foods in our diet, as compared to the more complete (due to simpler preparations) diets of our ancestors. Having just finished Pollan’s 2002 book The Botany of Desire I can expect the SVR selection to be a thoughtful analysis of its subject, making unexpected and insightful connections to history and western society.

(Hat tip to the Mountain View Public Library blog for this story)

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