Friday, November 28, 2008
Kidshealth.org will give you ideas for finding the right toys for your child. The American Academy of Pediatrics has detailed information about developmental stages in children and suggestions for appropriate toys.
Remember that hand-me-down and homemade toys may not meet current safety standards. Check them for loose or broken parts, and remember that anything given to a baby should be sturdy enough to withstand chewing.
Toy safety is the theme of the December "On the Path to Good Health" display in Youth Services, supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends. Stop by and pick up our literature and look at our books about toys and games.
posted by jtb
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
“But it’s filled with tryptophan which is like the Tylenol PM of amino acids, right?”
Kind of, but the reason for your postprandial Thanksgiving sedation, or what is more commonly known as a "food coma," is due to eating too much in general. So give the bird a break. You could eat a tofurkey and end up snoring loudly on a couch in front of your relatives just as easily. Add in all the carbohydrates and alcohol commonly associated with a Thanksgiving dinner, and you have a perfect storm brewing.
So tomorrow if you find yourself dozing off in the middle of one of Uncle Larry's "exciting" stories, keep in mind the cause is due to the gobbling... not the gobbler.
posted by jw
Monday, November 24, 2008
In the early history books of California, you will learn that Concepcion Arguello had a famous father and that she was involved in a romantic and tragic love story. Read Gertrude Atherton's book: Rezanov and Dona Concha. She was also an accomplished woman in her own right. She was an ancestor of Austen Warburton, a lawyer, civic leader and art patron of Santa Clara (1917-1995), who contributed many personal artifacts to the Santa Clara Historic Museum at the Headen-Inman House, including her mantilla and combs.In the video section of Concepcion Arguello's entry in The California Remarkable Women Trail, watch for the image of the crucifix. That was also contributed to the project by Santa Clara City Library.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Top Five Tips for Black Friday Shopping
Five shopping tips for taking advantage of special bargains on "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving. Tips include creating a game plan (budgeting and visiting order of stores), foregoing sleep, using the Internet, comparing prices, and avoiding identity theft. Includes links to sites with Black Friday advertising. From AOL Money and Finance.
Other great links to Black Friday:
Friday, November 21, 2008
Swift-Cloud's performance will be presented by the Youth Services Department as a tribute to American Indian Heritage Month. Throughout the month of November, we're also featuring a display of books about Native American traditions and folk tales.
Another special Native American event is planned for Saturday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Redwood Room. We'll be showing the movie, Squanto: A Warrior's Tale, for families and children who are AT LEAST six years of age.
In closing, we leave you with a message from Chief Seattle, whose eloquent speech to Congress more than 100 years ago established Native American beliefs and connections to nature that have ultimately found a place in the minds and hearts of all Americans. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle, with its beautiful paintings by Susan Jeffers, brings us these words from Chief Seattle:
posted by jtb
"This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. . . . Preserve the land and the air and the rivers for your children's children and love it as we have loved it."
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The library is offering a new web-based resource, Mango Languages, for learning to speak a language.
Mango Languages offers lessons for learning:
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Mandarin Chinese
Partial funding for this resource has been provided by the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library.
Posted by mlg
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
But leaving that confounding factor alone, it is undeniable that a good number of us are captivated by pirates. Musicians sing about pirates, stores sell pirate paraphernalia, and every year at least 20 young boys and girls with grease paint beards and cheap plastic swords yell “YARRR!” when they knock on your door trick or treating. There are even books for kids featuring “pirate activities” (though I imagine that doesn’t mean pillaging your brother’s toy box or making your sister walk the plank). It would appear that the dangerous nature and harsh reality of the pirate has been antiquated, and what we are left with is a plush doll version sporting a big grin, a larger earring, and a smart-aleck parrot.
So it is a surprise to realize that piracy still exists. Not the computer type either, but the real thing. The type that strikes fear into sailors’ hearts and causes companies not to send their ships through certain seas. In the waters around Somalia and elsewhere in the world, the renaissance of the pirate has become a real threat. It's always a shock that a handful of people in a small boat can take over a superfreighter. But even more surprising is that modern pirates have cell phones with excellent coverage. They must have Ver-Aye!-Zon... sorry, I couldn't help myself.
posted by jw
Monday, November 17, 2008
Try these books found in the library:
The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen
Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World by Diane MacEachern
Wake Up and Smell the Planet edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth
Friday, November 14, 2008
The form factor of a netbook is smaller than that of a notebook and they are very light in weight (usually 2 to 3 pounds). Common features include a small screen (usually around 7-inches to 10-inches diagonal), wireless connectivity, but no optical disc drive, and a smaller sized keyboard (usually 80 percent to 95 percent of normal size). There is also a trend of using solid-state drives instead of traditional hard disk drives.
With the holidays coming and retailers lowering prices to attract shoppers, you should read the reviews before you decide to buy one. Here are some websites that compare some of the models available and pricing:
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11, the library will be closed for Veteran's Day. Come to Central Park at 3:30 p.m. for a ceremony honoring veterans at the beautiful Santa Clara Veterans Memorial, 909 Kiely Blvd. Parking for handicapped folks and wheelchair assistance will be available in the employee parking lot close to the Community Recreation Center.
For more information about the ceremony, or how to have a brick installed at this lovely memorial to honor a veteran, contact James Lee at (408) 296-2512.
Learn more about Veterans Day at this website. The library has many memoirs of veterans' experiences. Try these:
Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt
Ice Crusades: a memoir of cold war and cold sport by Tom Wolf
American Warrior: a combat memoir of Vietnam by John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Jr.
or this children's book:
World War II by Virginia Schomp (a collection of letters written by WWII veterans)
Just go to the Research Databases link from the Library’s home page and click on Learning Express Library. It is recommended that you create a user name and password for Learning Express, as this will enable you to start a test or course and come back to it at a later time. Any questions? Call the Reference Desk at 615-2900 during open hours.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
November is National Healthy Skin Month, creating the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about protecting your family's skin from sun damage. The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to Be Sun Smart and learn how to have fun outdoors without suffering harmful effects from exposure to the sun. Click on the website for several useful tips.
It's important to wear sunscreen if you're going to be outdoors. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin, even on cloudy days. Dermatologists recommend sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of 15 or higher to help prevent sunburn, skin cancer and wrinkles.
Visit the November "On the Path to Good Health" exhibit in Youth Services for literature and books about health skin for children and their families. Thanks to Kaiser Permanente and the Foundation and Friends for supporting our monthly health exhibits.
posted by jtb
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Whether you voted for Barack Obama or not, last night’s election was indeed momentous. The history books remember each president differently. Some get rather long chapters, others get brief mentions (sorry William Henry Harrison). And while we don’t know how this next president will be remembered yet, it can be assured that the voters will remember the night intensely.
This was the first time in recent memory (mine at least) that people were truly excited to take part in their democracy. Enthusiastically registering to vote? Getting involved in campaigns? Staying up until 3 AM to watch election returns precinct by precinct? That’s a pretty impressive amount of commitment. One can only hope this level of engagement and turnout is a trend for future elections. And if it is, that's something worth crying about.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Santa Clara County reported 788, 821 registered voters or 70.60% of eligible voters had registered by the October 20 deadline. Read other California voter registration statistics at the Secretary of State's website.
The election will likely be the top news story tomorrow so coverage will be on television, radio and try these websites for final verified California results in the days following the election, California Secretary of State and Santa Clara County Registrar.
February 17, 2009, is the date set for the end of analog signals coming to your television. If you have a new television, a cable service, or satellite, never mind! If not, get a $40 coupon from the dtv2009 website and purchase a tuner to upgrade your television. Reviews of tuners are available from Consumer Reports.
Those who attended last Wednesday night's program with speaker Roy Avila from Channel 36 got their questions answered and learned about two other helpful websites. Antenna web helps you direct your antenna to get the best digital reception. Just type in your address and zip code and the map will tell you where the signals are strongest for a particular station. DTV Answers is set up to answer questions, too.