March 2018

Spring into the Library

 
Family Concerts featuring Jim Gill

Jim Gill Brings Family Fun this Month

Family Early Literacy Concerts are a fun and educational way for parents and kids to bond.

Come into the library this month for lots of joyful hand clapping, foot stomping, dancing and singing!  Jim Gill’s Family Concerts teach young children the fundamentals of early literacy—the kids only know they’re having fun!  Talking, singing, reading, writing and playing are key to building pre-reading skills in children 0-5 years old.   

Our family early literacy concerts are a great way for the whole family to have fun together while the little ones build important skills that will help them become better readers.  Five concerts are planned, three on March 15th (Morgan Hill, Saratoga, and Cupertino) and two on March 16th (Los Altos and Campbell). See the Events section for details.





 


Ready Rosie banner

ReadyRosie: A Parent's Best Friend

Help your toddler or young child gain early literacy skills and boost brain development.

ReadyRosie is an online resource for parents, caregivers and teachers of kids ages newborn to six that can be found in our Online Library 24/7. Just register with ReadyRosie in either English or Spanish. Turn any fun experience into a learning opportunity.  ReadyRosie can show you how.

The first six years are very important for a child’s development. Reading with your child teaches them sounds, words, basic sentence structure, listening skills, and introduces them to the joy of stories and learning!  Check out Read-With-Me Kits to inspire your child and find early reader eBooks and audiobooks on our website.

Use ReadyRosie, all it takes is two minutes a day! 
(1) Watch a quick daily video. 
(2)  Do the interactive activity. 
(3)  Learn:  Both child and adult grow!

Make connections and find more early literacy resources both online and at the library. Sign up for a weekly playlist of fun and educational activity recommendations. Teachers can sign up for classroom learning tips and to provide them with recommendations to provide to the parents of their students. 

 
 



March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

The Library can help you eat healthy and reach your personal fitness goals. 

While we all know how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, doing so every day can be a challenge. Check out this month’s Health and Fitness booklist, which features new cookbooks and other titles to help you focus on eating whole, nutritious foods at every meal.

If you’ve been working away at your New Year’s Resolutions and you have yet to see the results, take some time to explore some of the health-related resources available on Kanopy, our on-demand streaming service. There you will find Great Courses, which offers a 24-episode series, “Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise”, that covers both nutrition and fitness.

What’s for dinner tonight? Instead of picking up take out or heating up a frozen entrée, find inspiration in the latest issues of Bon Appétit, Cook’s Illustrated, or Prevention, available online via RBDigital. All you need to get cooking is your library card.








Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Remembering the past and celebrating the best in literature today.

Sharing stories about the past so that they are remembered and lessons can be learned is what Women’s History Month is all about. Stories that talk about the role of mothers, sisters and wives during the founding of this country, or the trail blazing accomplishments of individuals as varied as astronauts, athletes like our U.S. Hockey Team, musicians or writers, literature is a great way to catalogue history and share it with future generations of readers.

The library has a wide and varied collection of works about women who dared to break barriers. Check them out for knowledge and inspiration. 

Celebrate Women's History Month @ SCCLD









Calendar of March Events

Calendar of March Events

Major happenings this month at each SCCLD location.

March is a time of many important occasions (daylight savings time on the 11th, St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, the start of spring on the 20th and César Chávez Day on the 31st). March is the month when we focus on Early Literacy, Women’s History, Nutrition, and Silicon Valley Reads. We have many fun and free events planned for you and your family this month. Here are the highlights.

* All Libraries closed 3/30 (observation of César Chávez Day) and 4/1 (Easter) *
 
** Silicon Valley Reads event titles in Green **
 

CAMPBELL (77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell 95008)

Cultivating Compassion
Tuesday, Mar. 5, 7 – 8 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
Simple gestures of care can change a person's life, and cultivating compassion can make us healthier and more resilient. Lakiba Pittman, author of “Bread Crumbs from the Soul: Finding Your Way Back Home,” will discuss how to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. Learn about how compassion cultivation can increase self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others.

Self-Care for Caregivers
Thursday, Mar. 6, 7 – 9 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
Becoming a caregiver is a life-changing experience, whether you are caring for a loved one or working in a healthcare profession. Compassion and mindfulness teacher Emily Hine, CEO of HineSight Consulting, will offer practical mindfulness strategies and compassion practices to reduce stress, depression and burnout. This engaging presentation will help you develop coping strategies to help you better care for yourself and others.

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story & Alive Inside: the Story of Music and Memory
Thursday, Mar. 13, 7 – 9 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
Two powerful documentaries, one a short and one feature length. Both deal with the struggle against the loss of memory. In Alzheimer’s, a husband tries valiantly to preserve to remind his spouse of their 40 years together. In Alive Inside, music is utilized to revitalize the minds and spirits of a group of individuals who had grown unresponsive to other stimuli.

Sing, Play, Learn Concert Featuring Jim Gill
Friday, Mar. 16, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
Join in the fun at the Spring Family Concert Series with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Children build early literacy skills through playing, dancing, and singing. Each concert is an opportunity for Family Play! Come hear and experience the fun practices that help children learn and get ready to read.

Mindfulness for Teens
Tuesday, Mar. 20, 5 – 6 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
This one-hour fun, interactive session is conducted by instructors from the YES! For Schools program that has been taught to more than 13000 students in the Bay Area. The session includes: tension releasing exercises, targeted breathing techniques to help reduce stress, full body relaxation and short guided meditation. Participants are requested to bring a yoga mat or a large towel. 

Happy Birds
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 5 – 6 pm, Community Room, Lower Level
In this year's selected picture book Mango, Abuela, and Me, a parrot named Mango helps Mia and her grandmother get better acquainted. Meet smart and beautiful real parrots in a special program with Happy Birds!



CUPERTINO (10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014)

“Photography 101” Workshop for Teens
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2 – 4 pm, Story Room
Photographer Nick Lorenzo leads class, for teens in grades 7-12.

Meet Author Wendelin Van Draanen
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 4 – 5 pm, Story Room
School age children and invited will meet Wendelin Van Draanen, author of "Secret Life of Lincoln Jones", "Sammy Keyes", "Gecko and Sticky" and "Shredderman."  Sponsored by the Friends of the Cupertino Library.

Self-Compassion Program for Teens
Wednesday, Mar. 14, 7 – 8:15 pm, Story Room
Discover a place to unwind and be yourself! Dr. Amy will help you find that place—a place of power and peace inside you. This short workshop will offer a way to deal with stress, and provide tips for being kind to yourself and others.

Sing, Play, Learn Concert featuring Jim Gill
Thursday, Mar. 15, 7 – 8 pm, Community Hall
Join in the fun at the Spring Family Concert Series with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Chilren build early literacy skills through playing, dancing, and singing. Each concert is an opportunity for Family Play! Come hear and experience the fun practices that help children learn and get ready to read.

Teen Photography Contest Gallery and Judging
Saturday, Mar. 24, 1 – 4 pm, Story Room
“Culture, Community, Change” is the theme. 1st prize is $200. For grades 7-12. Register by 3/17.
 
 

GILROY (350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy 95020)
 
Mindfulness for Teens
Monday, Mar. 5, 4 – 5 pm, Community Room
Class is conducted by instructors from the YES! For Schools program that has been taught to more than 13000 students in the Bay Area. The session includes: tension releasing exercises, targeted breathing techniques to help reduce stress, full body relaxation and short guided meditation. Participants are requested to bring a yoga mat or a large towel.

CareMapping Workshop
Monday, Mar. 5, 7 – 8:45 pm, Community Room
Participants will learn about and draw their own "CareMap" -- a diagram of their care ecosystem. The CareMap illustrates the caregiver's own support system, highlights what is working well, and can reveal duplication or gaps in care or resources. Co-sponsored by the Senior's Agenda, Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services.

Story Time for Kids with Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Thursday, Mar. 8, 10:30 – 11 am, Nest (Children’s Activity Room)
Special reading of Mango, Abuela, and Me by special guest, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman.  After the story, please stay for a fun craft program. 

Creating Moments of Joy: The Untapped Potential of Caregiving
Monday, Mar. 12, 7 – 8 pm, Community Room
The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. As scarce a commodity as that may be for many, it is even more precious for an aging parent or loved one. Yet far too many people embrace their caregiver role too late, missing out on what might become some of life's most cherished memories. Gerontologist Esther Koch will help you tap into your potential to create moments of joy as a caregiver. 

Early Literacy Family Concert with Jim Gill
Saturday, Mar. 17, 11 am – 12 pm, Community Room
Children build early literacy skills through playing, dancing, and singing. Great opportunity for family play! Come to hear award-winning singer and author Jim Gill and experience the fun practices that help children learn and get ready to read.

Here One Day: A Family Copes with Mental Illness (film)
Monday, Mar. 19, 6 – 7:30 pm, Community Room
This emotionally driven candid film is about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

Disaster Preparedness
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 7 – 8 pm, Community Room
What will you do if you can’t return to your home after a fire or flood? How will you reconnect with your family and friends following a major disaster? How do you create a disaster kit? Do you know what to do to protect yourself in an earthquake? Come to this workshop for answers.

Author Rachel Khong
Saturday, Mar. 24, 11 am – 12 pm, Community Room
Novelist Rachel Khong is the author of Goodbye, Vitamin, a Silicon Valley Reads 2018 featured title. Goodbye, Vitamin is the story of Ruth, an adult daughter who returns home to realize her father is sinking into dementia but both of her parents need her help. Ms. Khong will talk about her book and the process that went into writing it.  



LOS ALTOS (13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022)

Self-Compassion Program for Teens
Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7 – 8:15 pm, Orchard Room
Discover a place to unwind and be yourself. Dr. Amy Saltzman, author of “A Still Quiet Place,” will help you find that place -- a place of power and peace inside you. This short workshop will offer a way to deal with stress, and provide tips for being kind to yourself and others.

Quack & Wabbit Puppet Theater
Thursday, Mar. 8, 10:30 – 11 am, Orchard Room
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to a 30-minute interactive puppet show, "Mr Gumpy's Outing", presented by Quack & Wabbit Puppet Theater.

Mindfulness: Learning to be Happy, Healthy, and Stress Free – No Matter What
Friday, Mar. 9, 5:30 - 7 pm, Orchard Room
In this session on mindfulness and meditation, participants will be introduced to the benefits of yogic breathing exercises by experiencing guided relaxation through breathing, light yoga, and stretching and guided meditation. A discussion will follow on insights into the nature of the mind with a focus on compassion.

Self-Care for Caregivers
Monday, Mar. 12, 7 - 9 pm, Orchard Room
Becoming a caregiver is a life-changing experience, whether you are caring for a loved one or working in a healthcare profession. Compassion and mindfulness teacher Emily Hine, CEO of HineSight Consulting, will offer practical mindfulness strategies and compassion practices to reduce stress, depression and burnout. This engaging presentation will help you develop coping strategies to help you better care for yourself and others.

Sing, Play, and Learn with Jim Gill
Friday, Mar. 16, 10:30 – 11 am, Orchard Room
Join in the fun with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Children build early literary skills through playing, dancing, and singing. Come hear and experience the fun practices that help children learn and get ready to read. 

Mindfulness for Teens
Friday, Mar. 23, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Orchard Room
This fun, interactive session is conducted by instructors from the YES! For Schools program that has been taught to more than 13000 students in the Bay Area. The session includes: tension releasing exercises, targeted breathing techniques to help reduce stress, full body relaxation and short guided meditation. Participants are requested to bring a yoga mat or a large towel.

Solidifying your Mindfulness Practice through Bullet Journaling: A Workshop for Teens
Tuesday, Mar. 27, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Creativity coach and author Kanesha Baynard will show participants how to expand their mindfulness practices through bullet journaling. Excellent way to spark creativity, decrease your screen time, increase your mindfulness, improve your memory, extend and improve family communications, take better care of yourselves, and get your "to do" lists under control.



MILPITAS (160 N. Main Street, Milpitas 95035)

Cultivating Compassion
Thursday, Mar. 8, 7 – 8 pm, Auditorium
Lakiba Pittman, author of Bread Crumbs From The Soul: Finding Your Way Back Home, will discuss how to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. Learn about how compassion cultivation can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others.

Caring for Mom and Dad (film)
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2 - 3 pm, Auditorium
Americans are living longer than ever before. Seventy-five million baby boomers are entering their retirement years at a rate of 10,000 a day. The U.S. is not prepared for this unprecedented demographic shift, and the question we're all facing is: who will care for this aging population when they can no longer care for themselves? This PBS documentary takes on the topic.

Creating Moments of Joy: The Untapped Potential of Caregiving
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 7 - 8 pm, Auditorium
The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. As scarce a commodity as that may be for many, it is even more precious for an aging parent or loved one. Yet far too many people embrace their caregiver role too late, missing out on what might become some of life's most cherished memories. Gerontologist Esther Koch will help you tap into your potential to create moments of joy as a caregiver. 


Early Literacy Family Concert with Jim Gill
Saturday, Mar. 17, 3  3:45 pm, Auditorium
Join in the fun at the Spring Family Concert Series with award-winning singer and author Jim Gill. Children build early literary skills through playing, dancing, and singing. Each concert is an opportunity for Family Play! Come hear and experience the fun practices that help children learn and get ready to read.

Mike McGee, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Inauguration
Saturday, Mar. 24, 12 – 2 pm, Auditorium
Join us for the inauguration of Santa Clara County's new Poet Laureate, “Mighty” Mike McGee.  We will celebrate the beginning of Mike's two-year term (2018 to 2020). Enjoy a lively performance by the Poet Laureate, international poetry slam champion and local artist and icon. Event is free.
 

 
MORGAN HILL (660 W. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill 95037)
 
Paying for College
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Program Room
This workshop will provide an overview of how financial aid actually works, how to maximize your options, and how to feel in control of the process. Marisela Gomez of inspirED will talk about how to make college more affordable for you and your family!

Solidifying your Mindfulness Practice through Bullet Journaling: A Workshop for Teens
Saturday, Mar. 10, 3 – 4 pm, Program Room
Creativity coach and author Kanesha Baynard will show participants how to expand their mindfulness practices through bullet journaling. Excellent way to spark creativity, decrease your screen time, increase your mindfulness, improve your memory, extend and improve family communications, take better care of yourselves, and get your "to do" lists under control.

Jim Gill Family Concert
Thursday, Mar. 15, 10:30 – 11 am, Program Room
Join in the fun with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Children build early literacy skills through playing, dancing, and singing. Each concert is an opportunity for Family Play! Come hear and experience fun practices that help children learn and get ready to read.

Author Rachel Khong
Saturday, Mar. 24, 3 – 4 pm, Community Room
Novelist Rachel Khong is the author of Goodbye, Vitamin, a Silicon Valley Reads 2018 featured title. Goodbye, Vitamin is the story of Ruth, an adult daughter who returns home to realize her father is sinking into dementia but both of her parents need her help. Ms. Khong will talk about her book and the process that went into writing it.  


SARATOGA (13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga 95070)

Here One Day: A Family Copes with Mental Illness (film)
Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7 – 9 pm, Orchard Room
This emotionally driven candid film is about a woman coping with bipolar disorder, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 4 – 5 pm, Orchard Room
Make some crafts to take home. All ages.

Jim Gill in Concert
Thursday, Mar. 15, 4 – 5 pm, Community Room
Get up, sing, dance and clap to the enthusiastic songs of Jim Gill, popular children’s musician and award-winning author of “A Soup Opera.” This concert is for all ages. Join us for a joyful afternoon of music and movement.

Maximize Your Memory 充分運用您的記憶力:方法與策略
Friday, Mar. 16, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Community Room
Presented in English and Mandarin, this program covers how memory works, the difference between normal and abnormal memory loss, tips for increasing your memory, and three keys to maintaining brain health.

SCLD Bookmobile

 Our Bookmobile was recently out on location at the Alzheimer's Activity Center near Valley Medical Center. They were joined by a group of children from the Rosa Elena Childcare Center for a performance by Happy Birds.

 


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