Thursday, November 21, 2013

Finding Love ... at the LIbrary

  Silicon Valley is known for its computer technology wizards.  But did you know that we also have a thriving community of local authors?  To honor them, Los Gatos Library is having a "Local Author Day," featuring eight local authors who will read and discuss their work.







Jana McBurney-Lin, author of the critically acclaimed, My half of the sky,will also be on hand to discuss her new book, Blossoms and bayonets: a story of love faith and courage under Japanese Occupation.












Our own Poet Laureate, Erica Goss, will be reading from her book, Wild Place.
 
Goss and McBurney-Lin will be joined by six other authors on December 3rd at 11:30am, so mark the date, and come to the Library for a special event honoring our local talent!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Great, Great... at the Library




Even though I have not posted anything recently about the Library's Read One, Knit Too group, it is alive and well.  It continues to meet every Tuesday night from 6:00-8:00pm in the Fireplace Room. 

A few weeks ago, Wilma, one of our regular members, proudly showed us the blanket she had just finished.  It is a gift for her great-great-grandchild who is soon to be born in Hawaii.  She is justly proud of this beautiful blanket.  And if you think the front is beautiful, you should see the back, where she used the intarsia knitting technique to knit the flower and leaves in the blanket.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Required Reading... at the Library




Every year, before school lets out in June, the teens at Los Gatos High School are given a list of books they are to read over summer vacation.  More importantly, they have to take a test on the book the first day of class!

                                                                                                                     

 
At the library, we have multiple copies of the books that the teens have to read.  All summer long they have been coming in and borrowing the book, or books, that they need for their first day of class.  But it is not always enough to just read the book.  So, Jenn, our Teen Librarian, asked several librarians to help her have a "workshop" where teens could come and talk about the books, and get more prepared for that dreaded first English class.




Heidi led the discussion for Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley, and she made it sound so interesting that I may have to go back and read it again.









Friday, August 2, 2013




Yesterday Captain Jack Spareribs paid us a visit as part of the Summer Reading Grand Finale.  We all gathered in front of the outdoor stage, and Captain Jack entertained us with jokes, juggling and general pirate-y wonderfulness.



Before the show, there was a drawing, and Heidi chose three kids to receive   official Summer Reading bags.  The bags were packed with gifts, coupons, books, and other cool things.






Captain Jack put on a great show.  Best of all, he included kids from the audience as part of the show.




One of the Summer Reading prizes is a book from the Friends of the Library store.  So, the Friends  set up a few tables of children's books so kids could turn in their prize coupon and select a book, and parents could purchase extra books.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Singing with Sanchez... at the Library


 
  Melissa has found us some really wonderful performers for this summer's Reading Program, and, yesterday's program was no exception.  Juan Sanchez and his program, Music without Borders, entertained a delighted audience in the Children's Room.






He played guitar and sang, while his friend, Dave, beat a rhythm on the drum. 



Juan also gave the children a chance to play musical instruments, and participate fully in the program.

All in all, it was a good day to come to the Library and enjoy an hour of music with Juan.

The next Summer Reading Program performance is Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Children's Room.  Pam Faro  will be here for an evening of storytelling that the whole family can enjoin.  So mark your calendars, and join us for a great evening of entertainment!